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by Ransom Graham
Sun May 06, 2018 7:49 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Discouraged in Newton , North Carolina.
Replies: 16
Views: 3942

Re: Discouraged in Newton , North Carolina.

I haven't given up and appreciate the encouraging comments. As a teenager growing up in Southern Alabama my neighbor gave me a twelve room wooden house and 12 pairs of purple Martin's. Let me clarify. His site was being overgrown by trees.He asked me if I would put the house in my open back yard and...
by Ransom Graham
Sun May 06, 2018 5:33 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Discouraged in Newton , North Carolina.
Replies: 16
Views: 3942

Discouraged in Newton , North Carolina.

Bought a beautiful Lonestar gourd rack and pole. With 10 excluded ll gourds, 1 supergourd with excluded and 5 natural gourds that I fitted with excluded plates. Also reworked an old M12 and now it is a M6 with excluded holes. Put everything up in early April. No starling or sparrows. Play the dawnso...
by Ransom Graham
Wed May 02, 2018 6:23 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Trio Housing & Splayed Legs
Replies: 6
Views: 1248

Re: Trio Housing & Splayed Legs

That was indoor/outdoor. Sorry.
by Ransom Graham
Wed May 02, 2018 6:22 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Trio Housing & Splayed Legs
Replies: 6
Views: 1248

Re: Trio Housing & Splayed Legs

I put a piece of inexpensive indoor carpet in my metal house cut to 5.5 inches and it seems to work great.
by Ransom Graham
Wed Apr 11, 2018 4:43 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Moving soon and need to liquidate.
Replies: 15
Views: 2476

Re: Moving soon and need to liquidate.

Send me price for the whole deal and information to email address : grahamransom7@gmail.com
by Ransom Graham
Wed Apr 11, 2018 4:32 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Moving soon and need to liquidate.
Replies: 15
Views: 2476

Re: Moving soon and need to liquidate.

I would be interested in your gourds and the two racks but I am in North Carolina. Willing to pay shipping cost. Could you be more specific as to what kind of racks and poles you have. Also gourds are they plastic, natural and what kind. Please advise if you would like to sell the whole deal. Have n...
by Ransom Graham
Wed Apr 04, 2018 9:48 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: The awful has happened...daggone starlings!
Replies: 17
Views: 4143

Re: The awful has happened...daggone starlings!

I had crescent entrance holes on my gourds several years ago and had same problem. Re- worked all my gourds with Excluder plates from PMCA and never had problem again. I am trying to start a new colony at my new home and purchased the new Excluder ll plastic gourds and a few natural gourds with the ...
by Ransom Graham
Wed Mar 28, 2018 9:55 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Nest checks are absolutely critical!!
Replies: 5
Views: 1219

Re: Nest checks are absolutely critical!!

There is a very large colony about 3 miles from my location. Its has been around a long time. Over 100 gourds. They have converted almost all to Supergourds. A few smaller scattered around. None that I know of closer than 3 miles.
by Ransom Graham
Tue Mar 27, 2018 2:52 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Nest checks are absolutely critical!!
Replies: 5
Views: 1219

Re: Nest checks are absolutely critical!!

Unfortunately my friend passed away that winter and the family had no interest in Purple Martin's and got rid of all his gourds and Martin houses and sold the property. He did a wonderful job for over 22 yrs with the Martin's. I tried at my old house to attract Martin's but too many trees. My new ho...
by Ransom Graham
Mon Mar 26, 2018 12:56 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Nest checks are absolutely critical!!
Replies: 5
Views: 1219

Nest checks are absolutely critical!!

Several years ago my friend here in Newton NC had a huge colony of over a hundred pairs. In late May of 2014 we had a freak cold spell for 3 or 4 days. As the spell ended he noticed his Martin's were acting strange. Not going in and out of the gourds as usual. Perching on the racks. He decided to im...
by Ransom Graham
Mon Mar 26, 2018 12:35 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Can hawks make purple martins shun a house they used for years?
Replies: 22
Views: 8263

Re: Can hawks make purple martins shun a house they used for years?

This is the perfect argument for why the new supergourds are the perfect Martin Housing. With the excluder entrance holes and guards it is impossible for a hawk to reach in and remove a Martin. Also the gourds move when the hawk lands on it increasing the difficulty. The entrance hole also eliminate...