Thousands of migrating purple martins flew over the Hamburg Pavilion shopping center last week, looking for places to roost. More than 10,000 purple martins, mixed with about 5,000 European starlings, were staging at Hamburg as the sun set. The birds were preparing to leave on their winter migration to northern South America. The swallow family of birds are some of the first to migrate. These birds, which have attracted bird-watchers from around the region, will stay around for only a week or two, according to John Brunjes with the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources. Such mass roosts occur in Kentucky every year, but they are normally in remote places and not visible to large human populations.
PHOTO BY DAVID STEPHENSON — Herald-Leader
More than 10,000 migrating purple martins flew over Hamburg Pavilion shopping center in Lexington last week as they looked for trees to roost in. Photo gallery
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