[Tweeters] Re: Wierd Purple Martin Behavior

Jason Hernandez jason.hernandez74 at yahoo.com
Mon Jun 22 20:25:19 PDT 2015

The first thought that comes to mind is that you may have two same-sex pairs ("lesbians" in human terms). Homosexual behavior is actually not that unusual in the animal kingdom.

Jason Hernandez
jason.hernandez74 at yahoo.com

Date: Sun, 21 Jun 2015 20:16:56 -0700
From: David Parent <dpdvm at whidbey.com>
Subject: [Tweeters] Weird Purple Martin Behavior
To: Tweeters <tweeters at u.washington.edu>
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Hello Tweeters!

Earlier this summer, one of the plastic Martin gourds I set up on my beach on Dines Point, Whidbey Island, was occupied by a Tree Swallow pair. Last week, four female-type Purple Martins showed up, tossed the Tree Swallow nestlings out and began building their own nests in two of the gourds. They remain like they own the place, all sing a very loud song, sometimes duetting, and we have never seen a male. I am completely unfamiliar with Martins and would appreciate any ideas about this behavior.

Dave Parent, Greenbank, WA

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