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by marcus
Mon Feb 04, 2019 11:35 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Plugging vent holes. What do you use?
Replies: 10
Views: 2417

Re: Plugging vent holes. What do you use?

I use rubber tire valve stems. Just push them in backwards and they pressure fit. When you are ready to remove them, simply pull them out and the valve stem is still good to use.
by marcus
Wed Jul 18, 2018 9:02 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Re-nesting require new nesting material?
Replies: 6
Views: 1525

Re: Re-nesting require new nesting material?

https://www.purplemartin.org/forum/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=30681&p=251632&hilit=second+broods+barrow#p251632 It can happen that martins will have two broods but it's not very common. It's more common in their southern range. However, I did have one pair do it a number of years ago so it can happen in ar...
by marcus
Tue Jul 17, 2018 9:55 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Re-nesting require new nesting material?
Replies: 6
Views: 1525

Re: Re-nesting require new nesting material?

Its not common for martins to renest. Occasionally a pair will but it's not like all the pairs will.
by marcus
Sat Jun 30, 2018 10:37 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: house sparrow resistant box for bluebirds
Replies: 5
Views: 1771

Re: house sparrow resistant box for bluebirds

You will not be able to stop sparrows from entering any hole that a bluebird can get through. Troyers have a bluebird house design that is smaller than most sparrows like but bluebirds don't mind. Usually the sparrows leave the babies alone once they see the house is too small for them to nest in. H...
by marcus
Mon May 14, 2018 10:40 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Avatars?
Replies: 7
Views: 1659

Re: Avatars?

Same thing I was wandering...?
by marcus
Mon May 14, 2018 10:39 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Thoughts About This ASY Male
Replies: 13
Views: 2422

Re: Thoughts About This ASY Male

Awesome looking bird, Kyler! :grin:
by marcus
Mon May 14, 2018 10:36 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: question on nest checks
Replies: 2
Views: 608

Re: question on nest checks

I agree with Louise. It works really well for me.
by marcus
Sat May 12, 2018 4:16 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Red band Wi 02 2014
Replies: 1
Views: 533

Re: Red band Wi 02 2014

Very interesting! Thank you!
by marcus
Sat May 12, 2018 11:32 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: House Sparrows Cohabitating?
Replies: 25
Views: 4571

Re: House Sparrows Cohabitating?

Is it any worse than inside a little wire cage frantically pushing its beak between wires in hopes of escape until its bleeding all around its beak? With the sticky trap I had used, the bird simply got its wings stuck and soon after was euthanized. :wink: The sticky didn't kill the bird only held it...
by marcus
Sat May 12, 2018 11:26 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: More purple martins then rooms
Replies: 11
Views: 2174

Re: More purple martins then rooms

Yes very possibly time to get more housing. And very likely there were more inside. I was just thinking how I can easily forget that there are two adult birds per cavity. :)
by marcus
Sat May 12, 2018 10:57 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: More purple martins then rooms
Replies: 11
Views: 2174

Re: More purple martins then rooms

If there are 12 cavities and 14 martins, that means there would be 7 pair (if 7 are males and 7 are females) which would leave 5 vacant cavities.
by marcus
Sat May 12, 2018 9:24 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Don't understand Troyer tunnel trap
Replies: 14
Views: 11467

Re: Don't understand Troyer tunnel trap

The trap works on any entrance but only on gourds with a troyer neck/tunnel.
by marcus
Thu May 10, 2018 2:35 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: House Sparrows Cohabitating?
Replies: 25
Views: 4571

Re: House Sparrows Cohabitating?

You could maybe use a sticky mouse trap. Just be really careful that a martin doesn't get in it.
by marcus
Tue May 08, 2018 9:17 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: T 14 house question
Replies: 21
Views: 3625

Re: T 14 house question

Ya typically fully feathered young don't just fall out. Rather, they are intentionally jumping out. They are usually trying to escape heat or mites, but sometimes I believe they are just trying to fledge a little before they are ready.
by marcus
Mon May 07, 2018 4:00 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: T 14 house question
Replies: 21
Views: 3625

Re: T 14 house question

I haven't had any issues with mine. Typically if they get on the porch they are about ready to fledge. (or jump)
by marcus
Fri May 04, 2018 9:09 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Leucistic Female
Replies: 12
Views: 2312

Re: Leucistic Female

The best way is to find a local person who is licensed to band martins. Ask them if they would be interested in coming to your colony and banding your nestlings. Since there are only a few people in the country licensed to band purple martins, it may not be possible.
by marcus
Fri May 04, 2018 9:01 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Renovated my chalet housing
Replies: 4
Views: 903

Re: Renovated my chalet housing

I added my first chalet this year and it has a pair!
by marcus
Thu May 03, 2018 1:26 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Leucistic Female
Replies: 12
Views: 2312

Re: Leucistic Female

Thanks! Last year I did not find any banded sub adults returning to my colony. However, our neighbors about a mile away got two of my banded sub adults! So I will be able to track these some, but I wont know how many young they raise and some other misc. info like that.
by marcus
Tue May 01, 2018 12:14 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: No Adult Martins Again!!
Replies: 28
Views: 5885

Re: No Adult Martins Again!!

Great news!!! :grin: So happy for you! I am certain he will have a female join him soon. Hopefully they will attract several other pairs and all will be successful.
by marcus
Tue May 01, 2018 12:08 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Leucistic Female
Replies: 12
Views: 2312

Re: Leucistic Female

Very sad but interesting! I have had nestlings banded in my colony last year and the year before and plan to again this year. So the stories are just beginning.