We have a Purple Martin roost minutes from home so of course we have been there whenever possible since we found it. What an amazing sight as thousands of martin descend down on the trees in the parking lot of the Home Depot. This is the chosen spot for the roost this year. Years prior the roost was located 2.5 miles to the southeast from the new site. We wonder what changed, what caused the move? If we could only ask them ourselves.
As the sun sets in the west in come the birds in waves. The sound of thousands of Purple Martin is amazing, filling the air with chatter; it’s awe-inspiring.
As the birds come in, they fly around from tree to tree before choosing which trees they will settle in for the night. The birds seem to prefer the trees that are lit up by artificial lighting for some reason. We wondered could it aid the birds by acting as an attractant for flying insects?
It’s an amazing experience for any birder, kid, Homo sapiens; you know any one who wants to see something they will never forget. The roost is located in Hialeah which is in Miami, FL for you out-of-town. The birds chose the Home Depot on 57 Ave and Palmetto Expressway (826). The best place to park is on the north side of the parking lot closer to the tire shop.
Nature is Awesome
Angel & Mariel