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.
Binomial name: Progne subis
Size: 8” long, 18” wing span
Weight: 2 oz
Love those in-flight shots! Great photos, and thanks once again for sharing.
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.
Wow, great photos! Those in-flight ones are pretty cool. Thank you for sharing your photos.