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by flyin-lowe
Thu Oct 14, 2021 9:15 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Nesting material
Replies: 2
Views: 125

Re: Nesting material

I'm sure in Florida there are pine trees with the long pine needles everywhere. You don't want the ones that are only an inch or so long and thick, you want the longer (3-4 inch) thin ones. Go by a golf course or anywhere else and grab a bag full. They work great because the shed water, and don't ab...
by flyin-lowe
Mon Oct 11, 2021 10:24 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Why use pine straw in your gourds?
Replies: 5
Views: 275

Re: Why use pine straw in your gourds?

I've had some martins leave them in and like you have see a lot where they are removed. I don't pre-nest all of my cavities because I see some martins every year that choose empty cavities over cavities that have been pre nested. Where I live it is not uncommon to have temps close to freezing after ...
by flyin-lowe
Thu Sep 09, 2021 9:11 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Snake guards
Replies: 3
Views: 721

Re: Snake guards

Ill have to look but S&K used to sell baffle guards for their poles. I am not sure how effective they are but in combination with some snake netting they get the job done.
by flyin-lowe
Sat Aug 28, 2021 12:45 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Going Down After 22 Years
Replies: 9
Views: 1422

Re: Going Down After 22 Years

The hawk is definitely a problem but I am not sure the other birds are to blame. The bird feeders will not draw any more attention of the hawks then a purple martin colony does. Even if you didn't have feeders or the birds on you porch, a colony of martins would attract the attention of hawks.
by flyin-lowe
Mon Aug 23, 2021 1:47 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: When to take down housing
Replies: 10
Views: 9396

Re: When to take down housing

Before I had a colony established I would leave mine up in Indiana once I stopped seeing any martins, usually some time in September. I also thought that one of the martins passing by from the south might just see my place and like it for next year. Now that I have an established colony I take mine ...
by flyin-lowe
Thu Aug 19, 2021 8:54 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Second year bust
Replies: 7
Views: 9905

Re: Second year bust

When you say abruptly they were gone, what kind of time frame are you talking about? If they were there one day and gone the next it almost has to have been a snake, or raccoon etc. If they started receiving pressure from other predators like a hawk they likely wouldn't all leave at once. An entire ...
by flyin-lowe
Tue Aug 17, 2021 9:37 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Short video of Martins at my residential back yard site.
Replies: 2
Views: 7641

Re: Short video of Martins at my residential back yard site.

Good to see a healthy colony in the northern range. Hopefully you can help get other colonies in the area established. I know it can be tough up there.
by flyin-lowe
Mon Aug 16, 2021 8:05 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: fledgling question
Replies: 6
Views: 10767

Re: fledgling question

The females do lay one egg per day but typically don't start incubating the eggs until the day before or day of the last egg being laid. The eggs are more likely to hatch within a day or two of each other because of this. That doesn't mean they will all fledge the same day. Some take a few days long...
by flyin-lowe
Fri Aug 13, 2021 10:01 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Is that a sparrow I hear?
Replies: 4
Views: 9527

Re: Is that a sparrow I hear?

Several years ago the PGA got caught piping in background noise at a PGA golf tournament. Some "birder" was watching and realized the bird he heard in the background was not native to that state/area. He called them out and they admitted to doing it. Here is a link to one of the many stories. I have...
by flyin-lowe
Sat Aug 07, 2021 10:52 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: How to make detachable predator baffle
Replies: 5
Views: 3569

Re: How to make detachable predator baffle

On both of my T 14's I use 3 1/2 inch OD steel pipes for the pole. I have pieces of 12 inch PVC pipe that are a little over 48 inches tall. I split them down the middle with a jig saw and then use latches which pulls them tight and minimizes the seem. I have been using these for over 15 years and ne...
by flyin-lowe
Thu Aug 05, 2021 7:40 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: First failed season ever....
Replies: 9
Views: 4003

Re: First failed season ever....

A single hawk attack would not cause all the birds to leave at once. Usually any bother predator other than snakes will leave a sign. Footprints, wings, feathers, torn off doors etc.
by flyin-lowe
Wed Aug 04, 2021 5:05 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: I Think
Replies: 8
Views: 6092

Re: I Think

I was gone about the last week and a half of July. Before I left there was close to 300 martins here counting the fledges and parents. As of this morning there are maybe 20-30. The last ones are the latest's SY's that arrived and got a later start.
by flyin-lowe
Wed Aug 04, 2021 5:02 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Help with logistics of T-14, pole, and predator guard
Replies: 9
Views: 4763

Re: Help with logistics of T-14, pole, and predator guard

This thread has some pictures. I built a box out of treated 2x6"s and used a hole saw to drill the hole for pole to slip through. Then I split it so if I ever need to I can just remove some screws and pull the carrier off the pole. I cut a slot in the top of my pole with a reciprocating saw (saws al...
by flyin-lowe
Wed Aug 04, 2021 4:57 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: First failed season ever....
Replies: 9
Views: 4003

Re: First failed season ever....

First thought would be a rat snake. They can go in one night and wipe out a colony. There is not many things that would cause 10-12 pair of martins to leave active nests all at the same time.
by flyin-lowe
Mon Aug 02, 2021 9:23 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: End of my first year as PM landlord: Noob questions persist
Replies: 4
Views: 2419

Re: End of my first year as PM landlord: Noob questions persist

When my first colony was young, the martins did not stick around long at all after they fledged. Probably because they were some SY's and they started later in the season. The young started flying on a Thursday and the last time I saw them was on Sunday evening. Now, my older ASY's seem to stick aro...
by flyin-lowe
Mon Aug 02, 2021 9:19 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Help Young Bird in my yard
Replies: 5
Views: 3518

Re: Help Young Bird in my yard

Once they are of that age I no longer lower my housing because it can cause more jumpers. I have never brought them inside to rehab. Assuming they are old enough to maybe fly, I give them a light toss into the air about head height. If they have been on the ground for a while sometimes they catch th...
by flyin-lowe
Mon Aug 02, 2021 9:14 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Help with logistics of T-14, pole, and predator guard
Replies: 9
Views: 4763

Re: Help with logistics of T-14, pole, and predator guard

I have done exactly what you are talking about, all the way down to the hemlock. It is what I built my first T14 out of approximately 15 years ago or so. So far it has help up perfect. I also DIY'd my poles, both of them are 3.5 inch steel pipes. Only difference is, both of mine are 20 feet tall. Th...
by flyin-lowe
Mon Jul 19, 2021 11:09 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Why would they leave?
Replies: 5
Views: 2115

Re: Why would they leave?

Usually the only reason a nesting pair would not complete the nesting cycle is because of a predator. I would guess either something got into the nest and got one or both of them (snake, owl, raccoon, etc.). It is possible something got one or both of them while they were out feeding but the odds of...
by flyin-lowe
Tue Jul 13, 2021 9:50 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Finding a few on the ground
Replies: 6
Views: 1651

Re: Finding a few on the ground

I usually can tell if some are not at all ready to fly and some are close. I had two this afternoon that could not get off the ground but I gave them a lite toss in the air and both took off. If they can keep themselves air born and not just glide right back down to the ground I don't worry about th...