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by wpakalka
Thu Oct 01, 2020 10:08 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Question about closing apartments when purple martins leave
Replies: 4
Views: 1051

Re: Question about closing apartments when purple martins leave

Thank you. I am in Houston, Texas, where humidity is crazy high all year.
by wpakalka
Wed Sep 30, 2020 3:34 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Question about closing apartments when purple martins leave
Replies: 4
Views: 1051

Question about closing apartments when purple martins leave

Do you completely empty and clean every apartment, even ones in which the martins left neatly arranged beds of twigs? Thanks for any advice.
by wpakalka
Tue Jun 23, 2020 2:37 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: What do you do about a murderous hawk?
Replies: 5
Views: 842

Re: What do you do about a murderous hawk?

Thanks you both (and I was not serious about shooting the hawk!).
by wpakalka
Sat Jun 20, 2020 2:33 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: What do you do about a murderous hawk?
Replies: 5
Views: 842

What do you do about a murderous hawk?

I live in a wooded part of the city of Houston, Texas. All 12 rooms of my purple martin house are happily occupied, and the little ones are almost ready to fly; but the word "happily" no longer applies, because I today watched a smallish brown hawk of some sort hover outside one room and stick its t...
by wpakalka
Wed Jun 17, 2020 9:55 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: What do you do when a fledling falls to the ground?
Replies: 7
Views: 934

Re: What do you do when a fledling falls to the ground?

Thank you both. The nests seem to be pretty clean, and there are a dozen or so other young ones, but I think there are no more than two in any one unit.

The one on the ground is fully feathered but when it hops and tries to flap its wings, it does not move into the air at all.
by wpakalka
Tue Jun 16, 2020 3:04 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: What do you do when a fledling falls to the ground?
Replies: 7
Views: 934

What do you do when a fledling falls to the ground?

What is the right thing to do when a baby purple martin that cannot yet fly falls out of its house and hops around all over the place? I have a purple martin house on a pole and am able to lower and raise the house like you would a flag. In years past, I would lower the house and put the fledgling o...
by wpakalka
Mon Apr 02, 2018 10:42 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Can hawks make purple martins shun a house they used for years?
Replies: 22
Views: 8039

Re: Can hawks make purple martins shun a house they used for years?

Thanks again to all who have supplied ideas. I do not think anything is getting up the pole, as it is a fairly high metal pole leading to the flat metal bottom of the PM apartments, and I have not seen any evidence of attacks on the ground near the pole--no blood, no feathers. It's all very frustrat...
by wpakalka
Sun Mar 25, 2018 1:16 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Can hawks make purple martins shun a house they used for years?
Replies: 22
Views: 8039

Can hawks make purple martins shun a house they used for years?

For the past several years, I have had purple martins fill a 12-unit purple martin house I have on the top of a fifteen-foot pole in my back yard in Houston. And I always battled English sparrows. But once in the summer of 2015 and once again in the summer of 2016, I happened to look up and see a ha...