purple martin

Bayshore Birding Calendar

Plan your next birding excursion using our handy Bayshore Birding Calendar, which includes events from our friends and partner organizations across the region.

If you have an event you would like to see added, please share it with us at info@bayshorecenter.org!

Also, feel free to share your photos of Bayshore birds; the best pictures will be posted here and the photographers credited!


Tens of thousands of these acrobatic little birds will descend on the Maurice River for a few short days next month.
Thou indeed, little Swallow / A sweet yearly comer / Art building a hollow / New nest every summer. ~Elizabeth Barrett Browning


The Purple Martin is North America’s largest swallow. Every summer these acrobatic and colorful birds stage for their fall migration on the southern reaches of the Maurice River. For a few weeks they will gather in massive clouds – flocks as large as ten thousand birds or more – just before dusk and feed on insects.

This phenomenon is unique to the Bayshore region, and is something that every birder, naturalist or outdoors enthusiast should make a point to observe.

Annually, the local governments and a coalition of environmental organizations participates in the Purple Martin Migration Spectacular, one of the many birding celebrations held on the Bayshore each year.

Browse our calendar below to learn about upcoming events large and small!









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