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by Steve Kroenke
Wed May 22, 2019 2:49 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Three Photos Of Some Of My Gourd Racks
Replies: 9
Views: 150

Re: Three Photos Of Some Of My Gourd Racks

Spiderman, My early starling trapping program that begins usually around the first of November and continues through January eliminates many starlings BEFORE the martins arrive. I trap the starlings in Bob's Goliads and my Trendsetters using cavity insert traps I bought from the PMCA. These work gre...
by Steve Kroenke
Tue May 21, 2019 3:29 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Three Photos Of Some Of My Gourd Racks
Replies: 9
Views: 150

Re: Three Photos Of Some Of My Gourd Racks

Sugarcreek, Probably everyone has starlings but there are landlords who don't have major starling problems and there are landlords who can successfully control starlings through trapping/shooting. We don't have a big starling problem and I can control starlings through trapping/shooting. I started m...
by Steve Kroenke
Tue May 21, 2019 1:36 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Three Photos Of Some Of My Gourd Racks
Replies: 9
Views: 150

Re: Three Photos Of Some Of My Gourd Racks

Spiderman, Really we do have possibly too many martins in our colonies: over 500 pairs between Bob and me! The Gemini is an engineering masterpiece in my opinion. Beautiful and functional design. My four Geminis are usually 100% occupied each season with 96 pairs of martins. Many years ago I used so...
by Steve Kroenke
Tue May 21, 2019 8:37 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Three Photos Of Some Of My Gourd Racks
Replies: 9
Views: 150

Three Photos Of Some Of My Gourd Racks

Three Photos Of Some Of My Gourd Racks As of today May 21, 2019 I have 302 plastic gourds on various gourd racks. I also have four aluminum Trendsetters. Based on close observations of my gourd racks I believe there are now only five or six gourds that are not occupied by purple martins. My Trendset...
by Steve Kroenke
Mon May 20, 2019 9:14 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Infanticide Behavior Of Some Unmated SY Male Martins
Replies: 26
Views: 16064

Re: Infanticide Behavior Of Some Unmated SY Male Martins

DKC, I hope my article has been informative even though this subject of SY male martin infanticide behavior is rather disturbing, but unfortunately "normal". I have studied this behavior since the 1970s when I first observed it happen at my boyhood martin colony. The example I gave at the beginning ...
by Steve Kroenke
Mon May 20, 2019 4:44 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Small rat snake on gourd rack
Replies: 4
Views: 187

Re: Small rat snake on gourd rack

The ideal approach with a net trap is a double layered one. The bottom netting should be 3/4 inch mesh and the top 1/2 inch mesh. The bottom trap will usually catch the larger rat snakes and the top will usually catch the smaller ones like the one that you had. It is most difficult to find the 1/2 i...
by Steve Kroenke
Mon May 20, 2019 2:07 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: The Outstanding PMCA Excluder Gourd
Replies: 2
Views: 132

Re: The Outstanding PMCA Excluder Gourd

Matt, I use all round holes with my Excluders and other gourds/houses and have no entrapment issues. No starling issues either as the few that come around are shot/trapped and no martins or their eggs/nestlings have been harmed by starlings. We do use srehs in our satellite martin colonies and we ha...
by Steve Kroenke
Sun May 19, 2019 9:24 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: The Outstanding PMCA Excluder Gourd
Replies: 2
Views: 132

The Outstanding PMCA Excluder Gourd

The Outstanding PMCA Excluder Gourd There is one commercial plastic gourd that really reminds me of the real thing! With its “organic” exterior looks this gourd feels like a natural gourd. I have 36 of these gourds and they are usually 100% occupied by purple martins each season. Let me introduce th...
by Steve Kroenke
Sun May 19, 2019 9:07 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Purple Martin Swarm Photos
Replies: 4
Views: 173

Re: Purple Martin Swarm Photos

Glad you liked my swarm photos! I have others but for some reason I am only able to post a maximum of three photos at a time using Photobucket. I get an error message from the Forum when I try to do more! FarmerHarv, I wonder the same thing about mid-air collisions! When they all fly off at the same...
by Steve Kroenke
Fri May 17, 2019 7:15 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Purple Martin Swarm Photos
Replies: 4
Views: 173

Purple Martin Swarm Photos

Purple Martin Swarm Photos I started my current purple martin colony in northwest Louisiana in 2005. I retired early and moved from the Tallahassee, Florida area to Louisiana next door to my good friend Bob Bozeman who has a large martin colony. In 2005 I attracted a whopping 81 pairs of martins the...
by Steve Kroenke
Fri May 17, 2019 4:35 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: One Of My A Favorite Purple Martin Roosting Photos Of My Colony
Replies: 9
Views: 203

Re: One Of My A Favorite Purple Martin Roosting Photos Of My Colony

I am glad folks like the photo of martins roosting on my gourd racks/house. I wish I was a better photographer and actually knew something about photography! Though Logansport is our official mailing address, we are closer to the tiny community of Longstreet and about 3 miles away and about 25 miles...
by Steve Kroenke
Tue May 14, 2019 9:21 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: One Of My A Favorite Purple Martin Roosting Photos Of My Colony
Replies: 9
Views: 203

One Of My A Favorite Purple Martin Roosting Photos Of My Colony

One Of My Favorite Purple Martin Roosting Photos Of My Colony It’s hard to believe but next month, late in June, we should be seeing hundreds of purple martin fledglings and some adults coming to our two colonies, mine and my neighbor Bob, to form a mini-roost. This happens every year and some years...
by Steve Kroenke
Mon May 13, 2019 10:25 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: My 2019 Purple Martin Colony
Replies: 7
Views: 235

Re: My 2019 Purple Martin Colony

Spiderman, Thank you for those kind remarks! I enjoy sharing my observations with other folks and enjoy reading about other martin related experiences submitted by other landlords. We all learn from each other! I hope your martin colony is doing well this season! Steve Fuzzmeister, My poles vary in ...
by Steve Kroenke
Sun May 12, 2019 1:17 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: My 2019 Purple Martin Colony
Replies: 7
Views: 235

Re: My 2019 Purple Martin Colony

Birds, I wish I could send you a BUNCH of SY males that are causing so much chaos in our martin colonies! Hardly any room left but these SY males are still trying to take over occupied nests of ASYs. Lots of fighting going on! Steve Flyin-low, I like Facebook a lot but do still have a special "affec...
by Steve Kroenke
Sun May 12, 2019 7:29 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: My 2019 Purple Martin Colony
Replies: 7
Views: 235

My 2019 Purple Martin Colony

My 2019 Purple Martin Colony I haven’t been on the Forum in a while and have been posting on the PMCA’s Facebook page. It is easier to post photos on Facebook. Also I had been using Photobucket to post photos on the Forum but Photobucket changed their policies for using their service for free accoun...
by Steve Kroenke
Thu May 11, 2017 2:20 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Purple Martin Status Report...May 8, 2017
Replies: 14
Views: 3879

Re: Purple Martin Status Report...May 8, 2017

Hey Otee, I believe Arkansas has a good purple martin population and there are some large colonies located there. Sounds like you have a good location with plenty of insects. I believe your colony will continue to grow. I use both houses and gourds and usually have better occupancy levels in gourds....
by Steve Kroenke
Wed May 10, 2017 12:07 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Purple Martin Status Report...May 8, 2017
Replies: 14
Views: 3879

Re: Purple Martin Status Report...May 8, 2017

Hey Rodger, Glad you like the photos. I try to take a series each time I post on the Forum. Our martin colonies are doing well except for some worry about the drought we are experiencing. Every rain system that has come through has missed our area! The poor folks south and north of us have had flood...
by Steve Kroenke
Mon May 08, 2017 9:04 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Purple Martin Status Report...May 8, 2017
Replies: 14
Views: 3879

Re: Purple Martin Status Report...May 8, 2017

Hey Toy, I believe the weather has been the main factor in possible martin declines in the north. It has been brutal! This is the third year that we have had cold weather during the last of April and first of May. In 2015, cold wet weather during the first of May caused the death of many early nestl...
by Steve Kroenke
Mon May 08, 2017 12:41 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Purple Martin Status Report...May 8, 2017
Replies: 14
Views: 3879

Purple Martin Status Report...May 8, 2017

Purple Martin Status Report…May 8, 2017 The 2017 purple martin season is turning out to be a rather odd one relative to ASY and SY migration patterns in our colonies (mine and my neighbor Bob’s site) in northwest Louisiana. The ASY migration started with larger returns than normal in February, March...
by Steve Kroenke
Tue May 02, 2017 9:11 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Is this it???
Replies: 27
Views: 6876

Re: Is this it???

Hey Sharon,

Wonderful news! Thanks for sharing this with us!

Since the martins spent the night together and are staying around your colony, that is a good sign the martins are possibly becoming bonded to the site.

Please keep us posted on how things are going!

Steve

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