The Purple Martin Archives

ATTRACTING PURPLE MARTINS
The 5 Key Principles of Attracting Purple Martins

MANAGEMENT
The 6 Main Reasons People Lose their Purple Martins
How to Conduct Nest Checks when Nestlings are Older

Misting Houses to Keep them Cool in Extremely Hot Weather
The Starling Excluder Entrance Hole
New Colony Started with All SREH

BANDING
Ohio Martin Breeds in Southwestern PA
Indiana Fledgling Spotted at Moraine Park Colony Site
Mid-Summer SY Visitors to Active Site breed there the following year.
The Results of a Search for 56 Banded Nestlings
2 SY's Spotted at 1 Pair Colony site Seen 27 Miles Southeast 5 Days Later


MISCELLANEOUS
US Army Corps Sites are Ideal Locations

A Cooper's Hawk Feeder
Temperature Tests in different types of Housing

A Cold Weather Survival Strategy

HOUSING MODIFICATION
Preparing a T-14 for Mid-season Conversion to SREH
Tip for Capping Closed Entrance Holes on Modified Trio Houses
How to Prevent Warping of a T-14 Post

Adding Excluder Entrance Holes to Gourds
Converting Natural Horizontal Gourds to SREH
Excluder Entrances no Problem for My Martins
Switching Established Colonies to SREH

EMERGENCY FEEDING
Emergency Cricket Feeding
40 Starving Martins Eat 900+ Hand-Tossed Crickets

STARLING AND HOUSE SPARROW CONTROL
Humane Method of Euthanizing Starlings & House Sparrows
The NB-Compact Trap

PREDATORS & PREDATOR CONTROL
Squirrels CAN climb metal poles

Owl Guard Suggestions for Gourd Racks
How To Make A Simple (but effective) Owl & Crow Guard
Bird Netting to Stop Snakes
Examples of Rat Snake Predation
Hanging Gourds Under Trio Houses - Tip to Install Owl guard
Rat Snake Predation