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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 Mountains.

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, and #12.
  • The first year (2002), seven martins fledged from nests in 2 of 12 SuperGourds at this site.

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