Our Purple Martin nest box and nest gourds went up in April at the Marine Nature Study Area located in Oceanside. Donated by the South Shore Audubon Society, these structures will help support the unique breeding habits of the Purple Martin.
Purple Martins are cavity nesters. Before humans dramatically altered the landscape, they would build nests in tree holes and rock crevices. Today, the majority of the U.S. population of Purple Martins nest in man-made houses and gourds. Female Martins typically lay 3-5 eggs, and the eggs hatch in about 14 days. The chicks grow rapidly as their parents work hard to feed them insects -- insects that would be a nuisance to local residents and visitors. Stop by MNSA and see the box in action!