Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Purple Martins in Ohio's Amish Country

The Amish in Ohio's Amish Country are avid Purple Martin enthusiasts. One can abserve while driving through Holmes County many Amish homes and farms dotted with Purple Martin birdhouses. Some bird enthusiasts have many birdhouses on there property.

Purple Martin Birdhouses

I like to call these multi-unit Martin houses "Purple Martin Condos". Some of the larger birdhouses have four units on two sides and three units on the other two side, and some are further expanded with hanging gourd houses.

Purple Martin houses & gourds

For those visiting Holmes County seeking to purchase Purple Martin houses, we here at The Barn Inn recommend Time & Optics Ltd. Time & Optics, Ltd is a family run business since 1976. The owner Robert Hershberger, has Martin houses that have been home to many of these beautiful birds since 2002. Browse an excellent selection of optics - binoculars, telescopes, and accessories for birders as well as field guides and birding books. Also, Time & Optics carries a selection of Purple Martin birdhouses, gourds, poles and mounting kits, ranging in price from $95.95 to $329.95.

Time & Optics Ltd.

The Purple Martin is the largest North American swallow. These aerial acrobats have speed and agility in flight, and when approaching their housing, will dive from the sky at great speeds with their wings tucked. Martins are very sociable birds and prefer the atmosphere of housing in a colony of birdhouses, to making nests in houses that are secluded. They also enjoy human activity, which is why you will often see the houses located near the birders houses.

For more information on the Purple Martin, visit Purple Martin Conservation Association

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Submitted by Amy Yoder
April 11, 2017