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By Kim Brent 

'Martin House Man' friend of feathered friends


BEAUMONT, Texas (AP) — Howard Orphey, 75, is the landlord many might wish they have.

Unfortunately for those with two legs and opposable thumbs, he caters solely to two-legged, winged occupants.

Martins are his tenants of choice.

The migratory birds, which make their way to the region in February, nesting and raising their young before making the trek back to South America in late November, have a friend in Orphey. He has built them nesting houses from scratch and monitors their growing family progress from a camera mounted inside a multi-unit Martin dwelling outside his home on Pipkin St...

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