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by Vern1
Thu Feb 04, 2016 9:25 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: 2016 Weather Texas outlook
Replies: 9
Views: 2861

Re: 2016 Weather Texas outlook

Looking good so far!!! Moreso when compared to last year! For the first time in many years, I'm not quite ready. Have all gourds hung but need to put in fresh pine needles and raise the racks. Gotta get on the ball as they showed up on Feb 9th last year and I don't want to discourage any early arriv...
by Vern1
Sun Aug 23, 2015 7:20 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Roosts relocate from year to year?
Replies: 12
Views: 4367

The roost that has been at Highland Mall in Austin, Texas for at least the last 4 or 5 years moved to Capitol Plaza this year.
The distance is only about 1/2 mile South.
by Vern1
Fri Jul 24, 2015 8:38 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: We still have lots of martins
Replies: 15
Views: 4226

Wow...that's very nice.
Is this in addition to the larger colony in the more open field?
by Vern1
Sun Jun 14, 2015 6:16 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Somebody try this....
Replies: 7
Views: 2304

Yeah, 4-5 days was killing me. I had stopped just short of pulling out the folding blind....but had it in the hallway of the house! Already tried shooting AND trapping but they just wouldn't fall for it. I had already been after them for 3 days when the couple told me the trick. Sometimes when you g...
by Vern1
Sat Jun 13, 2015 8:25 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: My colony tonight....
Replies: 14
Views: 2942

Most excellent!
Thank you for sharing this.

This has been an up and down season for sure but after it is all said and done, my numbers are up also.
Should be a good "recovery year" for Martins everywhere.
by Vern1
Sat Jun 13, 2015 7:53 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Somebody try this....
Replies: 7
Views: 2304

Somebody try this....

It worked amazingly for me so somebody try this! I was talking to an old couple who have been Martin Landlords forever and have shared tips with me before. They moved into town about 12 years ago and restarted their colony and slowly moved over to gourds and have a nice welded rack made by his son t...
by Vern1
Wed Jun 03, 2015 7:40 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Martins Nesting In Street Lights
Replies: 12
Views: 5271

That's good to hear Joe, What do you keep in em. Any bass or catfish? All the tanks I can see around appear full to the brim now and I believe they looked that way back in January as well. They have been mostly full since January of this year. I have one tank in the middle of a pasture that I clean...
by Vern1
Mon Jun 01, 2015 1:33 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Martins Nesting In Street Lights
Replies: 12
Views: 5271

Hey Matt,
Finally, all of our stock tanks are running around.

All of my stock tanks went dry in 2009 and I lost all my fish.
Filled up in 2010 and I restocked.
Almost went dry in 2011 but I kept enough water in it to keep fish alive from water well.
They are doing well now!
by Vern1
Mon Jun 01, 2015 7:53 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Martins Nesting In Street Lights
Replies: 12
Views: 5271

One other possibility is they have been displaced by the extreme weather we have had here in Central Texas. I had a major influx here last week of 8-10 pair that I assume came from someone's damaged or destroyed colony. The reason I think they were displaced is because all the males are ASY birds. T...
by Vern1
Mon Jun 01, 2015 7:35 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Baby Martins Have Fledge!
Replies: 12
Views: 2761

Congratulations!! First on the babies, second on the nice pictures! Our first few have fledged here in Central Texas over the weekend also. Will try to get some pictures of ours today. There is a large pecan tree in my front yard where the tallest limbs are dead and it's been a favorite "jumping off...
by Vern1
Sun May 31, 2015 8:22 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Fledging in Central Texas
Replies: 3
Views: 1259

Fledging in Central Texas

Went out to feed the cows this morning and there are lots of fresh faces sitting on the rack and a few in nearby tree tops. I noticed lots of activity around rack 1 and 2 the last few days. Based on nest checks, I knew it was getting close for the first 4 gourds. Perfect timing too!!! We are suppose...
by Vern1
Tue May 26, 2015 10:42 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: What's happening in TX and LA?
Replies: 15
Views: 4251

Hate to hear the news Steve. An interesting and disturbing observation at my colony just now. I went out to check on a trap I have on a gourd with start of EHS nest and noticed a lot more birds here now and my gourds without nests seem to be filling up all of a sudden. I know I have babies ready to ...
by Vern1
Tue May 26, 2015 7:56 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: What's happening in TX and LA?
Replies: 15
Views: 4251

Mostly clear and sun shining this morning with temps in upper 60's. Looked out a little after daylight this morning and the Martins were already making breakfast runs for the kids! It's almost 8am now and the colony is very active this morning! Shouldn't be too long until my first batch of babies ta...
by Vern1
Mon May 25, 2015 8:34 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: What's happening in TX and LA?
Replies: 15
Views: 4251

Same here in CenTex. 20+ inches in last 4-5 weeks. Rained 3.1" Saturday night. Rained 4.5" today but the heavy stuff has just passed - it's been raining almost 8 hours straight. At least most of the rainy days haven't rained all day or the rain was overnight so the Martins are able to feed. It didn'...
by Vern1
Fri May 15, 2015 10:15 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Raining for 2 days now.
Replies: 22
Views: 4299

Hey there Joe, I guess a long-time martin landlord like yourself has seen these issues before. BW What a long strange trip it's been.... I must confess that until I found this website around 2005, I was of the "ignorance is bliss" group. Until that time when I installed my first managable gourd rac...
by Vern1
Thu May 14, 2015 9:47 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Raining for 2 days now.
Replies: 22
Views: 4299

Greetings, It's been raining off and on for a good while here. Yesterday it started before dawn and continued until late afternoon. The Martins took advantage of the break and I watched them making dinner runs for the babies. I was starting to worry as a have pinkies from newborn to 12 days in 20+ g...
by Vern1
Mon Apr 27, 2015 12:05 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Heath Octagon Houses - Good or Bad?
Replies: 7
Views: 2068

My neighbor has a perfect site with a 3 story 18 room Heath with round holes. It's unmanaged and stays up year round. She has 2 pair of Martins this season and the rest are full time EHS hotel rooms. If you offer better housing that the Martins feel safer using, you will probably steal quite a few f...
by Vern1
Wed Apr 22, 2015 7:29 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Show us your Martin House!
Replies: 38
Views: 10075

Look up Gimp (Gnu Image Manipulation Program).

It's a shareware photo manipulation program that works well for sizing, cropping and editing photos.
I have the Microsoft stuff and Photoshop but use GIMP 98 percent of the time.
by Vern1
Sun Apr 19, 2015 1:15 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Getting discouraged
Replies: 14
Views: 4858

You are pretty far North.
I would give it a while as subbies just hit my colony here in Central Texas about 10 days ago.
by Vern1
Sun Apr 19, 2015 12:31 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Hawk Attack decoy ?
Replies: 1
Views: 900

Yep, the hawks will hit them.
I learned to put my decoys on the part of the rack that lowers for nest checks.
Makes them easy to strighten up during nest checks.

I have to straighten mine up a few times a year.