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by jasalva
Sat May 30, 2020 1:22 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Late laying eggs
Replies: 5
Views: 456

Late laying eggs

I live in Delaware and probably have all cavities on two racks occupied. I have 24 gourds. I have done 2 nest checks and have 1 egg. This is behind for me and a neighbor in the next development who also has 2 full racks. Has anyone else noticed this in our area?
by jasalva
Fri May 08, 2020 11:40 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Coastal Arrivals - Delaware
Replies: 3
Views: 292

Re: Coastal Arrivals - Delaware

Thank you all for your responses. I have two racks, totaling 24 gourds. So far with no subs appearing, at least I think not, I have around 18 pairs. I am never certain until I do a nest check, which will be soon. I am a very happy landlord!
by jasalva
Wed May 06, 2020 7:29 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: how high should snake guards be?
Replies: 10
Views: 683

Re: how high should snake guards be?

I had Martins in a previous location for years and never had a problem with snakes. This new location is another matter. I had water at both locations. Last year we had a real problem with black snakes. We had the guards and netting on our setup. We check the gourds every 5 - 7 days and record activ...
by jasalva
Thu Apr 30, 2020 4:36 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Coastal Arrivals - Delaware
Replies: 3
Views: 292

Coastal Arrivals - Delaware

Every year it seems as though the Martins go North and West before they come east to the coast, specifically Delaware. Has anyone else observed the same thing and does anyone have an explanation?
by jasalva
Mon Apr 06, 2020 6:58 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Tree swallows
Replies: 2
Views: 304

Re: Tree swallows

My experience is that if TS are sharing the PM poles that the have already set their sights on the nesting box. I have had all three birds for sometime and know the difficulties of TS and BB possession of PM gourds and this is how it works for me. My TS have not built their nest yet, also, but they ...
by jasalva
Wed Apr 01, 2020 2:28 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Tree Swallow Relocation Strategy
Replies: 15
Views: 973

Re: Tree Swallow Relocation Strategy

At my previous home I had a real problem with TS. I eventually had to lower the gourds and wrap them in a drop cloth. It was only then that the TS took to the nearby shepherd’s hook with a gourd. When I saw them defending their new location, I unwrapped the gourds and raised them again. In our prese...
by jasalva
Wed Mar 11, 2020 5:15 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Winch Question
Replies: 13
Views: 1475

Re: Winch Question

Duke, WD 40 and tightening worked. Thank you.
by jasalva
Tue Mar 10, 2020 7:21 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Winch Question
Replies: 13
Views: 1475

Re: Winch Question

Duke, Thank you. Appreciate your advise! Will try. Judy
by jasalva
Tue Mar 10, 2020 3:00 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Winch Question
Replies: 13
Views: 1475

Re: Winch Question

I have a question about the DL 350 Brake Winch, too. We have two with cables on two poles. They both lift grounds as normal but when you lower, the handle has trouble engaging and you can’t lower the grounds. The handle just hangs loosely. If you push the center in you can get it to work with much e...
by jasalva
Tue Jul 02, 2019 11:33 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Recent Gourds Maintenance
Replies: 13
Views: 8641

Re: Recent Gourds Maintenance

Thank you, SpiderMan, will look for netting. We just may have that. The snakes head got caught in the netting. With birds, you are always learning. My new location (3 years) has brought lots of challenges! As I said before, I have 6 years experience at my previous location. We were on the water, wit...
by jasalva
Mon Jul 01, 2019 6:34 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Recent Gourds Maintenance
Replies: 13
Views: 8641

Re: Recent Gourds Maintenance

I think the netting is1/2 inch. Sine the first attack, we have really doubled up on netting above and below predator guard. We had matins for about 6 years at our former house and never had a snake attack. This was a hard lesson. Last year there was a psycho starling this year snakes!
by jasalva
Mon Jul 01, 2019 6:30 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Recent Gourds Maintenance
Replies: 13
Views: 8641

Re: Recent Gourds Maintenance

Will find out about electric guard. Caught a snake today before it could do damage. The net caught it.
by jasalva
Tue Jun 18, 2019 3:52 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Recent Gourds Maintenance
Replies: 13
Views: 8641

Re: Recent Gourds Maintenance

Tried adding a photo; it didn’t work
by jasalva
Tue Jun 18, 2019 3:28 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Recent Gourds Maintenance
Replies: 13
Views: 8641

Re: Recent Gourds Maintenance

Flyin-Lowe, Here is the picture that you requested.
by jasalva
Sat Jun 15, 2019 6:12 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Recent Gourds Maintenance
Replies: 13
Views: 8641

Recent Gourds Maintenance

Brought down gourds yesterday to find two gourds, having 5 eggs each last week, now empty. We have Troyer gourds with tunnels. We use predator guards and deer netting. Then as we had the rack down and were recording nests and chicks (predator guard and netting off for the check), a rat snake climbed...
by jasalva
Wed May 15, 2019 4:50 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Training a new colony. Upper level low.
Replies: 9
Views: 2922

Re: Training a new colony. Upper level low.

I wish that you were my neighbor. I tried in the past with no success, your message encourages me to try again!
by jasalva
Sat Apr 06, 2019 12:34 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: HOSP
Replies: 22
Views: 7982

Re: HOSP

Not a reply but aQuestio. I use to post but can’t figure out how to now. This is a question for a friend who has two wracks which have been full for a couple of years. Six birds arrived so far, three that belong to each rack. There are now six. HS have been going in a out today. Does she close the s...
by jasalva
Wed Jul 26, 2017 6:28 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Success in New Home Location
Replies: 3
Views: 899

Re: Success in New Home Location

Yes, we did look for a Martin friendly property. We were delighted when the property met our needs and the needs of potential Martin residents.
by jasalva
Sun Jul 23, 2017 3:52 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Success in New Home Location
Replies: 3
Views: 899

Success in New Home Location

Moved in January of this year and was anxious to get PM at our new home,which is adjacent to water. Was blessed with one pair whose babies successfully fledged today! Had 20 pair of PM in old location 3 miles away. I was hoping that the 20 pair would find us but they didn't. Had lots of visitors and...
by jasalva
Mon Jun 12, 2017 6:45 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Subs in Delaware?
Replies: 8
Views: 1946

Re: Subs in Delaware?

Moved to new property after several years of having PM at the old. I was hoping they might find me in close new area. Seem to have a definite mating pair, possibly two. Have an established colony across the street. Have lots of interest this week and wondered if these were just visitors from across ...