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by deancamp
Thu Apr 23, 2020 4:09 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Storm Coming
Replies: 2
Views: 129

Re: Storm Coming

I'm not familiar with the tri poles, but lowering them down to 10 ft will not be an issue for the martins. Lower it down early evening before they start coming to bed for the night.
by deancamp
Thu Apr 23, 2020 11:50 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Trio Castle Occupancy Issues
Replies: 7
Views: 257

Re: Trio Castle Occupancy Issues

For the most part my trio castle was ignored in favor of gourds. Last year I had a trio castle dominated by 1 pair. The male and female both were relentless, so they had the entire house to themselves. I know I lost sy pairs because of this. I replaced it with a gourd rack this year and added a sent...
by deancamp
Thu Apr 23, 2020 9:01 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Help with Gourd Rack Placement (Aspiring Landlord)
Replies: 20
Views: 325

Re: Help with Gourd Rack Placement (Aspiring Landlord)

If there are no trees to the right of your drawing you should use that to your advantage and move it close to that property line. If a single story home it could be within 30 to 40 foot of your house. I think closer to your house is better than closer to trees.
by deancamp
Thu Apr 23, 2020 7:13 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Starling elimination special forces unit!
Replies: 26
Views: 650

Re: Starling elimination special forces unit!

Did you say they are still getting through the excluder entrance? If so, why put them on the crescent that they haven't breached. If the starlings have claimed a nest, I would think you could use a nest trap that fits your housing. It's not too late if the starlings are still there.
by deancamp
Wed Apr 22, 2020 5:57 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: purple martin deaths
Replies: 1
Views: 146

Re: purple martin deaths

If they were both males within the same cavity it could have been a fight to both their deaths. I haven't had experience with sparrows attacking my Martins, but I can't imagine it taking out 2 of them. Just a couple thoughts.
by deancamp
Wed Apr 22, 2020 5:50 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: MARTINS::
Replies: 4
Views: 223

Re: MARTINS::

Right on Ladybug. I betting he will convince her to stay within the next few nights.
by deancamp
Wed Apr 22, 2020 3:56 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Adding new housing
Replies: 6
Views: 217

Re: Adding new housing

I looked at the scout arrival study for Louisiana for 2019. Someone reported their first sy bird came on 4/20. With that in mind you should have several weeks for the sy birds to keep coming in. Good luck!
by deancamp
Wed Apr 22, 2020 3:40 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: First time landlord
Replies: 45
Views: 6149

Re: First time landlord

If you lower it 2 to 3 feet, they won't act like they even noticed. Leave it down until the threat of strong winds are over. If I lower mine down for a thunderstorm overnight, I don't raise it back up until the next afternoon when I come home from work, so I'm not interfering with ther social time.
by deancamp
Wed Apr 22, 2020 7:18 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: First time landlord
Replies: 45
Views: 6149

Re: First time landlord

Hey Tommy, that's great news. Active in the morning and gone until evening is typical. They have to eat sometime and that's when it is. That is also when they will recruit more to your colony. Relax and enjoy the ride.
by deancamp
Fri Apr 17, 2020 9:00 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Brand new member and had a martin today.
Replies: 18
Views: 445

Re: Brand new member and had a martin today.

If you listen to Purple Martins on YouTube, they have a very distinct sound. I think you would recognize it. I assume the bird you seen was making some kind of chatter? If it is a Purple Martin that is very exciting.
by deancamp
Fri Apr 17, 2020 8:41 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: 43 degrees
Replies: 3
Views: 166

43 degrees

There has been some talk about this recently, so I paid more attention today. High temperature for today was 43 degrees. Most all day the Martins stayed at the housing or short runs nearby. At 3:00 the sun started peeping out and eventually went to full sun. When the sun peeped, birds that weren't a...
by deancamp
Fri Apr 17, 2020 11:40 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: SY male.. very fiesty!
Replies: 5
Views: 222

Re: SY male.. very fiesty!

Just when the colony settles in, here comes the sy crowd to stir it up again. I like the activity.
by deancamp
Fri Apr 17, 2020 9:37 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Cold weather could be a good thing for ME
Replies: 0
Views: 208

Cold weather could be a good thing for ME

I inherited a duracraft (castle style) house from my mother. I so much would like to get the Martins to accept this house as they produced lots of young in it for my mother in past years. Normally the Martins pay no attention to it at all, not even to use it as a perch. They will pass right by only ...
by deancamp
Thu Apr 16, 2020 8:59 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Small starlings
Replies: 5
Views: 200

Re: Small starlings

I agree with the trapping if you can't shoot. There are different types of traps for different cavities. There are also repeating traps separate from your Martin housing. Several different options.
by deancamp
Thu Apr 16, 2020 4:52 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Newbie from NC
Replies: 12
Views: 360

Re: Newbie from NC

Congratulations, that is great news. Now sit back and enjoy them for a bit before the next dellima arises. It's the landlord life. :)
by deancamp
Wed Apr 15, 2020 7:46 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Will they come back?
Replies: 4
Views: 147

Re: Will they come back?

I don't believe you scared them off with the cavities closed. They could have been from a neighboring colony just having a look. How many pair did you have last year?
by deancamp
Tue Apr 14, 2020 3:20 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Are Everyone's Martins Doing OK During the Very Late Cold Snap?
Replies: 17
Views: 490

Re: Are Everyone's Martins Doing OK During the Very Late Cold Snap?

Mine are doing well. Yesterday mid 40's with sun. It didn't reach 32 until mid to late morning, but they were out on the porches at 28 degrees. They were out yesterday afternoon feeding right above the water with tree swallows. Today is a little more sun, still mid to upper 40's with a brisk NW wind...
by deancamp
Tue Apr 14, 2020 11:08 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Mirrors being used,
Replies: 8
Views: 247

Re: Mirrors being used,

Sorry I don't have a picture, but stick a small makeup mirror on the back wall of the nest where you can see yourself when looking through the entrance hole. You can get them at dollar tree or dollar general very cheap.
by deancamp
Mon Apr 13, 2020 6:33 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Might have messed up
Replies: 8
Views: 300

Re: Might have messed up

I don't think you scared them off for good, they very well may have left for the night if unopened anyway. The best thing you did was to observe their reaction to what you did. Every bird is going to be different, so tinker with your approach and adjust to what you see. I have never played the dayti...
by deancamp
Sun Apr 12, 2020 11:28 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Martins feeding
Replies: 3
Views: 139

Re: Martins feeding

I have seen that as well in an open pasture near the housing. It is just like how a barn swallow would feed. I see it most when it is cooler and can only assume the bugs are not as plentiful up high. Also early morning or late evening when they are wanting to stay closer to home.