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Old 04-28-2013, 09:02 AM
 
Location: small Southern town balabusta
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Hi all,

I have a new Sunday hobby - watching the birds at our feeders while I'm sewing in my (second story) sewing room. Do any of you have tall bird feeders that are relatively easy to refill using a hook from the ground level?
I was thinking it'd be great to have a feeder a few feet away from the sewing room. We have beautiful birds all along the ground level - hummingbirds, cardinals and American goldfinches. A housefinch recently came to my sewing room ledge, but I have no food up here for him yet.

Thanks for any tips! I love animals.
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Old 04-28-2013, 04:36 PM
 
Location: Lafayette, LA
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I know that Purple Martin housing is often placed on telescoping poles so that Martin Landlords can pull the houses down in the event of storms, and to check on developing nests.

Why couldn't you improvise something from that? A platform with a feeder, on a telescoping pole high enough to see from your sewing room? With pulleys to pull it down to clean and fill.
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Old 04-29-2013, 04:21 PM
 
Location: small Southern town balabusta
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What a great idea - thank you! I don't know why I didn't think of that but that sounds perfect!
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Old 06-08-2013, 07:16 AM
 
Location: Seymour TN
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We put up a martin house about a month ago. The pole that came with it is retractable (awesome!!) I have a question about martin houses and am not sure if this is the right forum for it, but I found this thread. We get really strong storms sometimes, gusts up to 60 mph, and some of the tabs in the birdhouse have started coming loose. I'm afraid the roof will blow off one day. I thought about gluing it, but I think all glue disintegrates after awhile. Does anyone recommend bolting it together somehow? I wouldn't be able to do it til the winter cause there's birds in there now. Thanks.
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Old 06-08-2013, 11:33 AM
 
Location: Lafayette, LA
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Devil, I am sure there's a solution to the problem, maybe bolting might work. Here's a very good website for all things Martin. It's Purple Martin Conservation Association .

They have lots of info there, and there's a forum very similar to this one, but devoted to Purple Martins.

Good luck!!
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