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by wyatt
Mon Apr 03, 2017 1:41 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Project Martin Watch Data
Replies: 1
Views: 876

Project Martin Watch Data

Will there be a way to reset the form to enter data for 2017 without having to enter cavity numbers again from 2016? Is there an estimate on when it will be ready to enter 2017 data? I found it was much easier to enter the data each week rather than all at once.
by wyatt
Mon Feb 13, 2017 2:51 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: T-14 owl guards
Replies: 7
Views: 3063

Re: T-14 owl guards

This looks great! Good job!
by wyatt
Wed Feb 01, 2017 9:30 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Tobacco stems, Anyone ever do this?
Replies: 6
Views: 2876

Re: Tobacco stems, Anyone ever do this?

I have tried it. The martins did not like it and would toss it out. I had to put it under the nest trays to keep them from tossing it. It seemed to work for a while, but it does rain a lot here and there were mites later in the season.
by wyatt
Wed Aug 03, 2016 11:26 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: cedar chip bedding question
Replies: 5
Views: 1927

Re: cedar chip bedding question

My experience has been that they did not like the cedar chips if that was all that was in the nest. They would throw it out. May be OK with pine needles on top of it.
by wyatt
Tue Jul 19, 2016 2:52 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: After Fledge Accomodations
Replies: 1
Views: 861

Re: After Fledge Accomodations

They will probably only stay a few weeks after fledging. I would open up a few more apartments for them to spread out in if they are spending the night.
by wyatt
Fri Jul 15, 2016 9:52 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Snake Netting
Replies: 7
Views: 2291

Re: Snake Netting

by wyatt
Thu Jul 14, 2016 1:24 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Abandoned house
Replies: 2
Views: 1133

Re: Abandoned house

If the babies had all fledged, it may have been time for them to move on anyway. Weekly nest checks would help you know the age of the babies and their anticipated fledge date. My guess is they had mostly all fledged and they were ready to leave anyway. The storm just gave them that last little push...
by wyatt
Thu Jul 14, 2016 1:03 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: 10 days old, all okay?
Replies: 12
Views: 3139

Re: 10 days old, all okay?

Here are some more ideas for adding the SREH plate. I added them on the inside, and had a friend use a router to make the outer entrance more attractive. The downside of this is needing weather-stripping on the inside to avoid wing entrapment.
by wyatt
Thu Jul 14, 2016 9:21 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: 10 days old, all okay?
Replies: 12
Views: 3139

Re: 10 days old, all okay?

What a beautiful house! I would try to modify it. Perhaps close off the middle apartments, or even use that space for enlarging the outer apartments, and add some access ports on the side. Something like this: https://www.purplemartin.org/shop/product/ngap/natural-gourd-access-ports/ although I'm no...
by wyatt
Mon May 23, 2016 11:56 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Ventilation holes in T-14
Replies: 12
Views: 4068

Re: Ventilation holes in T-14

I found them at Lowes, but it took a bit of searching.
by wyatt
Fri May 20, 2016 1:01 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Ventilation holes in T-14
Replies: 12
Views: 4068

Re: Ventilation holes in T-14

I used the same vents as Tor, but put them in the upper back of each compartment, painted them black for a darker compartment, and added screen. I think it helps.
by wyatt
Sun May 15, 2016 10:42 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: T-14 PM House on 3" Aluminum pole?
Replies: 12
Views: 3499

Re: T-14 PM House on 3" Aluminum pole?

I vote for the 3" aluminum square pole. Easier to set up and solid in the Florida wind. Also no worries about it spinning in the wind if you decide to lower it for a storm.
by wyatt
Fri Mar 18, 2016 9:50 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Am I the only one who does like the new scout reports?
Replies: 11
Views: 3040

Re: Am I the only one who does like the new scout reports?

I like the new format, and I especially like being able to zoom in and click on the dots to see individual reports.
by wyatt
Sun Mar 13, 2016 12:01 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: What did I do wrong?
Replies: 13
Views: 4948

Re: What did I do wrong?

You did a great job with nest checks except for the final check. The instructions say that it is critical for their research to have one empty nest check: https://www.purplemartin.org/uploads/media/projectmartinwatchpm-256.pdf I always make sure my final nest check shows all 0's for empty nests. The...
by wyatt
Sat Aug 01, 2015 12:08 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: New T 14
Replies: 5
Views: 3202

I like this! The individual doors should a standard feature. I may try to retrofit mine. I can't tell from the picture - is the winch extension far enough away from the predator guard to not allow a raccoon to jump across to the top of the predator guard?
by wyatt
Sun Jun 21, 2015 9:43 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: New Landord has a couple questions about snakes...
Replies: 6
Views: 2628

My biggest regret as a purple martin landlord is telling myself I would add snake netting / owl guards / wing entrapment guards if it became a problem. All of them eventually become problems. Don't have regrets. The sorrow of finding dead babies when you know you could have prevented it is not worth...
by wyatt
Fri Jun 12, 2015 9:24 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Snakes
Replies: 7
Views: 2629

I would go ahead and clean them out. Snakes can get past the predator guards. You need to add netting as well.
Here is a post describing the netting:

http://www.purplemartin.org/forum/viewt ... highlight=
by wyatt
Mon Jun 01, 2015 10:07 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Martins Nesting In Street Lights
Replies: 12
Views: 6675

I have martins nesting in the street lights near my house in Florida. There are lights that line the 4 lane street and it is a sizable colony. They return every year. I have looked at the lights up close and there is a dark cavity accessible behind the light. I'm a 9 year martin landlord and can con...
by wyatt
Sat May 30, 2015 1:57 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Conley II entrances and porches
Replies: 4
Views: 2032

For Purple Martin Watch purposes, I was told to use 'excluder' for the original Conley WDC entrances. I assume it is the same for Conley II's.
by wyatt
Mon Apr 27, 2015 1:45 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: mite control
Replies: 11
Views: 3066

I've tried it before and it seemed to work early in the season, however if I am remembering right it seems like I had mite problems late in the season after a very wet year. The martins did not like it and would throw it out unless I hid it under a nest tray. I still have it in a bag. I might try it...