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by Carlton
Sun Jan 12, 2020 1:02 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Prepared and Waiting in SE Florida
Replies: 0
Views: 3302

Prepared and Waiting in SE Florida

Anxiously awaiting my first martin here in SE Florida. I have housing at three locations - Cypress Bend condominiums in Pompano Beach, Tradewinds Park in Coconut Creek and Quiet Waters Park in Deerfield Beach, FL. I think my earliest martin in about 11 years was January 21st or so. Usually I do not ...
by Carlton
Fri Dec 27, 2019 1:43 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Experimenting
Replies: 4
Views: 3161

Experimenting

I have 127 gourds at three active colonies. Last season I noticed that some of the birds seemed to prefer the porchless, on the OUTSIDE, Excluder gourds with the modified excluder entrance. They chose them over the porched ones of the same kind. I left the porches inside to help shield the nest from...
by Carlton
Wed May 22, 2019 12:55 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Emil's The Walls
Replies: 0
Views: 3256

Emil's The Walls

I tried making a rough sketch on the computer, Emil. Is this all that is involved in making the starling proof/wing entrapment proof entrance?

Two blocks 1" x 2" attached like in the sketch at the very ends of the starling resistant entrance.

Carl
by Carlton
Sun May 19, 2019 10:43 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Small rat snake on gourd rack
Replies: 4
Views: 1984

Re: Small rat snake on gourd rack

I have an idea that the martins will abandon the gourd for this year but who knows. I could be wrong. Yes. The snake netting should be above a good cylindrical predator guard and act as a backup. Having said that though I AM SORRY this happened and HOPE the martins renest. I had a small ratsnake li...
by Carlton
Sun May 19, 2019 9:31 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: How to put sideboards on an entrance to help stop starlings
Replies: 15
Views: 8203

Re: How to put sideboards on an entrance to help stop starlings

I may try the Walls on my crescent Trendsetter entrance as I lost an ASY male this spring to wing entrapment. That was my first loss in many years. I guess I can just Waterproof Gorilla Glue the walls on each side of the entrance.

I really appreciate you sharing your findings with us Emil.

Carl
by Carlton
Thu May 16, 2019 3:45 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: How to put sideboards on an entrance to help stop starlings
Replies: 15
Views: 8203

Re: How to put sideboards on an entrance to help stop starlings

Yes I agree with Mr Emil, any SREH style entrance hole that’s 1 3/16 inch or 31 mm with the suggested side boards/walls installed will completely stop 99% of all starlings from entering. As long as that starling can’t turn sideways, ( this is what the sides accomplish )he will not and cannot enter....
by Carlton
Tue May 14, 2019 11:01 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Starlings & help with Troyer Vertical Gourds and Wing Entrapment Protectors
Replies: 13
Views: 3608

Re: Starlings & help with Troyer Vertical Gourds and Wing Entrapment Protectors

Ignore that statement on the Wing Guards. I use them all the time and they work. Personally, I used a Waterproof Gorilla Glue and glued them centered over the Conley II with the top of the curve in the guard just under the hole for the loop trap. I did not raise the porches. Even though they tried ...
by Carlton
Tue May 14, 2019 10:52 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Starlings & help with Troyer Vertical Gourds and Wing Entrapment Protectors
Replies: 13
Views: 3608

Re: Starlings & help with Troyer Vertical Gourds and Wing Entrapment Protectors

Another method that works is to use the corrugated, plastic, 1/8 inch ( I think) signboard from a hobby shop. When I did mine the signboard came right up to the bottom of the entrance hole's horizontal entrance and covered the dip. Use a silicon waterproof adhesive and cement the board to the porch....
by Carlton
Tue May 14, 2019 10:42 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Starlings & help with Troyer Vertical Gourds and Wing Entrapment Protectors
Replies: 13
Views: 3608

Re: Starlings & help with Troyer Vertical Gourds and Wing Entrapment Protectors

Ignore that statement on the Wing Guards. I use them all the time and they work. Personally, I used a Waterproof Gorilla Glue and glued them centered over the Conley II with the top of the curve in the guard just under the hole for the loop trap. I did not raise the porches. Even though they tried a...
by Carlton
Tue Apr 02, 2019 11:16 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Martin Success
Replies: 2
Views: 1553

Martin Success

Gourd Rack 1.jpg This past Winter I added some new gourd racks here in South Florida. Here are two of the three racks I added. All are pretty much full up with nesting pairs now! Ten years ago no martins were sighted in these two locations. So happy! One rack is in Tradewinds Park in Coconut Creek,...
by Carlton
Sat Dec 15, 2018 11:14 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Purple Martins in Tree Swallow/Bluebird house
Replies: 8
Views: 4250

Re: Purple Martins in Tree Swallow/Bluebird house

I have 7 84" tall shepherd's hooks, with predator guards 4 ft. above the ground, Excluder gourds here beside my lake. This will be the 4th year. Last year 4 of the 7 had active nests and fledged their young successfully. The gourds all face a small lake and all sit in a mowed lawn area just a very ...
by Carlton
Thu Feb 01, 2018 2:43 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Coconut Creek's Tradewinds Park
Replies: 7
Views: 1661

Coconut Creek's Tradewinds Park

My first martins returned this morning to Tradewinds Park in Coconut Creek. This is a 650 acre or so park in urban Broward County, Florida. There were no martins there until I got permission to place a house there 8 years ago. I started off with a four enlarged rooms MSS-8 aluminum house. The first ...
by Carlton
Thu Feb 01, 2018 2:30 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Hello from Mount Dora, Florida
Replies: 23
Views: 5888

Re: Hello from Mount Dora, Florida

Welcome back, Barb! Good to see you on here again and GOOD LUCK this year with your martins. I have seen pics of your site and it looks good to me. You just need some more aggressive martins!!!

Carl
by Carlton
Mon Jan 08, 2018 12:14 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Listening and Watching For South Florida Martins
Replies: 1
Views: 682

Listening and Watching For South Florida Martins

I, along with the Broward County Park System, have expanded our purple martin setups. Here is the way thing stand now: Quiet Waters Park in Deerfield Beach: 12 Troyer Vertical Gourds (fully occupied last year) 12 Excluder Gourds with Modified Excluder Entrances being added this month. Tradewinds Par...
by Carlton
Tue Jun 20, 2017 6:28 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: First Year is a Bust
Replies: 10
Views: 2477

Re: First Year is a Bust

What modifications do you think you may make, Jim? I know that getting that first nesting pair CAN be a real challenge. When I lived in Delaware I had houses and gourds and for two years could not get a martin to nest. There was an active colony one street over and another one up at the top of my st...
by Carlton
Tue Jun 20, 2017 6:22 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Seeking Martin Fans in South Sussex County, Delaware
Replies: 1
Views: 711

Seeking Martin Fans in South Sussex County, Delaware

I just found out yesterday that the person who had volunteered to care for the two MSS-8 purple martin houses, that I left in Rehoboth Beach Yacht and Country Club did not live up to his commitment. An elderly couple drove by a few times and they tell me that the wadded up plastic bags were never re...
by Carlton
Mon Jun 19, 2017 9:06 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Fledged Shepherd's Hook Mounted Gourd Young
Replies: 0
Views: 1548

Fledged Shepherd's Hook Mounted Gourd Young

Today is Day 30, from hatching, and all four of my shepherd's hook hung Excluder gourd young martins fledged. I am ELATED! It was an experiment and it worked. I think the reason it worked was that the shepherd's hook mounted gourds, suspended from 84 inch tall hooks, were RIGHT beside & facing the w...
by Carlton
Sat Jun 17, 2017 7:43 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: 84 inch Shepherd's Hook hung Gourd
Replies: 0
Views: 1427

84 inch Shepherd's Hook hung Gourd

This is Day 28 after hatching for my four martins in one of my shepherd's hook hung Gourds. They are still looking out of the entrance and the parents are stuffing them from the porch or even from hovering in front of the entrance.
by Carlton
Mon May 29, 2017 11:20 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Young Martins Galore
Replies: 2
Views: 969

Young Martins Galore

Speedy and I sat on the nearby bench watching the dozens of young martins watching us. All of my martins have fledged here in Pompano Beach, Florida and this morning it appears that all of the adults have disappeared. The young are everywhere and seem to instinctively know just what to do. They were...
by Carlton
Thu May 25, 2017 7:29 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Taking To The Air
Replies: 1
Views: 723

Taking To The Air

This morning Speedy and I walked down to our condo grounds martin housing. Babies are fledging right and left!!!! Grand Central Station. Everyone's so excited including me. A very successful season with all condo grounds housing fully occupied. 20 enlarged Trio condos with Excluder entrances and 2 E...