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Having problems attracting purple martins

Post in 'The Green Room' started by laynes69, Jun 2, 2013.

  1. laynes69

    laynes69 Minister of Fire

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    I'm going on my second year attempting to attract purple martins. The first year I had 6 gourds, and after the garden last year I now have 13. I removed a smaller tree, and trimmed other trees to open the area. Unfortunately we have many mature trees in excess of 50' tall. I've had the gourds at 10' and 15', and have played various Martin recordings attempting to attract them. The Amish have many martins within 5 miles of us, but I haven't seen one here yet. Currently the Martin gourds are about 100' away, where there's a more open spot by our bank barn about 150' away. We do have a decent sized back yard that's close to the house, but there's a couple power lines and a small pool. Any thoughts or suggestions I'd appreciate it. I want them for the garden, bit also to view for they're interesting birds. Thanks.

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  2. DAKSY

    DAKSY Patriot Guard Rider Staff Member

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    Go here:

    http://purplemartin.org/main/mgt.html

    HTH!
  3. laynes69

    laynes69 Minister of Fire

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    Thanks, been thru the site quite a bit. For some reason I can't register to post in the forum. I thought maybe some Martin landlords on here, but being a hearth site traffic slows a bit on the off season.

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