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Permalink 08:08:31 pm, Categories: News, 2013 Martins, 47 words   English (US)

Arrival 2013

2 martins (Male, Female) stopped by for a few minutes today to check out the houses. It's the first 2 birds of 2013 here, even though they have been seen in and around the State of Florida for several weeks - including a first in the Nation report from Viera.



Permalink 01:01:05 pm, Categories: News, 16 words   English (US)

J.L. Wade - Purple martin pioneer

Article in Wall Street Journal about J.L. Wade, a promoter of purple martins par excellence.



Permalink 10:01:21 pm, Categories: Announcements [A], News, 2007 Martins, 117 words   English (US)

2007 Season about to begin

Martins are being reported all around this area of Florida. No official sighting here yet, but chirps were heard on Saturday during the first raising of the 12-SuperGourd colony.

Each gourd was prepared with:

  • An inside bottom spray of neem, for insecticide properties.
  • Nesting material: cedar chips, half an old cigar, pine needles.
  • Lid threads/seal coated with Dr. Bronner's Peppermint Soap for insecticide properties. This has proven highly effective in the past at preventing mite buildup.

A few gourds face inward, toward the support pole. Each of the outward facing gourds has an aluminium owl guard.

Martins are welcome, but amenities still to come are:

  • Long bamboo perches
  • Camera with infrared support
  • Plastic martin decoy(s)


Permalink 05:24:46 pm, Categories: News, 2006 Martins, 17 words   English (US)

Local Florida Today paper covers Purple Martins

Today's paper talked to a local area landlord and got the scoop on Purple Martins. Nice job!



Permalink 02:56:57 pm, Categories: News, 2006 Martins, 81 words   English (US)

Arrival Day!

2 adult martins showed up at 9:30am this morning. Interestingly, January 17th is the same day we had first arrivals in 2004. Today's birds are a male and female and are checking out gourd #8 which is in the top section facing north towards the colony camera.
After 10 minutes of perching the male entered gourd #8 and then poked his head out for a while.
Other landlords in the area have reported arrivals too, so the season is definitely underway here in Brevard County, Florida.


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