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!
Tuesday, May 22, 2012
Monday,May 21, 2012
This weekend we made sure to put some Diatomaceous earth in all of the nests. This ALL NATURAL product, that Wild Birds Unlimited donated to us, safely kills the mites and bugs but is harmless to our martins and babies! All data is not in, but here are the updates I have!
The purple martin babies are sleeping. The nest looks complete. The baby birds are growing their feathers. They look like they are turning a grayish-purple.
Pod 2-Same 5 eggs! Notice the green leaf which is something Purple Martins do before laying eggs!
House 3 is still a sparrow’s nest. Today, there was an egg in there.
Pod #4-Large sparrow nest but NO eggs.
6 eggs! You can see the stuff we sprinkled, it's at the bottom of the picture, to protect against bugs!
Pod #7-No change. Still a purple martin nest with 4 eggs.
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!