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by cary-nw-fla
Sun Feb 21, 2021 12:46 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Reporting Losses
Replies: 12
Views: 321

Re: Reporting Losses

HI DLN. In answer to some of your questions. Housing is all gourds. Big Bo's, BO9's, BO11's, Troyer Horizontals, Troyer Verticals, & Super Gourds. Gourds are 4 or 8 to the pole at about 14 ft high and are equally faced to North, South, East, & West. All were pre-nested with pine straw. The temps: Fe...
by cary-nw-fla
Sat Feb 20, 2021 8:44 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Reporting Losses
Replies: 12
Views: 321

Reporting Losses

Forum Admin: Question/Suggestion: Given the wide spread extent and devastation of this weather event, has any consideration been given to creating a reporting mechanism for landlords to report related male and female deaths to study the impact on martin numbers this and next season? Thanks. Reportin...
by cary-nw-fla
Tue Feb 16, 2021 1:27 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Banding...
Replies: 3
Views: 151

Banding...

Have a question that others may have also...
If you have never had any martins banded at your site and may like to consider having banding done,
and you do not know any authorized banders...... How do you go about finding / contacting someone
near your location that does banding?
by cary-nw-fla
Sat Feb 13, 2021 11:18 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: New Update Electronic Prognosticator Available
Replies: 5
Views: 367

Re: New Update Electronic Prognosticator Available

Will this work with Open Office? Thanks.
by cary-nw-fla
Thu Jan 14, 2021 11:26 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: First Arrival
Replies: 13
Views: 1490

Re: First Arrival

Sorry to report that my first (very early) arrival did not survive. :-( Don't know if it was the cold last night or she was weak from her trip North, or a combination of the two. Found her on the ground this morning. Hope my next arrivals will be more in line with my normal arrival times when the we...
by cary-nw-fla
Wed Jan 13, 2021 10:53 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: First Arrival
Replies: 13
Views: 1490

First Arrival

Amazing.... My earliest prior arrivals in the past was Jan 30th. At a little after 10 AM this morning was amazed to see an ASY female sitting on the entrance porch of a Troyer Horizontal. Eventually flew around the area for a while, came back and landed on the gourd, finally flying away. Will be kee...
by cary-nw-fla
Mon Jul 13, 2020 10:32 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Establishing a colony 🙏
Replies: 16
Views: 2094

Re: Establishing a colony 🙏

Mike, home-made racks, variety of gourds: BO9's, BO11's, Big BO, Troyer verticals & horizontals, & super gourds. The martins like the gourds with tunnels. Since we're in the same area of the country, I'll make one recommendation, predator guard for snakes. I didn't realize there were so many around ...
by cary-nw-fla
Mon Jul 13, 2020 12:27 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Establishing a colony 🙏
Replies: 16
Views: 2094

Re: Establishing a colony 🙏

Hi Mike. Congrats on your year. Looks like I'm located just to the East of you. Your idea of a gourd rack is good. After adding a lot of gourds here at my site the martins just used them even though the houses had enlarged cavities. My season is coming to an end, I only have two gourds with young re...
by cary-nw-fla
Wed Feb 26, 2020 1:57 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: First Year Success Survey. How Many Pair?
Replies: 18
Views: 2062

Re: First Year Success Survey. How Many Pair?

Put up my first housing in 2010. Lookers till 2012 when I had 8 pair.
by cary-nw-fla
Wed Feb 05, 2020 7:56 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Using a recorder for nest checks.
Replies: 13
Views: 3548

Re: Using a recorder for nest checks.

Hi Rodger, I currently am using an RCA. It's an older model and am probably gonna be looking for something better.
by cary-nw-fla
Thu Jan 30, 2020 10:25 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Using a recorder for nest checks.
Replies: 13
Views: 3548

Re: Using a recorder for nest checks.

I have used a hand held recorder the past few years in doing nest checks. With 140 gourds to check its certainly easier than picking up and putting down the clipboard after checking each gourd. I believed I obtained my small digital recorder either at WalMart or Staples.
by cary-nw-fla
Fri Jul 19, 2019 11:05 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Decoy slipping
Replies: 8
Views: 3122

Re: Decoy slipping

I use a small spring clip attached to the decoy so I can position how I want. I also use a zip tie from the clip to the perch rod so the hawk don't make off with my decoy.
by cary-nw-fla
Fri Jul 19, 2019 10:47 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: The Forum vs Facebook
Replies: 10
Views: 3972

Re: The Forum vs Facebook

I only use FB when I have to, and only for pm related stuff. On the forum you can find what you need and it's organized. My personal comparison (and I may be wrong) the forum is like a well organized office, FB to me is like you opened the office door and threw all the stuff in. Hope everyone has/ha...
by cary-nw-fla
Sat Jul 13, 2019 10:10 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Late nesting
Replies: 3
Views: 1859

Re: Late nesting

personally I would leave them. I had a nest once that had eggs for a long time and I was close to give up on them when they started hatching. Good luck.
by cary-nw-fla
Sat Jun 22, 2019 11:48 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Recent Gourds Maintenance
Replies: 13
Views: 9234

Re: Recent Gourds Maintenance

I tried the netting, but still had some get through, and also caught several. Had snake issue every year until I installed the electric fence charger guard.
by cary-nw-fla
Sat Jun 22, 2019 10:28 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: When to expect migration south?
Replies: 8
Views: 7285

Re: When to expect migration south?

Joe, congrats on your season. If your birds fledged about two ago think you don't have to worry. Maybe some of the ones you're seeing now are checking out your site for next year. I only have a couple of nest left to fledge in the next week, with one late nester to fledge in July. Again, congrats.
by cary-nw-fla
Mon Mar 04, 2019 12:18 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Small bugs in pine needles
Replies: 3
Views: 2989

Re: Small bugs in pine needles

Not sure what kind of bugs you have, but believe the sevin should take care of it as it kills a large variety of insects. Good luck.
by cary-nw-fla
Wed Jan 17, 2018 8:21 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: I like my gourds to swing but...
Replies: 15
Views: 3998

Re: I like my gourds to swing but...

Whippy - I like what you did. Will try to post pic and you'll see why I used pvc because of the way I have my gourds mounted.
by cary-nw-fla
Tue Jan 16, 2018 10:09 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: I like my gourds to swing but...
Replies: 15
Views: 3998

Re: I like my gourds to swing but...

Will try to do that. May take me a couple of days.
by cary-nw-fla
Mon Jan 15, 2018 9:15 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: I like my gourds to swing but...
Replies: 15
Views: 3998

Re: I like my gourds to swing but...

Whippy... I have 12 of the Big Bo's that I added the tunnels to and like you mine tilted down on the entrance side. Here is what I did to solve the balance problem. Items needed: Lexel, drill, quarter inch bolts with extra washers and nut, and a short length of 3/4 in pvc pipe. Drill a hole thru pvc...