McKinnon flasher does it work?

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randy741985
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I have built a tree swallow house and I have it up and ready, tree swallows have been looking but so have blue birds 🐦. I want tree swallows they cause problems with the Martin's here not the blue birds 🐦. So I seen on the tree swallow protocol that these flashers help attract them. I need to head this off before it happens again this year, Has anyone have any experience using them?

Thanks in advance
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MorganW_AL
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I've never heard of such a thing. What is it?
Entirely useless post, I know! 😄
barbiejoe
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Is the McKinnon flasher the cutout of a bird, from white plastic, like a chlorox container? You hang it from the nest box and it waves and moves with the breeze. Supposed to attract TS.
I used one two years ago and had a TS in that nest box. did not put it out last year and a PM nested in that same box. It is a cheap white gourd with no lid so I can see into the box. Had successful nest both years. Four PM last year.
barbiejoe
After 3 years, I gave up and put two gourds out, hoping to get other birds to nest. I did. Had one pair of tree swallows and ONE pair of purple martins. The PM had 4 hatchlings. One died in the nest and one was found on the ground two days running and died that night. Two flew successfully.
randy741985
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barbiejoe wrote:
Sun Mar 31, 2019 12:26 pm
Is the McKinnon flasher the cutout of a bird, from white plastic, like a chlorox container? You hang it from the nest box and it waves and moves with the breeze. Supposed to attract TS.
I used one two years ago and had a TS in that nest box. did not put it out last year and a PM nested in that same box. It is a cheap white gourd with no lid so I can see into the box. Had successful nest both years. Four PM last year.
barbiejoe
Yea that is exactly what it is, It suppose to look like the belly of a TS. I seen it mentioned on the TS Emergency, I did a search in this Forum after I posted this and found several People like you saying it worked for them so Im trying it let yal know if it works for me.

I found it here. https://www.purplemartin.org/uploads/me ... cy-377.pdf
2018-14 Gourds First Year 0 Martins
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2021- TBD
randy741985
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MorganW_AL wrote:
Sun Mar 31, 2019 11:38 am
I've never heard of such a thing. What is it?
Entirely useless post, I know! 😄
I found it here Morgan. https://www.purplemartin.org/uploads/me ... cy-377.pdf
2018-14 Gourds First Year 0 Martins
2019- 14 Gourds Lots Lookers
2020- 6 Gourds had one male stay 3 weeks.
2021- TBD
flyin-lowe
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Location: Indiana/Henry Co.

Where I am at TS are usually several weeks ahead of the PM's, not sure if that is the same down south. We have huge TS populations, there is no need to try to attract them, if you hang a gourd up they will find it. The trick is hoping they start building nests before the SY's arrive. If you have ASY's returning the TS will not run them off.
2020 Currently 42 nest, 110 babies, 64 eggs left to hatch(6-22-20) HOSP count-8
2019- 31 Pair over 100 fledged
2018- 15 pair last count 49 fledged
2017 3 SY pair nested, 12 eggs total, fledged 10. 4 additional SY's stayed all summer but never paired/nested.
2016 1 pair fledged 4
2015 Visitors
2014 Visitors
2013 Moved 6 miles away, 1 pair fledged 2.
2012 30 pair fledged 100.
2011 12 pair (11 that nested), 43 fledged.
2010 5 pair, 21 eggs, 16 hatched, 14 fledged.
flyin-lowe
Posts: 3010
Joined: Wed Mar 29, 2006 8:49 am
Location: Indiana/Henry Co.

Where I am at TS are usually several weeks ahead of the PM's, not sure if that is the same down south. We have huge TS populations, there is no need to try to attract them, if you hang a gourd up they will find it. The trick is hoping they start building nests before the SY's arrive. If you have ASY's returning the TS will not run them off.
2020 Currently 42 nest, 110 babies, 64 eggs left to hatch(6-22-20) HOSP count-8
2019- 31 Pair over 100 fledged
2018- 15 pair last count 49 fledged
2017 3 SY pair nested, 12 eggs total, fledged 10. 4 additional SY's stayed all summer but never paired/nested.
2016 1 pair fledged 4
2015 Visitors
2014 Visitors
2013 Moved 6 miles away, 1 pair fledged 2.
2012 30 pair fledged 100.
2011 12 pair (11 that nested), 43 fledged.
2010 5 pair, 21 eggs, 16 hatched, 14 fledged.
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