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by C.C.Martins
Thu Jan 21, 2021 6:13 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Opening established houses
Replies: 2
Views: 83

Re: Opening established houses

In short: Open it up now, definitely target your neighbors arrival times. the early arrivals are older birds hell bent on getting to their home colony, tough to attract them although they may visit. The scout reports are the older birds, heading to a specific site. Want a good hard date, pick the da...
by C.C.Martins
Wed Jan 20, 2021 8:59 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: First arrival!
Replies: 4
Views: 115

Re: First arrival!

have a good season!!!
by C.C.Martins
Wed Jan 20, 2021 8:58 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Finally one has returned
Replies: 4
Views: 96

Re: Finally one has returned

Good! Its interesting how they just seem to settle like they never left.
by C.C.Martins
Sat Jan 16, 2021 4:54 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Martins a little late.
Replies: 5
Views: 134

Re: Martins a little late.

Dave,
Texans can do no wrong kind sir! Lol
by C.C.Martins
Sat Jan 16, 2021 2:08 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Martins a little late.
Replies: 5
Views: 134

Re: Martins a little late.

Ummmmmmm Gonzales Texas reported one yesterday. About 10 days earlier than 2020.
by C.C.Martins
Sat Jan 16, 2021 1:03 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Martins a little late.
Replies: 5
Views: 134

Re: Martins a little late.

PMDavid, The very early corpus Christi texas arrival report last year was Jan 14, that was mr woods out at Padre island. Funny because he spoke to Mr Barrow about that bird...seems he saw the martin, reported it and then didn't see it again. I saw the report and called Mr Barrow, all excited and he ...
by C.C.Martins
Fri Jan 15, 2021 3:47 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: First Arrival
Replies: 11
Views: 248

Re: First Arrival

Cary,
Sorry to hear that. Wish you all the best this season and hope your arrivals show in force.
by C.C.Martins
Thu Jan 14, 2021 2:30 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Early Arrivals
Replies: 3
Views: 178

Re: Early Arrivals

Congrats, I think this is a very exciting time! Better than Christmas. I think most of us are watching the reports close...I saw your arrival and snuck a peek at your arrival history, id say they were way early! Again congrats! Here i normally go by John Barrows reports before i put up systems, he h...
by C.C.Martins
Tue Jan 05, 2021 10:20 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: First arrival in Raceland, Louisiana!!!!
Replies: 6
Views: 249

Re: First arrival in Raceland, Louisiana!!!!

Congrats on your first arrival of 2021! Sounds like you were in the right spot at the right time. Its great to hear the reports come in, your season has started!! Best this year.
Tom
by C.C.Martins
Tue Jan 05, 2021 10:15 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Vandal-Proofing
Replies: 7
Views: 234

Re: Vandal-Proofing

There's a public site we maintain, it has rope and pulley on the PMCA gourd rack and a trio mini castle with rope. Lots of kids, we put the predator guard right over the rope cleats to hide the rope. Put snake netting over top of the guard. No issues. Here at home I do the same but like you had a sm...
by C.C.Martins
Mon Jan 04, 2021 7:51 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Purple Martins in Melbourne, Florida!
Replies: 14
Views: 243

Re: Purple Martins in Melbourne, Florida!

Mike congrats! I suspect your martin was as happy to be home as you were to accept her. Your bats and birds sound well taken care of,
Wish you all the best!
Tom
by C.C.Martins
Sun Jan 03, 2021 8:31 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: I am ready!
Replies: 4
Views: 139

Re: I am ready!

Any plant nursery, walmart or one of the big box stores will have it, its called bird netting. Mesh squares of ½ or ¾ inch would give good coverage. The netting comes in big sheets. goes above the pole guard, you get a length of about 6 feet long, 2 feet wide and wrap it like a messy wreath or a bun...
by C.C.Martins
Sat Jan 02, 2021 6:02 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: I am ready!
Replies: 4
Views: 139

Re: I am ready!

yep! Its almost time....almost time! A million small details to see to off season but fun to do. Id like a few more bungie cords for the snake netting. Should be it. Im shooting for Jan 23 to have main systems up, will provide some more for Subbies as they show. Funny you mention pine needles, there...
by C.C.Martins
Sat Jan 02, 2021 5:42 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: New Electronic Purple Martin Prognosticator Spreadsheet
Replies: 2
Views: 172

Re: New Electronic Purple Martin Prognosticator Spreadsheet

Roger, That is quite nice, wow! I print and use the PMCA form, then put them away. This is a great tool sir! Would have taken me 20 years to do. Ill input the data from the years past, great help. We had 3 pair of martins at our satellite site last year (2 years trying), they would enjoy the data po...
by C.C.Martins
Sun Dec 27, 2020 8:19 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Managing a neighbor's cat...
Replies: 6
Views: 228

Re: Managing a neighbor's cat...

Hey Brent, Pole guards are #1 defense, cats are a worry here too. Iv not seen a cat mess with the martins but they do come around when birds are very active. Annoying to say the least especially when the young have fledged. We have coyotes in the neighborhood, so I caution the owners, hoping that wo...
by C.C.Martins
Tue Dec 22, 2020 12:52 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Any bets on the first arrival southern tip of Texas or Florida ?
Replies: 18
Views: 870

Re: Any bets on the first arrival southern tip of Texas or Florida ?

Well. Louisiana LL on the board!
Best wishes to all this season
by C.C.Martins
Tue Dec 15, 2020 6:04 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: I’m ready for some Purple Martin Scout Reports
Replies: 4
Views: 258

Re: I’m ready for some Purple Martin Scout Reports

PMDave,
Checked with the 2020/2021 purple martin return wager guy (title i just thought of); unfortunately the 2008 FXDWG Dyna Wide Glide has only 6.5 minutes of Siri warranty. Stakes are high!

We will all be looking to the skies shortly!
by C.C.Martins
Sun Dec 06, 2020 6:00 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: New gourd rack ready to go on pole
Replies: 5
Views: 408

Re: New gourd rack ready to go on pole

PMDavid,
Wow, looks great. Good job. What kind of gourds will you hang? You mentioned painting, assume natural gourds?
Nevermind! I saw your earlier post on the naturals you worked hard on. Going to look great up there.
Hope it fills up in 2021!
Tom
by C.C.Martins
Thu Dec 03, 2020 6:44 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: crescent hole door plugs
Replies: 2
Views: 192

Re: crescent hole door plugs

Sounds like the S&K, type S&K tunnels into a search engine. I think you will find them.
Hope this helps.
Tom
by C.C.Martins
Sun Nov 22, 2020 11:44 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: new birds
Replies: 11
Views: 781

Re: new birds

Kegger,
Neat bird but tough to tell, dont see ear tufts. Looks kinda like a burrowing owl, but id guess a hawk of some kind? Do you see it around often? Owls are dangerous towards martins.