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by William A
Mon Jan 22, 2018 11:44 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: RE: New Landlord Seeks Any/All Advice to Start Out Right...
Replies: 14
Views: 4182

Re: RE: New Landlord Seeks Any/All Advice to Start Out Right...

Welcome to the most satisfying and rewarding hobby as a martin landlord. I wish you all the luck in the world. We tried for 15 years without success and decided to move three gourd racks about 130 feet to a new location approximately 20 feet away from the house with the first rack and the others sta...
by William A
Fri Jun 30, 2017 1:02 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Orphaned Purple Martin SE Alabama
Replies: 0
Views: 1903

Orphaned Purple Martin SE Alabama

Hello, I just received a call from a gentleman down in Dothan Alabama who has a very healthy Martin baby that was found on the ground and the other martins have departed several days ago. We are looking for someone that still has prefledged martins in the Dothan, Enterprise, Troy area of Southeast A...
by William A
Tue Aug 30, 2016 7:50 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Rehab Question
Replies: 2
Views: 1274

Re: Rehab Question

Thank you so much for your input Toy. Everything you said makes a lot of sense.
by William A
Sun Aug 28, 2016 3:12 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Rehab Question
Replies: 2
Views: 1274

Rehab Question

I took a Red Tail hawk to a wildlife sanctuary and rehab facility last weekend. They had a HY Martin that had been turned in in early July that evidently was left behind for some reason. The HY had not fledged completely and was found on the ground. Not enough space to tell the entire story, but the...
by William A
Fri Apr 01, 2016 7:39 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: trees and p martins
Replies: 2
Views: 1083

Re: trees and p martins

Hope you are able to post some pics of your site soon so we can help. Good luck
by William A
Tue Mar 29, 2016 7:06 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Early arrivals and cold weather challenges.
Replies: 19
Views: 5143

Re: Early arrivals and cold weather challenges.

Doug, great informative post and the follow on posts were outstanding also. I thank everyone for the effort keeping the birds alive in that terrible weather. Doug, are you just using a regular whistle like the referee's use? Thanks
by William A
Tue Mar 29, 2016 5:04 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Trapped sparrows
Replies: 9
Views: 3473

Re: Trapped sparrows

Glad you are trapping hosp but you need to euthanize them. Trapping and relocating does not help the problem. Read the thread down below about disposing of trapped sparrows. Good Luck
by William A
Mon Mar 28, 2016 6:47 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Changing pole
Replies: 4
Views: 1344

Re: Changing pole

I have made many changes over the years but always added housing after the martins arrived. Any removals would be done before the next years arrival. I would not feel comfortable removing housing while the martins are in residence. The logic I received on this forum was that the birds would have tim...
by William A
Fri Mar 25, 2016 8:25 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: PM House Questions by a Newbee
Replies: 10
Views: 2188

Re: PM House Questions by a Newbee

Seems like I have read negative comments here about using DE for martins. I have always used 1/4 tsp of seven under the nest with good results. Maybe somebody will chime in on using DE. Good Luck
by William A
Fri Mar 25, 2016 6:19 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: PM House Questions by a Newbee
Replies: 10
Views: 2188

Re: PM House Questions by a Newbee

That is a very nice house. I too am confident that martins prefer very close proximity to buildings with human activity. Good luck
by William A
Wed Mar 16, 2016 9:07 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Trying to get a new Martin colony
Replies: 29
Views: 8618

Re: Trying to get a new Martin colony

Very good observations, hello Sharon. After over ten years, decided to move all housing to within 25 feet from a vacant house on the property. I spend many hours in and around the house. That very year they started staying and increasing in numbers every year. In my opinion, the martins like housing...
by William A
Sun Feb 21, 2016 3:39 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Andy Troyers contact information
Replies: 5
Views: 2768

Re: Andy Troyers contact information

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by William A
Sun Feb 21, 2016 8:05 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Missing My Martins!
Replies: 7
Views: 2152

Re: Missing My Martins!

My bluebirds coexist very well with the martins. Neve seen one go into Martin housing but they perch on the perch rods all year long. When I flip crickets the bluebirds are quick to get all crickets that the martins miss.
by William A
Sun Feb 21, 2016 8:00 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Scout report in Farmington Missouri?...?
Replies: 4
Views: 1260

Re: Scout report in Farmington Missouri?...?

I am in Alabama and mine were right on time. Saw several in Alabama reporting several weeks early. Good luck to you this year
by William A
Sun Feb 21, 2016 5:59 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Scout report in Farmington Missouri?...?
Replies: 4
Views: 1260

Re: Scout report in Farmington Missouri?...?

He has been reporting since 2005 consistently. Although several weeks early, these strong south winds could have helped. I had one show up 2 weeks early years ago.
by William A
Tue Feb 16, 2016 8:44 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Colony Assistance
Replies: 3
Views: 1015

Re: Colony Assistance

Les, I appreciate you concern and dedication. I agree with Archer. Better to get rid of the housing than endanger the birds. They will find the new housing at the golf course. Good luck and please let us know how it works out. It would be better yet to get the housing moved before they arrive back.
by William A
Mon Jun 15, 2015 10:43 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Nest Replacements or Lack Thereof and mites.
Replies: 21
Views: 7335

Thanks Mike, just email me at ralph.avery@roadrunner.com and I will forward the necessary costs. Thank You
by William A
Sun Jun 14, 2015 6:31 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Nest Replacements or Lack Thereof and mites.
Replies: 21
Views: 7335

Good Morning Mike, very nice setup at the schools and what a wonderful experience for the students. I would sure like to have 24 of those owl guards for my gemini pole if you have any left. Please email me at ralph.avery@roadrunner.com Thank you so very much
by William A
Fri Jun 12, 2015 11:39 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Taxidermy Lady Update
Replies: 2
Views: 1034

Sorry to hear that news Sharon. You do have a good attitude and they will come to your site soon. Just keep that good attitude. Once they do settle in, your colony will begin. It took my father 16 years and now we have a very good colony every year.
by William A
Fri Jun 12, 2015 11:31 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Snakes
Replies: 7
Views: 2290

I sure hate to hear about the snakes as they can ruin a colony. I use the aluminum cylinder predator guards along with the snake netting. I use the netting below and above the predator guard. I usually catch 4 to 6 chicken snakes per year. Had one negotiate the bottom netting, came up the predator g...