Purple Martin Nesting Time!

Purple Martin Gourd Rack by Pond

Five Eggs in Nest

Ten Eggs in Nest!

Six Newly Hatched Martins Hugging Egg

Five Newly Hatched Martins

Bird’s Eye View of Babies in Nest

Babies are Hungry!

Older Hatchlings Darken as Feathers Grow In

Our purple martins are nesting now.  So many birds – it is the best year ever!!!  Purple martins are here in Florida from about January to July, and spend the rest of the year in Brazil.  Current totals are 20 nests containing 63 babies, 50 eggs, and 42 adult birds (one pair is on the verge of laying eggs) — grand total 155!  Wow!  Many of the babies are in the process of hatching, and a couple of nests contain older nestlings.  The tiniest babies are called pinkies, for obvious reasons.  One stumper is the nest containing 10 eggs; normal is 4-6.  We don’t know if it is a re-nesting attempt after the first eggs didn’t hatch, or another bird laid in there too.  Love this time of year!  More info is at:  https://www.purplemartin.org/

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.

10 Responses to Purple Martin Nesting Time!

  1. Wow! Thanks so much for sharing! It looks like you found a great way to keep the snakes away! Awesome photos.

    • Pam says:

      Thank you! We love our purple martins. We have a baffle on the pole, but found out the hard way that netting needs to be added to it to assure that the babies are safe. We caught one snake year before last.

  2. SoyBend says:

    Wow is right! Ten eggs in one nest? That would be a lot of mouths to feed.

    • Pam says:

      Yes that it too many! Either the first batch didn’t hatch and she laid again, or a second female laid in the same nest. Time will tell.

  3. Ingrid says:

    Awesome images of the little ones!

  4. Lovely series, and very adorable!

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