Deirdre starts this utube video saying “so these are the gourds where we’d really like to have a Purple Martin Colony.” She then explains the preparation and that we have been waiting two whole years for Purple Martins. No more waiting!
As of the beginning of May 2017, Purple Martins have landed at The Raincatcher’s Garden.
Looking for friendly neighbors? Put up a Purple Martin house. It’s comparable to a miniature neighborhood in your backyard and Purple Martins chirp pleasantly and perform aerial acrobatics to snap up flying insects. Unfortunately, Mosquitoes only comprise as low as 3% of their diet.
At the end of the breeding season they gather in big flocks and make their way to South America.
Next year, we should see some of the same Purple Martins again!
Video and Pictures by Starla Willis