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by -=DKC=-
Wed Feb 13, 2019 9:35 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: South/Central Texas question
Replies: 4
Views: 151

Re: South/Central Texas question

Does anyone in the San Antonio/Hill country/Valley area use pine needles as a prep for your houses? If so does it help your martins? If not, do you prep your houses with anything? I was thinking of using dead live oak leaves. Any thoughts? I'm in Corpus Christi. My Purple Martins use dead/brown Liv...
by -=DKC=-
Sun Feb 10, 2019 8:57 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Stacked Gourds
Replies: 2
Views: 204

Re: Stacked Gourds

The stackers look interesting but I would have 3 concerns. 1. Can the rack arms support the weight of 2 gourds plus 2 full nests? 2. The bottom gourd will not be able to vent out of the top using the S&K vent caps. That alone would prevent me from using them in South Texas. 3. I would think that con...
by -=DKC=-
Thu Feb 07, 2019 2:17 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Question Concerning Clinger Tunnels
Replies: 7
Views: 172

Re: Question Concerning Clinger Tunnels

Assuming these are S&K gourds, I also use the S&K cooling caps.

Last year, in addition to the cooling caps, I experimented with 90 degree vents attached to the cleanout/access caps. They seemed to work well but I want another year of experimentation before I recommend my method.
by -=DKC=-
Thu Feb 07, 2019 2:12 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Question Concerning Clinger Tunnels
Replies: 7
Views: 172

Re: Question Concerning Clinger Tunnels

A couple of notes: I cut the entrances with a utility knife using a "sawing" or manual "can-opener" type motion rather than trying to pull the blade across like you would do with cardboard. The PVC is pretty soft in the cutting groove and this more controlled motion greatly lessens the chance of cut...
by -=DKC=-
Mon Feb 04, 2019 4:33 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: REPORTING SCOUTS
Replies: 9
Views: 372

Re: REPORTING SCOUTS

Speaking as someone who has been doing web development and programming for the last 15 years or so, I think it's better to keep ecommerce and forum logins separate. Yes, it's a little more hassle for the user, but it saves countless hours of work whenever the forum or store need to be upgraded. That...
by -=DKC=-
Mon Feb 04, 2019 4:09 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: First sighting
Replies: 7
Views: 191

Re: First sighting

I heart birds wrote:
Sun Feb 03, 2019 8:26 pm
DKC it surprised me was way early, BUT they are flying over corpus. John and Louise have two at their place today.
After reading your post and seeing 3 scout reports in the area I went ahead and raised the rack yesterday. Now I keep looking out expecting to see Martins every few minutes. Lol. :P
by -=DKC=-
Sun Feb 03, 2019 6:21 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: First sighting
Replies: 7
Views: 191

Re: First sighting

Oh man, that's great. I've been watching the skies. I'm getting excited to have my birds back. :)
by -=DKC=-
Sat Jan 26, 2019 9:57 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: We just spotted our first returning PM
Replies: 10
Views: 728

Re: We just spotted our first returning PM

Now that's exciting. :!:
by -=DKC=-
Sat Jan 26, 2019 9:54 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: House sparrow control
Replies: 7
Views: 733

Re: House sparrow control

I bought a cheap Daisy Powerline 880S at Walmart. Combined that with a cheap CenterPoint scope and cheap Weaver rings, also from Walmart. I'm only taking shots from about 20 feet or so but this combination is plenty accurate for HSP control. I rarely miss if I don't get too rushed. The thing I like ...
by -=DKC=-
Fri Jan 25, 2019 11:22 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Suggestions? Cleaning stained PVC gourds
Replies: 14
Views: 1695

Re: Suggestions? Cleaning stained PVC gourds

I use a cup of bleach to a gallon of water, a little liquid dish soap and let them soak. Pecan tree probably produces the toughest stains of all. Let them soak 30 minutes and see if that helps. Well the Good News is the Martins won't care about the staining. Thanks Spiderman. I may try soaking next...
by -=DKC=-
Thu Jan 24, 2019 9:11 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Need some help
Replies: 16
Views: 1655

Re: Need some help

gussiemike wrote:
Wed Jan 23, 2019 7:28 pm
where do you get those clinger entrances from? i have never seen them before.
S&K makes them. Not sure if anyone else does.
Bird Brain wrote:
Thu Jan 24, 2019 12:14 am
Do all the clinger entrances have round holes ? They do on this site.
No. The S&K clinger entrances are a modified crescent as shown in the image above.
by -=DKC=-
Wed Jan 23, 2019 1:42 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Need some help
Replies: 16
Views: 1655

Re: Need some help

This is what I was referring to I have these clinger entrances on my gourds. I'm not sure of the advantages of clinger vs crescent unless maybe the clinger is supposed to help with wing entrapment issues. I do know that my Martins don't have any problem with them and I've never seen a Starling brea...
by -=DKC=-
Wed Jan 23, 2019 1:31 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Suggestions? Cleaning stained PVC gourds
Replies: 14
Views: 1695

Re: Suggestions? Cleaning stained PVC gourds

So I tried most of the suggestions with varying amounts of success. The mixture that seemed to work best for tree tannin staining, with the least amount of effort, was bleach, water & baking soda. I mixed the baking soda in to make a thin paste which held the bleach in place over the stained portion...
by -=DKC=-
Sat Jan 19, 2019 8:22 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Clearing trees before they arrive
Replies: 11
Views: 1609

Re: Clearing trees before they arrive

Robert Anderson wrote:
Sat Jan 19, 2019 6:55 pm

Clinger entrance is just a no porch option?
No, I have porches on all of my gourds. The clinger is a modified crescent entrance.
by -=DKC=-
Wed Jan 16, 2019 9:26 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Just Waiting
Replies: 5
Views: 1274

Re: Just Waiting

How does one get lucky and see an early Scout? My vacancy sign is out. Maybe one of the eight I think fledged from my colony last year will fly over and see that I'm still in business! But I think it's more likely that when the big migration push begins I'll have a martin or two look down and see m...
by -=DKC=-
Wed Jan 16, 2019 9:17 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Pine needles, cedar wood shavings or hay??
Replies: 14
Views: 1556

Re: Pine needles, cedar wood shavings or hay??

I use Live Oak leaves since that's what my birds have been using themselves. I can't find any White Pine needles locally so I've never tried them.
by -=DKC=-
Wed Jan 16, 2019 9:14 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Suggestions? Cleaning stained PVC gourds
Replies: 14
Views: 1695

Re: Suggestions? Cleaning stained PVC gourds

I just cleaned 16 of my gourds using Purple Power. I sprayed it on neat waited a while then washed it of with the hose. Some of them took a couple of spraying storm get them clean. DKC, as an alternative you could consider spray painting. I believe the gourds are actually polyethylene. Earlier post...
by -=DKC=-
Sun Jan 13, 2019 5:25 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Central texas
Replies: 7
Views: 1483

Re: Central texas

When are my birds coming back? Last year I had more birds that houses, covered with birds. I have more houses this year. Waiting. The scout reports here on this website tell you when Martins are usually seen all over North America. You can select the year and State to look at. Here's last year's re...
by -=DKC=-
Sun Jan 13, 2019 5:19 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Just Waiting
Replies: 5
Views: 1274

Re: Just Waiting

Finished yard work today and as I was putting away tools, my Sandhill Crane family showed up. Ma and Pa and this spring's youngster. "When are you going to load the bird feeders", they ask me. They know I'll spill some feed and they'll feast on my sloppiness. These guys are my buddies. Stand on one...
by -=DKC=-
Fri Jan 11, 2019 10:28 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Suggestions? Cleaning stained PVC gourds
Replies: 14
Views: 1695

Re: Suggestions? Cleaning stained PVC gourds

I use a plastic scrubbing pad to get off as much of the dirt and the stains as possible...then I place them in the dishwasher with a teaspoon of powdered bleach and run them through a cycle. If the stains don't disappear after that, then they're not going to! Thanks, maxxwlf. Sadly I don't have a d...

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