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by Lewis
Tue Jun 30, 2020 5:29 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: AmazonSmile will support the PMCA when you shop
Replies: 34
Views: 127728

Re: AmazonSmile will support the PMCA when you shop

In these trying days of coronavirus , staying at home and reading digital books form Amazon Kindle , It is good to know we are helping PMCA.

Lewis & Edie
by Lewis
Wed May 13, 2020 5:55 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Starling and Sparrow control for new and wannabe landlords
Replies: 7
Views: 402

Re: Starling and Sparrow control for new and wannabe landlords

I agree Brad. Being a Martin landlord reguires a degree of responsibility. The martin is unique in that it does rely on man for it's habitat. Without it the species would disappear or become extinct in North America. I don't think Audubon or Cornell gives the credit we deserve for protection of the ...
by Lewis
Tue May 12, 2020 3:11 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Southern landlords, check your nests ASAP!
Replies: 22
Views: 962

Re: Southern landlords, check your nests ASAP!

Brad, I did another nest check today and found no dead chicks. All were small hatchlings and begging for food. In my last post on this I removed 3 large dead chicks and left one from same nest that was still warm and moving but appeared in bad shape. I left it thinking maybe parents could revive it....
by Lewis
Mon May 11, 2020 10:29 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Southern landlords, check your nests ASAP!
Replies: 22
Views: 962

Re: Southern landlords, check your nests ASAP!

Brad, had the same thing happen here in North Georgia. 3 older chicks had died in same nest one was still alive but may have been in bad shape. All the recent hatchlings were alive and begging for food. Will check again. I had same thing happen several years ago and I lost 10-20 chicks. The adults d...
by Lewis
Fri May 08, 2020 12:57 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: my experience with starlings
Replies: 2
Views: 246

Re: my experience with starlings

You have an impressive web site and organization. Keep the good work.

Lewis
by Lewis
Tue May 05, 2020 6:47 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: How do I discourage Starlings
Replies: 50
Views: 1967

Re: How do I discourage Starlings

rob, Your modificatios look good to me. I don't think martis will have a problem entering either and both should keep starlings out.

Lewis
by Lewis
Tue May 05, 2020 6:08 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: my experience with starlings
Replies: 2
Views: 246

my experience with starlings

I think it was 2009 when I bought a A16 gourd rack from CUE and put up 8 round hole THG's with cling plates and 8 THG's with Conley II sreh's. At about the same time I purchase a MPP from CUE and a Safe Have House. I guess I was lucky that a nearby colony had lost it''d martins due to lack of predat...
by Lewis
Mon May 04, 2020 2:56 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: What's the best hole to use
Replies: 28
Views: 1157

Re: What's the best hole to use

I would use the Excluder door replacement for your Trio Musselman. I had a starling breach a Trio crescent door on my old Musselman that I use as a sparrow trap with 2 Sparo doors. I had the other entrances blocked with styrofoam pipe insulation plugs. the starling was able to pull the plug and brea...
by Lewis
Wed Apr 29, 2020 3:59 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: 300,000 thousand martins in the Amazon
Replies: 8
Views: 475

300,000 thousand martins in the Amazon

If you haven't seen this video put out by PMCA, do your self a favor and search Your Tube for this title. It is amazing footage and it will give you goose bumps to realize you are part of this. These are your martins. thanks to everyone of you.

Lewis
by Lewis
Tue Apr 28, 2020 9:04 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: How do I discourage Starlings
Replies: 50
Views: 1967

Re: How do I discourage Starlings

Brad, I raised the porch at the same time I added the WEP over the Crescent sreh on my Safe Haven House. I had read numerous times on this forum that raising the porch was effective in stopping starlings. I had purchased the WEP's to go on the inside of the Safe Haven doors but because the WEP would...
by Lewis
Tue Apr 28, 2020 7:21 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: How do I discourage Starlings
Replies: 50
Views: 1967

Re: How do I discourage Starlings

I failed to mention that I have used this modification for almost 10 years and the martins have no problem entering or exiting the modified Conley II sreh. and I have had no starlings breach this modification. For those of you and the Troyer's who have had success with the Conley II I will agree it ...
by Lewis
Tue Apr 28, 2020 7:05 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: How do I discourage Starlings
Replies: 50
Views: 1967

Re: How do I discourage Starlings

Alan, I raised my porch flush with the ConleyII sreh using 1/8 in. POLYMAX or HDPE. The TROYER gourds come with a porch that is 1/8 in. below the entrance so by using the 1/8 in HDPE sheet you can buy from Amazon in small sizes I made the porch flush with the entrance then I used a Dremel tool to sa...
by Lewis
Thu Apr 09, 2020 6:17 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: OMG, OMG, OMG It just happened to me!
Replies: 72
Views: 12474

Re: OMG, OMG, OMG It just happened to me!

Thanks Mark, This what I wanted Brad and Terry W to see. Both have been absent from this board for a long time and are unfamiliar with the history of the "Lewis Modification" You were the one that immediately recognizred the value or importance of this modification and helped countless others in app...
by Lewis
Thu Apr 09, 2020 9:34 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: The Lewis Mod
Replies: 36
Views: 1275

Re: The Lewis Mod

Terry W, Look at the sticky on this board (look above for "tips for 2019 season" The "UPDATE" article is there just scroll down " PMCA Wing Guards help stop starlings" Another thing you can do is type " Lewis Modification" in Search on this board and read numerous post on how to make the modificatio...
by Lewis
Wed Apr 08, 2020 5:53 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: wing entrapment
Replies: 0
Views: 825

wing entrapment

I answered the survey. Have you?. I have had one entrapment and 2 birds were jamed in the entrance a Conley II with "Lewis modification" I don't think a wing was caught , only 2 birds trying to exit a small entrance. This is the only case I have ever had in at least 10 years. I know the original WEP...
by Lewis
Tue Apr 07, 2020 9:16 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: The Lewis Mod
Replies: 36
Views: 1275

Re: The Lewis Mod

you can use the WEP without raising the floor and it will work for awhile but if the starling has traction and is small enough it will get in. You can find the HDPE ( high density polyethylene) POLYMAX on Amazon in small 1/8 in. sheets for making your floors. If you have the number of gourds Roger o...
by Lewis
Mon Apr 06, 2020 4:03 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: The Lewis Mod
Replies: 36
Views: 1275

Re: The Lewis Mod

Thanks Brad for sharing your modification and thanks John Barrow for interceding with PMCA. No SREH has been found to be starling proof,but my full modification with HDPE raising floor even with Conley II entrance makes it impossible or almost for any starling to enter and here is why: 1. They can n...
by Lewis
Fri Apr 03, 2020 6:56 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Got one new rack installed
Replies: 17
Views: 461

Re: Got one new rack installed

Happy Home for your Martins.

Lewis
by Lewis
Fri Apr 03, 2020 7:48 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: PMCA Wing Entrapment Protectors heads up....
Replies: 27
Views: 1380

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

Brad, I used Polymax or HDPE 1/8 in board to make my flooring for THZ gourds and it has stood up well to UV . The sheets come in all thickness and can be ordered from FARMTEC. I attached my WEP's by countersink drilling and using ss screws. They Have held up well and have never come loose. I think i...
by Lewis
Thu Apr 02, 2020 4:21 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: PMCA Wing Entrapment Protectors heads up....
Replies: 27
Views: 1380

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

John,

Thanks for your effort in this matter. I will be looking forward to your critique. The old one worked so well in stopping starlings that it far outweighed its worth as a wing entrapment protector, therefore I hope Hilltop will consider reintroducing the original along with the new one.

Lewis