Purple Martins have returned to Connecticut! On this somewhat unexpected early date, Gazebo Phil welcomed back eight Purple Martins to Martin Acres by the Sea. If you have never seen his impressive community and amazing website and cameras you need to check out and then bookmark the following site: http://gazebophil.com
We were expecting them to return from Brazil somewhere around the 14th or 15th of April. Even better, Gazebo Phil told me he saw a bird pop in yesterday that he thought was a Purple Martin, and not a European Starling, from the brief glance he got. The birds called and soared all around the area this morning, catching a snack here and there while checking out the gourds. Some of them even went into the gourds already!
Please take a look at Gazebo Phil's website all spring and summer. I know you will find watching the Purple Martin community grow, nest, and feeding hundreds of young birds extremely compelling.
Photos © Scott Kruitbosch