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by Conrad Baker
Sat Jan 25, 2020 9:33 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Pellet guns...What do you own or recommend?
Replies: 33
Views: 742

Re: Pellet guns...What do you own or recommend?

Also, you really need a scope on your rifle to get the best accuracy. HOWEVER, if you have a springer air-rifle don't go to WalMart and buy a $29 scope and put it on the rifle. It might last a shot or two, but rifle scopes are designed to withstand the recoil of a rifle, but a springer will rattle i...
by Conrad Baker
Sat Jan 25, 2020 9:19 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Pellet guns...What do you own or recommend?
Replies: 33
Views: 742

Re: Pellet guns...What do you own or recommend?

I never could master that artillery hold either. I got rid of that thing and bought another springer that didn't require a special hold. Best pellet gun decision I ever made. What pellet rifle did you have that you had trouble with?? Which one did you get that works better for you? All springers sh...
by Conrad Baker
Thu Jan 23, 2020 1:09 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Pellet guns...What do you own or recommend?
Replies: 33
Views: 742

Re: Pellet guns...What do you own or recommend?

Best way is with a scuba tank, and have it filled at a paint ball place, or dive shop. You can get a tank for around $100, and filling it costs about $8. They are usually aluminum, and if you wish to pay more $$ you can get a carbon fiber tank that will hold more air, thus allow more fills for your ...
by Conrad Baker
Wed Jan 22, 2020 1:48 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: When pre-nesting...
Replies: 4
Views: 128

Re: When pre-nesting...

If you put too much, they will remove what they don't need. They will usually add leaves and such to make it the way they want it. I grab a handful out of the box, and loosely form it into a circular "nestlike" shape, and place that in the compartment.
by Conrad Baker
Tue Jan 21, 2020 8:59 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: 1st sighting in Raceland, Louisiana
Replies: 9
Views: 628

Re: 1st sighting in Raceland, Louisiana

Still no sightings yet. Unless they are arriving after dark and leaving before daylight, both of which I doubt.
by Conrad Baker
Sun Jan 19, 2020 9:16 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Removed 60 Foot Tree for 2020. Before and After Pics
Replies: 13
Views: 437

Re: Removed 60 Foot Tree for 2020. Before and After Pics

It's a rocket box bat house. It's been occupied for 3 years now. They're a lot of fun to watch. They arrive about the same time as martins.
Thanks. You usually see the bat houses mounted under the eaves of houses, never saw one out in the open.
by Conrad Baker
Sat Jan 18, 2020 8:59 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: 1st sighting in Raceland, Louisiana
Replies: 9
Views: 628

Re: 1st sighting in Raceland, Louisiana

I haven't seen any yet. Should be any day now. Looking skyward....
by Conrad Baker
Sat Jan 18, 2020 8:54 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Removed 60 Foot Tree for 2020. Before and After Pics
Replies: 13
Views: 437

Re: Removed 60 Foot Tree for 2020. Before and After Pics

Good Luck !! I hope that helps make the Martins feel safer. Please excuse my ignorance, but what is that object on the pole between your housing setup and the tree??
by Conrad Baker
Tue Jan 07, 2020 1:27 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Bad news
Replies: 5
Views: 671

Re: Bad news

So sad to hear. Thoughts and Prayers for him and his Family.
by Conrad Baker
Tue Dec 31, 2019 11:31 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: It Starts
Replies: 18
Views: 1951

Re: It Starts

I agree Spiderman. Unfortunately, the third world countries are not worried about polluting the environment either. The restrictions posed upon the U.S. will have no effect on the atmosphere/ozone layer as long as the other Countries dump tons of waste, pollution, and hazardous compounds into the ai...
by Conrad Baker
Mon Dec 30, 2019 9:16 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Winter sparrows
Replies: 13
Views: 1972

Re: Winter sparrows

Right, at a glance or at a distance, it is difficult to tell them apart down here (Louisiana) unless you are aware of the different types.
by Conrad Baker
Mon Dec 30, 2019 6:03 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Winter sparrows
Replies: 13
Views: 1972

Re: Winter sparrows

Since no one has mentioned it yet in this thread, let's help newcomers become aware of the difference between House Sparrows, passer domesticus, the non-native sparrow being discussed here, and the roughly 35 species of native sparrows that do not compete with or harm martins, are protected, and of...
by Conrad Baker
Mon Dec 30, 2019 4:06 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Winter sparrows
Replies: 13
Views: 1972

Re: Winter sparrows

The Sparrows you let live now will only return again and again to terrorize your Martin Colony, destroy eggs, and take over housing. The choice is yours.
by Conrad Baker
Mon Dec 30, 2019 1:28 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: It Starts
Replies: 18
Views: 1951

Re: It Starts

Not too sure about the global warming being part of their early movement. As far as water levels rising, not too sure about that either. I have been living on the coast for close to sixty years, and the levels have not risen. Maybe some coastal erosion, but waterfront property has not been overtaken...
by Conrad Baker
Mon Dec 30, 2019 8:50 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: It Starts
Replies: 18
Views: 1951

Re: It Starts

I have to admit I was totally surprised when I saw the two sightings posted already in Louisiana. Branch and Denham Springs are North West of me. I am more surprised that there haven't been any sightings yet in South Florida. I guess it's time to get the houses out of the attic and prepare for the a...
by Conrad Baker
Sat Jul 20, 2019 8:27 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: MITES! I had no idea!
Replies: 13
Views: 3035

Re: MITES! I had no idea!

Turns out my wife had an old bottle of Sevin powder that was given to her years ago in the garden shed. I put some into the nests and cleaned the exterior off using a spray bottle filled with hot water and some dish detergent. I will check in a couple of days to see if it was effective. How long sh...
by Conrad Baker
Fri Jul 19, 2019 9:47 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: MITES! I had no idea!
Replies: 13
Views: 3035

Re: MITES! I had no idea!

It looks like Sevin (carbryl?) is not available in Canada. Are there any other good options for dusting the nesting material? Check your local gardening shop for Hy-Yield garden, pet, and livestock dust. That's what I use. It contains Permethrin, but is designed to use on pets for fleas, ticks, and...
by Conrad Baker
Fri Jul 12, 2019 5:07 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Mysterious Predator
Replies: 20
Views: 3365

Re: Mysterious Predator

Do you have any snakes in your area (rat snakes, etc)?
by Conrad Baker
Thu Jul 11, 2019 10:11 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Anyone take their housing down yet
Replies: 8
Views: 2793

Re: Anyone take their housing down yet

That's good news. I think they will appreciate the dry housing when all of the rain starts. Good Luck !!
by Conrad Baker
Wed Jul 10, 2019 8:11 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Anyone take their housing down yet
Replies: 8
Views: 2793

Re: Anyone take their housing down yet

I was going to ask that same question. I think that I'll take mine down this week. I have sparrows perching and hanging out on the porches and I'm afraid that they will get use to the place. I had 4 martins stop by today but soon flew off. I looked for any roosting and the last 2 nights I did not s...

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