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by brent
Fri Apr 16, 2021 6:42 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Short martin history article, St. Louis focus
Replies: 4
Views: 68

Re: Short martin history article, St. Louis focus

Enjoyed the article. Thanks for sharing. I wish more people would take an interest in the martins as well as our ecology.
Brent
by brent
Fri Apr 16, 2021 6:32 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Cold weather feeding lesson
Replies: 3
Views: 49

Re: Cold weather feeding lesson

Great information Randy! We had extreme cold weather earlier this season. I had frozen crickets and meal worms from last season and tried my best to get the birds to take them but none did. I get a lot of June Beetles here too so I will collect them and freeze them like you did. I'll try before the ...
by brent
Thu Apr 15, 2021 8:47 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Lit up scarecrow to dissuade owls question.
Replies: 5
Views: 114

Re: Lit up scarecrow to dissuade owls question.

Asop,
So the screen didn't work? And the martins, did they return? How are you handling it now?
Brent
by brent
Wed Apr 14, 2021 9:40 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Good season
Replies: 10
Views: 137

Re: Good season

Beautiful. I love it. Must be incredible to see and hear. Have a great season.
Brent
by brent
Wed Apr 14, 2021 8:19 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Illuminating a scarecrow to ward off owls.
Replies: 11
Views: 181

Re: Illuminating a scarecrow to ward off owls.

Dave is there any thing that can be done? I can't stay up at night and patrol. The best I can do is the scarecrow and some lights. I am considering the night guard solar lights used to ward off unwanted animals. They blink on and off.
Brent
by brent
Tue Apr 13, 2021 8:23 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Illuminating a scarecrow to ward off owls.
Replies: 11
Views: 181

Re: Illuminating a scarecrow to ward off owls.

Thanks Whippy. Wow what a video. I'm trying to be proactive and read that owls do not like human presence and it was suggested that a scarecrow be used. In the same article it mentioned that they didn't like lights either. So, I thought a lighted scarecrow might be what I need.
Brent
by brent
Mon Apr 12, 2021 10:39 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Illuminating a scarecrow to ward off owls.
Replies: 11
Views: 181

Re: Illuminating a scarecrow to ward off owls.

Need to know, please. Anyone with experience on this?
Brent
by brent
Mon Apr 12, 2021 8:31 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Illuminating a scarecrow to ward off owls.
Replies: 11
Views: 181

Illuminating a scarecrow to ward off owls.

Hi everyone,
I'm wondering if illuminating my scarecrow at night with a solar light would stress the martins. Anyone with that experience? Let me know.
Thanks, Brent.
by brent
Sun Apr 11, 2021 5:59 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: adding decoys, + or -
Replies: 7
Views: 173

Re: adding decoys, + or -

Colliemom, can you attach a picture of the lights you use? I'm interested. Thanks.
Brent
by brent
Sun Apr 11, 2021 2:52 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: adding decoys, + or -
Replies: 7
Views: 173

Re: adding decoys, + or -

I want to share my experience. The first time I used decoys the intent was to deflect a hawk attack. The martins were already here when I put the decoys up and boy did I learn that once they are home introducing the decoys was not a good idea. They squawked and fussed and dive bombed the decoys like...
by brent
Sun Apr 11, 2021 8:10 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Lit up scarecrow to dissuade owls question.
Replies: 5
Views: 114

Re: Lit up scarecrow to dissuade owls question.

Will do. Thanks Whippy.
by brent
Sat Apr 10, 2021 9:04 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Lit up scarecrow to dissuade owls question.
Replies: 5
Views: 114

Lit up scarecrow to dissuade owls question.

Hi everyone,
I saw a Great Horned Owl perched in a tree not far from my bird houses tonight. I read somewhere that setting up a scarecrow and putting a light on it would help deter the owl. Has anyone had experience with this? Thanks, Brent
by brent
Fri Apr 09, 2021 8:42 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Stay Weather aware tonight!
Replies: 1
Views: 100

Re: Stay Weather aware tonight!

Good post. I lowered my houses. Hope it doesn't get as bad as predicted.
Brent
by brent
Fri Apr 09, 2021 8:38 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: New hopeful landlord
Replies: 10
Views: 211

Re: New hopeful landlord

I think it's the beginning of a colony. Good luck!
Brent
by brent
Tue Apr 06, 2021 11:11 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Snake guard netting question.
Replies: 4
Views: 246

Snake guard netting question.

Hi everyone. I never had problems with snakes but I intend to put bird netting guards this year. Is it better to put it above the pole guard or below? The reason I ask is because I'm concerned the martins might get tangled in it.
Brent
by brent
Sun Apr 04, 2021 9:15 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Just in time for Easter
Replies: 12
Views: 850

Re: Just in time for Easter

Yes C.C.Martins, I thought the same thing. I saw some of my birds tearing off tender green leaves from my mulberry tree and then bringing them to their nest. I'll nest check tomorrow or Tuesday and will especially look for the leaves. Maybe there will be eggs. Hawks are still a problem. I'm out ever...
by brent
Sat Apr 03, 2021 9:17 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: I think i'm getting close!!
Replies: 13
Views: 755

Re: I think i'm getting close!!

Well alright! What a great feeling. Nothing like it. It's a connection that's hard to describe. Happy for you. More to come. Keep us posted.
Brent
by brent
Sat Apr 03, 2021 9:02 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Just in time for Easter
Replies: 12
Views: 850

Re: Just in time for Easter

SSMartin, I see that the leaves in the nest are brown. During my 1st check I noticed brown leaves in the nest so I guess it's not always green leaves.🙂 Mwren, after this year's freezing cold I wish I could train my birds to take tossed crickets. I tried but no takers. Glad to hear that yours are tra...
by brent
Sat Apr 03, 2021 8:53 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: 3rd Nest Check
Replies: 1
Views: 250

Re: 3rd Nest Check

Wow! Lots of young ones on the way. My 2nd check will be Monday. Not sure what to expect. They arrived early but nest building late this year. Could have been the cold. Happy Easter to you too.
by brent
Fri Apr 02, 2021 10:01 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Just in time for Easter
Replies: 12
Views: 850

Re: Just in time for Easter

Nice. Mine are nest building. Great pictures. Thanks.
Brent