Have you noticed a new birdy flying through recently? Well there is one coming very soon. It's the "Purple Martin"......they might be called Purple Martins but they aren't purple at all. They are actually a very dark blue with a glossy look. You might even think they are black as they do look almost black. They also have a forked tail.
Early native Americans really enjoyed seeing the Purple Martins come through and made houses for them. They made them in the shape of hollowed out gourds.
Purple Martins are considered quite beautiful and beneficial birds and are considered graceful, clean and interesting in watch. And you might love this....they make bubbling chirps and trills.
The sound that Purple Martins make are bubbling chirps and trills which lots of us enjoy hearing if they enter our yards. Now.....a very good thing they can bring to your yard is......they love mosquitoes and a one Purple Martin can eat.....thousands of them in one day. I'd say that is a nice little birdy to have in your yard. They also have been noticed to enjoy being around people and depend on us for their shelter.
They can be seen in almost every state here but when winter approaches they migrate to South America. But most of them will return to their same breeding spots every year. The areas that they love to call home are in grassy areas by streams, marshes, meadows or large woodsy areas by lakes and ponds.
As I mentioned earlier they love mosquitoes but they also eat many other flying insects......like beetles, flies, dragonflies and moths.
If you want to see purple martins invite them in with a place to stay. You can make your own house with plans available in books or on line. Or you can buy an already made home. Set their new home up in an open area and well above the ground. It takes time for their scouts to fine the homes but they will and return every year.