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by mjfog
Sun Jun 21, 2020 7:26 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Summary of my 2020 season, my third
Replies: 1
Views: 114

Summary of my 2020 season, my third

Completed the 14th and last nest check yesterday. The last two chicks in Lower 12 on Rack 3 have taken to the sky. Rack 1 (6 B011s) - 29 eggs and 25 fledglings. Rack 2 (24 B011s) - 95 eggs and 44 fledglings. Rack 3 (24 Troyer Horizontals) - 35 eggs and 19 fledglings. Rack 1 finished its 3rd season. ...
by mjfog
Sun Jun 21, 2020 6:28 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: My gourds are stuck at the top and won't come down
Replies: 11
Views: 369

Re: My gourds are stuck at the top and won't come down

Billie, Don't do anything with your rig until your neighbor discerns the problem. You don't want your colony coming down on your head and shoulders! First and foremost - make sure your rig is supported from below before you begin any attempts to free the colony. Something like a pair of tall ladders...
by mjfog
Sat Jun 20, 2020 5:57 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Red Tail Hawk Question ??
Replies: 13
Views: 765

Re: Red Tail Hawk Question ??

Jones4381,
Quail numbers have diminished in the southeast because of farming practices. Very large farms and no "edge habitat" for quail. The single most destructive practice for diminishing wildlife numbers is agriculture. Despite of what the farmers say.
Mike
by mjfog
Sat Jun 20, 2020 5:40 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: My gourds are stuck at the top and won't come down
Replies: 11
Views: 369

Re: My gourds are stuck at the top and won't come down

Billie, Sounds like a backlash - your cable has overlapped itself on the reel and unwinding is not letting your rack down. Question for you - when you try to let the rig down, does cable become loose on the reel while the rack stays in place above? If so, that's a backlash; the cable is bound up bel...
by mjfog
Sat Jun 20, 2020 4:48 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: My gourds are stuck at the top and won't come down
Replies: 11
Views: 369

Re: My gourds are stuck at the top and won't come down

Billie Jr,
Is your system on a winch? And when you disengage the winch, what happens? I'm wondering if your may have overlapped the cable on the reel and you have an old fashioned "backlash".
Mike
by mjfog
Sat Jun 20, 2020 3:02 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: What do you do about a murderous hawk?
Replies: 5
Views: 257

Re: What do you do about a murderous hawk?

wapalka - If your house is composed of 12 6x6" compartments, convert to 6 (then larger) units The added room will reduce avian predation. I'm a "gourd man" with tunnels (tunnels give depth to reduce "reach-ins") so don't know much about "houses" but you should receive an abundance of posts regarding...
by mjfog
Sat Jun 06, 2020 8:08 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: have 6 jumpers do not know where the belong what to do
Replies: 1
Views: 116

Re: have 6 jumpers do not know where the belong what to do

jtrexer, Jumpers are a heartache for landlords. We do all we can and sometimes a weather abnormality hits and you've good a good supply of grief to deal with. Pain can be diminished if you do weekly nest checks. Weekly data spells out how many birds of what age are in each compartment. Example, drop...
by mjfog
Sat Jun 06, 2020 3:47 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: severe thunderstorm today
Replies: 4
Views: 189

Re: severe thunderstorm today

Kegger, I'm over across the state in Palm City. The rain here since 6/3 has been both severe and frequent. I guess the tropical storm Cristobal, moving north from the west side of the Yucatan peninsula, is the reason. I don't know if our northern landlords really appreciate the rains we have in the ...
by mjfog
Fri Jun 05, 2020 9:47 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: My Colony
Replies: 5
Views: 349

Re: My Colony

Rack 2 was purchased as a kit from S & K Manufacturing in O'Fallon, MO. S & K does sell the "ball pulley" separately for about $15. It fits snugly into the tubing supplied with the colony kit but the one I used for my "home made" Rack 3 had to be modified. The post diameter had to be reduced slightl...
by mjfog
Sun May 31, 2020 7:40 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Have you had 100% occupancy?
Replies: 16
Views: 519

Re: Have you had 100% occupancy?

G Saner, Am completing only my third season as a landlord but it seems to me that 100% occupancy is just a dream. Would love to see this happen one season but I just don't see it. I define "occupancy" as the nesting compartment (gourd, house) at least having eggs deposited therein. This season Rack ...
by mjfog
Thu May 28, 2020 7:46 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: I haven't experienced this before. Bed time.
Replies: 7
Views: 356

Re: I haven't experienced this before. Bed time.

Whippy,
I agree with deancamp. I said there were lots of vocalizations. Yes but only when the birds were very close to the colony; up high, not so much at all.
Mike
by mjfog
Thu May 28, 2020 5:54 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: I haven't experienced this before. Bed time.
Replies: 7
Views: 356

Re: I haven't experienced this before. Bed time.

Whippy, Your bird's behavior was similar to mine in 2018 when I had one rack. Birds would circle the colony near "go to bed time", a whistle would blow (kidding, but it seemed like it) and all birds would slam into the gourds. Now that I've 3 racks, that behavior has changed. Birds will circle, not ...
by mjfog
Wed May 27, 2020 3:43 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: My Colony
Replies: 5
Views: 349

My Colony

Here are the 3 racks comprising my colony. Rack 1 (2018) is the Tri-tel telescopic with the B011s and the added perching station above the gourds. Rack 2 (2019) is the 24 S&K with B011s. Also added perching rods to this rack. Rack 3 (2020) is my "home made" special; two wooden disks held apart with ...
by mjfog
Tue May 26, 2020 5:43 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Waking near the Martins
Replies: 11
Views: 455

Re: Waking near the Martins

jhcox, Unlike Brad Biddle in his 17th season, my landlording experience is just in the tail end of year 3. I check my racks weekly from when I first suspect nest building until my martins head south. I give the same whistle when I head out to make my checks, kind of a "heads up - here I come", you'v...
by mjfog
Thu May 21, 2020 6:31 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Homemade pred guards for SK Tri-pole
Replies: 5
Views: 351

Re: Homemade pred guards for SK Tri-pole

I also started with the S&K Tri-Tel setup. Have since replaced the B09s with B011s that hang from longer rods (so the larger gourds don't bump) on the bracket positioned on the lower hole. Bought a second bracket, fitted it with 3' dowels and positioned it on the upper hole to serve as a perching st...
by mjfog
Mon May 18, 2020 9:10 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Little Martins and eggs.. and a bad SY male
Replies: 4
Views: 345

Re: Little Martins and eggs.. and a bad SY male

dsonyay, We worry about coons, snakes, hawks and owls but SY males may throw a lot more martins from the nests attempting to achieve male dominance than are eliminated by "expected" predators. Mother Nature is a mysterious, but wise woman. 2018, my first year, I first witnessed a martin carrying a "...
by mjfog
Sat May 16, 2020 5:38 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: CONLEY 2 HOLES ON MY HOUSE
Replies: 2
Views: 230

Re: CONLEY 2 HOLES ON MY HOUSE

Rob Sydow,
Predator guards? Maybe they are there but I don't see them.
Mike
by mjfog
Sat May 16, 2020 5:33 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: 7th Nest Check
Replies: 0
Views: 770

7th Nest Check

Hello to everyone, Dropped my 3 racks today. 21 young and 4 fledglings from Rack 1, 34 eggs, 26 young and 18 fledglings from Rack 2 and 5 eggs and 22 young still in Rack 3. So, still have 39 eggs and 69 healthy young to go. But 22 new guys and girls are flitting around enjoying being out of the gour...
by mjfog
Sat May 16, 2020 4:48 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Bluebird problem
Replies: 4
Views: 282

Re: Bluebird problem

Brent, Nice post. All you folks out there please identify the bird you're worried about before taking action. Give native cavity nesting species a brake before wanting to get rid of them. Follow advice on the forum from experienced landlords and provide adjacent nesting spots for native cavity neste...
by mjfog
Sat May 16, 2020 4:34 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Warbler Bird
Replies: 4
Views: 321

Re: Warbler Bird

Abigayle, Warblers are not cavity nesters. You are probably dealing with introduced common house sparrows nesting in your gourds. Do what you can to definitely identify the species. If it's a house sparrow, eliminate them. It may sound heartless, but KILL THEM. Tree swallows, wrens, bluebirds are ok...