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by John Miller
Tue Nov 26, 2019 1:45 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Is a cling plate entrance starling resistant?
Replies: 4
Views: 223

Re: Is a cling plate entrance starling resistant?

Here is what I know. One can cut a crescent directly into a natural gourd and with no porch martins can generally cling and enter and starlings cannot, because starlings cannot use their legs for leverage. I've made some unporched natural gourd crescents slightly oversized by 1/32 to 1/16 of an inch...
by John Miller
Tue Nov 12, 2019 6:21 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: PM house question
Replies: 10
Views: 443

Re: PM house question

A substantial porch overhang seems to be attractive to martins, I think. I've extended out porch overhangs on Trio houses, to gain more rain protection and sometimes as a option for housing with 6 x 6 units to create more depth. Martins enjoy sitting back under the porch, and you can add a swing if ...
by John Miller
Wed Aug 28, 2019 9:37 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: How Many Gourds on 2" Pole ??
Replies: 11
Views: 5620

Re: How Many Gourds on 2" Pole ??

Anthony..that's a smaller natural gourd that was hanging with wire from the porch of the Trendsetter, not shown. A friend, not me, had decorated it with some flowers painted on, because this location is the Missouri Botanical Garden. ha.
by John Miller
Sat Aug 17, 2019 5:37 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: How Many Gourds on 2" Pole ??
Replies: 11
Views: 5620

Re: How Many Gourds on 2" Pole ??

[attachment=1]Housing modifications resized II.jpg[/attachment]Here are two photos of how I've been trying to reinforce some of my poles at public sites...I can't lower when a storm approaches. One manufactuer told me that the location on the square pole mostly likely to bend under stress is right a...
by John Miller
Fri Aug 16, 2019 8:21 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: How Many Gourds on 2" Pole ??
Replies: 11
Views: 5620

Re: How Many Gourds on 2" Pole ??

Have seen up to 24 gourds on two inch poles, but always looks like disaster waiting to happen to me...not a matter of if, but when. If you have concerns, don't over weight poles.
by John Miller
Fri Aug 16, 2019 7:37 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Owl Predation
Replies: 17
Views: 6877

Re: Owl Predation

Dave Kathy Freeze of Licking MO just had a long article about her owl problems published in PM Update. She found nothing worked except a substantial cage around a gourd rack, closed top and bottom and held out from the gourds, I think she said 12 inches or so. Please get a copy if you have not alrea...
by John Miller
Mon Aug 12, 2019 8:43 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: News story about MN roost, interview with Ron Seekamp
Replies: 2
Views: 1093

Re: News story about MN roost, interview with Ron Seekamp

Long-timers (me and Emil) will recall that Ron Seekamp was a former PMCA Landlord of the Year. Good to see he is doing well.
by John Miller
Sat Aug 03, 2019 8:25 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Pool noodles on sale now
Replies: 1
Views: 2845

Pool noodles on sale now

Found pool noodles on sale today at Wal Mart for 50 cents each! These are never available in stores in Sept when I need them. I cut small sections to plug entrances for winter.
by John Miller
Thu Jul 25, 2019 7:43 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Question about "heat index"
Replies: 4
Views: 923

Re: Question about "heat index"

Thanks all for your insights. I have tried to blissfully disregard the heat index, and the dew point, which local meteorologists like to present. But, based on bio Joe's explanation, I should pay attention. I do think shade and venting help keep martins a little cooler. Venting probably helps most w...
by John Miller
Tue Jul 23, 2019 5:07 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Question about "heat index"
Replies: 4
Views: 923

Question about "heat index"

Seeking opinions. Are martins affected by the "heat index" or "feels like" temp? We've just gone through a hot spell in St. Louis. To listen to TV reports, you'd think it had never been July here before. Our highest temps -- now subsided -- were 98, and a handful of remaining martin nests survived, ...
by John Miller
Fri Jul 19, 2019 2:08 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: MITES! I had no idea!
Replies: 13
Views: 2608

Re: MITES! I had no idea!

When I get them on my hands I just pour rubbing alcohol over to rise them off. You can wipe down surfaces for a quick removal that way. It's unclear to me whether they bite humans. They don't affect me much, not causing red marks like chiggars, but of course wash off.
by John Miller
Fri Jul 19, 2019 10:58 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Riverlands Audubon Center (St. Louis)
Replies: 1
Views: 605

Riverlands Audubon Center (St. Louis)

Visited Riverlands Audubon Center in West Alton MO (north metro St. Louis) this morning to try to help get a late nest in a gourd on a shepherd's hook through the heat wave...gourd was supposed to be for tree swallows, but birds don't read. Heat should break by Sunday. I put a Styrofoam panel over t...
by John Miller
Thu Jul 18, 2019 8:12 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: The Forum vs Facebook
Replies: 10
Views: 1615

Re: The Forum vs Facebook

Ed Yes. I got frustrated trying to edit something and just deleted it. Was hitting wrong keys. I'm not my best hot days trying to save martins -- I'm serious. Anyway...I am on FB a lot. It's what you make of it. It does worry me that FB has become so darn powerful, they are essentially in control of...
by John Miller
Thu Jul 18, 2019 2:47 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: The Forum vs Facebook
Replies: 10
Views: 1615

Re: The Forum vs Facebook

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by John Miller
Sun Jul 07, 2019 11:50 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Photo question: how to post
Replies: 9
Views: 1609

Re: Photo question: how to post

Glory be. this seemed to work. Set pixels at 900 and got file size down to near 250 kb. (maybe what size you set the pixels depends on size of original; I got too small at first). Anyway, photo is from this morning at Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site, Collinsville IL., (metro St. Louis east). Stil...
by John Miller
Sat Jul 06, 2019 3:31 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Photo question: how to post
Replies: 9
Views: 1609

Photo question: how to post

Can someone tell me again how to post a photo here? Okay Grandpa, we'll try. I gave up a decade ago and was putting my photos on photo bucket, with a link. Then Photo bucket started charging for an account. Steve Kroenke doesn't have a problem...of course I think he has an IT background. Thanks in a...
by John Miller
Wed Jun 19, 2019 9:06 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Purple Martins Eating Egg Shells
Replies: 11
Views: 5187

Re: Purple Martins Eating Egg Shells

Small tool on porch...could have been me. However, I do put eggshells on roofs of Trendsetters sometimes. That doesn't scare martins.
by John Miller
Wed Jun 05, 2019 4:48 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Eggs and babies vanishing and dead babies dead
Replies: 6
Views: 2178

Re: Eggs and babies vanishing and dead babies dead

A snake might be the cause of disappearance. but also sub adult males. They will carry out very small young, and eggs, and sometimes one will harass a female so much that she cannot feed and some babies may starve. If a sub male is preventing a female from entering, you might be able to observe this...
by John Miller
Sat Jun 01, 2019 6:08 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: my neighbor doesn't like my birds
Replies: 15
Views: 6010

Re: my neighbor doesn't like my birds

As flying low said, neighbor disputes can linger for years and get intense. Don't remove your gourds, but 40 plus is a big colony if you have close neighbors. Consider reducing next year, and if you are inclined put some at a nearby public area that you would enjoy visiting and managing. Golf course...

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