Martins feeding

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jhcox
Posts: 489
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.

Hi everyone I’ve noticed this morning my martins are doing something I’ve never seen them do before they’re feeding on insects about a foot off the ground. The insect looks like a very large mosquito not sure what it is but they have been feeding on them all morning they drop down from the gourd racks and skim across the fields about a foot or two off the ground and are eating the abundance of these insects. Is this normal?
deancamp
Posts: 412
Joined: Wed Mar 16, 2016 9:17 pm
Location: Raymore, MO

I have seen that as well in an open pasture near the housing. It is just like how a barn swallow would feed. I see it most when it is cooler and can only assume the bugs are not as plentiful up high. Also early morning or late evening when they are wanting to stay closer to home.
mjfog
Posts: 233
Joined: Sat Dec 30, 2017 3:40 pm
Location: Palm City, FL
Martin Colony History: 2018 will be my first try. 6 S&K B09s. 29 eggs - 8 fledged
2019 - 12 Troyer Horizontals with tunnels, 6 S&K B09s and 12 B011s all with tunnels. 43 eggs - 36 fledged
2020 - Rack 1 - 6 B011s, Rack 2 - 24 B011s, and Rack 3 - 24 Troyer Horizontals. All gourds have tunnels, porches and crescent/Conley 11 entrances; racks have predator guards. 161 eggs - 88 fledged

Possibly feeding on crane flies.
jhcox
Posts: 489
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.

Ya that’s what they’re feeding on I just looked it up I never knew what they were called. They’re not going to starve to death because there’s an over abundance of them around my house and in the fields near by.
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