[Tweeters] Re: Purple Martin at Protection Island

stan Kostka lynn Schmidt lynnandstan at earthlink.net
Tue Jul 31 10:06:13 PDT 2007

Hi Bob and Bob,

Based on annual reports and photographs from others, martins have
been nesting in old pipes on a dock/pier on Protection Island since
at least 2004, and likely earlier as well since they were also noted
at the site in 2003. Whether this is the same structure you observed
I do not know. Protection is one of eight sites that I'm aware of in
Jefferson County that in all support less than 30 pairs annually, all
on marine shoreline structures, some derelict and some in use, with
about 20% of the birds using nestboxes, the remainder in old pipes,
piling cavities, timber rot pockets, under piling caps, beam ledges,
holes or exhausts in inactive boats. This year a pair of martins
are using a hole in the side of a building in Port Townsend, quite a
distance away from an active nestbox colony in which only half the
boxes are being used. Interesting to note that some of these "wild"
martins fledged from nestboxes in other Washington counties and
BC. The Jefferson birds might be considered something of a
sampling of how martins related to the landscape decades ago before
the nestbox recovery began.

Stan Kostka
lynnandstan at earthlink.net
Arlington WA

Subject: Re: Purple Martin at Protection Island
From: "Bob Norton" <norton36 AT olypen.com>
Date: Mon, 30 Jul 2007 17:54:09 -0700
It is no surprise but your record is the only one I know of for

Bob Norton
norton36 AT olypen.com
Joyce (near Port Angeles), WA
----- Original Message -----
From: Bob Sundstrom
To: tweeters
Sent: Monday, July 30, 2007 12:18 PM
Subject: [Tweeters] Purple Martin at Protection Island


While on the "Puffin Cruise" to Protection Is. Saturday evening, I
saw an
adult male Purple Martin fly to one of the docks on the island and
somewhere into the structure, as if entering a nest cavity. It then
and perched on the dock. Does anyone know if martins have previously
reported at Protection Is.? It seems no big surprise since they seem
to be
regular in summer on Sequim Bay and around Pt. Townsend.

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