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by Dave Duit
Fri Jan 22, 2021 3:40 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: The Disappearing Culture of Purple Martin Landlords | JSTOR Daily
Replies: 2
Views: 76

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

Thank you for spotlighting this topic as it is a concern for many current landlords. I think the fast paced world has made the martin culture as well as other outdoor nature hobbies suffer. You would think that such activities would be the solution to all the fast society stuff, but we just don't se...
by Dave Duit
Fri Jan 22, 2021 3:35 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Gourds for 2021 all set up
Replies: 6
Views: 36

Re: Gourds for 2021 all set up

That is a good lokking set up Whippy. Looks like you should have a good season for your martins. Well done.
by Dave Duit
Fri Jan 22, 2021 3:33 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Getting Ready
Replies: 6
Views: 66

Re: Getting Ready

Hi again glfriend, The best thing for me to do is to direct you to the following for some very sound advice and good reading on dealing with Tree Swallows. First, click on the section titled Education near the top middle of the purplemartin.org website. Then, scroll down and click on download center...
by Dave Duit
Fri Jan 22, 2021 9:48 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Getting Ready
Replies: 6
Views: 66

Re: Getting Ready

The reason to place the swallow nesting box 30 feet from the martin housing, (if) you have tree swallows near your martins, can actually be a plus for your martins. It sounds silly and contradictive, but the single tree swallow pair that nest in that box will eventually keep other tree swallows from...
by Dave Duit
Fri Jan 22, 2021 9:39 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Crazy map
Replies: 1
Views: 67

Re: Crazy map

I would think they would be arriving soon if not already. But, sometimes landlords are a little late on entering their arrival on the scout report page; which will make it appear as if there is something going on with the martins. I can just see the martins telling their landlords, hey guys I'm here...
by Dave Duit
Fri Jan 22, 2021 9:30 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Trendsetter 8 compartment owl guard
Replies: 9
Views: 111

Re: Trendsetter 8 compartment owl guard

Tractor Supply Store is where I got my goat fencing. I have a huge colony with many rack systems, so buying the large roll is what I needed. I didn't look close at the pics I enclosed in the earlier post to see the mesh opening sizes. But, bottom line is you don't want the 2 X 4 inch mesh, you DO wa...
by Dave Duit
Thu Jan 21, 2021 9:20 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Trendsetter 8 compartment owl guard
Replies: 9
Views: 111

Re: Trendsetter 8 compartment owl guard

First check the google video titled "Great Horned Owl Purple Martin Housing" video online. Hopefully the pics show up below of examples of owl cages.
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by Dave Duit
Wed Jan 20, 2021 2:49 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Trendsetter 8 compartment owl guard
Replies: 9
Views: 111

Re: Trendsetter 8 compartment owl guard

For the past 15 years since I put cages around my housing, I have never had another owl problem. Sorry to hear about your lose of martins.
by Dave Duit
Wed Jan 20, 2021 9:42 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Another Year Full of HOPE
Replies: 7
Views: 133

Re: Another Year Full of HOPE

Bumbee,
I was happy to see you took up the hobby of target practice on sparrow and starlings. I'm much like you in seeing very few sparrows and starlings in my area since I have rid them of the area.
by Dave Duit
Wed Jan 20, 2021 9:35 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Liquid Sprays for Mite Control
Replies: 7
Views: 143

Re: Liquid Sprays for Mite Control

Avian Insect Liquidator. Instant control of pests on contact with additional 6 week residual protection against reinfestation. Penetrates into the plumage of birds to kill mites and lice under the feathers and on the skin. 100% safe for use on all birds. Recommended For: Use on mites, lice, flies, s...
by Dave Duit
Wed Jan 20, 2021 9:30 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Trendsetter 8 compartment owl guard
Replies: 9
Views: 111

Re: Trendsetter 8 compartment owl guard

Hi Brent, It has been done and the results have been good. It is a do it yourself owl cage using fencing. try to get what is called goat fence with 4" X 4" mesh openings. Cut the fencing a length that allows for the fencing to stick out about 6 inches from the leading edges of the porches. Shape the...
by Dave Duit
Wed Jan 20, 2021 9:19 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Bill Gates Possesses The Most Martin Colonies in USA
Replies: 1
Views: 122

Re: Bill Gates Possesses The Most Martin Colonies in USA

That is an interesting twist of looking at things. It is food for thought. Thanks.
by Dave Duit
Wed Jan 20, 2021 9:18 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: My first arrivals
Replies: 3
Views: 84

Re: My first arrivals

In two years you appear to be headed the right direction in attracting numbers. You are doing all the right things for the martins, keep up the great work. Congrats.
by Dave Duit
Tue Jan 19, 2021 1:37 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Predator and Owl guards
Replies: 1
Views: 66

Re: Predator and Owl guards

Hi Elmo,
Hopefully I can assist you wiht predator and owl guards. If you google image in owl cage purple martin you will see several different home mad owl cages. A good example of images is from the
North Carolina Purple Martin Society
About Purple Martins - North Carolina Purple Martin Society.
by Dave Duit
Tue Jan 19, 2021 1:31 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Another Year Full of HOPE
Replies: 7
Views: 133

Re: Another Year Full of HOPE

Bumbee,
That is a beautiful set up and well thought out. I was happy to see you included owl guards/ cage on the porch sections. Well done my friend.
by Dave Duit
Tue Jan 19, 2021 1:27 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Best place to buy pine straw
Replies: 5
Views: 87

Re: Best place to buy pine straw

Hi martin hog, Best place with the best price I have found was free at your local golf course. Just ask the golf course club house and tell them that they would be doing your martins a great service. Most golf place people will be glad that you raked up their soft white pine needles. Let them know t...
by Dave Duit
Tue Jan 19, 2021 1:21 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Need help replacing a bird house pole
Replies: 5
Views: 76

Re: Need help replacing a bird house pole

It appears to be a square 3 inch aluminum T14 pole. Online they are expensive, so you may want to go to a local steel company that may have the same 3 inch square aluminum pole. But, after viewing your current pole it looks like you may have just some surface rust and with just a little work you can...
by Dave Duit
Tue Jan 19, 2021 10:22 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Tree swallow anxiety, try this.
Replies: 9
Views: 262

Re: Tree swallow anxiety, try this.

I use the Dan Drew protocal at me public satellite colony and it has worked as promised. The one tree swallow family defend for other tree swallows getting near the T-14 housing. I placed their tree swallow house as directed in the protocal and all seems to work fine going on ten years.
by Dave Duit
Tue Jan 19, 2021 10:19 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Liquid Sprays for Mite Control
Replies: 7
Views: 143

Re: Liquid Sprays for Mite Control

Second option, Avian Insect Liquidator.
by Dave Duit
Sat Jan 16, 2021 4:41 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Martins a little late.
Replies: 5
Views: 138

Re: Martins a little late.

It may appears as if the martins are not arriving on Texas; but it could be because the Texas landlords have not got around to entering their scout arrival reports on the website. Just a lack of reporting early on in the season. It is just my insight and thoughts on the subject.