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by CurtWelling
Tue May 28, 2019 6:28 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Hilton Head area right now
Replies: 0
Views: 4322

Hilton Head area right now

I was just in the Hilton Head area for a few days, actually Daufuskie Island, which is adjacent. I saw at least 3 Troyer houses up there, in what look like pretty good sites. I was surprised to see no martin activity. Have the martins in Hilton Head area already fledged their young? Or do these Troy...
by CurtWelling
Sat Mar 09, 2019 4:54 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: twice
Replies: 6
Views: 1761

Re: twice

Could not agree more, have to get rid of the house sparrows. Use the nestbox traps. I usually end up just shooting the male sparrows, but I live in the country where that is no problem.
by CurtWelling
Thu Apr 06, 2017 7:07 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Leucistic Martin
Replies: 5
Views: 2039

Re: Leucistic Martin

One more, just relearning how to put photos up here.
by CurtWelling
Thu Apr 06, 2017 5:48 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Leucistic Martin
Replies: 5
Views: 2039

Re: Leucistic Martin

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by CurtWelling
Tue Apr 04, 2017 7:16 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Leucistic Martin
Replies: 5
Views: 2039

Leucistic Martin

Just discovered one at my colony in Versailles KY. My colony is 16 years old and I typically have 65 or so pairs. I have a crappy cell phone pic but I'm charging up my good camera, will try and get a good picture tomorrow. About how many are reported every year? Anybody know? I have not been monitor...
by CurtWelling
Thu Mar 19, 2015 12:47 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Not looking good.
Replies: 21
Views: 6853

We are all suffering from a serious mental condition, PMLLESAS, Purple Martin Land Lord Early Season Anxiety Syndrome.

I predict everything will be fine and this condition will be supplanted by PMLLMSAS for the mid-season.
by CurtWelling
Thu Mar 13, 2014 2:39 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Drying gourds, yet another question
Replies: 12
Views: 5778

I grew gourds from the seeds provided by PMCA. Actually, my vines did great last year. I was late planting them, but they produced a LOT of gourds, just two vines. My concern was about drying them, many people have told me the gourds rotted while drying. I thought these were going to rot, I thought ...
by CurtWelling
Sun Mar 09, 2014 8:42 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Drying gourds, yet another question
Replies: 12
Views: 5778

I thought all my gourds were going to rot but they all came through just fine! Four of the larger ones still have a little bit of weight to them but all the others are nice and dry, none have rotted. This was sitting on an enclosed porch in KY all winter.
by CurtWelling
Mon Dec 09, 2013 3:35 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Are PMs a threat to local beekeepers?
Replies: 4
Views: 2013

Are PMs a threat to local beekeepers?

I have a friend that I had talked into getting martin housing up, he has an ideal site. But now he is getting cold feet. He is also a beekeeper and is worried about Martins eating his queens and drones when they are on their mating flight. Anyone have experience with this? I want to say that the mar...
by CurtWelling
Sun Nov 03, 2013 11:36 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Drying gourds, yet another question
Replies: 12
Views: 5778

Too late for me to leave on the vine till brown since I cut them yesterday. I thought you left em on till the VINE turned brown, which is what I did. Somehow I thought that letting them freeze was a problem. At any rate, I have them in an enclosed porch. I'm planning on letting them dry for a week o...
by CurtWelling
Sun Nov 03, 2013 8:01 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Drying gourds, yet another question
Replies: 12
Views: 5778

Drying gourds, yet another question

So I planted gourds for the first time this year. I thought I planted way too late but ended up with two healthy vines, one had 6 gourds, the other 18! About two thirds are big enough for martins, some of the smaller gourds I plan to use for BBs, my wife wants a couple for crafts. They are quite gre...
by CurtWelling
Mon Sep 16, 2013 12:12 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: 116 House Sparrows
Replies: 6
Views: 2312

I kill roughly 200 starlings per year, maybe a dozen sparrows. I usually get to a point about halfway through the season when the s&s pressure seems to ease up. Doesn't go away, just eases up. No sign of reducing their population, already seeing the huge flocks of starlings that range around all win...
by CurtWelling
Mon Sep 16, 2013 11:12 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: The Indestructible Super Gourd
Replies: 10
Views: 7385

My supergourds are about 13 years old and still in great shape. Like you say, they do need new caps after a while.

But I also have to say that my S-K Big Bo gourds are also in great shape and the caps are holding up well, too. The porches have broken off but the main gourd and cap are "like new".
by CurtWelling
Thu Jul 25, 2013 3:01 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Season ending about 10 days earlier than usual.
Replies: 2
Views: 1509

I personally have never experienced so much rain. I try to never complain about the weather, just accept it. I still feel bad for all the folks that are too dry. We have had many many many days of rain here this year, it's in the top 5 all time, I believe.
by CurtWelling
Thu Jul 25, 2013 1:39 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Season ending about 10 days earlier than usual.
Replies: 2
Views: 1509

Season ending about 10 days earlier than usual.

My season is just about done, just a handful of birds left, my last day is usually closer to August 4th or 5th.

We actually had SO MUCH RAIN this summer that it stressed the colony, so many days or rain they had trouble feeding at times.

I did have a record number of active nests, 68.
by CurtWelling
Mon Jul 15, 2013 3:41 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Liquid Seven
Replies: 23
Views: 7729

My opinion is that mites are even harder to eliminate than starlings or sparrows. They are a fact of life. Goal should be control. You could boil your gourds for a week in the off season and you will still have mites in them next summer.
by CurtWelling
Mon Jul 15, 2013 3:19 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Liquid Seven
Replies: 23
Views: 7729

Virtually all wild birds have mites. It's not overwintering mites or mites from sparrows that get in the gourds but mites from purple martins.
by CurtWelling
Fri May 17, 2013 9:57 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Barnie lovers
Replies: 8
Views: 2336

Might want to put up some of these artificial nest cups in overhang locations http://www.americanartifacts.com/smma/per/nestord.htm I have had several up for several years with no takers, though. There was a very active colony in and around the abandoned house we bought. When we re-did the house in ...
by CurtWelling
Wed May 09, 2012 11:20 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: New predator in neighborhood.
Replies: 12
Views: 5747

I have seen fledglings take off from the nest for the first time and carom off the side of my house! They are very vulnerable during those first few days as they learn to fly, any opportunistic predator would take them.

Luckily for the martins, that window of vulnerability is very short.
by CurtWelling
Mon May 07, 2012 2:20 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Starling Problem! Suggestions appreciated!
Replies: 7
Views: 3331

Any luck with this situation? Any updates?