Date: 6/13/20 4:48 pm From: Jeff Harding <jeffharding...> Subject: [obol] Purple Martins near Crabtree, Linn County
The colony nesting at the edge of our woods, next to grass seed fields seems to be growing. There were at least six birds in the area, possible eight. Two or three pairs seem to be nesting in the metal crossarms of a utility pole at a corner of our property. The aerial photo in this iNaturalist observation shows just where they are: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/49475842.
Last year I never saw more than two or three martins, and they were generally at the next power pole further north, using a woodpecker hole in the north side of that pole. This is a remarkable adaptation, and I hope it works for them. Starlings use the same sort of site, and were feeding young last week in the crossarms of a pole located where this lane meets Griggs Drive, to the south.
The location is private; I give the location because it seems interesting. I hope no one tries to drive up my neighbor's lane. I would be happy to take someone back there through our woods.