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by SSMartin
Fri Apr 24, 2020 9:41 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Frustrated PM Landlord Looking for Tenants
Replies: 43
Views: 3082

Re: Frustrated PM Landlord Looking for Tenants

I would recommend changing your entrances to a starling resistant type. There are several available. Starlings will chase off curious martins and that May be all it takes for the Martin to look elsewhere.

Are you playing the dawn song or daytime chatter?
by SSMartin
Fri Apr 24, 2020 9:09 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Trio Castle Occupancy Issues
Replies: 7
Views: 927

Re: Trio Castle Occupancy Issues

An old castle was donated to Forest Park, St Louis, three years ago and martins love it. It has expanded units. Now it's white because the owner had painted the green beige and I repainted all white and think it looks nice, but attributing high occupancy to all white...I dunno...I think it's the la...
by SSMartin
Thu Apr 23, 2020 12:26 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Trio Castle Occupancy Issues
Replies: 7
Views: 927

Re: Trio Castle Occupancy Issues

I honestly wonder if you painted the castles all white if they would take to them better. I would have to assume at some point the colony size would grow to the point the SY birds will have to use them. My neighbor has a Large castle on the edge of a pond. The martins have never gone to it.
by SSMartin
Wed Apr 22, 2020 7:34 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Babies
Replies: 7
Views: 698

Re: Babies

E16EBD83-34F3-471D-9A12-B42C9B83250C.jpeg I bought it several years ago and it was the made for the tri tel pole. It has the 9x9” rooms. It is basically the exact same as the “heavenly haven” they still sell which also offers the 9x9” rooms. It is a 10 compartment house if you include the attics. I...
by SSMartin
Tue Apr 21, 2020 3:22 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Babies
Replies: 7
Views: 698

Re: Babies

Conrad Baker wrote:
Tue Apr 21, 2020 11:01 am
Nice Family !! I can see that you have S&K houses. Did you open up the rooms, or leave them 6 X 6 ?
This house is one of the models that has the 9"x9" rooms and the crescent holes without porches. The birds really like this house for some reason, and they seem to have plenty of room.
by SSMartin
Mon Apr 20, 2020 9:12 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: ASY male showed up today...
Replies: 50
Views: 4191

Re: ASY male showed up today...

Your ASY will get a sub adult female as soon as they arrive in your area. He’s going to bring her to your site and you’ll have sub adult males too working your site before you know it.
by SSMartin
Mon Apr 20, 2020 2:42 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Babies
Replies: 7
Views: 698

Re: Babies

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by SSMartin
Mon Apr 20, 2020 2:09 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Babies
Replies: 7
Views: 698

Babies

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Just did a nest check of a few house compartments.
by SSMartin
Thu Apr 16, 2020 5:56 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: 90 degree tunnels
Replies: 19
Views: 1694

Re: 90 degree tunnels

Now that is some modification! Sure can be fun trying new things with these birds. They don't know how good they have it.
by SSMartin
Wed Apr 15, 2020 8:42 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Will they come back?
Replies: 4
Views: 418

Re: Will they come back?

I agree leave a cavity or two open and actively manage the sparrows. This way when they do come they'll be more interested and you wont have 12 cavities to manage. Open more cavities as more martins show. Once more martins show they'll hopefully run off the sparrows. Start controlling the sparrows t...
by SSMartin
Wed Apr 15, 2020 8:37 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: New colony (maybe) near St. Louis
Replies: 3
Views: 473

Re: New colony (maybe) near St. Louis

They nested low to the ground if you were using a shepherds hook. Pretty interesting.
Best of luck with the martins it sounds like you will have a successful year I bet that pair attracts many more soon.
by SSMartin
Wed Apr 15, 2020 8:36 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Technology
Replies: 2
Views: 345

Re: Technology

What a great start to a new colony. You are well on your way already. When they start building nests you'll know they aren't going anywhere. Good luck!
by SSMartin
Wed Apr 15, 2020 2:09 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: 90 degree tunnels
Replies: 19
Views: 1694

Re: 90 degree tunnels

Yes please share some photos of your 90s
by SSMartin
Wed Apr 15, 2020 1:50 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Mirrors being used,
Replies: 8
Views: 722

Re: Mirrors being used,

Ryan wishing you the best of luck. 3 martins in ten years and you’re still trying. Good for you I hope this year you are rewarded for your effort.
by SSMartin
Tue Apr 14, 2020 7:18 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Wrath of a Starling.
Replies: 1
Views: 309

Re: Wrath of a Starling.

It's funny how you can take things personally...especially when invasive species mess with your martins. Keep up the good work
by SSMartin
Sun Apr 12, 2020 9:39 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Might have messed up
Replies: 8
Views: 844

Re: Might have messed up

Dawn song seems to be ‘louder’ but if you’re playing daytime chatter I am sure they’ll be back tomorrow. Get up and play it early if you can if you get up early I would do dawn song. They are singing dawnsong here in FL. Daytime chatter works well too. Much less loud and annoying if you have neighbo...
by SSMartin
Sun Apr 12, 2020 9:35 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: 90 degree tunnels
Replies: 19
Views: 1694

Re: 90 degree tunnels

My s&k house is always filled first only reason I haven’t taken it down. Then my regular bo round gourds no tunnels Then they spill into my troyer tunnels and some prefer the troyer horizontal with clinger and cling plates. You really can’t go wrong with any of the options. I think the birds who see...
by SSMartin
Sun Apr 12, 2020 9:28 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Might have messed up
Replies: 8
Views: 844

Re: Might have messed up

Would have played the dawn song while lowering and opening holes if you had the ability. That might have kept them around for another look.
by SSMartin
Sun Apr 12, 2020 12:53 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Starling elimination special forces unit!
Replies: 26
Views: 2354

Re: Starling elimination special forces unit!

Cool looking gourds
by SSMartin
Sat Apr 11, 2020 11:09 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Video.. nest building
Replies: 6
Views: 705

Re: Video.. nest building

I’m using the attic on my s&k I added porches I just use long 12” tweezers and pull everything out of the hole at the end of the season.