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by philsand
Wed Sep 30, 2020 2:24 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Closing our site
Replies: 14
Views: 1294

Re: Closing our site

I imagine what you are planning is painful. I am concerned that fewer young people are replacing the people that are discontinuing their valuable care I am aging out. I reduced the number of gourds to six. Three of them were equipped with owl guards. The martins would not go near them. (So basically...
by philsand
Mon Sep 28, 2020 7:10 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: The Perch for Round Poles (The l).
Replies: 3
Views: 360

Re: The Perch for Round Poles (The l).

Not good. Thanks. You are adding to the growing knowledge.
by philsand
Mon Sep 28, 2020 11:20 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: The Perch for Round Poles (The l).
Replies: 3
Views: 360

The Perch for Round Poles (The l).

Has any one hung gourds from the aluminum Perch for Round Poles? Mine are one pound Bo Plus gourds. Wondering about the arm strengths I want to hang three..
by philsand
Thu Aug 13, 2020 8:00 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: New Idea to Control House Sparrows
Replies: 2
Views: 495

Re: New Idea to Control House Sparrows

I found the posting. You have to google New Ideas to Stop Nesting Sparrows, Purple Martin Forum. Birds have a primitive brain which is similar to ours. I call it the lizard brain. It is where the fight or flight response originates. The birds can feel anxiety, fear and anger. It is caused by tissues...
by philsand
Thu Aug 13, 2020 5:08 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: New Idea to Control House Sparrows
Replies: 2
Views: 495

New Idea to Control House Sparrows

I found this idea on the internet and I can not pull the page up again. A guy reported that he will allow a sparrow pair to build their nest and lay their eggs. Then he removes every piece of their nest and he crushes the eggs, smearing them all over the clean floor. When the sparrows returned, basi...
by philsand
Sun Aug 02, 2020 7:55 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Interesting behavoir of single pair
Replies: 5
Views: 753

Re: Interesting behavoir of single pair

It is dark now. I found the errant one. Instead of entering the round hole gourd, it perched on the top porch of one of the gourds that has the two-porch-with-rods owl guards. There may be an advantage. An owl could trap it in a gourd. Where it is, it has several escape routes.
by philsand
Sun Aug 02, 2020 7:11 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Interesting behavoir of single pair
Replies: 5
Views: 753

Re: Interesting behavoir of single pair

Success. Two fledged. This is the second night they brought them both home to roost. One has been able to enter the round hole gourd only after struggling 3 or 4 minutes. This makes me wonder how fledglings can manage a SREH entrance. The other one never would even land on a gourd. Both adults chase...
by philsand
Sat Jul 11, 2020 10:01 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: New Bo Nine Plus Gourds
Replies: 10
Views: 929

Re: New Bo Nine Plus Gourds

Whippy, You are making the right choices. You found the only link I know of that shows the BO Nine Plus gourds and they are on sale. They have a diameter of 9.25 inches and the Bo Eleven has a diameter of 11. The former only weighs 15 ounces. After 50 plus years providing martin housing I was lookin...
by philsand
Fri Jul 10, 2020 7:57 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: New Bo Nine Plus Gourds
Replies: 10
Views: 929

New Bo Nine Plus Gourds

Has anyone had success with The new Bo Nine Plus gourds. They are very light and have a black interior which I feel are good features.
by philsand
Thu Jul 09, 2020 3:41 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Interesting behavoir of single pair
Replies: 5
Views: 753

Re: Interesting behavoir of single pair

Thanks, I did. He was using way too much energy.
by philsand
Fri Jul 03, 2020 9:14 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Interesting behavoir of single pair
Replies: 5
Views: 753

Re: Interesting behavoir of single pair

Eggs hatched today for this single pair. The male has intensified his dive bomb runs on the decoy. He must feel threatened. :???:
by philsand
Thu Jul 02, 2020 10:02 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Rear and Front Entrances.
Replies: 4
Views: 428

Re: Rear and Front Entrances.

Maybe a exit only flap. Some bright mind out there may work it out.
by philsand
Thu Jul 02, 2020 8:55 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Rear and Front Entrances.
Replies: 4
Views: 428

Rear and Front Entrances.

My martins seem so vulnerable when they roost at night in a one entrance compartment. I am wondering if any of the creative landlords have ever tried a double entrance. I saw a pair of martins nest in an old stop light at a busy intersection many years ago. The nest was built on the protruding cone ...
by philsand
Tue Jun 30, 2020 5:31 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Interesting behavoir of single pair
Replies: 5
Views: 753

Interesting behavoir of single pair

A mature male arrived the first of June and eventually attracted a very immature female. He worked extremely hard for a few days. She sat on the perch for hours. He could not get her to stay at night so they roosted elsewhere. She did briefly check out his gourd a few times, for mating purposes I im...
by philsand
Sun Mar 15, 2020 9:39 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: mosquitoes
Replies: 6
Views: 583

Re: mosquitoes

Regarding mosquitos, I read about a study many years ago that indicated that martins at times do eat mosquitoes. There are times during the year when several types of insects are swarming due to leaving their nest at the same time, moving a nest or mating. Somehow the martins become aware of this ac...
by philsand
Wed Mar 11, 2020 6:09 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Create A Rack Gourd Arms
Replies: 2
Views: 391

Re: Create A Rack Gourd Arms

Thanks. Good idea. It really is an easy fix once you become aware of the potential problem. I like the system and plan to add one more later.
by philsand
Mon Mar 09, 2020 4:12 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Create A Rack Gourd Arms
Replies: 2
Views: 391

Create A Rack Gourd Arms

Beware of the Create A Rack Gourd Arms advertised in the Purple Martin Conservation catalog. After a little wind, one end of the hanging hook holding one gourd was out of its hole. The gourd was hanging sideways with one hook engaged. Another gourd was stuck with the entrance hole facing down at 45 ...
by philsand
Wed Feb 26, 2020 8:21 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Arrival of Martins around Kinston NC
Replies: 4
Views: 1187

Re: Arrival of Martins around Kinston NC

I have not put up gourds yet in Kinston. Thought you might like to know we set up 8 gourds last year in the Kinston Community Garden. We had one nesting pair. We are looking forward to growth there. I had martins for forty years in the Northwest Kinston area. Two years ago hawks devastated my colony...
by philsand
Fri Feb 21, 2020 7:42 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Behavior change
Replies: 4
Views: 1798

Re: Behavior change

The arrival of adults from other colonies may have evolved to serve as a distraction, making it more difficult for hawks to prey on the inexperienced flyers.
by philsand
Fri Feb 21, 2020 7:13 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Hi
Replies: 17
Views: 1312

Re: Hi

You have the passion. Now you need patients. My first pair arrived on the tenth year of trying. Then I enjoyed them for 40 years. Hawks brought the run to an end two years ago. I will try again this year with owl ( hawk) guards.