Collection: Attract Purple Martins

  • Purple martins eat flying insects, so no bird feeders or type of birdseeed will attract them. Instead, birders should avoid spraying insecticides or pesticides on lawns, trees, or shrubs, since doing so will eliminate the most important food source these birds require. Once the purple martins take up residence and start devouring pests, your insect problems will disappear. Having a secluded source of this gravel nearby can help attract the birds, as on occasion they will use gravel to aid in digestion. They will also eat finely crushed eggshells as a calcium supplement during the nesting season. Providing eggshells (dried and briefly toasted to be sterile and brittle) can encourage nesting purple martins to linger nearby.
  • Water: All birds require some source of water, and purple martins prefer large, natural water sources instead of bird baths. A large, long pond, lake, or stream is the best source since these birds drink in flight by scooping their bills into the water as they pass by. If you have enough room to put in a large water feature, choose an elongated design that gives purple martins adequate room for this fly-by drinking. Otherwise, it is easiest to attract purple martins if there are nearby natural water sources such as a retention pond or similar water source.
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