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by gray fox
Mon Jun 29, 2020 9:04 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: tree swallow killed by house sparrow
Replies: 0
Views: 100

tree swallow killed by house sparrow

I had a house sparrow come over from a farm and nest in box that tree swallows take each year.I have been throwing out h.s. nest and eggs each time they nest.I check this box each month because its 19 miles away.I don't want too let the h.s. fledge.Next time I will needle person h.s. eggs let nest i...
by gray fox
Wed Apr 29, 2020 8:52 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Quiet please
Replies: 1
Views: 176

Quiet please

About 2 weeks ago at 8 p. m. I walked under the Martin gourd rack.There was a male Martin chirping softly in the gourd. If I can hear a Martin in the gourd Im sure a great horned owl can hear the chirping 100 maybe even 200 yards away. He doesnt know when too shut up.Something like me. Good day.
by gray fox
Sun Feb 16, 2020 10:14 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Owl in duck box
Replies: 7
Views: 1937

Re: Owl in duck box

I have tried for about 30 years to get barn owls. I have a Martin colony close too the barn. If I got barn owls I would put up owl guards on the gourds. Barn owls are more endangered than martins.
by gray fox
Wed Feb 12, 2020 10:33 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: nest fidelity of house sparrow
Replies: 1
Views: 1498

nest fidelity of house sparrow

Some one mentioned that h.s. male has a stronger urge to nest than too food sources.I put up a nest box trap in barn several times .More than enough time to trap them. Not even 1 time did I catch a h.s.
by gray fox
Fri Feb 07, 2020 10:28 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: house sparrows on outer farms
Replies: 9
Views: 956

Re: house sparrows on outer farms

I agree with you bird brain that I won't catch all the house sparrows. I could ask the farmer I have bird housing on to shoot house sparrows with bird shoot. Its too dangerous house a 22.
by gray fox
Wed Feb 05, 2020 10:41 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: house sparrows on outer farms
Replies: 9
Views: 956

Re: house sparrows on outer farms

I have caught less sparrows each year. There still a few around that Im not catching. There the ones causing the problem.
by gray fox
Tue Feb 04, 2020 9:37 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: house sparrows on outer farms
Replies: 9
Views: 956

house sparrows on outer farms

Sparrows aren't controlled on a farm 200 yards away. I think these house sparrows cause a problem why Im not getting bluebirds. I hope they don't start hitting my martins. We can't control other people. Appreciate any help.
by gray fox
Sun Feb 02, 2020 9:58 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: house sparrow total control
Replies: 13
Views: 1268

Re: house sparrow total control

Would clutter in repeating sparrow trap help attract h.s. more than just feed?
by gray fox
Fri Jan 31, 2020 12:03 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: house sparrow total control
Replies: 13
Views: 1268

Re: house sparrow total control

Gray fox would like to try brunt dogs trap.
by gray fox
Fri Jan 31, 2020 12:00 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: barn owl vs martins
Replies: 10
Views: 890

Re: barn owl vs martins

I am making sense. If I am talking about coexist do you think I won't to kill them. Im not going to attract them to kill . I guess it doesn't really matter .Ive tried for about thirty years to get them my chances aren't good.There endangered.The great horned owl is the one I would kill if I was in f...
by gray fox
Thu Jan 30, 2020 8:43 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: barn owl vs martins
Replies: 10
Views: 890

Re: barn owl vs martins

I open barn owl box every year trying to get them.
by gray fox
Wed Jan 29, 2020 9:09 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: house sparrow total control
Replies: 13
Views: 1268

Re: house sparrow total control

Dave T would like to try brunt dogs trap?
by gray fox
Tue Jan 28, 2020 10:13 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: house sparrow total control
Replies: 13
Views: 1268

Re: house sparrow total control

adult house sparrows most of the time avoid the traps.There the ones killing blue birds and tree swallows. So far they haven't attacked the nesting martins.
by gray fox
Mon Jan 27, 2020 2:02 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: barn owl vs martins
Replies: 10
Views: 890

barn owl vs martins

Is there a chance they can coexist?
by gray fox
Mon Jan 27, 2020 1:58 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: house sparrow total control
Replies: 13
Views: 1268

house sparrow total control

Even a few house sparrows around are destroying blue birds and tree swallows and keeping them from nesting. Here at home I can maintain total control. I don't have cattle feed etc. around. No other buildings like the farmer has at the martin and blue bird tree swallow location up the road. I would l...
by gray fox
Wed Sep 04, 2019 9:28 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Barn Owls
Replies: 7
Views: 4516

Re: Barn Owls

I see barn owls eat a small number of birds. If a Martin colony were close they probably would hit the Martins because thats the close and most available food. Nature adapts too the situation. Barn owl numbers are down and its a shame. I have martins and it took me 29 years to get them.I would be pu...
by gray fox
Tue Sep 03, 2019 8:51 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Barn Owls
Replies: 7
Views: 4516

Re: Barn Owls

I have been trying too attract barn owls for about 30 years in our barn. I hear its some what like purple martins. Its up too them.Any suggestions?
by gray fox
Sat Aug 10, 2019 11:20 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Owl Predation
Replies: 17
Views: 9743

Re: Owl Predation

A great horned owl probably couldn't reach back far enough to pull martins out of the nest . The owl could shake house or gourd all he wants he isn't going to get martins if they would stay put. Simple to us unfortunately not martins. I question if a Martin can't see out of gourd or even stationary ...
by gray fox
Thu Aug 08, 2019 7:56 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: tree swallows
Replies: 5
Views: 3797

Re: tree swallows

I had 44 martins fledge at my home site this year. Im in my 3rd year. Maybe thats some of the reason it took me 29 years to get martins. I had tree swallow interference . Now the bluebirds take a box 25 feet from the Martin rack. It seems the tree swallows wont the Martin rack. If they can't have it...