I have been on a roller coaster with the purple martin house and environs for the past few days, and now there’s a new level of craziness: A male tree swallow is interested in the plastic purple martin gourd. And guess what? The house sparrows are scared of him. (Insert maniacal laughter here)
I didn’t see one HOSP go near the martin house while the swallow was there. Maybe this guy can hold his own…he even dove at Nellie as she wandered innocently under the gourd.
This solves a mystery…well, two:
1. It must have been him that I saw yesterday.
2. Last summer, I saw purple martins, but also some birds with them which had forked tails.
I took the above photos with my binoculars with digital camera. Not bad, for bins.
So…the tide has turned…no HOSP, but with a tree swallow in residence, the martins will go elsewhere. But you know what? I will take what I can get.