After our first successful season in 2012, our colony has continued to grow! This BLOG is the history of our Purple Martin Journey at Meadow Wood Elementary!
A Successful Nesting Season!
Thursday, June 3, 2010
June 2nd Final Check with 2nd Graders
The 2nd graders all went out yesterday to check the open pods one last time before 5th grade graduation and the end of school. The students and Mrs. Campbell, a loyal purple martin landlord, had noticed quite a bit of sparrow activity in the pods since the boarding up of the white condos. Sure enough, the sparrows had built a HUGE nest in pod #4. After waiting 2 full days to check, they had time to build and then lay 3 eggs. Truly amazing! It makes me wonder if we should open some of the white condos to keep the sparrows away from the pods? Other than removing any sparrow nests, the other important job of the landlords is to make sure no birds or predators are getting to the precious eggs. Our momma martin flew out of her pod when we arrived and stayed close, circling just above us the entire time. She is such a protective mom! :) Our eggs were just fine and looking at the additional leaves in the nest and the position of the eggs, we could tell that the martin pair have been working to make things comfortable when the babies hatch! Though school is now over, I will be checking the houses often. You can BET I will be there June 6,7 and so on to check if there is any cracking in the eggs! Check back for times I might be going and you are welcome to join me!
Rain Fledgling Update
Day 12 of this terrible weather and all but 1 of the babies are holding
their own. I am fattening them up but with more heavy rain in the forecast,
1 month ago
Welcome to the Meadow Wood Elementary Purple Martin Blog
After almost 3 school years, we FINALLY have our first purple martins that are nesting in our pods. This is a very exciting time for our students! Each morning the second graders check the pods for sparrow nests so that they can be removed in order to help the martins. The purpose of this blog is to provide the students a chance to keep up with what is happening in the purple martin nest while they are not in school!