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by Elijah Clark
Tue Mar 06, 2018 2:26 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Re: Disappointed in PM houses and You?
Replies: 27
Views: 5547

Re: Disappointed in PM houses and You?

I moved my houses closer to a river yesterday and had the same problem with the telescoping poles getting stuck occasionally. I took them apart and sprayed some WD-40 on each section, and now they slide up and down with ease :grin:
by Elijah Clark
Tue Oct 24, 2017 9:40 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Sparrow Vs. Martin Strength
Replies: 11
Views: 2574

Re: Sparrow Vs. Martin Strength

Hi Dave, sorry for the late reply, I'll gladly register and share my ideas on your forum :grin: I will also to be happy to have your help on the subject. Hopefully I will have a working prototype before the martins return this upcoming season.
by Elijah Clark
Tue Oct 10, 2017 2:37 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Sparrow Vs. Martin Strength
Replies: 11
Views: 2574

Re: Sparrow Vs. Martin Strength

I just looked up the pendulum and it is a fantastic idea :grin: Would there possibly be a way to do the opposite with the weights and have it open for heavier birds such as martins and stay closed for lighter birds like sparrows?
by Elijah Clark
Tue Oct 10, 2017 2:18 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Sparrow Vs. Martin Strength
Replies: 11
Views: 2574

Re: Sparrow Vs. Martin Strength

Hi Dave, I've been basing my ideas off of the principle in nature that every creature has something that another creature does not. This principle was previously used in the Starling Resistant Entrance to where they used the martin's body as an advantage. We could use the same principle with House S...
by Elijah Clark
Wed Oct 04, 2017 1:43 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Sparrow Vs. Martin Strength
Replies: 11
Views: 2574

Sparrow Vs. Martin Strength

Does anyone know if a sparrow has anymore more less strength in means of pushing open something, such as an entrance? I may have an idea for sparrow proofing a house. :)
by Elijah Clark
Fri Feb 24, 2017 12:55 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: It Has Begun
Replies: 4
Views: 890

Re: It Has Begun

I currently offer 2 S&K red barn houses and 10 gourds :) I'm trying to save up and buy some nicer housing in the future
by Elijah Clark
Fri Feb 24, 2017 12:42 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: It Has Begun
Replies: 4
Views: 890

Re: It Has Begun

I think a variety of factors played a role in the population increase. One of them was extensive sparrow control throughout the entire year, in which the first year we had a swarm of sparrows. The second factor is that a nearby landlord started to let his colony run down a little bit in which he sto...
by Elijah Clark
Thu Feb 23, 2017 7:41 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: It Has Begun
Replies: 4
Views: 890

It Has Begun

Finally had a male show up and land on my housing today when I got home from school, saw three more flying around but they never landed. Hope he can convince them to stay :grin:
by Elijah Clark
Fri Feb 17, 2017 3:57 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: David Attenborough Purple Martins
Replies: 3
Views: 765

David Attenborough Purple Martins

Though it would be neat to share :grin:

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=qHN2mfiPqL0
by Elijah Clark
Fri Feb 17, 2017 3:54 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: E Pluribus Unum !
Replies: 11
Views: 1936

Re: E Pluribus Unum !

Glad they arrived at your site :grin: Good luck with the upcoming season :grin:
by Elijah Clark
Tue Feb 14, 2017 9:24 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Friend or Foe
Replies: 65
Views: 11208

Re: Friend or Foe

Found a picture of a fecal sac on YouTube:

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=64T3dS9YoXY

It will appear at 3:28 as a small white dot to the left of the nestlings.
by Elijah Clark
Tue Feb 14, 2017 8:55 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Friend or Foe
Replies: 65
Views: 11208

Re: Friend or Foe

Haven't found a picture of a martin fecal sack yet, though I'm still looking, the picture is of dove feces in which this may be the problem your neighbors are experiencing. My grandparents used to live in New Braunfels and their car would get covered in dove feces frequently due to the numerous amou...
by Elijah Clark
Tue Feb 14, 2017 1:58 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Friend or Foe
Replies: 65
Views: 11208

Re: Friend or Foe

A few sources that could be added to your benefit: http://www.yourconroenews.com/sports/article/Walls-How-to-prevent-Zika-from-spreading-9497767.php http://www.biconet.com/lures/infosheets/purpleMartinFAQ.pdf http://www.naturetracking.com/wp-content/plugins/justified-image-grid/timthumb.php?src=http...
by Elijah Clark
Tue Feb 14, 2017 1:44 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Friend or Foe
Replies: 65
Views: 11208

Re: Friend or Foe

If I were you I'd make mosquitoes a very important topic, and that they could spread diseases such as malaria and zika to both parents and children. These are more of a health risk than a miniscule amount of feces, in which the martins prevent such a problem. Hope this helps, good luck in court :grin:
by Elijah Clark
Sat Feb 11, 2017 1:38 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Rat Snake Glue Boards
Replies: 2
Views: 667

Re: Rat Snake Glue Boards

It should work just like snake nets, yet it may damage the scales and injure the snakes. In this situation it would probably be best to use netting since it will keep your martins safe and still allow the snake to live and eat pests such as rats and mice. You can also make a snake repellent using 28...
by Elijah Clark
Wed Dec 07, 2016 1:34 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: X-Mas Star light shower Help scare off Owls ??
Replies: 2
Views: 604

Re: X-Mas Star light shower Help scare off Owls ??

Hey Anthony,
If I'm correct it should act the same as a Nite Guard :grin: Better yet the lights move around causing the owl to avoid it more than a still light :)
by Elijah Clark
Wed Dec 07, 2016 1:31 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Sparrows On Porch
Replies: 3
Views: 1105

Re: Sparrows On Porch

Hey Mary,
Darn, thought I was close to finding a cure :lol: They eventually came back to the trap after a few days and I now have two little males acting as decoys and I'm sure many more will follow their fate :grin:
by Elijah Clark
Sun Nov 27, 2016 9:54 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Sparrows On Porch
Replies: 3
Views: 1105

Sparrows On Porch

Last week I caught a sparrow in my trap which died for some unknown reason a few hours later while still in the trap. Ever since it died I haven't had a sparrow come even close to it. I also heard from a state trapper who was once hired to control an over population of vultures that he put a few dea...
by Elijah Clark
Tue Oct 18, 2016 11:22 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Barn Owls
Replies: 7
Views: 4350

Barn Owls

Today I was looking up how many rodents barn owls eat per year and I was astonished to see that they can eat up to 3000 rodents per breeding season :grin: With this being, I was thinking about putting up a barn owl nest box. I was wondering if I do obtain a pair of breeding barn owls will they be a ...
by Elijah Clark
Wed Oct 05, 2016 9:49 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: FREE, 16 S&K Porches
Replies: 10
Views: 1792

Re: FREE, 16 S&K Porches

I could use the other 8 for the top floors of my 2 red barn houses :grin:

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