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by Louise Chambers
Wed Jul 31, 2019 12:28 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: tree swallows
Replies: 1
Views: 2468

Re: tree swallows

I doubt it would work - house sparrows are smaller than martins and tree swallows, so how would you keep them out, while still letting swallows in? SREHS work at keeping starlings out of martin compartments/gourds, most of the time, because starling has bigger circumference at breast than martin doe...
by Louise Chambers
Thu Jul 04, 2019 9:47 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Mites???
Replies: 1
Views: 577

Re: Mites???

Mites will be inside any thin openings - this is not only in Troyer gourds, but the overlap where tunnel fits on, they hide in there. Any gourds with seams, they will be in there, too. Just mentioning this for landlords wiping down gourds or adding sevin - overlaps or seams are a good place to treat...
by Louise Chambers
Thu Jun 20, 2019 6:49 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Jumpers
Replies: 5
Views: 3405

Re: Jumpers

We once returned a downed martin to a house by using a long pole - maybe it was a pool net, can't recall - to lift it up to porch level, and it scrambled off and into the nearest entrance. This was at a site at a senior apartment complex, we were visiting someone there, no way to lower housing, no k...
by Louise Chambers
Mon Jun 17, 2019 3:19 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: HELP
Replies: 11
Views: 5988

Re: HELP

You might want to figure out a way to shade the rooms with the late nests in them - you could shade the roof sections and the side walls that are exposed to sunlight. Shadecloth (screening that can be cut with scissors) can be used, or pieces of plastic signboard. Since those nestlings need 3+ weeks...
by Louise Chambers
Mon Jun 10, 2019 3:42 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Season Four of MartinTV NestCam is live!
Replies: 2
Views: 8118

Re: Season Four of MartinTV NestCam is live!

whoopee! I have been waiting for this - perfect timing since our Texas site is reaching about halfway point in fledging and will be empty soon.
by Louise Chambers
Fri Jun 07, 2019 2:48 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Off topic question about Mockers.
Replies: 3
Views: 1591

Re: Off topic question about Mockers.

Birds use song to define & defend their territory, to attract and keep mates. Mockers just go the extra mile :wink:
by Louise Chambers
Tue May 21, 2019 5:09 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Gourd temperature study
Replies: 4
Views: 3097

Re: Gourd temperature study

There are a lot of variables to be considered - size/dimensions of gourd? exterior color of gourd? If a plastic/manufactured gourd, different gourds have different features, some include ventilation holes or other ventilation options. With plastic gourds and houses, whether or not the walls are opaq...
by Louise Chambers
Wed May 01, 2019 6:26 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Why is N.Y. so sparse?
Replies: 7
Views: 1782

Re: Why is N.Y. so sparse?

Like Pennsylvania, a lot of New York is heavily wooded - making it less suitable as habitat for purple martins - I remember breeding bird atlases for both states showing what percentage of each was forested and it was a lot.
by Louise Chambers
Wed Apr 17, 2019 7:52 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: SREHs do appear to work
Replies: 25
Views: 10109

Re: SREHs do appear to work

Yes, tufted titmouse, native bird, cavity nester, harmless to martins. they sometimes nest in bluebird boxes.
by Louise Chambers
Tue Apr 16, 2019 4:12 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Martins killed a snake
Replies: 10
Views: 3709

Re: Martins killed a snake

I wonder if they were mobbing a snake that was already dead, dropped there by a hawk or other predator? Martin beak is just not a killing machine, when it comes to snakes. How long was the snake?
by Louise Chambers
Mon Apr 15, 2019 12:47 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Entrance covers for modified houses
Replies: 8
Views: 3559

Re: Entrance covers for modified houses

swimming pool noodles can be cut with scissors to make crescent plugs. just cut some pieces about 3-4 inches long, then cut those pieces in half, creating crescent plug sections. tape is not safe.
by Louise Chambers
Wed Mar 27, 2019 4:53 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Hawk attack
Replies: 7
Views: 2194

Re: Hawk attack

a nice loud boat horn/air horn can help if you are with martins in morning and evening
by Louise Chambers
Wed Mar 13, 2019 3:13 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Hawk
Replies: 56
Views: 11243

Re: Hawk

It's not legal, and would probably not be effective. Hawks know how to find their way home just like martins do. Using decoys, feeding stations, and other methods can help.
by Louise Chambers
Tue Mar 12, 2019 3:15 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Martins pair for season... or life?
Replies: 17
Views: 7147

Re: Martins pair for season... or life?

Terry! how nice to see you here again! I have not seen either of them post here in years, but they are both on facebook, and PMCA has a martin group there, too. Some other 'old timers' are here, though - Emil of course, to name one. Do you have any martins these days?
by Louise Chambers
Mon Mar 11, 2019 5:53 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Starling house distance from PM house?
Replies: 10
Views: 1838

Re: Starling house distance from PM house?

Not a good idea, as starlings will kill adult martins - even when given a house of their own. There is no safe distance. But there are numerous native species of birds that eat insects, and some will use nest boxes - chickadees, woodpeckers, bluebirds, tree swallows, titmice, flycatchers, warblers t...
by Louise Chambers
Mon Mar 11, 2019 11:02 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Martins pair for season... or life?
Replies: 17
Views: 7147

Re: Martins pair for season... or life?

She returned and nested the following year, too - and then we moved, so had not further knowledge of how she was doing. We also looked into melanistic plumaged birds, meaning birds that were kind of the opposite of leucistic, and appear all dark, but with no color/purple.
by Louise Chambers
Sun Mar 10, 2019 12:01 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Welcome Home! First 2019 arrivals for Licking, MO!
Replies: 9
Views: 2317

Re: Welcome Home! First 2019 arrivals for Licking, MO!

Hooray! I hope weather is kind and the skies are filled with martins :-)
by Louise Chambers
Sun Mar 10, 2019 10:17 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Identification help needed
Replies: 5
Views: 1394

Re: Identification help needed

I think they are some other species of swallow - coloring is not right for barn swallow. They are possibly from europe or africa, no north american swallow looks like those in the painting.
by Louise Chambers
Tue Mar 05, 2019 11:39 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: worried newbe
Replies: 41
Views: 12127

Re: worried newbe

I think you said that bluebirds are using one of the martin houses right now? That could be a problem, as bluebirds will chase martins off if they are allowed to use the house. Best fix is to put up one or two bluebird boxes (tree swallows might want one of them) about 30-40 feet away from martin ho...
by Louise Chambers
Mon Mar 04, 2019 12:07 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Martins @ Disney
Replies: 9
Views: 3593

Re: Martins @ Disney

there are some at Epcot, near the butterfly house & gardens, with monorail swooping by. those young martins get to see some amazing things!

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