I put in about 50 miles on the bicycle this morning, riding down to Hills, Sharon Center, Joetown, Frytown, Stringtown, and the other little dots on the map. Casey’s in Hills has purple martin houses. The birds were out and about this morning.
Western Johnson County is pretty farm country and a fun place to ride. The Amish farms in the area often have purple martin houses as well. I presume they use them for insect control. Today was a good day for birds, even if I was whizzing by on my bike. In addition to the martins, I saw indigo buntings, a red-headed woodpecker, house wrens, a dickcissel, goldfinches, and others I couldn’t identify in my haste.