Purple Martin Babies are Hatching!
May 8, 2014 10 Comments
Our first purple martin babies of spring are hatching! We currently have 6 nests with a total of 20 babies and 9 eggs, and more on the way. Our martins returned to Florida for nesting season on January 28. These large swallows spend half the year in North America, and the other half in Brazil. East of the Rockies, they are the only bird species dependent on people to provide nesting sites. As far back as the 1700s, Native Americans put up natural nesting gourds for the martins to use. The partnership was of mutual benefit, so it has continued over generations. Now the birds prefer to nest in backyards in human-supplied housing. They don’t mind nest checks by purple martin “landlords”, who keep a close eye on the birds for problems. Just about everyone who has hosted purple martins misses them when they migrate back to Brazil – they are such cheerful birds to have around. If you might like to host martins yourself, more info is at: http://www.purplemartin.org/ Other posts about our purple martins are at: https://naturetime.wordpress.com/?s=martins