Several years ago, our neighbor Jeff encouraged us to put up a purple martin house. How we have enjoyed this!
Al put our bird house up the end of March after seeing on the
migration map that they were about to arrive in our area.
Then we waited.
In about a week they came. Along with some sparrows.
You can tell it is a cold day. See how puffed up they are?
We ended up with 8 pair of purple martins and 4 sparrow nests. Al cleaned out the sparrow nests multiple times, but in the end we felt we did pretty good with more purple martins than sparrows.
You can see a couple of babies poking their heads out. Adorable!
They return year after year.
Al read in the paper that the purple martins were beginning to gather in Old Town. For the past 10 years, flocks of up to 50,000 gather in Wichita, preparing for their annual migration to Brazil.
I could tell ours were getting ready to leave and the day after they were gone, we made the trip to Old Town.
The paper said that this year they were roosting between 1st and 2nd street
We got there around 8:15 or so and began walking around looking for them. We could see them gathering and flying around. First we found them at 3rd and Wabash, all lined up on the wires.
Last year they flew on to Tulsa, OK and they say about 250,000 purple martins gathered there! Wouldn't that be a sight to behold!
A few days later, Al took down our purple martin house.
Al cleaned out the house for next year