PMC is privileged to share Kyle's PDF report on "Becoming a better person in the community". Kyle works hard to develop his leadership skills and is a great asset to his community. By building his second Martin house and helping the Martins, he hopes to make the world a better place.
Another great T-14 ready to go up. I bought the plans from you a couple of years ago and finally got around to building it. Quite a project, thank you. This should last for many, many years. I timed it perfect. As I was cranking up the house I saw the first scout circling overhead.
- Allen, Ocoee, Florida
Very nice, thanks for the pictures- Maurice C., Canada
Had a great time making it and it turned out fine. Decided to go with a metal stand. Had a section of old drilling pipe which worked out real well. Also created my own predator guard, made it with two sections of stove pipe riveted together to make a largest guard. Hope it works. Wanted something to perhaps out last me.....If this one works out and attracts Martins, I plan on starting another this summer and have it up for next year....R Hayes, Ellisville, MS
(We have NO doubt Mr. Hayes will be attracting Martins with such a beautiful house so he better get busy on house number 2!)
Purple martins are a bird species that migrate from Brazil to North America and Canada. They are colony dwellers, which means they live as a group in one dwelling or house with many nest compartments. While traveling north in the spring they establish new colonies and also return to old housing to breed, raise their young and eventually migrate back to Brazil for the winter season. The cycle repeats yearly and provides people with a chance to enjoy the purple martins social activity. Courtship, nest building, egg laying, raising the young and other social events offer many hours of viewing activity.
Purple Martins do vary in color and can be difficult to identify. Listed below are the differences between males and females and their offspring.
The adult male gives the name "Purple Martin" true meaning. He is very dark, almost black, looking from a distance. In good sunlight you'll see his wings and back are black but his head and body is a very pretty iridescent purple.
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The adult female is easy to spot compared to the male. She is much lighter in color yet retains the black wings and tail. The crown of her head and back are purplish with her breast and neck area grayish (white and gray mix) in color. Notice the dark gray centers of the feathers under her tail feathers. This is a good way to tell an adult female from a younger (first or second year-SY) female.
The second year (SY) adult males are similar to the SY females and make it harder to identify them. Overall they look darker and the biggest difference is the feathers on their breast and belly and neck. Instead of looking even in color, white/grayish, they are blotchy and irregular.
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The second year (SY) adult females are similar to the adult females with a big difference not easily spotted. The feathers underneath her tail look all white (light grayish) instead of having the dark gray centers like the adult female. She is also lighter overall in her color.