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August 1, 1975     The Glenville Democrat
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iI 10 the Glenville Democrat/PathfinderJuly 31, 1975 says a veteran backyard gardener, "is tins to their villages by hanging up females. Old mated birds may show up i:!: my purple martin birdhouse," ~ourds with entrance holes cut into next often establishing the birdhouse . ~ :i:i what's scary abe., a birdhouse? them. Vbey .e omad pec ng o der by tossin ou, the -- ::i: The inhabitants: Purple martins not because they fearlessly chased away uostart newlvweds. ~ ! ~ ~ \~. .~ ii:i only put a fine-feathered fear into such crows from crops. Martins also may mysteriously shun ~k ~lt \ ~ ~ ! ~ i i:!: vegetable garden villains as crows, but Then purple martin birdhouses even the most inviting houses. ~ | ~ ~[ i!ii ~hey ale snap short the lifespan of started sprouting on southern planta- apparently unimpressed by miniature ~ ~ .... ~I ]" A~ :i!i countless insects, ~a single martin tions some houses with 40 to 50 Victorian mansions and crenelated ~ ~k~ ~obbling perhaps 2,000 a day. aparments for two. Today birdhouses castles nreferrin~ nerhans ~n ~lH ,IV "==~'~m~ |~ ~ ii~ a ' " ': " dhouses ly painted ones may be too garish. ~t ~ ~ L ' " iiii tireless birds, the National Geographic with nesting accommodations for 500 Homecoming humans can lose their~ ~ ~ . ~ ? ~. i!'.':. i~ i~!! ;: Society says... . pairs of purple martins, way returning to a subdivision of ~ ~ " ~ ~ - ~ ~t ~t ii~ rmwever, mey may have to be They are the largest of all hundreds of identical houses. But ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ )~ iiii content with the stray mar~ins that American swallows, about 7V~ inches purple martins, arriving at abirdhouse -='W "~ | ...... ~ ~ _~ :i:: make a pass over their plots until they long with a 16-inch wingspread, end avartment building,alwavs know -"=~'~ | ~ ~ !:~i ~an learn how to lure a whole flock of have purple-black plumage. Some say which door is home. - ~ ~ ~ ~"~=~'~ iii:: ~hem to set up neighborly housekeep- "'martin" comes from Saint Martin ~ i!~ in~. , because European martins migrate . .:.: r , . Sparrows and starlings may move ~ :::: ~ogetherness Bird around Martinmas, November 11. In into ........ . . a purpm manta olrtmouse ano i:!: t is not eas- even thou-,*, the Umted States martins begin .~ ............... ~i~ ~ .::: -, ~- ..... o. .. unve away me ln[enoefl occupams ~ ~1~=~ ::.: 'T% erness" is the middle name --~ arriving In earty spring aner wmtermg ...L__ .L_ ,_ _ , . .. m~_~%~':: ~- .~ :.:. ,, ut . ,, ,,~ _ . wuun they SnOW Up later, bo some ~~~"~* ~,-~,.~ ~ ~ :." ~!,r~l~ ,mit-qns,. Unlike most birds, but m ~oum Amerma. gardeners keep the birdhouse holes 1 _--~ ii::i l som omer swallows, purple _ corked up until the martins arrive One ~._~ | ~ :~:i tins. Le. ~o nest in .communities.Apartment Hunting man kept the would-be squatters -~'~,~t ::ii! en Amemca was a w~tderness they The first birds to find a purple scared away by ringing an electric iiii ~ed in woodpecker holes or in martin house may be young males who doorbell he had nailed to the ~~ ii~ a~ral cavities in trees or cliffs,fight fiercely for nesting compartments birdhouse. ~ i:i: "nn In m milm~at~mm= , ...iiimi.ii==.~,,~=i= ~ ~llS.....- ssss ~ ]~]~i~]l~ ~ ,t~][ ~~IIL,~_'TTM :::: ~k :::: S ALY ......... : LIVING SCARECROW, a mast of hanging gourd nests is home for a community iili , of s~4ftly darting purple martins, voracious enemies of garden bop. [!i: Gardeners prize these swallows, largest in North America. because they not i~i only help clear backyard plots of many insect pests, but also chase away iii! crows and other crop-eating birds. ~ = SeatyoHealthGuard TWIN SIZE. EA. PC. With cover formerly used on an $89.95 Posturepedic Besides the look of a $30 more expensive mattress, you get deep multi