Your Guide to Attracting Purple Martins

 
 Where should you put your house? First and foremost, martins are looking for safety and security. Raise the house to the full extent of your pole (typically 10-15 feet) and keep the house at least 40 feet away from trees. Martins actually want to be near to you!  A location between 40 - 120 ft from your own house works well, as does the center of an open spot or the edge of a pond or lake.
                 
Use Decoys and CDís/tapes Ė they work! Martins are social and visual and audile decoys create the appearance of site activity, like cars in the parking lot of a good restaurant.

If at first you donít see martins, donít despair. The migration lasts through the end of June! Be diligent, and keep your house maintained. Also, keep your house up through August. While this is too late to attract nesting pairs, this yearís fledglings will already be scouting for next season.

 



 How to identify your backyard martins.

Guide to Buying a Purple Martin House.

Guide to Attracting Purple Martins

Helpful hints on maintaining Purple Martin Houses



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