Because when you’ve taken an accidental week hiatus from blogging a wordless post seems like a good way to start back up!
Perspective, it’s an interesting thing.
“Mom, do you know two reasons I’m glad to be home? Not having to wear sunscreen all the time and knowing what kind of flies are here.” -Ivy
But the sunscreen was worth it…
And, as much as Ivy hated those biting flies, braving a few strange bugs for this kind of wildlife?
Not a problem!
Now we’ll do our best to warm up the weather for you before you get home!
Sounds like it should be a story doesn’t it?
The Junco and The Pumpkin!
As evening approaches, the wind dies and the cries of the purple martins ring out across the lake. Sitting in the grass, camera in hand, I watch the flock. Perched all over their gourds and supporting sticks, they twitter, preen and suddenly take to the air. Calling, swooping and diving, the sky is filled with purple martins, glowing orange in the light of the setting sun.
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.