Many Purple Martins at Col. Sam Smith Park: August 2022

There is a dead tree near the south western edge of Col. Sam Smith Park that is a haven for Purple Martins, especially juveniles, in late summer.

Purple Martins (mostly juvenile)

The Purple Martin makes a very loud whistle call with a curious resonant quality, as if given in a great hall or between tall buildings.

Purple Martin Sounds, All About Birds, Cornell Lab of Ornithology

Purple Martins (juvenile)
Purple Martins (juvenile)
Purple Martin (juvenile)
Purple Martins (juvenile)
Purple Martin (juvenile)
Purple Martins (juvenile)
Purple Martin (juvenile)

Other birds:

Mallard
Downy Woodpecker (male)
Downy Woodpecker (male)
Double-crested Cormorants
Double-crested Cormorants
European Starling (juvenile)
American Goldfinch (male)
Red-necked Grebes
Herring Gull (juvenile)
Mourning Dove
Great Crested Flycatcher
Double-crested Cormorant (juvenile)
Double-crested Cormorant (juvenile)
Pied-billed Grebe
Double-crested Cormorant
Double-crested Cormorant
Canada Geese

NATURE POETRY

Here shall my heart find its haven of calm,
By rush-fringed rivers and rain-fed streams
That glimmer thro’ meadows of lily and palm.   – Sarojini Naidu (1879–1949)

Miles Hearn

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