The season is winding down. Most of the nestlings have fledged, leaving 3 nests to fledge. We ended up having 32 pair, with around 133 eggs. We lost 8 or 9 to heat and premature nest jumping. Still, all in all a good season. I hate that we loose babies, but it is nature, and you do what you can
Last year, we had 4 nesting Purple Martin pair. This season has been like no other so far, with the first couple of martins arriving March 10. Since then, they literally poured in. Last nest check done last sunday, we had 23 nesting pair, 116 eggs and 4 babies so far. We're hoping for 30+ pair total this year. The Purple Martin sub-adult males are now showing up in force, and as usual, acting like rowdy kids.
We can finally say we have a Purple Martin colony established.