Twirl on, you and your satin blue.
Be water birds, be air birds.
Be these purple tumblers you are.
~ Carl Sandburg
Mr. Sandburg aptly described these beautiful tumblers called Purple Martins.
A few weeks ago, we had a pair of them scoping out the bird house.
They first noticed the 'house for rent' ad from the dock.
One of them stopped by to check out the view.
Another lookie loo made them feel a bit defensive about their potential territory.
Go away and leave us alone!
And sure enough, he did just that.
Mr. and Mrs. Martin seemed like they were going to lay claim to the house.
But along came trouble.
Curious as all get out, Rufous the Red decided to do a bit of exploring of his own.
Try as he may, he couldn't figure out what the fuss was all about and he abandoned his post in favour of finding a new stash of seeds left out for him on the deck.
In the end, neither Rufous nor the Martins took residence in the bird house. Instead, a pair of Starlings decided to call it home. We can hear the young ones squawking whenever Darling Starling brings them a new worm to eat. They should be ready to fledge sometime soon.
We're disappointed that the Purple Martins didn't set up shop. They are known to be great consumers of mosquitoes and we sure could have used their fine services. Still, it will be fun to see the wee starlings if they do stick around after they fledge.
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