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by Black Jack
Sat Mar 06, 2021 11:12 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Keeping Sparrows Out of Martin Nests
Replies: 17
Views: 1339

Re: Keeping Sparrows Out of Martin Nests

Yep Pam will work. I’ve used glue traps a lot. Ive waited for the HS to build a nest and lay eggs. It’s never failed and have yet to have a martin to try to go inside an occupied (nest stuffed) HS cavity. But I guess it’s not impossible. Being able to make the hole smaller once the nest is HS occup...
by Black Jack
Fri Mar 05, 2021 8:46 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Need encouragement...multiple hawk attacks!
Replies: 19
Views: 1339

Re: Need encouragement...multiple hawk attacks!

I know some frown at having a bird feeder near a martin colony but i have had many hawks come thru my yard and always they prey on the yard birds. I have had martins for 4yrs now and i have seen only 1 cooper hawk land on my martin pole and that was way after the martins have fledged. I live way bac...
by Black Jack
Mon Dec 28, 2020 11:12 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Managing a neighbor's cat...
Replies: 6
Views: 904

Re: Managing a neighbor's cat...

You have a sad situation. Pet owners who are not respectful of other peoples rights. Only thing you can do is keep your pole guards up and for sure watch for that cat when fledge time comes. That is when a cat will kill the young. Pets have more rights than wildlife sad to say.
by Black Jack
Thu Dec 24, 2020 2:43 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Double Taverner Martin House Project
Replies: 17
Views: 2047

Re: Double Taverner Martin House Project

Where did you determine where to start a colony in your pic?
by Black Jack
Mon Dec 21, 2020 4:52 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Help with Purple Martin House Location (New)
Replies: 12
Views: 1349

Re: Help with Purple Martin House Location (New)

Chicken man, I would put it in the upper right side by your house as one member said you would be able to see what is going on with predators more and you get to see them also and hear them more. They would fill more at ease around people . Pretty place! Good luck.
by Black Jack
Mon Sep 28, 2020 1:49 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: The Perch for Round Poles (The l).
Replies: 3
Views: 1331

Re: The Perch for Round Poles (The l).

These? A hail storm hit mine and broke as shown in picture. I have never liked them because they are drilled for cotter key and are weak.
by Black Jack
Fri Sep 11, 2020 1:21 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Closing our site
Replies: 14
Views: 3883

Re: Closing our site

Yes indeed the martins will move on but i could not have the heart to hang around and see them return to nothing. Better some meet a end on the road than all go looking for another site. 2 Korean war vets have given up their sites which they had for over 30 yrs. One died of cancer and the other is i...
by Black Jack
Sat Aug 01, 2020 12:18 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: First Timer planning for Spring 21
Replies: 14
Views: 2690

Re: First Timer planning for Spring 21

Had the tri poles up for 3 yrs. Never had any issues with them. If you hang heavy plastic gourds on them then you just might have issues with them but not cured original grown gourds which are lighter than plastic gourds. That is what i run and am satisfied with the tri pole. Each his/her own. Had t...
by Black Jack
Fri Jul 31, 2020 3:32 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: First Timer planning for Spring 21
Replies: 14
Views: 2690

Re: First Timer planning for Spring 21

I use the S&K Tri Pole on 2 of my 6 gourds. I tried the plastic gourds you mentioned on the same 2 tri poles a year earlier. The martins would land on the porches that i had attached and look in. They never did take to the gourds. This past winter i grew my own gourds and painted them and this is wh...
by Black Jack
Thu Jul 23, 2020 3:26 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Predator Guard
Replies: 5
Views: 1312

Re: Predator Guard

It is 4FT at the top. Pus i have netting over top of the guard. Next year i am going to raise it up a bit higher.
by Black Jack
Thu Jul 23, 2020 1:36 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Did the 97-98 degree temps. cause babies death
Replies: 4
Views: 1418

Re: Did the 97-98 degree temps. cause babies death

If they are something like the heath gourds that lets in sun thru the gourd then yes it probably was excess heat. I have the same situation with my babies but they are hanging on i think on count of extra thick walls that i have that are home grown. My babies hang there heads out most of the day.
by Black Jack
Thu Jul 23, 2020 7:18 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Predator Guard
Replies: 5
Views: 1312

Re: Predator Guard

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by Black Jack
Thu Jul 23, 2020 7:11 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Predator Guard
Replies: 5
Views: 1312

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by Black Jack
Thu Jul 23, 2020 7:00 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Predator Guard
Replies: 5
Views: 1312

Re: Predator Guard

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by Black Jack
Thu Jul 23, 2020 6:58 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Predator Guard
Replies: 5
Views: 1312

Predator Guard

Have several pics i would like to share. I have saved my colony many times over from this coon.
by Black Jack
Wed Jul 15, 2020 2:50 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: ASY males just showed up...
Replies: 4
Views: 1110

Re: ASY males just showed up...

Yes Martins are a rowdy bunch. Yesterday i observed a female SY feed her remaining baby a dragon fly . They both went inside the gourd. In the mean time a floater martin came to the gourd just as the parent was leaving and slipped in and came out with the dragon fly stolen from the baby and went to ...
by Black Jack
Mon Jul 13, 2020 1:24 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Emergency -Fledgling on ground-what to do?
Replies: 13
Views: 7158

Re: Emergency -Fledgling on ground-what to do?

I had one do the same thing a few days ago. I got a extra gourd and attached it to the pole about half way up which was about 8 feet off the ground. I put him in the gourd using a step latter. He was gone by late evening. i saw the parents feeding him.
by Black Jack
Sun Jul 12, 2020 2:22 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Had Martins again but no breeding. Looking for some advice
Replies: 8
Views: 2244

Re: Had Martins again but no breeding. Looking for some advice

I had your same gourds for 2 yrs and had visitors but never took to the gourds. This season i grew my own gourds and have attracted 12 nesting pr. Last season i had 1 nesting pr of ASY which came back from the year before. They nested in a heath gourd which i have since taken down and put up my home...
by Black Jack
Tue Jul 07, 2020 12:20 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Is something eating this baby's feathers?
Replies: 8
Views: 1516

Re: Is something eating this baby's feathers?

I have been keeping up with your struggle. Wishing the best for both of you. Just my 2 cts, i would not use cedar shavings they do tend to keep wet once they are wet.

Regards
by Black Jack
Mon Jul 06, 2020 4:06 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Alpha Male ??
Replies: 5
Views: 1242

Re: Alpha Male ??

I got a SY female that loves to beat me down and when i am not around she dive bombs my decoy to death. She has 3 little ones.