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by Don Ricketson
Wed Mar 11, 2015 12:01 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Neighbour Complaints
Replies: 16
Views: 4267

Ron those are beautiful pictures. You should send some of them to National Geographic. They might would publish them and do a story on Purple Martins.
Besides you might win some prize money for best pics :) .
by Don Ricketson
Sat Mar 07, 2015 12:45 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Starving Martins.
Replies: 4
Views: 1259

I guess there wasn't as many birds died from the cold weather as I thought. It was in the 30's and 40's for six days in Llano. We are about 70 miles northwest of Austin. Good for you Vern1 for being able to feed them. That has to take lots of patience and work. Sorry for your loss, eyeamtheman. I kn...
by Don Ricketson
Thu Mar 05, 2015 7:37 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Starving Martins.
Replies: 4
Views: 1259

Starving Martins.

Wondering how many Martins were lost during the recent week of cold weather. I had several come by and go inside the houses. I'm sure they all probably perished somewhere, but I only found 2 dead in the Trio Houses :cry:
by Don Ricketson
Sat Feb 28, 2015 5:50 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Question for Central Texas Martin folks
Replies: 17
Views: 2912

I had a flyby on Feb.10th that just circled around and made a low swipe over my gourd rack but he didn't land. I had about 5 or 6 come on the 18th and have stayed so I have opened and raised my houses and gourds. It has been around 30 degrees ever since Wed.25th They are all huddled up inside and ha...
by Don Ricketson
Wed Feb 08, 2012 11:36 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Starlings?
Replies: 11
Views: 3205

No
by Don Ricketson
Mon Mar 01, 2010 7:04 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Martins in Llano, Tx.
Replies: 1
Views: 911

Martins in Llano, Tx.

I have 6 Martins that came Saturday and paired up and spent the last two nights in my Trio houses. I think they're keepers but it's 42 degrees right now and it's supposed to come a light freeze here tonight. They came in to roost early today because they couldn't find anything to eat. I had several ...
by Don Ricketson
Mon Jul 23, 2007 3:38 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Victor Stoll Colony Update
Replies: 2
Views: 5714

Victor your post always amazes me. How you can keep up with that many Martins and have a decent count at the end of the season is incredible. I only have twelve cavities (2 modified Trio Grammas and 4 Natureline gourds). I had 10 pair and fledged 53 hatchlings this year. The last ones fledged a coup...
by Don Ricketson
Mon Mar 06, 2006 12:30 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: starlings, Martins and SREH's
Replies: 8
Views: 7757

Thanks all for the replies. I'll try the tape. Has anyone ever tried Velcro or do you think they might get tangled up in it. I have to go tro Dallas for a few days starting wednesday. Sure would like to see them enter before I leave. Hi grandmac.2. What part of Tow do you live in? I see lots of PM h...
by Don Ricketson
Sun Mar 05, 2006 10:26 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: starlings, Martins and SREH's
Replies: 8
Views: 7757

starlings, Martins and SREH's

I've been having starling problems. Last week I found a dead Martin in a cavity that a starling had claimed. I'm sure that the starling killed it. I have 2 Trio 8 Granma houses. I decided to install SREH doors that I got from PMCA. Ever since then my Martins try to wiggle and squirm into them, but I...
by Don Ricketson
Fri Feb 24, 2006 9:41 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Georgetown, TX - have you seen any Martins?
Replies: 12
Views: 12043

Ha, mine did stay the night and I have about 12 or so this morning. Looking good in Llano. Don.
by Don Ricketson
Thu Feb 23, 2006 4:41 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Georgetown, TX - have you seen any Martins?
Replies: 12
Views: 12043

Hi Sharon, I'm about 65 miles west of Georgetown in Llano. On Feb.4 I had four stop by for a little while, then they left. Later a couple more stopped by and left. I didn't have my houses up then. I suppose all these were still heading north. This morning I had 5 or 6 landed on the poles and flew ar...
by Don Ricketson
Sun Feb 05, 2006 12:40 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Here they come....
Replies: 0
Views: 3428

Here they come....

HaHa, I had 4 asy's land on my poles this morning. I had to leave, so don't know how long they stayed. My houses are down, but four of them landed on the perch. Of course there was already a sparrow setting beside them. :evil: Rats. It's gonna be a good year though I can tell. 8)
by Don Ricketson
Tue Jan 17, 2006 12:44 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: The Darkness, Seclusion And Rustic Factors
Replies: 8
Views: 10312

That's an interesting artical Steve. Would there be a certain kind of paint. It looks like some paint chemicals might be harmful to the birds. I have 2 modified G8Trios and 4 super gourds. Might try it thes year. Thanks for the tip. Don.