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by Brad Biddle
Sun Aug 09, 2020 10:04 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Huntsville AL roost
Replies: 0
Views: 657

Huntsville AL roost

There is a strong radar return showing up for the Huntsville AL area. Does anyone know if it's location has been found? I'd love to go see it. Here is a screenshot of the radar this morning.

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by Brad Biddle
Tue Jun 16, 2020 8:18 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: ID Help
Replies: 5
Views: 390

Re: ID Help

The purple undertail covert is a certain sign. It's an SY male. Sorry yours from last year didn't return, but now you have new hope!
by Brad Biddle
Thu Jun 04, 2020 1:07 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Eggshell prep
Replies: 6
Views: 269

Re: Eggshell prep

1) no prep needed and will be okay as long as they don’t get maggots on them.

1 Disclaimer) I’m not sure how Salmonella might effect a Martin or if they’re already infected with It and immune to it, so maybe one of the PMCA staff will clear this up.

2) the extra toasty ones are fine
by Brad Biddle
Thu Jun 04, 2020 11:19 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Would appreciate some coaching, New at this.
Replies: 29
Views: 1780

Re: Would appreciate some coaching, New at this.

Don't put the eggshells on the porches or in the gourds. That could attract pests and you don't want that. I feed eggshells in a bare dirt spot in my garden. You can also use a raised platform 4' high or so. Brad could you elaborate on the pest statement? I would think if the eggshells were cleaned...
by Brad Biddle
Tue Jun 02, 2020 6:14 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Would appreciate some coaching, New at this.
Replies: 29
Views: 1780

Re: Would appreciate some coaching, New at this.

Don't put the eggshells on the porches or in the gourds. That could attract pests and you don't want that. I feed eggshells in a bare dirt spot in my garden. You can also use a raised platform 4' high or so.
by Brad Biddle
Mon Jun 01, 2020 9:22 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Do Martins Ever Abandon One Site For Another After Fledging?
Replies: 3
Views: 260

Re: Do Martins Ever Abandon One Site For Another After Fledging?

The adults take their fledglings around to neighboring sites. I suppose it’s so the fledglings will know where they are the next year when they return as SY’s. It’s normal behavior.
by Brad Biddle
Mon Jun 01, 2020 6:29 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Have you had 100% occupancy?
Replies: 16
Views: 931

Re: Have you had 100% occupancy?

I have an all gourd colony. Yes I have had 100% occupancy many times. Once it gets to the point that my oldest nestlings get close to fledging age I don't lower the gourd racks again, but it's not hard to verify nestlings being fed in other gourds with binoculars. It's very common at my site to have...
by Brad Biddle
Sat May 30, 2020 3:36 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: I haven't forgotten how to grow gourds
Replies: 37
Views: 12984

Re: I haven't forgotten how to grow gourds

No Chris, you never sent me any seed.
by Brad Biddle
Wed May 27, 2020 10:38 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Waking near the Martins
Replies: 11
Views: 693

Re: Waking near the Martins

When I said that the majority of my birds fly, I don’t mean fly off into the sunset. They’ll fly in circles around the gourd rack. Some will land on the perches while I’m lowering their rack but most of them are airborne
by Brad Biddle
Tue May 26, 2020 3:45 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Waking near the Martins
Replies: 11
Views: 693

Re: Waking near the Martins

All that I can say for sure is that it takes longer than 17 years. Some or even most of mine fly, every time I walk to my garden. That’s every day. They’ve been doing that since the get go, 17 years ago.
by Brad Biddle
Mon May 25, 2020 10:22 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Brake Winch
Replies: 9
Views: 546

Re: Brake Winch

Sounds good. My only concern is that it’s going to require more torque with that long of a extension, a electric drill or motor might be needed, not sure how heavy your rack is. Good luck with it, enjoy your Martins!!! Thanks man, enjoy yours too. My racks run the full spectrum on weight, from ligh...
by Brad Biddle
Sun May 24, 2020 9:08 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Brake Winch
Replies: 9
Views: 546

Re: Brake Winch

Dutton Lainson WG1500. I just pulled this winch up and on Amazon it doesn’t show it having the 5/8 drive on it. Be sure to look at that before purchase, it’s a 5/8, worm gear, hex drive that you want. I'm going a different route on the drive. There are winches made that have a loop on the end of th...
by Brad Biddle
Sun May 24, 2020 7:34 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Can't believe it, but I have one hanging around
Replies: 53
Views: 25026

Re: Can't believe it, but I have one hanging around

Mark I don’t believe I’ve ever seen a female get a green leaf.
by Brad Biddle
Sun May 24, 2020 7:31 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Got Him! Thankful .22
Replies: 33
Views: 1613

Re: Got Him! Thankful .22

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by Brad Biddle
Sun May 24, 2020 7:30 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Got Him! Thankful .22
Replies: 33
Views: 1613

Re: Got Him! Thankful .22

Black Jack wrote:
Sun May 24, 2020 3:47 pm
Brad Biddle wrote:
Sun May 24, 2020 3:35 pm
Dang, I've got gun envy...

I have located a CZ 452 with 16" threaded barrel that will be mine before weeks end....
Brad,
Threaded +
Most definitely since I have all the paperwork in to get what screws on the end of it. :grin:
by Brad Biddle
Sun May 24, 2020 7:26 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Brake Winch
Replies: 9
Views: 546

Re: Brake Winch

Works very fast, yes it’s a worm gear. I’ve got it on my T14 for fours years now, put a little grease on the gears twice a year and it works great. It also comes with a crank handle if needed. I do have a 1/2 electric drill for backup, so far 18v Dewalt doing the job. I cut the end off a cheap 3/8 ...
by Brad Biddle
Sun May 24, 2020 3:35 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Got Him! Thankful .22
Replies: 33
Views: 1613

Re: Got Him! Thankful .22

Dang, I've got gun envy...

I have located a CZ 452 with 16" threaded barrel that will be mine before weeks end....
by Brad Biddle
Sun May 24, 2020 3:29 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Brake Winch
Replies: 9
Views: 546

Re: Brake Winch

rrmartins wrote:
Sun May 24, 2020 2:41 pm
I switched to a 5/8 hex drive and use a cordless drill to use it. No more cranking or worrying about brake holding.
How long does it take to let a rack down with that? Did you change over to a worm gear winch?
by Brad Biddle
Sun May 24, 2020 8:12 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Can't believe it, but I have one hanging around
Replies: 53
Views: 25026

Re: Can't believe it, but I have one hanging around

Ryan, I hope he makes it back.
by Brad Biddle
Sat May 23, 2020 8:44 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Crow Attack!
Replies: 15
Views: 11032

Re: Crow Attack!

Just had a crow at least large black in color bird grab one of martins right off the porch. The rest of the Martins chased the bird off, but worried lost 4-5 Martins over last 2 weeks and this may be the cause. Any thoughts ? It's a hawk. Put up a Martin decoy or two on the perches above your house...