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by Matt F.
Fri Jan 01, 2021 7:10 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Trio Duracraft Castle nest box build
Replies: 3
Views: 130

Re: Trio Duracraft Castle nest box build

Those look really good Deancamp! One thing to keep an eye on, is your seals being so good on those trays, that they may actually hold any water that my come in from above through various seams and cracks in the housing. I had put together some nest trays sometime back for a couple of houses (one Tri...
by Matt F.
Tue Dec 15, 2020 2:14 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Watersedge Purple Martin Houses
Replies: 5
Views: 766

Re: Watersedge Purple Martin Houses

Hi Philsand, I have not personally used the WatersEdge houses, though they are popular and have some really good features. They appear to have the bottom of the crescents at approx. 1/2" above the deck, which is the same as the Trio/Nature House crescent doors. This higher up position is good and ba...
by Matt F.
Tue Dec 15, 2020 1:43 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Trio Mini Castle
Replies: 10
Views: 1039

Re: Trio Mini Castle

You are most welcome, and thanks for the kind words.
by Matt F.
Sun Dec 13, 2020 11:06 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Trio Mini Castle
Replies: 10
Views: 1039

Re: Trio Mini Castle

I inherited the same style house except it has 3 stories. I thought I read it was a Duracraft, but guess I was mistaken. I was able to enlarge the compartments with a 3" hole saw. Actually took it completely apart and did a full remodel so that I could use it with a winch system. Also added porch d...
by Matt F.
Thu Nov 19, 2020 11:01 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Trio Mini Castle
Replies: 10
Views: 1039

Re: Trio Mini Castle

Hi Tim, Cool find! That is indeed an old Trio, more specifically the DH-12 model. It was most likely made sometime in the 70s. Here's the original patent drawings for that model with those snap-out doors that was filed back in 68, by then Trio engineer (and true Master Jedi) Arthur Vail: https://pat...
by Matt F.
Sun Aug 23, 2020 3:30 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Not albino but close...
Replies: 2
Views: 766

Re: Not albino but close...

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by Matt F.
Tue May 26, 2020 12:46 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Can't believe it, but I have one hanging around
Replies: 53
Views: 27805

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

Hi Mark, You didn't assume wrong. See this article from Kathy Freeze - which includes a photo of an ASY female gathering green leaves, and mentions both males and females performing this in her writeup. This is another example of Martin behavior at one colony, not being the same as their behavior at...
by Matt F.
Sat May 16, 2020 3:51 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: What's the best hole to use
Replies: 28
Views: 3018

Re: What's the best hole to use

Those tunnels look really good on that Heath Keith.
I've always admired your housing modifications - they are top notch.
by Matt F.
Tue May 05, 2020 9:01 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: What's the best hole to use
Replies: 28
Views: 3018

Re: What's the best hole to use

Thanks Mark. Don't forget - you're a highly valued contributor as well! I agree. I hope all are staying safe and in good health. This whole COVID-19 situation is almost surreal. Rob S. - keep us posted. Don't be too hard on yourself. The use of round holes to initially attract a nesting pair, and th...
by Matt F.
Mon May 04, 2020 4:32 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: What's the best hole to use
Replies: 28
Views: 3018

Re: What's the best hole to use

Indeed Lewis - that was Andrew in Kansas who had the heavy starling pressure on the colonies he manages in downtown Parsons, KS. I haven't seen him here in a while - I hope he is doing good. The Trio crescents just would not stop them, while many folks (me included) who have average starling pressur...
by Matt F.
Fri Apr 24, 2020 12:36 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: a Hawk makes an appearance
Replies: 5
Views: 728

Re: a Hawk makes an appearance

Osprey - no threat to the Martins.
They do love fish though!
by Matt F.
Wed Apr 01, 2020 7:34 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Tree Swallow Relocation Strategy
Replies: 15
Views: 1444

Re: Tree Swallow Relocation Strategy

Hi Randy,
Sorry to post again if you already saw this.
This has helped numerous folks:
https://web.archive.org/web/20160807020 ... cy-377.pdf
by Matt F.
Sun Mar 29, 2020 2:20 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Tree Swallow Relocation Strategy
Replies: 15
Views: 1444

Re: Tree Swallow Relocation Strategy

This has been a helpful reference for some:
https://web.archive.org/web/20160807020 ... cy-377.pdf
by Matt F.
Mon Aug 05, 2019 12:33 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: PMCA 2019 Nest Cam
Replies: 5
Views: 4897

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: 4897

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: 6336

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: 3680

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: 18
Views: 12326

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: 2250

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: 5313

Re: Cutting My Own Trio Entrances

I knew that.
From one Trio fan to another, I understood the method to your madness :-)