Purple Martins!

On Brian’s birthday, his grandparents came over and Brian and his grandfather installed a purple martin house in our backyard. We’ve see them year after year in his yard and always thought they were so neat to watch. It’s not guaranteed that you’ll get martins come to the house, especially the first year, but we have been very lucky. We have at least 3 pairs with us now, though our neighbor said he spotted 8 birds on the house 2 days ago. Purple Martins are very neat birds and have the most amazing immigration and mating characteristics. They’re monogamous┬ábirds that live completely off of catching flying insects and fly to America every spring from South America to mate. After the babies are old enough, they fly back to South America for the winter. The craziest part of it is that year after year, the same birds will come back to the same house and even nest in the same hole on the house! It’s like having the same visitors year after year. They’re quite social birds and enjoy being around humans. You can read more about them here.

The neatest part about our bird house is that it’s nearly eye level with our game room. Cameron and I enjoy watching the birds daily.

I snapped some pictures of the birds the first day that I saw they had come to nest.

Up-close view of the house taken from the gameroom.

Yep, this is what our house backs up to currently. Well as of about 2 weeks ago. As of now there is a 1 story house to the left of the bird house where the man is standing and a 2 story house being framed to the right of the birdhouse where that blue and black truck is. We will be so thrilled when the construction is complete. The houses behind us were the last for our section of the neighborhood.

Female flying in. Yes, that’s a decoy bird on top.

We are so happy to have these special guests with us!

And here’s a video of them flying around the house at dusk. They seem to be most active in groups in the morning and evenings. We do see them during the day. We can’t wait for the babies to be born and watch the parents come swooping in with food to feed them. So neat to have a piece of nature in our back yard!

Video was taken March 22, 2011.

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