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Fly Purple Martin Fledglings! | by OakleyOriginals
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Fly Purple Martin Fledglings!

There has been a lot of action with the Purple Martins recently. They are finally fledging, after a very late start this year. Starting with 29 eggs, 23 hatched, and about 16 fledged. 7 of the babies died of apparent overheating, (despite our efforts to cool them with a home-made mister).

Looks like a fly was hitching a ride on one of their backs.

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Taken on July 8, 2009