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by Black Jack
Fri Feb 21, 2020 10:54 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: SY or ASY
Replies: 30
Views: 294

Re: SY or ASY

SY
by Black Jack
Wed Feb 19, 2020 4:27 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Natural Gourd…Outstanding Purple Martin Nesting Cavity
Replies: 11
Views: 181

Re: Natural Gourd…Outstanding Purple Martin Nesting Cavity

Way back in 1984 i started out with natural gourds. Had 4pr come my first year and raise off spring. Next year they came back and right at the end a raccoon raided and that was the end of my colony. I learned a lot over the years and started back up 2 years ago with plastic gourds. Well the location...
by Black Jack
Fri Feb 14, 2020 1:57 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Best birdseed combination?
Replies: 6
Views: 649

Re: Best birdseed combination?

Black oil sunflowers, peanuts, safflowers. Always brings cardinal, woodpeckers, finches, towhees, chickadees. tufted titmice.
Don not care for the finches. Can buy 3D green bag which this mix comes in.
by Black Jack
Thu Jan 30, 2020 1:03 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: barn owl vs martins
Replies: 10
Views: 415

Re: barn owl vs martins

I open barn owl box every year trying to get them.
You do not make much sense with your post. Do you mean to harm the barn owl?
You should be clear on what your intentions are.
by Black Jack
Sat Nov 16, 2019 9:33 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: First Early Starling Trapped
Replies: 4
Views: 1773

Re: First Early Starling Trapped

Good for you. I like your clothes pins. I saw one hanging around my gourds about 2 wks ago. I thought he or she was a juvenile.
I didn't know they turned that way in the winter. :mrgreen:
by Black Jack
Sat Sep 21, 2019 3:51 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Does Offering Different Types Of Cavities Help Attract Martins ?
Replies: 11
Views: 5252

Re: Does Offering Different Types Of Cavities Help Attract Martins ?

Where I am from in North Carolina. Open farm fields with house as back drop and home grown gourds painted white seems to be the ticket.
by Black Jack
Fri Sep 06, 2019 4:31 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Video Of Savage Battle Between Northern Flicker And European Starling Inside A Bird House
Replies: 3
Views: 2784

Re: Video Of Savage Battle Between Northern Flicker And European Starling Inside A Bird House

Video Of Savage Battle Between Northern Flicker And European Starling Inside A Bird House Northern flickers suffer heavy nest competition from European starlings. Though a flicker is larger, heavier and has a more powerful beak, the flicker usually loses in battles, particularly INSIDE the cavity w...
by Black Jack
Wed Sep 04, 2019 9:00 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Barn Owls
Replies: 7
Views: 4082

Re: Barn Owls

I have set up nesting boxes for Northern Saw Whet owls, Eastern Screech owls and American Kestrels. As far as I am aware, none of these predators are a threat to the martins. Has anyone out there had history with these three species? If so good or bad? I have a couple of eastern screech nest every ...
by Black Jack
Wed Aug 21, 2019 3:08 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Owl Predation
Replies: 17
Views: 8461

Re: Owl Predation

Are you sure it is an owl? feathers under the house sound more like a raccoon, do you have a good gaurd on your pole ?good luck.
jim
Yep, that sounds exactly what it is. Ask me I know from 20 yrs ago being a first time land lord without predator protection. :mrgreen: Never again.
by Black Jack
Wed Aug 21, 2019 9:37 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Merlin vs. Purple Martin: Warbirds In Action
Replies: 3
Views: 3210

Re: Merlin vs. Purple Martin: Warbirds In Action

Is it any wonder I get a stiff neck by looking at these Martins fly!
by Black Jack
Fri Jul 19, 2019 4:20 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: The Season Is Ending For Our Two Purple Martin Colonies
Replies: 4
Views: 1411

Re: The Season Is Ending For Our Two Purple Martin Colonies

Hats off 2 both of you Steve! Love hearing what you and your friend accomplished this year. God Bless. :grin:
by Black Jack
Mon Jul 15, 2019 10:53 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Decoy slipping
Replies: 8
Views: 2013

Re: Decoy slipping

LEXCEL is what you need. Caulking.
by Black Jack
Mon Jul 15, 2019 7:07 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Early Morning Surprise In One Of My Net Traps
Replies: 8
Views: 2401

Re: Early Morning Surprise In One Of My Net Traps

I get rid of them every time I encounter one. Matter of fact I just killed 1 this morning up my magnolia tree. No sense in releasing them they will just go about consuming more song birds not rats. :mrgreen:
by Black Jack
Sat Jun 29, 2019 4:45 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: A gang of martins?
Replies: 15
Views: 4919

Re: A gang of martins?

Let me add this question... So at my place thee are maybe 250 birds in the civil twilight evening swirling around. I think all have fledged and maybe the older pro's are going for clutch #2. Where do the first round of fledglings hang out at night? Do they stay in the gourd they were raised in, hop...
by Black Jack
Fri Jun 28, 2019 12:30 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: A gang of martins?
Replies: 15
Views: 4919

Re: A gang of martins?

It may be too early for this in your area but it could possibly be a family group of Martins. I see them very often in June. A pair of Martins with their fledglings our flying around. Adults will often take fledglings to other colony sites in the area. I guess they’re showing them around the neighb...
by Black Jack
Tue Jun 25, 2019 9:34 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Tough Season
Replies: 9
Views: 4961

Re: Tough Season

You might want to set up a yard feeder for songbirds. Let them be the cannon fodder. Unless you have a lot of sparrows. A red shoulder hawk or red tail will not bother martins. I have seen martins beat up on them. Cooper hawks and sharp shinned will usually take the easiest prey sick or dumb like do...
by Black Jack
Sat Jun 15, 2019 4:09 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Opinions please
Replies: 9
Views: 4071

Re: Opinions please

I doubt it.
by Black Jack
Sat Jun 15, 2019 11:52 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Red Winged Blackbirds
Replies: 2
Views: 1271

Re: Red Winged Blackbirds

No, they will move on. I see no reason not to let them chill for awhile. :mrgreen:
by Black Jack
Fri Jun 14, 2019 10:13 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: First time landlord
Replies: 16
Views: 3446

Re: First time landlord

I always leave them up thru last of August. You might have some flying thru going back to S.A. and will see your set up and maybe check em out for next year first thing.

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