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A bird flies into a purple martin house on Ohio 205 recently. The birds offer insect control and can be great neighbors. Request this photo

 

DANVILLE — When purple martins come back to town, they return carrying soothing, warmer weather on their wings and music through their beaks. As far as bird companions go, you couldn’t do much better than to have a family of beautiful purple martins as neighbors.

If one wants this bird species to stick around and liven up their property, they can erect a purple martin birdhouse by either making one on their own, or purchasing one for the birds to put near the home. While building one would require a background of knowing how to build things, one can look up tutorials and step by step guides online. Purple martin houses can be bought already made and the homeowner can put it up with relative ease as long as they follow the needed directions for their particular purple martin house. The houses themselves can vary from multi-story homes for purple martins with holes for a colony of them to test or ones that look like gourds hanging in the air.

 

Chase Strawser: 740-397-5333 or chase@mountvernonnews.com and on Twitter, @mountvernonnews

 

 

 

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