We Have Eggs!
Egg laying has begun on schedule at my site. Yesterday I dropped my purple martin gourd racks and counted a total of 48 eggs out of 20 nests, with one nest containing a 6 egg clutch. Purple martins lay one egg each day until the clutch is complete. Last season (2005) there were 107 eggs laid. I fully expect to find many more during my next check in 5 days. In my 12 years as a landlord I've had a total of 957 eggs laid at my colony site. My best year so far was 2004 with 133. Hopefully this season will prove to be a successful one also. I'll continue posting egg counts along with hatchings, and finally fledgings as the season progresses. Wish me luck!
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