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Purple Martins summer here, dine on mosquitoes

By Linda Waggener

Stopping at a strawberry farm on the way to visit my grandchildren, I got some farming tips from the nicest family. They shared that their Purple Martin apartment complex draws the helpful resident birds who spend the summer eating their weight in mosquitoes.

I came away with fresh strawberries and inspiration to build a Purple Martin village so they can come enjoy hunting mosquitoes in Columbia.

Work will have to go fast because Purple Martins leave in August for a season in Brazil where it was said the birds are hated like we in Kentucky hate starlings. I can't understand why they wouldn't treasure purple Martins, but I'll just have to go to Brazil and ask that question.

A good place to study Purple Martins is at the website -

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Inviting Purple Martins to summer here

2024-06-07 - Shelbyville, KY - Photo by Linda Waggener,
Owners of this Purple Martin apartment complex shared that Purple Martin residences draw the birds to come for spring and summer and eat their weight in mosquitoes. I'm motivated to build a Purple Martin village so they can come enjoy dining on mosquitoes in Columbia. - LW

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