Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Another Purple Martin Season Nears

It's almost that time again.....Purple martin season! In about 3 weeks I should begin seeing them in the area. They've arrived at my colony during the second week of February every year for the past 10 years. This will be my 14th year as a martin landlord and hopefully it will be a productive season and provide lots of stuff to write about. I finally cleaned all of my SuperGourds, which I should've done months ago. One of them had its entrance hole enlarged by the maw of a gray squirrel. That's what I get for not taking them down soon after the season ended last year.

I ordered a replacement gourd and also some black cap liners for the access caps which will help make the interior of each gourd darker like a natural cavity. I also have a few minor repairs to perform on the gourd racks and should be ready just in time for their arrival. They've been spotted already in parts of Texas- Port O'Connor and Hempstead as of today and the reports should steadily begin to increase in the upcoming weeks. If you are a purple martin enthusiast (or thinking of starting a colony) and not a member of the PMCA I highly recommmend that you become a member. As stated on their website they are the "only organization devoted exclusively to the scientific study of Purple Martins (Progne subis), their biology and habitat requirements".

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Blogger st said...

Jace please expand this post.
i.e. do you hang all those nest gourds in the same place or are they dotted around you area?

2:37 PM  
Blogger Jace Stansbury said...

Purple martins are colonial nesters, meaning they nest in large groups. I hang all of the gourds together on racks. Each rack holds 16 gourds and I have 2 rack- 32 gourds in all. If you would like to read my other purple martin posts- type in "purple martins" in the search blog box in the upper left hand corner of my blog. Let me know if you have any other questions. Also- check out the PMCA's website: purplemartin.org


3:09 PM  

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