Purple Martin (Progne subis)
6 July 2015: While visiting Wise County Park in Chico, Texas we observed scores of Purple Martins (Progne subis) in particular juveniles and females flying over and at the water's edge of Lake Bridgeport. The 11,954-acre Lake Bridgeport is the central attraction of this regional park. Some of these birds perched on the utility posts and wires that provide electricity to the existing facilities and allowed us enough time to be able to document their presence. Lake Bridgeport was filled beyond capacity due to the historic rains that had fallen recently in the region and across the state of Texas. Wise County Park is administered by the county government of Wise County, Texas. It is a place that has its own charm and provides wildlife a place to thrive.
Shorts Beach, DE July 25, 2015
Lisa observed a purple martin during the BioBlitz Bat Walk. Observed near the wild flower garden on the Cranbrook Campus.
The local Audubon Society has built nest boxes for Purple Martins on the pier. They are quite noisy birds!
Purple Martins at nest boxes in the Campbell River estuary.
The Purple Martin (Progne subis) is the largest North American swallow. These aerial acrobats have speed and agility in flight, and when approaching their housing, will dive from the sky at great speeds with their wings tucked.