Simply Put, No.   Purple Martin Birdhouses are What You Need

Many people are interested in Purple Martins, because they are one of

Illustration from a Purple Marting Nesting Box, or Birdhouse, showing multiple nesting areas for several familes of the bird and also shows a small photograph of the purple marting in the upper righthand corner

Example Page from Purple Martin Birdhouse Plans

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
hospitality though.

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

Pair of Purple Martins on the balcony of their summer home in sunny south florida

Wooing His Mate In Sunny Florida

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.

Everything Seems to Be Unique Including Bird Feeders

Like so many other items today, bird feeders have become more decorative and ornate.   If you’re a regular reader, you know I feel like most architects…  “it costs just as much to build ugly, as it does to build pretty.”  I say too, since it doesn’t really cost anymore to build a

Lovely small, but decorative bird feeder which looks like a gazebo for smaller birds

Beautiful Decorative Bird Feeder

decorative bird feeder when you build it yourself and  use bird feeder plans, why not have a pretty bird feeder if you want one?  It will be in your backyard, and it will be an extension of your home and as such will be a reflection of your taste.

In yesteryear, if you did want something different, you always had to build it yourself.  Now however, your choices seem unlimited in the garden shops and online.  Granted, it may cost a bit more to buy a decorative bird feeder already built, but it’s your money and your home to do with as you see fit.

Adorning your backyard with a decorative and unique bird feeder will add value to the property which is certainly reason enough to choose the bird feeder or feeders that will complement your home and your garden area.

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Nestled on an Evergreen Branch the Birds Feed Safely

As we watch the winter last seemingly forever and see the birds struggling to find a bite eat, many of us will do whatever we can to make sure they find some.  In the desolation of winter, the birds remaining bring us great joy as

Nestled on an evergreen branch with snow layered everywhere, these three birds enjoy an oasis of food in the harsh surroundings.

Bird Feeders in the Winter - an Oasis

the reminder that all is well in the outdoors in spite of the weather.

My friends have commented to me how unsuccessful they have been at attracting birds to their yards during the winter months.  There can be many reasons for this ranging from the simple fact that the birds which would eat the food provided just aren’t hungry.  Maybe there is a ready source of food for them the next block over in a place they’ve been in the past.  Or maybe the birds near your house prefer something other than what you have provided.  Diets vary profoundly from species to species.  Some birds eat grains and seeds or fruit, while others eat insects and grubs.

Most likely though, it is the surroundings and atmosphere of one backyard as compared to another.  One backyard makes the bird feel safe and another does not.  If the bird feed you are using is attracting no birds to your yard, take note of where you are placing your feed.  Is it out in the wide open or right on your window sill in a place where the birds are easy for you to spot?  If so, you might be more successful changing your feeding locations.

While there is little cover in the winter as the trees are bare and the shrubs are too, realize the birds are uncomfortable out in the open eating with no cover at all.  Try placing your feeder in a tree or near shrubbery.  Regardless the level of foliage on the plants, the birds will feel safer in a location such as this.  Chances are you will soon see birds coming into your yard to feed if you make this easy change in feeding places.

After you’ve changed the atmosphere in the birds favor, then evaluate what you are feeding them.  Given the fewer birds in the colder climes during winter, in order to attract more birds, you will want to put more than one type of food out.

My recommendation is to start with some peanuts, some suet (hard uncooked beef fat), and table scraps such as bacon rinds, breads and crumbs, and some fruit pieces.  These items should cover most of the species and bring you good results for winter bird watching.