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  • Purple Martins

    Purple Martins

    Purple Martins migrate from South America.  They nest and raise their young in North Texas from March through August.  

    To learn more about these birds check out these sites.

    NSEC has had housing available for them since 2008.  Here is our data submitted from each year.

    natural science education purple martin data

     

    Number of breeding pairs Number of Eggs Number of fledged young Approximate date of first sighting Number of gourds available Competitive species acitvity (starlings/sparrows) Preditor activiey (hawks/owls) Additional Notes
    2020        2/24/20        
    2019 9 74 63 3/6/19 24 less than last year less than last year  
    2018 21 93 68 2/20/18 24 more than last year about the same 8 dead babies were found this season.  6 of them the next was abandoned.  More missing eggs this year than ever before (17)
    2017 22 111 66 2/27/17 22 less than last year more than last year 12 babies and 1 adult were found dead in the gourds from 5 different houses.  No clues as for the reason.
    2016 20 87 81 2/29/16 23 less than last year about the same 1 found dead in houseing.  No clues as to the cuase.
    2015 15 98 74 3/19/15 21 less than last year about the same  
    2014 16 42 53 2/27/14 19      
    2013 20 93 85 unknown 24 unknown unknown  
    2012   52 36 3/2/12 18 unknown unknown  
    2011   77 50 3/1/11 12 unknown unknown  
    2010 13 71 63 3/3/10 12 unknown unknown  
    2009   34 24 3/23/09 12 unknown unknown  
    2008 3 5 5 3/28/08 12 unknown unknown First year for housing at NSEC
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