It’s been a while since I’ve woken up early in the morning to take pictures. Even at 7 am (I’m complaining about the lack of rain and heat again) it’s hot and humid. While I was outside and drinking my Latte, I took some pictures and videos of the Purple Martins.
The overriding theme for the Purple Martins early in the morning is to stretch their wings, yawn, do a little singing, preen, and listen to the babies still in the nest squawk about how hungry they are.
Just like I would do, the first thing you do to start the day is yawn.
After the morning yawn and a few wing stretches it’s time for the family to begin preening their wings.
Then you start bonding with the family by doing a little singing, and ignoring their sibling who hasn’t fledged the nest.
When the baby realizes that the sad stare “because I’m hungry” doesn’t work, it starts to squawk for food. Unfortunately for the baby, this is their brother who just left the nest a couple of days ago and is still learning how to hunt for its own food, much less food for its sibling.
Just like a human family, the mother had enough of the squawking and flew out to get some food.
Once that baby quieted down, another mother went out and actually found a Dragonfly for her babies.
While some of the parents went out to search for food for their babies, others decided to spend some additional time bonding.
And that’s the way the world turns early in the morning for this Purple Martin colony. I’m not sure what they’ll be doing the rest of the day, but I will do a nest check tonight to see how everyone is doing after the high temperatures we’re expecting today.