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by Louise Chambers
Wed Jun 10, 2020 12:00 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: sparrows
Replies: 2
Views: 156

Re: sparrows

You might try an in-cavity trap, one that fits inside the T-14. Place it only in a room with an active house sparrow nest. Push some of sparrow nest back further, put trap in, and put a bit of sparrow nest material in front of trap, too. link to pmca traps: https://www.purplemartin.org/shop/47/traps...
by Louise Chambers
Wed Jun 03, 2020 4:39 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Egg Size ??
Replies: 4
Views: 136

Re: Egg Size ??

I recall a PMCA study where eggs were measured, I think we measured every egg laid that season at PMCA housing in Edinboro, PA. I know there was a range of sizes, but differences were slight, and no significant size difference was found between ASY and SY eggs.
by Louise Chambers
Sun May 17, 2020 7:07 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Warbler Bird
Replies: 4
Views: 309

Re: Warbler Bird

Without a good ID, it's hard to give you a firm answer. Try to get a photo of the bird, or of the nest it made in the gourd. There is a cavity-nesting warbler that might nest in a gourd, prothonotary warbler - and if you have one, let it stay. Flycatchers, wrens, titmice, chickadees, plus bluebirds ...
by Louise Chambers
Fri May 15, 2020 8:01 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Has anybody experienced problems from an Opossum?
Replies: 6
Views: 334

Re: Has anybody experienced problems from an Opossum?

I didn't think opossums were a danger in regard to rabies, googled and found this: Answer: Any mammal can get rabies. However, the chance of rabies in an opossum is EXTREMELY RARE. This may have something to do with the opossum's low body temperature (94-97º F) making it difficult for the virus to s...
by Louise Chambers
Thu May 14, 2020 9:32 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Has anybody experienced problems from an Opossum?
Replies: 6
Views: 334

Re: Has anybody experienced problems from an Opossum?

Do you have a predator guard, like a stovepipe piece that wobbles, on your system poles? Those would stop raccoons and any other climbing predators
by Louise Chambers
Wed May 06, 2020 8:03 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Martins at the Assisted Living Center
Replies: 5
Views: 271

Re: Martins at the Assisted Living Center

Gary, it's wonderful that you are caring for martins here to begin with, and what a good way to overcome the current restrictions. Twenty-three out of 24 gourds occupied and holding eggs is terrific! Thank you for doing this. I remember when you and your wife used to host a martin viewing event for ...
by Louise Chambers
Mon May 04, 2020 9:22 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Tree swallows and Martins?
Replies: 13
Views: 626

Re: Tree swallows and Martins?

Please see the thread, Predator Guards, by Kathy Freeze. There are some good links there and great information that should help you.
by Louise Chambers
Mon May 04, 2020 9:20 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Predator Guards: A Story of Love & Betrayal
Replies: 11
Views: 696

Re: Predator Guards: A Story of Love & Betrayal

Time to move this up, because many folks are getting their first martins about now. Every pole needs a guard to stop raccoons, and some need netting as well, for snakes.
by Louise Chambers
Thu Apr 30, 2020 9:18 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: how high should snake guards be?
Replies: 10
Views: 386

Re: how high should snake guards be?

flyin lowe, I know the photo you mean, and want to mention one thing - that guard is not high enough on pole, way too low. Yes, larger snakes can bypass guards that are placed higher, and they climb using seams in guards, rivet heads, latches, hinges - all the stuff we need to make the guards remova...
by Louise Chambers
Thu Apr 30, 2020 8:21 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: how high should snake guards be?
Replies: 10
Views: 386

Re: how high should snake guards be?

Could you share a photo of the guards? not sure what you mean by flange, flange out. Usually it's recommended that the top of guard is not less than 4 ft above ground, but that is to stop larger raccoons. The snakes that raid martin systems & other bird houses are usually rat snakes, and they can ex...
by Louise Chambers
Fri Apr 24, 2020 1:00 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: a Hawk makes an appearance
Replies: 5
Views: 289

Re: a Hawk makes an appearance

Osprey used to be called Fish Hawks - that gives a good suggestion that the martins and you have nothing to fear. There was, probably still is, a martin site near Christmas, Florida, where martins are nesting in old woodpecker cavities in palm trees. Very nearby is an active Osprey nest - perhaps ne...
by Louise Chambers
Thu Apr 23, 2020 1:32 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Hawk update
Replies: 2
Views: 248

Re: Hawk update

I saw one with a squirrel, once - fuzzy food. Certainly their primary food is birds, but not 100% birds. I know that doesn't help much, but thought it was interesting.
by Louise Chambers
Thu Apr 09, 2020 6:49 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: What happened to the martins in North Richland Hills, TX?
Replies: 7
Views: 371

Re: What happened to the martins in North Richland Hills, TX?

Peregrine falcons don't nest in most of Texas - here is range map link: https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Peregrine_Falcon/maps-range Some winter in Texas but leave to nest much further north, ditto sharp-shinned hawks. Cooper's Hawks do nest in much of Texas - but a question for you about your si...
by Louise Chambers
Fri Mar 06, 2020 8:18 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Site fidelity
Replies: 11
Views: 635

Re: Site fidelity

The PMCA did a banding study that ran for years and covered a pretty big area. Here's link to pdf: https://www.purplemartin.org/uploads/media/bandingpm11-3-372.pdf Here's a snip from conclusions at end of article: Site Fidelity: Adult and subadult breeders have strong site-fidelity and about half of...
by Louise Chambers
Fri Mar 06, 2020 8:15 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: 1000 scout dropoff in 2016
Replies: 5
Views: 354

Re: 1000 scout dropoff in 2016

I think it was due to changes in how scouts are reported online to the PMCA. Before 2016, anyone could report online directly. In 2016 (I think I am remembering this correctly), people had to use a PMCA account log-in, not their forum log-in, to report. That slowed things down a good bit, but it's i...
by Louise Chambers
Thu Mar 05, 2020 9:19 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Multiple states two weeks ahead of schedule!
Replies: 17
Views: 1059

Re: Multiple states two weeks ahead of schedule!

This topic is discussed every year, it seems - some think supplemental feeding causes martins to return earlier than they would have returned without feeding, and therefore feeding is not good for martins in the long run. Looking at the bigger picture, long term, too few landlords feed to make any d...
by Louise Chambers
Wed Jan 29, 2020 12:35 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Please help me identify these birds !
Replies: 14
Views: 3149

Re: Please help me identify these birds !

No, you can't shoot any native songbirds, including bluebirds, tree swallows, house wrens, carolina wrens, bewick's wrens, flycatchers - all of which might show an interest in martin houses or gourds. If you go to cornell lab of ornithology's all about birds site, there are photos and range maps for...
by Louise Chambers
Mon Jan 27, 2020 9:31 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: barn owl vs martins
Replies: 10
Views: 889

Re: barn owl vs martins

Rodents would normally be first choice for barn owls - what is the situation? Are the barn owls using a barn that is close to your martins? We have barred, screech, and great horned owls near one of our sites, and I saw a barn owl there just once, roosting down in the woods. We do regular nest check...
by Louise Chambers
Thu Jan 16, 2020 2:33 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Opinions on "crescent openings" for Gourds
Replies: 8
Views: 4834

Re: Opinions on "crescent openings" for Gourds

I had starlings getting into crescents and conleys on gourds, switched to excluder IIs with good results.
by Louise Chambers
Fri Jan 03, 2020 3:43 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Pictures
Replies: 23
Views: 4405

Re: Pictures

Yes, it shows up just fine.