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by John & Linda - KY
Thu Mar 21, 2019 3:19 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: worried newbe
Replies: 37
Views: 3508

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: 11
Views: 408

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: 11
Views: 408

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: 11
Views: 750

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: 1277

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: 3836

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: 7694

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: 5360

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...
by John & Linda - KY
Sun Oct 07, 2018 4:25 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: safety tip!
Replies: 7
Views: 3651

Re: safety tip!

For even more safety install a stop bolt through the pole at a distance high enough that if all else fails the bolt stops the plummet before your head serves as the stop. When you lower the system for any reason, lower it to just below the stop, loosen and remove the bolt, then finish the lowering p...
by John & Linda - KY
Tue Aug 21, 2018 4:42 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Video of my chalet site from the air
Replies: 14
Views: 2700

Re: Video of my chalet site from the air

Ryan wrote:
Sat Aug 18, 2018 8:29 pm
They're two PM decoys.
Well, they fooled me! -- John
by John & Linda - KY
Sat Aug 18, 2018 4:19 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Video of my chalet site from the air
Replies: 14
Views: 2700

Re: Video of my chalet site from the air

Were the two birds sitting on the top of your housing in one shot starlings? -- John
by John & Linda - KY
Tue Aug 07, 2018 3:01 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Question About Another Bird
Replies: 10
Views: 4105

Re: Question About Another Bird

Also, the tree swallow's breast is a very distinctive white. -- John
by John & Linda - KY
Tue Jul 17, 2018 3:38 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: All nestlings have fledged
Replies: 2
Views: 729

All nestlings have fledged

All our nestlings fledged as of Sunday, they're coming back to visit a few times daily. Our numbers were down some from last year, 14 nests versus 18 (out of 24 gourds). The number of birds were noticeably lower, especially as the fledging was under way. Next chore is cleaning out the nests and movi...
by John & Linda - KY
Wed Jul 11, 2018 5:05 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Racoon attack - can I move some babies?
Replies: 11
Views: 1989

Re: Racoon attack - can I move some babies?

Have you considered getting a trap to catch the raccoon? Not sure about your area, but the Humane Society might be able to lend you a trap to catch it, and relocate it to a wilderness area (far from you). Bait it with cat food, or sardines. I have one that is wire mesh, shaped like a long box, and ...
by John & Linda - KY
Fri May 18, 2018 11:26 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Gourd Nests
Replies: 7
Views: 640

Re: Gourd Nests

Over the years of using first natural and now plastic gourds I've noticed that the amount of material used to make the nest depends on the height of the entrance above the floor of the gourd. If the hole is just above the bottom of the gourd, as with the Bo 9's we're using now, very little material ...
by John & Linda - KY
Thu May 10, 2018 3:57 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Direction of Openings?
Replies: 10
Views: 702

Re: Direction of Openings?

If a martin wants to nest in one of your compartments it won't make any difference which way the entrance faces. So I aim most of the entrances toward our covered patio that's about 20 ft. away and enjoy watching the activity, especially when they're feeding and fledging. -- John
by John & Linda - KY
Wed May 09, 2018 10:34 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Sevin dust
Replies: 19
Views: 2498

Re: Sevin dust

The long-handled plastic spoons Dairy Queen uses for their Blizzards are great for applying the Sevin dust. Also, getting one gives you the chance to treat yourself to a Blizzard. -- John
by John & Linda - KY
Tue May 08, 2018 11:36 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Sparrow nest tearout how often?
Replies: 22
Views: 1865

Re: Sparrow nest tearout how often?

Sparrows do learn quickly. A couple of times when they just wouldn't get trapped (I can't shoot because of neighbors) I let them nest for a couple of weeks until they had either eggs ready to hatch or nestlings and then tore the nest out. This was before the martins had eggs. One or two times was en...
by John & Linda - KY
Tue May 01, 2018 10:45 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: New Landlord - a question and comment
Replies: 9
Views: 823

Re: New Landlord - a question and comment

The first martin arrived on April 5 and we just today (5/1) saw a bird taking nest building material into the nest. -- John
by John & Linda - KY
Mon Apr 09, 2018 9:39 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Housing vs Gourds
Replies: 7
Views: 833

Re: Housing vs Gourds

Would you prefer an 800 ft sq apartment or a 1500 ft sq stand alone house? -- John

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