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by Courtney-NC
Fri Jun 05, 2020 2:52 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Have you had 100% occupancy?
Replies: 16
Views: 665

Re: Have you had 100% occupancy?

It varies. I manage 2 public sites and my personal one. At one of the public sites, it's an all-gourd colony, and in its second year, it is now 100% full, but it only has 8 gourds. At the other public site, typically the 16 gourd rack pole is 100 percent full, and on the other pole with a house/gour...
by Courtney-NC
Fri Jun 05, 2020 2:31 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: My SY Entered a Gourd But Still Not Staying Overnight (Pics)
Replies: 3
Views: 239

Re: My SY Entered a Gourd But Still Not Staying Overnight (Pics)

The bird in your photos is a SY-M. I can see his speckles on the crissum and on the side of his chest, as well as on the throat.
https://www.purplemartin.org/uploads/me ... -4-376.pdf
by Courtney-NC
Fri Jun 05, 2020 2:11 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Replacement Pole for Martin House
Replies: 5
Views: 205

Re: Replacement Pole for Martin House

Hi Stuart, Yes, the Trio (Nature House) M12k can be made to fit onto a winch and cable system. You can put 2 of them on a multi-purpose pole from the PMCA. Since the house doesn't have a way to slide a pole through it, the base of the house is mounted onto the rack of the multi-purpose pole, and the...
by Courtney-NC
Fri May 08, 2020 12:21 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: my experience with starlings
Replies: 2
Views: 266

Re: my experience with starlings

Thank you for your insight, Lewis. I have suggested your Lewis modification to many folks who have issues with the starlings breaching the Conley II entrance hole. I have also had awful issues with starlings over the years. One other thing I noticed about them was that even if they could not get in ...
by Courtney-NC
Fri May 08, 2020 12:07 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: 4th Year Trying
Replies: 10
Views: 572

Re: 4th Year Trying

Hi Steven, Can you post an aerial/overhead view of your property (perhaps using Google Maps, satellite view)? It's hard to get a bearing from that one picture you posted. I have heard of one other person setting up housing like that and being successful, but honestly, it might be a long shot for you...
by Courtney-NC
Wed Apr 22, 2020 9:04 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Newbie from NC
Replies: 12
Views: 605

Re: Newbie from NC

Hi to another NC martin landlord! Welcome to the forum, and we're so excited to hear of your success already! Many folks wait several years for that first pair. As others have said, make sure you have a predator guard on your pole, and adding netting above it is also a good idea. If you need help wi...
by Courtney-NC
Thu Jul 11, 2019 11:48 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: First time landlord
Replies: 46
Views: 7095

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: 46
Views: 7095

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: 9727

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: 5038

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: 8419

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: 44471

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: 2679

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: 1206

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: 874

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: 2612

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: 2612

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: 768

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: 768

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: 1825

Re: Rehabbing some old Trios - need specs

Thank you, Mark!