The Best Time to Put Up a New Martin House

Gardeners love purple martins for their voracious appetites for insects.

Geography

Purple martins are sociable insect-eating birds that prefer living in a community setting.Purple martins are sociable insect-eating birds that prefer living in a community setting.
Bird lovers are often frustrated in their attempts to attract and retain purple martin colonies in their back yards. Erecting a martin-friendly house at the right time will keep them coming back.

Determine the approximate arrival date of purple martins in your area. Purplemartin.org has a scouting report providing dates by state. Arrival dates range from December in Florida to early May in North Dakota.

Timing

Erect a purple martin house at any time of year. The chances of attracting and maintaining a colony increase if the housing is available during the spring and summer months, at least through August.

Familiarity

Situate replacement purple martin housing close to existing structures in which the birds are already nesting and breeding. They are more likely to recognize it as a friendly nesting site next year.

About the Author

Susan Kerr began her writing career as a food columnist in 1987 before moving to business journalism as a reporter and managing editor in the Penn State area. Since then, Kerr has contributed content to military-related magazines, not-for-profit websites and other online media. In addition, she writes a weekly column for her hometown newspaper