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Gerald Mendralla

Justice, IL, USA


Homemade house of a large fishing bobber cooler mounted on a 16ft pole. Put it up 4-22-18 and occupied on 4-23-18. Timing is everything!


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New Resident

New home sweet home 4-24-18

4 responses to “New resident”

  1. Gerald Mendralla says:

    It is a Purple Martin. I don’t know how picture got tagged as a starling!

  2. Holly Faulkner says:

    Hi Gerald, This bird is a European Starling. Please note the long, bright yellow beak and iridescent feathers on its back. Purple martins are smaller, differently shaped birds and have smaller, black beaks. For more information on the differences, please visit our All About Birds pages here for Purple Martin ( and European Starling (
    -Holly Faulkner, Project Assistant

  3. Gerald Mendralla says:

    Thank you for the info. My id was from various pictures on the web and were probably marked wrong and led me to believe they were purple martins. I have another bird house in the garage that I need to modify for next year.

  4. Texas Bird Family says:

    Hello, Gerald, This bird is a European Starling. We go to a park with Purple Martin nests and one of these nests has a Starling living in it with the Purple Martins! 🐦🏠

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