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by Spiderman
Fri Apr 02, 2021 7:17 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Which brand/type caulk for vent elbows
Replies: 7
Views: 406

Re: Which brand/type caulk for vent elbows

Here is another option. I used a one inch PVC elbow and installed them at the top back of my SuperGourds. They are as high on the neck as possible but still allow the open end of the elbow to face down. I drilled the hole with a 7/8 inch paddle then filed the hole a little until it would accept the...
by Spiderman
Fri Mar 12, 2021 9:39 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Help identifying a predator bird.
Replies: 9
Views: 723

Re: Help identifying a predator bird.

It was a Merlin, usually they are after smaller so birds than Martins. Very fast, rarely miss anything they are after. Songbirds disappear in the backyard mid-air in a puff of feathers. Hopefully he will move along on a migration. He usually will kill smaller Martins or females because of the weight...
by Spiderman
Fri Mar 12, 2021 9:34 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Too many ASY birds
Replies: 5
Views: 617

Re: Too many ASY birds

I finally switched to all Troyer horizontal gourds. They still want to be on the top row for seniority. But besides that everything is equal.
by Spiderman
Fri Mar 12, 2021 9:31 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Dose Older Martin birds.
Replies: 4
Views: 446

Re: Dose Older Martin birds.

They carry them about 50’ to 75’ away from the nest site and drop them.
by Spiderman
Fri Mar 12, 2021 9:16 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Plywood input needed
Replies: 6
Views: 473

Re: Plywood input needed

You could use either kind of plywood. I usually add a coat of white paint to make it last longer especially if it is treated lumber because of the chemicals.
by Spiderman
Sat Feb 20, 2021 6:26 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Five Martins Confirmed Dead - Starting Over
Replies: 14
Views: 1222

Re: Five Martins Confirmed Dead - Starting Over

I had 5 Martins that were here when the cold weather happened. They went for 4 days without feeding and temperature was -3 one night. I went to a local bait shop before the snow and ice storm and bought 500 crickets. I froze 200 of them in zip lock bags. I had lowered the gourds previously and when ...
by Spiderman
Wed Feb 10, 2021 7:47 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Recommendations for a new house set up
Replies: 10
Views: 2297

Re: Recommendations for a new house set up

wnieman1 wrote:
Tue Feb 09, 2021 9:32 pm
Would recommend Troyer vertical gourds with the Conley 2 entrance and a 2" or 3" gourd rack pole, etc. from the Troyer magazine.
This. Call Troyer and have them send you a catalog. I like the Horizontal Gourds but they make some really good products.

Buy once and be done!
by Spiderman
Mon Feb 08, 2021 5:40 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Wood Ducks
Replies: 13
Views: 2366

Re: Wood Ducks

I have read conflicting reports on screech owls and martins. Some say they won't bother them, some say they do. Curious if anyone else on here has screech owls and martins with vicinity of each other. Would love to have more cavity nesters on my property but the martins are the first priority. Have...
by Spiderman
Mon Feb 08, 2021 5:30 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: First sighting 2021
Replies: 11
Views: 1816

Re: First sighting 2021

We had our 1st pair show up mid morning on a strong southern wind.

Six days earlier than last year, so Martin season has begun.
by Spiderman
Tue Feb 02, 2021 9:12 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: If you could give 1 piece of advice to New Landlords, what would it be?
Replies: 29
Views: 5008

Re: If you could give 1 piece of advice to New Landlords, what would it be?

Thanks for that information. I'm more nervous about the nest checks than anything. I will have 24 nests. I'm really looking forward to following and keeping up with their progress and fledging! SK I usually do nest checks about 2:00pm once the babies have hatched out. There is some pressure because...
by Spiderman
Tue Feb 02, 2021 9:05 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Wood Ducks
Replies: 13
Views: 2366

Wood Ducks

If you live on the lake, pond, or a creek, you might think about putting up a Wood Duck house. You can order one online or build one out of a 2X12. It needs to be on 1&1/2 or 2" pole about 10' off of the ground, about 5' from water. Add some pine straw to the bottom and your set to go. I had a succe...
by Spiderman
Sun Jan 31, 2021 12:02 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Luring ASY martins from an existing colony?
Replies: 14
Views: 2670

Re: Luring ASY martins from an existing colony?

If the castle house reached full capacity and produced a good number of Sy’s that fledged the previous year, you would have Martins that would eagerly go to your site.

Unless the original house is completely gone, usually Sy’s establish new colonies.
by Spiderman
Sat Jan 30, 2021 11:53 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Special Martins
Replies: 3
Views: 1277

Re: Special Martins

I’ve never seen a Martin here that was unique in any way.

You would think with returning off spring each year, there would be some albino offspring from mixed genetics but I have never seen any.

Nature is amazing at times!!!
by Spiderman
Sat Jan 30, 2021 11:47 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Black ops underway tonight!!
Replies: 11
Views: 2304

Re: Black ops underway tonight!!

I think he got his 1st Martin on January 20th and last year he had over 2,000 fledglings.

He’s probably busy stuffing pine straw in gourds until the wee hours of the mornings and doesn’t have time for us right now.........lol.
by Spiderman
Sat Jan 30, 2021 11:41 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Coopers Hawk kill
Replies: 13
Views: 2287

Re: Coopers Hawk kill

“The coopers at my place had there hunting down to a precise art. In the morning they would attack from the east and in evening from the west always with the sun at there backs and sun in martin eyes. And the female cooper had one other method that must have worked for her because I seen her use it ...
by Spiderman
Sat Jan 30, 2021 11:31 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: The Disappearing Culture of Purple Martin Landlords | JSTOR Daily
Replies: 22
Views: 3937

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

So people spent $20,000 or more on a boat, but bemoan a $500 bird house. LOL. People love their toys (boats, sports cars, 2nd homes, private planes.) But the "cruel, violent, Southern white man" must be shamed and ridiculed if he buys a $500 martin house. I will add, have a neighbor up the lake tha...
by Spiderman
Sat Jan 30, 2021 11:12 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Anyone Sell Property with Established Colonies to the Delight of the Buyer?
Replies: 4
Views: 1359

Re: Anyone Sell Property with Established Colonies to the Delight of the Buyer?

DBH wrote:
Fri Jan 29, 2021 10:53 pm
When me and my wife built our house 2 years ago it was hard to hide one of the main things I was looking at in the lot was enough room for a Martin colony lol I lucked out and it was what we both wanted being that I’m way more obsessed than she is!
My kind of Guy.........lol!
by Spiderman
Sat Jan 30, 2021 11:08 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Has anybody completely changed housing?
Replies: 16
Views: 3288

Re: Has anybody completely changed housing?

I think you will find the gourds will be more popular than the T-14, going forward. A few dominant couples will use the house but the numbers won’t be as good as with the gourds. I finally just switched all my stuff over to horizontal gourds, now they fight over the top row but everything else is eq...
by Spiderman
Sat Jan 30, 2021 11:00 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: If you could give 1 piece of advice to New Landlords, what would it be?
Replies: 29
Views: 5008

Re: If you could give 1 piece of advice to New Landlords, what would it be?

It sounds like you have a lot of advantages most new sites don’t have. In addition to your neighbors colony, being on a lake is a huge plus. I live on a lake and had a lot of Martins my 1st year. Bugs and water are the magic bullet. Go ahead and put all of your chirpy boxes up now. Add the pine stra...
by Spiderman
Fri Jan 29, 2021 10:11 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: The Disappearing Culture of Purple Martin Landlords | JSTOR Daily
Replies: 22
Views: 3937

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

I had 82 pair of Martins & 392 fledglings last year and live on a lake. Allot of boaters see the Martins and would Love to have therm in their yards. It’s an easy conversation until you get to PRICE. Most normal people aren’t going to spend upwards of $500.00 on a bird house. I have heard it many ti...