Just saw a Purple Martin in the backyard this evening. I have set up a new Purple Martin barn for them but have been battling the sparrows and starlings trying to setup house in it. But it appears they are back and hopefully the barn with fill up with them. They’re great at keeping the mosquito population down though they like to dive bomb you when out at the garden. They particularly like to pick on our dog Cookie. This shot isn’t from the backyard but instead is at the Cahokia Mounds Interpretive Center last weekend. They have a large structure of man-made gourds setup there for them.
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