Search found 65 matches

by sdsteil-IA
Sat Jul 11, 2020 7:02 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Adding Troyer Tunnel to T14 house
Replies: 9
Views: 7015

Re: Adding Troyer Tunnel to T14 house

Gary, The conversion was pretty easy. I took my time and measured multiple times and cut each hole once with a hole saw. The other thing I had to do was modify the nesting trays on left side so that it did not impact the entrance into the compartment. The PM visitors checkout the house compartments;...
by sdsteil-IA
Mon Jun 29, 2020 11:28 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Wait of 18 years is finally over
Replies: 4
Views: 1346

Wait of 18 years is finally over

My wait of 18 years is over – I have my first nesting pair. I waited until all the eggs hatched before I decided to let everyone know. I had a bad event in 2007 where the female died during egg laying so I wanted to make sure nothing bad was going to happen this time. I was concerned this year was g...
by sdsteil-IA
Fri Apr 26, 2019 10:36 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Screech Owl house good idea or bad
Replies: 9
Views: 5060

Re: Screech Owl house good idea or bad

Mike, All I can do is report what I see and you are right I am assuming that the screech owl killed the birds. I clean the box out in the fall after the Kestrels leave and in the spring after the screech owl leaves. The feathers were not there when I cleaned the box out in the fall. If you look clos...
by sdsteil-IA
Mon Apr 22, 2019 3:35 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Screech Owl house good idea or bad
Replies: 9
Views: 5060

Re: Screech Owl house good idea or bad

I have a Kestrel house on my property that over the winter months a screech owl usually roosts in it. I was surprised to find cardinal and blue jay feathers in house during my spring cleaning of the house. If a screech owl can take down cardinals and blue jays I think it would have no problems with ...
by sdsteil-IA
Mon Jan 14, 2019 4:07 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Purple Martin Video New Sharon Iowa Spring 2018
Replies: 9
Views: 5529

Re: Purple Martin Video New Sharon Iowa Spring 2018

Lynn, Nice video. Its is getting my hopeful and excited about attracting PMs this year. I am still trying to attract my first nesting pair. I live close to Keystone, IA. My farm is about 40 miles (as the PM flies) Northeast of New Sharon. I talked to the Amish in Kalona, IA and they gave me suggesti...
by sdsteil-IA
Wed Oct 31, 2018 3:45 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Adding Troyer Tunnel to T14 house
Replies: 9
Views: 7015

Re: Adding Troyer Tunnel to T14 house

Anthony, I will have to try that. I have a Grandpa or a Grandma House that I can put on a move able pool. I also have about 6 decoys, some plastic and others that I have carved, that I can put on it. Normally, I spread my decoys around to the different poles; but I never thought of putting them on o...
by sdsteil-IA
Mon Oct 22, 2018 3:27 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Adding Troyer Tunnel to T14 house
Replies: 9
Views: 7015

Re: Adding Troyer Tunnel to T14 house

Thanks for all the suggestions. I took down my T-14 house on Sunday and will modify it over the winter. I also moved my T-14 pole closer to our house. It was about 75 feet from the corn crib and I moved it so it is about 50 feet from the house. It was originally about 150 feet from the house. We fin...
by sdsteil-IA
Tue Sep 04, 2018 1:41 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Adding Troyer Tunnel to T14 house
Replies: 9
Views: 7015

Adding Troyer Tunnel to T14 house

All, I have seen the Troyer Tunnel attached to the T14 house in two different ways 1) doors only and 2)doors and sides. Can anyone provide me with the pros/cons for either approach? Do the martins care either way? I could see that having the tunnel mounted on the side would help prevent an owl from ...
by sdsteil-IA
Mon Mar 26, 2018 8:13 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Eurasian Tree Sparrow?
Replies: 4
Views: 1948

Re: Eurasian Tree Sparrow?

Thank you for responding to my post.

I will monitor them and decide if I need to take action. But from what I have read I should be okay.

Cheers David
by sdsteil-IA
Sun Mar 25, 2018 7:48 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Eurasian Tree Sparrow?
Replies: 4
Views: 1948

Eurasian Tree Sparrow?

I have shot and trapped a lot of English House Sparrow on my farm. I believe I got most of all of them. Still trying to rid my little world of Starlings; but that is another story. Just this last year I notice some sparrows that I initial thought were House sparrows; but on further research determin...
by sdsteil-IA
Wed May 18, 2016 8:18 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: No pond
Replies: 12
Views: 3867

Re: No pond

I moved to a farm back in 2011. The farm has 1 acre pond and power lines within about 20 feet of my martin houses. It has been 5 years now and I am still waiting for my first nesting pair. Even though a pond and power lines are a plus there is still no guarantee. I think the big plus for you is that...
by sdsteil-IA
Tue May 17, 2016 12:14 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Best Pellet for Air rifle, I need advice
Replies: 15
Views: 6821

Re: Best Pellet for Air rifle, I need advice

When I got my pellet gun someone from the forum gave me the best advice. Search the web for "Pellet Sampler" and buy one. Then determine what pellet works best for your gun. I found a pellet sampler package that had 18 different pellets (25 pellets of each type of pellet). I fired about 5 rounds of ...
by sdsteil-IA
Thu Apr 28, 2016 4:11 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Please help ID
Replies: 5
Views: 1694

Re: Please help ID

pmlover, According to a post from Louise Chambers back in Jan 24, 2008. "There is a size limit of 400 x 400 pixels for the photo to show up IN your post, or 800 x 800 pixels for the photo to appear as a link in your post. Is your photo larger than that? Also, max size for one file is 250 KB. " I shr...
by sdsteil-IA
Wed Apr 27, 2016 11:44 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: For us "Wannabe" Landlords 2016
Replies: 126
Views: 27021

Re: For us "Wannabe" Landlords 2016

Sharon, I hope the eggs work for you. I stayed home from work yesterday; but didn't see my two martins at all. I hope they come back. Would it be unusual for an ASY pair to setup a nest at a new site? I think I am going to have to pray more. I feel bad about praying for martins when there other thin...
by sdsteil-IA
Tue Apr 26, 2016 8:57 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Please help ID
Replies: 5
Views: 1694

Please help ID

I believe this is a SY female, am I correct?

She showed up yesterday with an ASY male .

Cheers David
by sdsteil-IA
Tue Apr 26, 2016 6:45 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: For us "Wannabe" Landlords 2016
Replies: 126
Views: 27021

Re: For us "Wannabe" Landlords 2016

Sharon I have the dawnsong start playing at 4 am to about 7am then the daytime chatter at about 7am until 7pm. I also have about 5 decoys. Plus something I added last year were two fake nests with 5 white eggs in each. I found some small plastic eggs that I spray painted white then glued them and so...
by sdsteil-IA
Mon Apr 25, 2016 9:42 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: For us "Wannabe" Landlords 2016
Replies: 126
Views: 27021

Re: For us "Wannabe" Landlords 2016

Taxidermy Lady Thanks! I pray my time has come. The ASY male showed up with two other martins. By the time I got the camera out there were only two left the ASY male and what I believe to be a SY female (see attached pictures). They were busy checking out all the possible housing. I hope they decide...
by sdsteil-IA
Mon Apr 25, 2016 8:48 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: For us "Wannabe" Landlords 2016
Replies: 126
Views: 27021

Re: For us "Wannabe" Landlords 2016

I have a ASY Male showing up also (see attached pictures). I first saw him last weekend. He did a very quick fly by. The fly by lasted about 20 seconds. He did two passes of the houses when I was outside. I had to make sure I wasn't seeing things. I am glad he showed up this Saturday and Sunday. On ...
by sdsteil-IA
Fri Apr 08, 2016 12:54 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: GHO Owlets & Am. Kestrels
Replies: 11
Views: 3500

Re: GHO Owlets & Am. Kestrels

KathyF, Is the undersill trim just used to help the martins find the entrances? How exactly are you attaching the undersill trim to the wire or are you just sticking it over the wire and letting hang down? Could you take a picture? Is the cage removable some how to allow for nest checks? I still hav...
by sdsteil-IA
Fri Apr 08, 2016 7:59 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: GHO Owlets & Am. Kestrels
Replies: 11
Views: 3500

Re: GHO Owlets & Am. Kestrels

KathyF, Thanks for the post. I looked at your links. I will have to design and put something together. I have the gourd rack, T-14, Grandma & Grandpa houses to design for. Should be do able. Do you think I should put the owl guard up as soon as possible or wait until I get my first nesting pair? Che...