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by flyin-lowe
Fri Apr 03, 2020 7:46 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Got one new rack installed
Replies: 17
Views: 121

Re: Got one new rack installed

Very well done, looks nice and I am certain that rack will produce thousands of martins over it's lifespan.
by flyin-lowe
Thu Apr 02, 2020 9:24 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Additions to the flock
Replies: 3
Views: 86

Re: Additions to the flock

Looks good. I have 4 males back right now and no females. My firs sighting was an ASY female this past Saturday but I only saw her for about an hour, then a couple ASY males came in and 3 of them have been here since. A fourth showed up today, curious to see if he stays, I hope some females start sh...
by flyin-lowe
Tue Mar 31, 2020 7:32 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Just a couple pictures
Replies: 13
Views: 208

Re: Just a couple pictures

Looks good Kyler. I sighted my first PM this past Saturday it was a female. She hung around for a little bit and then a couple males showed up later that day. I've had 3 males since but haven't seen the female again. She must have been passing through.
by flyin-lowe
Tue Mar 31, 2020 7:31 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: How do I discourage Starlings
Replies: 13
Views: 210

Re: How do I discourage Starlings

You can buy the SREH plates and screw them directly over your entrances. You might have to cut the entrance you have out a little larger depending on what size your round hole is. I bought some of the plastic plates and put them on my first T14 which is close to 15 years old and they still work fine.
by flyin-lowe
Mon Mar 30, 2020 7:50 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Purple Martin arrivals in Central Virginia
Replies: 9
Views: 433

Re: Purple Martin arrivals in Central Virginia

Since you only had 2 or 3 pair last year there is no guarantee that the martins you had last year survived the migration. Some years my earliest arrivals will show up and then stay gone for a day or two. So that could be what you are seeing, or they could just have been some martins that were passin...
by flyin-lowe
Mon Mar 30, 2020 1:46 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Newbie needs advice
Replies: 6
Views: 461

Re: Newbie needs advice

What is the name of the wood kit you bought. Just curious to see the design and how it’s made.
by flyin-lowe
Mon Mar 30, 2020 7:21 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Starling plague
Replies: 6
Views: 168

Re: Starling plague

I too have to rely on SREH because we have thousands and thousands of starlings. I can keep up with the HOSP but there is no way I would be able to control the starlings. On a side note for you guys with the V-Trap. I spoke with Andy Troyer about them when I bought the plans from him. I was planning...
by flyin-lowe
Sun Mar 29, 2020 5:16 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: First SY Male Purple Martin Has Arrived
Replies: 3
Views: 117

Re: First SY Male Purple Martin Has Arrived

I had an ASY male at my old place that would wrestle a sparrow to the ground if it landed on the housing. If only we could breed that into more of them.
by flyin-lowe
Sun Mar 29, 2020 3:48 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: On the board for 2020
Replies: 5
Views: 124

Re: On the board for 2020

I usually keep my T14 closed up except for the compartments with traps before the martins arrive. Once they start showing up I usually take the traps out unless I have a cavity that a HOSP starts building a nest in. After they get a nest partially built Ill put the trap in there with some of their n...
by flyin-lowe
Sun Mar 29, 2020 8:08 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: On the board for 2020
Replies: 5
Views: 124

Re: On the board for 2020

I have an insert trap for the T14. I have noticed the same thing this year. The first day I caught 2 male HOSP but the next day the weather went bad and I haven't had any luck since. In past years it didn't matter how many I trapped or what sex, they flocked to the T14. I used to have a repeating tr...
by flyin-lowe
Sun Mar 29, 2020 7:56 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: New Landlord
Replies: 6
Views: 131

Re: New Landlord

There are a couple things I have found to help ID the SY male versus female martins. One is they males will almost always have some random dark spots on their breast. Some have a bunch and others just have a couple but if you see a few spots that look like a black ink stain it will be an SY male. On...
by flyin-lowe
Sun Mar 29, 2020 7:50 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Tree Swallow Relocation Strategy
Replies: 15
Views: 203

Re: Tree Swallow Relocation Strategy

I don't think it would make much difference. If martins are in the area and are in need of housing they are going to spend some time checking things out. The housing and or dawn song will draw them to your area and they will take care of the rest. Our TS populations are very high so I have never had...
by flyin-lowe
Sun Mar 29, 2020 7:44 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: My electric predator guard setup
Replies: 25
Views: 320

Re: My electric predator guard setup

Is yours solar powered or some other way?
by flyin-lowe
Sun Mar 29, 2020 7:38 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: My electric predator guard setup
Replies: 25
Views: 320

Re: My electric predator guard setup

When I first started I shy'ed away from electric predator guards because my kids were young and we always had a lot of my young nieces and nephews around and I didn't want to risk one of them messing around with it. Now they are old enough to know better so I am looking at my options, prices, etc. T...
by flyin-lowe
Sat Mar 28, 2020 6:48 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: St. Louis Mo arrival pics
Replies: 4
Views: 123

Re: St. Louis Mo arrival pics

I had seen those houses in the past but haven't heard much about them. Curious to see how you do with them.
by flyin-lowe
Sat Mar 28, 2020 6:46 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Tree Swallow Relocation Strategy
Replies: 15
Views: 203

Re: Tree Swallow Relocation Strategy

Since you don't have any returning martins this year you need to leave your martin housing closed up and only leave the TS housing open. If you have a way to lower the martin housing do that as well. You will keep battling them if you don't leave the martin housing closed. You need to leave it close...
by flyin-lowe
Sat Mar 28, 2020 11:06 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: On the board for 2020
Replies: 5
Views: 124

On the board for 2020

I hung up my T14 and gourd rack a couple weeks ago to start trapping some HOSP. The first day I caught 2 right off and then the weather got bad and I haven't seen many since. I had 1 more T14 to hang up this morning and while doing so I had a female martin buzzing by. I went ahead and raised the gou...
by flyin-lowe
Sat Mar 28, 2020 10:57 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: ASY at my daughter's
Replies: 2
Views: 103

Re: ASY at my daughter's

In the past I thought there was a day or so lag time in the reports showing up. However I submitted one just a few minuets ago and it shows up already. If it doesn't show up by Monday I would shoot them an email. Congrats on the new colony for your daughter. I wouldn't be surprised if that T14 doesn...
by flyin-lowe
Sat Mar 28, 2020 10:53 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: One pair + one male
Replies: 4
Views: 114

Re: One pair + one male

It usually doesn't take an ASY male long to find a mate. If he doesn't lure in an ASY female the SY's will flock to him when they arrive.
by flyin-lowe
Fri Mar 27, 2020 9:14 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Nest building
Replies: 7
Views: 143

Re: Nest building

If you are seeing martins in the area and don't have issues with competitors I would not wait for the SY's to open your housing. A majority of colonies probably start with SY's but plenty of people start with ASY's. If other landlords had predator issues last year, or their housing is falling down, ...

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