It was so coincidental because I had just let the gourd rack down earlier this afternoon to take out some of the doorstops (put in earlier this spring to keep sparrows, starlings and tree swallows out till the martins arrived). I just had kind of a feeling that martins might be arriving soon, but I expected it would be the sub-adult martins. The pair that visited tonight were adults (the male was completely dark purple).
Monday, May 26, 2008
I was sitting on the couch tonight watching the 6:00 news and knitting on a hat. The windows were open and all of a sudden I heard it--a purple martin chirping outside! Now here's where I'm going to give a true confession: no matter where I am or what I'm doing, part of my concentration will be on listening for birds--whether it's on TV, or I'm near an open window or especially when I'm outside. This tends to drive people crazy -- especially people who spend any time with me outdoors (right Sissy?) because they might be in the middle of a story and I'll just stop them and say something like, "Did you hear that Indigo Bunting over there?" It's not that I'm deliberately trying to be rude, I'm just obsessed with birds.
OK, where was I? Oh yeah, back to the purple martins.....I jumped up and dashed to the patio door to look outside and sure enough, there they were! One was sitting on top of the pole while the other one was inside one of the gourds looking out. I grabbed my binocs and camera and headed out to the yard. The nice thing about martins is that they aren't fearful of humans, so I was able to get really close for this little video where you can hear him chirping.
Adult Male Purple Martin
(when you see a real martin, you wonder how they could possibly be fooled by my decoy attached to this perch!)I'm not sure where this pair came from, but I hope they come back (they departed shortly after I took these pictures).