Purple Martins, Irwin County

Puple Martins Progne subis at Gourd Tree In Flight Irwin County GA Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

Purple Martins (Progne subis) are a well loved migrant in South Georgia. The largest swallows in North America, they have long been welcome on farms for their ability to consume thousands of insects. Gourd trees are often erected on farms and in open backyards as a means of attracting the gregarious birds, who live and nest in cavities. I found these as I was photographing the Willcox house.

Puple Martins Progne subis at Gourd Tree rwin County GA Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

The Purple Martin Conservation Association is dedicated to promoting and protecting these wonderful birds.

Gourd Tree and Purple Martins Irwin County GA Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

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  1. Dan

    Brian,

    Wish you would send some of those beautiful & gregarious Martins to Minnesota…the summer population used to be prolific here. Sadly, we see very few of them any more…probably pesticides in their breeding area?

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