Date: 6/29/17 10:11 am From: Steve Nord <stevernord...> Subject: [obol] Fernhill Wetlands - Purple Martins
Recently it's been exciting regularly seeing the Purple Martins now at Fernhill Wetlands. Several birds of both sexes have been regular at the newly installed bird box for several weeks. It has also been comical watching them interact with the very territorial Tree Swallows that are nesting in that same box.
This morning I saw something different. Two Purple Martins remaining on a snag that is next to the parking lot. As I watched, I saw the female enter into a natural cavity located a few feet from the top of the sang. The male remained on the top, singing away. Short time later, the female left the cavity, both birds flew around the sang, and then the male entered the cavity. Short time later, emerged and remained perched in the cavity opening.
In the past, I've occasionally seen Purple Martins "passing through" Fernhill, but with these birds there seems like a real possibility of adding a new resident species to the site.