Purple Martin Babies!

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Purple martin babies are hatching here in Florida!  We have 23 active nests in 24 gourds.  Definitely putting up a new rack next year.  Our totals are 43 eggs, 64 babies, and 46 adults, for a grand total of 153 purple martins!  You can watch our live cam video clip of the tiny babies being fed at:  https://ring.com/share/3017928363  The top two pictures show the youngest birds, and the bottom two pictures show slightly older hatchlings.  Notice how the older birds have more defined eyes and pinfeathers starting to grow in.  The youngest birds are affectionately called “pinkies” by purple martin landlords.

About Pam
Richard and Pam lived in the San Francisco Bay Area 14 years (1987-1999 and 2008-2011). They lived in Florida 13 years previously, until returning in July 2011 to present. They hope their photography will encourage you to get out and discover nature's beauty in your own backyard, parks, and wild places. Click on any pictures on this blog to see them full size with additional details.

8 Responses to Purple Martin Babies!

  1. Dymoon says:

    they are adorable!

  2. studiodeb333 says:

    How do you get those closeup shots inside the gourds? They’re amazing!

    • Pam says:

      The gourds have a lid – we just take off the lid and snap pictures. Sometimes we use our iPhone for pictures too. We check on the birds regularly. It keeps them healthier because we can solve any problems that crop up. In fact, we found one egg with another baby’s shell covering it so the baby was trapped. We rescued it and the baby is doing fine. Martins have lived in association in people for centuries. Neat stuff!

  3. ericamadly says:

    This is incredible!

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