[TN-Bird] The Purple Martins are back

  • From: Melinda Welton <weltonmj@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: tnbird <tn-bird@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 28 Jul 2014 10:48:04 -0500

A huge Purple Martin roost has already re-formed this year in Nashville,
Davidson County. This roost site was discovered on the banks of I-40 a few
years ago by Scott Somershoe. This is an enormous roost with >10,000 birds
and is the largest roost, to my knowledge, in at least Middle-TN and perhaps

Anyone can view the martins at the intersection of North 1st Street and
Oldham Street, near the Carrion Inn and behind the Restaurant Depot. From
the intersection you should be able to see the entire spectacle without
disturbing the birds. This spot is quite vulnerable to disturbance, and if
you go any closer, and please not in the Depot parking lot, stay in your
car. We are talking about 1,000s of individuals and we wouldn't want to
start a panic.

I'm going out there tonight. The show will start around 7:45pm with clouds
of birds swirling overhead, they'll start swooping into the roost around
8:00 and the show will be over by 8:20.

Melinda Welton
Franklin, TN

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