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by Rafke77
Fri Mar 27, 2020 5:46 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Darn cold air!
Replies: 4
Views: 517

Re: Darn cold air!

Welp after playing the Martin song for several hours today then shutting it off when the cold rain moved in, currently 48 and light rain right now, we got our first!
by Rafke77
Sun Mar 22, 2020 1:46 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Darn cold air!
Replies: 4
Views: 517

Re: Darn cold air!

HAHAHAHA best responses I've yet heard
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by Rafke77
Sun Mar 22, 2020 11:02 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Darn cold air!
Replies: 4
Views: 517

Darn cold air!

I was looking forward to a much earlier arrival this year in northern Indiana, then came snow last week and they stopped their northward march at Indianapolis! Now I get to watch the scout map in envy as they're heading north around me 😭 hopefully after next week, the long-range forecast shows tempe...
by Rafke77
Tue Mar 17, 2020 1:39 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: My 12 Unit Deluxe Gourd Rack Won't Go All the Way Up
Replies: 3
Views: 303

Re: My 12 Unit Deluxe Gourd Rack Won't Go All the Way Up

Would you be able to post some pictures of your setup? Maybe close-ups of your crank assembly, the whole thing and the top of the post as well. Somebody might be able to see something that you might be missing. Hopefully we can get resolved!
by Rafke77
Wed Mar 11, 2020 6:48 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Cool picture I took. Add yours.
Replies: 29
Views: 2031

Re: Cool picture I took. Add yours.

2nd and last attempt To add to what else was stated to you, I was having the same issue for a long time posting pictures. I always had to crop the heck out of something too get it to a small enough size, but at that point instead of seeing an entire bird all that was left was a beak 😒 I did some re...
by Rafke77
Mon Mar 09, 2020 6:33 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Cool picture I took. Add yours.
Replies: 29
Views: 2031

Re: Cool picture I took. Add yours.

Very nice! I love taking night pictures. This is with my Pixel 4xl using it's astrophotography mode. This is a 4-minute picture. when I took this I did not even notice it in the sky at the time, but if you look above the left hand side of my shed you can see a string of lights. I accidentally caught...
by Rafke77
Mon Mar 09, 2020 2:43 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Strengthening Pole
Replies: 8
Views: 5763

Re: Strengthening Pole

I did the same thing to my 3 section pole last month. It was swaying like a palm tree. I taught my son, who is 14, to weld not long ago so here he is doing it for me. He's pretty smart. He knew welding galvanized metal was dangerous so he ground off the coating with a 60 grit sand piper wheel befor...
by Rafke77
Mon Mar 09, 2020 1:51 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Strengthening Pole
Replies: 8
Views: 5763

Re: Strengthening Pole

Just adding to a topic I started last year. I had got around to finally strengthening my k-24. I brought it to a local welder and had the two 8-ft sections welded the together. I grinded down the welds a little bit so the system could pass over as I raised and lowered it. Once I slid it back over th...
by Rafke77
Mon Mar 09, 2020 12:57 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Several Hundred Purple Martins Now In Our Colonies
Replies: 4
Views: 252

Re: Several Hundred Purple Martins Now In Our Colonies

Hi Steve, I've read many of your posts on here and saw many of your pictures. I believe it was your storm damage story that I found extremely interesting. Please post a link whenever you get to it, I'd love to have a video walkthrough of your colonies! A few of your threads I had responded back to, ...
by Rafke77
Sat Mar 07, 2020 11:17 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Several Hundred Purple Martins Now In Our Colonies
Replies: 4
Views: 252

Re: Several Hundred Purple Martins Now In Our Colonies

I haven't searched, but have you ever posted any videos of your colonies on YouTube?
by Rafke77
Tue Mar 03, 2020 3:53 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Multiple states two weeks ahead of schedule!
Replies: 17
Views: 670

Re: Multiple states two weeks ahead of schedule!

And maybe this is why, since way back with the Native Americans making gourds for the Martins, they've adapted to being more comfortable around humans and prefer to live by humans, adaptation over time. Just as animals within a major city adapt to coming up to people. It's very hard to get a squirre...
by Rafke77
Tue Mar 03, 2020 3:38 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Arrival dates - causes?
Replies: 25
Views: 649

Re: Arrival dates - causes?

I have fed but that was over a decade ago. We very rarely have a need to feed here. I would imagine that the birds that nest at the colony 1/2 mile away and mine fly the same migration path. True they could be part of the same larger colony, but you know the way humans only know one way to their ho...
by Rafke77
Tue Mar 03, 2020 9:48 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Arrival dates - causes?
Replies: 25
Views: 649

Re: Arrival dates - causes?

Maybe just the paths certain groups take? It would be interesting to GPS tag several small colonies from different regions and study their flying pattern over the course of a few years, just to see if they take the same routes, and to see if their fledglings follow the same path and time for migrati...
by Rafke77
Tue Mar 03, 2020 9:38 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Multiple states two weeks ahead of schedule!
Replies: 17
Views: 670

Re: Multiple states two weeks ahead of schedule!

Your post is something I've been thinking of for a while. Not that they might be here too early, but the idea of supplemental feeding. I fully understand maybe if there is a highly unusual cold front in May that lasts a week or more here in the northern states. I've been wondering if people suppleme...
by Rafke77
Tue Mar 03, 2020 9:17 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: SY or ASY
Replies: 37
Views: 776

Re: SY or ASY

ASY
by Rafke77
Tue Feb 25, 2020 10:51 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Adding More Perching Space To Gourd Racks And Houses
Replies: 31
Views: 4843

Re: Adding More Perching Space To Gourd Racks And Houses

I got this idea from a gentleman in Texas. I modified his idea slightly. I took electric fence post, I believe it's 3/8" diameter, fiberglass, cut it down to about 9" sections, drilled 2 holes straight through vertically, took 2 pins, slid each one through the hole, then slid it on top of the entran...
by Rafke77
Mon Jan 13, 2020 9:37 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Strengthening Pole
Replies: 8
Views: 5763

Re: Strengthening Pole

*****ADMINISTRATOR******

This was another thread started by me. Please help me get my account back, I had logged a bunch of info on this forum in posts.
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