Purple Martins

Fri Jul 08, 2005 8:21 pm

I noticed several people had mentioned in a post about wanting Martins but not attracting any.
1> think apt building not house.
2> think about animals that prey on Purple Martin chicks, such as snakes and racoons.
a-the apt building will need to be 15 ft or so in the air and free of obstructions but within a 100 feet of human habitat.
b- the ground will need to be free of bushes where snakes could hide
c-pole needs a guard to prevent predators from climbing
3> decoys are nice to attract the teenage Purple Martins looking for a new apt building. The older males will go back to last year's nest
4> when older males want to attract other younger males because there is a vacant apt they fly high in the air and sing a morning song starting about an hour before day break. This song has been recorded and tapes are available.
5> entrance should be starling proof
6> too late for most this year but look in a reference book when purple martins arrive in your area and be ready to attract the younger males who are looking an apt in which to nest and atrract a female
Hope this helps :)

Sat Jul 09, 2005 7:49 pm

Little Indy:

Thanks for the input:

#1. Been there done that.
#2. Been there done that. Both A and B.
#3. Haven't thought of it, haven't seen a PM decoy.. might be an idea.
#4. Very good idea.. might work too..

I have a feeling if I can find an interesting apartment house that is proven to attract Purple Martins, that I might try it again for next spring.

Tue Aug 02, 2005 4:20 am

We have had Martens every year for over 60 years that I know of and I have been here 11 years with hundreds of martens every year. This year the came back by the hundreds as usual, but they stayed a week and a half and left. I thought it may be Starlings running them off, but I have talked to a few people that said they did the same thing at their house. I had my son take the boxes down and I have them all cleaned out and going to repaint them and put them up Feb. 1st next year.