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by John Miller
Mon May 18, 2020 6:30 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Mites
Replies: 12
Views: 566

Re: Mites

Someone here suggested a teaspoon of sevin under nest material. That's probably enough for 10 gourds. Be careful with pesticides.

whew.

John Miller
by John Miller
Mon May 18, 2020 6:25 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Mites ruined my season
Replies: 8
Views: 487

Re: Mites ruined my season

Permethrin is a long lasting, lab created pesticide that can probably kills birds...will fish. I fear you have overreacted. Mites sometimes explode in numbers after the babies fledge and you will see them moving over gourd surfaces. Mites in great numbers will weaken birds, but they also will tolera...
by John Miller
Fri Apr 24, 2020 8:54 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Trio Castle Occupancy Issues
Replies: 7
Views: 375

Re: Trio Castle Occupancy Issues

An old castle was donated to Forest Park, St Louis, three years ago and martins love it. It has expanded units. Now it's white because the owner had painted the green beige and I repainted all white and think it looks nice, but attributing high occupancy to all white...I dunno...I think it's the lar...
by John Miller
Thu Apr 23, 2020 10:22 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Help with Gourd Rack Placement (Aspiring Landlord)
Replies: 20
Views: 558

Re: Help with Gourd Rack Placement (Aspiring Landlord)

Yes...agree closer to your house. Or, looks like a school a block away. This spring the virus concerns here would make meeting with them tough, but consider contacting them in the future. They have a few potential open spaces. Some people don't want to get into public sites, but some folks do (I thi...
by John Miller
Thu Apr 23, 2020 8:10 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Help with Gourd Rack Placement (Aspiring Landlord)
Replies: 20
Views: 558

Re: Help with Gourd Rack Placement (Aspiring Landlord)

St. Louis needs more housing. We're already near full occupancy at the housing in Forest Park and the Missouri Botanical Garden in the city, and a colony at Creve Coeur Park. Contact me this summer is you want to visit some of these sites and see nesting martins. I am concerned whether your site is ...
by John Miller
Wed Apr 22, 2020 12:47 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Outstanding photo from St. Louis
Replies: 6
Views: 351

Re: Outstanding photo from St. Louis

No, not time lapse. I have another shot a moment later and another female is in the air with the three males all moved just slightly forward. I don't have permission to post that one, but it's on Facebook, posted by the photographer. John Miller P.S. spoke with the photographer. She replied, pretty ...
by John Miller
Wed Apr 22, 2020 6:48 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Outstanding photo from St. Louis
Replies: 6
Views: 351

Outstanding photo from St. Louis

Want to share a fantastic photo taken last week in Forest Park, St. Louis, by a long-time nature photographer, Marian Brickner. Marian has been spending considerable time getting "flight" shots at one particular house in the park. Shown are four males, three in flight.
by John Miller
Wed Apr 15, 2020 6:34 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: New colony (maybe) near St. Louis
Replies: 3
Views: 202

New colony (maybe) near St. Louis

Very happy that we may have a good start of a new colony near St. Louis, Mo at Riverlands Audubon Center, West Alton, Mo., adjacent to the Mississippi. This should be a good location for martin education. We've had a rack of horizontal gourds there now for four years, but always trying to deal with ...
by John Miller
Sat Mar 28, 2020 6:16 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: St. Louis Mo arrival pics
Replies: 4
Views: 250

Re: St. Louis Mo arrival pics

Hi Brad

Those are sort of aluminum chalets. A landlord in Virginia named Tom Brake is manufacturing them and I wanted to try a few. He calls them "Chirpy nests." They hang much like gourds. They are said to have a lot of nice features including excellent drainage.

John
by John Miller
Sat Mar 28, 2020 1:32 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: St. Louis Mo arrival pics
Replies: 4
Views: 250

St. Louis Mo arrival pics

Couple of pics from St. Louis. First is from Forest Park, golf course site. Spotted two males and a female yesterday. Other martin vocalizing is on a house at Creve Coeur Park, St. Louis County, photo by volunteer Karen Meyer who manages the colony there. We have about 70 pairs that nest each season...
by John Miller
Sun Mar 01, 2020 4:20 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: PMCA Wing Entrapment Protectors heads up....
Replies: 27
Views: 1380

Re: PMCA Wing Entrapment Protectors heads up....

Brent Probably would reduce risk a great deal. I'd personally also recommend getting some kind of PVC trim to fill in the bottom a little as well, so that a wing doesn't overhang there. This is because Trendsetter crescents are 1/2 inch off the floor. I'd not go flush, but approx. 1/8 inch below the...
by John Miller
Sat Feb 29, 2020 9:40 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: PMCA Wing Entrapment Protectors heads up....
Replies: 27
Views: 1380

Re: PMCA Wing Entrapment Protectors heads up....

well I'm contrary on this issue because I've pushed for a decade for a more effective PMCA wing entrapment protector. Not sure new design is perfect, but should help.

Surely the issue with Troyer Tunnels is one for Troyer to address, not the PMCA.

John Miller
by John Miller
Sat Feb 29, 2020 6:17 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: PMCA Wing Entrapment Protectors heads up....
Replies: 27
Views: 1380

Re: PMCA Wing Entrapment Protectors heads up....

Ya'll probably could take a hack saw and trim the height of the new guards to fit. Mark a line how much you want to remove from each leg then lay the guard flat and secure it some way to saw. It's soft plastic so cuts fairly easily. Over the last decade I have purchased many PMCA guards to double th...
by John Miller
Tue Feb 25, 2020 1:29 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: PMCA Wing Entrapment Protectors heads up....
Replies: 27
Views: 1380

Re: PMCA Wing Entrapment Protectors heads up....

Brad I have used the WEPs this way, but gets expensive. I have as an alternative cut a ring 3/4 inch wide off thin wall, 3 inch diameter PVC drain pipe. Then use tin snips to cut out an arch that I added to fronts, using white Quad Caulk as a glue and to fill in gaps. I don't see that the photo of t...
by John Miller
Mon Feb 10, 2020 8:35 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Emil, Your Sideboards
Replies: 42
Views: 9124

Re: Emil, Your Sideboards

Arch guard looks great. One can make the guards out of thin wall PVC, 3 inch diameter. With thin, I first cut a 3/4 inch ring (as shown) but can use tin snips to next trim out an arch to fit...cutting a little at a time to get right fit (not a tool guy). Comes in 8 foot lengths from home centers.
by John Miller
Sun Feb 09, 2020 5:22 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Question about my new Trendsetter...
Replies: 8
Views: 1712

Re: Question about my new Trendsetter...

Longtime users of Trendsetters here. Yes, remove the subfloors to use the factory nest trays because as you observe the entry would otherwise be blocked. Want to add that one also needs to clear debris from under the factory wood trays when doing nest checks, otherwise it can raise the trays as well...
by John Miller
Sat Jan 25, 2020 10:35 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Wall guard for Trendsetter nest trays-wing entrapment
Replies: 4
Views: 944

Re: Wall guard for Trendsetter nest trays-wing entrapment

Doubtful will help. It doesn't address entrapment at the entrance. But...maybe worth trying as it's low cost.
John Miller
by John Miller
Fri Jan 24, 2020 1:53 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Opinions on "crescent openings" for Gourds
Replies: 8
Views: 4838

Re: Opinions on "crescent openings" for Gourds

Porch placement below the crescent also is a factor. At one-half inch, starlings may be able to use their legs to get leverage. Placed about 1/8 to no more than 1/4 inch below, martins can enter fairly easily but starlings find it more difficult. Flush is the most restrictive, but can be a little to...
by John Miller
Mon Jan 20, 2020 10:22 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Natural gourd photos...how to make
Replies: 11
Views: 6436

Re: Natural gourd photos...how to make

Brad...right. I give one or two martin programs a year...and take this gourd and some plastic ones along to put on the demo table. Been working on couple more naturals to give to a cousin. Ones I'm working on that I had on hand are kind of "squatty." Wish I could get some of yours that you grow, but...
by John Miller
Sun Dec 29, 2019 11:43 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: New gourd additions
Replies: 5
Views: 2315

Re: New gourd additions

Here's how I get the file size right...and have a note on my bulletin board. Right click photo and open with "Paint." Click "resize," and then choose "pixels." For photos of several MB, change pixels to 900 horizontal. (will end up with a photo of about 250 kb size, but depends on original size). Sa...