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by bootjack farm
Fri Jul 10, 2020 7:08 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Vent holes
Replies: 16
Views: 468

Re: Vent holes

I actually asked this question to Andy Troyer. He claimed that in the northeast, drilling the vents on his gourds is all that is needed. I doubt this was based on science but rather years of experience.
by bootjack farm
Tue Jun 02, 2020 7:33 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Nest check bonanza and approach to Cowbird egg?
Replies: 9
Views: 473

Re: Nest check bonanza and approach to Cowbird egg?

Good point Ed. Technically you can't disturb a Cowbird egg either but try to catch me... I would be concerned about vegetable oil cross contaminating PUMA eggs. I read on the internet (so it must be true) that shaking the egg will destroy the embryo. That seems simple and easy if it works.
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by bootjack farm
Wed Jul 17, 2019 9:37 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Decoy slipping
Replies: 8
Views: 2443

Re: Decoy slipping

JB Weld worked good for me.
by bootjack farm
Fri Jun 07, 2019 5:59 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: my neighbor doesn't like my birds
Replies: 15
Views: 6938

Re: my neighbor doesn't like my birds

Possession of a protected specie carcass even though dead may be a violation of your state game law. that said, farmers around here shoot crows and hang them in their corn fields in a dubious attempt to scare off other crows. it may be as simple as that. i dealt with wing nuts as i called them for 3...
by bootjack farm
Fri Jun 07, 2019 5:41 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: New SY Males in central PA
Replies: 12
Views: 5515

Re: New SY Males in central PA

Toy, this is a bit off topic but i had a similar experience w/ grackles about a week ago. made me think there is an upside to these birds even though they are known to raid nests. i have two very large spruce trees near two of my pm units. the grackles nest in them every year. last week a coopers wa...
by bootjack farm
Thu Jun 06, 2019 1:17 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: eggs without nesting materials.
Replies: 2
Views: 1762

Re: eggs without nesting materials.

yes, saw your post after i posted. assume if anyone has contrary opinion, we'll hear.
by bootjack farm
Thu Jun 06, 2019 7:50 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Attack of the Western KingBird !!
Replies: 8
Views: 5748

Re: Attack of the Western KingBird !!

anthony, looks like your thread has run. i thought i'd ad my experience which might be helpful. king birds are very aggressive near their nest sites. i had one returning to the same patch of elderberry to nest. it was w/in 75 feet of my not yet occupied pm housing. any bird that came close was attac...
by bootjack farm
Thu Jun 06, 2019 7:13 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: eggs without nesting materials.
Replies: 2
Views: 1762

eggs without nesting materials.

i have a pair of subs with three eggs laying directly on the plastic floor of a horizontal gourd. they apparently didn't like my white pine needles. should i leave as is or put bedding under the eggs? excuse no caps i'm typing w/ one hand today.
by bootjack farm
Sat May 04, 2019 4:57 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Where do PM's go when they disappear in the afternoon?
Replies: 8
Views: 2578

Re: Where do PM's go when they disappear in the afternoon?

Wouldn't that be neat to have some way of actually track them during the days activity? I have no idea if a geo-locator could be made to send such precise data. Maybe a radio transmitter with ground based receivers that could triangulate location? Beyond my pay grade.
by bootjack farm
Fri May 03, 2019 7:02 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Where do PM's go when they disappear in the afternoon?
Replies: 8
Views: 2578

Where do PM's go when they disappear in the afternoon?

Just wondering what they're up to when they disappear each afternoon. Has there been any studies on this activity? How far do they roam? How high? Are they alone or many together? Are they just foraging, playing or what? I'm sure there are many theories/opinions but is there any science on this topic?
by bootjack farm
Wed May 01, 2019 7:22 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Are gourds a good alternative for Tree Swallows?
Replies: 9
Views: 2799

Re: Are gourds a good alternative for Tree Swallows?

flyin-lowe, my point was should we be providing gourds for TS? It may be only exacerbating the problem with TS taking over PM gourd racks. After all, us humans did a pretty good job of getting PM' s to recognize gourds and other manufactured housing as their "go to" cavity. We don't want to encourag...
by bootjack farm
Wed May 01, 2019 7:12 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Subadult females
Replies: 11
Views: 2760

Re: Subadult females

Dave, I share your perspective. It might be worth reaching out to well established colony landlords, say within a 5 mile radius of you. See if they would be willing to give up a little to spread the wealth.
by bootjack farm
Mon Apr 29, 2019 4:34 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Are gourds a good alternative for Tree Swallows?
Replies: 9
Views: 2799

Are gourds a good alternative for Tree Swallows?

I followed the recent post on providing alternative housing for Tree Swallows and the mention of providing them with a gourd within the protocol distance. Could this be inadvertently getting the TS accustomed to seeking out gourds rather than other housing? I have provided a standard BB house each y...
by bootjack farm
Mon Mar 25, 2019 4:01 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: worried newbe
Replies: 41
Views: 13928

Re: worried newbe

I grouped my housing together for years but had no success other than visitors. I had an opportunity to have local mentor Ed Pace to come view my site. He suggested moving some of my housing to a different more "attractive" location. Later that same year I also had a chance to talk to Andy Troyer ab...
by bootjack farm
Tue Jan 15, 2019 11:21 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Suggestions? Cleaning stained PVC gourds
Replies: 14
Views: 4476

Re: Suggestions? Cleaning stained PVC gourds

DKC, as an alternative you could consider spray painting. I believe the gourds are actually polyethylene. Earlier posts indicated that Krylon Fusion paint worked well but I haven't used myself.
by bootjack farm
Fri Jun 22, 2018 5:30 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Do Unsuccessful SY Male Bachelors Return?
Replies: 7
Views: 2049

Re: Do Unsuccessful SY Male Bachelors Return?

Oh boy! There is hope now that my colony will hold its own or even expand next year. :grin:
by bootjack farm
Thu Jun 14, 2018 3:22 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Do Unsuccessful SY Male Bachelors Return?
Replies: 7
Views: 2049

Do Unsuccessful SY Male Bachelors Return?

I'm now a SY landlord so I am still concerned that there will be enough birds to sustain my colony next year. I have three unattached SY males that are trying hard.

Question: If they are unsuccessful in attracting a mate this season are they likely to return to my colony next year?
by bootjack farm
Tue Apr 17, 2018 5:12 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Help w/ Computer programming a Dawn Song Player
Replies: 4
Views: 2124

Re: Help w/ Computer programming a Dawn Song Player

Great, that's a good start. I'm just trying to help but i'm pretty clueless.
by bootjack farm
Tue Apr 17, 2018 4:59 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Mite - blowfly control and nest management
Replies: 27
Views: 4267

Re: Mite - blowfly control and nest management

Food for thought: Here's a study on blow fly parasitism on bluebird nestlings. I would think there is some parallels. Here's the link: https://sora.unm.edu/sites/default/files/journals/wilson/v104n04/p0630-p0643.pdf There is also an ongoing study out of Buffalo State concerning the effects of nest c...
by bootjack farm
Sat Apr 14, 2018 4:57 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Trees close to PM housing
Replies: 12
Views: 2195

Re: Trees close to PM housing

Mayboy, I have two very large (80 ft. or so) spruce trees w/in 50ft. of two housing units. It was an ideal location except for the two trees. I tried for 9 years w/o any nesters. Finally, I had my mentor(Ed Pace) look at my site. Besides discouraging Tree swallows he recommended moving some of my ho...