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by G Saner
Mon Jun 07, 2021 5:10 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Landlord dive bombing
Replies: 8
Views: 196

Re: Landlord dive bombing

My martins recognize me. My site is at an Assisted Living Center so I drive there and park about 100 feet away from the poles. I take a short aluminum ladder to check the upper gourds and a orange 5 gallon pail to keep my nest check notebook off the ground. When I pull those two out of the trunk, th...
by G Saner
Mon Jun 07, 2021 8:54 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Nest Check today 6-6-21
Replies: 3
Views: 93

Re: Nest Check today 6-6-21

Whippy,

Congratulations. I have enjoyed hearing about your Trio Wade and T-14 transfers into your colony.

I was waiting for your update and glad to hear about your success. Looking forward to your next nest check and those numbers. Gary
by G Saner
Thu May 27, 2021 3:26 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Bouncing back in Texas
Replies: 18
Views: 3652

Re: Bouncing back in Texas

This morning's nest check showed eggs or young in all 24 gourds. Even though I lost 8 martins to the freeze and found one female dead in a gourd a few weeks ago, I have matched last year's occupancy. The reason for this is that SY martins took advantage of the vacancies. Last year, I had 1 SY pair a...
by G Saner
Fri May 21, 2021 11:31 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Sevin 5% dust treatments
Replies: 8
Views: 1413

Re: Sevin 5% dust treatments

As stated above, you will get different opinions on this. Here is what I do for my SuperGourds. I use a manual pump powder mister. The action is similar to a hand bicycle pump and I think used mainly for roses. The mister sprays a small amount into a tiny cloud. After the eggs have been laid, I cove...
by G Saner
Tue May 18, 2021 2:06 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Pole/gourd maintenance in a salt water environment
Replies: 6
Views: 878

Re: Pole/gourd maintenance in a salt water environment

John, Thank you for assisting us inland landlords with this information. I called the PMCA and their ground stakes are steel. This unit will be installed across the bay from Port O'Connor at Palacios. So I guess technically it will be on Tres Palacios Bay. My cousin and her husband were very interes...
by G Saner
Mon May 17, 2021 2:11 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Pole/gourd maintenance in a salt water environment
Replies: 6
Views: 878

Re: Pole/gourd maintenance in a salt water environment

Carlton and John, Many thanks for the great advice. I had thought about the pulleys being a problem but had not considered the ground stake. Also, thanks to the PMCA for the Forum that allows landlords to benefit from other landlords knowledge. John, did you have your aluminum ground stake fabricate...
by G Saner
Sat May 15, 2021 10:04 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Pole/gourd maintenance in a salt water environment
Replies: 6
Views: 878

Pole/gourd maintenance in a salt water environment

I need advice. My cousin and I plan to install a Deluxe Gourd pole (2 inch aluminum) at her house this fall. The pole itself will only be about 200 feet from Matagorda Bay. What is the effect of this salt environment on the pulleys, rope and pole itself? Should the entire unit be stored inside for t...
by G Saner
Fri May 14, 2021 12:17 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Losses......
Replies: 4
Views: 605

Re: Losses......

Cary, I lost eight martins to the freeze. Last year all 24 gourds had nests with only one SY pair. Losing those early birds caused vacancies that first year martins are claiming. I don't have final numbers yet but 20 pair have laid eggs. My colony should be in the 22 pair range and if things go just...
by G Saner
Fri May 14, 2021 12:06 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Bouncing back in Texas
Replies: 18
Views: 3652

Re: Bouncing back in Texas

Well, my martins are making up for lost time. One week ago, I only found 3 eggs in one nest. Today, 20 nests have a total of 88 eggs. I don't believe I have ever had so many clutches initiated during such a short period. Normally they are spread out over 2 or 3 weeks. Late June is going to have a lo...
by G Saner
Fri May 07, 2021 4:52 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Bouncing back in Texas
Replies: 18
Views: 3652

Re: Bouncing back in Texas

Archer, I had to look at a range map to answer your question. Some Tree Swallows do winter on the Texas coast so it is possible they were impacted. Maybe our Corpus Christi or Houston forum friends know more on this subject. My colony has many barn swallows nesting on the Assisted Living Center buil...
by G Saner
Fri May 07, 2021 11:51 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Bouncing back in Texas
Replies: 18
Views: 3652

Re: Bouncing back in Texas

I did another nest check this morning and found only one nest that had eggs. Very late this year laying. This time, I took my binoculars and stayed for a little more research. Of the 20 gourds I could see from the patio, I recorded pairs with15 ASY males, 4 SY males and a SY bachelor checking out "h...
by G Saner
Wed May 05, 2021 1:20 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Nest building began this weekend in Plano
Replies: 12
Views: 2277

Re: Nest building began this weekend in Plano

Whippy, We are experiencing similar late activity here in Kerrville. Yesterday's nest check found only 2 eggs. Last year on May 6th, one pair had already hatched their eggs and 22 other pair had laid over 100 eggs. I guess my colony is about two weeks later this year. I think the females have delaye...
by G Saner
Mon Apr 26, 2021 1:47 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Bouncing back in Texas
Replies: 18
Views: 3652

Re: Bouncing back in Texas

I conducted my first nest check of the year this morning. Lots of nesting activity but so far, no eggs. Last year on this date, 11 pair had already started laying. I prefer the martins to start laying in April so their young fledge by mid-June. Every gourd had a nest but I won't have an exact count ...
by G Saner
Mon Apr 12, 2021 9:02 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Bouncing back in Texas
Replies: 18
Views: 3652

Re: Bouncing back in Texas

Correction: more males are born compared to females. But 80% shouldn't last.
by G Saner
Mon Apr 12, 2021 9:00 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Bouncing back in Texas
Replies: 18
Views: 3652

Re: Bouncing back in Texas

Whippy, I think more females are born compared to males. That is why some SY males end up as bachelors. You should be balancing out soon. You can bet your males are out searching for a gal to bring back to your yard. However, of the five martins I found dead after the freeze, four were females. Can'...
by G Saner
Sun Apr 11, 2021 8:53 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Bouncing back in Texas
Replies: 18
Views: 3652

Re: Bouncing back in Texas

It is very hard to get an exact count at dusk but I would estimate I now have thirty something martins. Barn Swallows feed in the same airspace as the martins making it even harder. The SY males are starting to arrive and fill in for the martins lost to the freeze. Twice I have seen a Cooper's Hawk....
by G Saner
Thu Apr 01, 2021 11:54 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Which brand/type caulk for vent elbows
Replies: 7
Views: 1914

Re: Which brand/type caulk for vent elbows

Here is another option. I used a one inch PVC elbow and installed them at the top back of my SuperGourds. They are as high on the neck as possible but still allow the open end of the elbow to face down. I drilled the hole with a 7/8 inch paddle then filed the hole a little until it would accept the ...
by G Saner
Sat Mar 27, 2021 9:02 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Was watching my Martins come in tonight...
Replies: 46
Views: 8937

Re: Was watching my Martins come in tonight...

Hey Whippy, Others more knowledgeable can comment put I think Sharp-shinned hawks breed in Canada. My former North Texas colony was attacked by a sharp-shinned hawk but he left in April. He did come back for several seasons but I guess he finally died. Look at the hawk's tail when it is perching (if...
by G Saner
Tue Mar 23, 2021 3:17 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Quick question
Replies: 6
Views: 1559

Re: Quick question

Another reason that martins sometimes choose a certain side of the house is wind direction. Mine usually choose the north facing gourds first because they like to fly into the wind (just like an airplane). Normally, the wind is from the south. As more martins arrive, they choose gourds on the south ...
by G Saner
Sun Mar 21, 2021 2:08 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: My have to take the housing down this season
Replies: 28
Views: 5757

Re: My have to take the housing down this season

Hey Whippy,

WOW! 16 came in to roost. That is very good for this time of year. I look forward to updates on how your colony progresses.