Simply Put, No. Purple Martin Birdhouses are What You Need
Many people are interested in Purple Martins, because they are one of
the most beautiful backyard garden birds. What makes the Purple Martin so special, besides their gorgeous color, is the fact that unlike other species, purple martins live mainly in birdhouses. They do not make their homes very often in the wild, so man-made sanctuaries are necessary for their survival. These great birds do repay your
If you want to attract birds like bluebirds or northern cardinals, suet bird feeder plans can help. The food draws them. Many people think because the Purple Martin prefers to eat insects that he will be attracted by a suet bird feeder too. However, if you want to attract purple martins, you will need to provide housing. Purple Martins like to nest in groups, so often a series of birdhouses is the best way to keep them in
your yard. Purple martin birdhouses often have a lot of compartments or sections – sort of like an apartment building. This way, they can accommodate a family of martins. What do they eat though, and how?
You can save the seed for your other backyard guests; purple martins are “obligate aerial insectivores.” This means that they eat insects on the wing, not on the ground. This way, they can catch wasps, grasshoppers, moths, flying ants, stinkbugs, cicadas, beetles, and other insects before they can damage your garden. This, and the entertainment they provide as they teach their young to fly before migration, makes it well worth investing in purple martin birdhouse plans.
Some tips for your birdhouse plans: the birdhouse should be painted
white, which purple martins prefer. It should also have a hole that measures about 2 inches in diameter and which is located about 1 1/2 inches from the floor for the best access.
Try to include 4 to 6 rooms to start; this gives martin families room to nest, and you can increase the size of your houses after they have started moving into your yard. Once a family moves in, they come back year after year, making for welcome guests in the spring.
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