April Showers!

Yesterdays nest check was postponed. At 3pm the skies were dark and a drizzle was falling. By 4:30 pm or so a steady rain was falling and distant thunder was heard. By 5 pm a deluge of water let loose. It was fantastic. In the midst of the biggest drought on record for some 80 years, South Florida needs whatever rain mother nature can muster. The landscaping is hopelessly lost. The grass is overrun with the hardier weeds and my suspect to the sparse egg laying on the last nest check is dry weather.
It is a well known fact that birds have biological cues that trigger nesting bahavior. Daylight is probably the best known cue but another highly important ingredient is the abundance of food. In breeding Finches (another hobby of mine) Daylight can be measured in exact quantities by using a timer. But without the proper dietary considerations the birds will not start nesting. It is the same for all birds. As barometers of the environment, birds can show stress even when us humans are oblivious to the subtle signs that drive their inner workings. So as the first gourd rack filled up in record time, the later arriving birds are now all competing for the same dry season level of insects. Nature makes the spring a wet season for a reason. It all is timed perfectly so that the spring showers can produce a cascading chain of life. More water = more life= even more life. With a drought the spring season begins but stalls out and the heavy spring influx of birds is left with a dry dinner plate as well.

This morning the birds are obviously ecstatic about the rain that continued to fall throughout the night. I hope to do a nest check today that will give a great baseline to see if more eggs appear in the coming week or so.

In other news more photos have been uploaded to the gallery, another art piece is in the works and PurpleMartins-R-Us.com, our webstore continues to grow as a source of Purple Martin information and purple martin houses and supplies. If you have not had a chance to visit, please do.

Nest check Schedule: Today (4/21) and Friday (4/24)

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