We are still waiting for the Orioles to show up, is anyone seeing them yet? Kristi has the feeder and jelly out for them.
If you want to attract Purple Martins, you have to get their house cleaned out and keep it clean and unoccupied very early in the spring when the scouts and juvenile males start looking for a place to start their colony. If the house is full of sparrows or starlings or whatever, they won't stay. It is a pain in the ass to do as you probably have to go clean it out every other dang day. We had Martins come and inspect the house many times, but none ever stayed. We gave up on the Martins, but we have Tree swallows that moved into the Martin house 10 or 15 years ago, and they have come every year since. They are nice birds to watch, too, and often live with or near Martin colonies. Nancy and I have sniped dozens of sparrows and starlings off of the hanger that the gourd houses hang on to help out the Tree swallows over the years.A few hummingbirds and still no purple martins. House has been occupied by same little brown birds like every year since I’ve tried attracting PM’s. I’ve seen them at houses in the area that have had them for several years. Sigh