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by G Saner
Thu Jul 09, 2020 2:05 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Removing concrete or cutting off ground stakes
Replies: 4
Views: 118

Re: Removing concrete or cutting off ground stakes

Hello Louise, I had to take a ground stake out once. Since it was at a satellite site, I wanted everything gone and could not cut the stake off at ground level. Here is what I did. With a sledge hammer, I first pounded the upper concrete to crack or weaken it. I then used the hammer to hit the groun...
by G Saner
Sun Jun 07, 2020 8:56 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Inclimate Weather Tropical Storm
Replies: 3
Views: 109

Re: Inclimate Weather Tropical Storm

I lower mine for thunderstorms periodically. The martins don't seem to even notice. You can do it all at once to 10 feet. Just make sure the orientation isn't changed. If you have a square pole, that won't be a problem. My colony is five miles from my home so I am not there every day. We have had a ...
by G Saner
Sat Jun 06, 2020 2:53 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Have you had 100% occupancy?
Replies: 16
Views: 519

Re: Have you had 100% occupancy?

TOR,

I think 71 of 72 would be much harder to get than 24 of 24. I notice that most replies mention gourds. Nothing from Trio owners. My experience is higher occupancy with gourds.
by G Saner
Sun May 31, 2020 9:39 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Have you had 100% occupancy?
Replies: 16
Views: 519

Re: Have you had 100% occupancy?

Mjfog,

I agree. The definition of occupancy is a nest with at least one egg laid.
by G Saner
Sun May 31, 2020 9:36 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Have you had 100% occupancy?
Replies: 16
Views: 519

Re: Have you had 100% occupancy?

Thanks to all who responded. You raise interesting questions. I have no doubt that if I added more gourds that I would fill them up the first year. Initially, I only had one pole at this Assisting Living Center and the second pole at another center. The other site was below average and did not attra...
by G Saner
Sat May 30, 2020 5:24 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Have you had 100% occupancy?
Replies: 16
Views: 519

Have you had 100% occupancy?

Since 2000, I have had 24 SuperGourds as a small colony landlord. For the first time, this year all 24 gourds have martin nests in them. One other year, I had one pole full but not the other one. Of course the reason is a perfect site. Prior to 2000, here are my best years in other martin housing. T...
by G Saner
Tue May 26, 2020 9:49 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Waking near the Martins
Replies: 11
Views: 455

Re: Waking near the Martins

It has been my experience that you can get closer if you don't look at them as you are walking toward them. Then stop and wait a few seconds before you look up.
by G Saner
Sat May 23, 2020 7:28 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Crow Attack!
Replies: 15
Views: 10709

Re: Crow Attack!

At our former home, we placed nesting platforms under the eaves for doves to nest. They did this undisturbed for a few years until the crows found them. The crows would toss the dove eggs into the air and eat them whole. After that, the crows regularly patrolled the platforms and the doves never rai...
by G Saner
Thu May 07, 2020 9:54 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Martins at the Assisted Living Center
Replies: 5
Views: 285

Re: Martins at the Assisted Living Center

Louise, Thank you. Yes, you helped me a great deal when we started doing those presentations for my wife's elementary students. The residents love the martins and I needed a place for a colony as our new home did not attract martins. The site is a 10 as evidenced by the high occupancy. An added bonu...
by G Saner
Wed May 06, 2020 7:37 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Martins at the Assisted Living Center
Replies: 5
Views: 285

Martins at the Assisted Living Center

My colony is at an Assisted Living Center. In past years, I did 3 presentations for the residents each year. Also, after each nest check, I recorded the results on a large white board so they could keep up with the martin's nest activity. The gourds can be seen from the dining room and the activity ...
by G Saner
Thu Apr 23, 2020 1:48 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Trio Castle Occupancy Issues
Replies: 7
Views: 375

Re: Trio Castle Occupancy Issues

Evan, First, you have a great site. I had an unmodified Trio Castle in the 1990s. When I added a gourd pole, they did not nest in the gourds the first year. Every year after, they slowly moved to the gourds and the number of pair in the castle declined. The highest occupancy I had in the castle was ...
by G Saner
Fri Mar 13, 2020 8:38 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: When is a colony established
Replies: 12
Views: 539

Re: When is a colony established

Whippy, It's called Schreiner University now. My colony is directly across the river from the campus. The current version of Google Maps was taken in January so the gourds are stored at home but you can see the shadow of the two poles. My Carrollton colony was at Josey and Hebron. The final connecti...
by G Saner
Thu Mar 12, 2020 10:40 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: When is a colony established
Replies: 12
Views: 539

Re: When is a colony established

There is a good article about Purple Martin Age-specific return schedules from the Spring 2003 Update Vol. 12(2).

https://www.purplemartin.org/uploads/me ... s1-371.pdf
by G Saner
Thu Mar 12, 2020 9:42 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: When is a colony established
Replies: 12
Views: 539

Re: When is a colony established

Kathy,

If any of your martins from last year return, they will wait some time until you open their house. However, it is mid-March and I would open it now. You will need to fight the sparrows after the martins return anyway.

Gary
by G Saner
Thu Mar 12, 2020 3:20 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: When is a colony established
Replies: 12
Views: 539

Re: When is a colony established

Excellent topic. Here are some dates from my own colony to help you feel better. The colony is now in year five. The first year, I didn't see the first martin until March 29th. Year two, the first martin was spotted March 18th. The colony was founded by one ASY male. That year three SY pair joined h...
by G Saner
Sun Mar 08, 2020 2:42 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Answers to the decline of the Purple Martin
Replies: 23
Views: 1226

Re: Answers to the decline of the Purple Martin

Here is my take on this important topic. I became a martin landlord at 13 and have been interested ever since. When my wife was still teaching elementary school, we had her whole class (with parents, siblings and grandparents) in our backyard for a martin lesson each May. I also mentor and three tim...
by G Saner
Tue Jan 14, 2020 7:04 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Out with the rat birds ,in with the martins! New beginnings
Replies: 27
Views: 7951

Re: Out with the rat birds ,in with the martins! New beginnings

PMDavid, If you can't use a Spar-o-door in-compartment trap, you don't have any good options. Sparrows will take over a martin nest. Your only option would be to stuff all sparrow nest material into the center compartment and keep the rooms on either side clean. That would leave 8 compartments for t...
by G Saner
Tue Jan 14, 2020 5:58 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Abandoned (by homeowners) Martin house across the alley
Replies: 48
Views: 13032

Re: Abandoned (by homeowners) Martin house across the alley

Whippy, That model was called a Trio-Wade. Kind of a luxury version of their standard 12 compartment house. I'm thinking 1970s but could have been the 1980s. Looks to be in great shape. Someone knew something about martins to remodel the compartments to 6 double rooms unless this model is newer than...
by G Saner
Sun Jan 12, 2020 11:43 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Purple Martins in 1865
Replies: 0
Views: 3387

Purple Martins in 1865

I have been reading a history of the county I live in and found a reference to purple martins. Kerr County is about 50-60 miles northwest of San Antonio and was settled by Europeans in the 1850s. Here is the reference about one settler: "About the close of the Civil War.....he built a cabin of picke...
by G Saner
Mon Jan 06, 2020 10:18 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Finally Did The Modification I’ve Always Wanted To Do!
Replies: 3
Views: 2768

Re: Finally Did The Modification I’ve Always Wanting To Do!

Hi Kyler,

My first martin house was a wooden house that my father helped me build. My second house was a three story Trio just like the one you are restoring. Trio used to sell three story houses.