a Hawk makes an appearance

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Kegger
Posts: 117
Joined: Sun Sep 15, 2019 8:58 am
Location: Awesome Florida
Martin Colony History: Newbie in 2020: 2 pair of SY with 4 eggs each in Troyer Horizontals
fledged a total of 7 Martins

This guy which ever kind of hawk he is has discovered my young Martin
family. He did spend more time checking out the sparrow S&K barn
though. I started to walk to the base of my Royal palm which got branches
imploded by lightning. He stared down at me as the young couple dive
bombed him. They were not bothering him till I started towards the tree.
did i mess up? anyone know what kind of hawk he is?
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Matt F.
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Joined: Mon Feb 28, 2005 9:48 am
Location: Houston, TX

Osprey - no threat to the Martins.
They do love fish though!
Louise Chambers
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Location: Corpus Christi, TX

Osprey used to be called Fish Hawks - that gives a good suggestion that the martins and you have nothing to fear. There was, probably still is, a martin site near Christmas, Florida, where martins are nesting in old woodpecker cavities in palm trees. Very nearby is an active Osprey nest - perhaps nesting near the Osprey helps deter other hawks and owls from going after the martins.
Kegger
Posts: 117
Joined: Sun Sep 15, 2019 8:58 am
Location: Awesome Florida
Martin Colony History: Newbie in 2020: 2 pair of SY with 4 eggs each in Troyer Horizontals
fledged a total of 7 Martins

thats good, not sure how I missed that. Osprey perch and eat Mullet around my yard all the time.
Spiderman
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Joined: Thu Jan 31, 2008 9:19 am
Location: Gladewater, Texas

Martins will alert and take off when any aerial predator approaches their site.

We have Eagles here on the lake and they try to rise above him, which is impossible. So eventually they just give him a wide berth and return after he leaves.
2008 - 33 PAIR - FLEDGED 96 YOUNG
2009 - 51 PAIR - FLEDGED 166 YOUNG
2010 - 45 PAIR - FLEDGED 146 YOUNG
2011 - 33 PAIR - 128 HATCHED, 97 FLEDGED
2012 - 37 PAIR - 119 HATCHED, 101 FLEDGED
Kegger
Posts: 117
Joined: Sun Sep 15, 2019 8:58 am
Location: Awesome Florida
Martin Colony History: Newbie in 2020: 2 pair of SY with 4 eggs each in Troyer Horizontals
fledged a total of 7 Martins

When I first moved to Florida I was catching small Jack Crevale off my dock and I
dropped a live 1 while I needed to get something and watched an Osprey
swoop down and grab it. I know your not supposed to feed them, it was an
accident, but I think I might do it once more as a peace offering. I hope my
SY are watching.
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