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by Cjs180
Fri Jul 17, 2020 9:02 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Had Martins again but no breeding. Looking for some advice
Replies: 8
Views: 1151

Re: Had Martins again but no breeding. Looking for some advice

You should have plenty of martins around you. I just bought my used T14 from a guy in Chilton quiet a ways away from the lake. If you take a drive by boat on the east shore of Winnebago there are houses all over. Most probably have no idea of this organization. On the west shore where my parents liv...
by Cjs180
Thu Jul 09, 2020 9:28 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: AmazonSmile will support the PMCA when you shop
Replies: 34
Views: 132919

Re: AmazonSmile will support the PMCA when you shop

I signed my wife and I up for this. I generally leave before her in the morning and get home about 45 minutes later then her. During my brief work at home period in March we had UPS, FedEx and the USPS coming here at least every other day. I was shocked to say the least. Apparently my wife will cont...
by Cjs180
Wed Jul 08, 2020 8:45 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Egg?
Replies: 2
Views: 301

Egg?

We had our first martin egg around June 12th and another nest check on June 15th there were 4 eggs. Nest check on June 25th revealed 5 eggs. On July 5th we had 1 hatchling and 4 eggs. My wife checked again on the 7th and we still had 1 hatchling and 4 eggs. She checked again tonight the 8th and ther...
by Cjs180
Fri Jun 26, 2020 9:42 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Advice please, I don't know what to try next.
Replies: 6
Views: 850

Re: Advice please, I don't know what to try next.

If he comes back within 5 minutes of you going inside just crack the door and be ready to shoot him. No noise or movement just wait him out. When he lands, poof done.

Good luck. Chris
by Cjs180
Fri Jun 26, 2020 9:36 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: First Pair
Replies: 9
Views: 685

Re: First Pair

I just added tunnels to my gourds and SREH after the eggs were laid and they went in. I ended up doing it in steps, adding the tunnels first then a couple days later adding the SREH. Glad I did. Go for it.
by Cjs180
Fri Jun 26, 2020 9:32 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Repeating sparrow traps.
Replies: 11
Views: 2456

Re: Repeating sparrow traps.

The babies are around now. I have shot at least 6 in the past week.
by Cjs180
Thu Jun 18, 2020 6:19 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: We have eggs!
Replies: 12
Views: 714

Re: We have eggs!

That Sheridan is a very nice gun. My father has one and it is leaking again. I gave him my Benjamin Discovery .22 to take care of his HOSP’s. He loves it. Shoots them off the house and the Martins sit there never flying off he says.
by Cjs180
Wed Jun 17, 2020 8:52 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: We have eggs!
Replies: 12
Views: 714

Re: We have eggs!

Mark,

Surprised you are familiar with the Marauder air rifle . Do you own one by chance?
by Cjs180
Wed Jun 17, 2020 7:57 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: We have eggs!
Replies: 12
Views: 714

Re: We have eggs!

I checked the nest again tonight, still 4 eggs. Put in the SREH and when they came back they sat outside for a bit, then the mother peaked inside the crescent hole once and then slid right in! Success at last. On another note I did kill a male HOSP and 6 starlings today. All the baby starlings have ...
by Cjs180
Mon Jun 15, 2020 8:04 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: We have eggs!
Replies: 12
Views: 714

Re: We have eggs!

Update, after a couple of hours the pair still had not entered the gourd. I took the SREH and plugged it and opened the larger hole on the new tunnel. When the birds came back they were a bit hesitant but the female finally went in after peeking in a few times. Since they have excepted the tunnels I...
by Cjs180
Mon Jun 15, 2020 2:16 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: We have eggs!
Replies: 12
Views: 714

Re: We have eggs!

Well I changed the gourd out an hour ago. The pair have come and gone a few times and sat on the house and gourd platform but we haven’t seen them go inside yet.
by Cjs180
Sun Jun 14, 2020 9:15 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: We have eggs!
Replies: 12
Views: 714

Re: We have eggs!

Mark, is there a good time of day to make the swap? Even with eggs in the gourd the birds are gone for a good portion of the day. This makes no sense to me. It’s either a coincidence or bad timing that every time I crawl up on the ladder they show up soon after. When I was modifying the 3rd gourd to...
by Cjs180
Sun Jun 14, 2020 6:50 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: We have eggs!
Replies: 12
Views: 714

We have eggs!

I have 4 S&K gourds and a pair nesting in one of them. My gourd tunnels came Friday so I put them on 3 of the gourds today and then checked the one where the pair is and there’s at least 3 eggs in it. Tomorrow I am off work and with all the starlings around I will make the swap of the tunnel-less go...
by Cjs180
Fri Jun 12, 2020 7:51 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: New house new location?
Replies: 1
Views: 193

New house new location?

Thinking about putting a martin house up by my cabin about 30 miles from my house. Location would be close to the cabin which overlooks a 6 acre field. There are tall red pines behind the cabin. Would they be attracted to a site where there are not people every day? Haven’t seen many HOSP’s around h...
by Cjs180
Wed Jun 10, 2020 9:03 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Starlings!!!!
Replies: 17
Views: 853

Re: Starlings!!!!

I did a nest check tonight while they were away. No eggs or green leaves yet. My wife said they were copulating last Saturday. Also no confirmation on my order shipping yet so I would guess when the tunnels and screw off caps get here we should have eggs. Those caps on the S&K gourds come off so har...
by Cjs180
Wed Jun 10, 2020 8:57 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Southern Landlords?
Replies: 6
Views: 553

Southern Landlords?

For those of you that live in the southern states, do your martins stay all summer or leave when the the babies fledge? I think my father told me here in WI his leave sometime in August. I know my tree swallows leave around the end of June. They are still around just not in their boxes. Thanks in ad...
by Cjs180
Wed Jun 10, 2020 8:44 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: How to Prevent HSP from claiming PM House
Replies: 11
Views: 895

Re: How to Prevent HSP from claiming PM House

I feed cracked corn all year to draw in the HOSP’s. Last year I got 61 of them. This year I am only at 14. It goes in cycles; one year I have a real high count, the next year low like this year. Sometimes it will be 2 months before I see one, then 5-6 appear and meet their demise. I have been shooti...
by Cjs180
Wed Jun 10, 2020 10:07 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Starlings!!!!
Replies: 17
Views: 853

Re: Starlings!!!!

They are the S&K Bo9 gourds. I can put the tunnels on one of the unused gourds and then swap it out with the occupied one after the chicks hatch. I suspect I won’t have the tunnels delivered until that time frame anyway. I think a jigsaw with a fine tooth blade would make it easier to cut the face o...
by Cjs180
Tue Jun 09, 2020 3:51 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Starlings!!!!
Replies: 17
Views: 853

Re: Starlings!!!!

Yes they will fit the gourds I have now. I am not sure if I have to drill 4 holes or not. Either way the perches I have on the gourd they are nesting in has a metal perch riveted on so those would have to be drilled out in order to get them off. That is why I can’t just insert the starling resistant...