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by Steve Kroenke
Fri May 01, 2020 1:10 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Purple Martin News From Northwest Louisiana
Replies: 0
Views: 272

Purple Martin News From Northwest Louisiana

Purple Martin News From Northwest Louisiana Our two personal purple martin colonies in northwest Louisiana, mine and my neighbor Bob, are flourishing at this time. We have never seen so many martins around our colonies at the end of April like we are seeing this season. Our colonies seem to be INFES...
by Steve Kroenke
Mon Apr 20, 2020 3:59 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: The Unluckiest Purple Martin Decoy In Our Two Colonies!
Replies: 2
Views: 204

The Unluckiest Purple Martin Decoy In Our Two Colonies!

The Unluckiest Purple Martin Decoy In Our Two Colonies! I kinda feel sorry for this poor purple martin decoy. He has been raked by the talons now by three hungry raptors and he is still sitting pretty on his garden stake at the periphery of my neighbor Bob’s colony! He’s doing exactly what he is sup...
by Steve Kroenke
Fri Apr 17, 2020 12:17 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Large Influx Of SY Purple Martins Arrived
Replies: 4
Views: 391

Re: Large Influx Of SY Purple Martins Arrived

Flyin-lowe, We had another large influx last evening at roosting time and a bunch of SYs fighting for territory this morning. Several SY males have succeeded in defeating dominant ASY males and forced them to give up some of their controlled cavities! Good to see that! We had several cool days inclu...
by Steve Kroenke
Thu Apr 16, 2020 3:48 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Large Influx Of SY Purple Martins Arrived
Replies: 4
Views: 391

Large Influx Of SY Purple Martins Arrived

Last evening, 4/15/20, a large influx of mainly SY purple martins arrived to roost with the hundreds of permanent martins in both our colonies, mine and my neighbor Bob. It was a madhouse around here as the permanent residents were not happy to see all these intruders trying to force their way into ...
by Steve Kroenke
Thu Apr 16, 2020 11:17 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Gemini Gourd Rack Photos And A Short Update
Replies: 20
Views: 1285

Re: Gemini Gourd Rack Photos And A Short Update

Tor, Absolutely! If you keep 24 gourds on the Gemini, then I have had no issues with checking the nests. I did have 32 way back in 2011 and the gourds were a little close together and not as easy to access, but I was still able to check the nests. It depends on the type of gourds you are using, too....
by Steve Kroenke
Sun Apr 05, 2020 5:54 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Purple Martin Update…April 5, 2020
Replies: 1
Views: 140

Re: Purple Martin Update…April 5, 2020

Since I can only post three photos in a single post at a time on the Forum, I am posting this fourth photo of my entire colony as a reply. For some reason I can't link a larger version of this photo from Photobucket to the Forum. I used to be able to do it on the old Forum. https://i198.photobucket....
by Steve Kroenke
Sun Apr 05, 2020 5:49 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Purple Martin Update…April 5, 2020
Replies: 1
Views: 140

Purple Martin Update…April 5, 2020

Purple Martin Update…April 5, 2020 My purple martin colony in northwest Louisiana is doing very well as of April 5, 2020. It’s hard to determine the number of martins at this time but it is in the hundreds. I have 17 systems up: 15 gourd racks and two Trendsetter houses. There are 352 plastic gourds...
by Steve Kroenke
Thu Apr 02, 2020 8:27 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Female Purple Martins Collecting Mud
Replies: 6
Views: 283

Re: Female Purple Martins Collecting Mud

Brad, We use all srehs in our satellite martin colonies and there are mud dams in some of the Trios at about the same percentage I have in my current colony which is not many. My neighbor Bob used all srehs in his personal martin colony when I first moved out here. The martins built HUGE mud dams in...
by Steve Kroenke
Thu Apr 02, 2020 4:33 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Female Purple Martins Collecting Mud
Replies: 6
Views: 283

Re: Female Purple Martins Collecting Mud

Tom, Some of these mud loving females really go crazy building mud dams! One year a female martin built a HUGE mud dam in one of my Trio enlarged compartments (6” x 12”) and almost created a double nesting chamber! It looked like a barn swallow nest! But it was a beautiful mud dam and created a very...
by Steve Kroenke
Thu Apr 02, 2020 1:52 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Female Purple Martins Collecting Mud
Replies: 6
Views: 283

Female Purple Martins Collecting Mud

Female Purple Martins Collecting Mud Some of the female purple martins in our colonies in northwest Louisiana use mud and lots of it in their nests. The females construct mud dams in front of the nest bowls in both house compartments and gourds. The mud also acts as a binding agent to hold the nesti...
by Steve Kroenke
Wed Apr 01, 2020 9:32 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: How do I place netting for snakes above predator guard?
Replies: 4
Views: 195

Re: How do I place netting for snakes above predator guard?

Lois, I explained my method in a reply to another person in my post about the mountain of bird netting. I included a photo of one of my net traps. A simple way is to zip tie a bunch of 3/4 inch bird netting to the pole just above your pole guard. Just have the netting spread out over the top of your...
by Steve Kroenke
Tue Mar 31, 2020 9:50 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Mountain Of Old Bird Netting!
Replies: 6
Views: 325

Re: Mountain Of Old Bird Netting!

Tom, I purchase my bird netting through Amazon. You usually can buy it through home improvement stores, garden centers or Walmart. The 3/4 inch netting probably works well in most cases. Here are my instructions; I included a photo of one of net traps. I usually attach my bird netting to the poles u...
by Steve Kroenke
Mon Mar 30, 2020 9:38 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: First SY Male Purple Martin Has Arrived
Replies: 3
Views: 215

Re: First SY Male Purple Martin Has Arrived

Flyin-lowe, What I have observed over the years is that established martins with strong site fidelity and site tenacity can defend their nests against house sparrows under most situations. If sparrows are allowed to cram the house compartments/gourds full of nesting material, then the larger martins...
by Steve Kroenke
Mon Mar 30, 2020 9:12 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Mountain Of Old Bird Netting!
Replies: 6
Views: 325

Re: Mountain Of Old Bird Netting!

Steven, Sometimes small rat snakes can weave through bird netting. I have used combination net traps composed on 1/2 or 5/8 inch and 3/4 inch netting to try to catch both smaller and larger rat snakes. This has worked in the past. But we mainly just use 3/4 inch netting and that has caught all the r...
by Steve Kroenke
Mon Mar 30, 2020 8:56 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Just had a PM killed by starling...
Replies: 16
Views: 744

Re: Just had a PM killed by starling...

Brad, Years ago at one of our satellite martin colonies, Bob and I watched a male starling which could not enter the crescent entrances on one of the houses, walk on the porches and fight with martins. We found one martin we believe he killed on the ground underneath house by pecking the martin's he...
by Steve Kroenke
Mon Mar 30, 2020 4:07 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Mountain Of Old Bird Netting!
Replies: 6
Views: 325

Mountain Of Old Bird Netting!

Mountain Of Old Bird Netting! Over the last week I have been reworking/replacing all 17 of my net traps constructed from bird netting. These net traps are attached to all the purple martin gourd rack and house poles in my colony. I also worked on my neighbor Bob’s 13 net traps. All our net traps are...
by Steve Kroenke
Sun Mar 29, 2020 3:40 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: First SY Male Purple Martin Has Arrived
Replies: 3
Views: 215

First SY Male Purple Martin Has Arrived

Today March 29, I observed my first SY male purple martin at my personal colony. He is feisty and is already trying to take a Troyer Horizontal Gourd that is being dominated by one of my many "tyrant" ASY males. Aprll is the main month for SY martins to come to our colonies in northwest Louisiana an...
by Steve Kroenke
Sat Mar 28, 2020 5:20 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Bird’s, Bird’s, and more Bird’s...!
Replies: 10
Views: 377

Re: Bird’s, Bird’s, and more Bird’s...!

Hey Rodger, Looks like your own purple martin wave is now roaring through! South winds bringing them in! Our martin wave seems to have subsided some now as March is coming to a close. Most of the ASY martins that nested in our colonies and survived migration are probably here though I am still seein...
by Steve Kroenke
Fri Mar 27, 2020 5:20 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Raptor 12 o’clock.
Replies: 4
Views: 254

Re: Raptor 12 o’clock.

Duke,

Sometime ago I posted an article about a 12 O'Clock high raptor. And this one was after my martins. Here is a link to it and you might find it interesting:

https://www.purplemartin.org/forum/view ... 12#p264547
by Steve Kroenke
Fri Mar 27, 2020 1:35 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Smart or Stupid Hawk
Replies: 3
Views: 189

Re: Smart or Stupid Hawk

Sharon, I have seen this happen a number of times in my various martin colonies and what I have observed is that the hawk either caught a martin and briefly pinned it to the ground or barely missed a martin that bolted downward from his nest and the hawk struck the ground instead. Another possibilit...