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by Spiderman
Sat Nov 23, 2019 10:29 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: First Early Starling Trapped
Replies: 4
Views: 256

Re: First Early Starling Trapped

My trap is only 8' high and 40' away from the Gourd racks. For the most part I never see the Starlings I will just notice the trap is closed.

The metal door is painted Pink so it is pretty easy to notice.
by Spiderman
Sat Nov 23, 2019 10:25 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: One Of My New 24 Gourd Super Systems
Replies: 5
Views: 263

Re: One Of My New 24 Gourd Super Systems

That looks Great Steve. So it is 8' accross once assembled so it is quite a bit wider than the Gemini round system. I think it is 5' accross. It looks like you can install the gourds on any angle that you want, but I'm not sure how you were able to? Some of them don't look 90 degrees from the mounti...
by Spiderman
Wed Nov 20, 2019 10:17 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: First Early Starling Trapped
Replies: 4
Views: 256

Re: First Early Starling Trapped

Good for You Steve. Your lucky you don't live near a lot of crop land. I have a friend in Ohio that has 10 Van Ert box traps and catches 5 Starlings a day the whole time his Martins are there.

I usually start at the beginning of January trapping Starlings.


Hope you have a Happy Thanksgiving!
by Spiderman
Thu Nov 14, 2019 8:56 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Northern Flicker
Replies: 2
Views: 206

Northern Flicker

I have a couple of 20 room (3 stories and 2 attic cavities) wooden Martin houses that I built years ago. For the most part I have switched over to Troyer Horizontal Gourds. I close the attics off to the Martins in the Spring because the young will get too hot and won't survive to fledge. About mid-M...
by Spiderman
Wed Nov 13, 2019 3:19 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: PM house question
Replies: 10
Views: 451

Re: PM house question

If your going to build a 36 room house as you stated in your comments, just keep in mind the weight of the house.

I have a couple of 20 room houses made from 1/2" plywood and they weigh 50lbs.

If you can't do 6X12" rooms, maybe 6"X 9" will work with your plans.
by Spiderman
Tue Nov 12, 2019 1:53 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: PM house question
Replies: 10
Views: 451

Re: PM house question

Roof looks fine it keeps Hawks and owls at bay. They can't get right to the opening and reach in the hole.

If you use the Fiberglas rods (which is a good idea) just make sure to paint them.

They will start to splinter in the summer sun.
by Spiderman
Mon Nov 04, 2019 4:43 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: John James Audobon
Replies: 3
Views: 289

John James Audobon

I went to a museum this weekend and one of the paintings was by John Audubon. After a Google search when I returned home, I saw that he compiled allot of his bird pictures in a book titled "Birds of America". With Google you can actually pull the book up online on an IPad or Laptop for free. On page...
by Spiderman
Thu Sep 26, 2019 8:14 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: What size aluminum square pole to use?
Replies: 6
Views: 2706

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: 21
Views: 4799

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: 3166

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: 3
Views: 2698

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: 1087

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: 1351

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: 5
Views: 2542

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: 6898

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: 3334

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: 927

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: 1321

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: 910

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: 2612

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...

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