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by GFB
Fri Apr 12, 2019 6:57 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: So upset!
Replies: 17
Views: 653

Re: So upset!

Don't get upset, get mad! They will come back. My martins didn't get here yet but I've been dealing with a group of starlings. As soon as I open the house door they flew off. After about 5 times I finally had it and put a mouse trap on the hole they were using,two minutes problem solved. I don't sug...
by GFB
Mon Apr 01, 2019 5:17 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Pics of Decoy Mounting Ideas
Replies: 10
Views: 493

Re: Pics of Decoy Mounting Ideas

Do a search for (Hawk} its on page 3.
by GFB
Thu Mar 21, 2019 7:13 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: My Quest for Wannabee of the Year
Replies: 11
Views: 605

Re: My Quest for Wannabee of the Year

Wow! You definitely got the wannabee of the year award. I would have done the same thing but the wife would have had me committed. Its got to work.
by GFB
Tue Mar 19, 2019 1:18 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Think I have decided to build another T14
Replies: 51
Views: 5013

Re: Think I have decided to build another T14

I decided to go with red trim paint on this one. My other is blue so I figured I would give something different a try. Plus red white and blue never hurts in my neck of the woods.... flyin-lowe, Really nice house, Love it when people show what they build. For some of us that like to make our houses...
by GFB
Sun Mar 17, 2019 1:36 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Think I have decided to build another T14
Replies: 51
Views: 5013

Re: Think I have decided to build another T14

I may be looking at it wrong but I always assumed the closer the bottom of the SREH is to the floor the harder it is to get through. I always have my porch almost flush making it tougher for starlings. The inside floor is a little lower so if they needed to get out quicker for some reason they can....
by GFB
Wed Mar 13, 2019 6:42 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: SY Male?
Replies: 18
Views: 536

Re: SY Male?

I'm just guessing but to me he is a she. looks like an adult female.
by GFB
Sun Mar 10, 2019 6:54 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Identification help needed
Replies: 5
Views: 509

Re: Identification help needed

My guess is that they are Mosque Swallows (Cecropis senegalensis), and Louise is correct, they are from the general equatorial region of Africa. Just do a Google search for this species, as there are many images shown that look very similar to the swallows in the painting. Wow, I have the painting ...
by GFB
Sun Mar 10, 2019 5:28 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Identification help needed
Replies: 5
Views: 509

Identification help needed

I saw this painting at an antique shop last week and I just couldn't stop looking at it, I know its not my beloved martins but I believe they are related. Anyway I gave in and bought it. The artist say's they are Black headed Orioles but to me I think they are Barn swallows. Does anyone know what th...
by GFB
Fri Mar 08, 2019 1:50 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: DIY winch system?
Replies: 15
Views: 3288

Re: DIY winch system?

Your Welcome Doug. As I said before, I think the house you have by the fence looks good to me. I tried to post a video of my first colony 2018 but I wasn't able. Might be my be because of my computer skills are not the best. If you your interested in seeing it you will also see I'm kind of close to...
by GFB
Fri Mar 08, 2019 8:20 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: DIY winch system?
Replies: 15
Views: 3288

Re: DIY winch system?

Ingenious! My father always said "when you going to find time to do it again so, do it right this time. It must have missed me by a mile and struck you. I don't think I have a spot for my house that won't have tall trees close by. A gracious member is going to post an aerial map of my property for ...
by GFB
Thu Mar 07, 2019 7:12 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: DIY winch system?
Replies: 15
Views: 3288

Re: DIY winch system?

GFB, nice pole system! May I ask what the white ring around the pole is and made of? thxs The white ring is Vinyl sheeting layered and glued together with PVC cement and spun on a lathe. It attaches to the bottom of the assembly and has holes that 6 poles slide in and latch for my gourdes. It can a...
by GFB
Thu Mar 07, 2019 6:39 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Martins pair for season... or life?
Replies: 17
Views: 3129

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

Interesting read on pair bonding. I always wondered if it was the same female that came back with the ASY male.
by GFB
Mon Mar 04, 2019 6:04 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: worried newbe
Replies: 41
Views: 5901

Re: worried newbe

Your house kind of looks like mine! I'm no expert also being a newbe but I had a good year last year. June 28 I had an adult male and a couple of SYF's fledge 10 birds but the first week of July I had around 50 birds hang around all summer. It looks to me the house by the fence is in a good location...
by GFB
Fri Mar 01, 2019 11:33 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Flea and mite control
Replies: 6
Views: 2404

Flea and mite control

<t>I started being a Purple Martin landlord last year 2018 in upstate N.Y. I was successful late in the season around the end of June. I had lots of activity and fledged 10 birds at my colony. After the birds left I noticed lots of mites and a couple of fleas under the nests. This year I'm expanding...
by GFB
Sun Feb 24, 2019 6:58 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: DIY winch system?
Replies: 15
Views: 3288

Re: DIY winch system?

JP, I think you could possibly have one side of the cable inside your square pole by using a 1'' dia pulley with an eye bolt with two pulleys at the top so that one overhangs outside the pole and running down to your house or gourd bracket. The problem I see with that is when the winch cable unwinds...
by GFB
Sun Feb 24, 2019 3:51 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: DIY winch system?
Replies: 15
Views: 3288

Re: DIY winch system?

JP, For my T14 over 6 gourdes I used a 2 in by 21 ft galvanized electrical conduit pipe that cost under $100 delivered from my local Secor hardware store. For the winch I used a medium duty boat trailer winch with 45ft of plastic coated steal cable available from Tractor supply. I made the pole swiv...

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