Nest building...don't think their Martins

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Joe W
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I have visitors yesterday and today, but I don't believe they are Martins. I'm a hopeful Purple Martin landlord this year and have had nest building activity by a pair of small black birds with a short compact body. They are a little larger than the decoys and appear to be all black. The flight is a series of short rapid wing beats which really makes be believe it is not Martins. Any comments before I began the evection process?
Louise Chambers
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A photo would be helpful. Could they be starlings?
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Tallsilver
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Check for yellow beaks on the males.......iridescent dots on the females. If so they're starlings.
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SREH entrances may be needed.
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Joe W
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2019 finally success! 8 pairs
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2018 visitors in April
2017 visitors in April
2016 visitors in April
2015 visitors in June
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Thanks to everyone! Here's a photo, hoping to get a better one when I lower the house this afternoon. The decoy is on the right!
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Louise Chambers
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Photo does the job - your visitors are starlings. Long pointed beak and rather full body, stubby tail help ID.
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yep.. starlings.. odds are very low you get martins with them building a nest. Great description by the way.. sounded just like a starling.
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Joe W
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Joined: Thu Jan 15, 2009 9:04 am
Location: FL/Lynn Haven (near Panama City, FL)
Martin Colony History: 2020 10 pairs
2019 finally success! 8 pairs
Oct 10, 2018 Hurricane Michael
2018 visitors in April
2017 visitors in April
2016 visitors in April
2015 visitors in June
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SREH entrances are in the works. (I should have a close-up photo of the offender soon.)

Thanks!
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