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by SMJohnson
Tue Jul 06, 2021 12:58 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: SOUTH EAST IOWA COLONY
Replies: 1
Views: 98

SOUTH EAST IOWA COLONY

Year number 10 has proven to be a huge
success. Nest check completed on June 30th
showed 144 nesting pair. A 35 pair increase
from 2020. With no apparent losses due to
predation.
by SMJohnson
Sat Apr 03, 2021 6:55 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: SE IOWA UPDATE
Replies: 1
Views: 1332

SE IOWA UPDATE

As of yesterday morning April 2cd we had about 36 Martins having returned. My first return wasn't until April 1st last year. My records indicate on April 14th last year we had about 60 Martins that had arrived. With the weather forecast as it is, I believe we should easily exceed that number by the ...
by SMJohnson
Mon Mar 15, 2021 5:24 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Early arrival behavior is interesting.
Replies: 3
Views: 1194

Re: Early arrival behavior is interesting.

That is an incredible relation you have with that particular bird. Gives the impression that they actually do some thinking as apposed to acting only out of instinct. I'll always remember your earliest arrival and the particulars of his behavior and have it associated with your prediction of Iowa's ...
by SMJohnson
Thu Mar 11, 2021 11:59 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Banded SY Pair
Replies: 19
Views: 7160

Re: Banded SY Pair

Hey Tim Magnam
I noticed in the photo on this post the 45° angled tunnels.
I'm trying to do the same and having a difficult time finding
the right size parts to fit together. Any suggestions?
by SMJohnson
Thu Mar 11, 2021 11:40 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: SMJ-8 Proves to be Popular
Replies: 16
Views: 6030

Re: SMJ-8 Proves to be Popular

Update on use of Expanded PVC Foam Board.
This is an 8 compartment house. Made with
a plywood frame and Foam Board skin.
by SMJohnson
Thu Mar 11, 2021 11:18 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Has any one ever
Replies: 5
Views: 1266

Re: Has any one ever

Yes
If your talking about Expanded PVC foam board.
Comes in thicknesses from 1/8" up to 2".
I've used 1/4" thick as a skin over a plywood frame.
I'll try bringing up an old post.
by SMJohnson
Tue Mar 09, 2021 10:44 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Was watching my Martins come in tonight...
Replies: 46
Views: 9891

Re: Was watching my Martins come in tonight...

I see. Sounds like a difficult situation with perhaps no simple solution.
by SMJohnson
Tue Mar 09, 2021 10:38 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Prediction on Iowa's first arrival.
Replies: 8
Views: 2077

Prediction on Iowa's first arrival.

Anyone care to venture a guess on the date and location of Iowa's first reported sighting?
by SMJohnson
Tue Mar 09, 2021 10:28 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Was watching my Martins come in tonight...
Replies: 46
Views: 9891

Re: Was watching my Martins come in tonight...

Is there much space between the gourds and cover where the hawk can conceal its self?
I'm a bit surprised that the Martin would try to get into the gourd knowing that the
hawk was in pursuit.
by SMJohnson
Tue Mar 09, 2021 10:08 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: It's a GIRL! Licking, MO 2021 arrival
Replies: 4
Views: 1345

Re: It's a GIRL! Licking, MO 2021 arrival

Thanks for the report. Enjoy hearing from you. Were you surprised?
Been favorable migration weather the last several days.
Noticed your signature hasn't been updated on number of pairs each year.
Guessing it's probably been maintaining in the mid 80's.
by SMJohnson
Sat Feb 27, 2021 1:10 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Questions For Steve Kroenke
Replies: 5
Views: 1909

Re: Questions For Steve Kroenke

Steve K
What percent of your Martins had arrived before the bad weather?
Did you experience losses? If so, to what extent?
by SMJohnson
Wed Feb 24, 2021 8:23 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Ordered some new style PM housing
Replies: 11
Views: 2102

Re: Ordered some new style PM housing

Bird Brain
What gourd rack assembly is that which you are using?
by SMJohnson
Sun Feb 14, 2021 7:08 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Questions For Steve Kroenke
Replies: 5
Views: 1909

Questions For Steve Kroenke

I have recently ordered 2 of the K-series 24 Unit Gourd Racks. I noticed on one of your previous posts that you modified 5 K-Series 24 Racks to 20 gourds. Wondering why you might have done so? Second question. Believe I recall that you've never had to do supplemental feeding at your location. The fo...
by SMJohnson
Sat Dec 19, 2020 10:20 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Any bets on the first arrival southern tip of Texas or Florida ?
Replies: 18
Views: 3702

Re: Any bets on the first arrival southern tip of Texas or Florida ?

My prediction is that Mike Dingman of Melbourne Florida
will be the first to report a Martin sighting on the
Continental United States on January 3rd 2021.
by SMJohnson
Mon Nov 02, 2020 8:42 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Best poop cleaner for gourds / metal houses
Replies: 2
Views: 2114

Re: Best poop cleaner for gourds / metal houses

I soak mine in 55 gallon barrels. Eight at a time.
For 3 to 6 gours. Then hose them down with a spray nozzle.
by SMJohnson
Sun Oct 25, 2020 7:30 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: PVC Martin House
Replies: 0
Views: 5380

PVC Martin House

Look under previous post titled
Design and build SMJ8.
by SMJohnson
Sun Oct 25, 2020 7:20 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: First time photo posting. Personal Design and Build SMJ-8
Replies: 14
Views: 6590

Re: First time photo posting. Personal Design and Build SMJ-8

I've used Expanded PVC Foam Board on
3 houses that I've designed and built.
I used 3/4" plywood for the frame and
used the 1/4" Foam Board as a skin.
by SMJohnson
Thu Jun 25, 2020 4:03 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: S.E. Iowa Update
Replies: 4
Views: 1266

Re: S.E. Iowa Update

Nest check on June 24th showed 3 additional nests with eggs and 18 more eggs laid. Bringing the total to 107 pairs and 552 eggs laid.
by SMJohnson
Thu Jun 25, 2020 3:37 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: S.E. Iowa Update
Replies: 4
Views: 1266

Re: S.E. Iowa Update

Nest check on June 24th showed 3 additional nests with eggs and 18 more eggs laided. Bringing total pairs to 109 and eggs laid 552.
by SMJohnson
Fri Jun 19, 2020 2:09 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Too Late for ASY Male in Central Illinois?
Replies: 3
Views: 1124

Re: Too Late for ASY Male in Central Illinois?

What type of openings do you have on your housing? Any tunnels for predator protection?