House for the Martins: Attracting Purple Martins to a Birdhouse

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Purple Martins are in huge demand. One can tell that because over a million people who stay in North America keep birdhouses awaiting these birds. There are; however, a lot of them who are unsuccessful in their pursuit.

And, the only reason that most of them fail in their attempt to attract Purple Martins is lack of knowledge about the behavioral preferences of these birds. Each species of bird has different nesting requirements that need to be understood by those who are thinking about attracting Purple Martins in the birdhouses that they have installed.

If you too are one of the millions waiting for these birds to fly in the birdhouse that has either been purchased or made by you, take note of the following for increasing your chances of attracting these bird species:

  • Placing the Housing too Near to Tall Trees: One common mistake that those who fail to attract these species is placing the birdhouse extremely close to trees. Incorrectly placing the birdhouse will always result in disappointment no matter what species of birds you are targeting. Martins require some aerial space which allows them to fly here and there. Tall trees at a place where they live cause obstruction. Therefore, they naturally do not nest in surroundings that have tall trees.
  • Allowing Other Species of Birds: Purple Martins are selective and very particular about the house that they pick. If their house has been earlier used by any other species of birds, they won’t reside in it. A site that has any other bird type or species living in it will not attract martins. Developing tenacity to the place that they are supposed to nest in is a distinguishable instinct in this species of birds. In case you wish to attract martins to the birdhouse built by you, take care that no other birds are allowed to enter the birdhouse before martins. This means that if by chance any other species claims the house, you can’t expect Purple Martins to reside there.

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A Guide to Attracting Bluebirds to Your Birdhouse

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Bird watching is a delightful activity. The best thing about pursuing this hobby is that you can feel one with the environment around you. The activity is a great stress buster. If you stay in the city, you would get less chances of watching the wild variety. You might actually have to move to the countryside in case you wish to watch the species that nest only around fields and meadows.

If you stay at a place where you can enjoy watching birds, you are indeed lucky. However, in order to enjoy observing birds, you will need to build them a birdhouse. You don’t have to build a birdhouse if you wish to attract birds, you can even purchase one from I Spy Bird Houses.

Whether you purchase a birdhouse or build one on your own, before you do so, search well for the type of birdhouse that you wish to provide the birds. Doing some research with regard to bird behavior will also help, for there are some facts and figures that you ought to take note of before you begin your hobby. Take for example the bluebirds. The population of this species is rapidly dwindling. In fact, the population of these birds has decreased by 90% already. Therefore, it might be comparatively tougher to attract this species than others. That said, if you are ready to put in the required effort to create a proper habitat for these birds you might actually end up saving their vanishing species.

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