Purple Martin Sighting – May 13, 2018

Please note a recent post asking for us to watch for the arrival of Purple Martins.

Vanessa reported on May 13:
“I paddled out to the nest boxes today. One male and two females as well as some Tree Swallows. I observed a Purple Martin chase off some swallows so not sure if they will stay or be booted out as more Purple Martins arrive. Here is the video:

Vanessa reported on May 5:
“Pair of Purple Martins spotted by me today in Estuary, at the end of the South Dyke trail (sewer outfall). Also noticed gulls sitting on nesting boxes in Central Channel. Will need to install predator deterrents this year. ”

Header photo also courtesy of Vanessa Isnardy: Male and sub-adult male Purple Martin at nest box in Squamish Estuary Central Channel. July 2017.