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by John Barrow
Thu Oct 20, 2005 2:38 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Need some advice....
Replies: 8
Views: 6018

Hi Lanell. That's a commedable winter project. I hope it pays off for you. One of my earliest houses was a coates house and I liked it alot. I hung 6 gourds beneath it using two sets of "perching arms" that PMCA sells. They offer excellent stability on a round telescoping pole which I assume you are...
by John Barrow
Wed Oct 12, 2005 10:15 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Natural gourds
Replies: 5
Views: 5282

Good morning Lanell and Emil. One of the PMCA Updates had an article comparing the heat differences in gourds. My recollection is that not painting the gourds white to help reflect heat was the biggest factor contributing to heat elevation. I remember it being a nine degree difference, not one or tw...
by John Barrow
Tue Aug 16, 2005 4:16 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Corpus Christi roost regenerates with northern PMs
Replies: 5
Views: 6556

Hi Laverne. I don't think there is any question that martins "roost hop" on their southern journey. It is much like their northern journey, except we are dealing with much larger groups and numbers. You will recall last spring when martins began arriving along coastal Texas. Those of us with some es...
by John Barrow
Tue Aug 16, 2005 12:04 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Corpus Christi roost regenerates with northern PMs
Replies: 5
Views: 6556

Corpus Christi roost regenerates with northern PMs

On July 7 we located the roost of local birds totaling about 10-15,000 martins. History/location of the roost can be found on the PMCA roost page. Followup visits to the roost established a peak of 20,000 martins on July 26, and dispersal had occurred down to 10-15,000 on July 30. What we thought wo...
by John Barrow
Wed Jul 20, 2005 11:29 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Cleaning out natural gourds at the end of the season???.....
Replies: 3
Views: 5331

Gene, I first remove all of the old nesting material. Next I rinse the inside and outside with a garden hose, then scrub both in and out with a long handled, soft bristle, brush used to wash cars with. I use a mixture of water, dish detergent and bleach. Then I rinse out with a garden hose and hang ...
by John Barrow
Mon Jul 18, 2005 11:04 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Good report w/ happy ending From Grand Prairie,Tx
Replies: 9
Views: 8904

Hi K.C. Congratulations on your success. I know that when I emailed you last week with information of feeding the birds in rehab you were probably shocked--the equvialent of 8-10 mealworms per bird every half hour for 10-12 hours per day. It's one of the biggest challenges I know of to bring life op...
by John Barrow
Mon Jul 18, 2005 10:42 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Eggs due to hatch yesterday are gone today...and no babies!
Replies: 1
Views: 3929

Hi Perry. I have had several instances when late in the season, when the instinct to migrate outweighs the instinct to propagate, the adult martins have destroyed or tossed eggs. I guess it is their recognition that it is getting too late to raise a brood--it's time to go home. Other martins that ha...
by John Barrow
Sun Jul 17, 2005 10:32 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Horizontal natural gourds like the Amish and Mennonites ....
Replies: 5
Views: 5710

Hi Gene, I have had my best success with natural gourds with the entrane placed underneath. All (round holes) have been starling free, the martins love them, and the fledglings find them easier to enter at the end of the season. I recently wrote an article in the last PM Update on preparing natural ...
by John Barrow
Thu Jul 14, 2005 12:04 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Do we have pics showing age of martin babies?
Replies: 11
Views: 12260

You will find those pictures in the PMCA Update 10th Anniversary issue--it's one of the vol 8 series, I believe 8-4. In my opinion that issue is a must have issue for all landlords. It is one that I give away frequently and has been reprinted with copies available from PMCA.
by John Barrow
Sun Jul 10, 2005 10:53 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Pre-migratory roost--Corpus Christi, Texas
Replies: 2
Views: 4439

Pre-migratory roost--Corpus Christi, Texas

Hi friends. Last week we located the local premigratory roost consisting of what I believe are local (within several hundred miles) birds. It is at the norhtwest corner of Staples and Saratoga in the Summit apartments beside their pool All martins are roosting at sunset in a large ash tree. I estima...
by John Barrow
Sun Jul 10, 2005 10:36 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Advice for newwbie
Replies: 6
Views: 9527

Hi rickluk. I have been trying for 4 or 5 years to build a number of successful colonies in Port O'Connor, Texas. I thought it better for there to be 10 colonies of 20 pairs, rather than have 200 pairs myself. This is a martin rich and martin loved area with many housing offerings. As of this year I...
by John Barrow
Wed Jul 06, 2005 2:55 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: West Houston Roost Pics
Replies: 9
Views: 17044

Hello dkjtwo. Looks like you are around a good staging area. When martins are perched on the wires like that is an excellent time to check for bands on the legs of the martins. I suspect that some ot the martins banded in Port O'Connor area are using the Houston roost. If you have the chance some ev...
by John Barrow
Mon Jul 04, 2005 10:36 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Should we plug up and hope for next year?
Replies: 5
Views: 11368

Hello friends from Texas, I am afraid the martin season is over in Texas---we saw our last new arrivals along the coast in mid May. You may or may not have martins in your house next season, but one thing is for sure--if you allow house sparrows to successfully nest in the house at any time--they wi...
by John Barrow
Thu Jun 30, 2005 2:55 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: News to me - Do you KNOW the S&S laws in your state?
Replies: 13
Views: 22628

Mark, I attach a page from Texas Parks and Wildlife hunting regulations found on their home page. Hunting, by definition, includes shooting and trapping. http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/publications/annual/hunt/nongame Protected Birds: Hawks, owls, eagles, and all other nongame birds and songbirds (exce...
by John Barrow
Mon Jun 27, 2005 4:32 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Very smart sparrow...HELP/---Also new babies in JUne
Replies: 7
Views: 16991

Hi Sheryle, I have on occassion when dealing with an unwanted sparrow nest used a glue trap to catch the sparrows. The secret to this is to leave their nest in the gourd which should encourage the martins not to enter. Stick the glue trap right down the tunnel in the sparrow nest toward the egg bowl...