Hello Purple Martins

Hello Purple Martins

Yesterday I was able to get out to the wildlife refuge near me. It was very hot, but we went early enough so that it wasn’t that bad.

I didn’t see any new birds for the year, but I didn’t expect to anyway… I did see a family of Purple Martins sitting on a wire.

Usually I see Purple Martins flying low over the lakes, foraging for their food. They will catch insects and eat them in mid air.

This is a photo of a female Purple Martin, notice the white on the belly and grayish coloring on the back.

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Next is a photo of a male Purple Martin, see the difference, he has a glossy blackish back and belly.

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They can be found in Canada and throughout all of Eastern US and west to Central US. They will winter in the Tropics.

Remember to stay healthy and stay safe!

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