This year we have quite a few more Purple Martins than last year. Mayb be that’s because I cleaned out their houses early enough and also cut down the trees next to them, as Purple Martins on the one hand like a clean house to start with before they build their nests and on the other hand want a clear and unobstructed path to approach their houses. Unfortunately I have not been able to take more than but a few good pictures as they’re very shy to begin with and as on the other hand they like to sit in the shade. Who wouldn’t in our southern Texan heat?! And I also can’t take any pictures in the afternoon and evening sunshine as I can’t get – because of our tall sunflowers – get to the west if the Purple Martin houses. Anyway, here’s what I did get: two – or rather one and a half – Purple Martins at their house.
I’m singing [or ranting?] at full throttle:
Another one is sitting on the rods of our second Purple-Martin-house, which has been modelled after those the Indians used to offer Purple Martins, made from gourds:
As I said: the sunflowers are blocking my access to the west of the Purple Martin houses:
And that’s how drab that area of our garden looked early this year, just after I had cut down some Mesquite trees to give the Purple Martins unhindered access to their houses:
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