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by G Saner
Fri Mar 13, 2020 8:38 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: When is a colony established
Replies: 12
Views: 242

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: 242

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: 242

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: 242

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: 689

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: 7598

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: 12456

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: 2969

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: 2674

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.
by G Saner
Thu Dec 05, 2019 9:46 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Does Offering Different Types Of Cavities Help Attract Martins ?
Replies: 11
Views: 5651

Re: Does Offering Different Types Of Cavities Help Attract Martins ?

Birdbrain, As others have stated, a variety of housing is a plus but a good open site is by far the most important. If your site is mediocre, you might consider a satellite colony. That is what I had to do as martins would not nest in my backyard. Look for golf courses, schools, parks and assisted l...
by G Saner
Thu Nov 14, 2019 9:06 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Northern Flicker
Replies: 2
Views: 1560

Re: Northern Flicker

Spiderman, My first martin house was wooden and I had the same situation. The house had 14 compartments with two of them in the attic. As with your flickers, he chose an attic compartment. I had the house for 3 years before trading it in for a Trio. I think the flicker only roosted the second winter.
by G Saner
Thu Oct 31, 2019 8:59 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Texas Hummingbird migration
Replies: 21
Views: 7586

Re: Texas Hummingbird migration

I saw a hummingbird on our Turk's Cap yesterday (Oct. 30th) so some hummingbirds are still here. This morning was below freezing so that might put an end to the Turk's Cap.
by G Saner
Sun Oct 20, 2019 12:30 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Texas Hummingbird migration
Replies: 21
Views: 7586

Re: Texas Hummingbird migration

I thought they were gone but I am still occasionally seeing a straggler on our native plants. I saw one yesterday feeding on the Turk's Cap.
by G Saner
Fri Oct 11, 2019 8:30 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Texas Hummingbird migration
Replies: 21
Views: 7586

Re: Texas Hummingbird migration

I saw my last hummingbird on Tuesday (the 8th). I already miss those rascals but look forward to seeing them again next March.
by G Saner
Tue Sep 24, 2019 9:05 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Texas Hummingbird migration
Replies: 21
Views: 7586

Re: Texas Hummingbird migration

I think last Saturday was the most activity this year. I saw 5 on the same feeder at one time. There are enough feeding that Attilla the Humm has given up trying to protect his feeder or maybe he has migrated. In addition to the feeders, the hummers also visit our flowering plants. They especially l...
by G Saner
Sun Sep 15, 2019 8:43 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Texas Hummingbird migration
Replies: 21
Views: 7586

Re: Texas Hummingbird migration

Our numbers continue to increase slightly but we are not seeing the dozens at a time we have seen some years. We have more males than before and they are favoring different feeders than last week. Even with lower numbers, they are highly entertaining.
by G Saner
Sun Sep 08, 2019 10:54 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Texas Hummingbird migration
Replies: 21
Views: 7586

Re: Texas Hummingbird migration

Last Sunday when I first posted, I thought we had 4-6 hummingbirds. This morning, I would guess we have 6-8. This is the 6th migration we have lived here for. Each one is different. One year, we had 20-30 hummingbirds but the season was very brief. Another year, we hardly had any. Last year, we did ...
by G Saner
Sun Sep 01, 2019 8:18 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Texas Hummingbird migration
Replies: 21
Views: 7586

Texas Hummingbird migration

Hey rrmartins and C.C.Martins, Our hummingbird numbers are starting to increase here in the Hill Country. One feeder is enough during the season but I put out four during the migration. Each one is about 8 feet apart so they all get a chance to drink. We always have a dominate male that guards "his"...
by G Saner
Wed Aug 21, 2019 4:43 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: How Great Horned And Barred Owls Find Purple Martin Colonies
Replies: 8
Views: 4513

Re: How Great Horned And Barred Owls Find Purple Martin Colonies

Hello Steve,

I know you use netting to protect your colony against snakes but do you use anything to protect your super colony against owls? Gary
by G Saner
Tue Aug 20, 2019 12:57 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: 2019 Year End Report
Replies: 1
Views: 2693

2019 Year End Report

This was our best year at River Point Assisted Living Center. I started the colony in 2016 with one pole of 12 gourds. That year, I also installed a pole of gourds at a second assisted living center. When the other center failed to attract martins, I moved the second pole to River Point in 2018. Thi...

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