Purple Martin Meadow
The Purple Martin meadow at Meigs Point was established in 2017. It includes native perennials and shrubs. (see pictures below)
- Purple Martins are beautiful songbirds that arrive in Connecticut from South America around April and nest in the white houses.
- Martins are listed as a species of special concern by Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection.
- Meadow provides ample space for the birds to nest and feed their young. Tall plants offer privacy.
- Flowers provide insects for food, the birds also like to be near bodies of water or wetlands.
- Purple martin parents may feed their chicks up to 60 times a day with high protein insects.
- Purple martins eat and drink midair (“on the fly”), flying over a pond or other body of fresh water scooping water as they go over
- Purple martins that live east of the Mississippi are almost 100% reliant on man made housing, either cluster housing or gourds.
- Purple martin populations are especially vulnerable when there is a rainy cold spell and insects are not available. Whole colonies have been lost.
- Purple martins travel from North America to South America to migrate, a journey of up to 2500 miles
- Purple martins can fly up to 40 miles per hour while doing incredible aerial maneuvers.