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by Matt@atx
Thu Mar 10, 2016 5:01 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Snake guards
Replies: 10
Views: 3297

Re: Snake guards

There are 2 sizes available, the 3/4in mesh will catch the large snakes, the 1/2in mesh will catch the small snakes. The 1/2in mesh will not catch a large snake, and the 3/4in mesh will not catch a small snake. My opinion is that you only need the bird netting (you do not need both metal guards and ...
by Matt@atx
Tue Feb 23, 2016 11:31 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: 2016 Weather Texas outlook
Replies: 9
Views: 3142

Re: 2016 Weather Texas outlook

I'm sorry to answer you back so late Siberman. For some reason, I do not get notified on post replies like we used to.(?) That's great news. 20" sets up your area with good saturation and moisture for a time. I think we got 0 to 1" in December~ hahaha.. :grin: We did just get a nice rain fall last n...
by Matt@atx
Tue Feb 23, 2016 11:11 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Andy Troyers contact information
Replies: 5
Views: 2605

Re: Andy Troyers contact information

The Troyers are real swell folks. I had just ordered a few things including one of their slot entrance BB houses which I hope some BBs will take to. I read some good stuff about slot entrance boxes right here from folks sharing. Troyer gourds are really nice IMO. This may have been available last ye...
by Matt@atx
Tue Feb 23, 2016 10:48 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Mine are LATE, 2 flew by, 1 (New?) Scout
Replies: 19
Views: 4910

Re: Mine are LATE, 2 flew by, 1 (New?) Scout

Hey yall, Good to see you Anthony and RR. :grin: A few showed up around I'll say 02/19, maybe 02/18 so it looks to be the same time frame in our region. Last night was about 9 to 10 so they're trickling back in little at a time which has been the norm past years. Earliest arrival date I think I reme...
by Matt@atx
Tue Feb 09, 2016 1:48 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: 2016 Weather Texas outlook
Replies: 9
Views: 3142

Re: 2016 Weather Texas outlook

Thank you all for the replies. It is good to see ya Vern. I am with you Louise on the weather. It seems dryer then the forecast we been hearing since last Spring/summer. The rain is life for the Martins as well as everything else. Watching those Feb temps too eyeamtheman. hoping the birds don't show...
by Matt@atx
Wed Feb 03, 2016 6:27 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: My 2016 Purple Martin Colony
Replies: 17
Views: 4701

Re: My 2016 Purple Martin Colony

Hey Mr. Kroenke, Your super site is looking mighty nice and squared away as usual good sir. I'm sure you and your neighbor friend work pretty darn hard at preparing it for every season. Thanks for the share and the all the stories as well. Best of kind blessings from The Lord to you to get back all ...
by Matt@atx
Wed Feb 03, 2016 1:43 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: 2016 Weather Texas outlook
Replies: 9
Views: 3142

Re: 2016 Weather Texas outlook

Thanks for the information. Sure hope we get more rain then what the maps imply and from what we are doing presently.
by Matt@atx
Wed Feb 03, 2016 11:12 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: 2016 Weather Texas outlook
Replies: 9
Views: 3142

2016 Weather Texas outlook

Happy New Year to everyone. What a nice new site but I will definitely need to figure out how to navigate in it. :grin: I was wondering what you are hearing about the predicted weather and rain for this season in Central and South Texas. Keeping an eye out for a late Feb freeze like last year and pr...
by Matt@atx
Tue Sep 08, 2015 3:28 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: YUCK!
Replies: 3
Views: 1210

I have been thinking in the last 2 years about how long it takes me to clean the gourds out and this year was the longest. Glad to read this post because now I know its not strange or isolated to me for the time it takes to clean those babies out... :lol: :lol: Would anyone have a recommendation of ...
by Matt@atx
Tue Sep 08, 2015 3:20 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: More Storms Over the Weekend & More Martins Downed by Ra
Replies: 21
Views: 6928

Sure hope none are downed if that rain does come. Folks here are telling me that we can expect some rain here this week for what that rumor is worth. If we get some, I imagine, OK will get some. You guys usually always get more rain up there. There is a big roost here in Austin which I visited on 09...
by Matt@atx
Fri Sep 04, 2015 4:54 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Martins still filtering thru Austin roost at Capital Plaza
Replies: 0
Views: 2212

Martins still filtering thru Austin roost at Capital Plaza

In the past couple of years I went to the Austin roost usually as late as beginning of August to see them and there were lots of people watching them This year I went up there on 08/06, 08/14, and 08/20 to see how many birds where still roosting. There were still thousands or them first part of Augu...
by Matt@atx
Fri Sep 04, 2015 4:34 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: 2015 El Nino should be as bad '97, How was "98 Season?
Replies: 10
Views: 3038

Hey Anthony, Thanks for your reply. I thought you had BBs this year? I sure hope we get scads of rain this fall and winter. I thought I read here maybe a couple years back on a post that it takes months in advance of enough water( usually by rainfall) to feed the all the water bodies in a given regi...
by Matt@atx
Fri Sep 04, 2015 4:25 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: More Storms Over the Weekend & More Martins Downed by Ra
Replies: 21
Views: 6928

Hello Dick, Thanks for the reply. You guys did get a lot of rain too and probably more as Oklahoma usually does. 30 minute heavy rain fall does not sound like too much but don't wanna see Martins getting grounded by soaking from it. :???: Im sure it was time consuming for you to do what you did for ...
by Matt@atx
Wed Sep 02, 2015 10:13 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: 2015 El Nino should be as bad '97, How was "98 Season?
Replies: 10
Views: 3038

HI Anthony, How did your bird do this season? How about your BBs? I'm thinking pretty good since we got some good rain. I have heard/read the same thing about the EL Nino this late fall early winter. They are reckoning it to 1997-8 and another flood year too, maybe 1991 or something in Texas. Kinda ...
by Matt@atx
Wed Sep 02, 2015 9:59 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: More Storms Over the Weekend & More Martins Downed by Ra
Replies: 21
Views: 6928

Hello Dick, It is nice to hear how much time and care you took to take care of the birds. I'm was just wondering how high the winds were and was it cold during this storm around 08/24? Texas has been dry through June, July, and one rainfall around August 20th or so and then another yesterday. One co...
by Matt@atx
Tue Aug 11, 2015 12:01 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Second Broods in South Texas-2015
Replies: 15
Views: 5817

Thanks for the info Louise. Glad to hear how well these 2nd broods did. We had our last rain fall last day of May so it must have continued to get rain done south a little longer ( to July?) which is really good.
by Matt@atx
Mon Aug 10, 2015 2:44 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Austin roost & great work by Travis Audubon
Replies: 4
Views: 1578

Went up to Capital Plaza area last Thursday which was 08/06/15 which of course was late this year and there was quite a big cloud of Martins there. They are innumerable beyond counting so my guess would be tens of thousands returning which leads me to believe that there must have been an unbelievabl...
by Matt@atx
Mon Aug 10, 2015 2:26 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Second Broods in South Texas-2015
Replies: 15
Views: 5817

Thank you for the update. That's is pretty neat that these 2nd broods fledged today or yesterday. Did you notice if the heat and dryness gave any trouble to the parents in feeding the babies down there on the coast? or is it cool enough that the heat in August in that area did not effect the babies?...
by Matt@atx
Thu Aug 06, 2015 10:17 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Question about the big roost at Highland Mall, Austin, TX
Replies: 7
Views: 2118

Martins and all our native songbirds, birds of prey, etc, are protected. They cannot be disturbed during the nesting season in any way. But dispersing a roost is legal as long as no birds are harmed or killed. You answered the question right there Louise. I kinda remember the thread a few years bac...
by Matt@atx
Tue Aug 04, 2015 12:00 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Question about the big roost at Highland Mall, Austin, TX
Replies: 7
Views: 2118

Thanks Louise. It a big place and they do roost in different areas year to year so I will head to that location. I remember a few years back a guy posted here what some business owners did at a roost in Houston( think it was), hiring out to put smoke or gas under the trees at night to make them leav...