Purple Martin Air Show



The martin babies are here and my backyard is filled with aerial acrobatics, daring feats of swooping and swerving, diving and climbing moms and dads trying to keep all those babies'  mouths full.  I read somewhere that the parents will feed their babies 50 times a day..whew! I know they are tired! 
The female on the top left reminded me of the bird in the dew that I posted here and I'm sure that one was a female martin.  It's just so rare to see them sitting on the ground like that.  
The female on the right has caught a dragonfly and is being watched closely in case she drops it!  
This is my favorite time with our martins- when they fly around and chatter all day long.  It won't be long and the babies will be learning to fly, and then they will be gone..usually by the end of July, with a few stragglers stopping in for a rest sometime in August.  


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45 comments:

  1. This is an amazing picture to me, and one even has a dragonfly! 50 times a day!

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  2. Are these special bird apartments? Feeding places, or do they nest in there? the dragon-fly, what a super photo. Enjoy their short time with you. Lovely story to go with the super photo. Cheers,Jean

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  3. Awesome! I love birds:)
    Blessings,
    Aimee

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  4. Morning Terri what a wonderful capture , that must be quite fun watching those Martin's. Here now but not for long as you say.
    Keep up the great photography
    x Sheila x

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  5. They are awesome birds! I was going to ask you if that was a dragonfly, wings looked right.. :) I didn't realize they left in July!!!

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  6. You are so lucky to have these cute Purple Martins zooming around your yard. The dragonfly capture is neat.. I guess the skeeters are under control in your yard too. Awesome shot! Thank you for linking up to my critter party. Have a happy weekend!

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  7. That's awesome! You've got some excellent bug control. I haven't seen martins in a long time.

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  8. your photo of one, in the dew, is soooooo magical......

    oh dear, the dragonfly is dinner for the babies. i love dragonflies. but 'tis the circle of life. all life, lives on other living things. accept it.

    tessa~

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  9. You are fortunate to have a good colony of martins. I tried and now I haven't seen a martin in town for years.

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  10. love the skeeter eaters, no matter the type! :)

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  11. Fantastic and creative shot ~ love all the action ~ thanks, Happy Weekend ~ ^_^

    artmusedog and carol (A Creative Harbor)

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  12. I got stuck on the 50 times a day.. i am truly thankful i am not a Martin parent... they are so cute, you have your own bird TV show going on....

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  13. Wonderful! My sis in WV said the purple martins have raised their family and have now left her yard. She said the insects are a pest again now.

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  14. Wow, that's a lot of martins. I'd be watching them all day!

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  15. It must be fascinating to watch all that activity!

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  16. That is so neat that the martin families return each year. You get to know the times and behaviors of every step it takes to raise the babies. My baby robins are all out and about right now but have not left the area, staying in the yard to get worms and bugs now all by themselves.

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  17. I wouldn't get a thing done....I'd just sit and watch...and take a picture or two ....Great post. janey

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  18. I have never seen one with so many purple martins! Wonderful.

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  19. A wonderful picture. Each bird seems to be exhibiting a different purpose and personality.

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  20. Oh...How I wish the purple martin's would take residence at our place. We love them, and our neighbors are blessed with lots of them.
    Us? Not so much.
    Lovely photos of them that you shared on your blog. I do love to watch the birds take care of their young. Amazing!!
    Thank you for your kind visit to my blog.
    It is always wonderful to make a new blogging friend!
    Hugs,
    Jackie

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  21. Wow! That is a lot of martins.

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  22. Great photo; I would love to see them in person!

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  23. I don’t think our martins ever touch the ground; they feed on the wing and when they come to feed their babies in the mud nest high under the eaves they’re in and out in seconds.

    I love watching their aerial displays.

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  24. I have never seen a lot of purple Martins. I have seen their houses but usually they are not occupied. Thanks for sharing.

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  25. Nice picture - good to see the migrants come back means the worlds still working!

    Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

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  26. Neat picture! I like watching the busy birds too! We have mostly swallows and bluebirds this year.

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  27. I just love the Purple Martin condos. Maybe someday----- It must be such fun to watch all the interactions.

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  28. Love seeing the Black Martins :) I love watching birds too, especially Bluebirds, take a look at my site sometime! I enjoyed visiting your site, great pictures!

    Michael
    http://michaelswoodcraft.wordpress.com/2014/05/27/bluebirds-building-nest/

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  29. Martins galore! Such fun. Helping to keep the insect infestation under control, I hope.

    Blessings and Bear hugs!

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  30. The martins appear to be a busy, happy family.

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  31. This would be such a fun show to sit and watch! There is so much going on in your photo!

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  32. Fantastic!!!! Gotta love these beauties...not only great photos but in my opinion a perfect blog post title!!

    Thanks for linking up this weekend!!

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  33. My Dad always had "Martin Poles" in his pasture, not far from the house and you'd see them swirling about. They are wonderful birds!

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  34. I love watching the purple martins too. Nice capture of one with its dragonfly catch.

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  35. Beautiful birds. I took a picture of a bird on a wire and after seeing these Martins, thinking maybe my unidentified bird may be one. 50 times? and we complain. :)

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  36. Awesome picture!
    My goodness, you captured the moment brilliantly. All the other birds watching mama bird with her dragonfly.
    Great job.

    Sounds entertaining to watch the birds coming and going, and raising their young. Nice to have them keeping the bugs down too.

    Have a great Monday.

    K.

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  37. We don't have any Martin houses on our property, but there is a place not far from us with a large pond and if one is to walk around it they will see the blue martin houses all the way around the pond. It's VERY nice. Love your photo and especially the fact that one bird caught a dragonfly. Sweet!

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  38. This is so cool! They have quite a community going on there.

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  39. I love these apartment complexes!!

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  40. Oh, I love the Martins. We put us a house two years ago but still have not seen one. I love the way all the other birds are watching the one with the Dragonfly.

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  41. Just great to see Mom with her growing youngsters.

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  42. I love the purple martins. Our neighbor put up a big PM house several years ago, but I don't remember ever seeing it being used. That is a mystery because I'm sure I've seen a purple martin or two flying in our yard and sitting on the utility line.

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  43. Clever title - I enjoyed the photos!

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  44. My granddaddy used to have gourds and he had Martins. Now my uncle has them. They will keep you entertained. You are a great photographer. Thanks for dropping my blog. Please come again.

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