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The Purple Martin Colony at the Great Plains Nature Center

Male with food
Male Purple Martin with an insect for his brood

The Great Plains Nature Center is the proud landlord for a colony of Purple Martins!   These are the largest species of North American swallows, and are of special interest because they will readily use nests provided by people.  We put up our Purple Martin houses in spring 1999 and were pleasantly surprised to have full occupancy within a month!

Click here for the 2016 nesting record.
We saw the first martins on March 24.

In 2000 we documented the progress of our "tenants" on our web site.   We had weekly updates on our little families, with pictures and information about our birds and Purple Martin natural history.  Our birds raised 29 young in 2000.   See the photos and information on these pages for what a "typical" nesting cycle is like.
bulletClick here for our May 2000 nest visits.
bulletClick here for our June 2000 nest visits.
bulletClick here for our July 2000 nest visits.

 

Click below to see how our colony did each year.

bullet2016 - 33 martins fledged
bullet2015 - 34 martins fledged
bullet2014 - 40 martins fledged! - our best year ever!
bullet2013 - 25 martins fledged
bullet2012 - 9 martins fledged
bullet2011 - only 1 martin fledged - Extreme heat in early July killed most of the nestlings.
bullet2010 - 38 martins fledged
bullet2009 - 32 martins fledged
bullet2008 - 31 martins fledged
bullet2007 - 15 martins fledged
bullet2006 - 11 martins fledged
bullet2005 -  8 martins fledged
bullet2004 was a total bust.  A combination of cool, rainy weather and starling competition seem to have been the sources of our troubles.
bullet2003 - zero martins fledged
bullet2002 - 9 martins fledged
bullet2001 - 8 or more martins fledged
bullet2000 - 29 martins fledged

Purple Martins east of the Rocky Mountains in the United States use artificial nesting structures almost exclusively.

Our colony has eight units mounted in a circular array on a flagpole-like structure.  Each unit is a white plastic artificial gourd with an entrance hole for the birds and a screw-on lid for checking the nest. 

Our Purple Martin Colony

Because of problems with starlings, in 2005 we modified our nests with starling-excluding openings and they did their job well.  Here is what the opening looks like.  The platform has a non-skid material on it that gives the birds better traction for wiggling through the opening.  There is a similar platform on the inside so they can wiggle back out again!

Starling excluder opening

Checking Nests

The whole contraption can be lowered with a rope and pulley for maintenance and inspection.   The birds leave while this is being done, but otherwise they don't seem to mind very much.  The gourd rack has a notch that fits into a bolt on the side of the pole at top, so the nests stay in the same compass position when they are raised back up.  This is vital because the birds orient to the position of "their" nest, and will get confused if it changes its place.

GPNC PURPLE MARTIN NEWS FOR 2016

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March 28 - We saw our first martin late last week, which is about on time. Today we have 4 or 5 soaring in the skies above and calling actively. We're glad to see and hear them again!

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April 20 - Despite lots of activity around the gourd structure there has still been no nest material brought in,

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May 11 - We have full occupancy and lots of nest building going on, with one gourd that looks like it is just about ready for eggs!

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May 18 - We have one more complete nest this week, but still no eggs. All the cool rainy weather lately may be holding them back.

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June 2 - Looks like we have almost full occupancy. Gourd 8 is the only not showing any progress. We have 34 eggs! We found one dead male on the ground nearby last week, so that may hinder the success of one of the nests.

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June 28 - We have babies in every nest! Gourds 4 and 8 are much later than the other six, but they each have good-sized clutches in them. There were 10 eggs lost from the earlier nests, but with the participation of the parents in 4 and 8, we still have 33 baby martins at this point. The birds in the more advanced nests are all growing feathers and will probably fledge in two weeks or less.

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July 14 - Some of the baby purple martins have fledged and all we saw still in the gourds are nearly fully-feathered. We have not seen any evidence of mortality, so we are counting our production as 33 martins for 2016!

Summary of nesting activity in our colony in 2016

Gourd 1 faces East and they are numbered in clockwise order as viewed from above
(2 is Southeast, 3 is South, etc.).

Date Nest 1 Nest 2 Nest 3 Nest 4 Nest 5 Nest 6 Nest 7 Nest 8
14 July 5 fledglings ALL GONE! 4 fledglings 4 fledglings 2 fledglings 4 fledglings 1 fledgling 5 fledglings
28 June 5 nestlings 5 nestlings 4 nestlings 4 hatchlings 5 nestlings 4 nestlings 1 nestling 5 hatchlings
2 June 6 eggs! 6 eggs! 4 eggs! Complete nest 6 eggs! 6 eggs! 6 eggs! Partial nest
18 May Complete nest Partial nest Partial nest Partial nest Complete nest Partial nest Partial nest Partial nest
11 May Partial nest Partial nest Partial nest Partial nest Complete nest Partial nest Partial nest Partial nest
20 April no nest no nest no nest no nest no nest no nest no nest no nest

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July 27, 2015, Final Report - All the martins have fledged.  We still have a lot of activity around the gourd rack but we are also hearing reports of mass roosting behavior downtown, which means the birds are starting to think about returning south. We have tallied 34 new martins this year!

Summary of nesting activity in our colony in 2015
Date Nest 1 Nest 2 Nest 3 Nest 4 Nest 5 Nest 6 Nest 7 Nest 8
27 July empty nest ALL GONE! empty nest ALL GONE! ALL GONE! empty nest ALL GONE! ALL GONE!
14 July ALL GONE! 5 fledglings ALL GONE! 4 fledglings 5 fledglings ALL GONE! 5 fledglings! 3 fledglings
1 July 5 nestlings 5 Nestlings 4 nestlings 4 nestlings! 5 nestlings 3 nestlings 5 nestlings! 3 nestlings
17 June 5 nestlings 8 eggs! 4 nestlings 5 eggs! 5 eggs! 3 nestlings 8 eggs! 5 eggs
8 June 6 eggs 8 eggs! 5 eggs 5 eggs! 5 eggs! 5 eggs 8 eggs! 4 eggs
29 May 6 eggs 3 eggs! 5 eggs Complete nest Complete nest 5 eggs! 3 eggs Complete nest
22 May 6 eggs! Complete nest 2 eggs! Partial nest Complete nest 5 eggs! 4 eggs Complete nest
14 May Complete nest 3 eggs! Complete nest Partial nest Partial nest 1 egg! 4 eggs 3 eggs!
8 May Complete nest Complete nest Partial nest no nest yet Partial nest Complete nest 1 egg! Complete nest

  For pictures from a typical nesting season, see the reports for May, June and July 2000. 

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July 15, 2014, Final Report - All our babies have fledged now.  They will soon join the mass flocks heading south for the winter, which typically use a staging area in downtown Wichita prior to departure.   It's great fun to watch them all fly into the roost at sunset!  We fledged 40 martins this year, a new record!

Summary of nesting activity in our colony in 2014
Date Nest 1 Nest 2 Nest 3 Nest 4 Nest 5 Nest 6 Nest 7 Nest 8
15 July ALL GONE! ALL GONE! empty empty ALL GONE! ALL GONE! empty ALL GONE!
8 July 7 nestlings 3 nestlings ALL GONE! empty 2 nestlings 5 nestlings empty 4 nestlings
3 July 7 nestlings 3 nestlings 4 nestlings empty 4 nestlings 5 nestlings ALL GONE! 5 nestlings
25 June 7 nestlings 3 nestlings 4 nestlings ALL GONE! 4 nestlings 5 nestlings 6 nestlings 5 nestlings
18 June 7 nestlings 4 hatchlings! 5 nestlings 5 nestlings 4 nestlings 6 nestlings 6 nestlings 5 nestlings
12 June 6 hatchlings! one egg 4 eggs 5 hatchlings! one egg 5 nestlings 4 hatchlings! 5 hatchlings! one egg 6 nestlings 4 hatchlings! one egg
4 June 7 eggs!! 4 eggs 6 eggs 5 hatchlings!
one egg
5 eggs 6 eggs 6 hatchlings! 5 eggs
28 May 7 eggs!! 1 egg 6 eggs 6 eggs 5 eggs 6 eggs 6 eggs 5 eggs
14 May complete nest partial nest complete nest 5 eggs complete nest complete nest complete nest partial nest
7 May no nest yet no nest yet complete nest complete nest partial nest partial nest complete nest no nest yet

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July 23, 2013 - Final Report - All our babies have fledged now - 25 total!  The gourd structure is still a popular spot for the martins to roost in the mornings, but we expect they will all soon join their kin in the big migratory flocks for the long trip south.

Summary of nesting activity in our colony in 2013
Date Nest 1 Nest 2 Nest 3 Nest 4 Nest 5 Nest 6 Nest 7 Nest 8
23 -July empty nest no nost empty no nest empty nest empty nest ALL GONE! 5 eggs
17 -July empty nest no nost ALL GONE! no nest empty nest empty nest 4 nestlings 5 eggs
11 -July ALL GONE! no nost 1 nestling no nest ALL GONE! ALL GONE! 4 nestlings 5 eggs
5 -July 4 nestlings no nost 5 nestlings no nest 5 nestlings 2 nestlings 4 nestlings 5 eggs
27-June 5 nestlings no nost 5 nestlings no nest 5 nestlings 6 nestlings 4 hatchlings 5 eggs
21-June not checked this week
14-June 5 nestlings no nost 5 hatchlings no nest 5 nestlings 6 nestlings 4 eggs 5 eggs
6-June 5 eggs no nost 5 eggs no nest 5 eggs 6 eggs 3 eggs 5 eggs
30-May 5 eggs no nost 4 eggs no nest 5 eggs 6 eggs partial nest 5 eggs
24-May 5 eggs House Sparrows! complete nest partial nest 3 eggs 6 eggs! `no nest 2 eggs
16-May complete nest House Sparrows! partial nest partial nest partial nest complete nest House Sparrows! partial nest
9-May partial nest partial nest partial nest partial nest partial nest partial nest House Sparrows! no nest yet

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bulletJuly 27, 2012 - Final Report: The birds have all fledged and left the nest structure.  The pre-migration flocking began a week ago downtown near Via Christi hospital, much earlier than in prior years.   The birds will stage at this site for several days and then leave to migrate south.   During the staging period, it is a real treat to go there at sunset and watch the massive flocks of martins come swooshing into the line of trees to roost for the night.

Summary of nesting activity in our colony in 2012

Date Nest 1 Nest 2 Nest 3 Nest 4 Nest 5 Nest 6 Nest 7 Nest 8
27-July All nest material removed no nest yet no nest yet ALL GONE! no nest yet empty empty no nest yet
3-July House Sparrows! no nest yet no nest yet 1 nestling no nest yet empty ALL GONE! no nest yet
26-June House Sparrows! no nest yet no nest yet 1 nestling no nest yet ALL GONE! 5 nestlings no nest yet
19-June partial nest no nest yet no nest yet 1 nestling,  3 eggs no nest yet 4 nestlings 5 nestlings no nest yet
13-June partial nest no nest yet no nest yet 1 hatchling,  3 eggs no nest yet 4 nestlings 5 nestlings no nest yet
5-June partial nest no nest yet no nest yet 4 eggs no nest yet 4 nestlings 5 hatchlings no nest yet
29-May partial nest no nest yet no nest yet 4 eggs no nest yet 5 hatchlings, 1 egg 5 eggs no nest yet
22-May partial nest no nest yet no nest yet 2 eggs no nest yet 6 eggs 5 eggs no nest yet
15-May partial nest no nest yet no nest yet complete nest no nest yet 6 eggs complete nest no nest yet
8-May partial nest no nest yet no nest yet complete nest no nest yet 2 eggs complete nest no nest yet
1-May no nest yet no nest yet no nest yet partial nest no nest yet partial nest no nest yet no nest yet

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bulletJuly 26, 2011 - Final Report: The nestling in gourd 2 succeeded in fledging!  Only a few birds are seen now around the nest structure.  All the local purple martins should be flocking together soon for the migration south.  We hope next year goes better for them than this year.

Summary of nesting activity in our colony in 2011

Date

Nest 1

Nest 2

Nest 3

Nest 4

Nest 5

Nest 6

Nest 7

Nest 8

26-July empty GONE! Partial Nest empty empty empty empty 3 eggs
21-July empty 1 nestling,
3 eggs
Partial Nest empty empty empty empty 3 eggs
14-July all dead - heat 1 nestling,
3 eggs
Partial Nest all dead all dead all dead all dead 3 eggs
8-July 5 nestlings 1 nestling,
3 eggs
Partial Nest 5 nestlings 4 nestlings 4 nestlings 4 nestlings 3 eggs
30-June 5 nestlings 1 hatchling,
3 eggs
Partial Nest 5 hatchlings 5 nestlings 5 nestlings 5 nestlings 3 eggs
22-June 5 nestlings 4 eggs Partial Nest 5 eggs 5 nestlings 1 egg 5 nestlings 5 nestlings 3 eggs
15-June 5 eggs 4 eggs Partial Nest 5 eggs 6 eggs 5 eggs 5 eggs 3 eggs
9-June 5 eggs 3 eggs Partial Nest 5 eggs 6 eggs 5 eggs 5 eggs 3 eggs
2-June 5 eggs Partial Nest Partial Nest Partial Nest 1 egg 5 eggs 1 egg 3 eggs
27-May Complete Nest no nest yet Partial Nest Partial Nest Complete Nest Complete Nest Complete Nest Partial Nest
18-May Partial Nest no nest yet Partial Nest Partial Nest Partial Nest Partial Nest Partial Nest Partial Nest
11-May Partial Nest no nest yet no nest yet no nest yet no nest yet Partial Nest Partial Nest no nest yet
4-May Partial Nest no nest yet no nest yet no nest yet no nest yet no nest yet no nest yet no nest yet

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bulletJuly 20, 2010 - Final Report: All gourds are empty now.  With the losses previously noted, we have fledged 38 martins this year, a new record!

Summary of nesting activity in our colony in 2010

Date

Nest 1

Nest 2

Nest 3

Nest 4

Nest 5

Nest 6

Nest 7

Nest 8

20-July empty ALL GONE! ALL GONE! empty empty empty ALL GONE! empty
14-July empty 3 fledgings 1 fledgling,
1 dead
empty empty empty 5 fledglings ALL GONE!
6-July empty 5 fledgings 4 fledglings ALL GONE! empty empty 5 fledglings 5 fledglings
29-June ALL GONE! 5 nestlings 4 nestlings 5 fledglings ALL GONE! ALL GONE! 6 nestlings 5 nestlings
22-June 4 nestlings 5 hatchlings 4 nestlings 5 nestlings 4 fledglings 7 fledglings 6 hatchlings 5 nestlings
15-June 4 nestlings 5 eggs 3 hatchlings
2 eggs
6 nestlings 4 nestlings 7 nestlings 6 eggs 5 hatchlings
8-June 4 nestlings 5 eggs 5 eggs 6 hatchlings 4 nestlings 7 nestlings 6 eggs 5 eggs
1-June 4 hatchlings
1 egg
2 eggs 5 eggs 6 eggs 4 nestlings
2 eggs
7 hatchlings 5 eggs 5 eggs
26-May 5 eggs Complete nest Complete nest 6 eggs 6 eggs 7 eggs (!!) Complete nest Complete nest
19-May 4 eggs Complete nest Complete nest 6 eggs 6 eggs 7 eggs (!!) Complete nest Complete nest
11-May Complete nest Partial nest Partial nest Complete nest 5 eggs 6 eggs Partial nest Partial nest

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bulletAugust 11, 2009 - Final Report: All the martins have departed the colony.  We raised 32 martins this year - beating our previous record of 31 from 2008.  Thousands of martins from throughout the area have massed into a migratory flock which has been observed roosting at night near downtown Wichita.  We hope they have a good trip to Latin America this winter and look forward to seeing them return next spring!  And we also hope those which return will investigate and use the new martin house we put up this year!

Summary of nesting activity in our colony in 2009

Date

Nest 1

Nest 2

Nest 3

Nest 4

Nest 5

Nest 6

Nest 7

Nest 8

31-July

empty partial nest empty empty empty empty empty ALL GONE!

15-July

ALL GONE! partial nest ALL GONE! ALL GONE! ALL GONE! empty ALL GONE! 5 nestlings

8-July

3 still inside partial nest 2 still inside 4 still inside 3 still inside ALL GONE!
1 dead nestling
4 still inside 5 nestlings

30-June

5 nestlings partial nest 3 nestlings 6 nestlings 3 nestlings 6 nestlings 4 nestlings 5 nestlings

23-June

5 nestlings partial nest 3 nestlings 6 nestlings 3 nestlings 6 nestlings 4 nestlings 4 hatchlings
1 egg

17-June

5 nestlings partial nest 3 nestlings 6 nestlings 3 nestlings
1 infertile egg
6 nestlings 4 nestlings 5 eggs

8-June

5 eggs partial nest 3 eggs 6 eggs 4 eggs 5 eggs,
2 hatchlings
4 eggs 5 eggs

3-June

5 eggs partial nest 3 eggs 6 eggs 5 eggs 7 eggs (!!) 4 eggs 1 egg

26-May

4 eggs partial nest 1 egg 6 eggs 2 eggs 7 eggs (!!) 2 eggs partial nest

19-May

complete nest partial nest partial nest complete nest partial nest complete nest partial nest empty

13-May

partial nest partial nest partial nest complete nest partial nest complete nest partial nest empty

5-May

empty empty partial nest partial nest empty partial nest empty empty

28-April

empty empty partial nest partial nest empty partial nest empty empty

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bulletJuly 10, 2008, Final Report -  We fledged 31 martins this year.  Our best year ever!

Summary of nesting activity in our colony in 2008

Date

Nest 1

Nest 2

Nest 3

Nest 4

Nest 5

Nest 6

Nest 7

Nest 8

3-July

empty empty

empty

empty empty empty empty ALL GONE!

3-July

empty empty

ALL GONE!

ALL GONE!
but one dead)
ALL GONE! ALL GONE! ALL GONE! 5 nestlings

26-June

ALL GONE! empty

5 nestlings

2 nestlings 4 nestlings 4 nestlings 4 nestlings 5 nestlings

19-June

1 egg,
2 nestlings
empty

5 nestlings

5 nestlings 6 nestlings 4 nestlings 5 nestlings 5 nestlings

12-June

1 egg,
2 nestlings
empty

5 nestlings

5 nestlings 6 nestlings 4 nestlings 5 nestlings 5 hatchlings

5-June

1 egg,
2 hatchlings
empty

6 hatchlings!

5 nestlings! 6 nestlings 1 egg,
5 hatchlings!
6 eggs 5 eggs

29-May

5 eggs empty

6 eggs

5 eggs 6 hatchlings! 6 eggs 6 eggs 5 eggs

22-May

5 eggs empty

6 eggs

5 eggs 6 eggs 6 eggs 6 eggs 1 egg

15-May

5 eggs empty

3 eggs

5 eggs 6 eggs (!) 1 egg 4 eggs Partial Nest

8-May

Complete Nest empty

Complete Nest

Complete Nest 2 eggs Complete Nest Complete Nest Partial Nest

1-May

Complete Nest empty

Partial Nest

Complete Nest Complete Nest SPARROWS! Complete Nest Partial Nest

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bulletJuly 10, 2007 - Final Report: - Our birds have all fledged!  We produced 15 martins this year.

Summary of nesting activity in our colony in 2007

Date

Nest 1

Nest 2

Nest 3

Nest 4

Nest 5

Nest 6

Nest 7

Nest 8

10-July

Partial Nest

ALL GONE!

Partial Nest

ALL GONE! empty ALL GONE! Partial Nest Partial Nest

3-July

Partial Nest

ALL GONE!

Partial Nest

3 Nestlings empty 6 Nestlings Partial Nest Partial Nest

26-June

Partial Nest

5 Nestlings 1 Fledged

Partial Nest

3 Nestlings empty 7 Nestlings Partial Nest Partial Nest

19-June

Partial Nest

6 Nestlings

Partial Nest

4 Nestlings empty 7 Nestlings Partial Nest Partial Nest

12-June

Partial Nest

6 Nestlings

Partial Nest

5 Hatchlings empty 7 Nestlings Partial Nest Partial Nest

6-June

Partial Nest

6 Nestlings

Partial Nest

5 Eggs empty 7 Hatchlings Partial Nest Partial Nest

30-May

Partial Nest

3 Eggs & 3 Hatchlings

Partial Nest

5 Eggs empty 7 Eggs Partial Nest Partial Nest

22-May

Partial Nest 6 Eggs

Partial Nest

4 Eggs empty 7 Eggs! Partial Nest Partial Nest

15-May

Partial Nest 6 Eggs

SPARROWS!

empty empty 1 Egg Partial Nest Partial Nest

8-May

Partial Nest Partial Nest

SPARROWS!

empty empty Partial Nest Partial Nest Partial Nest

1-May

Partial Nest Partial Nest

SPARROWS!

empty empty Partial Nest Partial Nest Partial Nest

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bulletJuly 20, 2006 - Final Report: After more than a week of blistering heat, the martins have gone elsewhere.  The only time we see them is once in a while in the early morning around the colony.  Two dead nestlings in gourd 3 attest to the negative effects of this heat wave.  Those evidently did not fledge in time.  The 3 eggs in gourd 4 will be left for another week and then removed.  Our total fledged for 2006 is eleven birds.

Summary of nesting activity in our colony in 2006

Date

Nest 1

Nest 2

Nest 3

Nest 4

Nest 5

Nest 6

Nest 7

Nest 8

20-July

ALL GONE!

Partial Nest

2 dead nestlings

3 eggs

empty

empty

ALL GONE!

Partial Nest

13-July

Not checked this week

6-July

ALL GONE!

Partial Nest

5 nestlings

3 eggs!

empty

empty

3 nestlings

Partial Nest

29-June

5 nestlings

Partial Nest

5 nestlings

Complete Nest

removed the sparrow nest

empty

3 nestlings & severe mite infestation

Partial Nest

22-June

5 nestlings

Partial Nest

5 nestlings

Complete Nest

possible sparrow nest

empty

4 nestlings

Partial Nest

15-June

5 nestlings, 1infertile egg

Partial Nest

4 hatchlings, 1 egg

Complete Nest

2 eggs

SPARROWS!

4 eggs, 1 hatchling

Partial Nest

8-June

6 eggs

Partial Nest

5 eggs

Complete Nest

Complete Nest

SPARROWS!

5 eggs

Partial Nest

1-June

6 eggs

Partial Nest

5 eggs

Complete Nest

Complete Nest

dead female, nest material removed

4 eggs

Partial Nest

25-May

not checked

19-May

Complete Nest

Partial Nest

Complete Nest

Partial Nest

Partial Nest

Partial Nest

Partial Nest

no nest yet

11-May

Partial Nest

Partial Nest

Partial Nest

no nest yet

no nest yet

no nest yet

no nest yet

no nest yet

4-May

Partial Nest

no nest yet

Partial Nest

no nest yet

no nest yet

no nest yet

no nest yet

no nest yet

27-April

no nest yet

no nest yet

no nest yet

no nest yet

no nest yet

no nest yet

no nest yet

no nest yet

20-April

no nest yet

no nest yet

no nest yet

no nest yet

no nest yet

no nest yet

SPARROWS!

no nest yet

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bulletJuly 20, 2005- Final Report: Our martins have fledged!   All eight of our nestlings flew the coop within the last week.  They are still hanging around the nest structure during the early morning, but they and their parents will soon be joining the migratory flocks as they prepare to go south for the winter.  We were disappointed that only two of our gourds were used in 2005, but we were VERY pleased that the starling excluders worked!

Summary of nesting activity in our colony in 2005

Date

Nest 1

Nest 2

Nest 3

Nest 4

Nest 5

Nest 6

Nest 7

Nest 8

1-June

5 eggs

empty

1 egg

empty

empty

empty

empty

empty

8-June

5 eggs

empty

4 eggs

empty

empty

empty

empty

empty

15-June

5 hatched

empty

4 eggs

empty

empty

empty

empty

empty

23-June

4 nestlings

empty

4 hatched

empty

empty

empty

empty

empty

28-June

4 nestlings

empty

4 nestlings

empty

empty

empty

empty

empty

6-July

4 nestlings

empty

4 nestlings

empty

empty

empty

empty

empty

12-July

4 nestlings

empty

4 nestlings

empty

empty

empty

empty

empty

20-July

All gone!

empty

All gone!

empty

empty

empty

empty

empty

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Summary of nesting activity in our colony in 2000

Date

Nest 1

Nest 2

Nest 3

Nest 4

Nest 5

Nest 6

Nest 7

Nest 8

1-May

Nest built

Nest built

Partial Nest

Nest built

Partial Nest

Partial Nest

Partial Nest

Twig

8-May

2 eggs

Nest built

Partial Nest

Nest built

Partial Nest

Partial Nest

Partial Nest

Twig

15-May

5 eggs

6 eggs

Nest built

6 eggs

Nest built

Nest built,
1 egg

Nest built

Twig

22-May

5 eggs

6 eggs

4 eggs

6 eggs

Nest built

3 eggs

4 eggs

Partial Nest

30-May

5 hatched

5/6 hatched

4 eggs

6 hatched

4 eggs

3 eggs

5 eggs

Partial Nest,
1 egg

5-June

5 nestlings

6 hatched

1/4 hatched

6 nestlings

4 eggs

1/4 hatched

3 eggs

Nest built, 5 eggs

12-June

5 nestlings

6 nestlings

4 hatched

6 nestlings

1/4 hatched

3 nestlings

3 hatched

5 eggs

19-June

5 nestlings, all banded

6 nestlings, all banded

4 nestlings

6 nestlings, all banded

1 hatched,
3 bad eggs

3 nestlings

3 nestlings

2/5 hatched

26-June 5 fledged 6 fledged

4 nestlings, all banded

6 fledged

1 nestling

3 nestlings, all banded

2 nestlings banded,
1 dead

2 nestlings,
3 bad eggs

3-July

5 fledged

6 fledged

4 fledged

6 fledged

1 nestling banded and
1 more egg (!)

3 fledged

2 fledged

2 nestlings banded

10-July

5 fledged

6 fledged

4 fledged

6 fledged

1 fledged,
egg abandoned

3 fledged

2 fledged

2 nestlings banded

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To learn more about Purple Martins
and how you can become a Purple Martin landlord yourself, visit these websites.

The Purple Martin Conservation Association
http://www.purplemartin.org/

The Purple Martin Society of North America
http://www.purplemartins.com/

 

Up May 2000 nest visits June 2000 nest visits July 2000 nest visits 2001 Martins 2002 Martins 2003 Martins

 

Questions or comments?  Send Email to Jim Mason Spidey
Or write us at: 
Great Plains Nature Center
6232 E. 29th Street North
Wichita, KS 67220-2200             Call:  316-683-5499            Fax:  316-688-9555