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by flyin-lowe
Thu Aug 22, 2019 9:51 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Owl Predation
Replies: 17
Views: 1372

Re: Owl Predation

I can't find the link at this moment but there used to be a picture on the home page of an owl with it's leg extended into a cavity to show just how far it can reach, it is further then a lot of people think....
by flyin-lowe
Wed Aug 14, 2019 7:52 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: What Now???
Replies: 4
Views: 3399

Re: What Now???

Once you have an established colony it is ok to take the housing down once they have all fledged and are no longer coming back. When I had a younger colony I would leave my housing up for a month or so extra in case any martins migrating south would find it and maybe consider it for next year.
by flyin-lowe
Wed Aug 14, 2019 7:49 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: How Many Gourds on 2" Pole ??
Replies: 8
Views: 513

Re: How Many Gourds on 2" Pole ??

I've been very happy with mine. Back when I bought it about 10 years ago it was the best bang for the buck. If I remember correctly back then I paid like 220.00 for it including shipping.
by flyin-lowe
Tue Aug 13, 2019 8:29 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Bad Storm = Bad Damage
Replies: 7
Views: 199

Re: Bad Storm = Bad Damage

I hate to see that. I am sometimes amazed at some of those house/pole set ups in my area that appear to be pretty old and still standing straight. They are obviously neglected but even though the houses are light the poles seem pretty small.
by flyin-lowe
Tue Aug 13, 2019 8:27 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Farewell Tour 2019 ??
Replies: 5
Views: 125

Re: Farewell Tour 2019 ??

My last ones left town about a week or so ago. I did see a martin flying over my kids high school yesterday afternoon. I'm hoping to get my housing down, cleaned, and stored in the next week or so.
by flyin-lowe
Fri Aug 09, 2019 8:15 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: A Promising Start Pt. 2
Replies: 40
Views: 18342

Re: A Promising Start Pt. 2

Unless I am seeing something wrong it looks like he is embedding them from flikr???? Many of us used to do the same with photobucket but last year they started charging a monthly fee for the storage and ability to embed photos into forums. I don't know if flikr charges or not, Ive never used them.
by flyin-lowe
Fri Aug 09, 2019 7:22 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: tree swallows
Replies: 5
Views: 695

Re: tree swallows

I have never had any problem getting tree swallows to nest. If the house is 15 foot high or 4 foot high. We might have a higher population then you but I have them everywhere. Last year we had one of those portable basketball goals with the large square plastic base laying over in my driveway. There...
by flyin-lowe
Fri Aug 09, 2019 7:19 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: ANY KNOWN ROOSTS INDIANA/NORTH KENTUCKY/SOUTHWEST OHIO
Replies: 7
Views: 1111

Re: ANY KNOWN ROOSTS INDIANA/NORTH KENTUCKY/SOUTHWEST OHIO

I live just south of province pond about 1/2 mile so I know where you are. Interesting about the Sulpher Spring. My old property where I had my original colony used to adjoin Summit Lake Property. I was over on the east side, near where the eagles are nesting now, if you have been over there this ye...
by flyin-lowe
Fri Aug 09, 2019 7:15 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: How Many Gourds on 2" Pole ??
Replies: 8
Views: 513

Re: How Many Gourds on 2" Pole ??

I have a AAA gourd rack with 2 inch pole. It holds 16 gourds just fine. In strong winds it will move a little and I lower it if storms are forecasted. It is probably close to 10 years old and still very straight. I wouldn't be afraid to hang 2 more gourds on it.
by flyin-lowe
Wed Aug 07, 2019 9:28 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Pole for T-14
Replies: 11
Views: 1232

Re: Pole for T-14

This link has some answers about T14 pole and some pictures of my original set up. It shows how I recessed the pulley, the wooden carrier, and how I have my winch mounted. The one I build this year is basically the same.

https://www.purplemartin.org/forum/view ... =2&t=35126
by flyin-lowe
Wed Aug 07, 2019 9:24 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Pole for T-14
Replies: 11
Views: 1232

Re: Pole for T-14

I have two of them I built myself. Both of them are on a 3 1/2 (OD) galvanized steel pipe. I think they are commonly used as some type of water pipe. The first one I bought from a contractor friend of mine. The one I got this year was from a local scrap yard. Both were 20 foot long, I put four foot ...
by flyin-lowe
Sun Aug 04, 2019 7:46 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Late brood
Replies: 5
Views: 1159

Re: Late brood

The youngest at my colony are still sticking around and just fledged last week and many people north of us still have martins yet to fledge. I see no reason that yours will have any issues. My guess would be that they won't stick around long after their first flight. When I started my first colony, ...
by flyin-lowe
Sat Aug 03, 2019 8:23 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: ANY KNOWN ROOSTS INDIANA/NORTH KENTUCKY/SOUTHWEST OHIO
Replies: 7
Views: 1111

Re: ANY KNOWN ROOSTS INDIANA/NORTH KENTUCKY/SOUTHWEST OHIO

Jeff good to see you on here. I have heard there is a roost in Louisville, not sure if it is still active or not though. Are you still living in Carthage? I thought I saw a scout report or something that said Sulpher Springs. I am between Mt Summit and Sulpher, didn't know if you were up here or not...
by flyin-lowe
Wed Jul 31, 2019 9:28 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: New landlord
Replies: 17
Views: 1617

Re: New landlord

It's hard to tell from a picture exactly how big the trees are and how far away they are. Trees can be an issue but I have a seen colonies near by me that have trees closer then that. I have seen one colony near my old office that had tree branches touching the housing. They are not always a deal br...
by flyin-lowe
Wed Jul 31, 2019 9:21 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Last goodbye.
Replies: 1
Views: 1042

Re: Last goodbye.

Two weeks ago I had about 30 pair plus close to 100 little ones and things were quite busy. The last couple of days I haven't seen hardly any during the day and 20 or so birds are still coming in in the evening. I wasn't home this evening but I am guessing within a week or so I won't have any here u...
by flyin-lowe
Mon Jul 29, 2019 4:56 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: average landlord
Replies: 1
Views: 1056

Re: average landlord

Being somewhat educated on State government I wouldn't assume they have extra money around for those type of projects. Like you I fall somewhere in the middle. I have quality housing, I have predator guards and do nest checks up until they start to fledge and I risk causing jumpers. I treat with Sev...
by flyin-lowe
Mon Jul 29, 2019 4:49 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: How many is enough?
Replies: 6
Views: 1305

Re: How many is enough?

Since most of the martins that fledge from a site won't return to that site the larger the colony that is close to you the more likely you would be to get SY's the next year. Some people keep a smaller colony and take all measures necessary to manage every aspect of it, nest changes, routine nest ch...
by flyin-lowe
Mon Jul 29, 2019 4:41 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Do SY's return to their birth colony?
Replies: 20
Views: 1711

Re: Do SY's return to their birth colony?

As everyone else said the banding studies show that the vast majority of them do not end up back at the site they fledged from. I am sure someone can find a link to the actual documentation put out by the PMCA. I read it in the Update magazine years ago....
by flyin-lowe
Sun Jul 28, 2019 8:14 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Missed the finale:( how did it end?
Replies: 6
Views: 884

Re: Missed the finale:( how did it end?

Some martins stick around for a couple weeks and some take off pretty quickly. My first colony started with 5 pair then 12 pair. With those numbers the little ones would learn to fly and they would all be gone within a few days. I've had some that stick around for a couple weeks. Once your colony ge...
by flyin-lowe
Sat Jul 27, 2019 9:07 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Short Season:
Replies: 14
Views: 1185

Re: Short Season:

At my first colony, the first couple years before I built up bigger numbers mine would usually fledge and leave all within a couple days. They would take their first flight and then a couple days later they would all be gone and I wouldn't see another martin the rest of the year. Once your colony ex...

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