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by Courtney-NC
Thu Jul 11, 2019 11:48 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: First time landlord
Replies: 32
Views: 5533

Re: First time landlord

You can leave the housing up for now. There will be martins starting to migrate through, and some of them might see your housing and remember it for next year. I leave mine up until the end of August. I also use that end-of-season time after the martins leave to tweak anything that needs fixing or a...
by Courtney-NC
Tue Jul 09, 2019 11:37 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: First time landlord
Replies: 32
Views: 5533

Re: First time landlord

Hi Tommy! Greetings to another NC purple martin lover. I happened to check the forum today and saw your post. I live in Holly Springs, not far from you at all, and I think I might know the fellow you mention with the big martin colony not far from you. Have you met him in person? I encourage you to ...
by Courtney-NC
Sun Jun 30, 2019 12:20 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Season Four of MartinTV NestCam is live!
Replies: 2
Views: 9605

Re: Season Four of MartinTV NestCam is live!

I had asked about the specs of this nestcam via email and got no reply. Does anyone know the brand of this nestcam and how it's set up? I manage 2 public sites and having a similar setup would be good for the public to 'see' inside the nests there.
by Courtney-NC
Sat Jun 29, 2019 10:44 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Taxidermy Lady
Replies: 10
Views: 4814

Re: Taxidermy Lady

She's been posting more on the PMCA Facebook page.
by Courtney-NC
Sat May 18, 2019 8:48 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: How to put sideboards on an entrance to help stop starlings
Replies: 15
Views: 7967

Re: How to put sideboards on an entrance to help stop starlings

Hi Emil, I like your idea and I wanted to check to see if I had the dimensions correct. I took your picture and drew on it, please let me know if this is what you meant. Thanks.
by Courtney-NC
Mon May 06, 2019 4:05 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Colony Being Destroyed
Replies: 95
Views: 42712

Re: Colony Being Destroyed

By looking at the photo posted on Photobucket above, I am inclined to think it's a ground predator, like a raccoon, since you don't have a (solid) predator guard/baffle. They can get past netting. If you can't afford to buy a commercial one, you can try making one. You can buy a 5 ft long section of...
by Courtney-NC
Sat Apr 13, 2019 10:54 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Experimental wing entrapment preventers seemed to work
Replies: 1
Views: 2613

Re: Experimental wing entrapment preventers seemed to work

I realize this was an old post (above). I'm looking for others who might be using the PMCA Wing Entrapment guards now on Lonestar housing specifically. If you have successfully installed these WEPs on a Lonestar Goliad or Lonestar Alamo, please respond back. I hear they have to be modified to fit. T...
by Courtney-NC
Mon Mar 11, 2019 3:13 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Virginia Martins
Replies: 3
Views: 1117

Re: Virginia Martins

Yes, I believe Kathy L in VA picked up her first martin yesterday as well. :grin:
by Courtney-NC
Sun Mar 10, 2019 12:20 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: First arrival for Holly Springs, NC
Replies: 1
Views: 812

First arrival for Holly Springs, NC

Just saw my first ASY-M of the season here at my home colony site. My son, who was out walking the dog, heard him calling overhead and ran in the house to tell me... good kid :wink: The ASY-M circled overhead, calling for a few minutes, and then landed on a natural gourd with a crescent cut out in t...
by Courtney-NC
Wed Feb 27, 2019 9:53 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Touchdown in Raleigh, NC
Replies: 4
Views: 2518

Re: Touchdown in Raleigh, NC

Thank you, Robert and Aaron! Aaron, Apex is only about 20-25 minutes from me; not far at all. Please let your Apex family know they can check out ncpurplemartin.org to join our group (we are PMCA affiliated) and come to a meeting sometime. :-) Of course, you are also welcome. I'm not having one this...
by Courtney-NC
Sun Feb 24, 2019 7:29 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Touchdown in Raleigh, NC
Replies: 4
Views: 2518

Touchdown in Raleigh, NC

Touchdown in Raleigh NC! We had just finished hanging the gourds this afternoon at University Club in Raleigh, NC and I heard that familiar sound! ASY male! He landed on gourd 16a and scooted right in. Let the season begin! 8) This is a public site managed by members of the NC Purple Martin Society ...
by Courtney-NC
Wed Feb 06, 2019 7:51 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: If you have an old Hexagonal heath house/parts
Replies: 2
Views: 698

Re: If you have an old Hexagonal heath house/parts

No luck so far, but thanks for the input.
by Courtney-NC
Tue Feb 05, 2019 5:04 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: If you have an old Hexagonal heath house/parts
Replies: 2
Views: 698

If you have an old Hexagonal heath house/parts

Hi all, I have finally decided to finish a martin project that has been in my basement for years :roll: and am in need of a roof in the style that fits the old Heath hexagonal houses. I have tried several times to contact Heath, and after one initial reply saying they would send me one back in Novem...
by Courtney-NC
Thu Aug 30, 2018 7:27 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Rehabbing some old Trios - need specs
Replies: 3
Views: 1736

Re: Rehabbing some old Trios - need specs

Thank you, Mark!
by Courtney-NC
Wed Aug 29, 2018 4:15 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Rehabbing some old Trios - need specs
Replies: 3
Views: 1736

Rehabbing some old Trios - need specs

Hi all, I am going to be working with a retirement community, helping them to rehab some old Trios. I need to know what model they are so I can get the right replacement parts, if necessary. If one of these is indeed a M12K, is it possible to use them with a winch/cable or rope/pulley without puttin...
by Courtney-NC
Thu Jul 12, 2018 11:55 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: 3 Babies Flew Out!
Replies: 5
Views: 1457

Re: 3 Babies Flew Out!

Hi there, You can continue doing nest checks on older babies (22 days of age or older); you just need to exercise caution when doing so. Many of us that continue nest checks with these older babies use the plug and string method. First thing you need to do is let the martins know you're coming so th...
by Courtney-NC
Thu Jul 05, 2018 9:00 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: PM Behavior
Replies: 4
Views: 1109

Re: PM Behavior

Getting visitors is a good sign! This time of year when nesting is over at my site for the year, I get lots of martin visitors in the morning. Most, but not all, are SYs. They hang around, act like they are claiming gourds, fuss a bit, and then fly off again, not to be seen until tomorrow morning ag...
by Courtney-NC
Thu Jul 05, 2018 8:50 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: What happened to these babies?
Replies: 9
Views: 2304

Re: What happened to these babies?

Yes, blowfly larvae (maggots) can kill babies. They will suck their blood and can severely weaken them. You may have only seen 10 maggots, but there could have been a lot more in the bottom of the nest that you didn't see, under the nesting material. Sometimes the maggots will feed at night, and you...
by Courtney-NC
Sun Jun 03, 2018 10:54 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Snakes in Martin House
Replies: 1
Views: 582

Re: Snakes in Martin House

Hi Spencer, welcome to the forum and "Hello" from another NC martineer! Sorry to hear about your snake problem. As you (now) know, rat snakes love to prey on martins, their eggs, and young, and will easily raid any martin housing with no predator guard on the pole, no matter what kind of pole it is....

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