Fairy Martin

Petrochelidon ariel
Fairy Martin at Taylor's, August 2007
Fairy Martin at Taylor's, August 2007

The Fairy Martin is apparently resident at Taylor's all year round. It is a very active feeder on midges and mosquitoes. It never seems to settle other than in rainy weather when groups of them can be seen holding stop-work meetings on the power lines that run along West Boundary Road.

It is a gutsy little bird and the pic below shows one seeing off a Square Tailed Kite.

Square-Tailed Kite being harassed at Taylor's, August 2007

Square-Tailed Kite being harassed by a Fairy Martin less than two minutes after arrival at Taylor's August 2007