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by Donnie Hurdt MN
Thu May 27, 2021 2:49 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: An Eastern Kingbird.....
Replies: 27
Views: 3685

Re: An Eastern Kingbird.....

Great reading about your "flipping " to train other birds that food is on the table. But much bigger birds can learn about free food too. For the past three years there has been a pair of Barred owls nesting in a tree at the edge of our yard. But instead of "flipping" they have learned that the soun...
by Donnie Hurdt MN
Sun May 02, 2021 3:07 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Repeating trap at work
Replies: 9
Views: 4022

Re: Repeating trap at work

Thank you. I will have to give that a try. :)
by Donnie Hurdt MN
Mon Apr 26, 2021 7:54 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Repeating trap at work
Replies: 9
Views: 4022

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 Bl...
by Donnie Hurdt MN
Mon Apr 26, 2021 7:36 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: After 50 years no Martin's yet
Replies: 8
Views: 2723

Re: After 50 years no Martin's yet

It is slow here in east central MN. too. At my neighbors colony where I have some of my housing they have seen very few martins and they are not staying the night. It has just been too cold, it has snowed here the past three days, and now we have rain with a current temp of 37. Even the tree swallow...
by Donnie Hurdt MN
Mon Apr 19, 2021 6:57 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Repeating trap at work
Replies: 9
Views: 4022

Re: Repeating trap at work

Starlings do not come in to my yard too much anymore but my repeater trap like yours made sure that two of them that did come did not leave. :twisted:
by Donnie Hurdt MN
Mon Mar 30, 2020 6:29 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Starling plague
Replies: 6
Views: 1500

Re: Starling plague

A number of years ago I put up a V Trap at the chicken barns across the street from our place. I had it bated with bread and other food but no starling s entered the trap even though there was a large flock of them there and it was winter time when food is harder to get. I also had two teeter totter...
by Donnie Hurdt MN
Mon Jan 06, 2020 7:30 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Winter sparrows
Replies: 13
Views: 7688

Re: Winter sparrows

I am sure that most of the "well seasoned" or ok, older readers on this forum including me can pick out one species of sparrow from another just from the way they feed or how they behave in general. I know that it is sometimes hard to properly identify the bird you want to shoot is between you and t...
by Donnie Hurdt MN
Sat Dec 28, 2019 9:32 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Winter sparrows
Replies: 13
Views: 7688

Re: Winter sparrows

I actually have better luck shooting sparrows and starlings in the winter, the colder the better as they come crowding to the feeders and birdbath with the other birds. The starlings get to be more weary as the winter goes on though...….. the ones I miss :)
by Donnie Hurdt MN
Sun Aug 25, 2019 6:10 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: How Great Horned And Barred Owls Find Purple Martin Colonies
Replies: 8
Views: 6465

Re: How Great Horned And Barred Owls Find Purple Martin Colonies

Hi Steve, Great article on Owl predication. For the past two years or so we have a pair of Barred Owls nesting in our yard. They have become quite interesting to watch and they have become quite interested in watching me doing things around the yard. It is amazing how tame they have become, as I hav...
by Donnie Hurdt MN
Mon Jul 01, 2019 3:06 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Purple Martin Update…July 1, 2019
Replies: 6
Views: 3712

Re: Purple Martin Update…July 1, 2019

Hi Steve, it is good to hear from you again! Glad all is well with all your martin colonies. As for me and my neighbors colonies not so good this year. Numbers are down at both sites due to a late cold spring I haven't seen many martins at all at my site this year either. Two other houses that I hav...
by Donnie Hurdt MN
Mon Feb 18, 2019 1:52 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Banging The Gourd.
Replies: 3
Views: 2116

Re: Banging The Gourd.

There is a product called No Rockers for Gourd Racks that should work for you. I dont see them in the PMCA Market Place Catalog but perhaps you can contact the PMCA and they can contact the manufacture of this product and get them for you. I have several of these No rocker arms and am quite satisfie...
by Donnie Hurdt MN
Wed Jan 02, 2019 8:26 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Counted 27 House Sparrows at the Feeders Today
Replies: 2
Views: 2607

Re: Counted 27 House Sparrows at the Feeders Today

Looks like you have your work cut out for you those sparrows wise up real fast and get very hard to get after a while. I don't have too much trouble with sparrows at my feeders it is starlings that I have a problem with. There is a large flock of them hanging around the chicken barns across the stre...
by Donnie Hurdt MN
Sun Nov 25, 2018 7:52 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Trendsetter winch and pulley system
Replies: 7
Views: 5912

Re: Trendsetter winch and pulley system

Is there any reason why not you or someone younger could use a stepladder to oil the pulley? :?:
by Donnie Hurdt MN
Thu Jun 14, 2018 9:17 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Pile of feathers on the ground
Replies: 5
Views: 2991

Re: Pile of feathers on the ground

Hi Emi. For the past two years we have a pair of Barred Owls nesting in the woods near our yard. They did Not bother the one pair of martins that I had last year but I did find tree swallow wings and feathers laying on the ground one day last summer. Don't have any martins again this year the Tree S...
by Donnie Hurdt MN
Sun Mar 11, 2018 4:00 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Trio Castle Restoration
Replies: 7
Views: 3734

Re: Trio Castle Restoration

Evan, I have three of these houses complete from the perching rods on top to the cement at the bottom of the pole. They were rescued for me by my neighbor from someone he knows who was going to throw them away! They are somewhat faded but otherwise in good shape. If I get more than one pair of marti...
by Donnie Hurdt MN
Sun Mar 11, 2018 3:43 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Hello from Mount Dora, Florida
Replies: 23
Views: 10559

Re: Hello from Mount Dora, Florida

Hi there Barb! Great to see you on here again! :) I thought I would never hear from you again, like a lot of people that used to be on this forum. I hope you will have good luck getting martins at your new site you were a great landlord with your previous sites. I did have one pair of sub adults nes...
by Donnie Hurdt MN
Fri Jan 19, 2018 9:00 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: I had two martins late today
Replies: 18
Views: 8648

Re: I had two martins late today

Hi Emil glad to see you on this forum again! I know you will soon have many more martins than the "teasers" that you had there. I am hoping that this year will bring me more martins than the one pair that nested last summer, but it was sure a joy to watch that pair raise and fledge four young. :grin:
by Donnie Hurdt MN
Wed Jan 03, 2018 9:47 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Purple Martins are back!
Replies: 16
Views: 7766

Re: Purple Martins are back!

That is the good news I needed today that summer is coming considering that it is -4 below 0 here and I have been sick with the flue all week.
by Donnie Hurdt MN
Sun Dec 24, 2017 4:58 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Happy Holidays
Replies: 3
Views: 1749

Re: Happy Holidays

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to everyone left on this forum. I hope everyone will have a great martin year! :grin:
by Donnie Hurdt MN
Sat Jul 22, 2017 12:16 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Update at the Farm
Replies: 6
Views: 2881

Re: Update at the Farm

Hi James Good to see you on here again. Sorry to hear you didn't have any luck getting martins this year am wishing you better luck next year. I too, have been wondering about Steve K. but someone said on this forum that he is on face book now. I am not nor will I ever be on any of those social medi...