Purple Martins are among the larger of the Swallows. These Purple Martins are small birds which are experts at catching flying insects. Many people in the United States put up gourd bird houses mounted on tall poles for the Purple Martins. These birds enjoy nesting in this type of home, and like group living. Originally the gourds were hollowed-out dried Calabash or Bird House Gourds, but now many people are using plastic gourd-shaped houses. This style of bird house grouping is often called a “Bird condo”.
I took these pictures in my development near one of the golf courses and one of the more natural rainfall retention ponds. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. I’ll be taking a blog break for the month of June. I look forward to returning in July refreshed, and with new stories and pictures to share. See you then!