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by G Saner
Thu Oct 31, 2019 8:59 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Texas Hummingbird migration
Replies: 21
Views: 4401

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: 4401

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: 4401

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: 4401

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: 4401

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: 4401

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: 4401

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: 3245

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: 2099

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...
by G Saner
Sat Jul 20, 2019 8:49 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Ultimate Gourd Rack Bundle Thoughts
Replies: 4
Views: 1006

Re: Ultimate Gourd Rack Bundle Thoughts

Meli, I have two Deluxe Gourd Racks (12 gourds each) that I am very happy with. I have had them since 2000. I prefer gourds due to the higher occupancy rate compared to a house. This year I had 22 out of 24 gourds raise fledglings. You are correct to leave the house an extra year. My personal opinio...
by G Saner
Thu Jul 11, 2019 5:58 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Birds of a feather
Replies: 1
Views: 606

Birds of a feather

When I received my Winter 2019 copy of the Purple Martin Update, I was shocked to see an article about someone I knew. The article was about mentor Glenn Wilson. It does not mention where he lives but we both live in the same town. Glenn and I belong to the same fitness center and had spoken to each...
by G Saner
Thu Jun 27, 2019 9:41 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: How Well do Martins Take to Houses when they are Used to Gourds?
Replies: 8
Views: 3530

Re: How Well do Martins Take to Houses when they are Used to Gourds?

Years ago, I had a Trio castle and later added gourds. The first year, the martins ignored the gourds. Year by year, the martins migrated to the gourds over the house. My belief is this happened as the young martins nested in the gourds and the older birds in the house died off. I eventually switche...
by G Saner
Fri Jun 07, 2019 9:21 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Off topic question about Mockers.
Replies: 3
Views: 1690

Re: Off topic question about Mockers.

Flyin-lowe,

I don't know why they mimic other birds but I do know they have a long memory. I have heard a Mockingbird imitate Purple Martins in winter before the martins get back from Brazil.
by G Saner
Fri May 24, 2019 8:06 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Plug and string technique
Replies: 3
Views: 2958

Re: Plug and string technique

Mike,

This method works for me. I have never had a jumper. After you lower the gourds, plug the ones with young about to fledge. The key is to wait about one minute after raising the gourds before pulling the string. This gives the fledglings a chance to calm down.
by G Saner
Wed Feb 13, 2019 5:53 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: South/Central Texas question
Replies: 10
Views: 3832

Re: South/Central Texas question

Elmo, Yes. I use pine needles in my 24 gourds. Like Tom mentioned, it is a good idea to keep the martins off the ground where they could have a problem with predators. My second reason is to shorten the nest building phase and get them to lay eggs a little earlier so the babies fledge before it gets...
by G Saner
Fri Oct 19, 2018 5:33 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Deluxe Gourd rack ground sleeve for ground stake?
Replies: 4
Views: 3224

Re: Deluxe Gourd rack ground sleeve for ground stake?

Fireflyfisherman, I leave the pole over the ground stake year round. I do remove the gourds during the winter and keep them in storage. For the first time this off-season, I left the perching rods in place also. In February, I take the pole down to lubricate the pulleys and wax the pole and predator...
by G Saner
Sat Oct 06, 2018 10:11 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Off season projects Venting gourds.
Replies: 14
Views: 6403

Re: Off season projects Venting gourds.

Fireflyfisherman, Thank you for motivating me to vent all 24 of my SuperGourds yesterday. After I vented one gourd, I did my own unscientific experiment. I have two remote digital thermometers that I can read from inside the house. I put one in an unvented gourd and the other in a vented gourd. I mu...
by G Saner
Thu Aug 23, 2018 9:21 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: TG12 grandpaw
Replies: 11
Views: 2636

Re: TG12 grandpaw

David, Working on old aluminum houses in the off season can be a great way to continue the hobby year round. I have a workroom that is perfect for this. You can erect what you want at home and give the excess to people with a good site and a knowledge of good practices. Either way, you are eliminati...
by G Saner
Tue Aug 21, 2018 9:24 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: TG12 grandpaw
Replies: 11
Views: 2636

Re: TG12 grandpaw

David, I am glad this worked out for you. In my experience, martin landlords are some of the most friendly people around. My wife and I have met many good people just like you did. Always good to make new friends. I have two Trio M12Ks that I will be working on this fall for one of my mentees. For t...
by G Saner
Tue Aug 07, 2018 2:02 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: What other species are your best watch dogs?
Replies: 13
Views: 3125

Re: What other species are your best watch dogs?

In my prior location, Blue Jays were great hawk alarms. They would even fly into the tree were a hawk was sitting and harass it until the hawk left the area. When Blue Jays start screeching, you can hear them all over the neighborhood. Usually it was multiple Blue Jays. Glad to hear Killdeer are als...

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