[Tweeters] Purple Martins?

houstojc at plu.edu houstojc at plu.edu
Tue Jun 1 12:51:42 PDT 2021

Mark Ahlness and I went to Duwamish T107 this morning, and there were more
than a dozen Purple Martins there, at last. We also saw a pair perched
above the T gourds at Jack Block Park, but they left while we were there.
We watched them at both locations last year, and they nested late in the
summer at the Jack Block nest. They were extremely active at T-107 until
about 11:00 a.m.

In other Martin news, we observed one at Tokeland, WA marina last of April
this year.

Ahhh.so good to see them!

Janeanne Houston

West Seattle

From: Tweeters <tweeters-bounces at mailman11.u.washington.edu> On Behalf Of
Vanderhoof, Jennifer
Sent: Tuesday, June 1, 2021 11:19 AM
To: tweeters at u.washington.edu
Subject: Re: [Tweeters] Purple Martins?

I was out Friday evening at the north end of Lake Sammamish where there are
several Purple Martin boxes. I was surprised to find no Purple Martins. I
was in the same spot precisely one year prior and there were dozens present.
I did see other swallows in the area of the boxes, but no Purple Martins. In
general that part of the lake seemed much quieter than the same day last
year, when I saw more Bald Eagles than I could count plus numerous Osprey.
This year I only saw a couple Osprey and about 4 or 5 eagles. The Great Blue
Heron numbers were similar to last year, not quite as many but similar. I
know one day is only a snap-shot in time, but what a difference a day makes.

This spot is very close to the gourds at Marymoor. I went by the gourds and
didn't notice any PuMa's there either, but I did not look closely, and I see
others are reporting that they are there.

I hope to get out there again in the next week, and I am hoping they are
just late and will be there next time I'm out.


Jen Vanderhoof, Senior Ecologist | King County Water and Land Resources

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