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by D'Nese
Sun Mar 06, 2016 7:43 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Snake Guards
Replies: 1
Views: 744

Snake Guards

Does anyone out there have a good idea for a DIY snake netting guard for a 3" square pole? Last year was my first year dealing with snakes believe it or not. Found out by accident but thank goodness I did none the less. I rigged the netting on the poles as best as I could for the remaining season bu...
by D'Nese
Sat Feb 27, 2016 6:35 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Unionville Scout Sighting
Replies: 1
Views: 650

Unionville Scout Sighting

Can't log in to make scout report but we have spotted a female martin circling our property. We just finished putting up one of our T14's a half an hour earlier and was sitting down on deck to relax when I saw her. This is very early for us! She didn't stay but circled for about 15 minutes chirping ...
by D'Nese
Wed Feb 24, 2016 7:32 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: new martins in TN
Replies: 6
Views: 2165

Re: new martins in TN

Tim, I was very excited to see your report!!!! We will be putting up the houses this weekend and I am sweating it out till then. They seem little early for you and the western land lords so my fingers are crossed for my guys to be on time, not early :cry: Last year was a bad year for my colony due t...
by D'Nese
Tue Mar 24, 2015 9:41 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Any of you old timers out here..
Replies: 16
Views: 4391

Hi Thurman, Here in Unionville and loving the arrivals. I started with one on March 6th, now I counted as best as I could ( they wouldn't sit still ) about 20 at my place. So glad to see you are enjoying your new friends and can't wait to see what this year holds for us. Shawn in Whitehouse is still...
by D'Nese
Thu Mar 05, 2015 8:43 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: No,no,no, there is a martin here!
Replies: 11
Views: 2831

Bill, What a strange year this is starting out to be. I too use the arrival of the TS's as the indicator of the coming arrival of the martins. In the past 3 years the TS's have arrived approx 8-10 days before the martins. I spotted a ASY male today on the T14's. At first I thought I was seeing thing...
by D'Nese
Thu Mar 05, 2015 7:33 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Could they be here already?
Replies: 1
Views: 704

Could they be here already?

I just so happen to walk by the patio window to the deck and my eyes spotted a bird hovering around the "red" T14. I rushed to get the binoculars and watched him land on a porch or two, then fly over the the "blue" T14. He landed on the porch that is oriented exactly to the red one facing south. Sta...
by D'Nese
Thu Feb 26, 2015 6:04 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Removing Gourds
Replies: 15
Views: 3037

Thank you so much for all the advice. So I need something that will prevent the GHO from landing on the actual house? Does anyone know who made this cage? I would love to get some tips on how to build and mount. Hated taking down the gourds as they have always been the first occupied. I will show th...
by D'Nese
Mon Feb 23, 2015 6:52 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Removing Gourds
Replies: 15
Views: 3037

Removing Gourds

I have 2 T14's with 4 gourds mounted under. Last season my numbers were down a bit and I think it was due to GHO attacks. Found remains of martins multiple times, nests with eggs abandoned, typical signs of GHO activity. The gourds seemed to take the brunt of the damage even with one of the porches ...
by D'Nese
Fri Feb 07, 2014 1:55 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Warm front may bring first arrivals to Carolina.
Replies: 5
Views: 1159

I've told Doug before he really needs to pick some numbers for the lottery!!!!! LOL
by D'Nese
Wed Feb 05, 2014 6:30 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: They are Home
Replies: 24
Views: 8170

Just catching up James!!! congrats!!!! I knew you're time would come and now you are in the groove!!!! Have a great year.
by D'Nese
Sat Jan 18, 2014 9:42 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Is it Texas time?
Replies: 17
Views: 5990

So glad to hear your reports Doug! The season has definately begun!!! :lol:
by D'Nese
Thu Jan 16, 2014 6:50 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Photos Of My Almost Ready Purple Martin Colony For 2014
Replies: 15
Views: 6431

Steve,

Do you have any issue's with GHO's?
by D'Nese
Tue Dec 24, 2013 5:37 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: New Member from WV
Replies: 22
Views: 5215

Welcome Andy, this is a great forum. We too have t14's in our yard. Great housing for martins. Hope you get birds your first year.
by D'Nese
Tue Dec 24, 2013 7:05 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: hanging gourds
Replies: 6
Views: 1991

Thank you all for you compliments and suggestions. This is a "Chuck" house plan, my husband did a few mods but we have 2 now. Absolutely love them and so easy to do nest checks and clean at the end of the year. I tried a "cage" last year but it was just to hard to do nest checks so this year I want ...
by D'Nese
Thu Dec 19, 2013 9:37 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: hanging gourds
Replies: 6
Views: 1991

hanging gourds

I would like to have suggestions from all of you guys as to what is the best method of hanging the gourds under our T14. In previous years they hung on an aluminum rod that protruded out on the alternate corners of the T14. Last year I had an GHO visit us a few times and I know he was able to knock ...
by D'Nese
Sun Dec 08, 2013 7:01 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Coming soon to a backyard in Florida...
Replies: 6
Views: 1927

James,

So glad to hear you had a successful year! We were all rooting for you LOL. I have now started watching the scout report even tho I'm a few months away but get excited for you landlords in FL.
by D'Nese
Sun Jun 09, 2013 7:24 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Are Martin parasites white keeping parents out?
Replies: 2
Views: 1705

We use Sevin every year. I just sprinkle some on the porch and in the entrance of the cavity.....no mites after that.
by D'Nese
Sat May 04, 2013 10:40 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Red Tailed Hawks
Replies: 10
Views: 4356

Thanks for replies guys. Saw the hawk sitting on the pole again the following day. The martins don't seem to mind. I guess if the opportunity shows itself then the hawk will catch a young one or an injured bird. That's nature and there is nothing to stop that. My hope is that they won't be a problem...
by D'Nese
Sat May 04, 2013 10:38 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Leaf pickers...
Replies: 2
Views: 1000

It's funny you posted this pic. My cherry tree's get scalped every year. At first I thought it was a bug infestation LOL but now I know its a martin take over. I'm happy to sacrifice a few leaves, yeah right, for my babies to have a nice soft bed but the hubby isn't liking it. It is really cool the ...
by D'Nese
Sun Apr 28, 2013 3:45 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Tennessee Purple Martins?
Replies: 12
Views: 4164

Dee,

How are things at your place? Any arrivals yet?