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by JQ17B
Fri Apr 24, 2020 9:41 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Predator Guards: A Story of Love & Betrayal
Replies: 11
Views: 1439

Re: Predator Guards: A Story of Love & Betrayal

flyin-lowe wrote:
Fri Apr 24, 2020 7:12 am
JQ, that can depend on how big your baffle is. When it comes to snakes though the netting is always a good idea.
Thanks - I have the 8” diameter baffle sold through the PMCA website for 2” pole. Now wishing maybe I’d gone for the quick release...
by JQ17B
Thu Apr 23, 2020 10:34 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Invader in the sky
Replies: 6
Views: 626

Re: Invader in the sky

If you're in Wisconsin, the closest thing to help you might get (based on a cursory Google) is the following: It is unlawful to utilize Drones to harass wild animals, impede, obstruct, or harass a person lawfully engaged in hunting, fishing, or trapping, and/or disturb a lawfully placed hunting blin...
by JQ17B
Thu Apr 23, 2020 9:19 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Predator Guards: A Story of Love & Betrayal
Replies: 11
Views: 1439

Re: Predator Guards: A Story of Love & Betrayal

Thanks for posting Kathy. I've been reading and soaking up what knowledge I can. In an ordinary setting, is the baffle mounted ~4' up the pole sufficient in order to take care of snakes/raccoons or is netting a "must"?
by JQ17B
Thu Apr 23, 2020 9:13 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Help with Gourd Rack Placement (Aspiring Landlord)
Replies: 20
Views: 1476

Re: Help with Gourd Rack Placement (Aspiring Landlord)

With a single story house, put it as close to the house as you want to. Trees are the issue. I don't know if you're open to cutting any more than you've already cut but cutting a couple of those tallest ones on the left could make all the difference in the world. The shot looking over your house fr...
by JQ17B
Thu Apr 23, 2020 4:36 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Help with Gourd Rack Placement (Aspiring Landlord)
Replies: 20
Views: 1476

Re: Help with Gourd Rack Placement (Aspiring Landlord)

deancamp wrote:
Thu Apr 23, 2020 4:31 pm
What type of entrance does your housing have.? The sreh would help keep the starlings at bay.
Excluder 2 - so should be good!
by JQ17B
Thu Apr 23, 2020 4:12 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Help with Gourd Rack Placement (Aspiring Landlord)
Replies: 20
Views: 1476

Re: Help with Gourd Rack Placement (Aspiring Landlord)

Thanks Whippy & Black Jack for your encouragement and suggestions. Sounds like it's pretty unanimous that closer to the house/patio is better. We'll give that a whirl. My gourds, owl guards, decoy, nesting material, etc. all arrived today. The stake, pole and perch are coming tomorrow - so it'll be ...
by JQ17B
Thu Apr 23, 2020 1:49 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Help with Gourd Rack Placement (Aspiring Landlord)
Replies: 20
Views: 1476

Re: Help with Gourd Rack Placement (Aspiring Landlord)

Here is my gourd rack just now Looking good! Hopefully my non-optimal setting will still be good enough to convince a few martins looking for a new home. I'll have to be vigilant to keep predators at bay. I purchased and plan to set up my rack with owl guards, baffle, and SREHs. Intend to "furnish"...
by JQ17B
Thu Apr 23, 2020 10:39 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Help with Gourd Rack Placement (Aspiring Landlord)
Replies: 20
Views: 1476

Re: Help with Gourd Rack Placement (Aspiring Landlord)

JQ, I had a similar dilemma only difference is my trees aren't as tall as yours and my yard is a little smaller... Thanks so much for this Whippy! Breathing life into my otherwise imperfect set-up over here. Appreciate the insight and encouragement. Have to believe that some cared-for housing is go...
by JQ17B
Thu Apr 23, 2020 10:29 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Help with Gourd Rack Placement (Aspiring Landlord)
Replies: 20
Views: 1476

Re: Help with Gourd Rack Placement (Aspiring Landlord)

Yes...agree closer to your house. Or, looks like a school a block away. This spring the virus concerns here would make meeting with them tough, but consider contacting them in the future. They have a few potential open spaces. Thanks John - will probably give this season a whirl with them closer to...
by JQ17B
Thu Apr 23, 2020 9:07 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Help with Gourd Rack Placement (Aspiring Landlord)
Replies: 20
Views: 1476

Re: Help with Gourd Rack Placement (Aspiring Landlord)

I think closer to your house is better than closer to trees. Thanks Dean - I agree. I'm not sure there aren't trees to the east to such a degree that it'll help that much - if you stand in the yard (the image below is going to not make it look good...) and look east, I guess my point was that you c...
by JQ17B
Thu Apr 23, 2020 8:18 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Help with Gourd Rack Placement (Aspiring Landlord)
Replies: 20
Views: 1476

Re: Help with Gourd Rack Placement (Aspiring Landlord)

I just always advise folks to walk out to a potential site and look for open flyways out to the horizon on three sides if possible. If you post a couple of more photos looking out toward where you want to place, maybe I can be more optimistic. Thanks John. If St. Louis needs housing then I think it...
by JQ17B
Thu Apr 23, 2020 8:08 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Help with Gourd Rack Placement (Aspiring Landlord)
Replies: 20
Views: 1476

Re: Help with Gourd Rack Placement (Aspiring Landlord)

Thanks Brad - appreciate it. Do you think that’s too close to the house? I agree that the trees are definitely not optimal for attracting martins. We just finished taking a bunch of trees out. The photo doesn’t do it a great justice, but it’s pretty thin on the border of the neighbor on the west (le...
by JQ17B
Wed Apr 22, 2020 11:12 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Help with Gourd Rack Placement (Aspiring Landlord)
Replies: 20
Views: 1476

Help with Gourd Rack Placement (Aspiring Landlord)

Hello everyone - Happy to be here. I'm an aspiring first-time landlord in the St. Louis, MO area. My first PM set-up arrives tomorrow and I'm excited to provide a stop-over on the long journey the birds make each year. My reading has yielded lots of advice around the optimal space that a purple mart...