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by Susquatch
Thu Jul 12, 2018 10:41 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Best powder for mites
Replies: 9
Views: 1659

Re: Best powder for mites

Hi all, new landlord (hopefully) here. It looks like Sevin has been banned in Canada, so if anyone knows of a good alternative that would be great. I have some 46% Carbaryl liquid that I can use, and some Tempo powder that we’ve used around the house but I’m unsure how it might affect birds. Any in...
by Susquatch
Thu Jul 12, 2018 10:33 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: What happened to these babies?
Replies: 9
Views: 1547

Re: What happened to these babies?

I put Sevin in the nesting material prior to nesting. I looked up Sevin toxicity. The results were mixed. Some references said it was inert to large birds but toxic to small ones. Putting it in the nesting material might guarantee a lot of exposure. I do not know at all, but generally speaking, I'v...
by Susquatch
Thu Jul 12, 2018 10:07 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Diving Purple martins
Replies: 11
Views: 1786

Re: Diving Purple martins

.... I have a problem! I decided to put a pm house up last fall right on the corner of my garden next to my house last fall, so I could watch them from my deck, things were fine until this last week when I had every male pm attacking me when I walk out into the garden....... My advice is different ...
by Susquatch
Thu Jul 12, 2018 9:10 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Racoon attack - can I move some babies?
Replies: 11
Views: 2359

Re: Racoon attack - can I move some babies?

I am a farmer and I'm not the only one around here who doesn't like racoons. They get into machinery and bung up the works, they kill chickens, ducks, and young animals. They dig holes in roofs and infest attics. They chew through wires. ...... The list of criminal behaviour is endless. It's no wond...
by Susquatch
Tue Jul 03, 2018 3:25 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Racoon attack - can I move some babies?
Replies: 11
Views: 2359

Re: Racoon attack - can I move some babies?

I would say do not interfere - moving babies could put them at risk. Leave them with their parents. Get your pole guards up, and the pairs that fledge young will return, and your colony will rebuild. OK, that is what I have done in the absence of advice. Frankly, it is probably too late anyway. The...
by Susquatch
Tue Jul 03, 2018 11:52 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Racoon attack - can I move some babies?
Replies: 11
Views: 2359

Re: Racoon attack - can I move some babies?

BillieJR wrote:
Tue Jul 03, 2018 11:10 am
Did you see the coon?
No, I didn't see it. But the scratches on the post and the condo damage (bent roof, bent and torn wall panels, & mutilated perching rods) makes it very obvious what it was.

I'm anxious for an experienced reply too....
by Susquatch
Tue Jul 03, 2018 7:21 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Racoon attack - can I move some babies?
Replies: 11
Views: 2359

Racoon attack - can I move some babies?

I had a racoon destroy 4 out of 8 nests last night. I've never needed a racoon guard before, but I guess that was asking for trouble. I'll install one today. Some of my lost nests were built by old established pairs. I'd like to make sure they come back next year. I am afraid their failed nest will ...
by Susquatch
Thu May 03, 2018 12:22 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Purple Martins Were Here, But Now Not
Replies: 15
Views: 2057

Re: Purple Martins Were Here, But Now Not

Just a quick update. Two of the pairs are back again today acting as though nothing happened. They have assumed their old apartments and are busy establishing their ownership, chasing away squirrels and hosps, and chattering away at their old friend (me). Another update. The other 5 birds showed up...
by Susquatch
Fri Apr 27, 2018 3:47 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Purple Martins Were Here, But Now Not
Replies: 15
Views: 2057

Re: Purple Martins Were Here, But Now Not

Just a quick update. Two of the pairs are back again today acting as though nothing happened. They have assumed their old apartments and are busy establishing their ownership, chasing away squirrels and hosps, and chattering away at their old friend (me). Another update. The other 5 birds showed up...
by Susquatch
Fri Apr 27, 2018 1:04 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Purple Martins Were Here, But Now Not
Replies: 15
Views: 2057

Re: Purple Martins Were Here, But Now Not

Just a quick update. Two of the pairs are back again today acting as though nothing happened. They have assumed their old apartments and are busy establishing their ownership, chasing away squirrels and hosps, and chattering away at their old friend (me). I am GUESSING the cold snap pushed them back...
by Susquatch
Thu Apr 26, 2018 11:45 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Purple Martins Were Here, But Now Not
Replies: 15
Views: 2057

Re: Purple Martins Were Here, But Now Not

Just had another idea . . . they may actually BE around. During really cold, rainy & dreary weather my PMs sorta hunker down, spend a lot of time in their gourds, hunt if possible in the afternoon, and return quickly about 7:30ish to go straight in their gourds. In other words, are you sure they ar...
by Susquatch
Tue Apr 24, 2018 7:57 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Purple Martins Were Here, But Now Not
Replies: 15
Views: 2057

Re: Purple Martins Were Here, But Now Not

I dont know either. In fact, I am having the same problem with a well established colony in Ontario Canada. Last year and the year before, I had 8 pairs successfully raise their broods in an 8 cavity condo. We also had lots of visitors. If we had another condo, we would have had more birds. This yea...
by Susquatch
Tue Apr 24, 2018 7:53 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Purple Martins Were Here, But Now Not
Replies: 15
Views: 2057

Re: Purple Martins Were Here, But Now Not

I dont know either. In fact, I am having the same problem with a well established colony in Ontario Canada. Last year and the year before, I had 8 pairs successfully raise their broods in an 8 cavity condo. We also had lots of visitors. If we had another condo, we would have had more birds. This yea...
by Susquatch
Sat Aug 29, 2015 5:32 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Screech Owl Problem
Replies: 29
Views: 5651

http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Long-eared_Owl/sounds The Long eared owl might be your bird. Check out their shrieking calls on the link. They would nest in your area. 39" wingspan, so a sizeable bird as you describe. Good Luck. Thank you! That explains another sound we have heard in the past. B...
by Susquatch
Fri Aug 28, 2015 6:23 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Screech Owl Problem
Replies: 29
Views: 5651

A barn owl has a screech. When I'm sitting in my deer stand right before dark they will make an awful screaming sound back and forth! I've looked up the sound on all about birds. Yes they do. I grew up with barn owls in our barn. But Mamabruff and Louis are right. These are great horned owls. I hav...
by Susquatch
Fri Aug 28, 2015 7:38 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Screech Owl Problem
Replies: 29
Views: 5651

The only way to stop screech owls would be to use all SREH - owl guards won't work on something as small as a screech owl. Kestrels (sparrow hawks) can also enter a 2 inch round and nest in a martin house. I don't think you can run off one owl (GHO or Barred) by playing another owl's calls, don't k...
by Susquatch
Thu Aug 27, 2015 10:09 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Screech Owl Problem
Replies: 29
Views: 5651

Are you sure they are screech owls? They are described as pint jar sized. Somebody in the past had posted a picture of screech owls nesting in a round hole martin gourd. See more at http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Eastern_Screech-Owl/id A BIG owl would be the GHO or barred owl. Look at Kathy Fre...
by Susquatch
Tue Aug 25, 2015 10:52 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Screech Owl Problem
Replies: 29
Views: 5651

Archer wrote:Now...... where do I get a recording of a barred owl.......
right here.
http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Barred_Owl/sounds
Thank you! I have heard barred owls while I was camping. They are LOUD!!!! I understand that they are also very territorial.

Cheers!
by Susquatch
Tue Aug 25, 2015 10:48 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Screech Owl Problem
Replies: 29
Views: 5651

crows are notorious nest raiders. True! I have heard of people having trouble with Fish Crows, but never seen an American crow giving my Martins a hard time. My houses are too close to my house and they know when they are too close. I cannot say for sure what would happen in the summer, but I do kn...
by Susquatch
Tue Aug 25, 2015 10:25 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Screech Owl Problem
Replies: 29
Views: 5651

I don't know how you would do it, but attracting crows would be beneficial. I have some that nest on my yard every year and I welcome them for the reason you mentioned. They have not bothered my martins except stealing their food. I dont need to attract them in the winter. They are automatically he...

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