I set up a pole with 12 Purple Martin Gourds in 2013. Each year the pole
and gourds were visited by a pair up to three individual Purple Martins.
Being new I didn't expect much, but last year a pair with an immature
male hanging on decided to stay, nest and lay eggs.
However, the immature male tried to court the adult female when the
adult male was not around and was unsuccessfully. Unfortunately the
immature male destroyed the eggs and the adult pair abandoned the gourd.
I am hopeful that this year will be different.
If the pole and gourds/houses are set near water/large field with at
least 60 feet from any tree/house and plenty of room for the Martins to
hunt you should be fine. BUT the name of the yearly game here is patience!
On 3/31/17 18:35, Bridget Butler wrote:
> Greetings All!
> I have a client in Franklin County who's interested in attracting Purple
> Martins to his property. He's got the houses, a decoy and audio recordings
> to attract them and we've been researching further information online. The
> Purple Martin Conservation Association has been particularly helpful.
> I'm wondering if anyone in Vermont has had the good fortune of attracting
> them and if they might have any tips. There's a colony in Isle La Motte so
> we're hopeful he could attract them as well since his property is on Lake
> Thoughts anyone???
> Many thanks,
> *Bridget Butler*
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