Mystery Swallow Bird Picking on PMs? Found!!

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avesrun
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Location: Iowa/West Des Moines
Martin Colony History: Home Site: 2017- 0
2016 - 1st pair, fledged 5
Satellite Site: 2017 (3rd season)
34 pair
Fledged- 102

tim414 wrote:
Anthony Neira wrote:My Bad ! It came Back ! AND Again, I didn't have a camera, But IT WAS a Scissor Tail Flycatcher AFTER all! I went out to see the Fledglings fly around before the storms that are expected here this afternoon, and sure as heck, there was the gray-ish bird on top of the same tall dead branches ! As the young PMs got closer, the S.T.F.C got grumpy at them and tried to chase them away ! It's tail was not as long as most I've seen over at the Lackland AFB runway, Maybe it's a young one blown over here in the city, or just a lot of Bugs attracting them over to my place. I got the wings wrong, but this guy can sure hang in the Breeze ! It acts like it's never seen PMs before, where as the Barn Swallows over here are use to the PMs ! Thanks again everyone, maybe these West Ward winds will Blow him back to the Safety of the Airfield ! Take Care with these storms !

Pertaining to my previous post-

Wow, scissor tail was NOT in my tree last week....I know those real well, as they hunt in the pastures around me. I've never seen one come into the yard though. They will sit on the fence overlooking the pastures.

What I had was dark top, grayish underside, a bill which shaped very similar to a Martin, dark legs and about the size of a Martin.

The closest that paid app got was Tree Swallow. I saw the bird before, but, it's not a routine visitor. Frustrates me. I would like it to visit more-if I only knew what it was.
Tim 414 did you check out Eastern Phoebe? Looks like it's possible in N.Texas.
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Home Site: 2012-15 visitors
2016 - 1st pair, fledged 5
2017-18 Zero
2019- 3 Successful Prs.!
Satellite Site: 2014 - visitors
2015 - 2 pair, fledged 9
2016 - 13 pair, fledged 44
2017 - 31 pair, fledged 118
2018 - 44 pair, 163 fledged
2019- 49 or. 219 fledged
avesrun
Posts: 1113
Joined: Tue Apr 30, 2013 1:10 pm
Location: Iowa/West Des Moines
Martin Colony History: Home Site: 2017- 0
2016 - 1st pair, fledged 5
Satellite Site: 2017 (3rd season)
34 pair
Fledged- 102

Also another possibility for your area would be a
Says Phoebe. I'm grabbing at straws here.
TimG
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Home Site: 2012-15 visitors
2016 - 1st pair, fledged 5
2017-18 Zero
2019- 3 Successful Prs.!
Satellite Site: 2014 - visitors
2015 - 2 pair, fledged 9
2016 - 13 pair, fledged 44
2017 - 31 pair, fledged 118
2018 - 44 pair, 163 fledged
2019- 49 or. 219 fledged
tim414
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Location: NorthTX/Pottsboro/Lake Texoma

Thanks Tim.

Yes, I do have them here at my site. But that is not what it was. Those Phobe's look similar to a sparrow to me. The bird I saw has more points or sharp edges if you will. Not a round type silhouette, but sharp or pointed......

Tim
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Anthony,

Just had the same thing happen...young scissortail with tail about half as long as adults playing chase with one of the young martins on the guard rack - funny. They are real good flyers.

BW
2009-2013 a few visitors.
2014: 1 pair of SY love birds, 5 fledges; 2015: 7 pair, 34 Fldg; 2016: 12p/54F; 2017: 14p/71F;
2018: 24p/103F; 2019: 29p/130F; 2020: 38p/190F
Anthony Neira
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Location: San Antonio /Texas
Martin Colony History: Started in 1992 From neighbors old 1950-60's colonies. Have 8 Trio 6 Room Houses, 4 MPP Poles, 1 Heath Deluxe Gourd with Troyer Porch, 8 NatureLine Gourds with Troyer Porches, 5 Troyer Horizontals ,& 2 S&K 11" WITH Troyer Porches ready for 2019 Season !

Thanks for the info BW! With all the craziness going on in the world, I was wondering if my STFC were turning "Trans-Species !" :shock: :???:
( Sorry If I stepped on any toes, I still wonder if I really AM A Purple Martin ! :wink: )
PMCA Member, 8 Trio 6 Room Houses, 1 Heath Deluxe Gourd with Troyer Porch, 8 NatureLine Gourds with Troyer Porches, 5 Troyer Horizontals + Tunnels, & 2 S&K Bo 11"s WITH Troyer Porches ! 4 MPPs, For 2019 Season !! :grin: Started in 1992 from Older '50-'60s Colonies.
tim414
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Location: NorthTX/Pottsboro/Lake Texoma

I found out what the mystery bird I referred to above is. It's a Crested Flycatcher.

The dang Mockingbirds attack anytime it wants to come around. I saw it again this morning and it came to a mature Pecan tree, sat there perched on a limb for a couple minutes then it went over and perched on the fence by the gourd rack. As soon as it landed, the mock went diving for it and it ran off.

The dang mockingbirds are a pest sometimes. These Bluebirds are still nesting and the mocks harass them too.
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