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by G Saner
Sat May 15, 2021 10:04 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Pole/gourd maintenance in a salt water environment
Replies: 1
Views: 27

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: 136

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: 17
Views: 1824

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: 17
Views: 1824

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: 17
Views: 1824

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: 441

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: 17
Views: 1824

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: 17
Views: 1824

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: 17
Views: 1824

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: 17
Views: 1824

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: 1514

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: 7228

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: 1229

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: 4661

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: 4661

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: 7228

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: 17
Views: 1824

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: 17
Views: 1824

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: 779

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: 1229

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...