[Tweeters] Purple Martins?
Jennifer.Vanderhoof at kingcounty.gov
Tue Jun 1 11:19:04 PDT 2021
I was out Friday evening at the north end of Lake Sammamish where there are several Purple Martin boxes. I was surprised to find no Purple Martins. I was in the same spot precisely one year prior and there were dozens present. I did see other swallows in the area of the boxes, but no Purple Martins. In general that part of the lake seemed much quieter than the same day last year, when I saw more Bald Eagles than I could count plus numerous Osprey. This year I only saw a couple Osprey and about 4 or 5 eagles. The Great Blue Heron numbers were similar to last year, not quite as many but similar. I know one day is only a snap-shot in time, but what a difference a day makes.
This spot is very close to the gourds at Marymoor. I went by the gourds and didn't notice any PuMa's there either, but I did not look closely, and I see others are reporting that they are there.
I hope to get out there again in the next week, and I am hoping they are just late and will be there next time I'm out.
Jen Vanderhoof, Senior Ecologist | King County Water and Land Resources Division
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