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by Alaningeorgetown
Wed May 13, 2020 7:31 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: How do I discourage Starlings
Replies: 50
Views: 3398

Re: How do I discourage Starlings

Still no sign of Martins. I saw another Starling try to get in today! Well, we are ready for next year.
by Alaningeorgetown
Sun May 10, 2020 5:53 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: How do I discourage Starlings
Replies: 50
Views: 3398

Re: How do I discourage Starlings

Good news is that the starlings have given up. Less good news is that there are no signs of Martins. At least we are ready for next year’s season. I’ll keep it up there and keep an eye out. I’ve not given up.

Thanks for all the help.

Alan
by Alaningeorgetown
Fri May 08, 2020 10:11 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: How do I discourage Starlings
Replies: 50
Views: 3398

Re: How do I discourage Starlings

Update: No starlings have managed to get into the modified entrances so far. I have still seen a few hanging around, but they soon leave. Unfortunately, I have not seen so many purple martins looking either. There were a few last week when the starlings were still finding their way in. And I did see...
by Alaningeorgetown
Wed May 06, 2020 9:55 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: How do I discourage Starlings
Replies: 50
Views: 3398

Re: How do I discourage Starlings

So far, so good. Th starlings have not yet managed to breach any of the entrances as far as I can tell. They are still hanging around, but I am hoping that they will give up soon.
by Alaningeorgetown
Tue May 05, 2020 6:34 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: How do I discourage Starlings
Replies: 50
Views: 3398

Re: How do I discourage Starlings

I have made the modifications to all the entrances. Three of the boxes with the original modifications contained a lot of nest materials. The starlings can no longer get into the lowered WEP, and I have seen them dumping nest materials in disgust after failing to get in. All good signs. I have attac...
by Alaningeorgetown
Tue May 05, 2020 12:56 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: How do I discourage Starlings
Replies: 50
Views: 3398

Re: How do I discourage Starlings

I can confirm that the Starlings don’t seem to be able to enter the Conley II with the Lewis mod that includes the WEP arch flush with the top center of the Conley PLUS the raised step (made of nylon). We will see if the purple Martins can get in. I really hope so. I’m planning to modify all the oth...
by Alaningeorgetown
Sun May 03, 2020 7:28 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: How do I discourage Starlings
Replies: 50
Views: 3398

Re: How do I discourage Starlings

I can’t seem to post images again!
by Alaningeorgetown
Sun May 03, 2020 7:27 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: How do I discourage Starlings
Replies: 50
Views: 3398

Re: How do I discourage Starlings

So I tried a compromise in that I made sure that most of the steps go all the way up to the bottom of the Conley II entrances. I cut a grove in the nylon to clear the ‘d’ shape at the bottom. I hope this does the trick. They are all currently blocked until the goop plumbers adhesive sets tomorrow. T...
by Alaningeorgetown
Sun May 03, 2020 8:39 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: How do I discourage Starlings
Replies: 50
Views: 3398

Re: How do I discourage Starlings

I have modified the first entrance. Mark pls check e-mail for picture. I will try to post here too. I attach images below but can never see them myself.

Please confirm this is oK and I will modify all. I used a 1/2” pipe slice and I note you recommend 3/4”. I can change that.

Alan
by Alaningeorgetown
Fri May 01, 2020 4:07 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: How do I discourage Starlings
Replies: 50
Views: 3398

Re: How do I discourage Starlings

I edited it.
by Alaningeorgetown
Fri May 01, 2020 10:43 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: How do I discourage Starlings
Replies: 50
Views: 3398

Re: How do I discourage Starlings

How about I pop down to 'The Depot' and buy some 3" PVC pipe and modify as recommended? E-mail me.

Alan
by Alaningeorgetown
Fri May 01, 2020 10:38 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: How do I discourage Starlings
Replies: 50
Views: 3398

Re: How do I discourage Starlings

That's great. I am happy to pay for these. If I order through the Purple Martin shop it will take 10 days.

Alan
by Alaningeorgetown
Thu Apr 30, 2020 3:42 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: How do I discourage Starlings
Replies: 50
Views: 3398

Re: How do I discourage Starlings

I have now seen two starlings going in and out through the Conley II entrances with the porch step all the way up to the bottom of the plastic entrance. It's a struggle for them but they make it. And are clearly bringing nesting materials. I will take down the box tonight and block all entrances. Wh...
by Alaningeorgetown
Thu Apr 30, 2020 9:35 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: How do I discourage Starlings
Replies: 50
Views: 3398

Re: How do I discourage Starlings

I think I may have screwed up with one of my postings as I don't see it here. The house I made has 8 condos (modified from 16 in the original design). The raised steps are made of untreated cedar, so very rough. I can make them smoother or add a plastic cover. I think the starlings have given up but...
by Alaningeorgetown
Mon Apr 27, 2020 6:55 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: How do I discourage Starlings
Replies: 50
Views: 3398

Re: How do I discourage Starlings

Well it’s amazing. There is at least one starling who has managed to get into the modified entrance. It take them a LOT of effort and they have a hell of a time getting out again. I assume they will give up at some point? It would NOT work for a nest for them I think.
by Alaningeorgetown
Sun Apr 26, 2020 8:06 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: How do I discourage Starlings
Replies: 50
Views: 3398

Re: How do I discourage Starlings

Sorry for the delay. We were grounded due to both having COVID 19 symptoms (And the house is at my son’s place), but turns out we tested OK. So I have only completed the modifications today. Too late for this year I fear, but I have cranked up the house to test it for the remainder of the year. The ...
by Alaningeorgetown
Thu Apr 02, 2020 5:15 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: How do I discourage Starlings
Replies: 50
Views: 3398

Re: How do I discourage Starlings

OK, I hope I have attached a picture of the condo while in construction. Here is what I will do:

1) Modify the holes
2) Raise the porch step to within 1/4” of the entrance hole.
3) Fit the Conley II

I’ll attach a picture when I am done.

Thanks again.

Alan
by Alaningeorgetown
Thu Apr 02, 2020 11:30 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: How do I discourage Starlings
Replies: 50
Views: 3398

Re: How do I discourage Starlings

Thanks to you all. I have looked up the Lewis modification and plan to implement it with the Conley II plates when they arrive. I had a little trouble (from the .PDF) understanding exactly what the modification was. Here is my understanding (and please feel free to correct) 1) Modify the circular ho...
by Alaningeorgetown
Wed Apr 01, 2020 9:51 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: How do I discourage Starlings
Replies: 50
Views: 3398

Re: How do I discourage Starlings

Thank you all for your posts. I have ordered the Conley II entrances and will fit as soon as they arrive. Am I too late for tenants this year? It’s been warm here and I see a lot of purple martins flying around. When do they pick nests in the this area (Austin, TX)
by Alaningeorgetown
Tue Mar 31, 2020 4:12 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: How do I discourage Starlings
Replies: 50
Views: 3398

How do I discourage Starlings

Last year we made an 8 nest Purple Martin Condo. After we put it up, the starlings took over and before we realized it and had become established. As this was our first attempt, we did not evict them in time. When I cleaned out the box this year, all 8 spaces had been occupied by Starlings. This yea...