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by John Barrow
Thu Jun 18, 2020 7:36 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Nest check yestrerday, three gourds with mites (and a question)
Replies: 5
Views: 125

Re: Nest check yestrerday, three gourds with mites (and a question)

A small amount of sevin sprinkled around the perimeter of a nest, or tapped underneath it, will kill the mites within 24 hours. The suggestion that I would add: If you are treating a gourd rack or a house, if one cavity has mites assume that all other cavities do too. Active mites are capable of tra...
by John Barrow
Tue Jun 16, 2020 2:54 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Feeding during rain events
Replies: 5
Views: 123

Re: Feeding during rain events

For those interested in supplemental feeding of purple martins, there is a "sticky" included among the top posts of the index page on supplemental feeding. It includes an extensive " how to" article on the process, including links to two other comprehensive articles, as well as a link to a video on ...
by John Barrow
Mon May 11, 2020 3:24 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: 11 egg clutch
Replies: 2
Views: 284

Re: 11 egg clutch

Mike, Nearly every season we see posts on different forums asking about excessively large clutches of eggs found during a check (eight or more). In nearly all cases these are the result of poor weather, poor incubation (weather related or eggs getting buried among excessive nest material) or the pre...
by John Barrow
Thu Apr 02, 2020 12:22 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: PMCA Wing Entrapment Protectors heads up....
Replies: 27
Views: 1373

Re: PMCA Wing Entrapment Protectors heads up....

I talked to Mel at Hilltop Specialties today to ascertain the status of the new WEP. He says they have been manufactured and are available for purchase from PMCA. He said that they are 3/4 inch thick. They are not made from the UHMW material originally available, but Mel said that the material is a ...
by John Barrow
Thu Mar 12, 2020 10:11 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: PMCA Wing Entrapment Protectors heads up....
Replies: 27
Views: 1373

Re: PMCA Wing Entrapment Protectors heads up....

IMO, if the new design is 1inch thick, martins should be able to navigate it. I might install them 1/32-1/16 inch above the entrance top to make their entry easier. The UHMW plastic is so slick. A good material they can sail through. Thanks, btw, for identifying the material. I really like it; howev...
by John Barrow
Thu Mar 12, 2020 9:59 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: PMCA Wing Entrapment Protectors heads up....
Replies: 27
Views: 1373

Re: PMCA Wing Entrapment Protectors heads up....

Brad, I don't know their thickness either. I know you have an issue with thickness using rivets to install them. Those I covered the woodpecker damage with, I used 1 in. SS bolts and nuts, both plain and lock nuts. Bought them in packs of 100 from bolts.com for about $20 per pack. For me they are as...
by John Barrow
Thu Mar 12, 2020 8:43 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: PMCA Wing Entrapment Protectors heads up....
Replies: 27
Views: 1373

Re: PMCA Wing Entrapment Protectors heads up....

I talked to PMCA today, advocating Brad's and Lewis' anti- modification position,as well as my own need to restore woodpecker damage (keep what you have) . I have gotten a reply from PMCA that the vendor, Mel at Hillcrest, has discontinued the making of the new taller,soft plastic WEPs. He has a sma...
by John Barrow
Fri Feb 28, 2020 10:57 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: PMCA Wing Entrapment Protectors heads up....
Replies: 27
Views: 1373

Re: PMCA Wing Entrapment Protectors heads up....

Thanks for the heads up Brad. I join the others supporting the continuation of offering the original UHMW WEPs. While I have not experienced problems with wing entrapment in my conley2 openings, I have been deluged by one or more woodpeckers pecking out sizable holes at the top of the openings. For ...
by John Barrow
Tue Feb 25, 2020 7:50 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Time to change the name SCOUT
Replies: 4
Views: 344

Re: Time to change the name SCOUT

It's been a long time since I've picked up a dictionary to define a word to establish its meaning. I did google the word today and while the noun defines some military activity; the verb usage defines as a word meaning to look for some person or thing. That pretty sums up what James Strickland is sa...
by John Barrow
Sun Feb 16, 2020 8:37 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Troyer Tunnel Door Stops
Replies: 3
Views: 1660

Re: Troyer Tunnel Door Stops

Billie JR, Great product. Been around for several years. A plastic slide designed just like the metal trapping mechanism and can be substituted for the metal piece if you want. The value is that they cover the entire entrance discouraging unwanted investigation. I use them on all of my Troyer gourds...
by John Barrow
Thu Feb 13, 2020 9:41 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Guns N' Roses Cold November Rain in February! Yuk
Replies: 17
Views: 2500

Re: Guns N' Roses Cold November Rain in February! Yuk

Tell him hello for us. Doubt he would remember but we got to band baby martins with him years ago. Then he stopped at our house to take a look at our then very small colony. Sharon, I certainly do remember that day. Driving out west of Georgetown to your home. Two story (of tall) with the houses in...
by John Barrow
Thu Feb 13, 2020 9:32 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Guns N' Roses Cold November Rain in February! Yuk
Replies: 17
Views: 2500

Re: Guns N' Roses Cold November Rain in February! Yuk

So it's pretty much the same as it used to be, no breakthrough easier method. Thank you, sir! Top Hey Terry W, one who I would call one of the top innovators of martin housing ever. When I gave a talk at PMCA in 2007 on making natural gourds in to bird houses, I dedicated the talk to Terry. He is t...
by John Barrow
Sun Jan 26, 2020 8:16 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: How Far Away Should Martin Housing Be From Power Lines?
Replies: 9
Views: 907

Re: How Far Away Should Martin Housing Be From Power Lines?

I have 3 systems about 10 feet from power lines with cable lines beneath them. Power lines are about 10 feet above systems. Systems are 14 and 16 feet high and martins use all three as well as perch on power lines. Lower line is ground line. I have seen squirrels cross lines, but none have ever jump...
by John Barrow
Wed Aug 28, 2019 7:54 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Forest fires in Brazil's Amazon rain forest
Replies: 19
Views: 8567

Re: Forest fires in Brazil's Amazon rain forest

Virtually all of the geolocator/GPS returns of Eastern specie purple martin show returns to the Amazon Basin in northern Brazil. Brazil is a huge country akin in size to the continental U.S. The only return(s) to the southern agricultural areas in Brazil in the Sao Paulo region, where is was suspect...
by John Barrow
Fri May 24, 2019 10:26 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Plug and string technique
Replies: 3
Views: 3360

Re: Plug and string technique

Mike, We do nest checks for the duration of the nesting season using the plug and string method, Louise Chambers and I operating as a team. We plug entrances with pieces of foam pipe insulation with a light cord attached with a washer at the tailing end to keep the cord from blowing out of reach. Th...
by John Barrow
Mon Mar 18, 2019 9:51 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: A look at migration this week.
Replies: 12
Views: 2913

Re: A look at migration this week.

In spite of this arrival forecast from PA, a great surprise!!!, I had a large group of migrants flying into and over my colony, situated within 15 miles of the Gulf coast line, this evening. I suspect neighboring landlords saw the same. In my opinion similar arrivals will impact the entire Gulf Coas...
by John Barrow
Thu Mar 14, 2019 10:17 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: SY Male?
Replies: 18
Views: 4156

Re: SY Male?

I would call this bird an SY male, earlier in the molt process then some seen in the days ahead. I believe some of the black neck feathers will darken out in the coming weeks, and the black spot under its right leg, as well as a less defined spot under the left is indicative of a male. Plus the timi...
by John Barrow
Mon Mar 11, 2019 10:47 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Martins pair for season... or life?
Replies: 17
Views: 8600

Re: Martins pair for season... or life?

I don't know how much interest you have in the northern cardinal but there was a gynandromorph found last year that is female on the left and male on the right (photo courtesy Shirley Caldwell). I've been wondering if this has been documented in purple martins and, if so, on which side the female p...
by John Barrow
Wed Sep 26, 2018 9:53 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Off season projects Venting gourds.
Replies: 14
Views: 7268

Re: Off season projects Venting gourds.

Hi Flyfisherman, I live in Corpus Christi and have colonies in town and at a site 35 miles (and 5-10 degrees hotter) west of town. I vent all of my gourds with a single 1 inch pvc elbow vent placed as high on the gourd so that its outflow is faced downward. At seasons end it's amazing how much gunk ...