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by colliemom
Fri Aug 23, 2019 2:44 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Owl Predation
Replies: 17
Views: 6889

Re: Owl Predation

I have used night guard solar lights for many years. This year I didn't get them up early and I had a GHO. Hadn't had an owl for years while using lights. We used pieces of aluminum to attach 4 lights (4 sides aluminum sheets about 3-4 inches square to hold lights. They set about 2-3 feet above the ...
by colliemom
Sun Dec 16, 2018 4:45 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Disappointing visit to Griggsville IL
Replies: 16
Views: 14454

Re: Disappointing visit to Griggsville IL

For many years, I used to go to Griggsville at least once a year to buy housing and parts. This would have been late 80's through early 90's I think. It was past their heyday but the factory and museum was still there and operating. They kept it in fairly good condition then. When the factory moved ...
by colliemom
Mon Jun 04, 2018 9:33 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: GHO attack
Replies: 12
Views: 3016

Re: GHO attack

Hi, Once an owl has eaten martins at your colony, they are very hard to discourage with any scare tactics. You will need physical barriers now. I've blogged about the cages I've had to build here to deter my GHO. If you have any questions, please let me know! Here's the link to the one I built on t...
by colliemom
Tue May 29, 2018 8:50 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: GHO attack
Replies: 12
Views: 3016

Re: GHO attack

I had same issue every night with a GHO. When the baby martins where coming out of the nest the owl would sit and wait. Then, land on my houses flushing out my older birds. Needless to say, I totally lost my martin colony. But I got it back! My new houses(T-14) all have deep compartments, owl guard...
by colliemom
Tue May 29, 2018 8:40 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: GHO attack
Replies: 12
Views: 3016

Re: GHO attack

Didn't see where you mentioned what type of gourd you were using. I had a GHO frequenting my colony in 2016. Had missing chicks. In 2017 all of my housing had Troyer Tunnels and had no apparent loss due to GHO attack. Took around 5,000 photos with four Trail Cams and never saw the GHO have any succ...
by colliemom
Tue May 29, 2018 6:39 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: GHO attack
Replies: 12
Views: 3016

Re: GHO attack

Thanks to all for your comments and suggestions. Going to start by putting up night guards on both racks.
Then will look into the cage to see how that could be done in the middle of nesting season.

Thanks again.
by colliemom
Sun May 27, 2018 9:21 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: GHO attack
Replies: 12
Views: 3016

GHO attack

Had a GHO attack this AM between 3:30 and 4:00. I have no rockers on my gourds on Gemini racks so the gourds didn't swing. However, the rack really rocked for a long while. Going to have to check the bolts to make sure they are still tight; only the rack he hit visibly rocked. Also, turned the gourd...
by colliemom
Sun Apr 15, 2018 10:00 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Having robin issues...
Replies: 4
Views: 860

Re: Having robin issues.

I feed my robins too; they are such nice birds. They prefer worms but will eat crickets too; especially when they have babies to feed. Robins are territorial so normally once the nesting season starts for them you should only have one pair at your site. Sometimes they do get a little aggressive but ...
by colliemom
Sat Mar 31, 2018 7:38 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: PM in Sandwich, IL (Northern Illinois) and then there were 2!
Replies: 2
Views: 460

PM in Sandwich, IL (Northern Illinois) and then there were 2!

Another male showed up this AM (Sunday). I had so hoped he would wait a week or so but he showed up here between 5:30 and 6:00 PM. Two hawks showed up about a minute later. Took him down a bunch of crickets and some hand warmers when we went to open the gourds. This guy comes early every year; so fa...
by colliemom
Sat Mar 24, 2018 11:55 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Attracting Crows to combat Hawks
Replies: 3
Views: 726

Re: Attracting Crows to combat Hawks

Yes, it helps. Having crows near by is one of several things you can do to discourage hawks hanging around. The best way I've found is to have crow decoys. You can buy plastic or other material that you can stick pegs in the ground to hold or clip to something in the area. They also have "flying" cr...
by colliemom
Tue Jan 02, 2018 7:23 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Scouts?
Replies: 12
Views: 1917

Scouts?

I'm not finding any scout reports; is the cold weather holding them back? Also not seeing any discussion
of it.
by colliemom
Fri Mar 31, 2017 2:26 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Has anyone seen it? Sunshine and martins arrived!
Replies: 1
Views: 483

Has anyone seen it? Sunshine and martins arrived!

It's been so long since I've seen the sun, I'm beginning to wonder if it's still out there. So much rain, the lake is up with many docks under water. Hope it stops before it comes on shore. But then the forecast shows rain most of the next week. Is it fun yet? The martins are a week late from last y...
by colliemom
Wed Mar 15, 2017 1:20 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Supplemental food storage
Replies: 4
Views: 821

Re: Supplemental food storage

I buy crickets 3 to 6 boxes of 1000 at a time so I bought a small chest freezer for the basement. I freeze the crickets in the boxes they come in. Then I use pint ziplock freezer bags. Then I put how ever many a 2 gallon ziplock will hold back in the freezer. Then if I need more, I have room to plac...
by colliemom
Wed Mar 15, 2017 1:13 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: chuck4: Martins in/near Southaven, MS?
Replies: 6
Views: 977

Re: chuck4: Martins in/near Southaven, MS?

Sounds like you have thought of pretty much everything. Personally, I would never run lines from my house/gourd racks. Where I live, I would be afraid of attracting predators. But you may not have that problem. Is there someway you could add either an outdoor surveillance camera or an outdoor wirele...
by colliemom
Wed Mar 15, 2017 11:35 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: chuck4: Martins in/near Southaven, MS?
Replies: 6
Views: 977

Re: chuck4: Martins in/near Southaven, MS?

I think you will get some with the gourd rack. Do you have plenty of perches? How about a bed and breakfast?
Is there a pond or lake near you? Trees?
by colliemom
Wed Mar 15, 2017 10:57 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Pm came and went
Replies: 6
Views: 1481

Re: Pm came and went

I'm not sure how cold it's been or how much (if any) snow you got but one thing that sometimes happens in colder climates is that they will gather at one location so that they can huddle and keep each other warm during cold spells. They do this early in the season when only a few have returned. If t...
by colliemom
Tue Mar 14, 2017 8:33 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: chuck4: Martins in/near Southaven, MS?
Replies: 6
Views: 977

Re: chuck4: Martins in/near Southaven, MS?

Found some! Not like Steve's (Kroenke) spread, but at least a few martins. Mine will be home soon.
by colliemom
Sun Mar 12, 2017 2:25 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: No travel ban on these fellows
Replies: 4
Views: 1024

Re: No travel ban on these fellows

That is so neat! You have inspired me to modify our bed and breakfast with a second set of perches.
by colliemom
Wed Mar 08, 2017 2:09 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: chuck4: Martins in/near Southaven, MS?
Replies: 6
Views: 977

chuck4: Martins in/near Southaven, MS?

Where would a stranger to the area go to get a martin fix here?

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