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Purple Martin Nest Cam

You are watching a live broadcast of Purple Martins nesting. Located on the Maurice River in New Jersey,  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 terrapincove.org.

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☮ Jenny_Oklahoma ☮
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Parent feeding baby thru door

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☮ Jenny_Oklahoma ☮
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One of the babies poking its head out the opening bigsmile

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Getting really crowed in there they all gather around the opening for some air it is so hot and buggy.

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Do you think they know we are watching? Sure get right up in the camera.

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I just dont know how they fit the long body of those insects in there crop embarrased

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Great capture !!

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Thank you Jenny for the pictures. More information for all that watch.

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Your most welcome pamela. These guys have been a hoot to watch lol

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The babies are now getting there feedings at the opening of the nest. The little ones in the back need to get in there to get there share lol Below is a pic of the nest we are at (circled in red) Parent feeding baby at the opening.

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They are getting to the point now that they can handle those big dragon flies now wink

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blush

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