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by TS Wilson
Sat Feb 15, 2020 8:25 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Owl in duck box
Replies: 7
Views: 1898

Owl in duck box

I have a wood duck box in the water about 150 feet from my martin housing. Late yesterday I noticed a barn owl peering out the hole. Is there harm in allowing him to stay or should I "encourage" him to move elsewhere? I've not had any owl predation in the 5 year history of this colony.
by TS Wilson
Wed Mar 26, 2014 9:44 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: bluebird competition
Replies: 5
Views: 1270

Thanks guys. I did reference the Dan Drew protocol when I realized I may have trouble. I know hanging a BB box on a tree isn't ideal for the bluebirds but it would be ideal for the martins if they vacate the house! I was unable to observe any activity today but did find nesting material in the BB bo...
by TS Wilson
Wed Mar 26, 2014 7:11 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: bluebird competition
Replies: 5
Views: 1270

bluebird competition

I'm trying to establish a new colony since moving to Natchitoches, LA. I raised a brand new trio MK12 with expanded compartments and hung 2 gourds underneath. Within minutes I noticed a bluebird sitting on the house. I'm unable to adequately monitor the site yet and soon saw evidence of nest buildin...
by TS Wilson
Fri Apr 12, 2013 8:40 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: My Blue Birds are History now too
Replies: 9
Views: 2726

A few weeks ago I saw a sparrow follow my male BB into his box. The female was going nuts and I knew what was happening. I ran out to box and placed a plastic bag over the hole and yes, both birds flew in. I carefully let the BB escape. You know the rest of the story. One .22 round saved! The sparro...
by TS Wilson
Thu Feb 14, 2013 7:54 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: "Landlord" Question
Replies: 34
Views: 8850

I'm restoring a skipped generation here. My father never hosted martins but his father did. I remember as a kid watching them on Sunday afternoons right off his back porch. One day my brother and I took his water hose and were in the process of spraying them good when he fortunately stopped us. That...
by TS Wilson
Sun Jun 10, 2012 8:57 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Martin Revenge?
Replies: 1
Views: 691

Martin Revenge?

During a nest check last week I discovered a new egg in my 9th cavity for the year. This effectively tripled my pairs from last year! Later that same afternoon I watched as a martin entered that hole. I was watching him with my binoculars trying to get a good look at the new parent. Then to my shock...