Purple Martins Have Begun Nest Building For 2013



The Purple Martin nest building has begun in earnest now.  If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you know that last year I added new Gourd housing, and this year I added a new Trendsetter house.

The Purple Martins really seem to enjoy the new Trendsetter house and I would venture to say I have more Purple Martins this year than last year because of it.  It’s a little difficult to tell who has started nest building in the Gourd houses right now, but in the Trendsetter housing I am counting 6 nests for sure (nests 1, 3, 5, 8, and 12).  Nest 9 keeps being invaded by a House Sparrow, and I continually remove the nests (up to 9 nests with 6 eggs total).  The Gourd housing has 1 Purple Martin nest for sure (nest 15), and you can see the mother adding to that nest.

Purple Martin With Leaf In Mouth For Nest

Purple Martin With Leaf In Mouth For Nest

This next video wasn’t intended to be funny, but when you listen to it and hear someone talking in the background, realize that it is not a human, but rather my African Grey Parrot, Coco:-).  The video shows a few of the Purple Martin pairs, and in the background you can hear Coco saying:

  • Get the ball
  • What are you doing?
  • Meow
  • Chloe (my cat’s name)
  • Get the ball
  • Coughing (imitating my cough)
  • Sascha (my German Shepherd’s name)
  • Go potty
  • Here!
  • Maggie (my Golden Retriever’s name)
  • a few other whistles and clicks throughout

Here’s another video taken a short time later

 

Don & Kate - Do you have any nest cams set up this year?April 15, 2013 – 12:24 pm

texdr - I do, but of course the birds haven’t chosen a nesting site (other than the Purple Martins) where I have any cameras set up. If any birds decide to nest anywhere in the backyard, and as long as it’s not way up in some tree, I should be able to position a camera on the nest site. I just need the birds to cooperate:-)April 15, 2013 – 1:04 pm

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