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by Matt F.
Thu May 06, 2021 12:40 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Trio Martin House "Brake Cable Tensioner"
Replies: 4
Views: 39

Re: Trio Martin House "Brake Cable Tensioner"

My apologies - I better understand the situation now. That is a bit of a pickle.
DaveH is definitely on the right track.
If it helps at all, here's a detailed drawing of the winch, and its components:
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by Matt F.
Thu May 06, 2021 12:50 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Can't believe it, but I have one hanging around
Replies: 56
Views: 32125

Re: Can't believe it, but I have one hanging around

Ryan this is the most awesome news! I was getting excited reading your post and seeing the photo - I can only imagine how exciting it is for you! That would be so cool if he is your resident SY from 2019! Seems even more likely since as you pointed out, he picked up using the WDCs so quickly, which ...
by Matt F.
Thu May 06, 2021 12:38 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Trio Martin House "Brake Cable Tensioner"
Replies: 4
Views: 39

Re: Trio Martin House "Brake Cable Tensioner"

Hi Stuart, The Brake Cable Tensioner is already complete and ready to go out of the box - no additional assembly needed for it. It's a simple, yet proven design. It's basically a tiny band brake. The wingnut with the spring under it on the lower right side of the winch housing (which is used to adju...
by Matt F.
Mon May 03, 2021 2:14 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Help with house design
Replies: 8
Views: 181

Re: Help with house design

Hi Mcetta, That is a gorgeous Martin house! It has the look of the more vintage houses, while incorporating the starling resistant entrances, deep cavities, and easy raising/lowering. The decks and roofs you added (which in my opinion are a nice detail that really adds to the overall appearance) sho...
by Matt F.
Tue Apr 27, 2021 11:16 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: SREH questions
Replies: 7
Views: 236

Re: SREH questions

Hi Laura, The problem is probably not with the porch height, but instead the entrance being a bit too narrow, since the unmodified Trio/Nature House holes you placed the Clinger plates over, are only 2.125" inches in width. The Clinger entrances themselves are 2.32". That .2" is most likely what's c...
by Matt F.
Sun Apr 25, 2021 4:28 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: 2021 season Houston, Tx
Replies: 4
Views: 245

Re: 2021 season Houston, Tx

Hi Jill, There's definitely something amiss with the Martins in our area. There have been reports of folks in our area reporting no returning Martins since the freeze, and these were active, healthy colonies in previous seasons. I need to check the housing at UHCL that I help with, and see what the ...
by Matt F.
Sun Apr 25, 2021 11:51 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: shooting sparrow with shotgun?
Replies: 10
Views: 465

Re: shooting sparrow with shotgun?

Hi Jeff, Once your Martins have started laying eggs, I would highly recommend not doing any more sparrow nest tear outs, until you've first eliminated the male sparrow of the nest your tearing out. There is a known phenomenon first documented by landlord Steve Kroenke called "house sparrow revenge s...
by Matt F.
Thu Apr 15, 2021 2:14 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Short martin history article, St. Louis focus
Replies: 5
Views: 803

Re: Short martin history article, St. Louis focus

Great article John! You've been doing a lot a great work for years on behalf of Missouri Martins! I got a chuckle when I read this quote from the article: Miller, who had learned about the birds while growing up in Kentucky, chirped pretty much incessantly until Forest Park gave him permission to pl...
by Matt F.
Sat Apr 10, 2021 11:14 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Getting a little worried
Replies: 7
Views: 797

Re: Getting a little worried

Hi Rob, I too have been having similar concerns ever since the freeze. There are a few colonies here in the Houston area that have been hosting Martins for years, that have yet to see any returning ASY birds. These are colonies in the 10 to 14 pair range, that usually see their first arrivals in lat...
by Matt F.
Thu Apr 08, 2021 9:55 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: My Jangles T-14 and my Trio getting some love this week
Replies: 6
Views: 705

Re: My Jangles T-14 and my Trio getting some love this week

Love your TW-12 Trio Wade. In the world of Trio/Nature House fandom - the TW-12 is a real trophy, due in large part to it being the namesake of the great Jesse Wade.
by Matt F.
Wed Apr 07, 2021 1:14 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: First bird of the season
Replies: 25
Views: 3413

Re: First bird of the season

So cool you have that SY male working for you now! What is also really cool is how you where able to place the Clinger entrance plates directly over the Nature House round/keyhole entrances, and the SY male is able to go in and out with no problem. There's always a concern that the original holes ne...
by Matt F.
Sun Apr 04, 2021 8:14 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Cicada's this year in my area
Replies: 8
Views: 1695

Re: Cicada's this year in my area

We only have the Dog-day Cicadas here in southeast Texas (2-5 year lifecycle - different from the 17-year variants), but one thing is for certain - based on how eager all animals seem to be to catch and eat them (dogs, cats, birds, etc.) I'm convinced they must taste like candy to animals.
by Matt F.
Sun Apr 04, 2021 8:13 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Cicada's this year in my area
Replies: 8
Views: 1695

Re: Cicada's this year in my area

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by Matt F.
Wed Mar 31, 2021 10:38 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: 16+ yr established site now having tree swallow issues
Replies: 8
Views: 1533

Re: 16+ yr established site now having tree swallow issues

Greetings, Hopefully others will enter in with some additional advice.. However in the meantime, Dan Drew put together a great document sometime back to help folks address issues like this with Tree Swallows and/or Bluebirds: https://www.purplemartin.org/uploads/media/treeswallowemergency-377.pdf Th...
by Matt F.
Tue Mar 30, 2021 9:10 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Up to 5 pairs now.. video
Replies: 11
Views: 2245

Re: Up to 5 pairs now.. video

Matt. F, I was thinking the same thing when you mentioned if Chirpy would ever make a colony style housing using the chirpy compartments. Hi Dave, I was poking around, and found some videos posted by the maker that shows some multi-compartment Chirpy Nest units. They look really good, but I'm not s...
by Matt F.
Sat Mar 27, 2021 1:04 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Up to 5 pairs now.. video
Replies: 11
Views: 2245

Re: Up to 5 pairs now.. video

Great video! That was a gorgeous shot of them all cupping in to land on the rack. I wonder if the Chirpy Nest maker has ever considered making a multi-compartment Chirpy Nest house? Using the same great features of the current, individual units, and incorporating those into a large, multi-compartmen...
by Matt F.
Fri Mar 26, 2021 1:47 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Our Small Colony Wiped Out
Replies: 11
Views: 2080

Re: Our Small Colony Wiped Out

GMmajor, Keep an eye out. There's an established colony on the UHCL campus not far from you to the north that as of yesterday had not seen any returning Martins. This colony usually hosts 10 - 14 pairs, and has been active for about 12 years. They usually get their first arrivals in mid Feb, but tha...
by Matt F.
Sat Mar 20, 2021 4:48 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Which cable diameter for gourd rack?
Replies: 2
Views: 711

Re: Which cable diameter for gourd rack?

Hi Carol,
I looked on another website that sells racks for Troyer gourds and SuperGourds, and the cable they use for all the 18, 24, and 36-gourd racks is "Stainless Steel cable - 34' of 3/16", 7 x 19 strand"
by Matt F.
Sat Mar 20, 2021 1:50 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: My have to take the housing down this season
Replies: 28
Views: 4233

Re: My have to take the housing down this season

My heart goes out to you Whippy. There are a lot of us that have been where you're at right now with the hawk attacks. The PMCA should take a survey (like they did with the wing entrapment survey (which it would be nice for the PMCA to report back about that)) about colony raptor attacks, and the sp...
by Matt F.
Fri Feb 19, 2021 9:52 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Coopers hawk related post
Replies: 12
Views: 2681

Re: Coopers hawk related post

My heart goes out to you Steve. You're definitely not alone. Unfortunately, Cooper's appear to be exploding in numbers, at a higher rate than they should be. Human development, specifically suburban settings, have for years provided the perfect habitat for smaller songbirds to live and flourish. Ove...