The month of March has not been as co-operative to martins as it should as they journey back from South America. Many have encountered rain , sleet, snow and terrible winds. Some landlords have even wiped away snow from their gourd racks to allow the imprisoned martins to escape their hollow chambers. These extreme undetermined weather conditions have not produced the kind of martin favourable environment for them to survive. Fortunately, as we know there are steps that landlords can take to ensure that the martins survive these conditions since they are unable to forage for the insects that they so need to survive. Feeding crickets or scrambled eggs can save your early returning martins or your entire colony .
What is a Purple Martin landlord to do?
The Purple Martin Conservation Association has provided and excellent article on supplemental feeding. Read more…….