Member Menu

Purple Martins

ReadyForNewOccupantsOn a nippy, very windy Saturday, February 7, 2016, a dedicated group of Purple Martin landlords readied the four houses for spring arrival.
Six gardeners (Bob Cook, Wayne Slaikeu, Dawn Asher, Ross Asher, Kat Elder and Becky Stemper) were joined by two Volunteer Houston volunteers, Patricia and Emily Tucker. Together we dropped the houses, cleaned them, prepped them and re-erected them.

This year we are attempting to block re-entry by the aggressive, cunning House Sparrows and Starling invaders until the Purple Martin scouts, who nested with us last year, return from South America. When they begin arriving to stake out housing for their families who will follow, our volunteer team will remove the plastic bag blocking the entrances.

GoingDown

WashingTheDoors

CleaningHouse

 

 

 

 

Be on the lookout for the scouts’ arrival! They’ll be looking sleek, sitting on the houses, singing their melodious songs to announce their arrival. Photos often aid in differentiation from the yellow-beaked, stub-tailed European Starlings and the larger, noisy, yellow-eyed Grackles.

Purple Martin

Purple Martin

European Starling

European Starling

Grackle

Grackle

 

 

 

 

 

 

If anyone wants to join us for the final preparation, please email me If anyone wants to join us for the final preparation, please email me at info@westburycommunitygarden.org .We’d love your help as we’re all their landlords and get to be serenaded as we garden throughout the summer.  Thanks, Kat

Powered by WordPress. Designed by Woo Themes