Karl Overman: Birds and More


The first photo was an intriguing bird to me.  I pulled into the parking lot of the visitor center at the entrance to Everglades National Park on March 4, 2009.  I was the only one there as it was before the visitor center was to open.  I noticed this male Purple Martin perched uncharacteristically low in a shrub on the edge of the parking lot.  It was not eager to fly.  I had visions of this bird having spent several days winging here from Brazil and taking temporary refuge in one of the first clumps of trees it came across when daylight broke.

The female below photographed at Pointe Mouillee was one of 108 I counted on July 26, 2011.  Pointe Mouillee is a significant post breeding staging area for this species and the number will be increasing there through mid-August.  Other major staging areas around the Great Lakes include Presque Isle, Pennsylvania and Pelee Island.

The flight shot below also seemed noteworthy.  First, September 9th is getting late for the species.  This bird was one of sixty resting in a couple of small trees by a bath house on the inland beach at Maumee Bay State Park.  There were no adult males in this flock.  Why not?

Purple Martin (Progne subis)

modified March 12, 2022