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Mass of purple martins doesn't disappoint

Kathy and I took two good friends to see the purple martins go to roost at the Via Christi parking lot in Wichita last night.

It was a great show, again.

Birds started gathering in the sky above the hospital at about 8:15. The best action was between 8:40 and 9.

We parked in the parking lot directly south of the main building. The birds are roosting in the trees at the east side of that parking lot…the same as last summer.

No idea how many birds but it’s well into the tens of thousands.

Our friends were very impressed. No doubt Kathy will want it to become an annual event.

The only disappointing part was that there were only four cars of spectators to watch one of Kansas’ top wildlife displays.

It is certainly the most accessible.