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by Dale D
Sun Oct 13, 2019 1:50 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: problem with break winch
Replies: 4
Views: 140

Re: problem with break winch

The winch requires a minimum of 50 lbs weight to function properly. If you don't have the gourds on there is probably not enough weight.
by Dale D
Tue Oct 01, 2019 4:47 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Better storage of my gourds
Replies: 9
Views: 337

Re: Better storage of my gourds

Very organized! Nice job!
by Dale D
Wed Sep 25, 2019 3:19 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: New landlord
Replies: 35
Views: 7770

Re: New landlord

Hi Steve, 16 cavities is plenty to start with. Some colonies do start with 1 pair while others such as myself managed to attract 2 pairs my first season. I have read where others have been fortunate enough to get as many as 7 pairs their first season but, I am guessing that was the result of a colon...
by Dale D
Mon Sep 02, 2019 3:56 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: AAA Rack Issue-Help
Replies: 4
Views: 1607

Re: AAA Rack Issue-Help

They can be replaced and they are $7.75 for 4 of them. If the PMCA Shop doesn't carry them you can probably get them thru Troyer's. I know a Vendor that carries them but, I don't believe I am aloud to say here on the forum.
by Dale D
Thu Aug 08, 2019 5:14 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: How Many Gourds on 2" Pole ??
Replies: 12
Views: 4122

Re: How Many Gourds on 2" Pole ??

In my opinion the pole will handle the extra weight but just keep in mind you're adding more wind resistance so when those thunderstorms are in your forecast play it safe and lower the rack to 8 or 10 feet and I think you will be alright.
by Dale D
Thu Aug 08, 2019 1:49 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Clinger tunnel installation hole size
Replies: 1
Views: 2084

Re: Clinger tunnel installation hole size

You can drill a 3' hole and the tunnel will cover fine. The T-10 in this photo has 3" holes behind the Clinger Tunnels.
by Dale D
Mon May 06, 2019 9:45 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: 6th Nest Check - old landlords, check my projections
Replies: 3
Views: 844

Re: 6th Nest Check - old landlords, check my projections

My colony is at 13 nesting pairs, 69 total eggs laid and 33 of the 69 have hatched at this time. 1st Fledged Martins should be on or near 5/13/2019.
by Dale D
Mon May 06, 2019 9:43 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Nighttime artificial lighting
Replies: 6
Views: 1330

Re: Nighttime artificial lighting

I have a set of Motion Activated Flood Lights that face directly at my housing and it doesn't have any affect on the Martin's when they come on.
by Dale D
Tue Apr 23, 2019 7:18 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: When to expect nest building?
Replies: 15
Views: 6358

Re: When to expect nest building?

Dale, your right on the money. Eggs in the nest by Easter! I lowered the gourds Monday following Easter to check the security of one of the gourds after the high winds we had on Good Friday. I only checked the one gourd and it had 5 eggs plus mom. She stayed put the entire time while I re-capped th...
by Dale D
Sun Apr 21, 2019 6:06 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: 4th Nest Check
Replies: 2
Views: 2167

Re: 4th Nest Check

Congratulations, mjfog on your Martin eggs. I did a nest check here again yesterday. To date my Martins have laid a total of 63 eggs in 12 nests averaging 5.25 eggs per nest. Of the 63 eggs I have one nest with 6 hatch-lings.
by Dale D
Mon Apr 15, 2019 5:54 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: When to expect nest building?
Replies: 15
Views: 6358

Re: When to expect nest building?

Joe W, as I predicted Easter is coming this Sunday and I did a nest check yesterday and found 9 nests with 34 eggs.
by Dale D
Mon Apr 01, 2019 7:12 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Numbers Way Down
Replies: 3
Views: 1303

Re: Numbers Way Down

Dale. It seems like overall there might be a decline in Central Fl. I’ve not seen as many flying around the near by lake. We had a total of 12 come in last night. The only hawks I see around are the red tailed and no problems with owls as I use the load music to keep them away. Might be just a decl...
by Dale D
Mon Apr 01, 2019 6:11 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Numbers Way Down
Replies: 3
Views: 1303

Re: Numbers Way Down

I only have 4 nesting pairs this year conpaired to 20 pairs this time last year. Not sure what is going on haven’t changed anything just over all the count is way down steve r, I don't have a good answer for you but for some reason it appears from South to North through the center of the State ther...
by Dale D
Sat Mar 30, 2019 5:38 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: When to expect nest building?
Replies: 15
Views: 6358

Re: When to expect nest building?

Joe W, I have had a colony here in Orlando for 15 years and my Martins generally begin egg laying around Easter most seasons. Watch for them to begin bring in the green leaves and the eggs will follow shortly thereafter. Hope you have a great 2019 season. The problem is, Easter never seems to stay ...
by Dale D
Sat Mar 30, 2019 6:48 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: When to expect nest building?
Replies: 15
Views: 6358

Re: When to expect nest building?

Joe W, I have had a colony here in Orlando for 15 years and my Martins generally begin egg laying around Easter most seasons. Watch for them to begin bring in the green leaves and the eggs will follow shortly thereafter. Hope you have a great 2019 season.
by Dale D
Thu Mar 21, 2019 5:31 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Pole w/ Winch for T-14
Replies: 16
Views: 2978

Re: Pole w/ Winch for T-14

My suggestion would be to go with at least a 3" square pole with either Worm Gear or Brake Winch. IMO, 16' to 20' is much too high for a T-14 due to its weight. I would hold it to no more then 14' and preferably 12' off the ground and lower to maybe 8' during storms.
by Dale D
Fri Mar 15, 2019 2:30 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Birds finally came home
Replies: 9
Views: 1667

Re: Birds finally came home

Congratulations, on your 1st arrivals for the season Rodger.
by Dale D
Wed Mar 13, 2019 6:21 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Sightings map & Song player
Replies: 9
Views: 4797

Re: Sightings map & Song player

Your're not too late. The Martins arriving in your State now are adults and returning to the sites they used last season, Your best chance of starting your colony will be when the SY Martins begin arriving in your area which they aren't there yet. Best of luck to you!
by Dale D
Thu Feb 21, 2019 4:31 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Greetings again
Replies: 6
Views: 2477

Re: Greetings again

Hi Bob, man it has been years since I heard from you. Glad your colony is still thriving.
by Dale D
Tue Feb 19, 2019 6:52 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: First scout of the year
Replies: 7
Views: 1292

Re: First scout of the year

Congratulations on your 1st arrival Robert! Wishing you a fantastic 2019 season.

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