We raised the martin house yesterday and a couple were almost immediately swooping around it. This afternoon when I got home, there were two males and a female. Unfortunately, there were also several sparrows and a starling or two. The house may have to be replaced after this season. After 20+ years, it was almost impossible to get it raised yesterday.
03/19/2015, 2:55 PM
Canon EOS 7D Mark II, 1/1250 sec, f/8, 560mm (EF100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM +1.4x III), ISO 400 (auto), Exp comp +1/3
First Purple martins I've seen this spring.
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.