house/gourds, especially if it is in the proximity of an active martin
house, are likely to be used early on. Distant houses may not be found
the first year but, eventually, you will have birds if placement
parameters are followed.
reason people fail to attract martins is that they place their martin
housing incorrectly, or their site is inappropriate martin habitat to
begin with. Martins have very specific aerial space requirements.
Housing should be placed in the center of the most open spot available,
about 30-120 feet from human housing. Here in the Deep South, martins
are less particular about house placement. Southern landlords can
sometimes put housing within 15-20 feet of trees instead of the 40-60
feet required further north and still attract martins. Height of the
housing can be anywhere from 10-20 feet. Keep tall bushes, shrubs and
vines away from the pole. Do not attach wires to a martin house,
especially if they lead to trees, buildings or to the ground. If your
yard has too many trees near the martin housing, relocate the housing to
a more open area, mount the housing higher or prune (or remove) trees to
create a more open site. If you have a wooded lot, but live near a body
of water, boat docks make ideal locations for mounting a martin house or
established Purple Martin colony is likely to return year after year so
long as you maintain the house and environment. They will consume
millions of flying insects during the short time they are with us. And
they will also provide us with their marvelous songs from long before
dawn to throughout the day and evening. But by late summer they will
leave our neighborhoods and begin their long southward migration to
their wintering grounds in South America.
than think about their departure, think first about their arrival. It is
now time to prepare.
houses and plastic gourds along with telescoping poles, which allow
houses or gourds to be lowered vertically for cleaning and monitoring
for English sparrows and starlings, are available at your local Co-op