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Gourd House

Gourd House

Purple Martins love to nest in a large gourd. The practice was begun by Native Americans and continues today.

The Purple Martin is a very beautiful friendly native bird found in the Eastern half of the U.S. who is being decimated by the introduction of the European pests Starlings and English House Sparrows. The Martin loves to live near humans and is indeed now dependent on humans to help provide nesting places. Its beautiful song and a graceful acrobatic flight make it a favorite to watch.

 

Click here to listen to the Purple Martin’s song

 

This weekend, Mike built a hanging gourd “village” in hopes of attracting some Martins to nest here.