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by C.C.Martins
Mon Apr 12, 2021 9:12 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: How close can you place a gourd rack to a building?
Replies: 2
Views: 18

Re: How close can you place a gourd rack to a building?

Randy, suppose you have little choice otherwise? is space too tight? Guess it depends on the height of the building vs your rack; you had some martin visitors last year, but they didn't stay...not a bad sign actually...do you believe it was the position/trees? ours are close to the house (15 feet) b...
by C.C.Martins
Mon Apr 12, 2021 7:10 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: BO11 plus with clinger entrances
Replies: 2
Views: 28

Re: BO11 plus with clinger entrances

He could fit, lots of people are using those entrances, what he didnt like was the pressure on his back. Give him a bit of time before you make any adjustments. Its hard to watch and you are sure you did something wrong, he just needs to push through it. He will. Trust me been there, agonizing about...
by C.C.Martins
Mon Apr 12, 2021 5:37 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Bouncing back in Texas
Replies: 9
Views: 487

Re: Bouncing back in Texas

Hey whippy,
Very glad to hear that hawk problem is behind you, feared the worst.
by C.C.Martins
Sun Apr 11, 2021 8:37 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: My Unsuccessful Male From Last Year Is Back
Replies: 4
Views: 91

Re: My Unsuccessful Male From Last Year Is Back

ASY males are a big draw to the ladies. Dont discount this guy, he's trying his hardest and came a long way! A single ASY pair started ours, drew in other pairs and walah. One PS: have a bunch of subbie Fresh Faced females here, ASY and SY birds are going nuts. They will move on, hope they end up wi...
by C.C.Martins
Sun Apr 11, 2021 5:10 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: First Ever ASY MALE
Replies: 9
Views: 183

Re: First Ever ASY MALE

Dont panic just yet, they do that. They show up, create a ruckus for a bit to make sure we have not been asleep while they have been traveling and take off. Might be a few days before he returns.
by C.C.Martins
Sun Apr 11, 2021 5:00 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: New hopeful landlord
Replies: 10
Views: 143

Re: New hopeful landlord

It will absolutely not scare them away. If you mean removing sparrow nests? Part of being landlord is nest checks, its super rewarding, the birds will come to accept you and what your doing as part of the environment and barely bat an eye. Nest checks are your opportunity to find out the health of y...
by C.C.Martins
Sun Apr 11, 2021 4:51 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Complete Housing Swap
Replies: 1
Views: 43

Re: Complete Housing Swap

5 years is a long time site fidelity will keep them there. Some birds are finicky, will balk at the new entrances but your upgrade is top of the line. when they want to get in, they will no problems. Iv seen the gourds you are talking about and applaud your purchase. Your martins will appreciate tha...
by C.C.Martins
Sun Apr 11, 2021 8:12 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Getting a little worried
Replies: 7
Views: 175

Re: Getting a little worried

Well it is worrying, it was a disaster. from hummingbirds to fish kills in the waters, I found 16 dead sea turtles on a 1/4 mile stretch of beach over a week. Lost most of my lizards. When that blew in it was plenty strong enough to reach the Yucatan. If migrating birds stopped there and paused alls...
by C.C.Martins
Sat Apr 10, 2021 5:55 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: adding decoys, + or -
Replies: 7
Views: 110

Re: adding decoys, + or -

Iv decoys up ar our satellite site, helped us attract last year. They are still up, considered taking them down today but they aren't scaring martins. They are useful. Its also fun to watch professional photographers take pictures of them. :shock: Id keep them up. I don't use them here at home, unle...
by C.C.Martins
Sat Apr 10, 2021 5:26 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Another new landlord (hopefully!)
Replies: 4
Views: 68

Re: Another new landlord (hopefully!)

Good picture, you should be fine! I used to worry about that too, if it wasn't absolutely straight would drive me nuts...I make sure they are straight but the martins don't mind a bit if its off a tad. Good job on that sparrow! Keep after the buggers.. Was checking nests at our satellite site today ...
by C.C.Martins
Sat Apr 10, 2021 5:20 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Dried ucalyptus leaves?
Replies: 0
Views: 26

Dried ucalyptus leaves?

for years our birds have been lining their nests with ucalyptus leaves, can see them swarming the tops of the two trees nearby. Those trees got hammered by the freeze but after nest checks today, martins are still getting them. Dried and dead but they still go for it. Force of habit I guess.
by C.C.Martins
Sat Apr 10, 2021 4:54 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Another new landlord (hopefully!)
Replies: 4
Views: 68

Re: Another new landlord (hopefully!)

Hey Cindy welcome and congrats sounds like they are there to stay. Thats awesome!! Yep, normal activity sounds like they are jumping from home to home male following the female. Or vice versa. They will settle down, end of this month egg laying should start, later for sub adults as they don't have a...
by C.C.Martins
Sat Apr 10, 2021 7:37 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: New hopeful landlord
Replies: 10
Views: 143

Re: New hopeful landlord

sounds like some early risers! to me, if its that early they are staying. to watch them arrive go out around 6pm and sit and watch the house. watch the sky for them but primarily the house. They come in very fast, barely touch the porch and its over. ours down here rise a bit later, (although some s...
by C.C.Martins
Sat Apr 10, 2021 7:23 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: First ever make found dead in gourd
Replies: 4
Views: 109

Re: First ever make found dead in gourd

1:1 ratio here. started as usual with all males, a few females showed up a few days later but still more males. Big pushes of arrivals started coming in with those strong south winds and now are paired up. Females now fighting for occupied cavities.
by C.C.Martins
Fri Apr 09, 2021 7:54 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: First ever make found dead in gourd
Replies: 4
Views: 109

Re: First ever make found dead in gourd

Dang, sorry about that. Perhaps an early returnee that used too much energy? Even so, tough to find. I'm starting nest checks tomorrow. Hope alls well rest of your season and this is the only one.
Tom
by C.C.Martins
Fri Apr 09, 2021 6:52 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Keeping sparrows out!
Replies: 8
Views: 514

Re: Keeping sparrows out!

if it works there won't be a tennis ball within 50 miles of a martin landlord...be like toilet paper last year.

I'd say do both, they will be sitting ducks. Trouble is if a martin comes by, they won't be able to enter either?
by C.C.Martins
Fri Apr 09, 2021 6:48 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: New hopeful landlord
Replies: 10
Views: 143

Re: New hopeful landlord

Hi Mary and welcome! Good for you and glad they are around. Its a great sign and good start. Guess a couple of questions, Are they staying the night? Gotta watch close when its getting near dusk, they are very fast. When do they come around? Some martins visit from other sites. To have them landing ...
by C.C.Martins
Fri Apr 09, 2021 3:33 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Altering gourds
Replies: 6
Views: 143

Re: Altering gourds

Yep, agree with whippy. Id also agree hes human despite his wife's concerns. :lol: You could add a canopy over the natural gourd entrance without disturbing the martins, it will assist in keeping their nest dry. Its available on line, just a short strip of tin over the entrance. Sevin will make your...
by C.C.Martins
Wed Apr 07, 2021 8:43 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Is It Unusual For ASY Males To Pair With SY Females
Replies: 2
Views: 73

Re: Is It Unusual For ASY Males To Pair With SY Females

Last year lost an ASY female just before egg laying, the ASY male quickly attracted a SY female. They had 5 eggs (little late)
and fledged them all.
by C.C.Martins
Tue Apr 06, 2021 1:56 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Anybody else notice a lack of ASY Females in Texas?
Replies: 3
Views: 138

Re: Anybody else notice a lack of ASY Females in Texas?

Texas is a big place maybe more will chime in. I do have one very old female I'm partial to, she is very dark and I thought a subbie male at first. Had a male choose a lower gourd but the new gals seem to have wanted the upper level and barely looked in his, poor old guy. She came in a few weeks ago...