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by Carlton
Sat May 29, 2021 12:30 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Preventing a Snake Attack
Replies: 0
Views: 9481

Preventing a Snake Attack

Has anyone ever tried hanging a loose, fiberglass screen from a birdhouse pole secured only at the top to keep a snake from crawling under it? I saw a You Tube video online that suggested that snakes might be incapable of climbing over a loose, floppy, dangling section of fiberglass porch screen. A...
by Carlton
Sat May 29, 2021 12:22 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Sunset House
Replies: 2
Views: 2631

Re: Sunset House

Thank you so much, Tim. I really appreciate your detailed response.
by Carlton
Wed May 19, 2021 4:44 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Pole/gourd maintenance in a salt water environment
Replies: 6
Views: 2306

Re: Pole/gourd maintenance in a salt water environment

Thank you everyone. I really learned a lot as well. Live and learn.
by Carlton
Wed May 19, 2021 4:36 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Anti Seize Grease
Replies: 3
Views: 1773

Re: Anti Seize Grease

Thanks for the tip.
by Carlton
Wed May 19, 2021 12:37 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Sunset House
Replies: 2
Views: 2631

Sunset House

What are your feelings about the Sunset brand, aluminum, martin house? Pros and cons
by Carlton
Wed May 19, 2021 12:35 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Crow attack
Replies: 2
Views: 1845

Re: Crow attack

Oh yes! I have noticed that for years. Both the American Crow and the Fish Crow will snatch baby martins from the nest, if they can reach them, as well as snatch them as they attempt their first flight. The crows are very bold and even under heavy martin attack will often be successful in grabbing ...
by Carlton
Wed May 19, 2021 12:07 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Anti Seize Grease
Replies: 3
Views: 1773

Anti Seize Grease

I am getting ready to place a couple new aluminum houses but in the past I have had real problems with not being able to remove the pole from the ground stake and in other cases having problems with telescoping poles sticking together. Has anyone had any experience using an anti seizure lubricant o...
by Carlton
Sat May 15, 2021 6:17 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Trio Minicastle
Replies: 2
Views: 1118

Re: Trio Minicastle

Thanks, Dave.
by Carlton
Sat May 15, 2021 1:00 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Pole/gourd maintenance in a salt water environment
Replies: 6
Views: 2306

Re: Pole/gourd maintenance in a salt water environment

I live about 4 miles, as the crow flies, from the Atlantic, here in SE Florida, and we find that the air is very corrosive. I am not able to bring in the poles, as I did when I lived up in coastal Delaware, but I do bring in the gourds, gourd arms, predator guard and the Trio houses. We are not abl...
by Carlton
Sat May 15, 2021 11:56 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: MSS-12 Trio Grandpa vs Sunset housing
Replies: 1
Views: 882

MSS-12 Trio Grandpa vs Sunset housing

I am going to furnish an aluminum martin house for a gated retirement community. My sister lives there. I am torn between a lanyard lock Trio MSS-12 and a Sunset house also with a rope pull. I would appreciate your evaluation of each house to help me make up my mind which system to place. I will be ...
by Carlton
Sat May 15, 2021 11:50 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Trio Minicastle
Replies: 2
Views: 1118

Trio Minicastle

Does anyone else have a problem with the perches, elevated above the house, becoming loose and falling apart? I had to replace mine after only about 2 years here in SE Florida. Does anyone happen to know the weight of this Minicastle house? Sometimes it seems like a lot of weight for the rope but I ...
by Carlton
Thu Jan 14, 2021 10:47 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Conley II Entrances
Replies: 13
Views: 4289

Re: Conley II Entrances

I never have. Now all of my Conley II's have the Lewis Modification as smaller starlings were squeezing in.
by Carlton
Thu Jan 14, 2021 10:43 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Early Arrivals
Replies: 3
Views: 1766

Early Arrivals

3 males and a female arrived at my Tradewinds Park, Coconut Creek, Florida site yesterday. This is by far the earliest any have ever returned.
by Carlton
Thu Jan 14, 2021 10:40 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Vandal-Proofing
Replies: 7
Views: 2597

Re: Vandal-Proofing

On all three of my public sites I use a padlock on the winch and cable systems and on the rope and pulley system I bring a sturdy step stool and mount the rope tie higher than a person could reach. I have too many gourds and houses to perform many nest checks but when I want to do a nest check I bor...
by Carlton
Thu Jan 14, 2021 10:13 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Wing Entrapment Survey from PMCA
Replies: 10
Views: 46476

Re: Wing Entrapment Survey from PMCA

Over the years I have had two Trendsetter houses. One was a Trendsetter 8 with Excluder entrances and the second a Trendsetter 12 with crescent entrances. I have only had one case of wing entrapment and that was on my crescent entrance model. I have put the thick wing entrapment guards, that I bough...
by Carlton
Sun Jan 12, 2020 1:02 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Prepared and Waiting in SE Florida
Replies: 0
Views: 4847

Prepared and Waiting in SE Florida

Anxiously awaiting my first martin here in SE Florida. I have housing at three locations - Cypress Bend condominiums in Pompano Beach, Tradewinds Park in Coconut Creek and Quiet Waters Park in Deerfield Beach, FL. I think my earliest martin in about 11 years was January 21st or so. Usually I do not ...
by Carlton
Fri Dec 27, 2019 1:43 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Experimenting
Replies: 4
Views: 4528

Experimenting

I have 127 gourds at three active colonies. Last season I noticed that some of the birds seemed to prefer the porchless, on the OUTSIDE, Excluder gourds with the modified excluder entrance. They chose them over the porched ones of the same kind. I left the porches inside to help shield the nest from...
by Carlton
Wed May 22, 2019 12:55 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Emil's The Walls
Replies: 0
Views: 5006

Emil's The Walls

I tried making a rough sketch on the computer, Emil. Is this all that is involved in making the starling proof/wing entrapment proof entrance?

Two blocks 1" x 2" attached like in the sketch at the very ends of the starling resistant entrance.

Carl
by Carlton
Sun May 19, 2019 10:43 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Small rat snake on gourd rack
Replies: 4
Views: 3581

Re: Small rat snake on gourd rack

I have an idea that the martins will abandon the gourd for this year but who knows. I could be wrong. Yes. The snake netting should be above a good cylindrical predator guard and act as a backup. Having said that though I AM SORRY this happened and HOPE the martins renest. I had a small ratsnake li...
by Carlton
Sun May 19, 2019 9:31 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: How to put sideboards on an entrance to help stop starlings
Replies: 15
Views: 13169

Re: How to put sideboards on an entrance to help stop starlings

I may try the Walls on my crescent Trendsetter entrance as I lost an ASY male this spring to wing entrapment. That was my first loss in many years. I guess I can just Waterproof Gorilla Glue the walls on each side of the entrance.

I really appreciate you sharing your findings with us Emil.

Carl