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by BillieJR
Sun Jun 21, 2020 11:48 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Early evening greatness
Replies: 3
Views: 208

Re: Early evening greatness

I'm so happy for you! I can only imagine your joy. :)
by BillieJR
Sun Jun 21, 2020 11:46 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: My gourds are stuck at the top and won't come down
Replies: 11
Views: 526

Re: My gourds are stuck at the top and won't come down

Thanks, Joe - that's a great idea! And I hope you had a wonderful Father's Day. :)
by BillieJR
Sun Jun 21, 2020 1:48 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Looking for a video
Replies: 1
Views: 194

Looking for a video

I got the repeating sparrow trap and, being the clueless person I am, I would like to see a video on how it's done and how it works. I think I have it right but I would feel better seeing it in a video.
by BillieJR
Sun Jun 21, 2020 1:37 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: My gourds are stuck at the top and won't come down
Replies: 11
Views: 526

Re: My gourds are stuck at the top and won't come down

Thanks, everyone, who gave me sound solid advice on getting the gourds down. My neighbor came over and we put up the extension ladder. He took a good look at everything before giving it a couple of good downward motion tugs and it came loose. While he was up there he sprayed the reel with silicone s...
by BillieJR
Sat Jun 20, 2020 9:50 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: My gourds are stuck at the top and won't come down
Replies: 11
Views: 526

Re: My gourds are stuck at the top and won't come down

Kegger, I don't know. I looked as best I could and couldn't see that it was off. I'm not climbing any ladder at my age and my son has a fear of heights so I am hoping to get my neighbor to come over tomorrow to take a look. He LOVES martins as much as I do and so he's always more than willing to hel...
by BillieJR
Sat Jun 20, 2020 8:32 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: My gourds are stuck at the top and won't come down
Replies: 11
Views: 526

Re: My gourds are stuck at the top and won't come down

Thanks, John, I believe there's an extension ladder in our shed. I believe the pole is 14 ft above ground.

Mike - yes - that's what's happening. When I unwind the winch, the cable unwinds on the winch but the rack just doesn't come down/move.
by BillieJR
Sat Jun 20, 2020 5:22 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: My gourds are stuck at the top and won't come down
Replies: 11
Views: 526

Re: My gourds are stuck at the top and won't come down

Thanks, Mike. Yes it's on a winch. When I disengage it - the cable starts unrollling but the rack doesn't lower/move at all.
by BillieJR
Sat Jun 20, 2020 4:06 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: I'm going to need bigger gourds- 10 nestlings in one.
Replies: 6
Views: 705

Re: I'm going to need bigger gourds- 10 nestlings

Wow, Ed, that's awesome! You always do such a great job keeping records! It'll be interesting to get the update(s) on these 3 nests. Good luck - I hope they all make it.
by BillieJR
Sat Jun 20, 2020 3:57 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: My gourds are stuck at the top and won't come down
Replies: 11
Views: 526

My gourds are stuck at the top and won't come down

Is there a simple explanation and fix for this? I do not believe that I tightened it any more than I usually do cuz I'm always careful about that. It's only 1 year old and it was working perfectly fine a couple days ago when I brought it down and put it back up. No hint of any problems at all. If I ...
by BillieJR
Mon May 04, 2020 11:51 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: So far so good!
Replies: 5
Views: 379

Re: So far so good!

Congratulations - glad all seemed to improve.
by BillieJR
Fri May 01, 2020 7:50 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Finally!
Replies: 15
Views: 900

Re: Finally!

Hooray for you! How exciting! I hope they stay for you.

And I was surprised to see you have your pool ready to go already - when I realized you are in Texas - I am in Wisconsin and it'll be a month at least before we have our pool ready to go.
by BillieJR
Fri May 01, 2020 7:47 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: How many times?
Replies: 10
Views: 550

Re: How many times?

You all are making happy to know I'm in good company with the watching and waiting game!

And yes, Tor - I am playing the Dawn Song whenever it's not raining. :)
by BillieJR
Wed Apr 29, 2020 5:38 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: How many times?
Replies: 10
Views: 550

How many times?

Those of you who are like me - still waiting for your first martin(s) to arrive - how many times do you look out at your purple martin housing every day? I look at the housing, the electrical wires that they like to sit on, the skys.........I must look out at least 50 times a day. Maybe more.
by BillieJR
Sun Apr 26, 2020 12:35 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Just A Quick Update
Replies: 2
Views: 249

Re: Just A Quick Update

Love your picture, Coolwhips!

Kyler - I'd love to see your nest material bag pictures. Sounds like you're on your way to another great year.
by BillieJR
Sun Apr 26, 2020 12:32 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Keep the Martins coming
Replies: 2
Views: 240

Re: Keep the Martins coming

Thanks for the pep talk, jhcox! :) Sounds like you're going to have a good year. :)
by BillieJR
Fri Apr 24, 2020 9:33 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Frustrated PM Landlord Looking for Tenants
Replies: 43
Views: 1465

Re: Frustrated PM Landlord Looking for Tenants

Welcome, Gary!

I'm waiting for tenants, too......in Wisconsin. I hope we'll both be lucky this year. Good luck!
by BillieJR
Fri Apr 24, 2020 2:06 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Gourd trap question
Replies: 4
Views: 277

Re: Gourd trap question

Thanks for that explanation. It's doesn't sound too complicated even for someone like myself that has no imagination when it comes to things making sense. lol! I appreciate your help. I guess I better be ordering one of these. Thanks again. :)
by BillieJR
Fri Apr 24, 2020 1:46 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Gourd trap question
Replies: 4
Views: 277

Re: Gourd trap question

Awesome, Deancamp - thanks!
by BillieJR
Fri Apr 24, 2020 1:26 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Gourd trap question
Replies: 4
Views: 277

Gourd trap question

Is this easy enough to install? https://www.purplemartin.org/uploads/media/sgt-627.pdf Is this the same thing basically? https://www.purplemartin.org/shop/product/egt/pmca-excluder-gourd-insert-trap/ I see these two similar traps with a small price difference. I have troyers.....will they work in th...
by BillieJR
Wed Apr 22, 2020 12:49 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: SY's Heading North!
Replies: 5
Views: 397

Re: SY's Heading North!

Yup, me, too......can't wait. It's what I've been dreaming about for months. :) Good luck, everyone!