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by mike2656
Fri Mar 16, 2018 11:13 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Cork in a bottle year for northeast?
Replies: 7
Views: 1441

Re: Cork in a bottle year for northeast?

Doug,

I am concerned, as well in SE PA. It is almost time to put up the houses and gourds and the weather has not been consistent enough yet

After the Spring of 2016 wiped out my fledgling colony, I am fearful of changing weather patterns.
by mike2656
Mon Apr 10, 2017 6:19 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Late or Lost ???
Replies: 11
Views: 3445

Re: Late or Lost ???

I think (hope?) the next two weeks for PA will the turning point. I had to plug the holes on the house because the bluebirds were thinking of moving up!

And thanks to family and friends, I am now a 12-gourd rack owner.

After the disastrous Spring of 2016....I remain hopeful.
by mike2656
Fri Jun 03, 2016 11:01 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: 10 Eggs in one gourd. Advice please
Replies: 7
Views: 1816

Re: 10 Eggs in one gourd. Advice please

Are they all pure white?
by mike2656
Thu Jun 02, 2016 7:18 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: TIPS ON USING A PELLET RIFLE TO CONTROL NON NATIVE BIRDS
Replies: 19
Views: 6231

Re: TIPS ON USING A PELLET RIFLE TO CONTROL NON NATIVE BIRDS

Thanks to Bobby and Mitch, I now own the Benjamin Marauder 22 in addition to my Hatsan!

Found an "overkill" scope for it, as well.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01CQ ... UTF8&psc=1

Pest species will not stand a chance!
by mike2656
Thu May 19, 2016 7:53 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: To seat or not to seat ( airgun pellets )
Replies: 19
Views: 8900

Re: To seat or not to seat ( airgun pellets )

Try Beeman Kodiaks.

A quality pellet at a fair price. The Kodiaks have a rounded top for accuracy.

I would seat the pellets in the bore, that gives them a better spiral to improve stability.

Hope this helps.

Mike
by mike2656
Thu May 19, 2016 7:47 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Sparrow Revenge
Replies: 31
Views: 5520

Re: Sparrow Revenge

Tim, It happened to me with my first breeding pair. Only a landlord knows how bad it feels to lose eggs to these nasty little creatures. After they destroyed the eggs, like you say, it was "ON" I have shot and trapped them unrelentingly (glue traps work well in cavities) Sometimes, when I am feeling...
by mike2656
Thu May 19, 2016 7:40 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: 2016 Migration
Replies: 2
Views: 878

Re: 2016 Migration

It has been a really bad Spring for Martins.

Lots of rainy and cold weather has hurt the population. Hopefully, it has also slowed migration and all the ASY have not come through.
by mike2656
Wed May 18, 2016 11:17 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Some PA Colonies lost to weather :(
Replies: 5
Views: 1108

Re: Some PA Colonies lost to weather :(

Thanks, Toy. It is only other landlords that understand our sense of loss. I also remain hopeful, my 2015 pair did not arrive until Memorial Day last year. Update: I saw my male this afternoon. He looked good. I lowered the house and cleaned up some compartments that were messy from the bird feces a...
by mike2656
Wed May 18, 2016 10:58 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Some PA Colonies lost to weather :(
Replies: 5
Views: 1108

Re: Some PA Colonies lost to weather :(

And guess where in PA I live! I am pretty certain my female from last year died during that weather. I actually saw 4 Martins on my house On Saturday. But only sporadic appearances from the adult male since then. I think the weather has been 'ok' since then? , not great... but it is into the mid 50s...
by mike2656
Sun May 15, 2016 7:26 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: TIPS ON USING A PELLET RIFLE TO CONTROL NON NATIVE BIRDS
Replies: 19
Views: 6231

Re: TIPS ON USING A PELLET RIFLE TO CONTROL NON NATIVE BIRDS

"I bought an inexpensive ($500) set up and I can consistently shoot dime sized groups bench rested at 30 yards. The down side to PCP rifles is that the initial investment is much more expensive. To me though, it was the best move I ever made as my sparrows never have the opportunity to get gun shy."...
by mike2656
Sun May 15, 2016 7:23 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: V Top sparrow/starling trap
Replies: 3
Views: 915

Re: V Top sparrow/starling trap

Peter,

A happy picture like that always cheers me up! Keep up the good work.

I live in a rural suburb surrounded by mushroom farms, so I can keep the population in check by shooting and the crows are trained to police up the bodies!
by mike2656
Sun May 15, 2016 3:51 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Perplexed in SW Ontario
Replies: 7
Views: 1617

Re: Perplexed in SW Ontario

Are they taking the food? Are they avoiding your housing?

Martins will huddle together when distressed.
by mike2656
Sun May 15, 2016 3:43 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Update (Northwest KS)
Replies: 36
Views: 5243

Re: Update (Northwest KS)

Great news, Kyler.

Exciting times watching martins pair up and move into your housing.
by mike2656
Sat May 14, 2016 11:18 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: TIPS ON USING A PELLET RIFLE TO CONTROL NON NATIVE BIRDS
Replies: 19
Views: 6231

Re: TIPS ON USING A PELLET RIFLE TO CONTROL NON NATIVE BIRDS

I use and recommend the Hatsan 95 vortex. http://smile.amazon.com/Hatsan-Rifle-Combo-Vortex-Spring/dp/B00K6PPMM0/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1463241990&sr=8-1&keywords=hatsan+95+vortex+.22 And just imagine! If you are amazon prime and have the PMCA as your smile charity (like I do) the cost of the rifle ...
by mike2656
Fri May 13, 2016 10:19 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Subbies are on the move
Replies: 18
Views: 2960

Re: Subbies are on the move

Thanks for your encouraging words, Doug. My male is trying to lure others to my housing. Hopefully, he is up to the task! If nothing else, maybe he can attract a new female! It is heartening to know there are so many "in the cause" out there. If we all can keep breeding and eliminating pests, someda...
by mike2656
Fri May 13, 2016 12:15 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: The Black Death Has Arrived
Replies: 23
Views: 5483

Re: The Black Death Has Arrived

I use Sevin dust on all my bird housing, very small amounts.

It has never bothered any bluebirds, tree swallows or Martins and I have never lost a bird to insects.
by mike2656
Fri May 13, 2016 5:50 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Fighting hosp and starlings
Replies: 8
Views: 1565

Re: Fighting hosp and starlings

Keep up the good work.
by mike2656
Thu May 12, 2016 12:35 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Trapping House Sparrows
Replies: 3
Views: 932

Re: Trapping House Sparrows

If you know that it is HS that are going in, try a mouse glue trap.

I have caught pairs with them in bluebird houses. And trapped with them in Martin housing when they were going in and out.
by mike2656
Thu May 12, 2016 11:15 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Finally! SY-M at my site near Joplin MO! (and Starling drama)
Replies: 29
Views: 4212

Re: Finally! SY-M at my site near Joplin MO! (and Starling drama)

The only real option for an animal that has grown smart, is to kill it.

A good pellet gun that can remove pests is a 'must' for a landlord. I shoot every pest bird that comes to my yard.