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by mjfog
Wed Jan 20, 2021 8:01 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: My first arrivals
Replies: 4
Views: 112

My first arrivals

Hello everyone, My season has begun. Yesterday morning had 2 ASY males sitting on Rack 2 and a single bird mostly hiding inside one of the S & K Bo11s. Later that morning watched 3 birds overhead (same birds seen earlier?); one ASY female and 2 ASY males. Yesterday afternoon, around 5:45, there were...
by mjfog
Sun Jan 10, 2021 5:18 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: First arrival in Raceland, Louisiana!!!!
Replies: 6
Views: 250

Re: First arrival in Raceland, Louisiana!!!!

Brent,
Way to go! Still waiting for my first arrivals but am glad to see yours in south Louisiana. I'm a Naw'lins native.
Happy Martining, Mike
by mjfog
Mon Jan 04, 2021 7:09 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Two December arrivals, LA and FL
Replies: 13
Views: 435

Re: Two December arrivals, LA and FL

John, Thanks for your observation. Since the first two posts, Branch and Venice, I've scanned the sky above my three racks here in Palm City hoping to spot or hear Martins. No such luck as of yet. Now have sightings in Pt. St. Lucie, Vero, Cocoa, yours in Melbourne, Kissimmee and Lakeland! Those sne...
by mjfog
Sun Dec 27, 2020 12:46 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Two December arrivals, LA and FL
Replies: 13
Views: 435

Two December arrivals, LA and FL

I see where Carolyn in Louisiana and Brian in Venice have reported early arrivals. If you guys are forum participants, please let us know about your sightings. Did you see these birds inspecting your housing? Did you see them perched on a telephone wire or perhaps soaring over your property or favor...
by mjfog
Fri Dec 04, 2020 6:35 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Getting ready for 2021 birds
Replies: 4
Views: 502

Re: Getting ready for 2021 birds

All my S&K gourds are now B011s, not B09s. Sorry. Old age is hell but I'm still stopping at all red lights!
Mike
by mjfog
Sun Nov 22, 2020 6:54 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Getting ready for 2021 birds
Replies: 4
Views: 502

Getting ready for 2021 birds

I know it's too early to start but the martin bug has bit me. My first birds won't be here until mid January but I thought I'd get busy now and work any kinks out of the three racks and 54 gourds I'll have this year. Had my telescopic triangular pole (from my first season) welded together and am cha...
by mjfog
Sun Jun 21, 2020 7:26 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Summary of my 2020 season, my third
Replies: 1
Views: 464

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: 1753

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: 1833

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: 1753

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: 1753

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: 837

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: 369

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: 596

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: 842

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: 1953

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: 945

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: 945

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: 842

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: 1368

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...