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by tim414
Mon Jun 29, 2015 12:29 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: house wrens
Replies: 8
Views: 2942

The Sialis Bluebird web page also cites that Wrens will destroy Bluebird nest in a matter of a few minutes. I like to listen to them sing. But, they can present a problem. I have two different species of Wrens at my location, but, only one time have I wondered if they were the culprits removing Blue...
by tim414
Mon Jun 29, 2015 12:21 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Problems
Replies: 1
Views: 854

You will probably solve the problem.

Those HOSP sure need to be controled though, as your doing. That will also bring good for your colony which might return for the right conditions as well as no pesky, killing HOSP at your site.

Good luck
by tim414
Mon Jun 29, 2015 12:15 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Florida landlord selling systems/MORE info
Replies: 10
Views: 3871

What part of Florida is it? There are other landlords there I know of which might want them.
by tim414
Mon Jun 29, 2015 11:53 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Prolonged egg incubation question for Texans
Replies: 8
Views: 2376

I'm also late to this thread. I do not have Martins yet. There are no colonies in over 20 miles from my site. However, I have experienced NO EGGS hatch this year from all the Blubird nest. I had two pair sit on their nest which were both 10 days overdue to hatch. They finally gave up, and I immediat...
by tim414
Mon Jun 29, 2015 11:03 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly.
Replies: 3
Views: 1331

The HOSP are EXCELLENT KILLERS. Their sneaky, and, they WILL do their killing in GANGS too. I watched this year as they started ganging up on Bluebirds. I was unaware at the time how they operated. HOSP and Starlings have to be eliminated. They are BOTH DANGEROUS to our native birds. They have the c...
by tim414
Fri Jun 26, 2015 3:49 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Mystery Swallow Bird Picking on PMs? Found!!
Replies: 25
Views: 7578

I found out what the mystery bird I referred to above is. It's a Crested Flycatcher. The dang Mockingbirds attack anytime it wants to come around. I saw it again this morning and it came to a mature Pecan tree, sat there perched on a limb for a couple minutes then it went over and perched on the fen...
by tim414
Thu Jun 18, 2015 10:58 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Bird flu?
Replies: 2
Views: 1534

Avian flu is reality; it does exist. Has it been a problem? No. Not that I know of anyway.

Use good infection control
by tim414
Thu Jun 18, 2015 7:59 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: How Are Oklahoma and North Texas Colonies Doing in the Storm
Replies: 4
Views: 1732

About 2 pm today, we had a big downpour which lasted about 20-30 min. After, it cleared off and now it's clear blue and humidity RISING along with the heat.....
by tim414
Wed Jun 17, 2015 10:11 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Between 340 and 350 Pairs of Purple Martins
Replies: 11
Views: 5366

Re: Between 340 and 350 Pairs of Purple Martins

Steve Kroenke wrote:Between 340 and 350 Pairs of Purple Martins
That's GREAT Steve....!!!
by tim414
Wed Jun 17, 2015 9:10 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Question about effectiveness of liquid sevin
Replies: 12
Views: 4157

It should work after it has evaporated. When the critters crawl around, they pick it up and carry it up on their legs. Sorta like bugs do when they crawl through boric acid; they carry it on their legs and then crawl over their eggs and kills the eggs. As long as there is a residual for them to craw...
by tim414
Wed Jun 17, 2015 11:46 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Question about effectiveness of liquid sevin
Replies: 12
Views: 4157

Years ago, my grandfather use to spray sevin in liquid form. He had a contraption which looked like a quart jar connected to water hose. He would add the sevin dust to the jar (connect hose) and it would add water to the sevin dust and go out into the the sprayng water. He did this on his veggies, t...
by tim414
Wed Jun 17, 2015 11:26 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Mystery Swallow Bird Picking on PMs? Found!!
Replies: 25
Views: 7578

Thanks Tim.

Yes, I do have them here at my site. But that is not what it was. Those Phobe's look similar to a sparrow to me. The bird I saw has more points or sharp edges if you will. Not a round type silhouette, but sharp or pointed......

Tim
by tim414
Wed Jun 17, 2015 11:04 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Heavy Tropical Storm activity to move through Central Texas
Replies: 13
Views: 4254

Excellent. The rain started continuously here at around 5 a.m. this morning and has not had a break. Moderate to heavy rain. We may get 6 inches which ia now going to aggravate the Red River flooding down stream in areas of: Eastern Texas Arkansas Louisana Lake Texoma held back huge amounts of water...
by tim414
Wed Jun 17, 2015 2:04 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Heavy Tropical Storm activity to move through Central Texas
Replies: 13
Views: 4254

I'm located a hour north of Dallas along the Red River (Sherman/Denison area). The rain started here yesterday. Light to heavy rain for a hour, and stopped for several hours and start again. I was in two different Counties today (Cooke/Grayson which border Oklahoma) and same weather pattern. I'm lik...
by tim414
Wed Jun 17, 2015 1:28 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Mystery Swallow Bird Picking on PMs? Found!!
Replies: 25
Views: 7578

M.Stephens wrote:They get along at my site Anthony.........

Image
Nice pic Malcolm.
by tim414
Wed Jun 17, 2015 1:15 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Mystery Swallow Bird Picking on PMs? Found!!
Replies: 25
Views: 7578

My Bad ! It came Back ! AND Again, I didn't have a camera, But IT WAS a Scissor Tail Flycatcher AFTER all! I went out to see the Fledglings fly around before the storms that are expected here this afternoon, and sure as heck, there was the gray-ish bird on top of the same tall dead branches ! As th...
by tim414
Wed Jun 17, 2015 1:01 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Mystery Swallow Bird Picking on PMs? Found!!
Replies: 25
Views: 7578

Thanks for the replies everyone, Louise, I wish I had a camera/phone 0n me, but it happened rather quickly. I still see the image in my head of those swallow shape wings, Lt. Gray colored breast area & that slightly longer Gray V tail than a PM. I'm trying to look up Texas birds again & check out a...
by tim414
Wed Jun 17, 2015 12:53 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Another Video of my Colony....
Replies: 3
Views: 1030

Excellent Malcolm
by tim414
Tue Jun 16, 2015 12:11 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: If hot temps are coming, start planning now
Replies: 8
Views: 2371

I don't think spray or running sprinklers "under" the gourds would/will have any impact on the cavity temp inside. It may make it a shade higher in humidity levels, which in the south, we have enough already. Best way is to shade the sun OFF the cavities or housing. Without direct sunlight, the cavi...
by tim414
Tue Jun 16, 2015 11:51 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: The start of a new colony - questions
Replies: 6
Views: 1486

As far as training materials I think PMCA might have a initial set they can provide, then you can take it to a printer (with PMCA's permission to reprint-some printing places will not reproduce any pic or printed material without the publisher permission if it's copyright).