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by Louise Chambers
Fri Jun 01, 2018 4:10 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Differences between male & female house sparrow aggressiveness
Replies: 3
Views: 866

Re: Differences between male & female house sparrow aggressiveness

I think it can vary with different individuals, too. I will never forget the year we had chickadees nesting in bluebird box right outside PMCA's office. A female house sparrow with no mate showed up and before we realized anything was wrong, she'd tossed many tiny chickadee nestlings from the box, k...
by Louise Chambers
Fri Jun 01, 2018 9:23 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Sparrow trap for birds choice purple Martin house?
Replies: 2
Views: 719

Re: Sparrow trap for birds choice purple Martin house?

Depending on which Birds' Choice house/entrances you have, one of the Universal Sparrow Traps ought to work - check with PMCA if unsure. These are very helpful traps for just about any martin house. https://www.purplemartin.org/shop/product/dust/deluxe-universal-sparrow-trap/ Another option would be...
by Louise Chambers
Wed May 30, 2018 6:49 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Anybody tried a Fan?
Replies: 3
Views: 886

Re: Anybody tried a Fan?

Our martins don't mind the panels a bit - as long as they are secured well, they won't flap in wind, and fledges land on them - a little runway ;-)
by Louise Chambers
Tue May 29, 2018 3:57 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Anybody tried a Fan?
Replies: 3
Views: 886

Re: Anybody tried a Fan?

A Tulsa, OK, landlord, the late Tom Martin, set up those huge industrial fans to cool off his colony at times. It can get so hot up in OK and KS - I don't recall his results with/without fan, but now I recall at Dallas landlord, Troy G, who also used fans at times. Could not hurt to try, but it woul...
by Louise Chambers
Thu May 24, 2018 7:37 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Possible threat by tropical system
Replies: 4
Views: 1009

Re: Possible threat by tropical system

It's perfectly okay to lower systems a few feet ahead of storms - dropping it 3 feet or so will safeguard the martins. You have a square pole, so that's all you need to do (lower it) - be sure to lower system during daylight hours, never after dark. Landlords with telescoping poles can do the same t...
by Louise Chambers
Fri May 18, 2018 8:52 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Now it's wrens!
Replies: 5
Views: 1215

Re: Now it's wrens!

Are these House Wrens or Carolina Wrens? Latter are not a problem. If House Wrens, give them a box or gourd of their own, preferably in brushy area out of sight of martin homes. Remove unwanted nesting material daily to discourage them.
by Louise Chambers
Thu May 17, 2018 6:39 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Do martins remove dead nestlings/egg that don't hatch?
Replies: 3
Views: 850

Re: Do martins remove dead nestlings/egg that don't hatch?

I would leave any unhatched eggs for a week after all other eggs have hatched - there is not likely to be a one week gap between hatch days, and most eggs hatch within 1-2 days, max of 3-4 days. Removing unhatched eggs and obviously bad eggs after a week won't do any harm and will help keep nest cle...
by Louise Chambers
Thu May 17, 2018 4:12 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Do martins remove dead nestlings/egg that don't hatch?
Replies: 3
Views: 850

Re: Do martins remove dead nestlings/egg that don't hatch?

Sometimes, but not always. Smaller nestlings that die are easier for them to remove, but some are left to mummify next to their living sibs. Eggs, that also varies - sometimes unhatched eggs are left in the nest, and a new clutch added. And sometimes live young and fertile eggs are removed by subadu...
by Louise Chambers
Wed May 16, 2018 7:11 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: More sparrows
Replies: 7
Views: 1411

Re: More sparrows

Plugging the holes the house sparrows seem to favor will not help, it will just push them into other rooms, possibly the ones the martins chose. Best way to deal with house sparrows is trap & get rid of, or shoot.
by Louise Chambers
Wed May 16, 2018 7:33 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Question about Great Crested Flycatchers
Replies: 7
Views: 1639

Re: Question about Great Crested Flycatchers

I think they prefer some cover around their nesting site, some trees, shrubs, brush - but not densely wooded areas. Your site in oak tree sounds better than behind house - they tend to be shy. We have brown-crested flycatchers here (south TX) and they use bluebird boxes with enlarged holes.
by Louise Chambers
Sun May 13, 2018 4:30 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: question on nest checks
Replies: 2
Views: 688

Re: question on nest checks

You can keep checking all nests right through fledge age (28 days) if you use the plug and string method on nests with birds 22 days or older. I'll try to find a link to photos and how to info. https://www.purplemartin.org/purple-martins/managing/53/nest-checks/ For plugs, we use a pool noodle, cut ...
by Louise Chambers
Sun May 13, 2018 2:42 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Cat killing Martins
Replies: 12
Views: 2864

Re: Cat killing Martins

I suggest keeping the cat inside, or building it a catio - those are really nice. Google "catio" for ideas.
by Louise Chambers
Thu May 10, 2018 10:37 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: SY ID
Replies: 10
Views: 2183

Re: SY ID

The Purple Martin species account published in The Birds of North America (by the AOU, Charles R. Brown author) mentions late-arriving yearlings killing small nestlings in apparent attempt to take over compartments, citing Nicholson 1948 [Auk 65: 600-601] and Loftin and Robertson 1983 [Wilson Bullet...
by Louise Chambers
Wed May 02, 2018 12:24 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: OMG !!! I JUST SAW A HAWK TAKE ONE OF MY MARTINS !!!!
Replies: 4
Views: 1262

Re: OMG !!! I JUST SAW A HAWK TAKE ONE OF MY MARTINS !!!!

Purple Man, do a search using terms hawk and protect - there is a lot of info you can use to help protect your martins. All owls and hawks are protected, the same as our martins, so it's illegal to harm them. You can put up martin and mourning dove decoys at the perimeter of your yard, you can add c...
by Louise Chambers
Wed Apr 25, 2018 3:00 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Barred or Great Horned Owl?
Replies: 11
Views: 3200

Re: Barred or Great Horned Owl?

It's hard to tell from photo for sure, but looks to me like Great Horned Owl - put up temp guards now if you can - and an external cage would be best in long run.
by Louise Chambers
Sun Apr 15, 2018 2:36 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: I found a dead female who had been attacked. What happens to her hatchlings?
Replies: 8
Views: 1578

Re: I found a dead female who had been attacked. What happens to her hatchlings?

Lisa, do you know for sure that she was feeding babies? It's early for babies in N Texas, I would think she could have had eggs, though.
by Louise Chambers
Mon Apr 09, 2018 5:52 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Adding Conley Entrances on a Excluder2 Gourd
Replies: 6
Views: 1212

Re: Adding Conley Entrances on a Excluder2 Gourd

Just today I was checking a public site I manage here - they originally had a mix of SuperGourds and Excluder Gourds, some with crescents, some with Excluder II, and some Conley entrances in the mix on additional gourds. Starlings learned how to negotiate crescents when the housing was left up and o...
by Louise Chambers
Tue Apr 03, 2018 10:45 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Sparrow question
Replies: 10
Views: 1805

Re: Sparrow question

James, if HOSP are building in a gourd, replace that gourd with your trap gourd. transfer good portion of nest to trap gourd, and use a bit of it to hide the trip wire that triggers the trap. This strategy will work best if you wait until the HOSP have a few eggs, or at least until they are strongly...
by Louise Chambers
Tue Apr 03, 2018 9:24 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Sparrow question
Replies: 10
Views: 1805

Re: Sparrow question

Martins WILL go into an active sparrow nest cavity - I caught 2 or 3 when I put insert trap into cavities with full house sparrow nests (mooshed nest to back wall to make room for insert trap). It is not safe to use a sticky trap or glue traps in anything, unless you shim down entrance to 1-1/4 inch...