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by Don & Danielle
Tue Aug 13, 2019 7:32 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Owl Predation
Replies: 17
Views: 6904

Re: Owl Predation

Dave... I have not suffered much owl predation, but I do know that it is difficult to protect the martins from owls & hawks. I personally have more hawk issues, but did have an owl a few years back. Thankfully, he didn't come back. One possible solution for owls (other than the racks you are trying)...
by Don & Danielle
Wed Jun 01, 2016 7:00 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Question on gourd racks!! (PMCA Shop)
Replies: 6
Views: 994

Re: Question on gourd racks!! (PMCA Shop)

Hi Kyler... I bought 2 of the 12-unit deluxe gourd racks a couple of years ago for a public site. They are quite sturdy, and can be upgraded later if you wish (18-unit, winch/pulley). They don't have tons of perching space (the perches at the top of the pole are somewhat short), so I would recommend...
by Don & Danielle
Thu May 21, 2015 6:00 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Help Needed - STARLINGS
Replies: 16
Views: 4935

Carlton... I had the same problem a few years back. I bought a small piece of plexiglass-like material from one of the big box stores. They sell it near where they sell glass. I forgot the thickness, but it is such that it raises the porch to flush with the bottom of the "notch" in the Conley II ent...
by Don & Danielle
Tue Mar 24, 2015 11:46 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Trying
Replies: 2
Views: 674

Bob I live right down the road from you in Dardenne Prairie. Holler if you'd like some on-site help. I've had a colony for about 10 years now. I would recommend raising the housing. But I would keep most of the entrances closed. Sometimes early in the year I open one entrance with a reduced-size ent...
by Don & Danielle
Sun Jun 08, 2014 8:18 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: MartinFest in Finger, TN -June 7, 2014
Replies: 2
Views: 1240

George

Those gourds were beautiful! Sorry I didn't win them, but they sure looked great! Thanks for bringing them.
by Don & Danielle
Tue Apr 08, 2014 9:25 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: What's the sign of an owl attack ???
Replies: 26
Views: 7063

All of this is my experience and opinion. I get more hawk attacks than owl attacks this time of year. Hawks see and here the martins as they come in for the night and can pick them off while they are pairing up and selecting a cavity. In general, the martins (at least at my place) are relatively qui...
by Don & Danielle
Mon Apr 07, 2014 11:41 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Eurasian tree sparrow - St. Louis region
Replies: 4
Views: 1108

I live in a suburb of St. Louis, and have had some issues with Eurasion Tree Sparrows through the years. More so in regards to my Bluebird housing where the sparrows would chase away any investigating BBs. In my experience, these sparrows aren't as aggressive as HOSPs, but they can be a problem. The...
by Don & Danielle
Thu Jun 13, 2013 7:47 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: MartinFest 2013 on Jun 14 and 15
Replies: 6
Views: 2260

We're hopping in the car in a couple of hours to make the drive from St Louis. Can't wait!!!

:) :) :)
by Don & Danielle
Wed May 29, 2013 4:36 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Repeating HOSP trap placement?
Replies: 4
Views: 1522

Mitch I believe you are correct about the placement. The instructions say the trap works better if up off the ground, like on a picnic table. I put mine on a piece of plywood sitting on a large empty flower pot nearby the location of the nest. The instructions mention that there should be a 'bottom'...
by Don & Danielle
Thu May 16, 2013 11:58 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Natureline Gourd Problem
Replies: 11
Views: 6297

When I had Naturelines, I glued (epoxied) pieces of wood about 1/8 inch under the bottom of the entrance. Kind of like a cling rod or abbreviated porch. The strip of wood was probably 1/2 inch square and as wide as the entrance. To my knowledge none of my PMs struggled to exit using this setup. Gett...
by Don & Danielle
Tue May 14, 2013 10:07 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: How can I attract more nesting Martins?
Replies: 11
Views: 2902

Hi Gonzo! Welcome to the forum. Sounds like you may have the beginnings of a Martin colony. There's lots of good info on the PMCA website. One page is titled "Attracting Purple Martins" or something like that. It has lots of great information for anyone trying to attract and keep martins. This is a ...
by Don & Danielle
Mon May 13, 2013 9:23 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Rat Snake gets past 2 guards-30 eggs gone! (w/pic.of pole)
Replies: 12
Views: 4204

Thinking of going the 'electric' route myself. This thread has moved that job up a notch on the list. I would be interested in seeing some pictures of other people's set up.
by Don & Danielle
Mon May 13, 2013 9:17 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: eggs in central east missouri
Replies: 4
Views: 1412

As of yesterday, no eggs here yet. Lots of nests with green leaves though, looks like it will be a good year. Eliminated more sparrows and starlings than in previous years - more come in to take their place. Hope to get a skittish male HOSP soon - his cheeping makes me crazy. Built a repeating nest ...
by Don & Danielle
Mon May 06, 2013 8:48 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Whats the trick to get them to eat
Replies: 4
Views: 1126

Not sure there's a silver bullet to get them to take the food offerings. As already mentioned, launch them high and well in front of them. Don't flip too much at one time, especially if they are new to the game. If you are situated high up (like on a nearby deck), it may work to flip them somewhat h...
by Don & Danielle
Sat May 04, 2013 7:21 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Not just feeding Martins
Replies: 5
Views: 1505

I get cardinals and bluebirds, in addition to robins, cleaning up the crickets that hit the ground or deck. I have even seen the bluebird pick some crickets in mid-air. The other day, as I was flipping to the elementary school colony I manage, I had some tree swallows join in too!
by Don & Danielle
Fri Apr 12, 2013 3:32 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: My Blue Birds are History now too
Replies: 9
Views: 2531

HOSP seem to be extra nasty on Bluebirds. I had a similar incident in my BB box a few years ago. I've installed a 'sparrow spooker' the past few years, after the BBs start laying eggs. I haven't lost any BBs to sparrows since then. Not to say it's guaranteed to work, but it's worked for me. Check th...
by Don & Danielle
Fri Apr 12, 2013 10:44 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Sparrow trapping, what are we missing?
Replies: 26
Views: 5873

Sparrows can be frustrating. Bothering the martins, stuffing compartments, and that never-ending cheeping! I haven't trapped as many sparrows as some others, but I agree that (if you can't shoot them) you may need to wait a little. Sometimes, I leave them alone a bit so they commit to a cavity. Earl...
by Don & Danielle
Fri Apr 05, 2013 12:47 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Need starling trapping advice
Replies: 5
Views: 1822

Thanks for the advice. Lewis, I am encouraged by your success. I hope to have the same results. My new baited repeating sparrow trap has eliminated part of my sparrow problem already. I look forward to hearing less "cheap"ing in my yard. Lesson learned: It's better to be proactive. Pre-season trappi...
by Don & Danielle
Thu Apr 04, 2013 8:43 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Need starling trapping advice
Replies: 5
Views: 1822

Need starling trapping advice

I have a gourd rack of Troyer gourds with the Conley II entrances. I have the same problem as reported in another thread - a pair of starlings is building a nest in one of the gourds. Due to my work schedule, I have been unable to address this until now. I was wondering about the best timing to use ...
by Don & Danielle
Wed Apr 03, 2013 7:46 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Very disappointed in new Conley IIs
Replies: 33
Views: 6973

Having similar problems at my colony, but the starlings (or starling?) are also entering a shimmed-up WDC entrance as well. Maybe I have some skinny starlings around. Last year, I had success by shimming-up the porches of my Conley II entrances - no starlings after that. But this spring, my poorly a...

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