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Jeremy Shuler
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Joined: Fri Feb 26, 2010 2:51 pm
Location: Missouri,Trenton

I saw that in one part of south dakota they have found like 300 dead or dyeing starlings. The USDA fessed up to poisoning :lol: :twisted: :grin: them cuz they wer gettin over populated. Wish I could find some way to do that to the sparrows around here.
Jeremy Shuler
2009-housing up late 1 SY male for a month
2010-2 ASY pairs- fledged 9
2011- 5 ASY pairs building nests and 2 SY pairs several SY males
Donnie Hurdt MN
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Joined: Sun Feb 15, 2004 11:14 pm
Location: North Prairie, MN

Only 300? It would be nice if there were more 0's behind that 3 :wink: :twisted:
PMCA member and Martin fanatic....
2011 A pair of subbies fledged three young but none returned in 2012 :-(
2015 One Pair of subbies came and stayed a few nits but got chased away by Bluebirds and Tree swallows. :-(
2017 0ne pair of subbies nested and fledged 4 young
2018 Tree Swallows AGAIN chased away any martins that wanted to nest :evil:
2019 Same old story................ :-(
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Joined: Sat Jan 20, 2007 3:10 pm

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Posts: 1250
Joined: Fri Jul 02, 2010 3:10 pm
Location: Louisiana/Broussard
Martin Colony History: 2010-2014 located in Slidell LA. Gourd rack with 16 gourds. Max of 2 pairs during this short period in Slidell. Plenty of fledglings.

2014-present.. moved to Broussard LA. Same Gourd Rack but added a 6 room house (modified from a 12 room)

2020: after a long drought of nothing, 4 pairs and 4 nests, 23 eggs total (May2020)

We had some big mass killings in La a couple weeks ago. All starlings and red winged blackbirds. Thousands. We were driving down the road and saw what I thought was rubber from a blown tire, but as we got close it was thousands of dead blackbirds.

I read the poison is designed for those species, but maybe I misread.

Anyway, I did not see signs of dead Robins, or Mockingbirds, so maybe it is true.

Even as it is-- these killings don't seem to much anyway. They need to be in the millions don't they?

Someone needs to figure out a way to sterilize these suckas.
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Joined: Fri Apr 14, 2006 12:43 pm
Location: Winnipeg

Way too dangerous. Mass killing of anything on a chemical basis is bad. Remember DDT, the USDA said that was safe too. Here in Canada the RW blackbirds chase the hawks right along with the PM's. So by killing them the Hawks will need to hunt more PM's, and in the end both of them will suffer.
Life is what happens while you're busy making other plans John Lennon
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