When I was a kid, my big hobby was purple martins houses. Creating nesting boxes for them, housing, and just watching them.

Almost all Purple Martins in the east now nest in birdhouses put up especially for them. Martin housing has a long history: some Native American tribes reportedly hung up hollow gourds around their villages to attract these birds. Purple Martins migrate to South America for the winter, but before leaving, they may gather to roost in groups of thousands in late summer.

Males return to nesting areas first in spring, establish nesting territories. Usually nests in colonies, especially in east, where almost all are in multiple-roomed nest boxes put up for them. Western martins may nest in looser colonies or as isolated pairs. Male will sometimes have more than one mate. Nest: Natural sites are in cavities, mostly old woodpecker holes, in trees (or in giant cactus in southwest). In the east, most martins now use nest boxes. Sometimes nests in holes in buildings or cliffs. Nest (built by both sexes) is cup of leaves, grass, twigs, debris, and usually mud. Nest may have raised dirt rim in front to help keep eggs from rolling out.

3 Responses to “My Childhood Hobby”

  1. Jeff Croft Says:

    I had a huge sports card collection, and most of it still exists at my folks’ house. I have all the Topps sets from 1976-1990. I worked at a baseball card store through middle school and stole my way to a pretty good collection.

    I’ve not looked at a Beckett in ages, but I’ll bet my most valueble card is a the 1975 George Brett rookie card — I’ve got three of them. :)

  2. James Asher Says:

    This card is in mint condition, too. Not even a rounded corner. I was looking on ebay today to see if anyone else was selling one and, although there were a few on there, none of them even came close to the quality of this card.

    I wish I could remember where the hell I got this card.

    Oh well, it makes me happy.

  3. James Asher Says:

    For what it’s worth, I eventually did recall where I got this card. Way back in the day my dad gave me a handful of old cards for my birthday. This was one of those cards.

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