Tag: purple martin

Building a Colony

Purple Martins are one of the few social species of birds that prefer to nest in very close proximity with others of their own kind. In contrast, for example, the Eastern Bluebirds are said to require at least 300 feet of distance between nesting… Continue Reading “Building a Colony”

Grumpy Start to the Season

It’s Spring and that means that many wild birds that spent their winter somewhere warm and tropical, are headed back to spend the summer breeding season up north. The tracking of migrating birds is a big deal for ornithologist around the globe. Some species… Continue Reading “Grumpy Start to the Season”

Royally Purple

When I look at photos of our Purple Martins, I get the sense that these are very “upper crust” creatures. They project an impression of aristocracy about them. That concept got me wondering about why purple is considered the color of royalty. I found… Continue Reading “Royally Purple”

Now, now. Let’s all get along!

About ten days ago, Purple Martins arrived back to our location, where they found the “Red house” that we put up four years ago. They also found the gourd tower that we put put up the following year, and the horizontal bar of several… Continue Reading “Now, now. Let’s all get along!”


Our Purple Martins are back! They arrived today in a large group. This is not the typical arrival which usually begins with what is referred to as a “Scout” bird that comes a few days or even weeks early to check out the digs.… Continue Reading ““Vacancy””


It was pretty hot and humid when I decided to sneak out between pop-up thunder storms that were moving through the area. I was surprised to view the photos of several birds that I took because they were all panting from the heat. Barn… Continue Reading “Sweltering”

A Face Only A Mama Can Love

Typically, baby animals are adorable. But, not all little ones make your heart melt. Take, for example, the Purple Martin chicks. It’s a good thing that their parents think the world of these little cherubs. They work hard to bring home the bacon –… Continue Reading “A Face Only A Mama Can Love”

Deep Purple

After posting the outrageously comprehensive nest site status info (for a hobby blog), PARENTHOOD, I realized that I failed to mention our colony of Purple Martins that reside just outside my office patio! They are a constant source of entertainment. I love their cheerful… Continue Reading “Deep Purple”

A Week of Images

I’ve been busy with normal stuff, but I’ve also had time to go out around the property to see what’s happening. Yet, I just checked and my last blog post was April 8. That’s almost a week ago. I have beautiful things to share,… Continue Reading “A Week of Images”

They’re Baaack!

They’re Back! I went outside today and heard a familiar chortle. I looked up to see a Purple Martin perched on the gourd tower. Real work has kept us busy and we haven’t replaced a few of the gourds that fell off during the… Continue Reading “They’re Baaack!”