A Purple Martin, Just Enjoying Life!

About Phill Gibson

I'm from Huntsville, Alabama where I work as a Software Engineer and part-time banjo instructor. My wife Miiko and I worship at Rivertree Downtown. I've been playing various instruments since my teen years. I started mandolin and dulcimer at about age 17 and banjo at 20. I love just about all kinds of music. In terms of banjo styles, I play and teach Scruggs, melodic, clawhammer, and 2-finger styles. I'm also very keen on theology, being a Trail Care Partner with the Land Trust of North Alabama, photography, urban planning, architecture, astronomy, ATM (amateur telescope making), birding, martial arts, and about 30 other distracting hobbies to a (mercifully) lesser extent.
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4 Responses to A Purple Martin, Just Enjoying Life!

  1. Roadtirement says:

    Purple Martin’s are wonderful birds. Do you have a Martin house on your property? Growing up on a farm we had two Martin houses. As a kid I loved watching the Martins, the barn swallows and the chimney swifts.

  2. Phill Gibson says:

    Yes, they look so joyful up there flying! I’m sure i tend to attribute human thoughts to animals, though, so they may really only be looking for their next meal in reality! I grew up on a small farm on a mountain not far from where we live now, but we never had a purple martin house, or any other bird houses that I recall. We did have feeders, though, and I vividly remember watching birds come to the feeders in the snow on the back porch. I do most of my live birding shots now days from places like Ditto Landing by the Tennessee River, or as in this case, on the Aldredge Creek Greenway.
    BTW, I really enjoy hearing where you guys will wind up next as you travel! The photos and details of small day-to-day things are especially captivating!

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