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by Don Troha
Thu Aug 29, 2019 5:03 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Purple Martins Roost-Stafford TX at the Fountains-2019 VIDEO
Replies: 1
Views: 5833

Re: Purple Martins Roost-Stafford TX at the Fountains-2019 VIDEO

KHOU was there last night to film the birds. Here's the short news clip that was aired:
https://www.khou.com/video/life/animals ... Kt5bvjjBN8
by Don Troha
Sun Sep 09, 2018 9:23 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Nylon Push Pins, where else to find them ?
Replies: 6
Views: 5104

Re: Nylon Push Pins, where else to find them ?

Do a web search for "auto panel retainers". No guarantees on where they are made. These screw/rivet type retainers work better in my opinion for quickly swapping out a porch with a trap: https://store.skmfg.com/House-Gourd-Snap-_Screws/productinfo/PMDHS/ I found some of those locally at Lowes or Hom...
by Don Troha
Wed Aug 29, 2018 1:02 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Project MartinRoost
Replies: 12
Views: 4488

Re: Project MartinRoost

lynnh, there's a roost ring in the vicinity of Fremont. I think this is one that Tim tried to track down a couple of years ago. It was still there this morning but it's getting late in the season & I would not expect it to be there much longer. Also the roost is far from the radar station making it ...
by Don Troha
Tue Aug 21, 2018 5:11 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Project MartinRoost
Replies: 12
Views: 4488

Re: Project MartinRoost

Setting up a map/database like this in Google Maps is not a big deal. I received a request to set one up for roosts for the current season, so I did. I've populated it with some of the roosts I've been following in various forums. Still some missing points to add but it's a start. If you have one yo...
by Don Troha
Sat Aug 18, 2018 12:54 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Project MartinRoost
Replies: 12
Views: 4488

Project MartinRoost

Roost data base has not been updated in years. Austin roost is still showing Highland Mall as the location but it has moved four times since then. Checked a few other well known roosts and those are not up to date either. I've submitted nine reports for the Houston area over the past three seasons a...
by Don Troha
Thu Aug 09, 2018 5:01 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Wichita Ks Roost
Replies: 3
Views: 1809

Re: Wichita Ks Roost

btw, there is a roost ring at Wichita but it's difficult to pick up because it's very close to the radar station.
http://vortex.plymouth.edu/cgi-bin/rad/ ... %2C-97.345
by Don Troha
Tue Aug 07, 2018 1:58 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Wichita Ks Roost
Replies: 3
Views: 1809

Re: Wichita Ks Roost

Found this eBird post from 3 weeks ago. https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S47307796
by Don Troha
Thu Aug 02, 2018 9:43 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Tulsa Roost 2018 located at Tulsa Airport again
Replies: 10
Views: 3913

Re: Tulsa Roost 2018 located at Tulsa Airport again

There's an update regarding the Tulsa roost on the Tulsa Audubon website. http://www.tulsaaudubon.org/
by Don Troha
Thu Jul 12, 2018 4:11 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Martin Roost W.KY.
Replies: 12
Views: 3082

Re: Martin Roost W.KY.

Open up the Plymouth radar site at http://vortex.plymouth.edu/myo/rad/nids.html
Fill in all of the blanks including the lat/long location as I did in the attachment. This should get you started.
After dawn on the 12th you can change the date to 12.
Paducah_20180711_menu.JPG
(40.03 KiB) Not downloaded yet
by Don Troha
Thu Jul 12, 2018 2:37 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Martin Roost W.KY.
Replies: 12
Views: 3082

Re: Martin Roost W.KY.

Did I read the time lapse stamp incorrectly? The roost didn't disperse until 10 am? I've been checking the radar 4 – 5 am as I thought they normally dispersed shortly before sunrise. You are correct, the roost disperses around sunrise. That radar web sites reports Z time (GMT). You have to subtract...
by Don Troha
Wed Jul 11, 2018 5:03 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Martin Roost W.KY.
Replies: 12
Views: 3082

Re: Martin Roost W.KY.

There's an expanding blob of activity on the river NNW of the radar station. Hope this helps.
http://vortex.plymouth.edu/cgi-bin/rad/ ... %2C-88.846
by Don Troha
Thu May 17, 2018 4:30 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Guess who got into a trio crescent entrance but couldn't get out
Replies: 14
Views: 3016

Re: Guess who got into a trio crescent entrance but couldn't get out

Follow up on the incident with the starling. This occurred last night right before dark. There was a commotion going on in one of the compartments typical of a couple of males fighting or an SY male getting into an occupied compartment. So I banged on the pole to try to break up the fight then I saw...
by Don Troha
Mon Mar 05, 2018 3:07 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: 8 ROOM PM HOUSE IDEA
Replies: 15
Views: 3573

Re: 8 ROOM PM HOUSE IDEA

Looks good to me. If trapping becomes necessary the compartment size should allow for inserting something like a universal trap and it looks like there's plenty of room for this. Will you be building this house?
by Don Troha
Sat Mar 03, 2018 2:34 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: 8 ROOM PM HOUSE IDEA
Replies: 15
Views: 3573

Re: 8 ROOM PM HOUSE IDEA

I haven't caught one climbing my pole but I know they are here. :wink:
by Don Troha
Fri Mar 02, 2018 9:36 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: 8 ROOM PM HOUSE IDEA
Replies: 15
Views: 3573

Re: 8 ROOM PM HOUSE IDEA

Okay I couldn't tell from the previous photos that the doors swing open downward. This looks okay but I don't like the magnets. A heavy bird like a hawk or owl might be able to pop open the door by just landing on the porch. Or if a raccoon climbs the pole and grabs the porch...
by Don Troha
Fri Mar 02, 2018 2:57 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: 8 ROOM PM HOUSE IDEA
Replies: 15
Views: 3573

Re: 8 ROOM PM HOUSE IDEA

Maybe add some hinges to the side panels for quick access to the compartments for nest checks.
by Don Troha
Mon Feb 26, 2018 9:52 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: WING ENTRAPMENT
Replies: 6
Views: 1401

Re: WING ENTRAPMENT

OK. I have a couple of Bo9's with clinger entrances hanging under my trio. I installed S&K wing entrapment protectors on them and I think that worked out well. You might consider something like that.
by Don Troha
Mon Feb 26, 2018 2:49 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Screech Owl in my NBT
Replies: 7
Views: 1654

Re: Screetch Owl in my NBT

Are Screech Owls a threat to the Martins? If not, how about putting up a nest box for it.