House/gourd placement in Florida

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Hergraceness
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Joined: Wed Jun 20, 2018 4:00 pm
Location: Lake Wales Fl
Martin Colony History: I tried unsuccessfully to be a purple Martin landlord in Missouri. I am now going to try again in Florida

House/gourd placement in Florida

Postby Hergraceness » Sun Oct 06, 2019 9:00 am

I have tried for many years to be a purple Martin landlord with no success. I am now trying again in Central Florida. My question is, how close can the house/gourds be to my pool cage?

C.C.Martins
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Joined: Fri Apr 14, 2017 11:15 am
Location: Corpus Christi Tx
Martin Colony History: 2016- didnt know anything about martins, put up an all wrong house in 2016 and had two come by and inspect all the cavities. Left soon after not to return. Learned what i could on PMCA, made adjustments and next year was sucessful.
2017- 5 pair. 15 fledged.
2018-18 pair. 85 fledged.
2019- 17 pair. 81 fledged
Home colony: 12 natural gourds, one modified house. 18 cavities in total.
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Re: House/gourd placement in Florida

Postby C.C.Martins » Sun Oct 06, 2019 1:31 pm

Hi and welcome! How high is the pool cage? Use the standard of 40 feet from obstructions. If it cant be moved or lowered pick the clearest spot for your house. Some folks have one flyway in and one out, so its not a hard science...attracting them to your site is the hard part. Again welcome,
Tom
Tom

2016- didnt know anything about martins, put up an all wrong house in 2016 and had two come by and inspect all the cavities. Left soon after not to return. Learned what i could on PMCA, made adjustments and next year was sucessful.
2017- 5 pair. 15 Fledged
2018-18 pairs. 85 Fledged.
2019-17 pair. 81 fledged.
Offering: 12 natural gourds, w/crescents and WDC openings. 6 modified compartment house, crescents with tunnels.

John Evans
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Joined: Mon Mar 17, 2014 3:56 pm
Location: Hillsboro Oh

Re: House/gourd placement in Florida

Postby John Evans » Tue Oct 08, 2019 11:38 am

Hi
due to property size I put a house up within 20 ft of our pool cage and about the same distance from our house last year. had 2 pair last year and 6 this year.
Our situation is probably unique as we live on a golf course fairway in Cocoa Beach. Wide open flyway,however, many martins would fly over the cage and swoop down to the house. Didn't seem to bother them.

John
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