Photo Challenge #277

“06880” readers know their onions.

Also, their blue martins.

Last week’s Photo Challenge showed an odd, futuristic assortment of round somethings, on an aluminum pole. I had no idea what or where it was, when photographer Amy Schneider sent it to me. (Click here for the photo.)

But Ann Allard, Nancy McKeever, Wendy Cusick, Chip Stephens, William Weiss, Tina Green, Cindy Zuckerbrod, Jalna Jaeger, Leigh Gage, Joe Clark and Bruce Salvo all knew: a home for migrating purple martins, at Sherwood Island State Park.

Specifically, it’s on the south side of the Nature Center, which is on the east beach of the park.

More specifically, Tina adds these details:

They are purple martin gourds, of which I am the martin landlord.

I started the colony in 2013 at the park when Phil Donahue donated 24 of his gourds to Sherwood Island after selling his Beachside Avenue property, where he maintained 48 gourds in his colony.

The martins began arriving last week. Soon at least 24 pairs will be back and nesting. The gourds are numbered, as I record how many eggs are laid, hatched, and fledged from each nest.

DEEP comes to band our juvenile birds every year in early July. By early August they will leave and migrate to Brazil for the winter.

Who knew? As usual, plenty of “06880” readers.

But do you know where this week’s Photo Challenge was taken?

It shows a pair of ospreys. One has a fish under its talons. If you recognize where 2 of Westport’s favorite raptors were hanging out, click “Comments” below.

(Photo/Mark LaClair)

13 responses to “Photo Challenge #277

  1. Michael Calise

    Mill Pond flood gates

  2. Seth Braunstein

    Sherwood mill pond

    Sent from my iPhone


  3. Peter Barlow

    This must be on the Saugatuck River north of Longshore. In the near distance it looks like the tip of Stony Point, the peninsula on the other side of the brick wall at the RR Station, and in the far distance some houses on Saugatuck Shores. There will be a float at the end of this ramp here soon.

  4. Andrea Cross

    I believe the background shows the house at the end of Stony Point on the left and the driving range at Longshore on the right. The photo would likely have been taken at one of the docks directly across, so on Harbor Road or Saugatuck Island?

  5. Seth Schachter

    Sherwood mill pond- Tidal Gates ??

  6. mouth of the Saugatuck River on Saugatuck island off Harbor road.

  7. John Terpening

    This is the north bound entrance to Metro North.

  8. Cheryl McKenna Kritzer

    In the cove before you get to Saugatuck river to the town . It is on the dock leading out from a house on Saugatuck Ave or Judy point .. but I think it further out tiers Saugatuck boat yards …

  9. Seth Goltzer

    The Dock is on Riverside Ave , across from Grace Salmon Park

  10. Tyler Kupper

    Off Harbor Road, facing the Longshore Golf driving range overlooking the bay at somewhat low tide

  11. It is indeed Harbor Road, on Saugatuck Shores. There were a few good clues in the photo, which I tried to crop artfully. It’s also great that there are so many other places in Westport where this COULD have been!

  12. Seth Van Beever

    The last doc on the left before you go over the bridge to Saugatuck shores

  13. The Saugatuck Yacht basin on Harbor Rd