Well, I went up to check the birds and as predicted...we only have one nest left with babies. When I come in the morning, there are usually TONS of martins. However, at 4:00 today it was VERY quiet! We did find a sparrow nest in one of the Martin's old nests! We thought that was pretty smart of them instead of starting all over!
As soon as I get the pics, I will post.
During one visit, we had a few questions, so here are answers that Jayden found!
1) Where do purple martins sleep? If they have not fledged yet, they sleep in the nest box or gourd. If they have fledged, they sleep in areas that they think are okay to perch in.
2) How many purple martin babies did MWE have this year? Jayden calculated that there were six nests of purple martins, each with 4 young, except one nest that had 3.
He wrote the problem like this: 4+4+4+4+4+3=23 The answer is 23 new purple martins!
When I first arrived at the purple martin houses, I was AMAZED at all of the birds! I literally rolled down my window and started snapping shots. Here are a few that show ALL of them on the 2 houses and the roof of MWE.
If you click on the picture, you can see it closer. How many birds do you count?
After taking still shots, I decided to video. I will post that at the top after I finish this update!
The whole Gunsolley family joined me today as well as the Campbell family! It was great to have them all their to experience this wonderful time!
Prior to looking in the houses, Jayden predicted that there would be 2 fully grown babies in Pod 2. (There were 4 to begin)....and he was...
RIGHT! We picked in and saw these 2 beauties looking back at us!
All the other pods were empty except of course our Pod #6. These babies are getting so big!
Then, Mrs. Campbell found this that one of our birds dropped...
and we tried to see if they wanted to eat it for dinner...
I think they were too scared to eat. So then we moved the dragonfly to the older babies in pod 2....
We watched, but think they were too scared also.
So I will leave you with a few more shots of the MANY MANY purple martins! One of the shots will be trees and they were actually perching in the top! Can you spot them?
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,
4 weeks 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!