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by SoIndyDon
Sun Jun 07, 2020 5:43 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Decoys taking a beating
Replies: 4
Views: 533

Re: Decoys taking a beating

Great story and hope for decoys frustrating the Cooper's hawk. My decoys are taking a beating every day by a hawk. With the pivoting perch rod and clipped on decoys, each attack has a visible aftermath. Yesterday I thought I totally lost one. The perch was swung 90 degrees, perched decoy fallen over...
by SoIndyDon
Sat Jun 06, 2020 7:46 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: to nest check or not to nest check - old babies
Replies: 4
Views: 588

Re: to nest check or not to nest check - old babies

Great advise already given. For me, I pushed the nest checks later last year. Typically once the first nests get to 22 days I quit the nest checks. But last year I plugged the holes, lowered the rack & did the check then raised the rack. I waited 6 to 10 minutes not wanting to have them overheat in ...
by SoIndyDon
Sat Jun 06, 2020 7:32 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Have you had 100% occupancy?
Replies: 16
Views: 1703

Re: Have you had 100% occupancy?

I'm at 100% with 32 out 32 gourds with eggs. In over 20 years this is a first. Typically there are 2 to 3 scant nests built and never completed or become active with egg laying.
by SoIndyDon
Sat Jun 06, 2020 5:32 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Muddy eggs.
Replies: 0
Views: 1763

Muddy eggs.

Last week I found 6 eggs in a gourd, all were muddied with soil. Two of the 6 eggs were pushed out of the nest towards the entrance. Rest of the nest was unremarkable. Today, same thing. I removed the un-nested eggs. I've never seen dirty eggs in 20 years. Our weather was very wet when the egg layin...
by SoIndyDon
Sat Jun 06, 2020 5:22 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Egg on the porch
Replies: 1
Views: 241

Re: Egg on the porch

Egg must be bad. If setting on the nest has begun, I believe this egg will not mature. Typically I'll leave shoved aside eggs until next nest check, then take them away. I've yet in 20 years seen one reincorporated into the nest.
by SoIndyDon
Thu Mar 22, 2018 6:06 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Reward or natural selection?
Replies: 6
Views: 1588

Re: Reward or natural selection?

To define "early": a small percent of my colony arrive in March. The bulk of the colony comes in early April. Additionally, my records show a drift in first arrivals from on or near March 21 to earlier March 16-17. If martin arrival shifted to no earlier than April, fewer weather related martin deat...
by SoIndyDon
Wed Mar 21, 2018 8:11 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Reward or natural selection?
Replies: 6
Views: 1588

Reward or natural selection?

Do we reward early arrivals or let natural selection cull them out? Today we have 4" of heavy, wet snow. There are no perching surfaces and the gourd openings are snow blocked. I'm watching martins on the wing unable to land and obviously nothing to eat. Understand, I use double walled gourds, add w...
by SoIndyDon
Sat May 06, 2017 7:54 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Decoys
Replies: 8
Views: 2504

Re: Decoys

In my opinion, no. Movement is the greatest attractant of sight hunters. The decoy likely doesn't register the hawks attack mode. But when the hawk is attracted by all the live martins, the last to flush upon attack is the prime target. That's why I use decoys.
by SoIndyDon
Sat May 06, 2017 7:49 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Dispatching European Sparrows
Replies: 40
Views: 9615

Re: Dispatching European Sparrows

I stopped using my starling repeating trap after getting tired of killing 2-4 every evening after work. Shooting is easy. Up close killing isn't. My starling resistant entrances solved the problem. I lost my drive. But the benefits of getting starling populations down is tremendous. I'd hunt at the ...
by SoIndyDon
Wed Mar 09, 2016 6:52 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: So early it's scary
Replies: 0
Views: 2454

So early it's scary

First martin 03/08/16... too early! My 16 years of records show March 19 as the earliest arrival. Norm is March 22. What will these early martins face? I packed in a little more pine needles into the gourds. Better get ready for flipping crickets!
by SoIndyDon
Fri May 09, 2014 7:39 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Gourds working
Replies: 12
Views: 2923

Three times I got martin sites started by hanging gourds under existing houses. One was my colony and 2 I mentored. Here in southern Indiana, gourds always seems to bring them in. In each situation the houses time worked as roosting locations when the nestlings grew.
by SoIndyDon
Sat Mar 29, 2014 7:40 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Photos Of My Favorite Aluminum Purple Martin House
Replies: 8
Views: 2959

I noticed that a down spout was used as a sliding sleeve to attach your gourd hangers. What a neat idea!
by SoIndyDon
Sat Mar 22, 2014 7:48 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Fewer Martins than normal
Replies: 7
Views: 2694

For me, this is the earliest and greatest numbers in 18 years. Despite the longest and coldest winter ever, 3 martins showed up 3/15/14. That's a record by 4 days and over a week earlier than normal. Yesterday I had 8 martins when normally I'd have 0. I think last year, the year without a winter, sp...
by SoIndyDon
Sat Mar 22, 2014 7:41 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Winch tip
Replies: 0
Views: 1370

Winch tip

Use up to twice the cable needed on your brake winch. You reduce the number of cranks to raise/lower the rack when there is a greater volume of cable on the winch. Reason - the larger diameter wraps more cable per crank on the winch than a small diameter of cable . Reducing from 60 cranks to 30 can ...
by SoIndyDon
Sat Mar 22, 2014 7:34 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Hotel California height?
Replies: 17
Views: 5394

My Hotel California ("you can check out, but you can never leave") is on a 10 foot pole and the entrance hole sits at 8 ft.
by SoIndyDon
Sat Mar 22, 2014 7:31 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: DIY II, Pole & Rack
Replies: 24
Views: 7671

Nice work! One tip to pass on - use up to twice the cable needed on your brake winch. You reduce the number of cranks to raise/lower the rack when there is a greater volume of cable on the winch. Reason - the larger diameter wraps more cable per crank on the winch than a small diameter of wound cabl...
by SoIndyDon
Sat Mar 22, 2014 7:09 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Need help Gourd set-up
Replies: 12
Views: 4290

Your set-up looks great. As said, just be patient.
About S&K Whistle gourds - I have 8 and love the design. The nesting area stays completely dry, and no owl could get to the nestlings in this world. The large compartment allows the nestlings to flex their developing wings.
by SoIndyDon
Sat Jun 29, 2013 3:06 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Photos from my site
Replies: 5
Views: 2506

The photographer friend is good; so many great shots.
You've even got a hatch day photo! And love the viewing format.
by SoIndyDon
Sat Jun 29, 2013 3:00 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Kamikaze Martins
Replies: 6
Views: 2444

Full brim hat
Ear plugs, optional
Can't see um. Can't hear um. Can't be bothered by um.
by SoIndyDon
Sun Jun 16, 2013 8:05 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Whistler gourds from S&K.
Replies: 4
Views: 1906

I have 8 Whistle Gourds (WG). This is our 8th year with them. The martins take to them as well as the Bo 11 gourds. Pro's and con's: Pro's: Great for owl protection. Driest design - especially if you drill drain holes in the "stair case" Large space for older nestlings to exercise their developing w...