Date: 8/29/19 6:07 am From: Barbara Volkle <barb620...> Subject: [MASSBIRD] Cape Cod Purple Martins 2019
It's come to my attention that this may not have gone out to everyone, so I'm reposting.
Thanks to Mary Keleher and the tremendous work she's done!
[MASSBIRD] Cape Cod Purple Martins 2019
Sun, 25 Aug 2019 17:08:55 +0000 (UTC)
Despite having a few intense storms on the Cape at the end of July, the Cape Cod area Purple Martins had a very successful season and managed to ride out the storms with no major issues.
This is my 12th year working with Purple Martins and each years the population continues to increase on Cape Cod.
In Mashpee there were 48 pairs, 253 eggs, 216 hatched and 214 young fledged. All 214 young were banded plus 2 ASY males.
At Mass Audubon Long Pasture Sanctuary in Barnstable there were 22 pairs, 116 eggs, 97 hatched and 90 young fledged
Thanks to the Falmouth 300 Committee for installing a second gourd rack at the Falmouth County Club this spring and monitoring this colony. This year there were 19 pairs, 103 eggs, 86 hatched and 84 young fledged. The 300 Committee has also been in contact with The Cape Club in Falmouth were there has been a 12 gourd rack for a number of years but no one has monitored this site. The system and gourds need updating so hopefully something can be worked out where the 300 Committee can be involved with this site. There was one active nest with 5 young.
At Mass Aububon Wellfleet. Bay Wildlife Sanctuary there were 7 pairs that fledged 29 young. All 29 young were banded.
Thanks to Keelin Miller for helping me with the two Mashpee colonies, keeping records and martin sitting while I was away! Thanks to Master Bander Mike Maurer for organizing the banding of these two colonies.
If anyone or any groups or organizations in the Cape Cod area as well as Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket are interested in establishing and monitoring (monitoring is the important part) a Purple Martin colony feel free to contact me at <maryeak...>