The "colony" seems to have grown exponentially overnight. I saw 3 birds (none 
adult M) this morning in my ten minute coffee stop.  A friend I saw there 
believes he may have had a fourth, an adult male, a bit earlier and will check 
his photos. Two martins appeared to be going in and out of "gourds" to left and 
right of a tree swallow occupied gourd. Clearly a tiff going on. Nota Bene:  on 
the roosting pole there is a DECOY adult Male martin which I have been told has 
been reported to E-bird (not sure it "counts"). If successful this would be the 
first (or at least currently extant) Westchester colony to my knowledge. The 
gourd "complex" is right by the office as you drive in. Next week is Clearwater 
Festival so chance to see some great music: Richard Thompson!, Los Lobos,  Nick 
Lowe, Joan Osborne, Dar Williams, Alejandro Escovedo, Lake Street Dive, Blind 
Boy Paxton, Josh Ritter, etc. in an amazing setting (and purple martins and 
bobolinks to boot), not to mention Blue Pig Ice Cream. 

L. Trachtenberg 
Ossining

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