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by Chris B
Thu Feb 22, 2018 2:46 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: 15th year underway at the farm
Replies: 11
Views: 364

Re: 15th year underway at the farm

I am also in N. AL and while I am 99% sure I had a pair of mail scouts come through last Fri (16th) the weather was bad and they moved on. This is my 5th year of PMs and I look forward to the season but they are a bit of work. I look at it like a responsibility now because they need places to go, an...
by Chris B
Tue Feb 20, 2018 12:20 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Completed Natural Gourds
Replies: 7
Views: 293

Re: Completed Natural Gourds

That looks pretty good. I attach S&K porches and cleanouts which are pretty light. There is an issue with the porches acting like a sail if you mount the gourds with too many degrees of swing freedom. I have about 20 nat gourds I have to get porches on. Plastics sure are a lot easier... And good...
by Chris B
Sun Feb 18, 2018 9:25 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Scout Report Sign in,Thanks anyway....
Replies: 12
Views: 438

Re: Scout Report Sign in,Thanks anyway....

I wish someone would set the scout report login / pass for me to the same as the forum. While I am not positive I think 2 scouts flew past my gourds Friday AM (16th), but the wind was kicking up from the north as a front passed and I could not get positive ID. I expect them to be here today or soon ...
by Chris B
Wed Feb 07, 2018 12:48 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Worthy of Saving the Purple Martins
Replies: 3
Views: 288

Re: Worthy of Saving the Purple Martins

I have gourds on PVC "tee" racks. They are free to swing. Last year in a pretty bad storm the porches on the S&K entrances were pulling the gourds to where they were swinging 90* and the entrances were straight down. Lost some eggs and a couple very new babies in that. I will have some...
by Chris B
Tue Aug 15, 2017 2:27 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: EGG ABANDOMENT ?
Replies: 4
Views: 366

Re: EGG ABANDOMENT ?

I had several gourds on the same rack that had eggs left behind. Someone suggested it could have been a failed 2nd batch. I haven't checked my gourds since the last birds fledged. They will stay up a while longer though. There are some that come by, maybe just remembering before they leave or passer...
by Chris B
Tue Aug 15, 2017 2:25 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: EGG ABANDOMENT ?
Replies: 4
Views: 366

Re: EGG ABANDOMENT ?

I had several gourds on the same rack that had eggs left behind. Someone suggested it could have been a failed 2nd batch. I haven't checked my gourds since the last birds fledged. They will stay up a while longer though. There are some that come by, maybe just remembering before they leave or passer...
by Chris B
Wed Aug 02, 2017 3:44 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Bye bye birdies
Replies: 0
Views: 297

Bye bye birdies

The last gourd with 2 stragglers fledged yesterday. They must be roosting somewhere cause only a dozen were around this morning.

Have a safe trip south guys!
by Chris B
Fri May 26, 2017 3:52 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Just when I had plans
Replies: 3
Views: 276

Re: Just when I had plans

I have S&K porches / crescent openings on my gourds. There has been a very persistant and now very elusive starling that can breach the S&K crescents. I have already removed several nests, thought I had shot the bird with my 20gs shotgun, and yet today I notices a starling on the grass that ...
by Chris B
Fri Apr 21, 2017 11:49 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Insecticides for mites
Replies: 12
Views: 730

Re: Insecticides for mites

I put a little seven dust in the pine straw I pre-nest with. I don't think PMs have mites, but they get them from the trash birds that invade. I watch one ASY male splashing pretty aggressively into my pond and wondered if he was trying to shed mites.
by Chris B
Fri Apr 21, 2017 11:46 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Migration
Replies: 3
Views: 319

Re: Migration

The scout report map is pretty full!

https://www.purplemartin.org/research/8 ... val-study/
by Chris B
Tue Apr 18, 2017 11:45 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Do PM mate for life??
Replies: 3
Views: 501

Re: Do PM mate for life??

Heck, I suspect they may not even stay "married" overnight for all the gourd hopping that goes on at sundown.
by Chris B
Tue Apr 18, 2017 11:37 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: No Picture But A Video
Replies: 15
Views: 979

Re: No Picture But A Video

I watched a few birds fight during an evening swarm over the pond. Two of them plopped right down into the water and quickly got back to flying. Good thing cause there are some really big bass in the pond. I keep waiting to see a bass take a bird as it scoops in for a drink or bath.
by Chris B
Fri Apr 14, 2017 10:10 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Good Morning all. Any Athens, Al landlords on the forum?
Replies: 4
Views: 315

Re: Good Morning all. Any Athens, Al landlords on the forum?

A friend of mine here has 3 gourds that the TS are nesting in. He uses 2" round holes in natural gourds, and as can be expected, he is fighting starlings. But he also has a bunch of PMs. You should have all your gourds open IMO, as the PMs ( and TS's) are nest building actively at my place here...
by Chris B
Thu Apr 13, 2017 3:19 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Help - inheriting a colony...
Replies: 13
Views: 1151

Re: Help - inheriting a colony...

Congrats! I am sure that with those 4 visitors you will have a season. Is there open (ie not surrounded by trees) water nearby? They love having a place to drink, bathe (they splash on the water while flying), and eat skeeters.
by Chris B
Thu Apr 13, 2017 3:05 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Good Morning all. Any Athens, Al landlords on the forum?
Replies: 4
Views: 315

Re: Good Morning all. Any Athens, Al landlords on the forum?

Tree swallows are very compatible with PMs, as long as they have a place to be. Mine are already pairing up and choosing the bluebird boxes I put up for them. TS and PM fly in the same airspace at my place and get along just fine. You should have your PM housing fully opened up by now as my birds ar...
by Chris B
Wed Apr 12, 2017 1:25 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: SREH vs round
Replies: 11
Views: 701

Re: SREH vs round

Good job and I assume you meant you shot the starling. That is the only way when one figures out how to get in/out of a SREH. They are smart and soon figure out we don't like them. And they will plum fill up a gourd with their trashy nest, and make mites.
by Chris B
Fri Apr 07, 2017 2:12 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Had an OP Ed in the paper speaking out against...
Replies: 15
Views: 2122

Re: Had an OP Ed in the paper speaking out against...

You could point out that dragonfly larvae are huge predators of small fish fry, and that keeping them in control is beneficial. We had huge winds lately and the PMs were "on the deck" about 1 foot off the grass eating up the misquito-looking thiings that are flying around here now. They ar...
by Chris B
Fri Apr 07, 2017 9:09 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Instant Colony Today!! I'm more Amazed!
Replies: 8
Views: 679

Re: Instant Colony Today!! I'm more Amazed!

At my place they came in with the southern air flow and filled up the rest of the unoccupied gourds. I believe the teenagers have arrived since this morning there is mayhem and fighting. My friend a few miles away who had very few so far experienced an invasion the same day and now has plenty. I wou...
by Chris B
Mon Apr 03, 2017 3:57 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: OMG, OMG, OMG It just happened to me!
Replies: 69
Views: 3449

Re: OMG, OMG, OMG It just happened to me!

I have one female starling that can get into S&K crescent gourds. Even though I cleaned out the trash they put in the gourd this one has picked out, it rebuilt. I pulled out the trash and 3 blue eggs last weekend. This one will really be trouble if I can't shoot it.
by Chris B
Mon Apr 03, 2017 3:55 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Tree Swallow Question
Replies: 24
Views: 1042

Re: Tree Swallow Question

The TS in my yard do not bother the PMs at all. Sometimes they lounge on the racks but I have not observed one trying to get into a gourd. The TS have their own 1 1/2" round hole gourds on dead trees nearby.

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