Purple Martin Nest Cam

You are watching a live broadcast of Purple Martins nesting. Located in Erie, Pennsylvania,  this nest is in an artificial gourd hanging from an aluminum rack. Purple Martins are the largest North American Swallow. Along the eastern United States, Purple Martins rely almost entirely on artificial housing from humans to reproduce. Purple Martins migrate to the Amazon basin during the winter months. Purple martins suffered a major population crash in the 20th century widely linked to the release and spread of European Starlings in North America. Starlings and House Sparrows compete with martins for nest cavities. Where purple martins once gathered by the thousands, by the 1980s they had all but disappeared. For more information about this nest or to make a donation please visit purplemartin.org.

 

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JoAnn
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JoAnn

Empty tonight.

JoAnn
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JoAnn

Back in for the night.

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Sue

Liftoff times for the fledglings were 2:10:17, 2:18:56, 2:20:24 EST! Hopefully they will return to the nest for a few nights before joining the roost and then heading to South America for the winter!

JoAnn
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JoAnn

The nest is empty!

Guest
Sue

2 martins sleeping on top of the gourds tonight! I have never seen them do that at my colony before!

Guest
Sue

Sorry, Not sure why the link didn’t work, But here is screenshot of 3 subbie visitors

JoAnn
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JoAnn

I don’t see a picture..SPO must be working on something.

Guest
Sue

Not sure why, But I don’t see any of the pictures I have posted, Even those from couple days ago

JoAnn
Member
JoAnn

This is happening on all the SPO sites.

Guest
Sue

Thank you for the info!

Guest
Sue

3 Subadult Males drop by for a visit! Normally subbie males can be a bit mean to the chicks, Sending them a message to not return to this colony, not wanting to compete with them next year for a nest. But these seemed to just drop by for a friendly visit!

JoAnn
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JoAnn

Two in the doorway.

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Guest
Sue

I’m almost ready to fly! They will be fledging in a few days!!

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Guest
Sue

John takes a minute to say Hello cam viewers!

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JoAnn
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JoAnn

Hi John!!

JoAnna
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JoAnna

23 days old-One of the kids up and at door perch..
They are so curious about what is beyond their home..now back inside😏

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JoAnna
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JoAnna

23 days old ..exploring door perch

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Kathy S
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Kathy S

My goodness how grown up the chicks are now!!

Kathy S
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Kathy S

I forgot to add the pic. The one in the middle is already developing pretty colors ♥

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JoAnn
Member
JoAnn

Perhaps two females and a male?

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Sue Reed

Hi JoAnn, Will not be able to tell their sex until they return next year with their new plumage!

JoAnn
Member
JoAnn

OK..I did not know that..Thanks a lot!!

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