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by Harold Green
Thu Oct 24, 2019 10:01 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Strengthening Pole
Replies: 8
Views: 5792

Re: Strengthening Pole

The easiest way i have found is get some two inch angle iron and heavy steel straps and band the angle iron in the weak spots,
this will stop all the sway.
by Harold Green
Sat Apr 20, 2019 9:45 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: ? Cable diameter to re-string the winch ?
Replies: 9
Views: 4425

Re: ? Cable diameter to re-string the winch ?

I would put some kind of safety bolt through the pole to stop the rack from coming all the way down in case the cable broke or came loose. I had a cable to come loose and the rack fell, the safety bolt stopped the rack about 6" above my head and bent the bolt. i'm sure i would have been hurt bad if ...
by Harold Green
Wed Jul 13, 2016 2:28 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: feeding baby martin
Replies: 2
Views: 794

feeding baby martin

I've had an experience like never before with baby martins . I have had martin gourds up for about twelve years and have always had about twenty to thirty pairs. BTW I live in Ga. This year they came in about three weeks late and by the time they all got here i had about twenty two pairs. About two ...
by Harold Green
Thu Jan 21, 2016 2:24 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: My 2016 Purple Martin Colony
Replies: 17
Views: 3747

Re: My 2016 Purple Martin Colony

Looks like a good place for a purple martin gourd rack. That looks like a full time job, but all the fun watching is worth it.
by Harold Green
Mon Feb 17, 2014 5:12 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Glad to have no martins
Replies: 3
Views: 1496

I sure hope this years weather don't linger as long as last year. It stayed so cold and rainy here even the crows and hawks were in bad shape. One of my martins flew out of a gourd and landed on the ground and a crow dropped in just as he landed and sat there and ate him.
by Harold Green
Thu Feb 13, 2014 11:44 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Glad to have no martins
Replies: 3
Views: 1496

Glad to have no martins

I had birds this time last year and the bad weather killed about nine of them. I tried to feed them but didn't start in time I guess. The picture today shows what we have now.
by Harold Green
Tue Feb 04, 2014 3:00 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: 13 degrees tonite, 9 tomorrow night
Replies: 22
Views: 5637

Raymond, this debate is not about common sense, it is about science. Common sense told us the the earth was flat and the sun revolved around the earth, science has informed us otherwise. The data you site which indicated previous CO2 increases lag the temperature increase proves how well climate sc...
by Harold Green
Mon Mar 04, 2013 1:26 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Feeding in North GA
Replies: 13
Views: 3384

The birds are out feeding or gone somewhere today, so hope this will keep them alive.
I have found only two dead so far, one was in a gourd and the other on my back patio.
I have had martins for the last twelve or thirteen years and this is the first time I've ever encountered a situation like this.
by Harold Green
Mon Mar 04, 2013 11:10 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Feeding in North GA
Replies: 13
Views: 3384

I put some scrambled eggs in the gourds yesterday and that has helped some. Today will be in the upper fifties. So hope they can feed some. John--they were going to the ground because they were so weak they couldn't fly very far at a time. I could walk up close enough to them to almost pick them up....
by Harold Green
Sun Mar 03, 2013 3:20 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Feeding in North GA
Replies: 13
Views: 3384

I have about 12 at present time. The weather is in upper forties today but the wind is blowing ten to fifteen mph now. They are getting very weak, and sometimes land on the ground to rest before flying off.if they can last one more day, the weather is supposed to warm up and wind quit blowing. I can...
by Harold Green
Sun Mar 03, 2013 2:16 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Feeding in North GA
Replies: 13
Views: 3384

I don't have as many martins as you do Ron, but they are starving to death. I tried to feed them but they will not accept anything. It's bad to have to sit here and watch them die. Don't look like the weather will warm up till about Tuesday. Any suggestions .
by Harold Green
Wed Feb 13, 2013 4:08 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Martins in North Georgia
Replies: 18
Views: 5661

Ron, you got caught off guard just like I did. The earliest martins have come here was last year on the 17th of Feb. and I don't usually put my gourds up till about the middle of Feb. or a little later. Last Saturday mornibg a friend called and said he had seen a martin on his gourds early that morn...
by Harold Green
Sun Feb 10, 2013 8:40 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: ASY male returns
Replies: 5
Views: 1726

ASY male returns

I usually wait till about the last of February to put my gourds up, but decided to put them up yesterday the 9th. I just happened to be out yesterday afternoon late and lo and behold here comes this pretty blue male and went in one of the gourds just like he was home. He stayed the night and was sit...
by Harold Green
Wed Jun 15, 2011 2:58 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Hawk
Replies: 0
Views: 1123

Hawk

Had to stand and watch a cooper hawk fly off with a martin this morning. The young birds are flying and making all kinds of noise which attracts any hawk in the area. I was standing within 15 feet of the hawk when he hit the ground with the bird in his clutches. :evil:
by Harold Green
Fri May 20, 2011 3:11 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Dead birds
Replies: 3
Views: 1546

Harold, I'm over in Alabama and we are about on the exact same latitude. I do live around 1050 feet above sea level and I'm not sure of your elevation. I know our weather would at least be similar. I lost at least 51 nestlings due to this last cold snap. They died from hypothermia, and I suspect yo...
by Harold Green
Thu May 19, 2011 6:09 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Dead birds
Replies: 3
Views: 1546

Dead birds

I did a nest check today and got a big surprise. When I checked the nest about six days ago there was five or six eggs in each nest, and I knew it was time for them to hatch. Today there was anywhere from one to six baby birds dead in each nest. We have had some cold nights for the last week but the...
by Harold Green
Sun Feb 27, 2011 7:51 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Early arrivals
Replies: 0
Views: 1045

Early arrivals

I watched my gourds yesterday morning and saw one female all morning. Looked out this morning and there was three females and three males, and they have been fighting over which gourd is theirs all day long. It's good to see them back and looking very healthy. The photo is how they looked about the ...
by Harold Green
Tue Sep 15, 2009 4:06 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Swinging Gourds
Replies: 8
Views: 4381

Check the web site below for gourd swing.


http://www.chuckspurplemartinpage.com/gordswng.htm
by Harold Green
Tue Sep 15, 2009 4:05 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Swinging Gourds
Replies: 8
Views: 4381

Check the web site below for gourd swing.


http://www.chuckspurplemartinpage.com/gordswng.htm
by Harold Green
Fri Apr 10, 2009 9:55 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: ASY male with one leg
Replies: 3
Views: 4449

ASY male with one leg

I was watching the martins do their morning thing yesterday and one of them kept fluttering, and had trouble with his balance when trying to hang on a gourd. At first I couldn't decide what was wrong, but after further and closer observation he only has one leg, other than that he seems normal in ev...

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