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by John Barrow
Tue May 31, 2016 3:07 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Nest Checks and Sub-adult arrivals in South-Central Missouri
Replies: 2
Views: 720

Re: Nest Checks and Sub-adult arrivals in South-Central Missouri

As usual your blog is entertaining and well written, with a lot of great information. Thanks for sharing.
by John Barrow
Mon May 23, 2016 10:15 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Any Old Clubhouse Mambers on Here?
Replies: 9
Views: 2188

Re: Any Old Clubhouse Mambers on Here?

Thurman, I go back to the very first days of the Clubhouse. I have no interest in seeing 2500-3000 gourds set out for martins and do not believe it to be an exemplary, safe or productive scenario for martins.
by John Barrow
Mon May 23, 2016 3:47 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Supplemental feeding and serious success!!!
Replies: 6
Views: 1128

Re: Supplemental feeding and serious success!!!

Hi Curtis. It reads like you are enjoying tremendous success. That's quite an achievement. Congratulations. Although you have conquered the platform feeding test, I would offer one suggestion based on my feeding history. If you have a convenient nearby roof, you might flip crickets or egg in the dir...
by John Barrow
Mon May 09, 2016 3:29 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Texas Migration
Replies: 9
Views: 3111

Re: Texas Migration

SY migration normally extends until early June along the Texas coast and is running a couple of weeks late this year. There are still good numbers of SY martins migrating in to the country and should be for another 3 or 4 weeks. There is also the possibility of predators disrupting an existing site ...
by John Barrow
Thu May 05, 2016 9:38 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: SY's on time?
Replies: 4
Views: 1157

Re: SY's on time?

Our first few SY arrivals were pretty much on time; however, small in number as most first reported arrivals are. In my migration reports I refer to *general* arrivals, meaning arrivals of a large influx of martins that impact the entire gulf coast over several days--usually in conjunction with the ...
by John Barrow
Thu May 05, 2016 9:30 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Second Year Questions
Replies: 18
Views: 4167

Re: Second Year Questions

Great news Daryl!! I have a good bit of banding data to support the reuse of the same compartments by ASY males. Very little from females. Sounds like your older guy is back and hunting some company. Subject to the parameters set out above I suspect he will be able to pull in his share of arrivals t...
by John Barrow
Wed May 04, 2016 10:04 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Second Year Questions
Replies: 18
Views: 4167

Re: Second Year Questions

Hi Daryl, I would venture to say that the male you see is one of the two from last year. One driving force of the earliest of arrivals is safety in numbers. The very earliest arrivals will spend most of their time trying to attract other martins to your colony. Their success will be governed by the ...
by John Barrow
Wed May 04, 2016 3:51 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: SY's
Replies: 17
Views: 2780

Re: SY's

Andrew, along the South Texas coast everything is running later than normal (2 to 3 weeks): ASY general arrivals, SY general arrivals and egg laying. This has been a unique season of migration unlike any I have documented in the past. I hope to post a general summary report of 2016 migration at some...
by John Barrow
Tue Apr 26, 2016 4:30 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Still Trying To Attract A Martin?
Replies: 8
Views: 1903

Re: Still Trying To Attract A Martin?

There are still a lot of martins arriving along the South Texas coastline. Many smaller and newer colonies have been getting their first arrivals during the past two weeks. Migration has averaged about two weeks later than normal this year along the coast. There is still plenty of time for arrivals ...
by John Barrow
Wed Mar 30, 2016 9:05 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: question on troyer tunnel trap. Starlings breaching the Conely 2 entrances
Replies: 3
Views: 1185

Re: question on troyer tunnel trap. Starlings breaching the Conely 2 entrances

Hi John, I have used the Troyer traps on their gourds with success. Sometimes I use the aluminum slide gate that comes with it; sometimes I use a plastic door stop in the same fashion. As long as they slide freely down either will work. For starlings I use the metal loop as it comes. I file the end ...
by John Barrow
Tue Mar 08, 2016 4:12 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: At Last
Replies: 6
Views: 1269

Re: At Last

Great news Carl. You'll be adding housing in another year or two. I'm betting you functionally fill this season.
Best wishes!!!
by John Barrow
Thu Mar 03, 2016 4:33 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Looking for feedback on house location
Replies: 16
Views: 3459

Re: Looking for feedback on house location

Dave, Having looked at the different options, I would move the pole closer to your house than originally planned, but like John Miller suggested, not to the 32 foot range. I would lean more toward 40 feet from the house. I would also consider positioning the house so that entrances face the longest ...
by John Barrow
Wed Feb 24, 2016 8:16 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Trying to report scouts Louise
Replies: 10
Views: 3100

Re: Trying to report scouts Louise

Steve Malone, I would suggest you report your scouts by email at the above link: scoutreports@purplemartin.org and tell them about your problems in ordering gourds. As stated above the forum login is not used to make purchases or to report scout arrivals. I know PMCA staff is working to accommodate ...
by John Barrow
Wed Feb 24, 2016 5:10 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Trying to report scouts Louise
Replies: 10
Views: 3100

Re: Trying to report scouts Louise

Ron, Louise has been away from her office for a few days on a birding adventure. Here is a reply to another post on the forum that might help you: "Two ways to report - use the Submit Scout Reports link here: https://www.purplemartin.org/research/8/scout-arrival-study/ and it will ask you to log in ...
by John Barrow
Tue Feb 23, 2016 5:02 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Returning birds question
Replies: 3
Views: 1046

Re: Returning birds question

Gauxt, In Texas, the greatest influx of two year old martins generally begins about two to three weeks before the first large influx of SY (one year old) birds. Because there are isolated arrival of earlier SY martins, the influx of two year old martins might closely coincide with the arrival of fir...
by John Barrow
Sat Feb 13, 2016 11:10 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Screening of The Messenger Documentary in Corpus Christi
Replies: 2
Views: 988

Screening of The Messenger Documentary in Corpus Christi

The screening of the Messenger documentary in Corpus Christi last night was a great success and highly motivational. A crowd of just over 100 invitees sat spell bound through the 90 minute documentary; followed by a question and answer period hosted by biologists from Coastal Bend Bays and Estuaries...
by John Barrow
Thu Feb 04, 2016 4:58 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Tri Flow
Replies: 3
Views: 1282

Re: Tri Flow

Hi Mark. I have never used Tri Flow to lubricate my martin poles, but have used it for other purposes. It is a good lubricant and relatively light. I do not think it would cause the problems that you inquire about, such as a heavier lubricant like LPS-3, oil or grease might. And if there were any pr...
by John Barrow
Wed Feb 03, 2016 10:37 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Scout seen
Replies: 11
Views: 2703

Re: Scout seen

Great news Tony. 2016 has brought a slow and sporadic start for pre-February Texas arrivals. Seeing these Guadalupe and Brazos River reports indicates migration might be getting ready to break open in Texas.

Have a great season and keep in touch.
Your friends to the south!!
by John Barrow
Wed Feb 03, 2016 10:17 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Another martin or two in Corpus Christi
Replies: 8
Views: 1605

Re: Another martin or two in Corpus Christi

2016 early migration runs about normal in total numbers. Texas reports; however, that normally increase dramatically the last week of January did not this year. They most likely will in the next few weeks. Slower reported migration from Texas was offset by heavier reporting from Mississippi and Geor...
by John Barrow
Thu Jan 14, 2016 4:01 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Another Offseason upgrade....
Replies: 7
Views: 1965

Re: Another Offseason upgrade....

Great work Dorn!!! The martins and Parsons, Kansas are lucky to have you. Best wishes for a great season!!!