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Posted March 29, 2012 - 04:28 PM

Went outside this afternoon & heard the first Purple Martin of the season! So it was time to put up the houses. The "traditional" house was my grandfather's, made of aluminum, still have the original hole plugs.

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Within minutes he was checking it out:

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The plastic gourd "group house" was new last year;

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I always wait until the first one shows before putting the houses up, seems to help with the sparrow problem. ~~ Lowell
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Posted March 29, 2012 - 04:32 PM

Thanks Lowell, I have one of my Grandfather's houses just like that one, they are very cool and bring back a lot of memories for me..

Thanks for posting.... :thumbs:

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Posted March 29, 2012 - 04:45 PM

Thanks for sharing that with us,Lowell.

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Posted March 29, 2012 - 04:56 PM

Thanks for sharing those great photographs. Nice looking place there too.

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Posted March 29, 2012 - 07:21 PM

Nice pictures, thanks for sharing, I would have liked to seen how you put them up.

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Posted March 29, 2012 - 09:13 PM

Nice pictures, thanks for sharing, I would have liked to seen how you put them up.


The "traditional" house is on a standard telescoping pole, just slide it up & tighten the clamps. The gourd setup is on a 10' chain link fence tube with a swagged end (a second, smaller tube inside for strength). The "spider" is a slip connector the is attached with screws. The main tube fits into the lower tube with a plastic pipe slid over the joint, then screwed together with sheet metal screws. ~~ Lowell
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Posted March 29, 2012 - 09:21 PM

Lowell, you're lucky to have those guys arond. They're great policeman of the mosquito population.
We lost all of ours to a late season frost afew years ago. Haven't seen any since.

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Posted March 30, 2012 - 04:32 PM

There were six Martins around the gourd houses this afternoon! ~~ Lowell
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Posted March 30, 2012 - 06:21 PM

I can't believe you posted this today. I am right now working on adding Gourd hangers to the Martin house. Been hosting them for over 20 years and love the sound of them. Nice to know they are getting closer.

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Posted April 02, 2012 - 09:24 AM

I need to repair the martin house my FIL made and get it put up, Never had any luck at the old house getting martins. To many trees, I need to set it out in the pasture and see if we can get any.

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Posted April 02, 2012 - 11:26 AM

I need to set it out in the pasture and see if we can get any.

Do you have any water near by? I think they suggest within 1/4 mile of your house. You are correct about the trees. They need a clear area for approach and departure of the house.
Once you get them in your home they have a strong desire to return each year. Mine will set on top of the pole and sing until I come out and raise the house. Then they will actually be landing on the house as it reaches the top of the pole.
I used to have several of the Trio aluminum houses but last year I gave them to my Son and now have one large wooden house. Only had one hole that was not used. This spring I added four gourds under the house for a total of 20 homes. Will be fun to see how that works.
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Posted April 02, 2012 - 12:04 PM

Do you have any water near by? I think they suggest within 1/4 mile of your house. You are correct about the trees. They need a clear area for approach and departure of the house.
Once you get them in your home they have a strong desire to return each year. Mine will set on top of the pole and sing until I come out and raise the house. Then they will actually be landing on the house as it reaches the top of the pole.
I used to have several of the Trio aluminum houses but last year I gave them to my Son and now have one large wooden house. Only had one hole that was not used. This spring I added four gourds under the house for a total of 20 homes. Will be fun to see how that works.

Thanks for the info.

My neighbors have ponds that look to be around 0.25 miles away (measured in google earth)

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Posted April 02, 2012 - 12:06 PM

I had to move my "traditional" house from one end of the tool shed to the other (about 12') when the Cedar tree in the background got too big! ~~ Lowell

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Posted April 02, 2012 - 09:23 PM

They are a 100 miles south of me as of today.
http://purplemartin.org/scoutreport/

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Posted April 02, 2012 - 11:08 PM

Thanks alot for bringing back thoughts of my Grandfather. He loved those birds alot. I remember his big triple decker house he had on the farm. He called it "The Purple Martin Hotel". Thanks again!




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