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by Bird Brain
Sat Mar 21, 2020 3:09 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: First post in 5 or 6 years
Replies: 12
Views: 499

Re: First post in 5 or 6 years

Perfect location in Louisiana and you waited 6 years for the first pair. That gives me hope because I'm on year 4 in Texas. I've never seen a hanging S&K barn like that. Interesting. Good luck.
by Bird Brain
Wed Mar 18, 2020 2:37 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Dawn Song or Daytime Chatter?
Replies: 7
Views: 319

Dawn Song or Daytime Chatter?

I have both. I've noticed the Daytime Chatter C.D. isn't as loud as the Dawn Song C.D. Anyone else notice this? Is that Daytime Chatter C.D. loud enough? I have it under the pole pointing straight up. Dawn Song instructions say to play from 4 AM to 6AM for best results. It's still dark here at those...
by Bird Brain
Wed Mar 18, 2020 2:23 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: My 12 Unit Deluxe Gourd Rack Won't Go All the Way Up
Replies: 3
Views: 218

Re: My 12 Unit Deluxe Gourd Rack Won't Go All the Way Up

I have a 24 DGR. When I added the winch upgrade, mine got stuck up there on a bolt that protruded too far out and wouldn't lower down. I had to use a mini hack saw and trim that bolt so it wouldn't catch on my bracket.
by Bird Brain
Fri Mar 13, 2020 1:43 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: mosquitoes
Replies: 6
Views: 190

Re: mosquitoes

Mosquitos hover at an altitude of 5 or 6 feet, the same altitude as their victims. Martins feed an altitude of around 200 feet. Mosquitos also stay close to shrubs, bushes, trees and structures where martins can’t go. There is no nutritional value to a mosquito. 1 calorie or less is my guess. By the...
by Bird Brain
Thu Mar 12, 2020 1:31 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: PM outreach ops in the front yard
Replies: 7
Views: 196

Re: PM outreach ops in the front yard

$750 initial investment, kill nest box competitors, wait 3 to 5 years on average for your first pair, all the knowledge and research required. It really takes a special person to do this hobby. Like finding a needle in a haystack.
by Bird Brain
Wed Mar 11, 2020 6:58 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: PM outreach ops in the front yard
Replies: 7
Views: 196

Re: PM outreach ops in the front yard

I no longer encourage the hobby. As soon as they discover the house sparrow eradication, they lose interest. It’s really a tough sell and hard obstacle for folks to accept. The “nest removal” strategy might sell better, but it doesn’t really work and doesn’t protect the martins as well. Might as wel...
by Bird Brain
Tue Mar 10, 2020 7:05 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Using feathers to attract HOSP to trap
Replies: 3
Views: 115

Re: Using feathers to attract HOSP to trap

Not sure about the feathers as bait. Here is a Houes Sparrow advisory you can print out and hand to your uneducated neighbors. http://www.sialis.org/neglect.htm My neighbors feed them also. It’s impossible to convince HOSP to reject their feeders and visit my repeating bait trap instead. I’ve no opt...
by Bird Brain
Sun Mar 08, 2020 12:11 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Nesting material gone from houses
Replies: 7
Views: 272

Re: Nesting material gone from houses

Yes. If you've been taking care of your house sparrows, your bluebird population can recover very quickly. If pine needles are scarce in your area, that's even more incentive to steal your martins pine needles before they arrive. I think you're a prime candidate for a bluebird house. My guess is the...
by Bird Brain
Sun Mar 08, 2020 10:24 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Nesting material gone from houses
Replies: 7
Views: 272

Re: Nesting material gone from houses

I'm guessing bluebirds stole your pine needles. They like them also.
by Bird Brain
Sat Mar 07, 2020 11:26 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Mirrors
Replies: 12
Views: 255

Re: Mirrors

Where would I buy mirrors that small and how would I attach them to inside the gourd?
by Bird Brain
Mon Mar 02, 2020 3:12 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Nature does need man
Replies: 9
Views: 1294

Re: Nature does need man

Here's Harrison Ford getting on his carbon spewing private jet. https://static.becomegorgeous.com/img/arts/2014/10/celebrities-who-have-their-own-private-jet/embedded_Harrison_Ford_private_jet.jpg Here's Harrison Ford in his carbon spewing private helicopter. https://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2014/11/...
by Bird Brain
Sun Mar 01, 2020 8:40 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: SY or ASY
Replies: 37
Views: 659

Re: SY or ASY

I was originally shocked at how many on this thread were able to buck conventional wisdom and start their colony with an ASY. I now realize there may be a logical explanation. The average site on this forum is far superior to their neighbors sites. I drove around yesterday and looked at some sites n...
by Bird Brain
Sun Mar 01, 2020 7:53 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Answers to the decline of the Purple Martin
Replies: 23
Views: 703

Re: Answers to the decline of the Purple Martin

"Climate change?" "Old, white, southern, men?" Sound familiar? "Climate change affects bug populations, the martin food source?" " When the old, southern, white man dies, the martins might die too?" "The old, southern, white, man might not be able to pass along his martin hobby to future generations...
by Bird Brain
Sun Feb 23, 2020 2:35 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Finally Decided To Smear Mud At Entrances (Pics)
Replies: 3
Views: 148

Finally Decided To Smear Mud At Entrances (Pics)

I've been reading for years to do this and just never got around to trying it. I couldn't help but laugh while doing this. I felt like a 2 year old playing with mud and smearing it all over my expensive martin set up. I must admit though. It does give the appearance of being previously used. After I...
by Bird Brain
Wed Feb 19, 2020 11:37 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Owl in duck box
Replies: 7
Views: 1714

Re: Owl in duck box

I've seen many legitimate complaints on this site about Barred owls and Great Horned owls raiding sights. I don't recall any similar complaints about screech owls or barn owls.
by Bird Brain
Wed Feb 19, 2020 11:29 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: SY or ASY
Replies: 37
Views: 659

Re: SY or ASY

I agree that attracting ASY should be as much of a goal as attracting SY. There is also another advantage. Leaving your housing open early for ASY also gives you more HOSP shooting and trapping opportunities. I just don't see a compelling argument for plugging entrances unless you don't want to elim...
by Bird Brain
Wed Feb 19, 2020 11:21 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: First Year Success Survey. How Many Pair?
Replies: 18
Views: 304

First Year Success Survey. How Many Pair?

I saw the "SY or ASY founder" survey and I was surprised by the results so far. I would like to know how many pair did landlords get their first year of successful nesters.
by Bird Brain
Sat Feb 15, 2020 10:17 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Owl in duck box
Replies: 7
Views: 1714

Re: Owl in duck box

You should count your lucky stars. Barn owls are a blessing and don't bother martins that I'm aware of. I read they can eat around 2000 rats per year. I would add another house just for it and make it higher obviously. Eliminate your rat poison and let it do its thing. Here's a good one. http://cove...
by Bird Brain
Fri Feb 14, 2020 2:15 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Best birdseed combination?
Replies: 6
Views: 1799

Re: Best birdseed combination?

I personally dislike all bird seed . Half of it gets spilled on the ground and then becomes rat feed. Shine a flashlight out there after dark and you’ll see. Once the rats discover the endless amount of spilled seed, they will return every night to consume it and use that energy to reproduce more ra...
by Bird Brain
Wed Feb 12, 2020 11:44 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Repeating sparrow traps.
Replies: 5
Views: 1550

Re: Repeating sparrow traps.

If any of your neighbors have bird feeders, they prefer that over squirming into your death trap. If your trap is the only food around, then you might have success. Gourd traps and pellet gun only thing that works for me.

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