2013 season - first arrivals
Purple Martins (Progne subis subis) are one of
the few animals that are dependent on humans for their survival. Human-supplied
housing is almost exclusively used by purple martins east of the Rocky
The colony pictured on this website is located in Melbourne, Florida
and has completed its 10th season.
- In the 11th year, (2012), there were 78 eggs laid in 12 nests (many in what seemed a second attempted round after fledging birds), with 45 birds hatched and 43 fledged.
- In our 10th year, (2011), there were 56 eggs laid in 11 nests, with 45 birds hatched and 45 fledged.
- The ninth year, (2010), there were 56 eggs laid in 11 nests, with 47 birds hatched and 44 fledged.
- In season eight, (2009), there were 47 eggs laid in 11 nests, with 25 birds hatched and fledged.
- In the seventh year, (2008), we had 39 eggs laid in 8 nests, with 34 birds hatched and fledged.
- During season 6 (2007) there were 61 eggs laid in 11 nests, 53 birds hatched, snake predation led to 30-40 birds fledged.
- In season 5 (2006), there were 66 eggs laid in 12 nests, 52+ birds hatched and fledged.
- During season 4 (2005), there were 55 eggs laid in 11 nests, 41 birds hatched and fledged.
- During the 3rd season (2004), there were 46 eggs laid in 10 nests, 40 young hatched,
and 39 birds fledged.
- During the 2nd season (2003), 4 gourds fledged young - #8, #9, #11,
- The first year (2002), seven
martins fledged from nests in 2 of 12 SuperGourds at this site.
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