Sean Clark, a volunteer at the CAS Coastal Center, assembles the new Purple Martin gourd tree
It is too late in the season for any martins to breed in there this year, but the birds breeding in the old martin house visible in the background will certainly remember that it is here when they return from their winter in warmer places. And hopefully their young will return with them. It seems that three pairs of Purple Martins are on nest at Milford Point, at the moment.
The new Gourd Tree in place. The old martin house in the background currently has three breeding pairs of Purple Martins, but House Sparrows have taken over most of the nest spaces. The new gourds are sparrow and starling resistent and will hopefully be even more successful
Next week we hope to get the second gourd tree up in the CAS managed Lordship Coastal Grassland Management Area at Stratford Point. Then we'll just need to wait and hope that local birds will take note of these nice new facilities as they forage in the area.