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Henry Schilling
  • Lavalette, NJ
  • Ocean County
  • Have been a lucky Martin Landlord for 8 years. Now have 40 Northern Sky\'s wooden nests. Thanks to Bob Buskas answering my questions. If anyone needs help to what little I know,I would be glad to help.
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  • Posted: February 2009

  • Ocean County, NJ
  • Ocean County
  • I had a very successful first season with 11 nesting pair that fledged 40 chicks, thanks Allen and Tim (mentors) for answering all my questions! Now, I'd be happy to help others in my area (Ocean and Southern Monmouth).
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  • Posted: May 2005

  • Locust, NJ
  • Monmouth County
  • I would be happy to help anyone in my area become a landlord (or a better landlord). I have been successful in my area with an expanding colony. Look forward to hearing from you.
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  • Millville, NJ
  • Cumberland County
  • I will try to cover the southern NJ area (Cumberland, Atlantic, or Cape May counties)
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Steven Graziano
  • Atlantic Highlands, NJ
  • NEW JERSEY County
  • Some friends of mine that live on the Shrewsbury River in Monmouth Beach have a successful colony on their property that is managed by another person. They enjoy it immensely. The geology of our back yard is very similar and I think it would be a good spot for another purple martin house. Our home is located on the bluff overlooking the bay and New York City skyline. Our lower yard is cleared of trees and is adjacent to some public park area so that the flight patterns are unrestricted for several hundred yards in all directions. I would like help in choosing a house and learning how to manage it.
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  • Posted: June 2014

Sharon Capizzi
  • Egg Harbor Township, NJ
  • Atlantic County
  • I have a large backyard that backs to a lake and have the PM house with 4 gourds under it. It is raised up about 15 feet & is 100 yards from anything around as suggested in the materials I've read. I seem to have other interested birds but haven't seen any PMs. (I keep cleaning out their nest building attempts) I do know there is a PM landlord about 2 - 3 miles away. Not sure what else to try.. Please help :)
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  • Posted: May 2014

  • Darien, CT
  • USA County
  • We put a house up last year, but it was immediately taken over by HOSPs (which I kept evicting to no use..) I bought a trap now, so will see if I can curb them this year.. I actually saw an adult martin lingering about for 2-3 days, but it left (I guess it was probably on its way to the colony; or maybe the sparrows pushed it away..) I aim to use vocalization to boost my chances - let's see. In any case, I would like to be able to exchange info on challenges I might face and also gather tips/advice through my jorney!!
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  • Posted: May 2013

Shawn Crockett
  • Brick, NJ
  • Ocean County
  • Hello, I would really like to get some assistance in setting up a purple martin bird house. I live next to a marsh and have an abundance of dragon flies that inhabit my yard. I believe that having a purple martin colony would cut down on the swarms of dragon flies and would serve as a great food source for the purple martin. If any mentors are interested in assisting me, I would be very grateful. Thanks in advance. Shawn
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  • Posted: July 2011

Michael Paust

Tom Millard
  • Hewitt, NJ
  • Passaic County
  • I have a banded PM w/a purple NJ band NJ AP738 I would like to know where it was banded Maybe Allen Jackson can help He wrote an article about PM bands in Spring 09 Martin Update Vol 18(2)
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  • Posted: June 2010

Tony Caira
  • Waretown, NJ
  • ocean County
  • My wife Nancy has fond memories of the martin houses her father had in their back yard as a child. Her father has past away and need some help with getting started with martin house/s. I welcome help with this venture of buying -installing -attracting the purple martin to my yard. All my best Tony
  • 103 Atlantic Ave
    Waretown, NJ  08758
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  • Posted: March 2010

Rhonda Wells

  • MERCER County
  • Set up a house late last year in August-- did not get any birds. Would like to attract birds this year. Will try the Dawnsong on a CD player outside by the bird-house.
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  • Posted: April 2009

Maria Moch
  • Whitehouse Station, NJ
  • Hunterdon County
  • We had a Purple Martin structure on our Corporate site, but it was not managed properly and did not have any Purple Martins nesting, only Tree Swallows. The wooden parts of the structure fell down this winter, so I am now trying to learn what needs to be done for a successful site and mainteance program. I would appreciate any and all help with this.
  • Merck & Co., Inc.
    Two Merck Drive
    Whitehouse Station, NJ  08889
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  • 908-423-1552
  • Posted: February 2009

barbara bonforte
  • oceanport, NJ
  • united states County
  • I am very interested in getting started. I live on the water and have a dock which I think may be a good place for the Purple Martins.
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  • Posted: May 2008

Frances Tonks
  • Brick, NJ
  • Ocean County
  • My housing was installed late June 2007. While we did see Martins fly by last summer, they did not stay to nest. As of today, May 8, we have not seen martins in our area. We have seen Martins in high numbers at our resevoir. Many are nesting about 2 miles away between our creek, the river and the bay. Starlings and swallows invaded our house. I removed them immediately. I\'ve closed the housing to keep the other birds from nesting.
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  • Posted: May 2008

Crystal Miller-Spiegel
  • Tinton Falls, NJ
  • Monmouth County
  • I\'d really appreciate advice on the type of house/pole I should purchase, what accessories I need (particularly to protect against hawks and owls), and proper placement in my yard. I am eager to get this going and would like to order all necessary items ASAP. Thanks so much!
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  • Posted: April 2008

Lena Bracco
  • Highland Mills, NY
  • Orange County
  • I used to raise Cockateils so I know a little about breeding and caring for birds. I am still confused as to the date to unplug my purple martin house. (I should be receiving it in about 5 days. It is equiped with crescent holes.) One guide said fledglings are in my area from April 1st and this site says April 15th. I don't live near any body of water except we have a pool and fountains. Will this be ok? The reason I am putting up housing for Purple Martins is that we live near an egg farm and we have loads of flys that are unbearable. They will have plenty of food here. Is there a special time to bring down the house to check for nests when the parent birds aren't in or on it?
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  • Posted: March 2006

Brian Palidar

John Barbieri

William Seifried
  • Layton, NJ
  • Sussex County
  • I bought a PM house, I think I have the perfect location. Looking for info on best time to put up the house and what to expect.
  • PO Box 11
    Layton, NJ  07851
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  • Posted: May 2005


Russell Jalbert
  • Boonton, NJ
  • Morris County
  • I am located in the Highlands area of Morris county. 2004 was my first season trying to attract. Have Coates SR-12 house & pole guard located to specs. Used a PM decoy & played Dawn Songs each AM. No birds nested of any species. No neighboring colonies that I am aware of. Any Mentor help would be very appreciated. ~Member 139549
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  • Millville, NJ
  • Cumberland County
  • Previous landlord for 10+ years, but had involuntary hiatus of 7 years. Put up gourd rack with 8 units at the end of last breeding season, prior to migration, and had several visiting PMs. House up now, but remains closed. No scouts yet.
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  • Hammonton, NJ
  • Atlantic County
  • I live in Hammonton, NJ and was wondering if someone could check my setup. I have tried the last 2 years on my own without success. If anyone is interested please give me a buzz. Thanks
  • 331 Valley Ave.
    Hammonton, NJ  
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  • 609-561-8893

  • Chatham, NJ
  • I am trying for the first time this year. I have a T-14 type house that is made of aluminum. I am situated about half a mile from a tributary of the Raritan River, about a mile and a half from the Great Swamp, and there is the open space of a cemetery in my backyard. I would like someone to give me advice and critique my chances of success.
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  • 908-277-6576

  • Swedesboro, NJ
  • I have had a house up for four years now have had martins visit hang around all day look into the gourds (plastic) but none have stayed or nested. I know of no other martin colony in the area. I live near a large body of water, have open areas, house is close to my house under 50 yards at least 40 yards from small trees, nothing growing under house in fact I have done everything right, I am looking for that one thing I am not doing......
  • 22 Saddle Lane
    Swedesboro, NJ  
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