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by Keith
Sat May 16, 2020 5:26 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: What's the best hole to use
Replies: 28
Views: 2006

Re: What's the best hole to use

Thanks Matt, this house is 100% occupied this year. Never had any luck with this house before tunnels. If the hole in house is cut out a specific size, the tunnel attaches easily. I tried to post picture, but an L-bracket fastened to back of tunnel hooks up on inside of hole.
by Keith
Sat May 16, 2020 1:03 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: What's the best hole to use
Replies: 28
Views: 2006

Re: What's the best hole to use

Hello Mark, some years back before I started using the Clinger, I modified a couple of Trios to larger compartments and had regular Crescent openings. I added material on the porch in front of each entrance to make it almost to entrance. Of course that door will not open but I just open the one at b...
by Keith
Sat May 16, 2020 1:45 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: What's the best hole to use
Replies: 28
Views: 2006

Re: What's the best hole to use

I have modified some houses building tunnels with this entrance, The martins seem to love them and are successful in resisting the Starling. I will try and post picture.
by Keith
Wed May 13, 2020 7:38 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: What's the best hole to use
Replies: 28
Views: 2006

Re: What's the best hole to use

From the ones I have used, the clinger entrance provides the desired outcome. The porce almost level with entrance is needed with any entrance in my opinion to keep Starlings out. Keith
by Keith
Mon Apr 06, 2020 8:02 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Hello......again
Replies: 9
Views: 763

Re: Hello......again

Hello Gobbler, been missing you on this forum. I bet you have been missing those Martin's also. Sure hope this is the year the tide changes for you. Keith
by Keith
Mon Mar 30, 2020 9:22 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Starling plague
Replies: 6
Views: 508

Re: Starling plague

Here is my experience with Starlings. Real difficult to host Martin's if Starlings can enter the housing. My problems went away when using the Clinger entrance with built in wing guards. The porch is also flush with the entrance hole. Proven the last 3 years. I offer 100 compartments and yes an occa...
by Keith
Sat Mar 28, 2020 6:51 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Mysterious Predator
Replies: 23
Views: 5885

Re: Mysterious Predator

Several years ago I had an issue with raccoons that ended an 18 pair colony in just a few days before I knew what was going on. Of course I didn't have any predator guards. No Martin's for the next 2 yrs. Sure missed them. We now host around 75 pair every year and always use predictor guards. Hope t...
by Keith
Thu Mar 26, 2020 6:21 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Wet BO9 Gourds
Replies: 12
Views: 1774

Re: Wet BO9 Gourds

I was actually referring to the bo11 and not the bo9 when I always experienced dry nests.the bo11 plus gourd has an inner liner and there is actually an air space between the nest and bottom. This combined with the ultimate Clinger tunnel and the cooling cap really allow for a lot of venting. When u...
by Keith
Fri Mar 20, 2020 9:12 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Martins on offense - Hawk
Replies: 10
Views: 1612

Re: Martins on offense - Hawk

Appears the martins located the hawk before it got too close to grab one. Many times that is not the case however. Hope they continue to be on guard. Too many times my martins chase a hawk while it is carrying one away. Good luck.
Keith
by Keith
Fri Mar 20, 2020 5:28 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Wet BO9 Gourds
Replies: 12
Views: 1774

Re: Wet BO9 Gourds

I personally have found that the cooling caps (that cost very little and improves ventilation) along with the clinger tunnels allow for nice dry nests. Keith
by Keith
Sat Mar 14, 2020 1:26 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Cool picture I took. Add yours.
Replies: 29
Views: 4245

Re: Cool picture I took. Add yours.

Wrong picture, will try again.
Keith
by Keith
Sat Mar 14, 2020 1:15 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Cool picture I took. Add yours.
Replies: 29
Views: 4245

Re: Cool picture I took. Add yours.

I will again try and post a picture.
Keith
by Keith
Sat Mar 14, 2020 10:52 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Cool picture I took. Add yours.
Replies: 29
Views: 4245

Re: Cool picture I took. Add yours.

I usually have bad luck posting pictures but I will try this one.
by Keith
Fri Mar 13, 2020 7:33 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: PMCA Wing Entrapment Protectors heads up....
Replies: 27
Views: 2362

Re: PMCA Wing Entrapment Protectors heads up....

The S&K gourd with the Clinger tunnel entrance ended my Starling problems. Starlings in my opinion cause a lot of problems for Martins and I have tried other entrances with some degree of disappointment. These Clinger tunnels have built-in wing entrapment.
Keith
by Keith
Sat Mar 07, 2020 9:44 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Purple Martin arrival in Licking, Missouri
Replies: 2
Views: 410

Re: Purple Martin arrival in Licking, Missouri

Congratulations Kathy, been watching for this announcement. It is interesting to see that gap on the arrival map in that area of Mo. and down into Ark. This doesn’t look normal to me, but may be common. Hope you have a great season.
Keith
by Keith
Sun Mar 01, 2020 1:49 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Leap year
Replies: 8
Views: 962

Re: Leap year

Jeff, congratulations to you also. Kathy, if I was passing through Sikeston that would be my plan for sure. Your birds usually come about the same time as ours give or take a day. Mine and Jeff’s birds must have gotten on the same “Air bus”. Also Kathy, I have had many friends, neighbors, and family...
by Keith
Sat Feb 29, 2020 8:59 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Leap year
Replies: 8
Views: 962

Leap year

Only because of Leap Year can I say two martins arrived in February. A little early for me here in southern Missouri. At least the weather looks pretty good for the next week. I barely had my housing ready,
They kinda slipped up on me. I’m getting excited.
Keith
by Keith
Sun Feb 23, 2020 3:51 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Purple Martins in the Rural Missouri Magazine
Replies: 5
Views: 747

Re: Purple Martins in the Rural Missouri Magazine

Have not seen this issue but certainly will save this article. It’s wonderful to see how you care for and protect this species. I would not be surprised to see martins return to southern Mo. two to three weeks from now. Making preparations for them anyway. Have a good year.
Keith
by Keith
Wed Jan 29, 2020 11:15 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Ringtone
Replies: 6
Views: 816

Ringtone

Does anyone here have the purple martin ringtone on their phone? I did sometime back but not on the phone I now have. Thanks Keith⁷
by Keith
Fri Dec 13, 2019 12:41 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Cypress
Replies: 3
Views: 2222

Cypress

Has anyone here used needles from cypress trees for prenest materials? Do you know of a particular problem with them? They do seem to be rather soft and lay in place well.
Keith