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by John Miller
Tue May 11, 2021 4:15 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Nest material carrying- is this a good sign?
Replies: 8
Views: 116

Re: Nest material carrying- is this a good sign?

I think you likely have a SY male and female mate, also maybe SY. No, two SY males would not pal around carrying in nest material. I think an unmated SY male might occasionally bring in a little nest material on his own, but not join another male in this. You may want to look closely at the photos o...
by John Miller
Thu Apr 15, 2021 10:54 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Short martin history article, St. Louis focus
Replies: 5
Views: 1071

Short martin history article, St. Louis focus

Blog history article that I wrote, published by the Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis.

https://discoverandshare.org/2021/04/15 ... he-garden/
by John Miller
Sat Mar 20, 2021 6:11 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: My have to take the housing down this season
Replies: 28
Views: 4633

Re: My have to take the housing down this season

If there is another location, maybe move the house. I always think first of going from the back to the front yard. If that's not an option, maybe there is a public location nearby that you would enjoying going there and managing the housing. Golf courses probably make the best locations of any I can...
by John Miller
Fri Feb 26, 2021 2:34 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Keeping Sparrows Out of Martin Nests
Replies: 17
Views: 2220

Re: Keeping Sparrows Out of Martin Nests

Almost never use a glue trap. A martin will indeed sometimes enter a house sparrow nest. In large excluder gourds, I've even had them nest in the small space available after a house sparrow had nearly clogged the interior. Once when starting to clean out a house sparrow nest from such a gourd, with ...
by John Miller
Tue Feb 23, 2021 8:22 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Wing entrapment
Replies: 6
Views: 1017

Re: Wing entrapment

It would help, but may interfere with doors and you may have to trim one side of the guard. (have stood in the field for hours whittling) Trendsetter has begun installing the 3/4 inch guards on the interior. What "may" help further to decrease entrapment risk is to fill in the gap below the guard, b...
by John Miller
Mon Feb 22, 2021 12:26 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Gourds vs House
Replies: 18
Views: 2336

Re: Gourds vs House

Speaking strictly about house sparrows, they will build in either gourds or houses with equal glee. However, if you have a near full occupancy colony and larger gourds, and you are pulling sparrow nests, the martins can more easily claim all the gourds -- sometimes -- than they can with houses. That...
by John Miller
Fri Oct 30, 2020 4:19 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: converting Trio houses
Replies: 2
Views: 1137

Re: converting Trio houses

If you use round holes and have deep or double units, starlings usually overrun the house quickly.
by John Miller
Mon Oct 26, 2020 1:38 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: News feature in Columbia MO paper about gourds
Replies: 1
Views: 1152

News feature in Columbia MO paper about gourds

Young man featured in Columbia MO newspaper about growing purple martin gourds. Aaron Templemire. Aaron's father, Ronnie Templemire, for many years has managed a large colony in Boonville MO and often is among the first in Missouri to report a scout each year. https://www.columbiamissourian.com/news...
by John Miller
Mon Oct 19, 2020 6:25 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Closing our site
Replies: 14
Views: 4424

Re: Closing our site

Larry and Judy I'm sorry you are closing your colony. It's a decision we must all face eventually...I worry about it. Closed out my step father's small colony in Kentucky this last year. Actually gave the housing to a neighbor, but I'm doubtful will be managed. That's the challenge always. Still rem...
by John Miller
Tue Aug 04, 2020 3:49 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: House Perimeter
Replies: 4
Views: 1428

Re: House Perimeter

You need a TV antenna! That's where martins perched high when I was a kid. You can add something to the top of your house (your own house or your martin house) but if the site is open martins may need anything. They will use tall tree tops, especially dead limbs high, in the absence of power lines.
by John Miller
Mon Aug 03, 2020 10:40 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Black Ops Season
Replies: 3
Views: 1311

Re: Black Ops Season

Thank you for your service. Sometimes us purple martin folks just gotta do what we have to do.
by John Miller
Mon May 18, 2020 6:30 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Mites
Replies: 12
Views: 2422

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: 2014

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: 1627

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: 2928

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: 2928

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: 1486

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: 1486

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: 923

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 ...