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by G Saner
Mon Apr 12, 2021 9:02 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Bouncing back in Texas
Replies: 9
Views: 700

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: 9
Views: 700

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: 9
Views: 700

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: 760

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: 4612

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: 790

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: 3137

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.
by G Saner
Fri Mar 19, 2021 1:35 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: My have to take the housing down this season
Replies: 28
Views: 3137

Re: My have to take the housing down this season

Whippy, My colony experienced the identical situation when I lived in North Texas. I felt just like you do. Unfortunately, hawk attacks are extremely hard to deter and you have done everything possible to save your martins. I have one possible suggestion. See how it goes this year before taking them...
by G Saner
Mon Mar 08, 2021 11:51 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Was watching my Martins come in tonight...
Replies: 46
Views: 4612

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

Whippy, I am sorry you experienced this. Hawk attacks are the hardest predator to deter. I do have one small suggestion. I had a colony in Carrollton for over 25 years and experienced hawk attacks as the trees in the area grew. It took me over a year to uncover the hawk's method. This hawk was hidin...
by G Saner
Mon Mar 08, 2021 10:53 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Bouncing back in Texas
Replies: 9
Views: 700

Re: Bouncing back in Texas

Martins continue to arrive at my colony. Last night I counted 20 (plus or minus) that returned to roost. They are beginning to be too many to get an exact count. I am happy that my colony is bouncing back but sad to lose my oldest most experienced breeders. The worst thing is I won't be pushing as m...
by G Saner
Sun Feb 28, 2021 9:56 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Bouncing back in Texas
Replies: 9
Views: 700

Bouncing back in Texas

On February 9th, I counted 8 martins that returned to roost at my satellite colony. After the storm, I only found 5 martins dead but I don't think any martin could have survived those temperatures for over one week. On February 21st, no martins roosted. I can't be at my site every night because it i...
by G Saner
Fri Feb 26, 2021 9:47 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Martin Visting
Replies: 4
Views: 504

Re: Martin Visting

Unk, As SSMartin mentioned, martins especially visit other colonies after the young have fledged. The first year at my current colony, I only had one of the four males with the full black color (ASY). After the babies flew, I often had 5 or 6 black males visit in the morning. Since I only had one ma...
by G Saner
Fri Feb 26, 2021 12:07 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: new housing set up question
Replies: 8
Views: 757

Re: new housing set up question

Jeff, I would say the answer depends on your site. At one time, I had my poles only 8 feet apart. This was due to the small size of my suburban backyard. It was not a problem for the martins. The only drawback was that sometimes a male would try to dominate a cavity on both poles. If you have the ro...
by G Saner
Wed Feb 24, 2021 9:32 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Start a new adult arrival report ?
Replies: 11
Views: 960

Re: Start a new adult arrival report ?

Conrad, I had 8 martins roost on February 9th. I only found 5 dead ones after the storm but I don't think any martin could have survived those temperatures for over a week. On February 21st, none roosted. Tonight (February 24th), I counted 4 that roosted. I have a satellite colony so I can't observe...
by G Saner
Mon Feb 01, 2021 8:54 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: How do Texas martins know where Interstate 35 is?
Replies: 3
Views: 1620

Re: How do Texas martins know where Interstate 35 is?

Just had one return this evening. A little earlier than I would like. This is the sixth year for this colony and every year they have returned earlier than the preceding year. Arrival date is always special. It is amazing to see them drop from the sky and enter a gourd at high speed. He knew just ho...
by G Saner
Sun Jan 31, 2021 3:53 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: How do Texas martins know where Interstate 35 is?
Replies: 3
Views: 1620

How do Texas martins know where Interstate 35 is?

Looking at the 2021 Arrival map, you can see that all listed sightings are on or east of Interstate 35. This Interstate travels north-south thru Dallas, Austin and San Antonio. My colony is about 60 miles northwest of San Antonio. It makes me think that my martins do not travel over the Gulf of Mexi...
by G Saner
Sun Jan 31, 2021 3:42 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Video of my colony from last year
Replies: 3
Views: 1158

Re: Video of my colony from last year

Thanks. I needed that on January 31st. Almost time for mine to be back.

Gary
by G Saner
Sat Jan 30, 2021 5:09 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: If you could give 1 piece of advice to New Landlords, what would it be?
Replies: 29
Views: 5442

Re: If you could give 1 piece of advice to New Landlords, what would it be?

The best piece of advice is to place the house/gourds in an open area. The more open the better. Number two would be to place it not too far from human activity. Number three would be to control sparrows and starlings.

Gary
by G Saner
Thu Jan 28, 2021 4:06 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Has anybody completely changed housing?
Replies: 16
Views: 3423

Re: Has anybody completely changed housing?

Whippy, I once changed a Trio M12K to a Trio Castle and nearly doubled my pair. In my case, I placed the new house in the exact location as the old one. The T-14 is much better at attracting a high occupancy percentage compared to the Trio-Wade. If your two pair make it back, I think they will accep...
by G Saner
Tue Jan 26, 2021 2:06 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: The Disappearing Culture of Purple Martin Landlords | JSTOR Daily
Replies: 22
Views: 4244

Re: The Disappearing Culture of Purple Martin Landlords | JSTOR Daily

I agree with the comments above that the article is inaccurate. However, the topic is important. Here are my two cents. I may be in the minority, but I started with martins when I was 13. My friend's parents had a colony and I was hooked. I find that most people that have a colony today are in their...