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PODay 3 Baby Bird Our Purple Martin Housing is Up!

We have 2 pair of adults spending the night as of 01-FEB-2016

Total number of Gourds: 24

Last season 56 Fledged from out site!

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After thoroughly cleaning and repairing the gourds during the fall, I put up our housing on January 2nd . Last season I added six new, 10 1/2" diameter, Excluder II SREH (crescent entrance) gourds to replace aging Super Gourds. All Excluder gourds have predator guard porches. We replaced 4 old Super gourds for 2016. We donated several Super Gourds to the Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge Visitor's site. They are reinstalling their site to a new location on their premises.

We still plan to slowly replace the Super Gourds with the Excluder crescent gourds. These gourds have an attachable porch and Owl (Crow) guard. The birds appear to like them.
Excluder II excluder II Porch


Last season's hot glued seams, Super Gourd repairs are still holding.


Our site has three poles. Pole 1 has 4 Troyer Gourds and 2 Excluder Gourds with porch and predator gards. Pole 2 has 6 Troyer gourds. The third pole has 8-Excluder crescent gourds each with porch and guards, 2-Troyer Gourds and 2 Super Gourds with owl guards. The poles are about 30 feet from the house near the shore of a small lake here in Titusville, Florida.

Since becoming Purple Martin landlords in 1998, we have learned a lot, seen over 1016 successful fledges, and received great pleasure from these lovable, gregarious, wild birds.

Hungry Chicks Troyer Gourd with hungry chicks

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Tropic Winds a Key to Migration

Here is a look at a recent Tropic Winds graphic from the University of Wisconsin and the National Weather Service. The wind direction (the white arrows) are a good predictor for migration paths. A flow from Central America and Mexico toward Northern Cuba and Florida increases the likely hood of seeing more Purple Martins in Florida during the following few days. A similar wind flow pattern up through Mexico into the southern states is an excellent predictor of martins in that area. To view the latest map click on the picture below.

tropic winds
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