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by Sparky
Sun Dec 21, 2014 11:23 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: T-14 and Controller Available - Free
Replies: 16
Views: 2896

Thanks, so much everyone.
by Sparky
Sat Dec 20, 2014 11:48 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: T-14 and Controller Available - Free
Replies: 16
Views: 2896

T-14 and Controller Available - Free

With regret due to a medical condition, I have to quit the martineering hobby after 14 years. I have a T-14 setup with aluminum pole, winch and hardware, a bed and breakfast with pole and S & S Controller available to anyone who wants it in the Houston, TX area. New ground sockets will need to b...
by Sparky
Fri Mar 15, 2013 7:29 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Martin Population Way Down
Replies: 14
Views: 3643

2 years ago I lost several adults in the ice storm that was rare, but last year was good despite the drought from the year before. I'm hoping they were not shooting off the air cannon's in Brazil at the martins and causing injury. I read an article a few weeks ago and that report stated town officia...
by Sparky
Wed Mar 13, 2013 9:09 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Martin Population Way Down
Replies: 14
Views: 3643

Martin Population Way Down

At my colony. Very unusual for this time of the season. I'm at less than 1/2 capacity. I've been doing this martin thing for 13 years and this is the first time I noticed this. Anybody else experiencing low numbers for this time of year? Very strange.
by Sparky
Fri Feb 01, 2013 6:04 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Female ASY Has Landed!
Replies: 8
Views: 1132

Thanks guy's. Saw a few more this morning. I'll keep my eye's peeled at dusk. You'll have yours coming your way sooner than you think. I just pray no ice storms this year.
Connie - Valentines Day is the magic day around these parts. Most of them are usually back on that day.
by Sparky
Thu Jan 31, 2013 10:17 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: How tame can a Martin become? Close Encounters of Martins.
Replies: 11
Views: 2114

This is one of 2, that I rehabbed. Undernourished due to drought and they kept dropping out of their compartments. Here is just before I released: Gabby. I named them Gabby and Haze. Gabby couldn't stop talking and Haze was just out of it until the martin was stronger. Pretty tame as a youngster and...
by Sparky
Thu Jan 31, 2013 10:03 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Female ASY Has Landed!
Replies: 8
Views: 1132

Thanks Emil! You may be on to something on the predators. I noticed a few hawks last week and I have a GHO near by. I can hear him hooting out on the power lines over near the fields. Of course I've heard one every season. The martins have been making big circles around the area, so that might be wh...
by Sparky
Thu Jan 31, 2013 8:20 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Female ASY Has Landed!
Replies: 8
Views: 1132

Female ASY Has Landed!

The scouts have been circling for about 2 weeks now, but I didn't observe them landing. Tonight at 6PM, a lone adult female picked a particular Troyer Horizontal with a plug in it. (Most of my housing is plugged with plugs I made from foam pipe insulation). She chose this one that was plugged and ma...
by Sparky
Thu May 10, 2012 9:28 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Help! Texas Wildlife Center Needs Help
Replies: 13
Views: 2376

Bump, Roslyn (Center Director) emailed me yesterday. She needs to place these orphans quickly. She knows Martins (I taught her years back :lol: ). They belong in a colony. Multiple colonies as needed. She said they are just popping feathers. I would guess about 2 weeks old, not seeing them.
by Sparky
Thu May 03, 2012 9:01 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Help! Texas Wildlife Center Needs Help
Replies: 13
Views: 2376

Thanks Louise for getting the news out. Foster care really works, just place the same age nestlings in a nest with low numbers and the parents adapt. I've watched this on my nestcams. It's like, Oh, I didn't know I have an extra. Time to go grocery shopping. :lol:
by Sparky
Wed May 02, 2012 9:58 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Help! Texas Wildlife Center Needs Help
Replies: 13
Views: 2376

Help! Texas Wildlife Center Needs Help

I received a call and email this afternoon from the Director at TWRC. The TWRC in Houston has 37 orphaned babies. (I don't know the ages) But if you can help place them contact Rosalyn (Director) at the TWRC 713-468-8972 http://twrc-houston.org/ . I have helped them in the past with orphan placement...
by Sparky
Mon Apr 02, 2012 10:13 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: No Foolin' - Hatchlings!!
Replies: 27
Views: 4168

Wow Laverne! Early for sure. I've got lots of eggs as well. I've been too busy trapping S & S to check until today. It's been a frenzy of S & S here lately. Many of my adults just came in last week. I guess they were cruising around this season. Just the early ASY's have eggs.
by Sparky
Sun Mar 25, 2012 8:40 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: ASY martins still migrating
Replies: 9
Views: 1847

Emil, send them over to Katy. I'm low in occupancy thi season. Very strange indeed!
by Sparky
Sun Mar 25, 2012 1:30 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Really Low numbers this Year
Replies: 14
Views: 2892

I had a subadult male today, so they are still coming. With the lack of cold weather this winter, there are a lot of HOSP's. I've been wasting them left and right. Trapped 5 starlings today. 1 in a Troyer gourd with WDC, the others in my Controller. Those HOSP's are really smart. After years of obse...
by Sparky
Thu Mar 22, 2012 10:00 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Really Low numbers this Year
Replies: 14
Views: 2892

I hope so too. But,the adults I have were really early this year (January). I'm only at 50% occupancy right now. Very strange!
by Sparky
Thu Mar 22, 2012 7:15 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Really Low numbers this Year
Replies: 14
Views: 2892

Really Low numbers this Year

I'm usually at 95% full in my colony by this time. Usually it's 90% Adults with the rest Subbies. Must have lost some of the returning martins due to the drought. They maybe got weak, and never made it to Brazil to return to the States. Some subbies came through, but have not stayed. Looks like to b...
by Sparky
Sun Mar 18, 2012 11:04 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Airgun- What should I buy? please advise
Replies: 34
Views: 10490

Thanks Dave! Yeah, I checked those out last year. Seemed complicated with the charging. What's the best way to charge them? Get a used SCUBA tank and the proper fittings?
by Sparky
Sun Mar 18, 2012 9:00 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Airgun- What should I buy? please advise
Replies: 34
Views: 10490

I've got several air rifles and I'm now looking for something with a silencer. Seems, within 2 shots, the neighbors are out looking for where the shots are coming from! :roll:
by Sparky
Sat Mar 17, 2012 10:19 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Shootin HOSP question for you gun toting types
Replies: 40
Views: 7037

No problem shooting, as the martins accept this. Most use a pellet rifle, as a majority of landlords live in populated neihborhoods. If you are fortunate to live in a rural area where a shot gun can be used, go for it. Just make sure no martins are around when you pull the trigger. The pellet rifle ...
by Sparky
Mon Mar 12, 2012 6:51 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Another great rain session in Central Texas
Replies: 6
Views: 967

Well, we have gone from "Extreme" drought to Severe drought since December. We have a way to go before we are normal again. Good rains and mild temps should help the birds. I just dread that 102-108F which will be here before you know it.

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