If I needed any reminder of why watching birds is so compelling for me, my visits to the purple martin colony gave me exactly that. Tons of fun, new information, and surprises!
Even though, I had seen images, I also was in disbelief about the huge size of the dragonflies that martins capture while on the wing. I thought, surely we don't have dragonflies that large in Tennessee, maybe west or north of us. But that doubt was quickly abated as I witnessed martins bringing enormous dragonflies to their young.
And as the nesting season progressed into late July, I had the pleasure of seeing curious nestlings poking their heads out of gourd cavities as they watched all the activity going on around them. If you've ever visited a martin colony, you know there is plenty of activity, especially when fledging is in progress.
Links and Resources:
To listen to purple martins vocalize visit Cornell's page on purple martins.
Visit the Purple Martin Conservation Association's page on the purple martin roost.
To see all my posts on my observations of this colony visit: purple martins. The most recent post will be first.