Category Archives: Purple Martin

First Purple Martin Scout of 2014

Well this was unexpected.  I’m out in the backyard (as usual) and I suddenly hear the familiar call of a Purple Martin.  There was only one.  I need to check my previous blog entries from last year, because I think it was about 3 weeks later that the first appeared. **Update: The first Purple Martins […]

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Runt The Baby Purple Martin Has Died

Sad news today. “Runt” the baby Purple Martin has died.  I went to check on him this morning and he was not alive.  I’m not sure what happened to him, but he faced a rough road for survival his entire life. The positive out of all this is that the rest of the colony won’t […]

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An Update On Runt And The Rest Of The Purple Martin Colony

The Purple Martin Colony is doing really well at the moment, and that includes runt.  In 2-3 of the nests I’m expecting them to fledge any day.  The parents are nearly bringing all Dragonflies for the babies, but there is an occasional bee or something if it’s available. In the picture below you can see […]

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What To Do With Purple Martin Runt?

I did a nest check today.  Everyone was looking quite well except for the runt in this nest (bottom left of the picture).  It is clearly smaller than the others, and was actually outside of the nest box when I opened the compartment.  I’m sure if I let Nature take it’s course, this baby would […]

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Day 23 Of Purple Martin Nesting

The oldest babies in my Purple Martin colony are roughly 23 days old.  Another 5-7 days and they should become fledglings.   All of the birds in this nest peek their head out of the nest and squawk to their parents for a meal.  Their nest was so dirty and dusty I took them out […]

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Baby Purple Martin Nest Check

I can’t imagine that now is a good time to be a Purple Martin parent.  They get no rest!  In and out, back and forth, it’s constant feeding time for their babies.  For the older babies that means that they are starting to get the Purple Martin favorite; Dragonflies.  For their younger siblings, it’s insects […]

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