Repeating trap at work

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deancamp
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Location: Raymore, MO

I've starting seeing starlings around looking to nest. I have sreh on my gourds but have Duracraft Castle with round holes and would like to leave it that way for sentimental reasons. I keep a close watch for sparrows and starlings, so they do not last long. This morning a starling landed to check out the castle and the Martins got after him and he left. Well he found a nest hole that no one cared if he entered. This makes 4 starlings in the trap and one shot and add to that one sparrow shot. I have not caught any sparrows in the trap this year or last.
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brent
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Location: Raceland, Louisiana

Deancamp,
Did you make it?
Brent
deancamp
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Location: Raymore, MO

Brent, yes I did. It's from the plans on the DIY plans from this site. NB Compact Trap is what it's called. It took a bit to get the balance correct but has been worth the effort.
Jeff Dean
C.C.Martins
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Location: Corpus Christi Tx
Martin Colony History: 2016- Visitors.
2017- 5 pair. 15 fledged
2018- 18 pair. 85 fledged
2019- 17 pair. 81 fledged
2020- 25 pair. 111 fledged
2021- 28 pair. 118 fledged
Home colony: mix natural, super and excluder gourds, enlarged compartment house. All SREH.
Satellite colony: Oso Bay Preserve: 12 PMCA excluder gourds, 6 room trio mini castle with enlarged compartments.
2019: Visitors
2020: 3 pair, 11 fledged
2021: 10 pair, 30 fledged
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Nabbed!
Tom
PMCA member, believer in nest checks, venting, SREH and pest/predator protection.
Donnie Hurdt MN
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Joined: Sun Feb 15, 2004 11:14 pm
Location: North Prairie, MN

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:
PMCA member and Martin fanatic....
2011 A pair of subbies fledged three young but none returned in 2012 :-(
2015 One Pair of subbies came and stayed a few nits but got chased away by Bluebirds and Tree swallows. :-(
2017 0ne pair of subbies nested and fledged 4 young
2018 Tree Swallows AGAIN chased away any martins that wanted to nest :evil:
2019 Same old story................ :-(
deancamp
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Joined: Wed Mar 16, 2016 9:17 pm
Location: Raymore, MO

Donnie, I see by your signature you have an going problem with tree swallows. Have you tried the tree swallow emergency protocal to deal with them? Several people have had success with it in getting the tree swallows to nest close by and not harass investigating martins.
Jeff Dean
Donnie Hurdt MN
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Location: North Prairie, MN

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 Blue Birds that nest in our yard will do the same. I don't see much interaction between the Tree Swallows and Bluebirds when they use the same perches but the Blue Bids will often join the Tree Swallows to harass visiting martins.
PMCA member and Martin fanatic....
2011 A pair of subbies fledged three young but none returned in 2012 :-(
2015 One Pair of subbies came and stayed a few nits but got chased away by Bluebirds and Tree swallows. :-(
2017 0ne pair of subbies nested and fledged 4 young
2018 Tree Swallows AGAIN chased away any martins that wanted to nest :evil:
2019 Same old story................ :-(
Archer
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Joined: Fri Mar 11, 2011 1:09 pm
Location: Manitoba/Altona
Martin Colony History: six pair in 2014, have grown to 52 pairs in 2017.

Donnie Hurdt MN wrote:
Mon Apr 26, 2021 7:54 am
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 Blue Birds that nest in our yard will do the same. I don't see much interaction between the Tree Swallows and Bluebirds when they use the same perches but the Blue Bids will often join the Tree Swallows to harass visiting martins.
Not to beat a dead horse, but have your tried adding perches to your tree swallow nesting boxes. If you would add a 3 foot dowel with a T perch for them above their nesting box, they would likely stay home. Removing the perches from the Martin houses would also help. Once you have an established martin colony the martins will win out over the swallows.
2011- first year trying, a few visitors.
2012-One ASY pair, raised two young, lots of subby visitors. So thankfull.
2013-daily subby visits.
2014-Six SY pairs
2015-18 pair, 83 fledglings
2016-36 pair, 147 fledglings
2017-52 pairs, 192 fledglings.
2018-60 pair, 246 fledglings.
2019-59 pair, 238 fledglings.
2020-62 pair.
Donnie Hurdt MN
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Joined: Sun Feb 15, 2004 11:14 pm
Location: North Prairie, MN

Thank you. I will have to give that a try. :)
PMCA member and Martin fanatic....
2011 A pair of subbies fledged three young but none returned in 2012 :-(
2015 One Pair of subbies came and stayed a few nits but got chased away by Bluebirds and Tree swallows. :-(
2017 0ne pair of subbies nested and fledged 4 young
2018 Tree Swallows AGAIN chased away any martins that wanted to nest :evil:
2019 Same old story................ :-(
deancamp
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Joined: Wed Mar 16, 2016 9:17 pm
Location: Raymore, MO

I can now report that the trap has caught it's first sparrow.
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