The long awaited purple martin babies have arrived. The young nestlings will remain in the nest box for about a month before they take to the air to develop their flying and hunting skills. Then its another two weeks or so before the huge migration south begins. The martins will leave the Clear Lake area and gather with other colonies in Houston–it’s a huge gathering. Then they begin a mass exodus, heading to Brazil and the Amazon River Basin for the winter. What an amazing adventure these little birds have ahead of them. Oh, such sights to see…
Our evening walk on the peninsular was pleasant, and quiet. Apparently the heat threat must have run others off, as we had the place to ourselves. It was a perfect evening with the sun setting and a light breeze that seems to always be there. The play of the sun on the water was especially beautiful tonight.
The herons were out in force. We saw several yellow-crowned, and the little green heron. The large, white egrets were lining up along the water’s edge, as well. And, of course, there were the rabbits.
A nice way to end the day, the weekend, and the month.