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by Spiderman
Tue May 04, 2021 1:35 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Nest building began this weekend in Plano
Replies: 9
Views: 102

Re: Nest building began this weekend in Plano

I’m due east of you about 130 miles, same things are happening here.
by Spiderman
Tue May 04, 2021 1:33 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Purple Martins laying eggs in Central Virginia
Replies: 6
Views: 69

Re: Purple Martins laying eggs in Central Virginia

I try and do nest checks at about 2:00 in the afternoon. If the eggs or hatchlings get too cold they may not make it. Mornings and late afternoon is usually feeding time.
by Spiderman
Tue May 04, 2021 6:30 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Qestion
Replies: 12
Views: 238

Re: Qestion

Many migrating Martins spend a day or two with our Martins feeding on insects here at the lake before continuing their migration north.

So I would say food availability and weather.
by Spiderman
Tue May 04, 2021 6:26 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Owls at Night
Replies: 4
Views: 140

Re: Owls at Night

It’s made by www.ledmall.com

Model: LM-LL-RGBMP-0002

I attached it to a 2X12” board and sat it on the back patio facing the gourd rack and some trees.

It’s been 2 weeks and I haven’t found anymore Martin wing feathers where the owl has been eating them.
by Spiderman
Fri Apr 30, 2021 11:09 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Liquid Sprays for Mite Control
Replies: 13
Views: 2758

Re: Liquid Sprays for Mite Control

... I just sprinkle the powder Seven under the front of each nest a day or two before eggs are due to hatch. This has always lasted long enough to keep the mites away until they fledge. Flyin-lowe, Not sure you do this as well but I put Sevin dust in the nest for when the adults return. Within few ...
by Spiderman
Fri Apr 30, 2021 10:58 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: ASY nesting at a new colony?
Replies: 5
Views: 170

Re: ASY nesting at a new colony?

People move frequently and take their Martin housing with them. Or get too old to clean out there gourds or maintain Martin houses.

It sounds like you are the Lucky recipient of this situation.
by Spiderman
Fri Apr 30, 2021 10:52 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Owls at Night
Replies: 4
Views: 140

Owls at Night

So, I’ve been a member of the Forum for many years and trying to deter owls from catching Martins at night has always been an issue that didn’t have an answer. For Christmas last year a neighbor bought a laser light that projects red, blue, and green light dots into their trees. The lights move and ...
by Spiderman
Fri Apr 02, 2021 7:17 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Which brand/type caulk for vent elbows
Replies: 7
Views: 1374

Re: Which brand/type caulk for vent elbows

Here is another option. I used a one inch PVC elbow and installed them at the top back of my SuperGourds. They are as high on the neck as possible but still allow the open end of the elbow to face down. I drilled the hole with a 7/8 inch paddle then filed the hole a little until it would accept the...
by Spiderman
Fri Mar 12, 2021 9:39 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Help identifying a predator bird.
Replies: 9
Views: 1199

Re: Help identifying a predator bird.

It was a Merlin, usually they are after smaller so birds than Martins. Very fast, rarely miss anything they are after. Songbirds disappear in the backyard mid-air in a puff of feathers. Hopefully he will move along on a migration. He usually will kill smaller Martins or females because of the weight...
by Spiderman
Fri Mar 12, 2021 9:34 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Too many ASY birds
Replies: 5
Views: 1007

Re: Too many ASY birds

I finally switched to all Troyer horizontal gourds. They still want to be on the top row for seniority. But besides that everything is equal.
by Spiderman
Fri Mar 12, 2021 9:31 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Dose Older Martin birds.
Replies: 4
Views: 809

Re: Dose Older Martin birds.

They carry them about 50’ to 75’ away from the nest site and drop them.
by Spiderman
Fri Mar 12, 2021 9:16 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Plywood input needed
Replies: 6
Views: 886

Re: Plywood input needed

You could use either kind of plywood. I usually add a coat of white paint to make it last longer especially if it is treated lumber because of the chemicals.
by Spiderman
Sat Feb 20, 2021 6:26 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Five Martins Confirmed Dead - Starting Over
Replies: 14
Views: 1835

Re: Five Martins Confirmed Dead - Starting Over

I had 5 Martins that were here when the cold weather happened. They went for 4 days without feeding and temperature was -3 one night. I went to a local bait shop before the snow and ice storm and bought 500 crickets. I froze 200 of them in zip lock bags. I had lowered the gourds previously and when ...
by Spiderman
Wed Feb 10, 2021 7:47 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Recommendations for a new house set up
Replies: 10
Views: 2786

Re: Recommendations for a new house set up

wnieman1 wrote:
Tue Feb 09, 2021 9:32 pm
Would recommend Troyer vertical gourds with the Conley 2 entrance and a 2" or 3" gourd rack pole, etc. from the Troyer magazine.
This. Call Troyer and have them send you a catalog. I like the Horizontal Gourds but they make some really good products.

Buy once and be done!
by Spiderman
Mon Feb 08, 2021 5:40 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Wood Ducks
Replies: 13
Views: 2893

Re: Wood Ducks

I have read conflicting reports on screech owls and martins. Some say they won't bother them, some say they do. Curious if anyone else on here has screech owls and martins with vicinity of each other. Would love to have more cavity nesters on my property but the martins are the first priority. Have...
by Spiderman
Mon Feb 08, 2021 5:30 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: First sighting 2021
Replies: 11
Views: 2289

Re: First sighting 2021

We had our 1st pair show up mid morning on a strong southern wind.

Six days earlier than last year, so Martin season has begun.
by Spiderman
Tue Feb 02, 2021 9:12 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: If you could give 1 piece of advice to New Landlords, what would it be?
Replies: 29
Views: 6241

Re: If you could give 1 piece of advice to New Landlords, what would it be?

Thanks for that information. I'm more nervous about the nest checks than anything. I will have 24 nests. I'm really looking forward to following and keeping up with their progress and fledging! SK I usually do nest checks about 2:00pm once the babies have hatched out. There is some pressure because...
by Spiderman
Tue Feb 02, 2021 9:05 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Wood Ducks
Replies: 13
Views: 2893

Wood Ducks

If you live on the lake, pond, or a creek, you might think about putting up a Wood Duck house. You can order one online or build one out of a 2X12. It needs to be on 1&1/2 or 2" pole about 10' off of the ground, about 5' from water. Add some pine straw to the bottom and your set to go. I had a succe...
by Spiderman
Sun Jan 31, 2021 12:02 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Luring ASY martins from an existing colony?
Replies: 14
Views: 3110

Re: Luring ASY martins from an existing colony?

If the castle house reached full capacity and produced a good number of Sy’s that fledged the previous year, you would have Martins that would eagerly go to your site.

Unless the original house is completely gone, usually Sy’s establish new colonies.