|Mr. and Mrs. Grumpy Purple Martin on the front porch of their Martin House, |
Horicon Marsh Wildlife Refuge, Wisconsin; 5/29/2011.
Purple Martins, which are a member of the swallow family, are fun to watch in their man-made colonies, as dozens of pairs of Martins noisily battle over which apartments they'll claim as their territory. They fly in and out of the little entry ways of the houses, and they sit on their little porches like an old couple watching and disapproving of the world. Their bills are somewhat turned down at the corners which give them the appearance of having perpetual scowls on their faces, as if they just got finished with a heated argument (Above).