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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8 Responses to Purple Martins are here!!

  1. News Editor says:

    Thank you for offering a home for Purple Martins! We started to receive local sighting reports about 2 weeks ago from landlords around Lee & Collier County, so this is only the beginning. Martins will be returning all during the next month or two, so please be patient. (see comment below)

    Since you are starting a new colony, it may take a while. You are more likely to attract more of the younger Second-Year birds, who arrive later.

    A lot depends on how you have located your housing, so check our article on ATTRACTING PURPLE MARTINS, on our page: MANAGING A PURPLE MARTIN COLONY and the links to more articles from the PMCA, for helpful information.

    Welcome aboard and Good Luck!

  2. dave tanner says:

    I have a new martin house and it is January 29th and have not seen any purple martins. When can I expect to see some?

  3. News Editor says:

    Although the first Purple Martins may show up in Florida in January, they continue to arrive all through March and even April. It’s not uncommon for new colonies to attract these later arriving birds as they are mostly the younger birds that were hatched the previous year (called “second-year” or “sub-adults”). If you don’t attract Martins this year, keep your housing open through June, as you may see Martins and their fledglings from other colonies check it out for next year. Continue to watch out for competitors like European Starlings and House Sparrows.

    Let us know if you’ve got any Martins.

  4. carl says:

    I want learn more about martins. I put my first house march 23 20014 am I to late . tampa florida

  5. 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

  6. 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.

  7. News Editor says:

    Good news! Congratulations!

  8. Leslie Weidenhammer says:

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

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