Purple Martins are the largest variety of swallow.
My Purple Mountain Habitat Movie.
One interesting aspect of visiting the habitat is seeing all the different styles of bird houses which is especially interesting if you want to build a bird house.
Staten Island’s Purple Martin Habitat, located in Lemon Creek Park in Prince’s Bay, Staten Island, is the only sanctuary for purple martins in the 5 boroughs of New York city. Prince’s Bay, the name itself, has a history. This area was originally named by the English as Prince’s Bay, but then the apostrophe got dropped–carelessly undoubtedly–in writing, so it became Princes Bay. Probably because someone thought that Princes was a misspelling for Princess, started calling it Princess Bay. All the signs I saw in the area have Princess Bay as it’s name, but on Wikipedia it has its name as Prince’s Bay. Whatever.
Princess Bay, one of the nicest and most picturesque area of Staten Island, is located on the Atlantic Ocean and has a lovely beach area, a small park called Lemon Creek Park, and a boating dock where many Staten Islanders, who are lucky enough to own boats, moor their boats. It’s one of my favorite places to visit in Staten Island and makes a lovely day in a park which includes a beach and things to see like the Blue Martin Habitat, and many kinds of birds. If you like to take nature photographs, this would be a good place to visit when you come to New York City.
If you visit Lemon Creek Park and Princess Bay, only a few blocks away is Wolf’s Pond, another wonderful nature site to see in Staten Island. Wolf’s Pond also has a park, which is much larger and attracts many more families than Lemon Creek Pond. Both parks have picnic tables. One big drawback to Lemon Creek Park, that I can’t understand, is that it has no restroom facilities. I have solved that problem, by using the restroom facilities at Staten Island University Hospital which is on Seguine Avenue on the way to the park.
Although a long trip, it’s easy to get to from Manhattan on public transportation. After getting off the Staten Island Ferry in Staten Island, take the #78 bus to Seguine Avenue and then walk the rest of the way (it’s a long bus ride, but you will get a good tour of Staten Island). On your walk there, you will also pass the Seguine Burke Plantation and probably see lots of peacocks.
Below are some of my photos of this area and things you will see if you should pay a visit.