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by TheSmiths
Wed Feb 24, 2021 3:29 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Wind Chimes
Replies: 8
Views: 144

Re: Wind Chimes

We have a wind chime ~20 ft from one of our poles. It doesn't bother them.
by TheSmiths
Wed Feb 24, 2021 3:12 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: So how high does a Martin fly?
Replies: 6
Views: 149

Re: So how high does a Martin fly?

I believe the PMCA has a study coming out in the near future (diurnal migration vs nocturnal migration) that may include updated info about that. The link below goes to a 2012 study which includes "swallows"... "How do diurnal long-distance migrants select flight altitude in relation to wind?" María...
by TheSmiths
Wed Feb 24, 2021 2:59 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Wing entrapment
Replies: 6
Views: 110

Re: Wing entrapment

Brent, FYI there is a PMCA Wing Entrapment Survey pinned at the top of this forum if you haven't already completed it.
by TheSmiths
Tue Feb 23, 2021 7:54 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Refurbishing Trio – Graphic Photo Warning
Replies: 22
Views: 1305

Re: Refurbishing Trio – Graphic Photo Warning

Does anyone know if these old Grandma/Grandpas were painted with lead paint? @Dave Duit, wouldn't self-etching paint only be needed if the house was stripped down to bare metal? @PMDavid, thanks. I might have to save that for another season. PMs are due here in ~2 wks and I still have to put inner p...
by TheSmiths
Mon Feb 22, 2021 11:40 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Refurbishing Trio – Graphic Photo Warning
Replies: 22
Views: 1305

Re: Refurbishing Trio – Graphic Photo Warning

I have a few more questions. • Mark, I noticed you added washers. Is that under the screw head for added stability or do they serve another purpose? • Some people have mentioned adding foam board insulation in the attic. Have any of you done that? • Is there a way to polish the roof? They're both a ...
by TheSmiths
Sun Feb 14, 2021 6:43 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Refurbishing Trio – Graphic Photo Warning
Replies: 22
Views: 1305

Re: Refurbishing Trio – Graphic Photo Warning

Thank you for the info.

Rust-oleum has a white automotive enamel that it claims is weather and UV resistant. Has anyone given it a try?
by TheSmiths
Wed Feb 10, 2021 5:05 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Refurbishing Trio – Graphic Photo Warning
Replies: 22
Views: 1305

Re: Refurbishing Trio – Graphic Photo Warning

Anyone have experience with an excellent long-lasting outdoor paint for metal?

I know there are several members here who have rehabbed Trios but I didn't find paint info when I searched the forum.
by TheSmiths
Tue Feb 09, 2021 11:33 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Refurbishing Trio – Graphic Photo Warning
Replies: 22
Views: 1305

Re: Refurbishing Trio – Graphic Photo Warning

We are thinking about removing the break and rope and replacing them with the Erva/NatureHouse winch conversion kit. They are just a bit expensive for what they are and, having no experience with them, we are unsure how well they will hold up. Suggestion for outdoor paint for use on aluminum that ca...
by TheSmiths
Sun Jan 31, 2021 6:47 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Parasites are okay
Replies: 6
Views: 991

Re: Parasites are okay

What appears in the NestWatch article is a summary for a 3-year study that was sponsored by the PMCA. It was a single study at a single site and should be appreciated as such. A different study in a different area or under different conditions may come to a different conclusion... then again, it may...
by TheSmiths
Sat Jan 30, 2021 6:54 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Refurbishing Trio – Graphic Photo Warning
Replies: 22
Views: 1305

Refurbishing Trio – Graphic Photo Warning

A park has granted me permission to do repairs on their two old Trios. I understand I can purchase most parts from Erva. That said, I'd prefer to refurbish with original spaghetti rails rather than replacing them with modern single rails or making my own from aluminum. Does anyone have any old spagh...
by TheSmiths
Sun Jun 28, 2020 11:26 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Eggs not hatching, Hawks?
Replies: 1
Views: 535

Re: Eggs not hatching, Hawks?

Eggs are sometimes infertile though the pair will often attempt to renest if that is the case and it is still early in the season. Females can also be lost to illness and accidents. Only the female has a brood patch for properly incubating eggs so without her the eggs will not hatch.
by TheSmiths
Sun Jun 28, 2020 11:16 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: What age are the Hatch-lings in the nest cam... Today 6/28
Replies: 1
Views: 490

Re: What age are the Hatch-lings in the nest cam... Today 6/28

Their current ages range from 8 – 10 days old. You can find info about them beneath the video.
by TheSmiths
Sun Jun 28, 2020 11:07 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Troyer H. Gourds.
Replies: 6
Views: 1175

Re: Troyer H. Gourds.

We had problems with Troyer horizontal gourds leaking around the hanging hole even though they were hung on Troyer hanging arms and fit tightly. I purchased PMCA "leak guards" and sealed them with Lexel but they stilled leaked. (I found out later Lexel does not adhere properly to the kind of plastic...
by TheSmiths
Sun Jun 28, 2020 10:54 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: hawk resistant swallow boxes
Replies: 2
Views: 611

Re: hawk resistant swallow boxes

Are the boxes out in the open or near some trees? Do you know what kind of hawk or can you describe its relative size or behavior? TreeSwallowProjects.com has a lot of good info and you may find the "Predator Protection" page helpful. Sialis.org has good info about bluebirds though some of it is app...
by TheSmiths
Sat Jun 27, 2020 12:42 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Something has been going on in one of my rooms....
Replies: 13
Views: 2009

Re: Something has been going on in one of my rooms....

If that is a piece of landscape fabric, aka weed cloth, and it is still in the nest I'd recommend removing it. It tends to unravel and can get wrapped around toes, wings, and legs.
by TheSmiths
Mon Mar 30, 2020 9:47 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Tree Swallow Relocation Strategy
Replies: 15
Views: 1686

Re: Tree Swallow Relocation Strategy

If all else fails give Larry Melcher's method a try — https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UGe51zE8Ppo . TM, there is still plenty of time. The subadults haven't arrived yet. There's also the possibility that an adult pair could lose their housing or abandon due to predation. Our first pair were adults w...
by TheSmiths
Tue Mar 24, 2020 12:51 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Cool picture I took. Add yours.
Replies: 29
Views: 5783

Re: Cool picture I took. Add yours.

Here's my favorite purple martin roost photo in my colony. Do you still try to discourage them from roosting outside? I'll bet you don't have a buzzard nesting under the deck of your porch at your ranch house. Turkey or Black? We looked outside one day and saw a fish flopping around in the yard. Si...
by TheSmiths
Tue Mar 24, 2020 12:35 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Tree swallows arrive in New Concord,oh
Replies: 1
Views: 1020

Re: Tree swallows arrive in New Concord,oh

We've never even had a tree swallow stop by for a visit. We'd be happy to host some.
by TheSmiths
Tue Mar 24, 2020 12:33 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Looking for house sparrows/starlings for captive raptors!
Replies: 7
Views: 1639

Re: Looking for house sparrows/starlings for captive raptors!

You may be able to get additional sources by posting on the PMCA Facebook group.

Do you accept birds euthanized using carbon dioxide gas? I believe they are safe for consumption.
by TheSmiths
Tue Mar 24, 2020 12:17 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Winch Question
Replies: 13
Views: 2075

Re: Winch Question

We already have a brake winch, pulley, and wire cable. We even have the winch mounted to the pole. We just can't get a vehicle out there to install the pulley at the top because the ground is too saturated. Putting the polyester rope on the winch was going to be a temporary one-season-only measure u...