Thursday, February 26, 2009

Purple Martins

I already have a full Purple Martin house! I counted over 30 martins last night. It is such a thrill to hear them sing as they are coming in for the evening. During this early part of the season, they seem to hang around the house until about noon, then leave to feed and possibly recruit other martins. They return just before dusk. Nest building will begin soon in preparation for egg laying. I pre-built their nests with pine straw, but they will add to that and rearrange to their liking, with a final topping of green leaves.
Here are some pictures of the season so far.
Thomas Wiatt

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