Purple Martin, Progne subis

Purple Martins, pair, 5/17/10, Magee Marsh, OH
Purple Martins nest colonially, often in the manmade martin houses that were originally provided by farmers who appreciated their ability to keep the fly population in check. The two martin house at the Magee Marsh Bird Center gave me my first opportunity to photograph this species, on a May day when rain deterred pursuing warblers on the boardwalk.

Purple Martins, adult male feeding nestling, 5/17/10, Magee Marsh, OH

Purple Martins, pair with adult male above, 5/17/10, Magee Marsh, OH
It's hard not to compare life in a martin house to the experience of urban apartment-dwellers.