Who was he? An adult male Purple Martin, technically called ASY for "After Second Year," a bird who was hatched in 2008 or earlier, who flew south 5000 miles or more when he was only a few weeks old and who returned from South America the following spring as an SY (Second Year) bird. Who may or may not have found and defended a nesting cavity, who may have mated and could even have produced young in his adolescence. A bird who repeated that 10,000 mile migration to return to his home this year as a fully adult male, ready to take his place in my colony and pass those magnificent genes on to another generation of martins.
He won't be able to now. Caught unawares in his round-holed Super Gourd by a larger, heavier, and meaner bird, he didn't have a chance. His delicate bill, designed for swooping up insects in flight, and his aerodynamic body were no match for the dagger-like bill, stout body and aggressive attitude of a European starling.
Look away now if you don't want to see the carnage. I show it only to help others understand why I practice lethal control of starlings and house sparrows.
Addendum: I got the SOB that killed my martin. Look at these side by side comparisons, and tell me if you think the Purple Martin on the right ever had a chance against the starling on the left.