Smith 5th Grade Blog 2012

Purple Martin update week 4

Posted on: March 27, 2012

Today we checked all of the houses. I thought that it was funny that the sparrows had dragged some trash inside as usual, and one paper had a crayon heart. Sorry sparrows. It’s the thought that counts. Today we counted 19 Purple Martin nests and about 6 sparrow nests. There are 30 rooms. I have a team of students now keeping track for the conservation study by the biologist at the PMCA. We submit the paperwork each year although our spreadsheets are quite creative. You can watch the fascination of the students below inspecting the houses. I have a lot more movie clips of the other houses and the sounds of the birds, but it will have to wait for another time.

Note Added March 27th. I wonder if the unusual nest was created by a starling. Our rooms have never been breeched by one but I think this is the type of nest that I saw before I modified the openings.

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