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by John & Linda - KY
Wed May 15, 2019 9:54 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: One Of My A Favorite Purple Martin Roosting Photos Of My Colony
Replies: 9
Views: 183

Re: One Of My A Favorite Purple Martin Roosting Photos Of My Colony

After fledging is well in progress or complete the martins congregate around the colony, perching on whatever they can find as the twilight darkness increases. A lot of landlords never see this because they're busy with things inside. If you can remember to look you'll be amazed at the number that a...
by John & Linda - KY
Tue May 14, 2019 4:50 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Martin "wiggle" in flight.
Replies: 10
Views: 240

Re: Martin "wiggle" in flight.

I think they're just showing off, doing it "because they can". -- John
by John & Linda - KY
Tue May 07, 2019 3:10 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Gourds/rain/leaking
Replies: 9
Views: 184

Re: Gourds/rain/leaking

Sorry, duplicate.
by John & Linda - KY
Tue May 07, 2019 3:07 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Gourds/rain/leaking
Replies: 9
Views: 184

Re: Gourds/rain/leaking

If you add the vent cap ($1 ea as I remember) it covers the holes in the gourd itself. I've never checked it, but I don't see how rain could enter the gourd. Water that enters the gap between the hole in the cap and the rod will drain down through the gap between the cap and the gourd onto the outsi...
by John & Linda - KY
Thu May 02, 2019 4:10 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Question on intruder nest
Replies: 6
Views: 98

Re: Question on intruder nest

Tree swallow nests usually contain one or more feathers. They are a native species, I'm not sure if you're allowed to remove nests, especially if they contain eggs. -- John
by John & Linda - KY
Sat Apr 27, 2019 2:24 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Opinions on my setup
Replies: 26
Views: 4530

Re: Opinions on my setup

You can drop the top section down into the second section, part or all the way (I use a hose clamp as a stop). That makes the tri-tel both more stable and less likely to bend in a severe wind. I set mine to just below the bottom of the gourd rack and the martins don't mind the lower level at all. Th...
by John & Linda - KY
Fri Apr 26, 2019 10:09 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Dead Martin Mystery ??
Replies: 7
Views: 1685

Re: Dead Martin Mystery ??

Martins are like people - every one that is born (hatched) is going to die unless Jesus returns first. I'm amazed that we don't find more dead birds at our colonies. Maybe most of the marginally fit perish during the migrations. -- John
by John & Linda - KY
Sat Apr 13, 2019 10:51 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Van Ert trap, help
Replies: 8
Views: 1418

Re: Van Ert trap, help

Annie, get your gun! -- John
by John & Linda - KY
Mon Apr 08, 2019 6:20 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: New PM landlord - help choose placement
Replies: 13
Views: 2711

Re: New PM landlord - help choose placement

In selecting the placement, in addition to other factors, pick a spot where you can easily watch them. If you have a porch or deck where you regularly enjoy the outdoors put the housing close enough that you can see the show. -- John
by John & Linda - KY
Mon Apr 01, 2019 12:01 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: perches
Replies: 6
Views: 1135

Re: perches

I'm afraid dowels would give the starlings enough leg room to be more able to breach the crescent entries, the height of the porch is very important. -- John
by John & Linda - KY
Tue Mar 26, 2019 4:43 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Martins return to Hawesville, KY
Replies: 2
Views: 448

Re: Martins return to Hawesville, KY

I love watching and listening to the martins during their stay in KY. My gourds are about 30 - 40 ft from our porch swing and I sit there most mornings reading the paper and watching the martins go about their business. -- John
by John & Linda - KY
Tue Mar 26, 2019 10:51 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Martins return to Hawesville, KY
Replies: 2
Views: 448

Martins return to Hawesville, KY

Yesterday morning we were up early, 5:30 am, and there were two beautiful male ASY martins sitting on our gourd racks. It was chilly, and their feathers were puffed up. They were not singing. This morning one has been back and was chortling his heart out. The fun begins! -- John
by John & Linda - KY
Thu Mar 21, 2019 3:19 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: worried newbe
Replies: 41
Views: 8279

Re: worried newbe

Are martins messy and having them within 5 to 10 feet of the driveway a no-no?
They're birds, they poop on the fly and while sitting whenever and wherever they choose. They will develop preferred fly-ways and leave "presents" along them. Some folks with large colonies wear hard hats. -- John
by John & Linda - KY
Wed Mar 20, 2019 2:43 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Running late it seems.
Replies: 12
Views: 1547

Re: Running late it seems.

Patience isn't my strong suit either. Our gourds are up and waiting, but I think it's better if they wait until the weather warms up more and stabilizes. -- John
by John & Linda - KY
Mon Mar 18, 2019 11:47 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Running late it seems.
Replies: 12
Views: 1547

Re: Running late it seems.

Assuming last year was your first time to host martins, they were probably SY birds. From my experience the second year to nest they don't hurry back, so don't give up hope. They will come back a little earlier each year for several years, then stabilize their return time. -- John
by John & Linda - KY
Sat Mar 09, 2019 11:40 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: SREHs do appear to work
Replies: 25
Views: 6753

Re: SREHs do appear to work

I enjoy watching the starlings struggle in vain to enter our crescents. Their long legs just get in the way too much. -- John
by John & Linda - KY
Fri Mar 08, 2019 11:13 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Which gourd bundle for beginner?
Replies: 11
Views: 2656

Re: Which gourd bundle for beginner?

My opinion: Start with a first class square pole and winch system, probably 2" square. Fit it with a 6 gourd one tier rack that can be easily expanded. As your colony expands you'll be able to expand with it, and it's a lot easier to keep sparrows out of 6 gourds than 12 or 24. Locate it somewhere y...
by John & Linda - KY
Wed Nov 21, 2018 11:39 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Bluebirds
Replies: 10
Views: 4207

Re: Bluebirds

502 ft is a little close, but with an established martin colony it will probably be OK. But you will definitely have a problem with sparrows trying to take over the BB house, so be prepared to deal with them. -- John
by John & Linda - KY
Wed Oct 17, 2018 2:59 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: What kind of Adhesive?
Replies: 14
Views: 7939

Re: What kind of Adhesive?

Emamor -- Did you mean to give us a product name? -- John
by John & Linda - KY
Sat Oct 13, 2018 3:44 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: New Trio Blank doors that are vented..
Replies: 19
Views: 5827

Re: New Trio Blank doors that are vented..

Here's another option, a little more expensive but no shipping, looks to provide a larger venting area, and could be added to existing blank doors with a little work. I just took a quick look on the Walmart.com site, you could probably find more and possibly less expensive options at a big box hardw...

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