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by glfriend
Mon Nov 09, 2020 8:54 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: pine needles
Replies: 8
Views: 1080

pine needles

As I prepare for sprng 2021....in my area there are quite a few white pine trees. I am concerned if I rake some in a neighbors yard where they use round up that some of the needles could have been sprayed. Now the round up was used in the Spring & summer months of 2020. Or should I just purchase the...
by glfriend
Sun Sep 27, 2020 6:18 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: T-14 Contruction Questions
Replies: 7
Views: 1422

Re: T-14 Contruction Questions

I mixed Troyer with S&K tunnels. Mostly Troyer. I use to have gourds underneath (2) but I setup a gourd pole about 20 feet away
by glfriend
Sat Sep 26, 2020 7:23 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: T-14 Contruction Questions
Replies: 7
Views: 1422

Re: T-14 Contruction Questions

Decided to change my T14 to a T10.....read a previous posting on designs and went with alternating tunnels. each box is 12 inches long and 7 inches wide. Also around 7 inches high. Cut down a few tress....just maybe next year:)
I attached some pics.

Garry
by glfriend
Sun Jul 19, 2020 1:50 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Nest Trays
Replies: 1
Views: 453

Nest Trays

What should be the dimensions of a nest try ? length, width, thickness. Should they be flush with hole if full length of compartment?
by glfriend
Sun Jul 05, 2020 10:57 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Taking gourds down?
Replies: 4
Views: 814

Re: Taking gourds down?

Thanks Ed ...yes I have them prenested. Will follow the other colony's lead
by glfriend
Sun Jul 05, 2020 6:32 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Adding Troyer Tunnel to T14 house
Replies: 9
Views: 5794

Re: Adding Troyer Tunnel to T14 house

Either way you go side or door mount I would suggest a 3" hole where you mount your tunnel. ΒΌ" hole in each corner of the tunnel and attach with nylon push pins. I have done Clinger Tunnels this way for years and they hold well. This is a T-10 I built last season with side mount Clinger tunnels. Th...
by glfriend
Sun Jul 05, 2020 6:04 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Taking gourds down?
Replies: 4
Views: 814

Taking gourds down?

I live in Central Virginia. I have not seen a PM fly by for weeks. I have a PM colony about a mile away I am visiting today. If the PM's are gone should I go ahead lower the gourds and plan next year? Or keep it up?
by glfriend
Sat Jun 20, 2020 3:49 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Fl;y By
Replies: 0
Views: 2332

Fl;y By

So this afternoon around 4:30 three PM did a fly by. I had the dawn song playing....so I assume they were checking out if those decoys were real? Or were they checking out the site for potential next year?
by glfriend
Tue Jun 16, 2020 5:32 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Design Question
Replies: 5
Views: 750

Re: Design Question

Good info ....how wide and how high are your compartments .? Also do u use nesting trays?
by glfriend
Mon Jun 15, 2020 7:08 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Design Question
Replies: 5
Views: 750

Re: Design Question

good point . Could vent the sides of the compartment with 3/4 holes
by glfriend
Mon Jun 15, 2020 3:32 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Design Question
Replies: 5
Views: 750

Design Question

Was thinking of using a Troyer Tunnel with Collar / Porch and attach to one of my T-14 Compartments. Anyone ever tried this? For next year
by glfriend
Sat Jun 13, 2020 2:25 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Preparing for next year
Replies: 2
Views: 407

Re: Preparing for next year

White-out The T-14 is on a winch system & I have a 6 gourd pole. I just read that the "new" compartment size is a little bigger. I made another Landlord a two compartment cedar with taller compartment height and inch wider. He has two pair of PM;s in each. But he does have an established colony & I ...
by glfriend
Fri Jun 12, 2020 6:24 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Preparing for next year
Replies: 2
Views: 407

Preparing for next year

So I have a t-14 I built over 8 years ago. I have never had PM's. I used a design plan from PM assoc. with cedar wood painted white. With pullout trays. I have it on a 3"X 3" steel pole in concrete. I am thinking of replacing it with a aluminum house less compartments. Or switch to more gourds (whic...
by glfriend
Fri Jun 12, 2020 3:50 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: What to expect
Replies: 2
Views: 403

What to expect

After several weeks of seeing the Purple Martins Fly over & swoop down at box...last week no sign of them . So whats going on? They made a decision to stay another place? All the suggestion were used .....should I continue with dawnsong?
by glfriend
Sun Jun 07, 2020 2:52 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Next Steps...Still Frustrated
Replies: 9
Views: 1126

Re: Next Steps...Still Frustrated

Thanks for all the thoughts......I have done all which was recommended...except for decoy inside ...I'll try that today. According to the book I have it appears to be an adult female. She frequents daily mostly fly over and swooping down approach to land but doesn't . Like she is trying to see who c...
by glfriend
Fri Jun 05, 2020 8:25 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Next Steps...Still Frustrated
Replies: 9
Views: 1126

Re: Next Steps...Still Frustrated

So just keep it open and keep out the other birds until pm season is over ?
by glfriend
Fri Jun 05, 2020 5:05 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Next Steps...Still Frustrated
Replies: 9
Views: 1126

Next Steps...Still Frustrated

So so far I have just had fly overs & an female stopping in to check out the gourds & PM-14. But not staying. I continue to play the dawn song every day all day. I have nesting material inside gourds. So whats my next step? Just keep other birds from nesting & keep them open? Hope for next year.
by glfriend
Sat May 30, 2020 3:08 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Need some quick advice
Replies: 2
Views: 476

Need some quick advice

In the last few days I have had fly over by two PM's. I am using six gourds. I have Tree Swallows also in my yard but have provided boxes for them 0ver 25 feet away. There are two boxes out of three boxes being used. With the exception of one not in view of the PM gourds. However there are some Tree...
by glfriend
Tue May 26, 2020 4:43 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Still Frustrated
Replies: 4
Views: 631

Re: Still Frustrated

I too have some TS but I have put up some separate housing away from PM housing. I do keep them out of my PM gourds by disrupting their nests as I dodge their swoops onto my head. I asked the guy with all the PM's to trap one in the house I made him & bring over here.... :grin:
by glfriend
Mon May 25, 2020 6:10 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Still Frustrated
Replies: 4
Views: 631

Still Frustrated

I met up with the house a mile away to see the colony of PM's. He is not engaged in the full duties of a landlord. He had a lot of gourds setup and he is hoping I can get a PM. He & I discussed my next move. I purchased the gourd starter pole & six gourds & after the long rain we had...put that suck...