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by deancamp
Sat May 09, 2020 8:19 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: How do I discourage Starlings
Replies: 50
Views: 1319

Re: How do I discourage Starlings

Alan, stay positive and keep playing dawn song to attract lookers. You have taken a major step in the right direction. You know Martins will accept your site and you have shut down the starlings. Those are 2 major hurdles. Good luck.
by deancamp
Sat May 09, 2020 7:17 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: S&K barn 12 room modified to 6 large rooms
Replies: 7
Views: 191

Re: S&K barn 12 room modified to 6 large rooms

We've got the same thought process going Jh. My Duracraft will stay standing, even if it becomes an ornament.
by deancamp
Fri May 08, 2020 3:47 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: S&K barn 12 room modified to 6 large rooms
Replies: 7
Views: 191

Re: S&K barn 12 room modified to 6 large rooms

Jh, I had a trio castle last year and the birds refused to use it. Finally an asy pair took to it and nested, but dominated the entire house ( that's another story). This year i replaced it with a gourd rack and put it in the exact same hole I dug the castle out of. They accepted the new gourd rack ...
by deancamp
Fri May 08, 2020 2:21 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Yet another new member with a question (or two)
Replies: 11
Views: 258

Re: Yet another new member with a question (or two)

John, lowering the gourds while the Martins are nesting will not affect them at all. Wait until mid afternoon when they are normally out and about anyway. By lowering your gourds while there are young in the nest you will be able to catch potential problems such as the mites you mentioned. Treat the...
by deancamp
Fri May 08, 2020 9:28 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Cold Weather Feeding ??
Replies: 5
Views: 198

Re: Cold Weather Feeding ??

A few weeks back my Martins were put feeding at 43 degrees. Small lakes nearby, but not always feeding over them.
by deancamp
Thu May 07, 2020 6:56 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Tenants in the Duracraft Castle
Replies: 4
Views: 163

Tenants in the Duracraft Castle

I can finally say there is an sy pair staying the night in my Duracraft Castle that I got from my mother. This year I completely took it apart and enlarged the nests, added porch dividers and gave it a full paint job. I also converted it to work with a trio castle winch set up. It originally mounted...
by deancamp
Thu May 07, 2020 6:41 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Nest check 5/7/2020 updates 5/20/20
Replies: 5
Views: 202

Re: Nest check 5/7/2020

Whippy, it might not be the location of the trio. The birds here at my house definitely prefer the gourds to my Duracraft castle. Now that I am getting several sy birds they are getting pushed over to it as I had hoped. Even they fight to get in the gourds before checking out the Duracraft.
by deancamp
Thu May 07, 2020 9:53 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: New House
Replies: 3
Views: 169

Re: New House

On your house placement I would choose whichever space is the most open with flyways, but within close proximity of your house. I think pine needles in the nests is beneficial as it makes the houses look lived in, plus it gives them a headstart in building their nest. The number one attractant to dr...
by deancamp
Wed May 06, 2020 9:06 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Martins at the Assisted Living Center
Replies: 5
Views: 167

Re: Martins at the Assisted Living Center

Job well done! That's great that you have been able to adapt to the circumstances at hand. I can only imagine the joy that is given to the residents with your hard work and dedication. Keep up the good work.
by deancamp
Wed May 06, 2020 6:25 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Martins
Replies: 6
Views: 251

Re: Martins

You should have a good chance of more sy birds. Good luck!
by deancamp
Wed May 06, 2020 6:21 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Newbie hear from Ga
Replies: 14
Views: 383

Re: Newbie hear from Ga

I have a bluebird house 15 feet from my gourd rack and no problems. The bluebirds use the perches, but the martins and bluebirds ignore each other.
by deancamp
Wed May 06, 2020 9:34 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Brand New and Learning - Home Question
Replies: 10
Views: 241

Re: Brand New and Learning - Home Question

Steve, the sparrows should be eliminated. You could be causing a bigger problem by just pulling the nest out. When they go looking for who did it, they might retaliate on your Martins.
by deancamp
Tue May 05, 2020 9:07 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.

Steve, congratulations that's great for your first year. The Martin nest building does not start right away after their return. You will see them carrying nesting materials to the house when they start building. Some people, including me add pine needles to give them a head start and a little warmth...
by deancamp
Mon May 04, 2020 8:55 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Live Dawn Song
Replies: 3
Views: 153

Re: Live Dawn Song

Yeah, I don't know the details either. When I heard the first one I was wondering if only one from the colony sang it, but then I could hear at least another two joined in. They were flying overhead, just like they do when feeding. Sometimes they would be close together and sometimes more spread out.
by deancamp
Mon May 04, 2020 8:48 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: New Landlord-where do they go?
Replies: 14
Views: 435

Re: New Landlord-where do they go?

That's great. If you start with ASY birds they are very good at drawing in a group of SY's when they come to town. Got to love it.
by deancamp
Sun May 03, 2020 7:18 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: What's the best hole to use
Replies: 28
Views: 737

Re: What's the best hole to use

Not sure what a Muslum house is but you can buy plastic Conley ll entance plates from the PMCA. They would either pop rivet,screw or bolt over a round entrance hole. I have not done that so I'm not sure if the round hole needs to be enlarged or not. Maybe someone else will weigh in on that.
by deancamp
Sun May 03, 2020 4:20 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Tree swallows and Martins?
Replies: 13
Views: 442

Re: Tree swallows and Martins?

Ha ha, they have to change it just enough to make it their own. :)
by deancamp
Sun May 03, 2020 4:09 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Adding new housing
Replies: 6
Views: 217

Re: Adding new housing

It won't bother them to enlarge the compartments at the end of the season. They will appreciate it next year.
by deancamp
Sun May 03, 2020 4:05 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: What's the best hole to use
Replies: 28
Views: 737

Re: What's the best hole to use

I'm trying to understand. You had round holes to attract the Martins, but you also have a crescent and excluder holes that you can switch out the round ones for? If that is the case I would swap them out. More than likely that will stop the starlings. The Martins will figure them out.
by deancamp
Sun May 03, 2020 1:30 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: What's the best hole to use
Replies: 28
Views: 737

Re: What's the best hole to use

Rob, I have the Conley ll entrances on my gourds and they have done well for me. I did see 1 starling breach the entrance this spring but it's mate could not get in. I will say others have had some issues with this entrance. There is an active thread right now titled How do I discourage starlings. Y...