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by C.C.Martins
Tue May 11, 2021 7:28 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Adding traction to entrances...
Replies: 9
Views: 90

Re: Adding traction to entrances...

Great! Martins will appriciate it especially those struggling. Iv got them about a half inch from the entrance. By then they have the momentum and grip, besides their shoulders should be beyond the entrance then its good. Not all need it, if I see a martin struggling I assume it just doesn't like th...
by C.C.Martins
Tue May 11, 2021 9:34 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Owls at Night
Replies: 9
Views: 320

Re: Owls at Night

congrats on the outside the box thinking. Sounds like it works great, especially a spot that was on their radar!
Saved your martins!
Tom
by C.C.Martins
Tue May 11, 2021 9:30 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Nightmare Day
Replies: 4
Views: 116

Re: Nightmare Day

Sorry Bill,
Thats such bad news, one of the many hard times in our purple disease. Losing one is bad, losing many worse. Like Toy said, you did what you could. A lack of insects and bad weather are beyond our control.
Doesn't make it easier.
Hope the rest of your season smoothes out.
Tom
by C.C.Martins
Mon May 10, 2021 11:55 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: I need help to resize photos
Replies: 2
Views: 59

Re: I need help to resize photos

Caroline, They are amazing. You fear the worst, yet the martins do ok. Id be worried with the heavy equipment, but have seen pictures of martin housing at a big construction site. Glad your birds are good, like to see the pictures!! My neighbor has a small 3 cavity house, last year they put a bouncy...
by C.C.Martins
Mon May 10, 2021 11:36 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Another killing May in PA
Replies: 7
Views: 156

Re: Another killing May in PA

Sorry Doug,
Those migrants especially the young ones face a tough time, if they don't catch on can spell doom. Sounds like most of your colony would have been in jeopardy without the added food. Wish the others would have caught on.
Hope the weather improves for you and your birds.
Tom
by C.C.Martins
Mon May 10, 2021 9:20 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: 1st full nest check in Whippy Casa de Plano
Replies: 4
Views: 60

Re: 1st full nest check in Whippy Casa de Plano

Whippy,
Thats great. On the way! Good report sir!!
I completely understand about the air being full of birds, now fast forward to fledgling time, 5 or 6 chick's, parents all coming home at the same time. You sir will be in hog heaven.
Tom
by C.C.Martins
Sat May 08, 2021 6:34 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: MY FIRST EGG!!
Replies: 5
Views: 44

Re: MY FIRST EGG!!

Man, looks great! Congrats!
by C.C.Martins
Sat May 08, 2021 6:31 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Training Martin's to take food...how?
Replies: 15
Views: 1541

Re: Training Martin's to take food...how?

Ok, thanks Toy
by C.C.Martins
Sat May 08, 2021 2:21 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Trio mini castle turning
Replies: 5
Views: 75

Re: Trio mini castle turning

fixed, exactly as you described. Thank you!
by C.C.Martins
Sat May 08, 2021 2:19 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Training Martin's to take food...how?
Replies: 15
Views: 1541

Re: Training Martin's to take food...how?

As they say, just takes that first one. Made another June bug trap, they really keyed on the spiraling flying motion of those bugs.
Yeah the winter lesson and the info here inspired the attempt. Just have to keep it up and train train train.
by C.C.Martins
Sat May 08, 2021 11:18 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Nest building began this weekend in Plano
Replies: 12
Views: 296

Re: Nest building began this weekend in Plano

Dang, hoping you'd enjoy the show. I put out a whole bunch this morning just blowing everywhere.
by C.C.Martins
Sat May 08, 2021 11:08 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Training Martin's to take food...how?
Replies: 15
Views: 1541

Re: Training Martin's to take food...how?

Update: 200 more down the hatch. Couldnt throw them up as it is a sure signal to sea gulls food is around.
Very very happy
by C.C.Martins
Sat May 08, 2021 9:40 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Training Martin's to take food...how?
Replies: 15
Views: 1541

Re: Training Martin's to take food...how?

training day #1, very well!!! Over the last week iv been collecting those June bugs from the front garage lights. I'll stick them in the freezer, last night I used a 5 gallon bucket, created a cardboard cone and cut the bottom off for a funnel and lined that with tin foil then put a light in it to a...
by C.C.Martins
Fri May 07, 2021 8:25 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Seeking Starlings
Replies: 3
Views: 95

Re: Seeking Starlings

Its fine, its a bb gun. Copper. May not be the best.
by C.C.Martins
Fri May 07, 2021 7:20 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Too late?
Replies: 4
Views: 93

Re: Too late?

Welcome!!! Well sounds like what you did worked. No its not too late, lots and lots of martins around. What you described is a fantastic sign. Take a look at the scout reports for your area, give you an idea of when to open. Early Feb is good for Central Texas. Down here in corpus I keep the houses ...
by C.C.Martins
Fri May 07, 2021 7:13 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Seeking Starlings
Replies: 3
Views: 95

Re: Seeking Starlings

well you got my attention with that title! Hope you get some assistance, some folks can get them by the boat load. You have a good cause! The starlings we've got are kept at bay by restrictive openings and sparrows die from ingesting bbs.
by C.C.Martins
Fri May 07, 2021 7:08 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Should I open other style of gourds?
Replies: 1
Views: 39

Re: Should I open other style of gourds?

you could open a few of the others sure, if you have lots of sparrows just have to watch close. Opening something different may give them an option especially if they are on an upper level.
Hope they show in force for you!
Tom
by C.C.Martins
Fri May 07, 2021 7:05 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Bouncing back in Texas
Replies: 15
Views: 1620

Re: Bouncing back in Texas

No eggs here still, although they have seemed to have really started building nests. We got 5.5 inches of rain in two days sort of jump started things but they are way behind...and yep i think it was the cold. Going to be a tough summer, dodging hurricanes...little food. Tomorrow I suspect ill find ...
by C.C.Martins
Fri May 07, 2021 9:29 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Trio mini castle turning
Replies: 5
Views: 75

Re: Trio mini castle turning

Ok Dave,
I'll get the whole thing down tomorrow and look at that rope, pulley and pin line up. Bet thats it.

Thanks for the help.
by C.C.Martins
Fri May 07, 2021 8:11 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Trio mini castle turning
Replies: 5
Views: 75

Re: Trio mini castle turning

Yeah iv seen the pins. Maybe it just doesn't seat in there at the top. Dont have eggs at the moment so can bring the top section down and get a good look. Thanks!