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by JiminPa
Fri Aug 23, 2019 9:09 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Lifting cable
Replies: 3
Views: 3504

Lifting cable

What optimun size/quality of metal cable is most widely used? I have an 8 room custom made wooden house currently raised/lowered with nylon rope and plan to install a winch and replace the rope with metal cable. Would appreciate any suggestions.
by JiminPa
Fri May 10, 2019 7:20 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Can martins and barn swallows coexist?
Replies: 4
Views: 1169

Re: Can martins and barn swallows coexist?

We've had Barn Swallows for 20 plus years in our barn. Established at new PM colony about 150 feet last year. PM's feed at higher elevations; Barn swallows low over hay fields. Different insects.
by JiminPa
Sat Apr 27, 2019 4:51 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Dealing with neighbors while trapping sparrows
Replies: 16
Views: 5628

Re: Dealing with neighbors while trapping sparrows

Patience and more patience. You best remember and keep this in mind when trying to convert her thinking. There is nothing in this world that says she must defer to your request. Many people enjoy feeding and watching the English Sparrows. In her mind one species is as good as another. She apparently...
by JiminPa
Thu Feb 28, 2019 4:00 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: White Crowned Sparrow? ID help ASAP please...
Replies: 7
Views: 2824

Re: White Crowned Sparrow? ID help ASAP please...

I'll suggest that is not a immature white crown sparrow. The mandibles of the two birds are different and as they are classified in separate families (House sparrows are weaver finches). Highly unlikely to have an immature white crown this time of year in Texas
by JiminPa
Thu Dec 20, 2018 11:46 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Shelf Life of Freeze Dried Crickets & Meal Worms ??
Replies: 9
Views: 4063

Re: Shelf Life of Freeze Dried Crickets & Meal Worms ??

Thanks Toy for the quick reply,
Jim B
by JiminPa
Tue Dec 18, 2018 7:30 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Shelf Life of Freeze Dried Crickets & Meal Worms ??
Replies: 9
Views: 4063

Re: Shelf Life of Freeze Dried Crickets & Meal Worms ??

Toy, where does one buy live crickets?
Thanks Jim B
by JiminPa
Wed Jul 04, 2018 2:52 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: New landlord observations
Replies: 22
Views: 4185

Re: New landlord observations

I agree with flyinlow; those white feathers are indicative of Tree Swallows. PM's will have green leaf petals usually. The date also favors Tree Swallows.
by JiminPa
Sat Jun 30, 2018 2:21 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: house sparrow resistant box for bluebirds
Replies: 5
Views: 1660

Re: house sparrow resistant box for bluebirds

grayfox.............. I will suggest that you check out the Pa Bluebird website ( www.thebsp.org ). They explain one possible method using fishing line. This method has worked well for me at my location i.e., urban, large sparrow population neighbor feeding sparrows bread/milo etc. here in Western P...
by JiminPa
Mon Jun 04, 2018 7:40 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Purple Martin or Barn Swallow?
Replies: 12
Views: 2163

Re: Purple Martin or Barn Swallow?

Jarl; I live in SW Pa and more of a bird watcher than PM landlord. In my experience your chances are now pretty slim for a nesting pair this year. I would leave your house as is until at least August 15th. Tree Swallows are interesting birds too and do more good than harm. Next year utilize some of ...
by JiminPa
Sat Jun 02, 2018 4:27 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Purple Martin or Barn Swallow?
Replies: 12
Views: 2163

Re: Purple Martin or Barn Swallow?

Sorry, that is a common Tree Swallow. Beautiful bird and frequently around PM houses.
by JiminPa
Sat Apr 15, 2017 9:27 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: PM returns to Transfer, PA
Replies: 5
Views: 1050

Re: PM returns to Transfer, PA

Good Job! Gary. How are you coping with the starlings?
Jim B