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by Archer
Fri May 07, 2021 1:05 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Hoping to be a new Landlord
Replies: 29
Views: 5865

Re: Hoping to be a new Landlord

The book I purchased from the PMCA states, on page 76, that to prevent parasites sprinkle "diatomaceous earth" in the nest or do nest replacements. Congrats on being a Landlord. I am surprised what that book from Pmca tells you to do. I have read from the PMCA that they do not recommend diatomaceou...
by Archer
Fri May 07, 2021 12:55 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Bouncing back in Texas
Replies: 15
Views: 1523

Re: Bouncing back in Texas

Did you notice any Tree Swallows around during the bad weather? I am up in Manitoba and my martin numbers are normal for this time of year but I am seeing very few Tree Swallows. I am wondering if they took a big hit from the bad weather. There is still lots of time for them to show up but not many ...
by Archer
Mon Apr 26, 2021 8:10 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Repeating trap at work
Replies: 9
Views: 1363

Re: Repeating trap at work

I have tried everything to keep the Tree Swallows in their own housing and for the most part they will nest in housing I provide for them the problem seems to be the Tree Swallows like to perch on the perches or the housing for the martins when I put it up and they claim it all for their own. The B...
by Archer
Mon Apr 26, 2021 7:19 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Hoping to be a new Landlord
Replies: 29
Views: 5865

Re: Hoping to be a new Landlord

I like what I am hearing Alfie. You never know for sure if they are staying until you see eggs, but some good signs are them staying for the night. When they start nest building that is another good step. Keep up the good works and the starling and sparrow out of your house. Some people might sugges...
by Archer
Mon Apr 26, 2021 6:57 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Update from Port O'Connor, TX
Replies: 5
Views: 1020

Re: Update from Port O'Connor, TX

Hi Adrian, Must be my martins knocking at your door. I am up in Manitoba and have trained my martins to ask for food by appearing at my door. They have never knocked before so they are really desperate. Thank you so much for helping them. You can tell them that the forcast up here looks good for the...
by Archer
Sun Apr 25, 2021 6:43 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: shooting sparrow with shotgun?
Replies: 10
Views: 616

Re: shooting sparrow with shotgun?

In addition to what others have said. I use my car as a blind. Birds will not scare as quickly if the do not see the human form. If you pull your car into a good shooting position, is usually only take a few minutes for normal activity to start again. If shooting up is a problem, as neighbours too c...
by Archer
Sun Apr 25, 2021 6:08 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: I Haven't said much ....but!!!
Replies: 9
Views: 793

Re: I Haven't said much ....but!!!

It's gratifying to hear that you have listened to those that were trying to help you. I am waiting for my first birds of the year, should be here any day now.
by Archer
Fri Apr 23, 2021 12:08 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: A high temperature of 42° for three days
Replies: 1
Views: 487

Re: A high temperature of 42° for three days

Small town often have a sewage logoon near them that is teaming with life. They support wildlife in bad weather events. Ducks, geese, shorebirds and songbirds gather there to tough it out. Since we have no small lakes nearby, the lagoon is an resource most people do not think of in that light.
by Archer
Fri Apr 23, 2021 12:00 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: I Haven't said much ....but!!!
Replies: 9
Views: 793

Re: I Haven't said much ....but!!!

glfriend wrote:
Fri Apr 23, 2021 6:05 am
First year!!! After trying for 9 years. The difference this year was I listened to you folks on this forum. to the letter.
So what was it that you did differntly? Curious minds want to know, lol. I wish for you that they stay!
by Archer
Fri Apr 09, 2021 7:58 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: First Ever ASY MALE
Replies: 9
Views: 1174

Re: First Ever ASY MALE

Sounds like you are doing everything right, if the Tree Swallows keep to their own nest, I would keep them open. Once the Tree Swallows drops some eggs into their nest you can open all the rest of your gourds.
by Archer
Sat Apr 03, 2021 1:09 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: First bird of the season
Replies: 25
Views: 3807

Re: First bird of the season

It's possible that it may be an Sy male, they look a lot like females. Listen for the clicking sound at the end of the song, only males make it. Subadult males should be exploring Florida now to start new colonies.
by Archer
Sat Apr 03, 2021 1:05 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: I think i'm getting close!!
Replies: 19
Views: 2818

Re: I think i'm getting close!!

That's a rush for sure. Have you been using the Dawnsong to attract them?
by Archer
Mon Mar 15, 2021 11:04 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Our Small Colony Wiped Out
Replies: 11
Views: 2160

Re: Our Small Colony Wiped Out

That's tough news for sure, but don't give up. Younger age class birds will follow. If you had predation issues last summer, that could be a different story.
by Archer
Thu Mar 11, 2021 8:38 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Learning curve and in the need to know.
Replies: 7
Views: 1025

Re: Learning curve and in the need to know.

So you are doing good for 85. After retiring from working on the farm last year, I will have more time for martins and bowhunting this year, fishing too. I can hardly wait for summer to start. I am 57.
by Archer
Sat Mar 06, 2021 9:22 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Learning curve and in the need to know.
Replies: 7
Views: 1025

Re: Learning curve and in the need to know.

Yes, sometimes a bow hunter.
by Archer
Sun Feb 28, 2021 4:23 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Mites
Replies: 7
Views: 967

Re: Mites

A popular garden pesticide is used to treat mites, is called Seven. The active ingrediant is Carbyl. A 1/4 teaspoon beside the nest will take care of mites. When Seven gets wet it is no longer effective.
by Archer
Sun Feb 28, 2021 4:19 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Learning curve and in the need to know.
Replies: 7
Views: 1025

Re: Learning curve and in the need to know.

Are you asking if you can cut your own entrances? Yes you can. A lot of plates are installed over round holes as they give protection to your colony from Starlings. Starlings are enimies of Purple Martins. Starlings cannot enter through Starling resistant entrances holes. (SREH) There is a diagram o...
by Archer
Thu Jan 21, 2021 5:01 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Getting Ready
Replies: 6
Views: 1198

Re: Getting Ready

Are the Tree Swallows attracted to your housing/gourds? If they are, then the best way is to put up a Swallow house 30-40 feet from your martin housing. Keep your martin housing closed till the Swallow have an egg in their nest box, then open up your Martin housing. Tree Swallows usually arrive a we...
by Archer
Sat Jun 06, 2020 10:20 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Is this a pair?
Replies: 9
Views: 1864

Re: Is this a pair?

Hi Peter, If I remember right, you have been close a few times. Congrats on getting an interested pair.
by Archer
Wed May 20, 2020 6:56 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Finally!
Replies: 15
Views: 3122

Re: Finally!

That's a great start. Next step is to protect that investment and success with a predictor guard and some snake netting. People lose colonies every year to these predators. Have a great year.