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by Wildriver
Sun Aug 11, 2019 9:04 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Minnesota roost sites
Replies: 1
Views: 2693

Re: Minnesota roost sites

Looks like large roost site on Bald Eagle Lake, Just north of St. Paul Doppler radar picked them up this morning leaving roost site. 8-11-2019

Now I just need a boat !
by Wildriver
Wed Aug 07, 2019 9:35 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Gourd racks and gourds - Going out of business
Replies: 9
Views: 4200

Re: Gourd racks and gourds - Going out of business

Hi Wisconsin neighbor, I had similar issue with Coopers Hawk. They would swoop in and grab martins. One time I Had a hawk grab a martin and bring him into a lower branch. I ran up to him, looked him in the eye, and said DROP HIM ! DROP HIM NOW ! He looked at me, dropped the male martin and flew away...
by Wildriver
Wed Aug 07, 2019 9:04 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Owl Predation
Replies: 17
Views: 6897

Re: Owl Predation

Dave, I had issue with my site like you are having. I lost all my martins until I started using the T-14 with owl bars. I had houses that I caged, but it did not stop the GHO from coming every night. They would crash my houses and do the grab. Good luck crashing a T-14. Ouch !! I have also noticed l...
by Wildriver
Tue Aug 06, 2019 10:49 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Minnesota roost sites
Replies: 1
Views: 2693

Minnesota roost sites

I was wondering if anyone knew about where the PM roosts are occuring in Minnesota ? And if anyone will be doing pontoon tours at sunset? I would very much like to see one of these. Do they still go to Big Swan lake? Thank you,
by Wildriver
Sun Apr 14, 2019 8:35 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Hello all. New member. Here are the houses I made.
Replies: 41
Views: 15772

Re: Hello all. New member. Here are the houses I made.

The bird houses have a door that opens for removable nest boxes. The compartments are 6" x 12" each. The entrances are on two sides only so that they face our porch area for viewing and the house size is kept manageable since it is not on a winch system. We are fine with the houses being fixed onto...
by Wildriver
Sat Apr 13, 2019 11:17 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Migrating Martins
Replies: 12
Views: 3670

Re: Migrating Martins

Thanks Spiderman for the migration update. It must be interesting being on the front line of all the birds moving north. I have learned so much from listening to all the landlords. Our spring weather this year has been even worse than last year. I opened up my T-14s last week and it has been snowing...
by Wildriver
Mon Apr 08, 2019 7:59 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Is it time to raise the gourds?
Replies: 4
Views: 898

Re: Is it time to raise the gourds?

Good idea. Get your housing opened up.. I put up a new T-14 about six years ago. They found it immediately. This was the start of a good thing for me. It was amazing how fast they arrived. It was almost like they have been waiting on me. Before I had the T-14, they would come by and look at my older...
by Wildriver
Wed Mar 13, 2019 9:10 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Nest Camera with solar power
Replies: 1
Views: 650

Nest Camera with solar power

I have a question about how instal a camera on the PM nest. My location is a community site and does not offer electric power supply. I have two T-14 houses and Troyer horizontal gourds. I was thinking I could use a solar power to power camera ?? We don't have many PM in Minneapolis and this is a ne...
by Wildriver
Tue Feb 26, 2019 12:13 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Gourd questions
Replies: 8
Views: 4290

Re: Gourd questions

I put plastic S&K entrances on my natural gourds that can't be eaten. They love a big natural gourd, and also I try to put the depression, if there is one. toward the back so they kinda settle down in there. IMO a level porch is best, but you have to drill the mounting hole straight if you mount on...
by Wildriver
Mon Feb 25, 2019 9:55 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Gourd questions
Replies: 8
Views: 4290

Re: Gourd questions

What is the best gourd to use? I used nature made gourds about 15 years ago but the owls would chew the entrance open bigger and destroy the nest. I just purchased an eight pack of the Troyer horizontal, with conley entrances. Does it not need owl bars? I thought I would try gourds again below my th...
by Wildriver
Wed Feb 20, 2019 9:31 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Think I have decided to build another T14
Replies: 55
Views: 28117

Re: Think I have decided to build another T14

Before you buy cedar or fir plywood I have to give a vote to a material called MDO Signboard. It's what road signs are made of. I was skeptical at first but built my last set of chalets out of it. I did roof and porches out of eastern cedar because water may sit on horizontal surfaces more. Honestl...
by Wildriver
Tue Feb 19, 2019 9:34 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Think I have decided to build another T14
Replies: 55
Views: 28117

Re: Think I have decided to build another T14

Western red Cedar has gotten really expensive ! Only bad thing about a T-14 is they need better venting. Sure has been a great house for my colony. Especially the starling resistant entrances. Adding third T-14 this year to my home site. 42 nesting cavities offered. I paid $1100 for the entire set u...
by Wildriver
Sat Jan 26, 2019 11:45 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: We just spotted our first returning PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2459

Re: We just spotted our first returning PM

:grin: We were in the barn. Mike stepped out the door to dump some ice and hollered at me, "come here, quick!" I ran to see and there he was. A lone ASY male quietly sneaking into his gourd for the night. Time was 5:56. He made no sound as he made one swooping pass then dove into a gourd. Let the s...
by Wildriver
Fri Jan 25, 2019 10:15 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Scout Question for experienced landlords
Replies: 11
Views: 2646

Re: Scout Question for experienced landlords

I plan on opening a few of my gourds as soon as my established neighbor's do. Or when I hear or see martins. I know the scouts are asy Martin's, I have read that some people believe that asy Martin's will sometimes leave their previous site for a site they like better. Would anyone like to weigh in...
by Wildriver
Mon Jan 21, 2019 11:11 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: New Martin keeper (decoy advice)
Replies: 10
Views: 3330

Re: New Martin keeper (decoy advice)

Looking for a little advice on attracting some Martins. Last year I had a S&K barn house and had quite a few visitors but none nested. This year I added some BO-9 gourds to that pole and another house that my grandpa gave me and asked me to refurbish. I put 6 decoys on the houses but my question is...
by Wildriver
Fri Jan 18, 2019 10:49 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Socializing our Martins-strategies
Replies: 5
Views: 1791

Re: Socializing our Martins-strategies

Well they are coming back quick! Our loyal ASY birds and eventually the first year birds will be back looking for their familiar spots, or unfamiliar spots if the SYs were drawn in by the older birds. at any rate they are coming. One of the many reasons I like them so much is that they seem to seek...
by Wildriver
Fri Jan 11, 2019 10:35 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Video of another site of mine
Replies: 8
Views: 5103

Re: Video of another site of mine

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Ktb1_T81-g

Hi Ryan , Had trouble uploading Earth Day Video of our urban city park. We also have web site

www. cedarlakepark.org

Really like your drone video!
by Wildriver
Fri Jan 11, 2019 10:07 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Video of another site of mine
Replies: 8
Views: 5103

Re: Video of another site of mine

I took a video of my satellite martin housing a couple months back. I was testing out a new lens and thought a spin with the drone around the housing would be a good test. So this site in the video has never seen a martin, they're very rare up here. It's been up for three or four seasons now. It's ...
by Wildriver
Wed Jan 09, 2019 10:06 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Purple Martin Video New Sharon Iowa Spring 2018
Replies: 9
Views: 3585

Re: Purple Martin Video New Sharon Iowa Spring 2018

Great video ! The T-14 is a fantastic house. Thank you for posting. Makes spring feel close on this sub-zero day
by Wildriver
Sun Jul 15, 2018 10:52 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Any success stories using straw man as a hawk deterrent
Replies: 3
Views: 1246

Re: Any success stories using straw man as a hawk deterrent

I have an extremely aggressive hawk this year, and I am just about at the end of my rope. Last night he came in 4 times in a 2.5 hour period. Today I made a straw man to hopefully give me and the Martins a break. They are constantly on guard, and I feel really bad for them. Most of the babies will ...

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