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by -=DKC=-
Sun Apr 14, 2019 10:52 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Migrating Martins
Replies: 12
Views: 299

Re: Migrating Martins

I had about 40-50 new Martins come into our Gourd racks last this afternoon. I'm sure they will be headed North either in the morning or the next day. Rainy, cold day here but there has been strong winds out of the South. Best of luck to the Landlords that end up with them! I had the same thing yes...
by -=DKC=-
Mon Apr 08, 2019 7:41 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: New PM landlord - help choose placement
Replies: 13
Views: 237

Re: New PM landlord - help choose placement

I think it was 40' minimum distance from your house? Time to google... PMCA says 100' maximum distance from human housing. https://www.purplemartin.org/purple-martins/attracting/ Hi, New landlord here, located in Maryland. My grandfather has been involved in caring for PMs in southern Florida for a...
by -=DKC=-
Mon Apr 08, 2019 7:28 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: A bunch more here today.
Replies: 10
Views: 306

Re: A bunch more here today.

It's cool how they seem to come in waves. My birds from last year arrived in 2 major waves. And maybe more to come. I had my first SY female this week. I was surprised by that.
by -=DKC=-
Mon Apr 08, 2019 7:24 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: My barnies finally arrived, yippee!
Replies: 13
Views: 226

Re: My barnies finally arrived, yippee!

I see them flying over all the time but I would absolutely love to have them nesting on my property. Very cool birds. :grin:
by -=DKC=-
Mon Apr 08, 2019 6:15 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Purple Martins vs Drones
Replies: 4
Views: 110

Re: Purple Martins vs Drones

I am definitely not up to speed on the laws that govern the drones, but I thought in flying over someone's personal property there was a minimum height they had to fly at. I do know Martins are high flyers though. Good luck. I'm not up to speed on drone laws either. I guess it's time for me to star...
by -=DKC=-
Mon Apr 08, 2019 3:16 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Purple Martins vs Drones
Replies: 4
Views: 110

Re: Purple Martins vs Drones

The only laws would be if the drone (pilot) was intentionally hitting the birds. As for you question, yes the drone blades would kill the bird if it hit one. I have a neighbor who had a small RC airplane for a while and they would go nuts whenever he flew it. If the pilot of the drone was flying ri...
by -=DKC=-
Mon Apr 08, 2019 2:31 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Purple Martins vs Drones
Replies: 4
Views: 110

Purple Martins vs Drones

My Martin colony is having a rough couple of days. We're having some major hawk migration activity with hundreds of hawks flying high and even below tree level. Needless to say the Purple Martins are pretty worked up about it. Last night before sunset I saw a drone appear and fly over a couple of my...
by -=DKC=-
Fri Apr 05, 2019 4:10 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: 2 males in a gourd fighting
Replies: 7
Views: 215

Re: 2 males in a gourd fighting

I usually break them up unless all the other birds are in their gourds for the night. Then I don't have a choice but to let them fight it out. Usually they break it up and fly out when I start lowering the rack. One time though, I lowered the rack all the way down and opened the cleanout and they ke...
by -=DKC=-
Mon Apr 01, 2019 5:57 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Pics of Decoy Mounting Ideas
Replies: 10
Views: 454

Re: Pics of Decoy Mounting Ideas

Sorry, I'm not smart enough to add the picture or figure out how I downsized it before. :( The picture is in the thread HAWK on the third page. Maybe someone could move it to this thread for me??? https://www.purplemartin.org/forum/download/file.php?id=13918 Well, I think it's on there, but it got ...
by -=DKC=-
Mon Apr 01, 2019 1:38 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: I believe I lost my Alpha Male Waldo.
Replies: 19
Views: 730

Re: I believe I lost my Alpha Male Waldo.

This is awesome. Just about had me tearing up. :cry:
by -=DKC=-
Mon Apr 01, 2019 1:30 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Pics of Decoy Mounting Ideas
Replies: 10
Views: 454

Re: Pics of Decoy Mounting Ideas

tt.jpg I'm using the reusable twist ties this year. I bought them at Home Depot. I just twist them around the gourd rack wherever I want to place them. I'm using the 6" ties but I think the 4" ones would actually work better for me. Last year I used zip ties but they aren't reusable. I would think ...
by -=DKC=-
Mon Apr 01, 2019 9:11 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: perches
Replies: 6
Views: 382

Re: perches

I am on my second season of Bo 9 gourds. When I put them up this year I noticed one of the porches that was just struggling to stay on. I shored it up for the time being, and it has held on. Oddly, my first pair that showed up this year chose that gourd first. Lol I think the attachment pins start ...
by -=DKC=-
Mon Apr 01, 2019 9:09 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: perches
Replies: 6
Views: 382

Re: perches

After 3 years of use, my front porches are getting brittle and breaking off. I am wondering. Has anyone ever tried inserting dowels into the two holes that attach the porches? The birds could land and perch on them. I tried this spring, hanging some of my gourds without porches, and the martins see...
by -=DKC=-
Fri Mar 29, 2019 9:25 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: perches
Replies: 6
Views: 382

Re: perches

You didn't say what kind of gourds you are using, but I find that the S&K plastic porches don't last more than one season. They're cheap though so replacing yearly wouldn't be too expensive. The porches on the S&K tunnels last a long time. I've had mine for at least 6 years and they're still going s...
by -=DKC=-
Fri Mar 29, 2019 8:54 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Hawk attack
Replies: 7
Views: 474

Re: Hawk attack

If there's an Academy store near you, I know they sell Dove decoys. That's where I got mine. If you want to put up a bird feeder without attracting House Sparrows try a thistle feeder. I use the thistle seed mixed with sunflower chips and I have American Goldfinches all winter. I also occasionally g...
by -=DKC=-
Tue Mar 26, 2019 8:39 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Migration for last week of March - Big Days ahead
Replies: 10
Views: 699

Re: Migration for last week of March - Big Days ahead

Welp. I'm in austin, I just turned up dawnsong and set it for 24/7 (I had it doing dawnsong at 4am->daytime at 9am->off at 10pm). If that was 2 hours ago, sounds like they'll reach me in a few hours then. First timer, so hopefully have some luck. Good luck with your colony. Hope you get birds this ...
by -=DKC=-
Mon Mar 25, 2019 6:30 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Migration for last week of March - Big Days ahead
Replies: 10
Views: 699

Re: Migration for last week of March - Big Days ahead

Here in Corpus Christi we have a big wave of Purple Martins this evening. Around 5pm I started seeing hundreds of PMs kettling up high and also hunting at treetop level. Hundreds as far as the eye can see in every direction. A friend that lives about 5 miles from me says he has them as well. Most PM...
by -=DKC=-
Tue Mar 19, 2019 10:46 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Where are they going?
Replies: 14
Views: 609

Re: Where are they going?

The birds I have so far this year are acting differently than the last 2 years. They've been leaving at sunrise and returning at sunset. I think this is primarily because of the strange weather. They may have to range farther in order to find food. In previous years they stuck closer to home but the...
by -=DKC=-
Tue Mar 19, 2019 10:38 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: New opportunities after Hurricane Michael
Replies: 1
Views: 151

Re: New opportunities after Hurricane Michael

Post Hurricane Michael I now have Martins this year after 4 years of trying. I’m sure this is due to 90% of the large trees being destroyed on October 10, 2018 when Hurricane Michael, a strong CAT 4 hurricane with 155 MPH winds ripped through this area. Suddenly areas that had an abundance of large...
by -=DKC=-
Wed Mar 13, 2019 11:12 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: The 14th of March could be Magic
Replies: 13
Views: 2343

Re: The 14th of March could be Magic

Yes DKC the trough will set up right along the Texas coast. Northern Texas and Oklahoma will also be on the backside of this system with strong NW winds. So this event is primarily geared toward the south central, South Eastern and North Eastern US. So just east of you strong south winds across the...

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