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daltonmissouri
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Location: Perryville, MO

Blue martin

Postby daltonmissouri » Sat May 18, 2019 8:20 am

Another question for all of you veteran landlords.
Last year, we had a male martin that was bright blue. We figured that he was a juvenile and would be dark purple the next year like the other males.
He returned this year, and he is still blue----although a somewhat-darker shade of blue now, and more of a metallic sheen.
Is this rare, or is it fairly common?

deancamp
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Location: MO

Re: Blue martin

Postby deancamp » Sat May 18, 2019 8:32 am

I wouldn't consider myself a veteran, but I've never heard of it. I would love to see a picture if you can get one.

Brad Biddle
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Location: Marshall County AL

Re: Blue martin

Postby Brad Biddle » Sat May 18, 2019 9:09 am

Does your blue "Purple Martin" have a solid white belly?
Martin landlord since 2003. Currently offering 102 plastic gourds with tunnels and all SREH.

daltonmissouri
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Joined: Sat Jun 25, 2016 2:16 pm
Location: Perryville, MO

Re: Blue martin

Postby daltonmissouri » Sat May 18, 2019 10:40 am

No, and it's not a tree swallow...we have plenty of them.
It looks like all of the other mature males, except that it has a blue sheen on its back instead of dark purple.

daltonmissouri
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Location: Perryville, MO

Re: Blue martin

Postby daltonmissouri » Sat May 18, 2019 10:41 am

I figure it's just some kind of color mutation.

Spiderman
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Re: Blue martin

Postby Spiderman » Sat May 18, 2019 12:44 pm

I would like to see a picture too.

That would be cool to see in person.
2008 - 33 PAIR - FLEDGED 96 YOUNG
2009 - 51 PAIR - FLEDGED 166 YOUNG
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Chris B
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Location: AL/Toney

Re: Blue martin

Postby Chris B » Sat May 18, 2019 3:08 pm

I have some deep blue birds that try to nest in 18" hiway cones on my grass, but they get in and can't get out so I find them dead when I move the cones for mowing. But those are solid blue and I have never seen them except for being dead in my cones. Beautiful bird, no idea what they are. NOT BBs.
2014 8 gourds, 3 pairs nested. Ended w/ 24 total
2015 24 gourds, 22 nests. Lotsa birds!
2016 24 gourds and good activity.
2017 32 SREH gourds. Great activity.
2018 40 SREH gourds. Good finish despite big storm damage. No more dangling gourds.
2019 56+ SREH gourds, all on 3/8 rods. Birds did very well.

C.C.Martins
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Location: Corpus Christi Tx
Martin Colony History: 2016- didnt know anything about martins, put up an all wrong house in 2016 and had two come by and inspect all the cavities. Left soon after not to return. Learned what i could on PMCA, made adjustments and next year was sucessful.
2017- 5 pair. 15 fledged.
2018-18 pair. 85 fledged.
2019- 17 pair. 81 fledged
2020:?
Home colony: 14 natural gourds, one 6 compartment house. All SREH.
Satelite colony Oso bay preserve: 12 gourds: excluder, troyer horizontal, super gourds with tunnels. 6 room trio mino castle with enlarged compartments.
2019: Visitors
2020: ?
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Re: Blue martin

Postby C.C.Martins » Sat May 18, 2019 3:45 pm

Cap the cones? Perhaps block them. Thats too bad, they pick the strangest places. Have hanging baskets in a large bush for doves to nest yet they chose my neighbors ladder 3 feet off the ground to nest.
Tom

2016- two came by, inspected cavities, left. Made adjustments and next year was successful.
2017- 5 pair 15 Fledged
2018-18 pairs 85 Fledged
2019-17 pair 81 fledged
2020:

Satellite location: oso preserve 12 gourds, modified trio
2019: Visitors
2020: hopeful!!!

Brad Biddle
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Location: Marshall County AL

Re: Blue martin

Postby Brad Biddle » Sun May 19, 2019 7:20 am

I have some deep blue birds that try to nest in 18" hiway cones on my grass, but they get in and can't get out so I find them dead when I move the cones for mowing. But those are solid blue and I have never seen them except for being dead in my cones. Beautiful bird, no idea what they are. NOT BBs.
Either Indigo Buntings or Blue Grossbeaks. I'd guess Indigo Buntings.
Martin landlord since 2003. Currently offering 102 plastic gourds with tunnels and all SREH.


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