Marie McAden



Birds of summer are back at Lake Murray

Posted 7/17/2013 2:32:00 PM
Purple martins, those summer stars of the midlands’ skies, are back for a return engagement on Lake Murray.

The avian migrators have begun to show up in Hitchcockian proportions every evening on Bomb Island.

As many as a million of the swallows swoop in from every direction to roost in the trees of the small uninhabited island once used as target practice by the Doolittle Raiders. Their mass entrance actually shows up on radar.

As part of their annual spring migration from Brazil, the purple martins take a much-deserved rest in their favorite vacation destination. Bomb Island is so popular with the birds, it has become the largest purple martin sanctuary in North

The fly-in takes place every evening around sunset during the months of July and August. The Southern Patriot offers boat tours to Bomb Island on Sundays and Mondays. Along with the bird show, you’ll also have the opportunity to enjoy a beautiful sunset over Lake Murray, a 50,000-acre reservoir located just outside Columbia.

The tour aboard the 65-foot double deck cruise boat is $33 for adults, $16.50 for kids 4 to 12, and includes a picnic dinner and narration about the purple martins. To make reservations for the purple martin tours, call (803) 749-8594 or click here.