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by Louise Chambers
Mon Apr 02, 2018 10:53 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Can hawks make purple martins shun a house they used for years?
Replies: 22
Views: 7704

Re: Can hawks make purple martins shun a house they used for years?

If you don't have a good baffle/guard on the pole, and netting above that - you might have had snake predation. Snakes climb metal or wooden poles with ease, and clean out martin houses, eating eggs, nestlings, and adults - you won't even know it happened until one year no martins return. House Spar...
by Louise Chambers
Wed Mar 21, 2018 11:21 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Reward or natural selection?
Replies: 6
Views: 1586

Re: Reward or natural selection?

I think they would hang on, by a very slender thread - martins (several pairs, aka, a colony) nest in cavities in Sabal Palm trees at Orlando Wetlands Park near Christmas, Florida. And we have no idea how many martins east of the Rockies nest in non-birdhouse situations, but enough to keep the speci...
by Louise Chambers
Wed Mar 21, 2018 8:33 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Reward or natural selection?
Replies: 6
Views: 1586

Re: Reward or natural selection?

Saying they are back "too soon" does not make sense to me, we might as well talk about punishing the winter weather for staying "too long", if you get my drift. A huge spring blizzard in the early 1980s killed martins all across the midwest, thousands of them - the martins have no way of knowing wha...
by Louise Chambers
Tue Mar 20, 2018 8:21 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Pest strips for sparrows
Replies: 6
Views: 1896

Re: Pest strips for sparrows

To expand a bit on what John Miller says (sending you some sunshine, John :-) ). Some folks use glue traps (the kind designed to catch mice) to capture house sparrows, but it's a very risky endeavor, same as sticky glue strips. For people who think martins won't enter a cavity that sparrows are nest...
by Louise Chambers
Tue Mar 06, 2018 10:23 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Re: Disappointed in PM houses and You?
Replies: 27
Views: 7287

Re: Disappointed in PM houses and You?

Bird Brain, I have to disagree with you about using aluminum houses in the southern states. But aluminum houses should be utilized by Northern landlords. It just gets too hot in the South for aluminum housing, even if painted white. A few hours of Summer Southern sunshine will cook any bird that liv...
by Louise Chambers
Thu Mar 01, 2018 9:49 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: When to use nesting material
Replies: 6
Views: 1187

Re: When to use nesting material

The PMCA did a study at their research site, offering martins their choice of a clean, empty room OR a room with an old, dirty martin nest left intact. Martins preferred rooms with old nests, despite the presence of nest parasites like mites and fleas that overwintered in the old nests. The reasonin...
by Louise Chambers
Mon Feb 19, 2018 7:03 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Are egg shells really necessary?
Replies: 40
Views: 23328

Re: Are egg shells really necessary?

The martins will go collect calcium on their own, yes, but landlords can give them a hand by supplying crushed oyster shell (pullet size is smaller pieces, I believe) on a platform. I once saw martins picking at the chalk used to mark a baseball diamond - they wanted that calcium! Martins will pick ...
by Louise Chambers
Fri Feb 09, 2018 12:11 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Sparrows in New Houses!!
Replies: 8
Views: 3108

Re: Sparrows in New Houses!!

Some info here, check links at bottom: https://www.purplemartin.org/purple-martins/competitors/64/non-native/ You'll need to be able to tell the difference between House Sparrows and our native sparrows, too. Only House Sparrows will build in a martin house or gourd (our many species of native sparr...
by Louise Chambers
Fri Feb 02, 2018 11:17 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Purple Martins are back!
Replies: 15
Views: 3501

Re: Purple Martins are back! Part II

our first home martin showed up yesterday evening here in Corpus Christi - adult male settled into gourd for a good rest, John said he looked tired. He went off to feed this morning. He got here just ahead of a front, today is cooler and breezy, cloudy, but warm enough for feeding. :grin:
by Louise Chambers
Wed Jan 31, 2018 11:59 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Opening a Trio door that is a blank door.
Replies: 10
Views: 2291

Re: Opening a Trio door that is a blank door.

someone used a paint can opener, or something like that.
by Louise Chambers
Tue Jan 30, 2018 3:59 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Purple Martins are back!
Replies: 15
Views: 3501

Purple Martins are back!

Yippee! It's martin time again in Corpus Christi! :-) A friend was helping me fill and raise gourd rack at South Texas Botanical Gardens & Nature Center here, about 10 minutes from home. As we raised the gourds - martins! Heard first, then saw 4, maybe 5, circling overhead & talking to us. I was bus...
by Louise Chambers
Mon Jan 29, 2018 11:01 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Standing on the shoulders of those before us
Replies: 9
Views: 2879

Re: Standing on the shoulders of those before us

Perhaps the saddest experiences of failed mentoring, though that's not really the right term, are those where the martins pay the price - landlords who will not control house sparrows/starlings, with result that eggs, nestlings, and adult martins are destroyed. Landlords who say "we don't have those...
by Louise Chambers
Sun Jan 21, 2018 9:01 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: cleaning out martin houses
Replies: 5
Views: 1432

Re: cleaning out martin houses

Mites and bird fleas can survive all winter, even up north, waiting for their hosts to return. Cleaning out old nests is a good idea, for that and other reasons.
by Louise Chambers
Wed Jan 17, 2018 8:31 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Baiting traps!!
Replies: 14
Views: 2513

Re: Baiting traps!!

I sometimes trapped starlings in pmca's repeating bait trap using suet cakes as bait, placing trap on ground near feeders they were raiding.
by Louise Chambers
Sun Jan 14, 2018 4:44 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Cleaning gourds
Replies: 3
Views: 1074

Re: Cleaning gourds

What kind of gourds, natural or plastic? No need for traction strips in natural gourds. Many southern landlords add elbow vents - if your location gets hot & humid, it wouldn't hurt. Painting interior black can lead to problems if paint peels off and does not really do anything to increase nesting s...
by Louise Chambers
Thu Jan 11, 2018 8:49 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Martins in Melbourne, FL
Replies: 6
Views: 1686

Re: Martins in Melbourne, FL

Bee Martins is an old name, but it's not our Purple Martins, it's Eastern Kingbirds - they are flycatchers that will eat bees, but they do not nest in bird houses. I think folks got different birds mixed up, based on colloquial names and similar appearances.
by Louise Chambers
Thu Jan 11, 2018 5:01 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Martins in Melbourne, FL
Replies: 6
Views: 1686

Re: Martins in Melbourne, FL

Yippee! I always look forward to seeing your reports each year :grin: I am glad the martins are not due here in Texas just yet, too much to do! But by the time they get here, I will be whining 'where are they?' Happy martin season to you and Diane.
by Louise Chambers
Mon Jan 08, 2018 8:44 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Is posting photos disabled?
Replies: 24
Views: 4180

Re: Is posting photos disabled?

testing. click add attachments at bottom, next to options
click add files - that opens my desktop, listing all files, so I can click on a photo to add it.
here is roadrunner looking like a meatloaf
by Louise Chambers
Tue Jan 02, 2018 12:05 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Scouts?
Replies: 12
Views: 2871

Re: Scouts?

That is a neat site, thanks for link. I would predict next Monday when winds change over Florida and further south. It's fun to take a peek and make a guess.
by Louise Chambers
Tue Oct 24, 2017 9:47 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Sparrow Vs. Martin Strength
Replies: 11
Views: 3269

Re: Sparrow Vs. Martin Strength

One thing to keep in mind with an entrance that involves pushing aside a flap, is feather wear. Adults going in & out repeatedly could suffer excess feather wear from the friction/drag against flap. Feathers on back of head, neck, body are not crucial flight feathers but they do provide insulation. ...