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by TNMartins
Sat May 15, 2021 8:42 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: No wonder!!! Definitely a rant!!
Replies: 12
Views: 1528

Re: No wonder!!! Definitely a rant!!

You can use masking tape to cover the holes except for the trap. I’ve also been using some black pipe insulation foam (like a pool noodle). Cut it into the shape of the entry hole and plug it. That way it looks like the hole is open from a distance for passing Martins. I can also vouch for using pel...
by TNMartins
Sat May 15, 2021 8:22 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Getting them to Stay?
Replies: 10
Views: 2977

Re: Getting them to Stay?

Good news! Our lone ASY M who has been here for 3 weeks now appears to have found a mate! They were here all morning yesterday along with another pair! Checking out all the cavities and making all kinds of racket. 1 pair is back this morning and actually defending the site from Starlings. I can repo...
by TNMartins
Sat May 08, 2021 7:40 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Getting them to Stay?
Replies: 10
Views: 2977

Re: Getting them to Stay?

Well - Our ASY M has been showing up every night. We don’t see him at all during the day but he’s slipped in silently at 7:38 - exactly sunset - the past 2 nights. Flies straight into the cavity with no sound. If you blink you miss it. Is this common behavior? I checked my log and Dawnsong has been ...
by TNMartins
Sat May 08, 2021 7:20 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Almost gave up...ASY Male showed up today....Then I killed 3 HSP's
Replies: 3
Views: 1338

Re: Almost gave up...ASY Male showed up today....Then I killed 3 HSP's

Get those Tree Swallows as far away as you can. If you can move their nest a few feet away per day do it. Maybe move it to a shepherd’s hook and then ‘adjust’ it a little farther away each day. They will absolutely chase the Martin’s away if your PM cavities are within about 100 yards of a TS nest. ...
by TNMartins
Sun May 02, 2021 3:04 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Getting them to Stay?
Replies: 10
Views: 2977

Re: Getting them to Stay?

Good point on dueling dawnsongs. There seems to be multiple individuals in the recording so I’m not sure it’s a problem. It hasn’t seemed to drive away the one M who has been here this week. The Bird Magnet isn’t very loud at all. The other DS source I have is probably 3-4x as loud. It’s positioned ...
by TNMartins
Sun May 02, 2021 9:19 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Getting them to Stay?
Replies: 10
Views: 2977

Getting them to Stay?

Past 2 years we’ve had Tree Swallows show up which ultimately ruined the possibility of PMs. By the time I addressed the issue it was too late and we only had visitors and no nests. I’ve solved that problem this year and the coast is clear other than standard English Sparrow issues which I have unde...
by TNMartins
Fri Apr 23, 2021 5:43 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: 1st year....no martins.....too late now?
Replies: 6
Views: 2082

Re: 1st year....no martins.....too late now?

Hi - I'm in Middle TN too. We also have several small colonies nearby (within 2 miles) that have had birds for several weeks. Last year we only had visiting SY males for a couple weeks, so we're also starting from zero this year. An ASY pair showed up Tuesday AM this week. They must have stayed Mond...
by TNMartins
Tue May 19, 2020 11:26 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: SY Has Arrived & TS Wars
Replies: 12
Views: 2464

Re: SY Has Arrived & TS Wars

If only we knew what they were thinking. On the first day the SY Male hung around all day, on the 2nd day he was here only a short time, and on the 3rd day he wasn't here at all. In fact, I'm pretty sure he did not spend the night last night unless he slipped in silently after dark. He was here agai...
by TNMartins
Tue May 19, 2020 6:59 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: SY Has Arrived & TS Wars
Replies: 12
Views: 2464

Re: SY Has Arrived & TS Wars

Thanks flyin - He’s back again this morning so Dawn Song off.
by TNMartins
Mon May 18, 2020 4:48 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: SY Has Arrived & TS Wars
Replies: 12
Views: 2464

Re: SY Has Arrived & TS Wars

Hi Kim - Dawnsong has been running from 5am until 7pm every day. It's playing from a 2nd story window --> pointed above the PM housing. For a while I had it turned off from 11am-3pm to avoid endlessly annoying the neighbors. Everyone's been at home 24/7 for the past 9 weeks, and I'm sure people are ...
by TNMartins
Mon May 18, 2020 3:18 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: SY Has Arrived & TS Wars
Replies: 12
Views: 2464

Re: SY Has Arrived & TS Wars

Thanks flyin-lowe - Great advice as always. That makes perfect sense. One other thought - The male TS spends most of his time perched on the 18' tall PM housing (since it's much higher and probably better vantage point?). Would it make sense to move the shepherd's hook just far enough away where he ...
by TNMartins
Mon May 18, 2020 6:42 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: SY Has Arrived & TS Wars
Replies: 12
Views: 2464

SY Has Arrived & TS Wars

Hi All, Fantastic news. After playing Dawnsong for 68 days straight, a SYM showed up on May 16, and has stayed the past 2 nights! Never give up hope. There’s also been a pair of Tree Swallows here -since 3/26 - defending the PM housing from anything that moves. I’ve successfully relocated them to a ...
by TNMartins
Wed Apr 29, 2020 9:19 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: New Landlord-where do they go?
Replies: 14
Views: 2742

Re: New Landlord-where do they go?

Added another pair since I posted last. So this morning it seemed there were 8 birds all total. Wow - Great results for your first year! Any details on what you've done to attract new PMs? Where is your PM housing located vs. your house? What type of housing? Are you playing Dawnsong? If yes, what ...
by TNMartins
Mon Apr 27, 2020 12:08 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: 7 adult martins at ohio wannabee location
Replies: 4
Views: 1022

Re: 7 adult martins at ohio wannabee location

Great pictures. How encouraging - At least you know they recognize your housing as PM friendly and are comfortable there. Nice mud smeared on the entrance holes BTW.
by TNMartins
Sun Apr 26, 2020 10:31 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: They were here...
Replies: 6
Views: 1455

Re: They were here...

I’ve got computer speakers in a 2nd story window about 35’ from the closer pole. Speakers are aimed about 45 degrees up. I wondered about annoying the martins so I have it playing 5am-11am and 3pm-6pm. If I see one hanging around I can experiment more, but the 2 I saw were the first Martins I’ve see...
by TNMartins
Sun Apr 26, 2020 3:17 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Perch material
Replies: 12
Views: 2495

Re: Perch material

Bamboo works really good for perch material. It's free if you can find some - and lasts a couple seasons.
by TNMartins
Sun Apr 26, 2020 3:10 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: They were here...
Replies: 6
Views: 1455

They were here...

I know this is silly for most of you - But I've been stuck at home for 6 weeks, looking at empty gourds has me bored outta my mind: So last Saturday - It's nasty rain and a bit cold here in Middle TN. My wife says, "Hey, there are a couple starlings out on your birdhouse". So I head out on my daily ...
by TNMartins
Wed Apr 01, 2020 9:16 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Tree Swallow Relocation Strategy
Replies: 15
Views: 3325

Re: Tree Swallow Relocation Strategy

Smiths, Thanks for the Larry Melcher link. That’s a great method too! Now to figure out which way to go. Stick with the current plan (of leaving everything closed until TS take ownership the Shepherds hook gourd - which hasn’t happened yet) or open up PM housing and see what happens with the plan to...
by TNMartins
Sun Mar 29, 2020 7:30 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Tree Swallow Relocation Strategy
Replies: 15
Views: 3325

Re: Tree Swallow Relocation Strategy

All - Thanks for the replies - good input. I just measured and my TS gourd is 27 feet from my 2 PM racks (think 3 poles in a triangle). There are still feathers in the shepherd’s gourd from last year’s TS. We have tons of turkey feathers in the yard, so I could easily cut the white part of some of t...
by TNMartins
Sat Mar 28, 2020 5:31 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Tree Swallow Relocation Strategy
Replies: 15
Views: 3325

Tree Swallow Relocation Strategy

After 3 weeks of Dawnsong ... still no PMs. Housing still closed up. However, our friendly neighborhood Tree Swallows are more than happy to take ownership of any cavities that are open within an hour. I’ve tried opening a couple cavities 3 times now and the TS show up immediately. I have a separate...