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by billb
Fri May 07, 2021 6:02 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Bouncing back in Texas
Replies: 17
Views: 1916

Re: Bouncing back in Texas

Hi all: Haven't been on in a while, but was also noticing the late start to egg laying. Must have to do with the lack of flying insects post freeze? I have a full house of 12 pair. Will do a nest check tomorrow, but as of last week, nest building far along, but no eggs. Expect some tomorrow. Could b...
by billb
Fri Feb 19, 2021 8:28 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Five Martins Confirmed Dead - Starting Over
Replies: 14
Views: 2039

Re: Five Martins Confirmed Dead - Starting Over

Yep, probably too big a task to get an accurate estimate of the number of deaths due to a certain event. Also, like Coolwhip said, the number of birds on the migration north that succumbed to the weather cannot be counted or estimated accurately. Unfortunately, that may be the greatest number. The w...
by billb
Fri Feb 19, 2021 12:21 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Five Martins Confirmed Dead - Starting Over
Replies: 14
Views: 2039

Five Martins Confirmed Dead - Starting Over

Sad to say my 6 early arrivals are no longer here. Checked the house today and found 4 dead (3 males and 1 female) with 3 in 1 apartment. Also found another dead male on the ground about 30 yards from the house. Some crickets still on porches where I left them. Last saw the martins huddled on the po...
by billb
Fri Feb 05, 2021 11:51 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Has anybody completely changed housing?
Replies: 16
Views: 3918

Re: Has anybody completely changed housing?

Whippy: Still early, but 1st arrival this afternoon. May have visited earlier in the day and I missed him, but ASY male did several fly-by's and finally landed and entered the new house for the evening. This is 2 days earlier than last couple of seasons. Looks like the housing change out will not be...
by billb
Sat Jan 30, 2021 9:52 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Has anybody completely changed housing?
Replies: 16
Views: 3918

Re: Has anybody completely changed housing?

I am doing that now. Had an old DuraCraft plus 3 troyer horizontal gourds underneath. Modified 2 of twelve original 6x6 cavities and had full occupancy. The floors were corroding above the gourd brackets and got tired of repairing them. Just installed new Trendsetter T12, virtually in the same spot....
by billb
Mon Jun 22, 2020 3:06 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Purple Martin News From Northwest Louisiana
Replies: 1
Views: 1263

Re: Purple Martin News From Northwest Louisiana

Steve: I noticed the Trendsetter house in your colony pic. Very impressive setup, BTW. Is that a TS16? If so, I was wondering what the approximate dimensions are for that house. I am looking into a replacement house for my relic. Think I am at end of the life of my current house due to corrosion and...
by billb
Sun Jan 26, 2020 10:55 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Duracraft DH12 remodel/color match
Replies: 15
Views: 2311

Re: Duracraft DH12 remodel/color match

Hello Dean: I have an old Duracraft 12 compartment house that's been repainted 3 times now. I used Rustoleum Hunter Green (glossy) for the porches and Rustoleum Glossy White for the walls. I assume you have the snap on walls. Bought paint at Home Depot. Martins have thrived for the 9 seasons at this...
by billb
Mon Feb 05, 2018 9:33 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Most Enjoyable Event for a landlord?
Replies: 6
Views: 1657

Re: Most Enjoyable Event for a landlord?

When my first pair finally stayed I couldn’t get to excited because I always experienced them leaving and never coming back! So my most enjoyable moment for me was when that first baby shot out of that gourd! I balled like a baby! It was 5 long years of a dream come true! I was so proud of them and...
by billb
Sun Feb 04, 2018 11:50 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Most Enjoyable Event for a landlord?
Replies: 6
Views: 1657

Most Enjoyable Event for a landlord?

Today, the first pair of PM's for the season showed up at my colony. This event is my favorite part of being a landlord.

Of course the excitement of getting those first visitors to a new colony is an unbeatable feeling, and it's almost as exciting when they show up in year 10!
by billb
Fri Mar 17, 2017 12:03 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Houston area
Replies: 9
Views: 4033

Re: Houston area

Hi:
I live in Katy and have about 13 nesting cavities. My birds usually show around Feb. 20 - had 4 arrive on the 18th this year. Now up to around 20 birds, so almost full. Good luck this season.
by billb
Tue Jun 14, 2016 11:08 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Insect repellent - vinegar
Replies: 4
Views: 1986

Re: Insect repellent - vinegar

Emil:
THe favorite knat repellant at the golf courses around here is vanilla extract. Some use 1/2 water plus 1/2 vanilla, and some mix a little soap with it. It really works for the knats. Not sure how it does with mosquitos - regular repellent work great for them.
by billb
Wed Feb 25, 2015 2:01 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Question for Central Texas Martin folks
Replies: 17
Views: 4149

I don't have any yet, but suspect it's due to some landscaping this winter. Ususally have first pair by Feb 15 and 2 - 3 pair by now, but have not even seen one in my neighborhood. I was holding out hope that the palm trees installed fairly close to one side of my house would not deter all of my for...
by billb
Tue Feb 18, 2014 7:49 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: wearing the starlings OUT!
Replies: 9
Views: 4307

Starling menace!

Why anyone would bring those ugly birds across an ocean with them is beyond me! Set up my house and gourds last weekend and had first Martins arrive this weekend. They took to the gourds first this season. Monday after work I witness a big ugly breaching the Conley II on 2 of my 3 gourds. Had to sea...
by billb
Mon Jul 22, 2013 9:17 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Video of Austin Texas roost
Replies: 5
Views: 2480

Louise: Thanks for posting. I could not help but notice on the same web page there was the pic for the "Austin, Texas Purple Martins' Pre Migratory Roost June 22, 2012," but it sounds and looks like Grackles to me. Do they sometimes share roosts?
by billb
Mon Feb 18, 2013 9:59 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Migrating Common Grackles
Replies: 7
Views: 4698

Bill: I live west of Houston, TX. The large grocery store about 1.5 miles from my home is home to a roost of grackles that must number 5000 - 10,000 birds. What a racket they make! Every evening they fill the small live oak trees and power lines in this commercial center. Just this morning I noticed...
by billb
Tue Feb 12, 2013 4:53 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: "Landlord" Question
Replies: 34
Views: 11782

I'm 2nd generation. Our next door neighbor had an old 4 apartment house with 2 pairs of martins along with sparrows that intrigued my dad and me. Shortly after moving there, mMy dad and some friends got together and built large plywood PM apartment houses from the same design and each erected one at...
by billb
Sat Feb 09, 2013 10:30 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Katy, TX, See them yet?
Replies: 3
Views: 1703

Hi Katy Lady. I live in Katy. Put my house up last Sunday and had 2 pairs visit at the same time that day. Haven't seen them come back, but I haven't been around during the day very much. Last year my first pair showed up Feb. 13. Hang in there, it can't be much longer.
by billb
Mon Jun 18, 2012 10:27 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Loggerhead Shrikes
Replies: 0
Views: 2011

Loggerhead Shrikes

I've never seen Loggerhead Shrikes mess with Martins, and the martins don't seem to mind them hanging around, at ;east before nesting commences. But for the second time in 4 years I witnessed one carry off a recently fledged mockingbird with the parents chasing furiously behind. It seems so strange ...
by billb
Fri Jun 08, 2012 8:07 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Lucky to get some rain today
Replies: 6
Views: 2137

OT: Rain & Garden

Emil: Don't think we got that much rain in my part of Katy, but got enough to turn my sprinklers off for a few days. We did not get any hail, and Martins appeared OK - usual evening chaos with cavity seeking youngsters. Don't know why, but I am harvesting a bumper crop of tomatoes this season. Much ...
by billb
Fri Jun 01, 2012 10:18 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Local Martin population down by about 50%
Replies: 8
Views: 3400

Mike: Great work, as always! Many sites represented on this forum reprorted earlier egg laying and fledging than past seasons - by as much as a week as I recall. By starting in earnest this week, could it be that you missed some of these early departures at some of the sites you observe this season?...