Century 21 - NC
This purple was feeding its chicks on the Belmont Executive Golf Course in The Villages. Thanks to Ron Clark for sharing!. Share your local photos with us at https://villages-news.com/contact-us!
Purple Martin pre-migratory roosts are forming now. North America’s largest species of swallow, Purple Martins nest and raise their families in North America and winter in the rainforests of Brazil. East of the Rocky Mountains, Purple Martins nest almost exclusively in human-supplied housing. They are one of America’s most well-loved songbirds, known for their chattering song, aerial acrobatics, insect-eating habits, and their tolerance of humans.
RUTHERFORDTON, N.C. (WLOS) — The Town of Rutherfordton's town council decided at its meeting Sept. 1 to do a widespread cancellation of town-sponsored events until further notice due to the impact of COVID-19 in the area. Rutherfordton's Facebook page posted a copy of the letter on Thursday, Sept. 2, written...
This year, people will not be able to see the thousands of Purple Martin birds that usually roost on the shores of Presque Isle. The birds roost as they prepare to head south for the winter. Through weather radar, the Purple Martin Conservation Association found out the birds are now...
Look up during the summer in eastern or southeastern North America, and you may spot a purple martin swooping and gliding around your neighborhood. Purple martins, North America’s largest swallows, are aerial acrobats. They can snatch insects – like dragonflies, beetles, flies, moths, wasps and cicadas — right out of the air. They even drink water in flight, skimming the water’s surface with their lower bills. But what is most interesting about these swallows is where they nest.
Central Parks Purple Martin Colony had another successful year! 35 of the 36 plastic nesting gourds on the two colony gourd stations were used by nesting purple martins. 148 young martins took their first flight as they fledged this summer season! A big thanks to AmeriCorps Naturalist, Diana Reuber, and Jones County Youth Conservation Crew members who assisted with the care and maintenance of the martin colony. As our martin colony continues to expand it will require additional nesting gourds next spring. If you would like to make a monetary donation to sponsor the acquisition and addition of another martin colonial gourd rack and gourds, please contact the Jones County Naturalist at email@example.com or call the Jones County Conservation Administrative Office at (563)487-3541.
This update was written by Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute bird keeper Erica Royer. Look up during the summer in eastern or southeastern North America, and you may spot a purple martin swooping and gliding around your neighborhood. Purple martins, North America’s largest swallows, are aerial acrobats. They can snatch insects – like dragonflies, beetles, flies, moths, wasps and cicadas — right out of the air. They even drink water in flight, skimming the water’s surface with their lower bills. But what is most interesting about these swallows is where they nest.
I am no stranger to traveling hundreds or even thousands of miles to see, study and document some of natures most wonderful events. For over 35 years I have travels to see the epic migration of Sandhill Cranes in Nebraska, stunning flocks of Snow Geese in North Dakota and remarkable Monarch Butterflies in southern California and the list goes on and on. But over the past couple of weeks, I haven’t had to travel very far to see a spectacular natural occurrence. This natural event has been within an hour or two of my home in Minnesota. And what is even better, it’s a natural event I had never seen before. It’s the gathering of thousands of Purple Martins for an evening roost before migrating south.
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