Date: 4/3/21 7:23 am From: Frank Mantlik <mantlik...> Subject: [CT Birds] Fwd: Martin, not Purple; Brooklyn (extralimital)
Of interest to CT birders.
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> From: Laurie Larson <0000057b603ab9b2-dmarc-request...>
> Date: April 3, 2021 at 8:07:04 AM EDT
> To: <NJBIRDS...>
> Subject: Martin, not Purple; Brooklyn (extralimital)
> Reply-To: Laurie Larson <llarson2...>
> Forwarding from the New York City RBA for 4/2/20:
> Progne spp. (CUBAN/CARIBBEAN/SINALOA/GRAY-BREASTED MARTIN)
> "Not an April Fool's joke but likely one of the year's highlights. Yesterday (4/1) a MARTIN was spotted flying around Prospect Park Lake with Tree and other swallows. In close scrutiny then and today as the bird remained around the lake to sunset points to this being not a Purple Martin but either a GRAY-BREASTED MARTIN or one of the formerly Snowy Bellied complex now split into 3 species including CUBAN and CARIBBEAN MARTINS. Further analysis of photos and vocalizations will presumably provide the answer. The MARTIN was found this morning on the west side of the lake roosting in a tree with Tree Swallows and once it started feeding over the lake, usually at a low level, it did cover most of the lake but spent much of its time cruising the southwest corner of the lake. This area is just inside the park from Prospect Park Southwest where a prudent birder would begin a Saturday morning search."
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