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by Louise Chambers
Thu Jul 07, 2005 4:21 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: I have a banded ASY male
Replies: 8
Views: 12699

Stan, I was going to reply as you had, that the bird should have two bands, then recalled that it is not always true - while I have no experience of birds wearing only a color band, someone at the Bird Banding Lab told me that an aluminum band is not always required in addition to the color band. Of...
by Louise Chambers
Thu Jul 07, 2005 1:38 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Purple Martin video by Carol Arcand...
Replies: 4
Views: 8848

Hi SF - The Arcand video is available from PMCA through the Shop button at top of page. For now, only video is available. If we learn a DVD is going to be offered, too, we'll let folks know. Obtuse, huh? :roll:

Louise :wink:
by Louise Chambers
Thu Jul 07, 2005 10:32 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: bats in martin house? glue traps not working..
Replies: 3
Views: 8452

Sharon, I bet the bat was roosting up behind the t-14 boxes, and was crushed between box and pole when the house was raised/lowered. I know this happened to another landlord up in PA, fortunately it was just one bat. We also found a live bat inside a compartment one fall after the martins had left (...
by Louise Chambers
Tue Jun 28, 2005 9:46 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: For anyone with GHO problems
Replies: 2
Views: 10301

Mark, We have heard from some users that their niteguard systems failed - they had owl attacks after installing the guards. One landlord who reported failures was Steve Domogala in IL, another was Andy Troyer in PA. Domogala had had the system in use for a few seasons and had thought it was working ...
by Louise Chambers
Mon Jun 27, 2005 4:10 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Martins Molting
Replies: 5
Views: 16026

Hi James, There is a specific order as to which feathers molt when, and molt begins here at the end of the nesting season, ceases during migration, then resumes once the martins are on their wintering grounds. They undergo a complete molt before heading north again. I recall some of the articles on ...
by Louise Chambers
Mon Jun 27, 2005 11:42 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Please tell me what to do--need quick advice
Replies: 5
Views: 15863

linsue, the parents will feed them in the "rescue gourd" you have on shepherd's hook, if they know they are there. You may have to sit back and watch to see if the parents find them. Did the adult birds see you put the two babies into the gourd? Are the babies sticking their heads out and begging fo...
by Louise Chambers
Sun Jun 26, 2005 3:28 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: can squirels get eggs in a T-14?
Replies: 3
Views: 12506

Sharon, I would go ahead and lower the house for a quick check. If the squirrel broke any eggs, remove them. Squirrels will eat eggs and nestlings. A two foot high guard should stop squirrels and raccoons IF it is placed high enough above the ground. Recommended height for top of guard is 4 feet abo...
by Louise Chambers
Fri Jun 24, 2005 2:38 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Is there a food shortage in katy Tx?
Replies: 8
Views: 20042

We have been providing supplemental food (mostly dead crickets) in B&B feeder for much of the season. It's been DRY here, heat not a problem, but brood reduction seemed to indicate lack of food. So up went the B&B feeder and we have seen many of the nesting martins shuttling food up to their nestlin...
by Louise Chambers
Thu Jun 23, 2005 4:26 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Sparrows
Replies: 8
Views: 23012

Jayne, It's something many of us don't enjoy but learn to do so that we can save the martins (and ourselves) the losses that come from not controlling House Sparrows and starlings. Not all landlords euthanize these non-native birds (all native species are protected by law, but H Sparrows and starlin...
by Louise Chambers
Mon Jun 20, 2005 5:59 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Sparrow Trap
Replies: 11
Views: 28672

There are photos of House Sparrows and native birds on the main PMCA web site - don't forget that lots of the info you might need is there. Here is a link: http://www.purplemartin.org/main/mgt.html On that page (martin biology) scroll down a few paras to Competition, then click on House Sparrow to s...