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by James Strickland FL
Fri Apr 17, 2020 7:56 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Large Influx Of SY Purple Martins Arrived
Replies: 4
Views: 478

Re: Large Influx Of SY Purple Martins Arrived

Steve, I had 2 Sy Females show up 2 days ago. They are early. I still am also having more ASY'S showing up. Looks like we are going to have some strong South Winds to start today, so I may get more coming in. The Season is going well so far!
by James Strickland FL
Wed Apr 15, 2020 6:07 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Sy Females Showed Up
Replies: 1
Views: 163

Sy Females Showed Up

Well I had 2 Female Sy"s :grin: :grin: :grin: show up at my site. They are early, but great to see them. I know it is a matter of time when the Sy Males show and they are A$$ holes around the colony, but they will increase my site which I like.
by James Strickland FL
Tue Apr 07, 2020 5:38 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Hello......again
Replies: 9
Views: 413

Re: Hello......again

Tony I remember you. You came by my house in South Fl when I lived there. I have moved to NC and here now.
by James Strickland FL
Tue Mar 31, 2020 6:20 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: How do I discourage Starlings
Replies: 50
Views: 2113

Re: How do I discourage Starlings

If you have round holes change the out for SREH and they will not be able to get in and if they are hanging around shoot them.
by James Strickland FL
Sun Mar 22, 2020 9:16 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Rant - Cooper's Hawk are killing me!
Replies: 4
Views: 1043

Re: Rant - Cooper's Hawk are killing me!

As to Decoys: I have perching poles on the Edges of my colony with Decoy Doves and Martins on them and I can tell you that they are hit and I do not know that a single Live Martin has been taken. Do not put the Decoys on your housing as it will draw the hawks right to the Martins. Martins have been ...
by James Strickland FL
Fri Mar 20, 2020 7:54 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: ASY Male is Here
Replies: 8
Views: 1191

Re: ASY Male is Here

Deancamp, I see this morning that a snow storm is heading North, so I hope they hold for a little time.
by James Strickland FL
Fri Mar 20, 2020 5:52 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: ASY Male is Here
Replies: 8
Views: 1191

Re: ASY Male is Here

Flyin lowe, I am offering 70 for the Martins this year.

Thanks Steve, I had 4 show up in the evening. I am sure they will be more in a few week and I will keep you up-to-date as things change.
by James Strickland FL
Thu Mar 19, 2020 3:56 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: ASY Male is Here
Replies: 8
Views: 1191

ASY Male is Here

:grin: :grin: :grin: :grin: :grin: Well I am on the board Now and my season has started. A ASY Male showed up at 4:30 Today. Let the fun begin.
by James Strickland FL
Wed Mar 18, 2020 9:41 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: New gourd rack placement
Replies: 4
Views: 612

Re: New gourd rack placement

From looking at you pic. I would go to left or just straight down the hill from the other pole about 20 feet. It is ok to be near the Garden.
by James Strickland FL
Sun Mar 01, 2020 7:11 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Site fidelity
Replies: 11
Views: 673

Re: Site fidelity

The Male has site Fidelity and the female will return if she has success at a site. It is not know if the same male and female will end back up with the same as the year before. I have to say yes they do in some cases as I have watched male would show up and go straight to a certain gourd and house ...
by James Strickland FL
Sun Mar 01, 2020 10:29 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: they are not staying
Replies: 8
Views: 474

Re: they are not staying

First it is not the entrances that you have changed over too. I remember when I changed and saw what looked liked they were having trouble, they will learn and not leave your site. I have never lost any birds due to entrances. They learn very quickly. Also the numbers will change at the beginning of...
by James Strickland FL
Sun Mar 01, 2020 10:21 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Major Increase In Purple Martins
Replies: 25
Views: 1382

Re: Major Increase In Purple Martins

Hi Steve and great to here that your colony and Bob's are off to a great start. As too the subject of they finding food during cold spells, I have had Martins under different weather types. I have TS here for about a week now and the weather has been cold. They are doing well and I am sure that the ...
by James Strickland FL
Wed Feb 26, 2020 7:16 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Cedar Shavings For Nesting Purposes
Replies: 4
Views: 295

Re: Cedar Shavings For Nesting Purposes

NEver use it due to it can and will get wet. When they get wet it can clog up the drain hole and when it rains again it will flood the nest.
by James Strickland FL
Tue Feb 25, 2020 12:57 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Major Increase In Purple Martins
Replies: 25
Views: 1382

Re: Major Increase In Purple Martins

Steve we are about 2 weeks away from having Martins here in Northern NC. We are going to be cold for a few days starting on Thursday and lasting until Sunday. The weather looks great starting next week and we may see some around my area then. I have had 6 Tree Swallows :) :) show up and that means t...
by James Strickland FL
Tue Feb 25, 2020 12:51 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Time to change the name SCOUT
Replies: 4
Views: 358

Re: Time to change the name SCOUT

I think that Scout is appropriate for what they are doing. I think it the definition is incorrect. When they are returning back home, they are scouting out the home they had last year to ensure it is good for nesting. Also it also to ensure they get the best nesting spot when the females shows up. R...
by James Strickland FL
Mon Feb 24, 2020 8:24 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Tree Swallow
Replies: 5
Views: 381

Re: Tree Swallow

Thanks everyone and after I posted this 5 more showed up. I love seeing them and they do not bother my Martins as they have there on housing with the Bluebirds.
by James Strickland FL
Sun Feb 23, 2020 7:00 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Mouse damage to plastic gourds
Replies: 11
Views: 476

Re: Mouse damage to plastic gourds

Could drill it out with a hole saw and put a piece of PVC with a cap and seal around it. PVC Cement may also holed it to the gourd.
by James Strickland FL
Sun Feb 23, 2020 1:54 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Two males and one female
Replies: 3
Views: 270

Re: Two males and one female

Great to see you back on here Ron.
by James Strickland FL
Sun Feb 23, 2020 9:01 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Tree Swallow
Replies: 5
Views: 381

Tree Swallow

Well my first TS showed up today 8) . That means that the Martins are not that far away. I really hope that they stay away for a few more weeks until the weather gets better, but it is great to see a swallow in the yard. :grin: :grin: :grin: :grin: :grin:
by James Strickland FL
Thu Feb 20, 2020 10:15 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Natural Gourd…Outstanding Purple Martin Nesting Cavity
Replies: 11
Views: 614

Re: Natural Gourd…Outstanding Purple Martin Nesting Cavity

Steve, There is a few colonies that I have seen that are still natural gourd site around me and they are full of martins. A lot of plastic gourds are being used to replace those as they fail. Some of the plastic gourds are those we see are junk and will not last that long. I like you have a lot on t...