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by Chris B
Thu Aug 08, 2019 10:57 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: My Last Three August Late Purple Martin Broods Have Finally Fledged
Replies: 5
Views: 641

Re: My Last Three August Late Purple Martin Broods Have Finally Fledged

I have 4 racks up in pairs. The rack closer to my front porch still has little noses sticking out of one of the gourds! That pair attracts birds during the day so I suspect a roost in the area. The biggest problem is the bugs are gone except for large dragonflys. I do see a few hollowed out dragonfl...
by Chris B
Thu Aug 08, 2019 10:52 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: tree swallows
Replies: 5
Views: 388

Re: tree swallows

My tree swallow boxes are about 4'-5' above the ground. The TS compete with the Bluebirds and TS seem to win out. This year the TS fledged and cleared out rather early. Later in the summer I had hundreds of bank swallows hitting the shallow end of my pond in the mornings and evening. Swallow Hollow
by Chris B
Tue Jul 09, 2019 10:53 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Here is my set up that has martins thriving in a small residential yard.
Replies: 14
Views: 669

Re: Here is my set up that has martins thriving in a small residential yard.

Did they populate both boxes or do they prefer one over the other? Those power lines are a plus, mine love them. I have a mating pair of redtail hawks in the woods at the rear of my place. Flying 1/2 mile for a little PM snack is nothing to them. I wish they would pick on the doves, or better yet th...
by Chris B
Tue Jul 09, 2019 10:46 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: A gang of martins?
Replies: 15
Views: 2427

Re: A gang of martins?

Let me add this question... So at my place thee are maybe 250 birds in the civil twilight evening swirling around. I think all have fledged and maybe the older pro's are going for clutch #2. Where do the first round of fledglings hang out at night? Do they stay in the gourd they were raised in, hop...
by Chris B
Sat Jun 29, 2019 4:20 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Maxed OUT!!
Replies: 13
Views: 5807

Re: Maxed OUT!!

I suppose Brad and I are neighbors although I have never met him. We agree on our PM philosophy though and here the hands-off approach is working. I do have a predator hawk problem and with so many birds that seems to also be in balance. Around here the summertime is also when the grass grows, the p...
by Chris B
Sat Jun 29, 2019 4:04 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: A gang of martins?
Replies: 15
Views: 2427

Re: A gang of martins?

Let me add this question... So at my place thee are maybe 250 birds in the civil twilight evening swirling around. I think all have fledged and maybe the older pro's are going for clutch #2. Where do the first round of fledglings hang out at night? Do they stay in the gourd they were raised in, hop ...
by Chris B
Sat Jun 29, 2019 3:55 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: A gang of martins?
Replies: 15
Views: 2427

Re: A gang of martins?

Congrats are in order I believe. Looks like you will have birds.

Did you pre-nest so they have a nice place to sleep?
by Chris B
Sat Jun 22, 2019 9:55 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Maxed OUT!!
Replies: 13
Views: 5807

Re: Maxed OUT!!

This doesn't have to be an expensive hobby. I make tee racks out of 3" PVC. 2 ea 10' sticks, cut 1' off one pole then cut the rest of it in half (2ea 4.5' pieces.) Put a tee fitting on. I buy 3' pieces of 3/8 dia 6061T6 aluminum from Aircraft Spruce, and drill a little hole on each end so I can put ...
by Chris B
Sat Jun 22, 2019 9:38 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Jumpers
Replies: 5
Views: 2903

Re: Jumpers

So far no jumpers this year, but I now have a "rehab" gourd on the front porch which is where I would put one for the night.
by Chris B
Thu May 30, 2019 3:47 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: I have put a gourd on my porch for problem birds
Replies: 1
Views: 2675

Re: I have put a gourd on my porch for problem birds

I hate typing on this puter... but I put up an extra porch gourde on my front porch wheerre no PM has any bidness being. It gives them a pace to recover, and I can check on them/

Any rehabbers in N AL who want to help?
by Chris B
Thu May 30, 2019 3:44 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: I have put a gourd on my porch for problem birds
Replies: 1
Views: 2675

I have put a gourd on my porch for problem birds

A couple nights ago I had a (teenage male??) bird on the porch right in front of the front door - at about darkset (when the skeeters get out) and I scooped it up and stroked it in my hand to soothe it. Poor thing has survived a hawk, cause the feathwers on it's neck have an amnomoly, maybe an attac...
by Chris B
Thu May 30, 2019 3:44 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: I have put a gourd on my porch for problem birds
Replies: 0
Views: 3015

I have put a gourd on my porch for problem birds

A couple nights ago I had a (teenage male??) bird on the porch right in front of the front door - at about darkset (when the skeeters get out) and I scooped it up and stroked it in my hand to soothe it. Poor thing has survived a hawk, cause the feathwers on it's neck have an amnomoly, maybe an attac...
by Chris B
Thu May 30, 2019 3:35 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Gourd seed SUCCESS!
Replies: 14
Views: 5811

Re: Gourd seed SUCCESS!

I just laugh as I come here to post about a PM encounter I had.

I have tried to get great seeds (Darryl seeds) out there for the price of a self-addressed envelope. Guess you guys don't heed OG seeders.

Just can't understand this phenom. Some have sent for the seeds and I never get feedback.
by Chris B
Sat May 18, 2019 3:08 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Blue martin
Replies: 8
Views: 1332

Re: Blue martin

I have some deep blue birds that try to nest in 18" hiway cones on my grass, but they get in and can't get out so I find them dead when I move the cones for mowing. But those are solid blue and I have never seen them except for being dead in my cones. Beautiful bird, no idea what they are. NOT BBs.
by Chris B
Sat May 18, 2019 3:04 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Just A Few Pictures Of The Colony
Replies: 3
Views: 874

Re: Just A Few Pictures Of The Colony

I only see one sparrow to the right of cavity #14 - shoot it!
by Chris B
Sat May 18, 2019 3:01 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Tree swallows
Replies: 10
Views: 1663

Re: Tree swallows

We have tree swallows nesting in bluebird boxes every year. Apparently they’re not very good at picking the right size box, and will nest in almost anything with a hole even if it’s far too small. Some or most of the nestlings may not make it if the box isn’t large enough, so it’s best to make sure...
by Chris B
Thu May 16, 2019 1:35 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Gourd seed needed
Replies: 20
Views: 3394

Re: Gourd seed needed

You just did.
by Chris B
Wed May 15, 2019 1:41 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Gourd seed needed
Replies: 20
Views: 3394

Re: Gourd seed needed

Dude, I just saw that you are in marshall county. I live in Toney. Send me a PM and we can plan you coming over and getting some volunteer plants from the garden, and seeds.
by Chris B
Wed May 15, 2019 1:36 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Gourd seed needed
Replies: 20
Views: 3394

Re: Gourd seed needed

I have seed. Several here have gotten seeds already Search for the thread.

Has anyone had any of these "Darryl" seeds mature and made into houses yet?
by Chris B
Sat Apr 13, 2019 11:07 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Watching them swirl before they bed down for the night
Replies: 0
Views: 1620

Watching them swirl before they bed down for the night

And I was thinking about how the weather radar can pick up the birds. That means the radar is powerful enough to hit them and reflect back to be received. Then the new 5G millimeter wave cell technology is coming out. There must be a ton of EM waves out there, probably more the higher you go due to ...

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