Purple Martins Return to William's Orchard

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Glynn Wilson

The purple martins return to William’s Orchard on Highway 11 near Springville, Alabama every spring. It’s that time of year again, with blue skies and high temperatures in the 70s in the afternoon and lows in the 40s at night. This is a female purple martin, progne subis, the largest of the North American swallows. In eastern North America it has nested almost exclusively in nest boxes for more than 100 years, and loves the gourd houses by the small lake behind the popular country store.

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