The Best Time to Put Up a New Martin House

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Gardeners love purple martins for their voracious appetites for insects. Bird lovers are often frustrated in their attempts to attract and retain purple martin colonies in their back yards. Erecting a martin-friendly house at the right time will keep them coming back.

Geography

  • Determine the approximate arrival date of purple martins in your area. Purplemartin.org has a scouting report providing dates by state. Arrival dates range from December in Florida to early May in North Dakota.

Timing

  • Erect a purple martin house at any time of year. The chances of attracting and maintaining a colony increase if the housing is available during the spring and summer months, at least through August.

Familiarity

  • Situate replacement purple martin housing close to existing structures in which the birds are already nesting and breeding. They are more likely to recognize it as a friendly nesting site next year.

References

  • Photo Credit purple martin image by Dwight Davis from Fotolia.com
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