Day 26 Of Purple Martin Nesting And Update On Runt



Today is day 26 since the first eggs hatched in nest 12. They should begin leaving the nest within the next few days.

Two items of information to report. “Runt” as I’m calling him/her is still alive.  I fed it just a couple of meal worms this morning. I was hoping to capture some video of how I do this, but the baby doesn’t seem to care for bright light since its eyes just opened.  I also did a thorough nest check.  I have 42 babies.  That’s compared to 40 when I thought I did a good count on May 28

Here are the counts.

Nest 1 = 3 babies

Nest 3 = 4 babies

Nest 5 = 6 babies (I only saw 5 babies on the 28th)

Nest 6 = 6 babies (I only saw 5 babies on the 28th)

Nest 7 = 6 babies

Nest 8 = 6 babies (I only saw 5 babies on the 28th)

Nest 10 = 4 babies + 1 egg (I saw 5 babies on the 28th)

Nest 11 = has a nest, but no eggs or babies

Nest 12 = 4 babies (and 26 days old as of today)

Nest 14 = 1 baby

Nest 16 = 2 babies

Grand total = 42 babies

Male And Female Purple Martin With Mouths Open

Male And Female Purple Martin With Mouths Open

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