Weekly Photo Challenge: Contrasts

Weekly Photo Challenge: Contrastschecking the purple martins

Grandpa’s been working on getting purple martins to nest in his gourds for years. Finally, after many years of empty nests, a few birds moved in. The colony has now grown and this year has been the best by far.

The picture shows my mom just starting to lower the colony in order to check the nests. In the few minutes it took us to peer in all the boxes, record what we saw and pull the whole works up again, we found twenty seven babies and forty one eggs!

All the data is collected, compiled and sent to Project Martin Watch which conducts a continent-wide survey of martins much of which is collected by volunteers.

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7 comments on “Weekly Photo Challenge: Contrasts

  1. Imelda says:

    That must have been a very rewarding experience. 🙂

  2. Hopeje says:

    Wow that is great

  3. Corky says:

    Is this in Pewaukee or Tomahawk? Cool!

  4. Jenny says:

    That is awesome! Your family does so many cool things. Congrats to the Big Fink!

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