Purple Martins are here!!

The first sighting of Purple Martins in Collier County for the 2013 nesting season – December 29, 2012!

Two males were seen flying around the gourd racks of the Foxhaven colony in Foxfire.

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4 Responses to Purple Martins are here!!

  1. News Editor says:

    The birds you are describing are most likely Tree Swallows. They’re present in Florida in great numbers right now, and travel in large flocks. Tree Swallows are slightly smaller than Purple Martins, and both the males and females have white breasts. Their call is a kind of liquid twitter. Adult Male Purple Martins are all black, only the immatures and females have gray undersides. You will usually just see individuals or maybe two or three Martins at a time until they settle into a colony and they have an unmistakable rich melodious call.

    Here is a photo of Tree Swallows in Port Charlotte submitted recently by one of our members:
    tree swallows 2013

  2. Jim Sherby says:

    Are the swarms of birds purple martins in the Venice Fl area that look like swifts, swallows, or martins in evening that appear to be feeding on the fly…the purple martins? They congregate every evening as the sun sets then roost nearby. Indentification is hard wince they fly so fast.

  3. News Editor says:

    Good news! Congratulations!

  4. Leslie Weidenhammer says:

    I had two at my place January 9, 2013. Yeah!!!!!

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