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by parkerdes
Mon Feb 25, 2013 7:23 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: smoke and mirrors
Replies: 11
Views: 3590

I'm sorry to hear about the death of your BB!!! That's exactly why when I put up a trap for starlings...I put an escape hole in the downspout just big enough for a BB to escape! I'm not home all the time to monitor my trap & I have wrens, BBs, chickadees, & titmice that are constantly looking for ho...
by parkerdes
Tue Jun 26, 2012 4:04 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: 104 in central OK tomorrow, prepare!
Replies: 16
Views: 3642

I was out by the last gourd late this morning & Mama SY was making a lot of noise. I realized that 2 babies were in the grass below their gourd & when I picked them up...were dead! :cry: I lowered the gourd rack & checked on the others & there were only 2 inside. I later saw another one in the grass...
by parkerdes
Mon Jun 25, 2012 7:01 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: 104 in central OK tomorrow, prepare!
Replies: 16
Views: 3642

I have a late SY's nest that I'm worried about!!! It is supposed to be 106 here tomorrow & it was 102 today just west of DFW! The babies are at least 1 1/2 weeks from fledging & an ASY pair abandoned their babies that would have been 5 days older over 10 days ago! I will be really amazed if they mak...
by parkerdes
Thu Jun 14, 2012 3:47 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: New Nest Cam Today
Replies: 3
Views: 1250

Thanks for sharing...it will come in handy when all of mine are gone. (I can get a PM fix...LOL!!!) My last regular season nest is about ready to fledge but will have 2 late nests late June early July if they make it with our "TEXAS HEAT"! I have already lost 2 & possibly 3 of 5 babies in an ASY pai...
by parkerdes
Sun Jun 10, 2012 1:54 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Stopped a snake attack today
Replies: 7
Views: 2637

Do you have any kind of snake guard or netting in place??? At least at my place, once I see one snake...there are bound to be others lurking!!!
by parkerdes
Sun Jun 10, 2012 1:49 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Martins have turned unfriendly
Replies: 6
Views: 2202

I didn't get dive bombed until recently at my site...it seems that they are less tolerant of me once the fledging is getting close!!!
by parkerdes
Sat Jun 09, 2012 2:16 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: missing babies
Replies: 7
Views: 1991

I wish we could do something about the SY predation but I don't think there is anything we can do even watching our sites 24/7!!! Not going to happen here! I lost my only SY pair's 1 day old hatchlings in my modified castle...2 gone...3 dead! I also lost 3 of 6 ASY's pair of week old hatchlings in a...
by parkerdes
Tue May 29, 2012 4:08 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Memorial Day Martin Pics
Replies: 8
Views: 2034

It is getting crazy here too!!! Fledging daily now!!! Are those gourds Bo9s or Bo11s??? Also, where did you get the round vents for your T14??? I was thinking I could use them in the door stoppers on my modified MSS12 & 24 to 12 Trio Castle. With the temps in the 90s...I need to add more venting to ...
by parkerdes
Tue May 29, 2012 3:00 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: 23 pairs and a whole bunch of upset martins.
Replies: 7
Views: 3291

I wonder if you had put them up before the season started...maybe they wouldn't be so upset by them??? If it were me...I would probably make a perching pole for them & put it about 30 ft away from your housing. Just a thought! I have had 5-7 martin decoys up ever since I moved my site to the more op...
by parkerdes
Tue May 29, 2012 2:46 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: week long visitor
Replies: 5
Views: 2803

I'm not from your area but I had 2 new pair show up & have just recently laid 5 eggs each. If your SY male is successful in attracting a female...you just might have your first pair. If not...he might be back next year with his fine deep purple suit on & start your site!!! That's what finally starte...
by parkerdes
Wed May 23, 2012 12:21 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Late Renest
Replies: 5
Views: 1320

It is a crazy season but hopefully we will all have enough food for them this year! I lost at least 7 fledglings last year to heat & lack of food in early July! :cry: I am hoping for all of us Texas LLs!!! I have my first nest fledging later this week & 2 new nests that are just laying eggs! Of cour...
by parkerdes
Thu May 17, 2012 11:37 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Owl cage at work (pics)
Replies: 5
Views: 2279

WOW!!! You have quite a setup!!! I didn't see the owl until I went back & looked closer! Glad your cages are working for you!!! Does your housing come down to do nest checks? # of pairs? I put up predator lights last season when my site became more active with 12 pairs...so far...no owls! I will ask...
by parkerdes
Thu May 17, 2012 8:39 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Don't like new house
Replies: 10
Views: 2707

What area in Texas are you??? I tried for 6 years & put up every possible kind of housing...I even grew natural gourds & put them up & it still took a long time to start my site! There is a lot of housing in my area & most are metal houses but the first ASY pair that started my site chose a Troyer h...
by parkerdes
Mon May 14, 2012 7:35 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: larger Rooms in Housing
Replies: 20
Views: 4585

I modified my Trio MSS-12 with 4 clinger tunnels & two 45 degree 3" PVC elbows with clinger entrances & all nesting compartments are claimed. It has 6 tunneled compartments & 2 double wides with the partition taken out. It leaves 2 single compartments for spare-o-door traps. All nests had 6 eggs & 1...
by parkerdes
Mon May 14, 2012 12:34 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Great Nest check
Replies: 1
Views: 669

Dave, that's great!!! How many compartments are you offering? Have you increased it since you had 100% occupancy?(Read your profile!)
Hope everything continues to go well for your colony!!!
by parkerdes
Mon May 14, 2012 9:46 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Disappointing nest check
Replies: 1
Views: 985

Sorry to hear of your losses...I hate losing any of my babies or eggs!!! I've had trouble with SY predation this season for a first time!!! :x It won't help you now but if I were you...I'd put up an old Trio Grandpa & put several spare-o-door traps in it(close the other holes) & one by one eradicate...
by parkerdes
Fri May 11, 2012 3:10 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Round Rock Update
Replies: 9
Views: 1560

Great news & report about your martins!!! I know how exciting it is to have growth! I had 11 successful pairs last year with a late nesting ASY pair that lost all their babies to heat! I also lost at least 3 fledglings that were late & too weak to fly! Hope we all have a better year with the rain we...
by parkerdes
Fri May 11, 2012 8:24 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Unbelievable!!!
Replies: 18
Views: 5932

We don't have TS here but if it were me...I'd use a couple of your gourds & hang them on poles away from my martin housing & let them set up house & keep them away from my set up. I had BBs that used my set up for hunting & I think the male was very aggressive & kept the investigating martins away!!...
by parkerdes
Thu May 10, 2012 3:44 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Pettytown, Tx nest check
Replies: 2
Views: 900

Sounds like you are having a great year!!! Rain starts again tonight here just west of DFW & glad for it! I have had SY infanticide here for the first time & am not happy about it! I guess it is just growing pains but there isn't anything that I can do to prevent it! 8 babies gone so far but there c...
by parkerdes
Thu May 10, 2012 7:55 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Update on Purple Martins #....58 Babies and COUNTING:)
Replies: 2
Views: 1113

Congratulations on having a good year so far!!! We're supposed to get rain again starting later tonight or tomorrow! YAY!!! Here just west of DFW...I've had a good increase of ASYs...from 12 to 18 pairs this year but only a few SY males until last week when a couple more showed up. NOT GOOD!!! The o...