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by phldave
Tue Jun 16, 2020 10:15 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: SY birds
Replies: 2
Views: 252

Re: SY birds

Are there no experienced landlords out there that have observed this behavior? Once again I am nearing the time to give up hope once again.
by phldave
Mon Jun 08, 2020 4:38 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: How to Prevent HSP from claiming PM House
Replies: 11
Views: 506

Re: How to Prevent HSP from claiming PM House

Your primary focus is on the male sparrow, you must eliminate him one way or another, the battle is not over until he is in the ash can. The same is true for any other male sparrow that makes a nuisance of himself.
by phldave
Sun Jun 07, 2020 5:41 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: SY birds
Replies: 2
Views: 252

SY birds

Just curious. How long does it take SY birds at existing colonies to give up and stop fighting and causing trouble at full sites before they move on and start looking for a new site?
by phldave
Sun Jun 07, 2020 5:33 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Next Steps...Still Frustrated
Replies: 9
Views: 389

Re: Next Steps...Still Frustrated

Jhcox
Yes I’ve tried all that plus green leaves and dummy eggs only thing I haven’t done is put up a vacancy sign because I’m sure they can’t read “ha ha”. They do have the ability to drive you crazy.
by phldave
Sat Jun 06, 2020 9:50 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Next Steps...Still Frustrated
Replies: 9
Views: 389

Re: Next Steps...Still Frustrated

You might not want to keep all the compartments open or the the bad guys will drive you crazy. I know here in Iowa if they nest sometime in June or first week of July they still can raise a clutch.
by phldave
Fri Jun 05, 2020 8:10 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Turn off the Martin recordings now?
Replies: 2
Views: 165

Re: Turn off the Martin recordings now?

One of the comments I hear made time and time again, “you don’t have martins, because you don’t have martins. “ Well now that you have, they should attract more. Good for you.
by phldave
Fri Jun 05, 2020 8:00 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Next Steps...Still Frustrated
Replies: 9
Views: 389

Re: Next Steps...Still Frustrated

Get comfortable, it could be a long wait. I’ve been trying since 2012. Believe me, I’ve tried every reasonable trick in the book. It’s important to trap or shoot the bad guys, but if you have a serious looker stop all trapping. Last year I had a sy male that was really interested, until he got trapp...
by phldave
Sat Mar 21, 2020 1:32 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Purple Martin South Central Iowa
Replies: 6
Views: 1010

Re: Purple Martin South Central Iowa

Tim,
You might want to see if you can find some hand warmers to stick under the pine needles
Dave
by phldave
Mon Mar 02, 2020 4:17 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Nature does need man
Replies: 9
Views: 1595

Re: Nature does need man

Hello PHLDave- sure hope the Martin's find and stay at your place in 2020! Meanwhile you know you're welcome to help out again this season at PM Lake satellite site. I greatly appreciated your help last season! If you happen to be visiting early and spot an early arrival martin please let me know. ...
by phldave
Tue Feb 18, 2020 3:29 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Nature does need man
Replies: 9
Views: 1595

Re: Nature does need man

I only wish we could get the younger generation as excited about our Purple Martins, as some of them are on the environment and nature in general. My hopes are that those of us that are lucky enough to have colonies, can expose enough younger folks to these amazing creatures, to get them excited abo...
by phldave
Sun Feb 16, 2020 10:13 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Nature does need man
Replies: 9
Views: 1595

Nature does need man

On CBS Sunday morning Harrison Ford made the comment that nature doesn’t need man, man needs nature. I know he meant well, but we all know that if man doesn’t remember nature, many species on this planet are in real trouble. Including our beloved Purple Martins that are so dependent on us.
Dave
by phldave
Fri Feb 14, 2020 5:24 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Easy mount system for t-14
Replies: 1
Views: 1463

Easy mount system for t-14

I just heard mention of an easy mount system for a t-14 house that requires no bolts. The name of Hostetler was also mentioned as the inventor. I'm always interested in a better way of doing things. Maybe I can use this system for future houses I build. Can you fill me in on how it works, or someone...
by phldave
Thu Feb 13, 2020 5:24 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Martin House build along
Replies: 54
Views: 10421

Re: Martin House build along

A pellet enema is a sure cure for those starlings that are persistent. Sorry, i just had to say it!
by phldave
Thu Feb 13, 2020 11:52 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Martin House build along
Replies: 54
Views: 10421

Re: Martin House build along

Hi Gun, I hate to burst your bubble, but you may want to put your porches closer to the bottom of the entrance holes. I had to move mine up to keep the foxy starlings out. If you have them down to far they learn how to squat, wiggle and turn sideways to get in. If you put them almost at the bottom o...
by phldave
Thu Jan 30, 2020 12:22 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: troyer horizantal gourd tunnels with porchs
Replies: 4
Views: 736

Re: troyer horizantal gourd tunnels with porchs

sent you an email
by phldave
Thu Jan 30, 2020 11:21 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: I’ve inherited Martins! How to do the right thing?
Replies: 32
Views: 5016

Re: I’ve inherited Martins! How to do the right thing?

Susan,
If you are going to go that route, try to find something with compartments closer to 12" deep.
Dave
by phldave
Wed Jan 29, 2020 4:58 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: I’ve inherited Martins! How to do the right thing?
Replies: 32
Views: 5016

Re: I’ve inherited Martins! How to do the right thing?

Susan, Sounds like you have inherited a gold mine. My hopes are, some of us that live near by, can come to your aid. If they can get your system up to snuff, so that it's easy for you to take care of your wonderful colony, you'll have years of enjoyment. I'd give anything to be in your shoes. Take i...
by phldave
Mon Jan 27, 2020 7:31 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Iowa renames to "Purple Martin Lake"
Replies: 4
Views: 963

Re: Iowa renames to "Purple Martin Lake"

I had the real pleasure of helping Tim with the colony several times last season, and look forward to it this year if he’ll have me. It was an amazing opportunity to gain some experience if the day comes when I am allowed to host my own colony at home.
Dave
by phldave
Mon Jan 27, 2020 12:04 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Martin House build along
Replies: 54
Views: 10421

Re: Martin House build along

Gun,
This design is very similar to the one I designed myself and build.

Dave
by phldave
Mon Dec 30, 2019 11:21 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: It Starts
Replies: 18
Views: 4415

Re: It Starts

I wish we understood better what really stirs their blood to start moving north. I always believed it must have something to do with the position of the sun in the sky. Now this year, when they have started to show up already, weather patterns must play a much greater part in what gets them going. G...