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by Matt F.
Mon Aug 05, 2019 12:33 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: PMCA 2019 Nest Cam
Replies: 5
Views: 1281

Re: PMCA 2019 Nest Cam

Awesome setup!
That photo of the baby Martins looking up at the baby Bluebird is too cute!
by Matt F.
Sun Aug 04, 2019 2:19 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: PMCA 2019 Nest Cam
Replies: 5
Views: 1281

Re: PMCA 2019 Nest Cam

Michelle - congrats on your successful fledges!
Just curious - what kind of housing are you using?
by Matt F.
Tue Jul 30, 2019 7:15 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Gourd racks and gourds - Going out of business
Replies: 9
Views: 1595

Re: Gourd racks and gourds - Going out of business

My heart goes out to you Trishy. Your descriptions of what you and your birds have been dealing with really hit hard. The USFWS needs to do its job, and realize that there are some raptors (especially Sharp-shinned and Cooper's Hawks) whose numbers have reached critical mass in many areas, and need ...
by Matt F.
Mon Jul 29, 2019 3:19 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Second Brood
Replies: 3
Views: 1183

Re: Second Brood

Hi RAMSMARTINS. Sorry for what you're dealing with. I have a few theories, as to why this happens. 1. The parenting hormone - prolactin (which is what dictates a bird's "parental investment" in a nesting cycle), starts to wane as the calendar gets closer to the latter part of summer. If this theory ...
by Matt F.
Mon Jul 15, 2019 12:10 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: what makes a SREH starling resistant/proof
Replies: 16
Views: 3527

Re: what makes a SREH starling resistant/proof

Lots of folks on here with a lot of experience. I've been hosting Martins for about 35 years. I scaled way back on entering in here on the forum, because other forum members who didn't happen to agree with what I stated based on my experience, would insult me, and say disrespectful things - even goi...
by Matt F.
Fri Jul 05, 2019 12:58 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Adjustable Excluder Entrances
Replies: 4
Views: 341

Re: Adjustable Excluder Entrances

Cool idea! The only other time I've seen adjustable Excluders, was in a YouTube video posted some years, back longtime landlord Rick Cruz: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hh3j1g-vDw4 To go along with what Brad was saying, in the video you see Rick has his setup to where the plate can't go down any f...
by Matt F.
Tue Jul 02, 2019 11:34 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Cutting My Own Trio Entrances
Replies: 12
Views: 1432

Re: Cutting My Own Trio Entrances

I knew that.
From one Trio fan to another, I understood the method to your madness :-)
by Matt F.
Tue Jul 02, 2019 11:19 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Cutting My Own Trio Entrances
Replies: 12
Views: 1432

Re: Cutting My Own Trio Entrances

Good eye John. Kyler probably cut them at the same height that Nature House cuts them - 1/2" from the bottom. The main reason for this, is to provide enough structural integrity at the bottom of the door, to allow it to still be held securely by the floor clips. There's a good and bad to this. The b...
by Matt F.
Tue Jul 02, 2019 9:58 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Beetles?
Replies: 3
Views: 2337

Re: Beetles?

I don't think there are any beetles and/or beetle larvae that are parasitic to birds.
If they're not bird parasitic, I'd just remove the ones you see and don't worry about it.
I definitely wouldn't apply anything like Sevin, unless you have a parasitic bug concern - like mites, blow flies, etc.
by Matt F.
Wed Jun 26, 2019 2:14 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Wooden 8-room PM House
Replies: 30
Views: 4418

Re: Wooden 8-room PM House

Hi Bumby, It's great to hear from you! That is a great looking design for a house! I'm really sorry you've had such a tough time with the hawks. There are a lot in similar situations. The Cooper's Hawk numbers alone have climbed at a staggering rate in recent years - especially in the greater Housto...
by Matt F.
Wed Jun 26, 2019 2:13 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Wooden 8-room PM House
Replies: 30
Views: 4418

Re: Wooden 8-room PM House

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by Matt F.
Sun Jun 16, 2019 1:19 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Can't believe it, but I have one hanging around
Replies: 36
Views: 12784

Re: Can't believe it, but I have one hanging around

Great photo Ryan!
I can only imagine how excited you must be!
Keep the updates coming.
by Matt F.
Fri Jun 14, 2019 12:29 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Confirmed: Drone props will kill Purple Martins
Replies: 3
Views: 667

Re: Confirmed: Drone props will kill Purple Martins

I may get flamed for this, but to me flying a drone, or RC plane near Martin housing, is just causing undue stress on the Martins, and getting them riled up for no good reason. Sure the video footage fun to watch, but it's taking the Martins' attention off of the things they need to be doing - not t...
by Matt F.
Tue Jun 11, 2019 3:49 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Can't believe it, but I have one hanging around
Replies: 36
Views: 12784

Re: Can't believe it, but I have one hanging around

Ryan!!!!! This is so exciting! There are other like myself, that have really been following you and your mission to attract Martins over the years. Your perseverance has been most admirable. How ironic would it be if your SY male starts a colony at your site, that ends up supplying Martins to that o...
by Matt F.
Tue Jun 11, 2019 1:58 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Why do I not have martins
Replies: 55
Views: 13858

Re: Why do I not have martins

That should work fine. The main reason to go with a rope/pulley or winch and cable/pulley setup, is it is far easier to raise and lower the housing, as opposed to a telescoping pole setup. If you go with a styrofoam house, at least it's quite lightweight, which will make it more telescoping pole fri...
by Matt F.
Tue Jun 11, 2019 8:50 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Why do I not have martins
Replies: 55
Views: 13858

Re: Why do I not have martins

Brad and I are on the same page. Like I also mentioned earlier in this thread - matching the type of housing being used to the closest colony to you, will increase your chances. The gourds on a line idea is a really good one as well. You mentioned the nearest colony also uses a T-14. If you have eno...
by Matt F.
Fri May 31, 2019 7:53 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Why do I not have martins
Replies: 55
Views: 13858

Re: Why do I not have martins

Birds,
As you can see, opinions vary.
Definitely not an exact science.
Trees and predators are important factors, but had already been mentioned by others on page 1 of this thread.
by Matt F.
Fri May 31, 2019 1:12 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Houses or gourds??
Replies: 7
Views: 3310

Re: Houses or gourds??

Brad is correct - when it gets real hot (especially with late nests) your going to have jumpers even with aluminum houses. Aluminum houses usually have a lot of slots, holes, spaces, etc. that allows a good amount of air to move through them, which helps. Unfortunately those same slots and holes hav...
by Matt F.
Fri May 31, 2019 12:19 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Why do I not have martins
Replies: 55
Views: 13858

Re: Why do I not have martins

Birds, One thing that may increase your chances, is matching your housing to the housing being used by the closest colonies to you. You mentioned some T-14 houses, and gourds. Get granular - like what specific brand of gourds, and entrance types they're using. Same goes with the T-14 - entrance type...
by Matt F.
Thu May 30, 2019 9:49 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Attack of the Western KingBird !!
Replies: 8
Views: 4356

Re: Attack of the Western KingBird !!

Anthony,
I sounds like you might have an abnormally ill-tempered Kingbird in your midst.
I would suggest getting a lawn chair, and an ice-cold Big Red, and having a serious one-on-one chat with it.

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