Purple Martins at Lakeshore State Park in Milwaukee Wisconsin July 11, 2015

I did some birding along the lakefront in Milwaukee this morning and it was very quiet. The highlight of the morning was at Lakeshore State Park where Purple Martins were checking out the one and only Purple Martin house. The Purple Martins were also defending the house from Tree Swallows and Barn Swallows while I was there. Were the Purple Martins checking it out for next spring?? I don’t know. I heard mentioned the house has never been used before by Purple Martins there at the park so it will be interesting to see if something becomes of this next spring. A few images here of the Purple Martins in flight and checking out the house at Lakeshore State Park. If I have any of the birds mislabeled please let me know, thank you. Images were taken on July 11, 2015.

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Purple Martin

Binomial name: Progne subis

Category: Swallows

Size: 8” long, 18” wing span

Weight: 2 oz

Purple Martin, adults male and female with young?

Purple Martin, adults male and female with juvenile

Purple Martin, adult

Purple Martin, adult male

Purple Martin, adult

Purple Martin, adult male

Purple Martin, adult

Purple Martin, adult male

Purple Martin, adults male and female with young?

Purple Martin, adults male and female with juvenile?

Purple Martin, juvenile

Purple Martin, adult female

Purple Martin, adult

Purple Martin, adult male

Purple Martin, juvenile

Purple Martin, juvenile

Purple Martin, adult

Purple Martin, adult

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Window to Wildlife features the photography of Jim Edlhuber. A lifelong native of Wisconsin, Jim has been photographing wildlife for 20 years. He considers himself an avid photographer and is always trying to capture nature and wildlife through his lens. He is in several photography clubs and has won numerous awards for his work. In recent years, Jim has focused mostly on birding photography and finds it to be the most challenging.

3 Responses to Purple Martins at Lakeshore State Park in Milwaukee Wisconsin July 11, 2015

  1. Nan Wisherd says:

    Love those in-flight shots! Great photos, and thanks once again for sharing.

  2. Annie says:

    Thanks Jim for sharing your neat pictures. I love to listen to Purple Martins sing. After placing a Martin house at our pond area we have one pair nesting this year.

  3. Laura Wentz says:

    Wow, great photos! Those in-flight ones are pretty cool. Thank you for sharing your photos.

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