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by Spiderman
Thu Sep 26, 2019 8:14 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: What size aluminum square pole to use?
Replies: 6
Views: 730

Re: What size aluminum square pole to use?

I bought the 3" square poles also.

So far they have seen 60mph winds with 28 gourds attached and are still perfect.
by Spiderman
Tue Sep 24, 2019 1:28 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Texas Hummingbird migration
Replies: 19
Views: 1813

Re: Texas Hummingbird migration

This has never happened to us before but we have had 40 here for the last 4-5 days. We have two feeders and they are drinking about 3 cups per day. No fussing they just sit there and drink as long as they can. Every morning at day light there are more than the day before. I think it is a community r...
by Spiderman
Sun Aug 25, 2019 8:24 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Essex ASY's and Juveniles Still Returning 8/24/2019
Replies: 7
Views: 1389

Re: Essex ASY's and Juveniles Still Returning 8/24/2019

I had a set of 5 Fledglings that were able to all fly on August 5th. The male had abandoned the female, but there are plenty of bugs here and all the babies were fat & healthy. She continued to bring the babies back to the Gourd rack for 18 days. So the last night they came in was August 23rd. I thi...
by Spiderman
Tue Aug 20, 2019 12:12 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Merlin vs. Purple Martin: Warbirds In Action
Replies: 4
Views: 1271

Re: Merlin vs. Purple Martin: Warbirds In Action

We had a Merlin here last year. He was very fast and agile. It seemed he preferred smaller birds than Martins. He would zip across the back yard and you would see a puff of feathers appear in the air & another song bird bit the dust. The resident blue jays were not scared of the Merlin and would cha...
by Spiderman
Tue Aug 13, 2019 9:06 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Great Horned Owls
Replies: 3
Views: 853

Great Horned Owls

Most of the Martins here are gone an are rarely seen during the day.

Last 2 nights 4 Great Horned owls show up around midnight. I think it is a family group. They will wake you up from a sound sleep.

I know They will kill barred owls. Are they a very big threat to purple Martins?
by Spiderman
Tue Aug 13, 2019 9:26 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Large White Bird Migration
Replies: 3
Views: 1093

Re: Large White Bird Migration

Could also be some type of crane like Sandhill.

I saw a lot of them when I was working down there a couple of years ago.
by Spiderman
Sat Aug 10, 2019 1:15 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Satan's pet bird
Replies: 9
Views: 2076

Re: Satan's pet bird

He is the resident tough guy but worth his weight in gold when a Hawk shows up. If you have enough Martins he will usually concede and pick a different place to sit. We have a set of Fledglings that still return every night with Mom. The Kingbird will sit beside the fledglings and ignore them. He ch...
by Spiderman
Sat Aug 10, 2019 1:09 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Owl Predation
Replies: 17
Views: 4696

Re: Owl Predation

Are you sure it is an owl? feathers under the house sound more like a raccoon, do you have a good gaurd on your pole ?good luck. jim From my experience a raccoon will pull the wings off & drop them to the ground directly under the housing. Piles of feathers is usually an owl. I have Troyer Horizont...
by Spiderman
Tue Jul 30, 2019 8:11 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: How many is enough?
Replies: 6
Views: 2973

Re: How many is enough?

The two thoughts that come to mind or predators. If you have a small number of Martins each and every lost Martin is really detrimental. That said when you have a lot of Martins each loss is less severe to the overall Colony. But the more Martins you have the more predators of all shapes& sizes will...
by Spiderman
Wed Jul 24, 2019 6:25 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Question about "heat index"
Replies: 4
Views: 669

Re: Question about "heat index"

From what I have experienced when the temperature gets above 100 degrees you are goin to start seeing problems. Babies jumping and other dying in their houses.
by Spiderman
Sat Jul 20, 2019 3:40 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Young will not fledge
Replies: 9
Views: 991

Re: Young will not fledge

I hold the chick, towell is your choise...expect poop...may have to gently pry open their mouth with a fingernail from the side, dip the cricket in water or gator aid and put the cricket straight in. It will clamp down on it, sometimes rejecting it. They dont like to cooperate at first, Just do it ...
by Spiderman
Sat Jul 20, 2019 3:36 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Three puzzles
Replies: 4
Views: 671

Re: Three puzzles

I had a nest of 5 eggs that hatched after being in the nest for over 30 days. Don't know what to tell you there. When a nest with eggs is abandoned I think of Hawks or owls taking the adult female. If the male disappears the female will hatch the young and feed as many as she can if the bugs are ava...
by Spiderman
Sat Jul 20, 2019 3:30 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: MITES! I had no idea!
Replies: 13
Views: 2146

Re: MITES! I had no idea!

All great suggestions. You want to purchase 5% Sevin Dust. Buy a new container each year, it loses its effectiveness with age. Yes, the mites will bite you. Think of 50 mosquitos biting you at the same time. I don't see how the adults live with them. A 1/4 of a teaspoon will reduce the number of mit...
by Spiderman
Sat Jul 20, 2019 2:13 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Ultimate Gourd Rack Bundle Thoughts
Replies: 4
Views: 777

Re: Ultimate Gourd Rack Bundle Thoughts

Like everything else in life it depends on how much you want to spend. I have 3 Gemini Gourd racks with Troyer Horizontal Gourds. They come with 24 gourds and a 3" Aluminum pole. The pole is 16' tall when assembled. Wish I would have bought them 15 years ago. It is a two layer rack. My wife checks t...
by Spiderman
Thu Jul 18, 2019 7:25 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Mysterious Predator
Replies: 20
Views: 2104

Re: Mysterious Predator

If a raccoon is your predator (in my experience), he will cut off the wings and leave them laying on the ground near by.
by Spiderman
Sun Jul 07, 2019 9:50 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Nest check #15
Replies: 1
Views: 437

Re: Nest check #15

You might think of adding a plastic board above the Gourd to reduce the direct sun. The type of campaign sign you see on street corners work really well. Just secure it with zip ties.
by Spiderman
Sun Jul 07, 2019 9:45 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Pool owners
Replies: 8
Views: 1091

Re: Pool owners

We live on a lake and the Poles for the Martins are 5' from the water. The adults always have the fledglings 1st flight over the water. Remarkably most of the time they fly perfect the 1st time. I have waded out in the lake and dipped up a couple with a dip net. A pool will not provide enough room f...
by Spiderman
Sun Jul 07, 2019 8:23 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Here is my set up that has martins thriving in a small residential yard.
Replies: 14
Views: 1786

Re: Here is my set up that has martins thriving in a small residential yard.

Yeah, 100% occupancy is tough. But you have a very nice setup. If you did add another house your pair numbers would probably increase.

Not having a lot of large trees for the Hawks to hide in is a big plus for your location.
by Spiderman
Thu Jul 04, 2019 8:50 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Mites???
Replies: 1
Views: 535

Mites???

So it's getting pretty warm here and late in the Martin Season. Probably 75% of our Martins have fledged with about 25% left to go. Let me say I really like the Troyer horizontal gourds. If you have mites they will be in the lid and the threads of the plastic Gourd when you unscrew the cap. A quarte...
by Spiderman
Wed Jul 03, 2019 8:24 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Need your help asap
Replies: 15
Views: 1736

Re: Need your help asap

I buy 100 crickets at a time. A place that sells bait for fishing is usually the cheapest route. Put them in a gallon zip lock bag with air inside and put them in the freezer. In 20 minutes they will be stunned. I Usually take out 8 or 10 on a saucer, they will be thawed out in a few minutes. Take a...

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