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by BirdBrain
Sun Aug 10, 2014 9:24 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Wild bird identification challenge (in Tennessee)
Replies: 5
Views: 1707

I'm afraid none of your guesses look enough like what I saw to put me off my original guess, the white tern: http://i62.tinypic.com/10ztkk2.jpg The white-tailed kite was close but it has more of a raptor's head, and I can't get past the impression that what I saw looked exactly a long, skinny pure w...
by BirdBrain
Mon Aug 04, 2014 1:32 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Wild bird identification challenge (in Tennessee)
Replies: 5
Views: 1707

Wild bird identification challenge (in Tennessee)

This morning I saw two birds I could not identify sitting together on a powerline alongside the road as I bicycled past down a country road. When I got home I looked them up on he Interwebs, but the details I remember don't fit any of the common Tennessee birds. In fact, the most likely possibility ...
by BirdBrain
Wed Apr 16, 2014 10:58 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Nest Fidelity Trumps Nest Robbers
Replies: 2
Views: 1045

Nest Fidelity Trumps Nest Robbers

I've only managed to attract one pair of PUMAs to my house, and last year was their third season as my tenants. And it looked to be their best season ever in the making, with five eggs laid. But in one afternoon, in less than four hours, an unidentified nest robber removed all five eggs, broke them ...
by BirdBrain
Sat Jul 27, 2013 1:38 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: All my eggs, gone.
Replies: 8
Views: 2824

Bittersweet news. I have a neighbor who has had a PUMA house in the back yard since they moved in, but they have never done any maintenance on it. Which is a shame, really, because it's in the middle of a wide-open lot and there isn't a taller tree for a good 100 feet in any direction. AFAIK, they n...
by BirdBrain
Tue Jun 04, 2013 12:04 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Oops, a "non-believer" asked about my PMCA NB trap
Replies: 25
Views: 7628

Re: Oops, a "non-believer" asked about my PMCA NB

MamaBruff wrote:...Are we as a society so far removed from nature, that we no longer observe or understand it? *sigh*

Mary
Yes.
by BirdBrain
Mon May 27, 2013 5:40 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: All my eggs, gone.
Replies: 8
Views: 2824

I figure it had to be a bird of some sort because I can't imagine anything that couldn't fly getting in and out in broad daylight without calling attention to itself. I'm thinking an SA male is a possibility because a nearby PUMA landlord took down his three houses (+12 gourds) when he moved out and...
by BirdBrain
Sun May 26, 2013 7:18 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: All my eggs, gone.
Replies: 8
Views: 2824

All my eggs, gone.

I only have one pair of PUMAs, in their third season with me. My first egg had appeared Tuesday. There was another new one every day through Friday's nest check, when there were a total of four. She laid five last season so when I checked the nest at 1 p.m. on Saturday, I was expecting to find that ...
by BirdBrain
Tue May 21, 2013 11:29 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Tennessee Purple Martins?
Replies: 12
Views: 4495

Last year, my lone pair of PUMAs laid their fifth and final egg on the 15th of May.

This year, they laid their first egg sometime between last evening and this morning. Everything about their return this year is running 7-8 days behind last season.
by BirdBrain
Tue May 21, 2013 11:14 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Does mud dissuade you from replacing nest material?
Replies: 4
Views: 1844

There is mud daubed in spots all over the front of the house. How weird. This is how it looks this morning: http://s1.bild.me/bilder/150113/5887245r_c_bunker_nest.jpg It looks as if it was built in three layers. I find it gratifying to see how the sophistication of their nest engineering improves as...
by BirdBrain
Fri May 17, 2013 11:06 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: WHOOO-HOOOOOO
Replies: 34
Views: 9271

Who's up for Omelets?














(just kidding!)
by BirdBrain
Fri May 17, 2013 3:21 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Does mud dissuade you from replacing nest material?
Replies: 4
Views: 1844

Does mud dissuade you from replacing nest material?

I am amused at how my birds' nest building skills have evolved. I only have one pair so it's easy to track their progress. Their SY year (summer of 2011, my first season as a bona fide PUMA landlord), they built a scrawny little pile of sticks that wasn't substantial enough to prevent the eggs, when...
by BirdBrain
Fri May 17, 2013 2:58 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: A quick way to kill starlings
Replies: 34
Views: 16656

Who censored my previous post?

Sorry if it was too graphic for this forum but it was meant as instruction on how to kill a starling or HOSP quickly and with minimal pain but with absolute, 100% certainty.
by BirdBrain
Thu May 16, 2013 9:36 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: A quick way to kill starlings
Replies: 34
Views: 16656

When I was a kid, I came back from a dove hunt and dumped my game bag onto the patio floor to clean the birds. One of them flew away. It was limp and appeared lifeless when I had picked it up so it must have only been stunned or knocked out. And I never felt it fidget while still inside the game bag...
by BirdBrain
Wed May 08, 2013 2:49 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Universal Sparrow Trap
Replies: 5
Views: 2279

It's slowed down but earlier this season I was catching as many as three a day. My hope is the reason I don't catch so many any more is that I've thinned them out that much. Be aware the standard hole is large enough to admit an adult PUMA. I know this for fact because last month I caught an ASY mal...
by BirdBrain
Sun May 05, 2013 9:49 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Anything Known About Mosquito Abatement Sprays?
Replies: 1
Views: 1202

The story about PUMAs eating hundreds of mosquitoes a day is a myth. Martins typically fly -- and feed -- up relatively high, and skeeters only ever fly close to the ground. Plus a skeeter has too little "meat on its bones" to be a martin's food of choice. They'd rather eat something fleshier, more ...
by BirdBrain
Fri May 03, 2013 3:19 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Tennessee Purple Martins?
Replies: 12
Views: 4495

Is anyone seeing nest building yet?

I've got two pairs hanging around a lot (only had one pair the last two seasons) but they're not building nests yet.

Then again, they showed up about a week earlier last year than this, and I didn't see any signs of nest-building then until May 3rd.
by BirdBrain
Mon Apr 29, 2013 11:05 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Pics - Dark female or subbie male?
Replies: 6
Views: 2152

http://s1.bild.me/bilder/150113/8780735puma_tails.jpg I turned this upside-down from the original because it's easier for my brain to recognize the upside-down words than to correlate the upside-down picture to a right side up bird. I'm hardly an authority but to my eye the bird in the picture most...
by BirdBrain
Thu Apr 25, 2013 11:23 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: James Rieman - pellet guns in Houston
Replies: 3
Views: 2347

I can't find anything in the city ordinances (located here ) regulating airguns, however, ... CODE OF ORDINANCES City of HOUSTON, TEXAS Sec. 6-16. - Shooting or catching wild birds. It shall be unlawful for any person to shoot or attempt to shoot or kill with any air rifle, bow and arrow, slingshot ...
by BirdBrain
Thu Apr 25, 2013 10:59 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: UST - Universal Sparrow Trap
Replies: 9
Views: 2606

It's a tight squeeze but it fits in my Heath house. I operate mine a bit differenfly from Ms. Chambers. I caught an ASY male in mine earlier this season. Because I only have one pair of Martins in residence, I can't stand the thought of the trap frightening them off. So when I caught the one PUMA, I...
by BirdBrain
Thu Apr 25, 2013 9:13 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: To shoot (sparrows) or not to shoot? That is the question...
Replies: 22
Views: 8805

JR4-AL, a compensator is not the same as a suppressor or silencer. In a nutshell, a silencer is any device that lessens the noise emitted when you shoot a firearm. This is an exact copy of the definition from the ATF's regulations: 18 U.S.C., § 921(A)(24) "The term “Firearm Silencer” or “Firearm Muf...