[Tweeters] What's the Seattle Martin report?

Mark Ahlness mahlness at comcast.net
Fri Jul 12 22:57:28 PDT 2013


On July 9, Janeanne Houston and I were delighted to see 2+ pair of Purple
Martins along the Duwamish, near terminal 105. We spotted activity
(feeding?) at gourd #225 and at another gourd, a couple of pilings south of
that. Beautiful birds, chattering away. We saw at least one other bird.
Didn't stay a long time - there may well have been more - sure hope so. We
left smiling.

Mark Ahlness

mahlness at comcast.net

Seattle, WA

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[mailto:tweeters-bounces at mailman1.u.washington.edu] On Behalf Of Ed Newbold
Sent: Friday, July 12, 2013 7:08 PM
To: tweeters at u.washington.edu
Subject: [Tweeters] What's the Seattle Martin report?

Hi all,

I can't get into the archives for some reason and I might be wrong but I've
been watching Tweeters and I don't think there's been any reports on how the
PURPLE MARTINS are doing in their traditional sites in the Seattle area (Thx
for all other Martin reports including the exciting one from Joint Base.)

If anyone knows anything, I believe the spirit of KEVIN LI would be happy
that the info was out on Tweeters. I'll let my pessimistic inclinations
jump to their normal conclusions if nothing is posted.

Also, last summer we went over to VASHON and Purple Martins seemed to own
the island, perhaps thanks are due to Ed Swan and others there, and I wonder
how they are doing there and in other places on Kitsap and perhaps places
like English Boom also.

Thanks all,

Ed Newbold ednewbold1 at yahoo.com Beacon Hill Seattle

PS BARN SWALLOWS in our neighborhood fledged a big brood on July 9 a full
14 days earlier than on the same site in 2010 with its cold spring. I
wonder if some Barn parents might try to double-clutch this year, finally.
If any do they might want a supply of mud so it might be a good time to put
out a MUD BASIN if there's Barns around. Mud can be tough to find in the
urban zone once the drought starts, I would think.

PPS. Speaking not of droughts, this could be a good year to think about
visiting SOUTHEAST ARIZONA as the rainy season there seems to be off to a
fantastic start. The rain gauge we watch closely, in the Peloncillo Mts,
has 4 inches since the 1st of July for the 3rd best start to the rainy
season in 38 years, ditto Douglas AZ and I think Portal, although rains in
the area are unpredictably geographically variable to a fault. Keeping
fingers crossed as usual.

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