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by Ransom Graham
Fri May 08, 2020 7:42 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: First time landlord
Replies: 48
Views: 10491

Re: First time landlord

Don't get to excited yet! But anytime a Martin comes to visit it's a great sign. If they start investigating your housing and spending the night you are in business! This time in the cycle they are most likely looking for a nesting site!
by Ransom Graham
Fri May 08, 2020 7:35 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: 4th Year Trying
Replies: 10
Views: 1204

Re: 4th Year Trying

Years ago I was in Florida in the Pensacola area and at a bait shop they had a pole attached to the side of a building with about 24 gourds and everyone had nesting Martins! Had to be 25 ft in the air. Also I have been to Griggsville, Illinois and in the middle of town they have a tower with about 2...
by Ransom Graham
Sat May 02, 2020 7:02 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Dead chicks and wondering why??
Replies: 8
Views: 944

Re: Dead chicks and wondering why??

Just a thought! If the other chicks die remove them immediately. I would keep a close eye on it. Martin's will absolutely re-lay eggs. Often if several chicks die they will quit feeding. Now that you have removed the dead chicks they should resume feeding. Good Luck!
by Ransom Graham
Sat Mar 07, 2020 8:01 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Answers to the decline of the Purple Martin
Replies: 23
Views: 2510

Re: Answers to the decline of the Purple Martin

Ii think a major future problem is the young people coming up are not gonna kill anything so another can survive. So when us old folks are gone this type of landlording will die with us. Hawks feed on Starlings and we kill the starlings. So what will they eat next - Martins The new excluder entrance...
by Ransom Graham
Sat Mar 07, 2020 7:29 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Frustrating year
Replies: 36
Views: 4893

Re: Frustrating year

I believe you said you had snake netting above your PVC pipe so I seriously doubt this was a snake issue!
by Ransom Graham
Wed Jun 05, 2019 9:10 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Too late for new pairs?
Replies: 4
Views: 3310

Re: Too late for new pairs?

I have had an ASY male and 2 sub males hanging around of and on for 3 weeks. Going in gourds and displaying by flying high in a cirle and then folding their wings tight against their body and streak down to the gourds. I dont believe they have had any luck getting females. They leave for days at a t...
by Ransom Graham
Mon May 27, 2019 2:09 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Need some thoughts on this ASY subject!!
Replies: 6
Views: 5284

Re: Need some thoughts on this ASY subject!!

Update. After looking closer I have 1 asy Male and 1 sy Male hanging out at different times during the day. They leave for longer periods of time now but keep coming back each day! Still I have not seen them sleep overnight.
by Ransom Graham
Fri May 24, 2019 6:20 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Need some thoughts on this ASY subject!!
Replies: 6
Views: 5284

Re: Need some thoughts on this ASY subject!!

UPDATE : Well he came back again this afternoon only he has a sy female with him this time. It's amazing after all this time he finally found a mate. He is putting on quite a show out there right now so I will update if they stay!! This has made my season no matter what!!
by Ransom Graham
Thu May 23, 2019 9:34 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Need some thoughts on this ASY subject!!
Replies: 6
Views: 5284

Re: Need some thoughts on this ASY subject!!

Yes I play the dawn song everyday from 4 to 7 and sometimes all day now. I realize they sing this in the early hours before dawn but I thought it was usually above their own colony! He would have to travel along ways. I really believe it's the same bird but I could be wrong. Just seems odd because d...
by Ransom Graham
Thu May 23, 2019 8:53 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Need some thoughts on this ASY subject!!
Replies: 6
Views: 5284

Need some thoughts on this ASY subject!!

I am in my 2nd year at a new location of course trying to attract Martin's. I live in central N.C. . Last year no SY Martin's at all that I saw visited. A lone ASY Male visited a couple times but only stayed for a few minutes. This year a lone Adult Male has visited about every 2 to 3 weeks since Ma...
by Ransom Graham
Wed May 15, 2019 11:21 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Night Guard : owl repellers
Replies: 1
Views: 1019

Night Guard : owl repellers

Has anybody tried these products and what was the result?
by Ransom Graham
Sun Mar 10, 2019 7:40 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Martins pair for season... or life?
Replies: 17
Views: 9745

Re: Martins pair for season... or life?

No, and I dont know any other way to put it; but
especially in large colonies during the nest building phase multiple males will often gang rape a female who has landed on the ground.
by Ransom Graham
Tue May 29, 2018 12:20 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: No interest in my cavities
Replies: 47
Views: 11295

Re: No interest in my cavities

I can assure you based on your picture that trees are not your problem.
by Ransom Graham
Tue May 29, 2018 12:17 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: No interest in my cavities
Replies: 47
Views: 11295

Re: No interest in my cavities

One thing I know for sure. SY Martin's are very lazy. Just wondered if you have prenested some of your compartments. As much as you read about clean compartments the SY Martin's like a dirty cavity. Meaning a little pine straw and a few small dead leaves and some mud inside the compartments. You can...
by Ransom Graham
Sun May 27, 2018 1:36 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: No more gourds for me
Replies: 20
Views: 8204

Re: No more gourds for me

The main reason that gourds are far superior is the fact that nesting areas are spaced farther apart and this reduces fighting and defending of multiple nest. Also it's a heckuva lot of fun growing and fixing up your gourds. If you hang gourds from a tree or porch you can attract all kinds of birds ...
by Ransom Graham
Sun May 13, 2018 6:41 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Cat killing Martins
Replies: 12
Views: 2998

Re: Cat killing Martins

Since I see cats in a somewhat similar light as starlings and house sparrows you really don't want my suggestion.
by Ransom Graham
Sat May 12, 2018 5:43 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: More purple martins then rooms
Replies: 11
Views: 2624

Re: More purple martins then rooms

Just pulling your leg. I got a sore neck looking outside just in Hope's of someday seeing a Martin at my set-up. Wish I was in your shoes!
by Ransom Graham
Sat May 12, 2018 1:37 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: More purple martins then rooms
Replies: 11
Views: 2624

Re: More purple martins then rooms

O' for goodness sakes quit bragging!!
by Ransom Graham
Tue May 08, 2018 8:31 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Next Year
Replies: 4
Views: 1231

Re: Next Year

Smart thing to do is hang 4 or so gourds from the bottom of the house. Keep both and let them choose.
by Ransom Graham
Mon May 07, 2018 2:05 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Discouraged in Newton , North Carolina.
Replies: 16
Views: 3725

Re: Discouraged in Newton , North Carolina.

Yes I would be interested in that. Please give me the directions. Thanks.