Crows eating martins

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graue
Posts: 44
Joined: Mon Dec 22, 2003 12:46 pm
Location: Florida/Port Charlotte

A couple of crows have learned how to eat my martins. They fly up to house when a baby puts its head out and snatch it. Some times it the crow will catch a martin when it is flying to the hole to feed a young one. The martins are upset by this and gang up on the crow and try to chase it away. So far I have seen 4 of my martins get caught. They have maybe got more when I was not watching. Very upsetting!
jhcox
Posts: 498
Joined: Thu May 26, 2016 9:23 am
Location: tennesse
Martin Colony History: Started colony in 2014. First pair to stay and raise young in 2018.

Get a crow caller and lore the crows into shotgun range and have at them. Good shooting
Caroline94535-ND
Posts: 323
Joined: Wed Nov 12, 2003 10:12 am
Location: North Dakota/Larimore
Martin Colony History: Will add later

I've never seen them harassing my martins, but they wipe out robin chicks in no time.

I have a "robin shelf/open nestbox" on the south side of the garage and under the shade of a huge maple tree.

I kept hearing a commotion and walked around to see a huge crow clinging to the edge of the shelf, plucking out the half-grown robins. It flew off to the north, and a bit later I saw it flying by again with another robin chick. It cleaned out the entire nest in just a few minutes.

I wish I could shoot any gun in town, but I can't.
~ Not all those who wander are lost.
Annie G
Posts: 341
Joined: Thu Aug 02, 2007 3:09 pm
Location: Wisconsin/Portage

The crows have learned to take a wide girth over our yard. :wink:
Keep trying and keep your chin up, its easier to see the martins coming!!
Mitch Booth
Posts: 480
Joined: Tue Jun 03, 2008 6:23 am
Location: Akron, OH
Martin Colony History: 2012 - 0
2013 - 1 pair, 4 eggs, 2 fledged
2014 - 0
2015 - 1 pair, 5 died during week of rain
2016 - 0
2017 - 1 pair, 4 eggs, 4 fledged
2018 - 4 pair, 19 eggs, 19 fledged
2019 - 7 pair
2020 - 17 pair

I can take take starlings and sparrows out to 40 yards with my .22 caliber PCP Benjamin marauder air rifle 9 out of 10 shots if it is not super windy. The gun also has a shrouded barrel and is very quiet to shoot.

Mitch
2020 - 17 pair 77 eggs 69 fledged
2019 - 7 pair
2018 - 4 pair 19 eggs, 19 fledged
2017 - 1 pair 4 eggs, 4 fledged
2016 - 0 only visits
2015 - 1 pair 5 eggs, 5 hatched, 5 dead on days 6-7
2014 - 0 only visits
2013 - 1 pair 3 eggs, 2 hatched, 2 fledged
2012 - 0
Otee977
Posts: 50
Joined: Mon Feb 13, 2017 8:42 am
Location: Prescott Ar

Shotgun, get them , I hate crows
Courtney-NC
Posts: 591
Joined: Tue Jul 15, 2008 2:28 pm
Location: Holly Springs, NC
Martin Colony History: 2009-2015-Helped to manage Raleigh site, 36 cavities
2016- 33 pairs at Raleigh site, 1 pair at home site.
2017- 34 pairs at Raleigh site, 3 pairs + extra SYs at home site
2018- 33 pairs at Raleigh site, 5 pairs + extra SYs at home site
2019 - 32 pairs at Raleigh site, 7 pairs at home site, 2 pairs at new Holly Springs park site

They can especially be a problem in housing with shallow compartments and porches where the young can wander out.
Some folks have resorted to using hawk/owl caging for crow problems. It's usually the fish crows that do the damage. You might want to consider caging in the house to protect the remaining young.
-Courtney
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Dave Reynolds
Posts: 1921
Joined: Mon Jan 31, 2011 4:35 pm
Location: Little Hocking, Oh.
Martin Colony History: 2018 Success at my Satellite Site “Oxbow Golf Course”.
2019 Success at my home Site "Little Hocking, Ohio".

My brother lives in Winter Haven, Fl,,, He had that trouble with fish crows,,, What he said he did was "took off all the perch rods" that he had for the Martins to perch on.. That stop the fish crow from setting on his houses.

Dave
Home Site “Little Hocking, Ohio”
2010 / 2018 -- Lots of Visitors
2019 — 1 Pair, 5 Eggs, 5 Babies, 5 fledged. :wink:
2020 — 1 Pair, 4 Eggs, 4 Babies, 4 fledged. :wink:
2021 — Waiting on March 2021

Satellite Site “Oxbow Golf Course”
2018 -- 15 Pair, 58 Eggs, 38 Hatched and 36 Fledged :wink:
2019 — 26 Pair, 128 Eggs, 99 Babies and 97 Fledged. :wink:
2020 — 30 Pair, 156 Eggs, 137 Babies and 137 Fledged. :wink:
2021 — Waiting on March 2021

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