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by flyin-lowe
Sun Jan 24, 2021 7:08 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Understanding nest building
Replies: 8
Views: 116

Re: Understanding nest building

Every year I have early arrivals that pick cavities that do not have nesting material, I have also had some remove my pine straw and use different material to build their nest. I always offer a majority pre nested but leave some empty, seems every some choose the ones that are empty.
by flyin-lowe
Sat Jan 23, 2021 9:12 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Introduction
Replies: 7
Views: 524

Re: Introduction

You will be surprised, especially being in the south, if you had 2 pair last year you could likely use another house this year. Martin colonies can grow quick and it is also often the case that you won't achieve 100% occupancy in a single house. You could leave that house up and only get 5-7 pair fo...
by flyin-lowe
Sat Jan 23, 2021 9:08 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: The Disappearing Culture of Purple Martin Landlords | JSTOR Daily
Replies: 15
Views: 304

Re: The Disappearing Culture of Purple Martin Landlords | JSTOR Daily

I feel like outdoor activities in general are in decline among the young in this country. I'm in my mid 40's and growing up you always saw kids out playing pick up games of basketball, football, baseball etc. You never see stuff like that any more. Fishing, hunting, etc. seem to be a thing of the pa...
by flyin-lowe
Tue Jan 19, 2021 5:52 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Tree swallow anxiety, try this.
Replies: 9
Views: 328

Re: Tree swallow anxiety, try this.

I've always found that once they start building nest's they will stay at hat location. What gets people is they have TS going in and out of a gourd for a couple weeks and then open their PM housing, the the TS start going to it and by the time you close it back off and force them back to their gourd...
by flyin-lowe
Tue Jan 19, 2021 5:38 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Best place to buy pine straw
Replies: 5
Views: 139

Re: Best place to buy pine straw

Unless you just can't do it I bet if you look around you will have a friend or neighbor that has some. It doesn't take much at all really. I have 52 cavities and usually if I stuff a single Wal Mart bag full it fill most of them. You can easily get that amount from under 1 tree. I have three pines i...
by flyin-lowe
Tue Jan 19, 2021 5:33 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Liquid Sprays for Mite Control
Replies: 7
Views: 189

Re: Liquid Sprays for Mite Control

I don't think you violate any policy by mentioning the name of the product. People discuss Seven on here all the time. I am not certain about the product you are talking about but the issue with using Seven in the liquid form is that is loses it's effectiveness very quickly. Between the sun and rain...
by flyin-lowe
Wed Jan 13, 2021 3:55 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Tree swallow anxiety, try this.
Replies: 9
Views: 328

Re: Tree swallow anxiety, try this.

Hopefully I don't sound argumentative, as that is not my intent. I am always interested in ways to help when it comes to Tree Swallows. I help a lot of people in my area with martins and TS are the biggest problem getting started. Have you tried the method that you are describing or are you planning...
by flyin-lowe
Tue Jan 12, 2021 10:46 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: tunnels or no tunnels?
Replies: 12
Views: 359

Re: tunnels or no tunnels?

The one's I have are real similar to this one that the PMCA sells, however it's about twice as deep. I think the deeper ones are made for starlings as well but with the SREH that isn't really necessary. If you end up going with tunnels they make some basic tunnel traps that are cheaper than these in...
by flyin-lowe
Mon Jan 11, 2021 7:31 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Tree swallow anxiety, try this.
Replies: 9
Views: 328

Re: Tree swallow anxiety, try this.

I've heard of people moving them if they get into a gourd rack without the landloard knowing about it. In your case I would not give them the option. Leave the gourd rack gourds closed up so the only option they have is the near by shepherds hook. I know all to well the frustration of dealing with T...
by flyin-lowe
Mon Jan 11, 2021 7:24 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Mystery Gourd
Replies: 4
Views: 259

Re: Mystery Gourd

Definitely going to need pictures to help you out. Once you take a picture of the gourd you will have to edit the photo to bring the size down for it to post on the forum.
by flyin-lowe
Mon Jan 11, 2021 7:22 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: tunnels or no tunnels?
Replies: 12
Views: 359

Re: tunnels or no tunnels?

I have been using T14's for many years. I do have SREH but no tunnels. They definitely will not hurt but with the depth of the T14 and your owl guards I don't see a need for them, again nothing wrong with using them. I would watch the scout reports and put your housing up when you see martins start ...
by flyin-lowe
Wed Jan 06, 2021 7:58 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Vandal-Proofing
Replies: 7
Views: 294

Re: Vandal-Proofing

Do you have a picture or know which winch you have? Mine has some openings that a padlock might fit. I have seen some that you can remove the handle from easily, that could be one option.
by flyin-lowe
Mon Jan 04, 2021 7:19 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Purple Martins in Melbourne, Florida!
Replies: 14
Views: 335

Re: Purple Martins in Melbourne, Florida!

I too have kept bees in the past. Much like martins you can spend a tone of time with them or just provide the basics and they can get by on there own. I lost most of my hives a couple winters ago and only have one or two going this winter. Right now with two kids in school sports and me coaching mo...
by flyin-lowe
Mon Jan 04, 2021 7:05 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Luring ASY martins from an existing colony?
Replies: 13
Views: 535

Re: Luring ASY martins from an existing colony?

I can't remember what the technical name is for it but I have read reports of people doing this intentionally. Building larger colonies and then shutting them down to force the the martins to spread out to other colonies, so it's not unheard of. Do you know anything about the history of his colony, ...
by flyin-lowe
Sun Jan 03, 2021 8:04 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Purple Martins in Melbourne, Florida!
Replies: 14
Views: 335

Re: Purple Martins in Melbourne, Florida!

Congrats on the arrivals. I wish I had the same success with bats that you have. I currently have a house up at my place and have placed several others at different locations. The numbers in Indiana have really been declining and not a lot of people have success with them in houses up here. Curious ...
by flyin-lowe
Sat Jan 02, 2021 9:03 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: S and K Manufacturing's plastic houses,
Replies: 21
Views: 669

Re: S and K Manufacturing's plastic houses,

Like many, I knew next to nothing about PM's when I started. That is why I used the S&K house because I didn't want to spend hundreds of dollars on housing if there were no martins in my area. Once I had it up and saw some visitors to my yard I found this forum and began to learn. I upgraded my hous...
by flyin-lowe
Wed Dec 30, 2020 9:56 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: S and K Manufacturing's plastic houses,
Replies: 21
Views: 669

Re: S and K Manufacturing's plastic houses,

Many people use these houses with success. A few modifications are recommended. The first is to double the size of the compartments, so they will be 12 inches deep but you will only have 6 instead of 12. To me, of bigger concern than the house is the tri tell poles they typically come with. My first...
by flyin-lowe
Tue Dec 29, 2020 9:17 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Managing a neighbor's cat...
Replies: 6
Views: 250

Re: Managing a neighbor's cat...

Fortunately a majority of the fledges don't make it to the ground. Yes it happens from time to time. We live in the country and have a cat that is indoor(garage)/outdoor. He carries his catches to the back door and fortunately have only had a couple of PM's since I have lived here in 2012. They say ...
by flyin-lowe
Tue Dec 29, 2020 9:10 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Free T-14 and Pole
Replies: 17
Views: 525

Re: Free T-14 and Pole

Are you moving to a purple martin friendly location? If I was thousands of miles away I would take them off your hands. I'm sure someone will snatch them up.
by flyin-lowe
Tue Dec 22, 2020 5:08 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Double Taverner Martin House Project
Replies: 17
Views: 672

Re: Double Taverner Martin House Project

I have built 3 T14's. Last summer lumber prices were crazy and it was only about 50.00 cheaper to DIY than what I could have bought one from Troyers for. It was for a friend and he wanted me to build it rather than to buy one. I'm not sure if Troyers prices have changed any since Covid or not. I kno...