This year’s Purple Martin (Progne subis) nesting season at Daggerwing Nature Center was a success! In the second year since our nest houses were installed as part of an Eagle Scout project, we have noted an increase in our nesting population and the number of fledglings produced.
The first Purple Martin of the season was seen on February 14, 2020 and nesting was apparent on March 7. The first recorded egg was noted on April 4. In total, there were 39 eggs laid throughout the season and 26 fledglings were successfully raised. This total success rate of 66.7% is higher than the 40% seen in 2019! The nest houses were occupied until vacated on June 19, 2020. We are hoping for an even busier nesting season next year!