Blue Birds and Martins....BTW the wife and I went to the Purple Martin capital this past week. They have a Martin pole with 520 nest compartments in it. LOL Life in the Midwest is exciting. Close to home however only about 100 miles away from home for me.
That's a great story about purple martins. I wonder if the majority of the units get martins living in them. Did farmers always have martin houses, and did martins decline as small farms disappeared--or did pesticides kill off a lot of birds?
It's hard to single out a particular species that signals summer--there are so many to chose from. I guess maybe Baltimore oriole for early summer and common nighthawk for late August. Right now we are enjoying the sight of fledglings following adults around, sometimes begging for food--house finches, killdeers, kingbirds, song and chipping sparrows. The other day we found a yellow warbler foraging, grabbing a bug, and making a beeline for its insistent nestling--a young brown-headed cowbird! Oh well, maybe someday science will reveal that cowbirds fulfill some high ecological purpose.
sweetpea in pa wrote:The gray catbird, one of my favorites.
I have 3 gray catbirds coming to the grape jelly this year! Usually they stay a few weeks when they first arrive in the spring, then they stop eating the jelly, but not this year! They are great birds to watch!