2021 – Purple Martin Northern Migration

Nearing the end of March, 2021, Purple Martin scout birds have been reported as far north as Wisconsin and Pennsylvania.

If you haven’t put up your Martin house now is the time to get your Martin house up in the air.
Location of your Martin house is an important consideration.
Poor house site location can lead to few or no Martins nesting in you Martin house.

Best results will be achieved if:
Martins prefer housing that is placed in open areas with clear flyways. Choose the largest open spot available, about 30-120 feet from human housing and at least 40-60 feet from trees.
Height of the housing should be no lower than 10 feet. Keep tall bushes, shrubs and vines at least 6 feet away from the pole.

Good luck attracting nesting Martins to your yard and garden.

3 responses to “2021 – Purple Martin Northern Migration

  1. We have one (a 4 plex birdhouse) so ready in northern Minnesota!


  2. We had a purple martin nesting in a birdhouse many, many years ago, but haven’t seen any for a long while. We get a few swallows for a time but they are not prolific here on the part of the coast where we are. I do remember how pretty they were though.


  3. we were given a wren house for Christmas, I placed it in our riverside hedge where I work with disabled gardeners – in non-pandemic times. Needless to say, the wrens are nesting under the opposite hedge, in the heap of scrap timber I was going to tidy away – I’m glad they were spotted!


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