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by ken buker
Sun Jun 28, 2020 3:24 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: hawk resistant swallow boxes
Replies: 2
Views: 765

hawk resistant swallow boxes

Hi Everyone, My name's Ken Buker from Silverlake, WA. I'm an active martin enthusiast with a purple martin colony at my Silver lake home. My colony started in 2004 from a single pair of SY birds and has grown to over 110 pairs of martins during the 2018 and 2019 seasons fledging nearly 400 young mar...
by ken buker
Thu Jul 25, 2019 11:42 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Early Morning Surprise In One Of My Net Traps
Replies: 8
Views: 3811

Re: Early Morning Surprise In One Of My Net Traps

Steve, I have always admired and enjoyed your post on the forum. Fortunately here in Washington state we don't deal with rat snakes or any other snake that climbs poles so no netting required. I do use predator guards on all my racks to detour ground predators like squirrels, racoons, and the like. ...
by ken buker
Thu Aug 03, 2017 2:57 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Near super colony status, Silver lake WA
Replies: 10
Views: 3741

Re: Near super colony status, Silver lake WA

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by ken buker
Wed Aug 02, 2017 2:39 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Near super colony status, Silver lake WA
Replies: 10
Views: 3741

Re: Near super colony status, Silver lake WA

Thanks for all the comments and suggestions.

I'm trying to attach a couple of photos of my site:
by ken buker
Tue Aug 01, 2017 3:18 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Near super colony status, Silver lake WA
Replies: 10
Views: 3741

Near super colony status, Silver lake WA

Hello all, It’s been awhile since I’ve posted to the forum. Check in periodically and see what’s new, but decided I would write a short piece from the Pacific Northwest. Some forum regulars might recall my excitement, when after many years of trying I finally attracted martins to my Silver Lake back...
by ken buker
Tue Aug 25, 2015 12:26 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Season end - Silver Lake WA.
Replies: 1
Views: 916

Season end - Silver Lake WA.

Hello All, Here is a final season report from my purple martin colony located at Silver Lake, WA. My last young martin fledged this morning (8/23) and as of late evening there are no martins seen or heard. This lone survivor is a story in itself and a true tribute to the parental instinct of our bel...
by ken buker
Tue Jul 14, 2015 9:22 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Western martin vs. Excluder Gourds
Replies: 24
Views: 7501

Season closing in

Hi Mary, Have not heard from you since an earlier post. Just wondering if you successfully attracted martins this season and if you had better luck with your new excluder gourds. We banded 151 young martins at my Silver Lake colony July 9th and are planning another day the 21st. Should be about that...
by ken buker
Wed Jun 03, 2015 8:30 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Western martin vs. Excluder Gourds
Replies: 24
Views: 7501

Hi Mary, I do use predator guards on my poles. Raccoons, stray cats and squirrels are probably my greatest concern from the ground. In my area I also use owl detour ant (owl guards) since in 2006 I nearly lost my entire (13 pair) colony as a result of an owl. My colony was only three years new at th...
by ken buker
Tue Jun 02, 2015 11:14 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Western martin vs. Excluder Gourds
Replies: 24
Views: 7501

Hi Mary, One thing I forgot to mention in my earlier post is: when I received my excluder gourds after attaching the first porch (external/internal), I didn’t like the placement in relation to the entrance. The gourds are marked with a starter dimple at the recommended position for mounting them, bu...
by ken buker
Mon Jun 01, 2015 6:44 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Western martin vs. Excluder Gourds
Replies: 24
Views: 7501

Hi Mary, Contrary to what you were told, with artificial gourds pre-nest material is still recommended because they just are not designed with a good gripping surface below the entrance, and are somewhat awkward for a martin to position themselves for exiting especially until there's a base establis...
by ken buker
Mon Jun 01, 2015 4:38 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Western martin vs. Excluder Gourds
Replies: 24
Views: 7501

ecluder entrances

Hi Mary, I Haven’t checked into the forum for awhile so just caught your post this afternoon. Wonderful to hear from other NW enthusiast on occasion. I just purchased a dozen of the new excluder gourds this spring. The ones I have are the modified excluder entrance. I too was a little reluctant abou...
by ken buker
Fri Apr 17, 2015 5:31 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Excluder Gourds with EGM entrance
Replies: 4
Views: 2185

Excluder Gourds with EGM entrance

Hi Louise, You are correct, the Modified EGM entrance. I will take the suggestion about moving the porches up. That makes sense to me, at least on a couple and see what happens. As a followup, do you have the owl guards, and did moving the porch up impact their installation? I might also just wait a...
by ken buker
Fri Apr 17, 2015 4:58 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Excluder Gourds with EGM entrance
Replies: 4
Views: 2185

Excluder Gourds with EGM entrance

Hi Everyone, It's been awhile since I've posted to the forum but learned long ago there is no better place to ask for feedback and information. Just purchased a dozen Excluder gourds for this season and would like to know how other colonies have accepted them. My colony was 85 pair strong last seaso...
by ken buker
Sat Nov 23, 2013 1:56 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Rembering your first pair of Martins
Replies: 31
Views: 9881

First pair of martins

Hello Debbie, It has been a while but I posted my experience of becoming a martin landlord after 30+ years trying back in 2005. Rather than rewrite it I attached the following link so you can access it in my forum post archives. http://www.purplemartin.org/forum/viewtopic.php?t=695&highlight= Hope y...
by ken buker
Sun Mar 17, 2013 7:23 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Passing of a Pacific Northwest martin pioneer.
Replies: 7
Views: 3501

Passing of a Pacific Northwest martin pioneer.

Hello All, It saddened me to learn of the passing on March 2, 2013 of a friend and mentor here in the Pacific Northwest, David R. Fouts. Dave played a crucial role during the last 3 decades in Purple Martin recovery efforts in the Pacific Northwest. He certainly was instrumental in providing me the ...
by ken buker
Sun Mar 10, 2013 5:28 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Great Horned Owl, nightly visits!! YIKES!!
Replies: 8
Views: 3823

Great Horned Owl, nightly visits!! YIKES!!

Hi Mike, Having experienced similar fate in 2006, I can assure you, now that the great horned owl has experienced success he will continue making nightly visits until he finally is unsuccessful or your martins abandon the colony site. I found that the martins are very adaptable and will learn to use...
by ken buker
Wed Aug 08, 2012 4:48 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Silver Lake WA. Red Tail Hawk Harassment! Any suggestions?
Replies: 3
Views: 1827

Silver Lake WA. Red Tail Hawk Harassment! Any suggestions?

Here at my Silver Lake, Washington colony in the Pacific Northwest It’s in the peak of fledging season with dozens of young birds fledging and anxious parents scolding and coaxing youngsters out of their cavities almost hourly. It becomes especially chaotic in the morning as they begin gathering on ...
by ken buker
Tue Jun 19, 2012 8:25 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Will the SYs return if their nest fails?
Replies: 11
Views: 3521

Hi Diane, I thought I would add one more comment to the many terrific ones already provided. There is a huge difference between reasons for an unsuccessful season. Should your SY pair fail to fledge young due to causes that are normally beyond their control (ie; un fertile eggs, lack of food for fee...
by ken buker
Mon Jun 18, 2012 10:46 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Growing colony at Silver Lake, WA
Replies: 8
Views: 3391

Growing colony at Silver Lake, WA

Hi Ryan, The answer to your question is a story in itself. It took me over 30 years to finally attract that SY pair to my back yard. I must admit that I became really serious about it in the mid 90’s after finding and observing a couple of small colonies along the lower Columbia River. A friend from...
by ken buker
Mon Jun 18, 2012 1:19 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Growing colony at Silver Lake, WA
Replies: 8
Views: 3391

Growing colony at Silver Lake, WA

Greetings All martin enthusiast, As I’ve done for the last few years, I wanted to post a 2012 update on status of my western martin colony at Silver Lake, Washington. This season started out with a bang. Great weather during late April and the first half of May provided the makings of what looked li...