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Subject:

Re: Ravenswood PUMA roost

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Pat Dawson <[log in to unmask]>

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Pat Dawson <[log in to unmask]>

Date:

Tue, 31 Jul 2007 23:17:02 -0400

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All I can say is HOLY COW!!! I thought I knew what to expect going down 
there but that just blew me away. 

That was simply amazing. I saw what seemed to be 10000+ martins. Quite 
amazing when you think about the fact that they all came from houses/gourds 
just like mine. They started coming in around 7:30, then around 8pm it was 
nonstop birds until dark. 

Looking at the pure numbers of these birds its hard to imagine the numbers 
before the sharp decline caused by nest competition from non native 
starlings and house sparrows. 

There were some starlings, and grackles in the mix, but I would say 85 to
 
90 % of the birds were martins.

At the peak of the evening you could not look around and see any space 

without martins in it.

Met some nice folks from the PMCA and  this list, although I am terrible 
with names. I am glad you folks got to see it too! Bob, I am looking 
forward to the pictures.

If you havent seen a PUMA roost, and can swing over to Ravenswood, I would 
highly recommend it. These crazy South American birds will soon be gone for 
the winter.

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