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by SSMartin
Sat Jan 23, 2021 6:51 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Finally one has returned
Replies: 5
Views: 115

Re: Finally one has returned

This evening two females arrived and straight into the old s&k house. Into the 80s next week I think a lot of birds will be moving through.
by SSMartin
Fri Jan 22, 2021 9:21 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: First arrival!
Replies: 6
Views: 145

Re: First arrival!

Let us know when more arrive please.
by SSMartin
Fri Jan 22, 2021 9:20 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: My first arrivals
Replies: 4
Views: 113

Re: My first arrivals

Awesome. I still have the one male. Hoping a few more will drift in this weekend.
by SSMartin
Fri Jan 22, 2021 3:56 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Add SREH to Heath Houses or Just Leave it
Replies: 2
Views: 34

Re: Add SREH to Heath Houses or Just Leave it

If they are round holes then they offer no starling resistance. If you can install the plates it would be a wise move.
by SSMartin
Fri Jan 22, 2021 3:53 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Gourds for 2021 all set up
Replies: 8
Views: 68

Re: Gourds for 2021 all set up

Looking good. Are you planning to phase out the sk gourds? I replaced all the gourds at school site I manage. Put the bo 9 with tunnel. The gourds were 8.00 each and I had the tunnels. Hard to beat that when needing 30 at once.
by SSMartin
Fri Jan 22, 2021 1:30 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Chimes used to confuse owls?
Replies: 2
Views: 54

Re: Chimes used to confuse owls?

You have owls hunting in urban areas for rats around cars, sirens, street lights, barking dogs... I don’t think wind chimes are going to cut it. I think you would be better off putting an owl decoy close to the housing at night and removing it before dawn. Owls can be quite territorial and may avoid...
by SSMartin
Fri Jan 22, 2021 1:24 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Trendsetter 8 compartment owl guard
Replies: 11
Views: 300

Re: Trendsetter 8 compartment owl guard

You don’t want panel you want the rolled fencing. It can be expensive for a whole roll. Try tractor supply or your local ag/feed store. You may be able to find cheaper wire of lesser quality at local builders supply homedepot etc. point being the rolled wire for livestock are usually sold in hundred...
by SSMartin
Wed Jan 20, 2021 3:42 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Hoping to be a new Landlord
Replies: 14
Views: 1507

Re: Hoping to be a new Landlord

Yes. Females can and do sometimes arrive before any males. If you were playing dawnsong you may very well have any passing martins male or female stop to investigate.
by SSMartin
Wed Jan 20, 2021 11:41 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Finally one has returned
Replies: 5
Views: 115

Finally one has returned

Finally an ASY male on one of the racks this AM. Just acting like he’s always been here. It never gets old seeing them coming back.
by SSMartin
Wed Jan 13, 2021 5:32 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: S and K Manufacturing's plastic houses,
Replies: 21
Views: 586

Re: S and K Manufacturing's plastic houses,

Which house did you get? Some of them already have 6x9” compartments. With the crescents and lack of porches they are very safe. There is no need to expand these. If you have the 6x6” then you expand by shutting off the room it backs up to. So basically if you have a 12 room house you’ll end up with...
by SSMartin
Mon Jan 11, 2021 4:22 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: tunnels or no tunnels?
Replies: 12
Views: 263

Re: tunnels or no tunnels?

Tunnels are just going to add that much more weather and predator protection so it really is just up to you. I like tunnels but this year I added a new rack and have some gourds without tunnels but they all are sreh. Also put it up and play the dawnsong as soon as martins reach your area. Many have ...
by SSMartin
Mon Jan 11, 2021 4:18 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: How resilient are martins?
Replies: 6
Views: 225

Re: How resilient are martins?

At those temps he’s feeding just fine. Probably over the waterways. You’ll know there in trouble when they don’t want to fly and will land on the ground even.
by SSMartin
Wed Jan 06, 2021 6:35 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Martins In Viera, FL
Replies: 3
Views: 151

Re: Martins In Viera, FL

You’re only within a few days so I think either is acceptable but I believe most people count it when they either are circling the housing or touch down. I’m south of you and still waiting..... and waiting... I haven’t even heard one yet.
by SSMartin
Mon Jan 04, 2021 6:43 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Luring ASY martins from an existing colony?
Replies: 13
Views: 423

Re: Luring ASY martins from an existing colony?

SCleland,

All good advice above. Please keep us updated with your progress and I wish you the best of luck!
by SSMartin
Mon Jan 04, 2021 11:51 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Luring ASY martins from an existing colony?
Replies: 13
Views: 423

Re: Luring ASY martins from an existing colony?

In theory the neighbors colony should max itself out unless they are adding additional housing each year. Those extra birds have to nest somewhere. I would provide the same housing they are using at first even if a smaller size house (enlarge compartments if necessary) and hang a few gourds undernea...
by SSMartin
Sun Jan 03, 2021 9:26 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Purple Martins in Melbourne, Florida!
Replies: 14
Views: 247

Re: Purple Martins in Melbourne, Florida!

Mike that is great to hear I am in Grant and still waiting for that familiar sound. I also provide boxes for wood ducks and bats. I am about to put up a second bat house we have over 600 free tails in our current box it’s only 12 feet off the ground took 3 years to be used. Would love to do somethin...
by SSMartin
Sun Jan 03, 2021 7:17 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Two December arrivals, LA and FL
Replies: 13
Views: 436

Re: Two December arrivals, LA and FL

I am south of Cocoa and I agree around the second week of January. No doubt there here but showing interest in housing already? I doubt it
by SSMartin
Fri Jan 01, 2021 8:30 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: S and K Manufacturing's plastic houses,
Replies: 21
Views: 586

Re: S and K Manufacturing's plastic houses,

I notice so many people try to introduce others to being a landlord and want to recommend the best. Very few people will be interested in purchasing hundreds of dollars worth of "bird houses". Just showing the costs of most gourd racks will turn people off except for avid bird lovers. IMO these budg...
by SSMartin
Thu Dec 31, 2020 9:25 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: S and K Manufacturing's plastic houses,
Replies: 21
Views: 586

Re: S and K Manufacturing's plastic houses,

434D19AA-6B4B-4B6C-A24B-63C8B0984190.jpeg I have one with the 9x9 compartments 8 total plus two attic rooms. I capped the attic holes for this season but have never had any heat problems in FL. The roof could be easily painted white. I also have troyer and S&k gourds all with tunnels and the little...