|Meeting with the Kansas governor and Secretary of Ag for the presentation of National Farm Mom of the Year.|
This year they knew I was wanting another purple martin bird house, and they got fired up to build a couple of them for me! My daughter Allie took a lot of teasing a few years ago when she took all semester to build a purple martin house to perfect specifications in woodworking class. She thought it was a bit rough looking and apologized for it. But we mounted it at the specified height that spring and amazingly, we had purple martins the first year! My grandmother in Ohio had a few martin houses and she loved hearing the birds chirping. They have a very unique sound and eat bugs! They also like people, but they have very specific tastes in houses.
But we were wrong. We had purple martins immediately! It has now been 3 or 4 years and we have so many martins that nearly every hole in the house is occupied! Once I realized that our purple martin house was overflowing with birds, I called the former woodworking teacher to see if I could get a copy of the plans for this house. Of course, when he retired, he threw out all his old stuff! Dang. So the boys took the original house down and measured a few things and tried to replicate it. They did pretty well...
And now we will see if the birds like the new houses! I'll keep you posted!