Purple Martins Arrive at North Park

Posted on Feb 7, 2019 in Featured, News

First Purple Martins have arrived at North Park

February 1, 2019

 

Krista Adams is happy to report that five (5) Purple Martins have arrived at North Park on Friday, February 1, 2019.  This is the beginning of the 2019 season.  Over the next several weeks, others will join to quickly fill up the gourds racks located by the walking path.

 

The first adult martins to arrive at their breeding grounds from the Amazon Basin are termed scouts, the oldest birds, male or female, returning to their nesting site from the previous year.   Subadults will follow 4-12 weeks after the adult birds.  Subadults are birds that fledged the previous year and are now returning to North America to select a site and breed.

 

Nest building will begin 4-6 weeks after the martins arrive and are generally built out of twigs, straw, and mud.  Nest building can take three to four weeks to complete.  The last stage in nest building is linking the cup with green leaves.  If green leaves are observed in the nest then egg laying will soon follow.

 

Krista and her family are excited to see their first martins at North Park.  It’s going to be a great year!   Stay tuned!

 

For additional information about Purple Martins, please visit www.purplemartin.org.

 

For questions, contact Krista at louisianapurplemartins@gmail.com.