James put our purple martin house up today. Scouts (adult males who fly in first and stake out their housing) have already arrived in Florida (see 2013 Scout Arrival Page). In Texas last year, they arrived as early as January 10 in Pleasanton. So start putting up those houses, landlords!
For more info,read Gary Clark's "Purple martin scouts will soon come calling" in last Saturday's San Antonio Express-News.
This will be our fifth season to try and attract our own martins. Last year, we had ONE martin spend the night in our house (I have the photo to prove it, and I posted it here). I will NOT NOT NOT give up hope!