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by Martin man RI
Mon Jul 06, 2020 9:37 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Vent holes
Replies: 16
Views: 417

Re: Vent holes

Vent holes are Very Important even way up here in the northeast. Rhode Island. And within few feet of Narragansett Bay which is a cool 65 Degree. With out vent holes the Chicks will cause condensation in the gourds and will look soaked and when they are old enough they will jump from over heat to th...
by Martin man RI
Fri Aug 23, 2019 9:03 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Any body still have PM to fledge
Replies: 7
Views: 4406

Re: Any body still have PM to fledge

1 pair in Barrington Rhode Island (Fledged today) 1 pair Rehoboth Massachusetts (fledge time 8/28) Excellent season for the northeast Many chicks produced. Most years the last Martins exit the area around labor day. The main flock left first week of Aug. Im sure many are in New Jersey at the roost a...
by Martin man RI
Tue Jul 23, 2019 12:57 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Martins left nests in gourds - July in Rehoboth Ma
Replies: 2
Views: 1288

Re: Martins left nests in gourds - July in Rehoboth Ma

Hi My name is Ray Marr I manage the Crestwood Colony on wheeler Avenue Im not sure if you are the site that i helped place gourds before you moved to that farm. I was friends with the former owner. Who moved away about 5 yrs ago. Many of the older birds are done and will return for days to roost bef...
by Martin man RI
Tue May 28, 2019 9:14 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Tree Swallows a must with any Colony
Replies: 1
Views: 3405

Tree Swallows a must with any Colony

Hi Everyone! Over all excellent Season so far in The Northeast. If you are looking for around the clock protection of Your Martin Colony this little fella with do the trick. I cannot tell you how many times these Swallows have saved my colony from the grim reaper (Coopers Hawk) I place as many boxes...
by Martin man RI
Tue Dec 19, 2017 7:47 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: no longer use rubber bands in Troyer Gourds
Replies: 17
Views: 3617

Re: no longer use rubber bands in Troyer Gourds

You can use the tape for this season but after you wash them in 2018 they may weaken and rip off I'm going to remove all the tape and plastic tread and use my Dremel tool Much easier to wash them and nothing in the way. The tape will lift off in the hot sun too. The tape that was put in was not roug...
by Martin man RI
Fri Dec 15, 2017 9:31 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: no longer use rubber bands in Troyer Gourds
Replies: 17
Views: 3617

Re: no longer use rubber bands in Troyer Gourds

Hi David I have used trio houses For many years I have replaced them with the gourds. I would purchase conleyII plates and use them not crescents some of the martins have trouble getting in them in mid summer as they fatten up I had a male for three years once the eggs hatched he would stress and pa...
by Martin man RI
Thu Dec 14, 2017 8:43 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: no longer use rubber bands in Troyer Gourds
Replies: 17
Views: 3617

Re: no longer use rubber bands in Troyer Gourds

They belong to golf clubs,private home owners,collage. I own 18 The first ones bought. We have large numbers of the Vertical gourds going up yearly. I like them both. I use Conley II holes for many years no Starlings. I manage just over 300 gourds with 85% troyer gourds 15% Crescent gourds which i h...
by Martin man RI
Wed Dec 13, 2017 10:46 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: no longer use rubber bands in Troyer Gourds
Replies: 17
Views: 3617

Re: no longer use rubber bands in Troyer Gourds

They are called Traction tread and they are black and plastic. The gourds were bought around 2005 and some were outside all year so the elements took there toll. Plus others clean them and are ruff and pull them off while cleaning. So the main reason i need to find a cheap way to replace the older t...
by Martin man RI
Mon Dec 11, 2017 10:01 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: no longer use rubber bands in Troyer Gourds
Replies: 17
Views: 3617

no longer use rubber bands in Troyer Gourds

Hi Everyone I manage large numbers of troyer gourds and have for years one problem I am having is the rubber band inside the troyer Horizontal gourds is rotting away. I bought a dremel 7300 tool and no longer will I have to waste money on anti skid tape for the gourds. The dremel is small and stuby ...
by Martin man RI
Wed Jul 26, 2017 8:57 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Attracting Martins in South East Mass
Replies: 13
Views: 2086

Re: Attracting Martins in South East Mass

Purple Martin is staging a major come back in many area's of New England Threw out Cape Cod to many area's out side of Boston. There is a colony only few air miles away in Rochester,Middleboro,lakevilee to name a few. Invest in Starling resistant troyer gourds. If your yard is open enough? If not fi...
by Martin man RI
Wed Jul 12, 2017 7:06 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Late Nesters
Replies: 10
Views: 2281

Re: Late Nesters

Same here for the first time in 20 years i have new eggs in July in the last five days a pair produced 2 eggs And I probably Have more. They nested two weeks late, And the entire cycle seems is off. These maybe re-nest too! The species is rapidly recovering and has started to nest in towns where the...
by Martin man RI
Thu Apr 27, 2017 7:11 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Back in force in the Northeast
Replies: 0
Views: 1399

Back in force in the Northeast

A flock of some 40 ASY returned today. Each site had a single bird or two no more. I hope for all the new sites started in 2016
you gain many new Martins and enjoy the hobby as much as I have after 24 years of being a landlord. Best of luck to everyone!
Ray Barrington, Rhode Island
by Martin man RI
Mon Apr 17, 2017 5:28 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: 50 plus pairs loss in Upstate NY.
Replies: 19
Views: 4372

Re: 50 plus pairs loss in Upstate NY.

Martins are running Late. There are none on Cape Cod and I have only 5 males and I hosted over 100 in my town. Your birds are in route and you will have them in a week. This has been a cold spring. The birds I have now are old. The two year old birds don't show until the last week of April and many ...
by Martin man RI
Tue Apr 11, 2017 8:38 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Help! Crescent SRE not working
Replies: 13
Views: 2720

Re: Help! Crescent SRE not working

I used to have the same crescent doors from trio no starling problems, But the big problem i did have was some martins could not enter the crescent hole was to narrow. I had the same male three years could not figure out how to enter the crescent once the eggs hatched he would stress and panic and j...
by Martin man RI
Wed Apr 05, 2017 7:58 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Hot Dam, first Purple martin. Raynham, MA.
Replies: 7
Views: 1575

Re: Hot Dam, first Purple martin. Raynham, MA.

Hi John Some Martins did return to Rhode Island none of Mine yet. I did not check my sites in Rehoboth I manage over 100 gourds there Its seems the martin is really spreading threw out South Eastern MA. Please let me know how your site is doing and if we can add you to the state list as a landlord. ...
by Martin man RI
Fri Mar 24, 2017 11:40 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: location of Crescent gourds and conley II gourds
Replies: 1
Views: 707

location of Crescent gourds and conley II gourds

Hi Folks One thing i have worked on in the last years is what to do with the crescent gourds I have. I don't like them because you cannot manage sparrows with them so i have studied the most popular gourds are the bottom ones with the HOSP The Martin favors the top gourds on the rack This year all m...
by Martin man RI
Sun Jul 10, 2016 6:19 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: How often to apply sevin dust?
Replies: 15
Views: 7135

Re: How often to apply sevin dust?

I use Sevin Spray its a god send. My secret to fledging into the hundreds. I use the dust but the spray is much better can cover more area's of the rack and under gourds. I don't have time for nest changes. I have used Sevin for five years no issues. I learned a lesson many years ago with jumpers an...
by Martin man RI
Wed Jun 15, 2016 8:08 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Three new Colony's started in Massacusett's
Replies: 3
Views: 656

Three new Colony's started in Massacusett's

This has been a over all great season so Far just wanted to report two new colony's started in Barnstable MA,Wellfleet Bay Both on Cape cod and another colony just East of Providence RI in Seekonk MA. If you happen to take a vacation on the cape at least you now be able to see Martins they have nest...
by Martin man RI
Wed Jun 15, 2016 7:57 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: SY numbers down
Replies: 3
Views: 913

Re: SY numbers down

large numbers in RI,MA and many new sites started. One site alone I have 15 pair of SY! We had a great season in 2015.
Just got two hen SY in the last few days. Good luck Ray
by Martin man RI
Fri Jun 03, 2016 8:46 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: martins in plum island mass
Replies: 2
Views: 726

Re: martins in plum island mass

You Could say the martins have been missed managed over the years sadly at Plum. I too can recall the days when hundreds of Martins nested there. There is a excellent group in Seabrook. I am very happy for them and there is talk about change at the funspot area colony as well there working on it now...