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by GFB
Thu Jul 09, 2020 6:23 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Vent holes
Replies: 16
Views: 292

Re: Vent holes

I just had my first jumper a few minutes ago, most likely due to this relentless hot spell. I noticed around 8 to 10 birds on the ground for some reason, as soon as I walked over all but one took off. This season I have a large age difference with my hatchlings and with 123 of them I'm glad I did a ...
by GFB
Tue Feb 04, 2020 12:07 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: house sparrows on outer farms
Replies: 9
Views: 959

Re: house sparrows on outer farms

G Fox, As Whippy said It can't hurt to have a talk with your neighbor. As a fellow farmer I know farmers have a terrible problem with flies on livestock, and as far as I know Martins can devastate a fly population, I don't have a problem with flies at all anymore. Maybe if you are or know someone ha...
by GFB
Sat Jan 25, 2020 8:25 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Pellet guns...What do you own or recommend?
Replies: 70
Views: 16479

Re: Pellet guns...What do you own or recommend?

Great topic and important for some landlords. I've been using older pellet guns such as the Sheridan pump blue streak .20 cal open sights that I haven no idea how old it is. It's lite and shoots a 14.3 gr pellet at around 650fps, its a great gun! I also use a 1986 made in England, scoped Beeman Kodi...
by GFB
Fri Jan 17, 2020 4:46 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: New Member Introduction
Replies: 14
Views: 4107

Re: New Member Introduction

Welcome Jeff, I also have a colony on the south shore of Lake Ontario just east of you between Rochester and Sodus Point NY. I've always wondered how many people along the lake have Martins because I know its a pretty good attractant. I helped my father with his martin colony way back in the 60's bu...
by GFB
Thu Jan 09, 2020 7:19 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Gadget to use your Cell Phone: Film your birds
Replies: 6
Views: 3839

Re: Gadget to use your Cell Phone: Film your birds

I like it. Now all you need is some way to hold the pellet gun still so we don't hit the martin house. I use an old 1970 surveyors tripod that I refurbished.
by GFB
Thu Nov 14, 2019 8:18 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Additional house for Newbie
Replies: 8
Views: 2703

Re: Additional house for Newbie

Buckdog, I did the same thing this year. I had the original house up from last year that had two nesting pair and that fledged 10 chicks. This year 15 foot from that house I put up a T14 prior to when the scouts arrived the second week of April. The Adults from the previous year went to the original...
by GFB
Thu Nov 14, 2019 1:04 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Additional house for Newbie
Replies: 8
Views: 2703

Re: Additional house for Newbie

One other thing I forgot to mention was that I was assuming that you were still going to put up The S&K barn and place the new house a few yards from it,which would be your best option. If it is being replaced, what I think you are saying it still should be OK but a little less certain. I would plac...
by GFB
Thu Nov 14, 2019 12:49 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Additional house for Newbie
Replies: 8
Views: 2703

Re: Additional house for Newbie

Now that you have a chance of having your adult birds returning early, a few weeks before the sub adults arrive, scouting for the best compartments at your colony. I would have the house on the pole but lowered and even block off the compartments with some pieces of pool noodle until the second week...
by GFB
Tue Nov 12, 2019 2:19 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: PM house question
Replies: 10
Views: 3008

Re: PM house question

Kegger, It should be fine, I would add 4ft fiberglass perches along the bottom of the roof line or even through the roof or when you get your dozens of birds they would have a place to perch. I got mine at tractor supply. If you really want to add that little bonus to attract them you could have fou...
by GFB
Fri Nov 01, 2019 4:16 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Owl problem
Replies: 10
Views: 3605

Re: Owl problem

One other thing I forgot to mention is the gourdes are troyer horizontals with tunnels and SREH's. If the martins would stay in the houses or gourdes they would be safe but I heard that the GHO beats its wings on the sides and flushes the martins out.
by GFB
Fri Nov 01, 2019 4:06 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Owl problem
Replies: 10
Views: 3605

Re: Owl problem

It's a little different than the garage door sensor that has a signal between two sensors that has to be broken. The driveway sensor only has one module that reflects The signal back but but you could be correct that the owl might have to be straight in front of it. I was thinking that I could aim i...
by GFB
Wed Oct 30, 2019 8:25 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Owl problem
Replies: 10
Views: 3605

Re: Owl problem

OK, Thanks for the information. Now that I'm retired I'll be able to monitor my colony more closely. If it happens again this year I'll post a picture of the feathers, maybe someone could tell me what bird they belong to.
by GFB
Tue Oct 29, 2019 4:47 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Owl problem
Replies: 10
Views: 3605

Owl problem

Late Summer while mowing the lawn I spotted an OWL feather around 20 or 30 foot from my Martin houses and some long narrow black feathers scattered, not next to the martin houses but next to my house under some large pine trees a couple hundred feet from the bird houses. I believe it happened later ...
by GFB
Sun Oct 13, 2019 6:00 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: DIY winch system?
Replies: 21
Views: 9593

Re: DIY winch system?

Kegger: When you were fishing in Pultneyville you were only 4 miles from my house. I should have had my purple martin sanctuary sign out to draw you in to check out our colony but it would have been off season. I'm trying to make the area were my houses are look like a little park with some nice lan...
by GFB
Sat Oct 12, 2019 6:43 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: DIY winch system?
Replies: 21
Views: 9593

Re: DIY winch system?

Hi Mike, The solar cooling and heating system I use for the houses isn't something you can buy, I tinkered around and made it. I have it running everyday checking the longevity of the boxer fan, going on 3 years now. The parts needed are 2 peltier modules that are available at most electronic supply...
by GFB
Fri Aug 30, 2019 5:45 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Essex ASY's and Juveniles Still Returning 8/24/2019
Replies: 7
Views: 4304

Re: Essex ASY's and Juveniles Still Returning 8/24/2019

We had a late pair that fledged 5 two weeks ago here in Ontario NY, on the south side of lake Ontario. The weather has been fantastic around here so we have small groups of visitors everyday stay the day and go on their way. I'm assuming they might be from Canada. I believe due to the cold spring we...
by GFB
Tue Aug 06, 2019 8:17 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Pole for T-14
Replies: 11
Views: 6030

Re: Pole for T-14

I've been using schedule 40 galvanized pipe that was delivered from my local hardware store. Its 21 foot long, survived 60 MPH gusts and I never have problem with twisting of the houses. Check (DIY winch) post that that came out around February to see a picture. My houses are around 80 pounds and I ...
by GFB
Sun Jul 28, 2019 7:17 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Missed the finale:( how did it end?
Replies: 6
Views: 2868

Re: Missed the finale:( how did it end?

Congratulations! You probably missed a lot of activity, last year I also had two pairs of nestlings fledge and I had our birds and from other colonies coaxing by fluttering in front of the nestlings. As soon as one got enough nerve to take off it was being harassed by the subbies with the parents fo...
by GFB
Sat Jul 27, 2019 7:42 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Short Season:
Replies: 14
Views: 4493

Re: Short Season:

This is my second year with this colony, I just checked my charts and realized some of our chicks are 26 days old, I can't wait to see what 70 fledglings is going to look like. I'm also getting a little sad knowing I only have a few days left sitting out on the patio every morning with my coffee wat...
by GFB
Thu Jul 25, 2019 10:26 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Some fun video
Replies: 3
Views: 4060

Re: Some fun video

Last year the first time my birds fledged when they came back for the night each fledgling tried to get their own compartment but that only lasted that first night. After that for some reason they went back to the compartment that they were raised in. They must have been told they can't do that by t...