Purple Martins

This photo taken in July, 2022, the first year for this Purple Martin colony at Beltzville State Park near Lehighton, PA. The gourd rack was erected and is managed by the Lehigh Valley Audubon Society.

Bird at the park.

Birds at the park. We saw Cattle Egrets, a Great Blue Heron, Black-Bellied Whistling Ducks, domestic Muscovies, a Great Egret, a Common Night Hawk, Purple Martins, Black and Turkey Vultures, a Cara Cara, and more!

Lunch at the Eddon Boatworks Martin boxes

Purple Martin nests

Purple Martins in the cold

Mary and Peter and John and Mary guarding their nests

What a Day At the Horicon Marsh! (Part 2)

HUGE variety of birds in the Horicon Marsh! Palm Warblers, TONS of Canada Geese, Tree and Barn Swallows, Blue-gray Gnatcatchers, American White Pelicans, ducks, Killdeers, Purple Martins, TONS of Red-winged Blackbirds, Common Grackles, Forster’s Terns, Herring Gulls, and much more!

Leaser Lake Purple Martin colony

Purple Martin colony in the Lehigh Valley, Eastern PA. 18 Gourds, 53 chicks on June 30, more on the way.

New Perch

Fabricated a new safety perch. We don’t want to lose any little ones. The purple martin seems to really like it as he uses it to sun himself and to survey the area as he eagerly awaits the females arrival. He has been busy bringing additional nesting materials to the pine needles it put in.

Young friends helping to retrieve Purple Martins for aging, banding, and nest changes

Cornell Lab of Ornithology

Cornell Lab of Ornithology