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Notes on the Nesting of the Western Martin

Pingree I. Osburn
Publication Information
Journal: 
Condor
Volume: 
11
Issue: 
6 (November-December)
Section: 
From Field and Study
Year: 
1909
Pages: 
208

Notes on the Nesting of the Western Martin.

A colony of Western Martins (Progne subis hesperia) have made their summer home under the eaves of the Hotel Maryland of this city, each year for the past four seasons. The birds are regular summer visitants to the mountains six miles back of Pasadena where they may be seen most any day in the early summer months; but they are uncommon iu the surrounding country outside of the colony mentioned. This colony is on a principal thorofare, at a hight of 60 feet above the street, and is inaccessible. The nests are built in the holes in the concrete trimmings under the broad extended eaves. The year of their arrival brought only a few birds, but each succeeding summer the numbers have increast until now the colony numbers about thirty pairs. As my observations have been entirely with the western form of this species I do not know whether this is a comparatively large or small colony, but it is of interest here from its unusual situation.

PINGREE I OSBURN

Pasadena, California.

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