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by C.C.Martins
Thu Oct 14, 2021 9:16 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Why use pine straw in your gourds?
Replies: 5
Views: 270

Re: Why use pine straw in your gourds?

Brent, saw some pictures of the devastation-lots of leafless trees...those that were still standing anyway. Good thinking on getting what you could, should serve you many seasons.
by C.C.Martins
Wed Oct 13, 2021 7:56 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Nesting material
Replies: 2
Views: 121

Re: Nesting material

David, Most folks place pine needles, a few handfuls in the gourds would be fine. Martins like them. They add their own material when real nest building begins but it gives them a good head start. Pine needed drain water very well and won't turn to mush like dried straw will. How? Put them in throug...
by C.C.Martins
Tue Oct 12, 2021 6:53 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Why use pine straw in your gourds?
Replies: 5
Views: 270

Re: Why use pine straw in your gourds?

Good question, I too have had martins replace everything I put in the cavity. But all of them? Thats alot!! I do pre nest with pine needles, ill put a few oak leaves in each cavity.. I second the fact that its cold when they arrive and I'll add that I don't want martins on the ground looking for nes...
by C.C.Martins
Mon Oct 11, 2021 7:57 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Free to a good home
Replies: 1
Views: 174

Re: Free to a good home

Dang David,
Wish you were in Texas, id put them to use!

I'm quite sure they will be fixed right up, just need some TLC.

Tom
by C.C.Martins
Tue Oct 05, 2021 5:52 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Texas hummingbird migration 2021
Replies: 7
Views: 835

Re: Texas hummingbird migration 2021

Outstanding, thats good. Taking their time, lots of things still blooming. No fronts to give them that push. Glad they started to show for you and your helping them on their way. We have two that claimed feeders still, they fuss when I go in the back. two weeks ago had 8 or 9 but they moved on. If t...
by C.C.Martins
Mon Sep 20, 2021 8:17 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: "The Birds & The Bees"
Replies: 4
Views: 14739

Re: "The Birds & The Bees"

Thanks for sharing that, Kathy is awesome and a fantastic landlord. I used her snake guard idea and caught three of the darn things, saved our satellite colony I think. They will be on all my systems next season. One thing that I was told by John barrow- (another fantastic landlord) who knows her, i...
by C.C.Martins
Sat Sep 18, 2021 9:42 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Hurricane Ida...hope all you Louisiana landlords fairedwell.
Replies: 3
Views: 442

Re: Hurricane Ida...hope all you Louisiana landlords fairedwell.

well, glad to hear you weathered that storm in relatively good shape; as you pointed out, many many did not. your poles did great in 150 mph winds, so did your house! Good gosh. wish you guys all the best.
Tom
by C.C.Martins
Thu Sep 16, 2021 8:49 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Texas hummingbird migration 2021
Replies: 7
Views: 835

Re: Texas hummingbird migration 2021

Same here, some young ruby throats and a black chined that I think has moved on. Iv four feeders up, maybe 5 hummingbirds now. Thats it. J. Barrow and Louise have a buff bellied at their place, I happened to be by; that was one noisy hummingbird, lots of fussing at me. lots of rain here locally so f...
by C.C.Martins
Tue Sep 14, 2021 3:52 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Off season trapping
Replies: 2
Views: 507

Re: Off season trapping

I'm going to try real hard to put a dent in the sparrow population. Live sparrows are best bait. Had two day before yesterday, last evening another. They show no intrest in nest boxes but starlings are ready to poke their heads in anything. Glad your having success! I like to think I'm doing the woo...
by C.C.Martins
Sun Sep 12, 2021 12:07 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Off season trapping
Replies: 2
Views: 507

Off season trapping

Have had luck with off season sparrow and starling trapping. Blains for the sparrows and nest box traps for starlings. Never saw a van ert insert trap in action though. Starlings were at the suet feeders, I hung a woodpecker house with a van ert trap right behind the feeders on the fence about 3 fee...
by C.C.Martins
Sat Sep 11, 2021 7:18 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Already Excited
Replies: 5
Views: 747

Re: Already Excited

Any of the trio housing are good quality. Look around your area and see what others are using, perhaps that will give you an idea but Florida is martin rich area. May be a combination of gourds and a house? shoot, martins will be returning there in a few short months! haha. Key to combatting the hea...
by C.C.Martins
Wed Sep 08, 2021 8:25 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Texas hummingbird migration 2021
Replies: 7
Views: 835

Re: Texas hummingbird migration 2021

Good topic!! love this time of year because of the hummingbirds. We don't have many yet. 3 or 4 maybe. Last year we had a rufous stick around nov - march, even during the freeze he would come every day. Tough little guy.
by C.C.Martins
Mon Sep 06, 2021 3:35 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: 1 martin keeps returning
Replies: 2
Views: 571

Re: 1 martin keeps returning

Interesting! I think that happened last year or the year before to someone, eventually the martin left. never happened here. That is one bird who likes his home, Id imagine as the roost leaves so will he. All iv seen are some swallows heading south, miss the martins already. Enjoy him while you can,...
by C.C.Martins
Mon Sep 06, 2021 3:32 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: My bird joke
Replies: 3
Views: 588

Re: My bird joke

hahahahahahaha, gasp, gasp, hahahahahahahahaha!
by C.C.Martins
Sat Sep 04, 2021 8:40 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: My bird joke
Replies: 3
Views: 588

Re: My bird joke

Gary, I'm going to use that! I read it to my wife, after a bit of dead silence she sent me to my room. Here's a snail joke: A snail goes to a car dealership because he's tired of the same old "Snails are slow" story. He asks the salesman if he has anything sporty and small. Dealer says "yep, I have ...
by C.C.Martins
Thu Sep 02, 2021 8:42 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Snake guards
Replies: 3
Views: 712

Re: Snake guards

Hi! A worthy cause, lost some eggs to a snake this year.. I can recommend two types for you. If you Google Kathy freeze snake guard on u tube she's got a great setup and its quick, inexpensive and effective. We caught three snakes with it. Another easy make is one that chuck Abare makes can be found...
by C.C.Martins
Tue Aug 31, 2021 6:50 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Haskell Troyer tunnel trap
Replies: 9
Views: 13777

Re: Haskell Troyer tunnel trap

Thanks Dave
by C.C.Martins
Sun Aug 29, 2021 10:16 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Year-end clean-out evolution
Replies: 4
Views: 823

Re: Year-end clean-out evolution

What your doing there is very special to those folks, I know if I were looking through a window at martins I'd have lots of fond memories of them, I'm glad you get the chance to bring their loved ones closer. That sir, is the best medicine. Good for the soul. No kidding about Spohn! Had to have been...
by C.C.Martins
Sat Aug 28, 2021 9:25 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Year-end clean-out evolution
Replies: 4
Views: 823

Re: Year-end clean-out evolution

Gary, Its funny you say that. Today I took the pole and last 6 gourds down for cleaning at our satellite site as well. Brought them all home because I like to grease and lube the pole before taking it back out there to put in the connex. Didnt have the hot water though, unless you count the hot wate...
by C.C.Martins
Sat Aug 28, 2021 4:34 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Going Down After 22 Years
Replies: 9
Views: 1421

Re: Going Down After 22 Years

Yeah I saw him. Bet your birds were nervous. We have a few flocks of wild parrots here, saw a hawk on a high wire checking two out, the parrots knew it was there and were making all kinds of noise, looked to me like the hawk didnt know what to make of them. Well you gave it a shot hanging in there f...