Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Gazebo Phil's Purple Martins

I want to introduce everyone to our very good friend Gazebo Phil. He is a huge fan of the majestic Purple Martin and a Connecticut Audubon Society benefactor. His website is here:

Purple Martin at Stratford Point in 2010

There you will find live streaming video of two Purple Martin colonies on the shore of Long Island Sound during the breeding season. Purple Martins will arrive in Connecticut around mid-April. They will lay eggs in the end of May that will hatch near mid-June. The young will fledge and all birds will form flocks and depart in early to mid-August. On Phil's website you will see amazing live shots from both within a Purple Martin gourd and on the colonies themselves. You will see eggs hatching, bugs being caught, feeding, aerial acrobatics, and much more.

The two colonies fledged approximately 170 birds in 2010. All of us hope the Purple Martin colonies we have set up at the Coastal Center at Milford Point and Stratford Point will be used this year, too. We will be updating you frequently here, on our website, and on Gazebo Phil's website all spring and summer. If you have any questions or comments please do not hesitate to submit them via the forms on his website. Please visit our two locations when you can and check in on what will be nonstop action at Gazebo Phil's every day.
Bookmark his site - you will not regret it and probably become an addicted Purple Martin viewer like so many thousands of others.

Photo © Scott Kruitbosch

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