Photography by Curtis and Norma Beaird
The beautiful Purple Martins have arrived in Glenwood (Wheeler County), Georgia on Lake Rhonda. When we photographed these adorable Purple Martins, they had just arrived as the scouts. Purple Martins are the largest member of the Swallow family, measuring 7.5 inches long.
From the PurpleMartin.org website:
Purple Martins spend the non-breeding season in Brazil, then migrate to North America to nest. East of the Rockies, they are totally dependent on human-supplied housing. West of the Rockies and in the deserts, they largely nest in their ancestral ways, in abandoned woodpecker nest cavities. In the Pacific northwest, Martins are beginning to use gourds and clusters of single-unit boxes for nesting.
Martins, like all swallows, are aerial insectivores. They eat only flying insects, which they catch in flight. Their diet is diverse, including dragonflies, damselflies, flies, midges, mayflies, stinkbugs, leafhoppers, Japanese beetles, June bugs, butterflies, moths, grasshoppers, cicadas, bees, wasps, flying ants, and ballooning spiders.
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