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by TrkrBob1949
Sat Jun 07, 2008 12:29 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: martins have ruined my life
Replies: 15
Views: 12148

Veronica: You said, "I never go out anymore," so that must mean that you are single. The answer to your problem is simple:Get yourself a man. A man requires more care than the largest purple martin colony ever could;by the time you get thru waiting on and cleaning up after him, you won't have time f...
by TrkrBob1949
Sun Jun 01, 2008 11:25 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Rat snake number 5
Replies: 13
Views: 15177

Sharon: Wow, snake number 4. You are infested with snakes, too. Why are they named rat snakes? I think Songbird snake would be more appropriate since I usually only see them around birdhouses. I live in a rural area and driving to town this afternoon two large rats ran across the road in front of my...
by TrkrBob1949
Sun Jun 01, 2008 10:32 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Not The Sharpest Tool In The Shed
Replies: 17
Views: 12329

Aw, women are good sports. They finish high school and college in greater percentages than males so they know who's the smartest of the bunch. They aren't going to be offended by some silly insinuation, are you, ladies? :grin:
by TrkrBob1949
Sun Jun 01, 2008 10:21 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Rat snake number 5
Replies: 13
Views: 15177

Astrid:

You didn't know? Johnny's been in jail. He got busted on Dateline. :oops: :wink:
by TrkrBob1949
Sun Jun 01, 2008 10:13 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Sys leaving because of porch domination.
Replies: 4
Views: 4092

If I remember correctly--and I could very well be wrong--the North Star house is a square house with 4 compartments per floor, with a compartment entrance on each side of the house, located at the end of the porch like the Trendsetter house. This type of house is made by both Dale Mckennon and Bob B...
by TrkrBob1949
Sun Jun 01, 2008 5:49 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Recruiting Warriors in the battle against S&S
Replies: 13
Views: 10306

Once upon a time before SREHs were invented and all of my martin housing was made out of that starling attractant called wood, I shot 84 starlings and 16 house sparrows off of my occupied martin houses in one month. I lived in the country and was able to use a Ruger 77/22 .22 caliber scoped rifle. I...
by TrkrBob1949
Sun Jun 01, 2008 5:17 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Not The Sharpest Tool In The Shed
Replies: 17
Views: 12329

I wouldn't move the eggs. If I remember correctly, in that particular Coate's house the martin enters the first compartment, turns right/left and crawls thru another hole into the "nesting compartment." If you move the eggs into the nesting compartment, the martin may suspect predation and abandon, ...
by TrkrBob1949
Sun Jun 01, 2008 4:03 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Rat snake number 5
Replies: 13
Views: 15177

Astrid: I saw the picture of the rat snake caught in the netting at your colony site. From what I could tell, it seems like your birdhouse is almost surrounded by water. Since the snake in the picture didn't look like a water snake, I believe that if y'all can have rat snakes, anybody can. On second...
by TrkrBob1949
Sun Jun 01, 2008 3:25 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Rat snake number 5
Replies: 13
Views: 15177

Mr. Moser: Here are my thoughts on rat snake predation at a purple martin colony site. While I am not recognized as a rat snake authority by my peers, I am a truck driver, which means I am pretty hardheaded and opinionated and have an answer for every question presented to me, be it right or wrong. ...
by TrkrBob1949
Sun Jun 01, 2008 2:17 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Sys leaving because of porch domination.
Replies: 4
Views: 4092

I have three wooden T-14s at my colony site. I used to think that the design of the T-14 made it pretty immune from male porch domination, but I was wrong. In fact, I haven't found a design of birdhouse yet that is completely free of porch domination--even gourd racks. Many people like to accuse the...
by TrkrBob1949
Sun Jun 01, 2008 1:15 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Rat snake number 5
Replies: 13
Views: 15177

Rat snake number 5

I got an email from the lady who is having such a hard time with the rat snakes this year. If you have been reading my posts, you know that rat snakes have almost decimated her martin colony--she has captured 4 rat snakes at her colony site so far this season. Bet you thought it couldn't get any wor...
by TrkrBob1949
Tue May 27, 2008 2:45 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Picture of three rat snakes caught in gourdrack
Replies: 9
Views: 7487

Kathy:

Aw, you can pick up a snake, there's nothing to it. Just make sure they're dead, that's all. This young boy made the mistake of handling 3 live rat snakes. After the photo was taken they ganged up on him and swallowed him whole before the photogapher could come to his aid. :wink:
by TrkrBob1949
Tue May 27, 2008 11:46 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Picture of three rat snakes caught in gourdrack
Replies: 9
Views: 7487

Picture of three rat snakes caught in gourdrack

Here is a picture of the three rat snakes found in the gourdrack I reported on earlier. Now do you still think that you don't need snake netting on your birdhouse poles? Do you still want to remain in your present state of denial and gamble with the lives of your purple martin colony?, "Duh, ain't n...
by TrkrBob1949
Tue May 27, 2008 11:17 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Heath - big improvements
Replies: 16
Views: 17543

I had to go look at the Heath, too, because I owned a 24 room unit back in the mid 1980s and I was curious to see if they finally made some improvements to it. I was so unimpressed with that house that I eventually threw it away. After enlarging the picture on the website, it is still hard to tell i...
by TrkrBob1949
Mon May 26, 2008 2:30 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Where there were 3 rat snakes, now there are 4
Replies: 5
Views: 3458

Where there were 3 rat snakes, now there are 4

I got a phone call this morning from the lady who had 3 rat snakes in her gourdrack yesterday. Her husband went and got the netting off my abandoned birdhouse pole as I suggested, and installed it on the gourdrack pole that was attacked by the 3 rat snakes. Well, she is a believer in the netting now...
by TrkrBob1949
Sun May 25, 2008 6:19 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Three rat snakes in gourd rack
Replies: 6
Views: 9086

Kathy: Before I began converting most of my housing to castles and gourd racks with square poles, a lot of it was mounted on 1 1/2" galvanized round pipe. What I did to make it easier to move my netting out of the way was to slip a 2 foot piece of 2" diameter PVC over the galvanized pipe. Then I att...
by TrkrBob1949
Sun May 25, 2008 5:23 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Three rat snakes in gourd rack
Replies: 6
Views: 9086

Three rat snakes in gourd rack

A little old lady that I helped with her martin colony several years ago called me today all distraught. It seems she suspected something was wrong with the martins in the gourds on her gourd rack and had her husband investigate. He found three rat snakes in the gourds. I realize that is now politic...
by TrkrBob1949
Fri May 23, 2008 10:38 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Starling breach in Trio Housing
Replies: 10
Views: 8041

John,

When I finished my post I saw Julio's suggestion and re-read John Miller's. I dunno, my suggestion looks pretty complicated in comparison to theirs'. I think you should ignore mine.


Sincerely, Bob Bozeman
by TrkrBob1949
Fri May 23, 2008 10:26 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Starling breach in Trio Housing
Replies: 10
Views: 8041

Hi, John, Starlings breached the Trio crescented doors on a couple of modified M-12s last year. I eventually killed both of them with my pellet rifle. Afraid that this might be the beginning of a trend, I started looking for an easy solution to my problem. Since the homemade crescents on my homemade...
by TrkrBob1949
Thu May 22, 2008 8:20 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: project demolition
Replies: 15
Views: 13604

Mike, You are to be commended for what you are doing. It takes a lot of courage and conviction to approach someone at their home like that. I used to try to do it but almost got into a fight, so I quit. Many slumlords don't like to be reminded that they are....well, slumlords, and they take offense....