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!
Wednesday, June 13, 2012
Well, Ms. Maddox, her mom, Lily, and I went to see our beloved birds today! When we first got there, this is what we saw...Not only were there martins all over the white house, but there were A LOT more Purple Martins than we are used to seeing! As we got closer and looked a t pod #1, look what was sitting outside...If you guessed the fledglings, you were right! There were three sitting outside their home! We were so excited! Here are the pods as we checked one by one...
First...my little helper..Pod #1
Knowing these are the oldest and they may fly out, we carefully opened and here is the view...Pod #2
These babies are growing and you can see little feathers growing...Pod #3 and #4
BARELY a sparrow nest in both pods!Pod #5
Look at all 5 of these sweet babies...lined up in a row!Pod #6
Remember this was our last nest to be built and it has had 4 eggs and LOTS of green leaves. When we opened it this morning, this was our view...Pod #7
These babies are the 2nd oldest to Pod #1, so as you will see, they have LOTS of feathers!Pod #8
Our last pod has babies with emerging feathers as well! We are so proud of the success we are seeing!Our 2 guests loved learning about the Purple Martins and seeing how they have grown!And..as the houses went back up, the birds came flying in. We counted at least 21 if not more!!!!
My plan now is to go up either Friday at 4 or Sunday....so I will most when I decide!
Rain Causing Problems
Over a week of solid and often heavy rains has been wreaking havoc on our
colony. Wet nests combined with underweight fledglings have them jumping
14 hours 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!