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by johncanfield
Sat May 23, 2020 12:02 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: 6-17-2020 update..Nest check 5-19-2020
Replies: 21
Views: 1851

Re: Nest check 5-19-2020

All you really need is the Sevin dust. It works really good. 1/4 teaspoon dropped between the nesting material and the gourd wall and your good to go. Takes just a second to do that. Coolwhips. Ah-so. I was wondering where exactly the dust was deposited, thanks again - you guys are very helpful. I'...
by johncanfield
Fri May 22, 2020 5:09 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: 6-17-2020 update..Nest check 5-19-2020
Replies: 21
Views: 1851

Re: Nest check 5-19-2020

Great, thanks! I have Sevin dust and a bottle of avian spray, the spray seems to be easier to deploy but this is new territory for me.
by johncanfield
Fri May 22, 2020 5:01 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Got Him! Thankful .22
Replies: 33
Views: 2707

Re: Got Him! Thankful .22

Good shot! Not to derail the thread with firearm chat but have you guys heard of this XM1: https://usa.stoegerairguns.com/xm1-supp ... pcp-airgun

I'm interested but I haven't seen any reviews, not even sure if it has provisions for mounting a scope.
by johncanfield
Fri May 22, 2020 4:40 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: 6-17-2020 update..Nest check 5-19-2020
Replies: 21
Views: 1851

Re: Nest check 5-19-2020

Thanks! I do have a question about parasites, mites in particular. They are so tiny how can you spot them?

After lunch I lowered the gourds to put #12 back, the martins weren't upset or concerned at all. Six of them were perched on my power line drop - just hanging out.
by johncanfield
Fri May 22, 2020 10:04 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: 6-17-2020 update..Nest check 5-19-2020
Replies: 21
Views: 1851

Update > Nest check 5-22-2020

Yippee, we have chicks. Gourd 12 was my sparrow problem, the door tripped yesterday but there was no sparrow inside. If most of the eggs are viable we should have quite a crowd flying around in a few weeks. Gourds check 5-22: 1 - martin nest, 4 eggs (none on 5/19) 2 - martin nest 5 eggs 3 - martin n...
by johncanfield
Wed May 20, 2020 12:29 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Success under the porch of the ranch house
Replies: 7
Views: 846

Re: Success under the porch of the ranch house

Ranch ramblings: We almost always have turkey vultures cruising overhead around looking for a meal. My wife had one hit her windshield - she was doing about 65 mph and the wind was blowing about 20-25 mph (not unusual around here.) The TV was on road kill on the side of the road and it completely mi...
by johncanfield
Wed May 20, 2020 12:13 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: 6-17-2020 update..Nest check 5-19-2020
Replies: 21
Views: 1851

Re: Minimal slot for HOSP entry/exit

...Please do not take the gourd to someone else's property (even far away and in the country) and release the HOSP. .. We're on a ranch and used to dispatching rodents, skunks, squirrels, feral cats, etc. If I trap a sparrow, it's all over for it. Having said that, I don't enjoy doing what needs to...
by johncanfield
Wed May 20, 2020 7:13 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: 6-17-2020 update..Nest check 5-19-2020
Replies: 21
Views: 1851

Re: Nest check 5-19-2020

Oh yes, the sparrow flew out. Removing the gourd is an excellent idea, hadn't thought about doing that. I wanted to look inside the gourd before I did anything so that's why I removed the cap/lid - lesson learned. None of the martin eggs were pecked that I could see. I should have starting fluid (et...
by johncanfield
Tue May 19, 2020 8:32 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: 6-17-2020 update..Nest check 5-19-2020
Replies: 21
Views: 1851

Re: Nest check 5-19-2020

The trap was sprung, it took the sparrow about two hours to adapt to the aluminum plate that was in the ready position to close the entrance. I lowered the gourds and unscrewed the cap and whoosh. The bird flew the coop. Perhaps the sparrow won't try that again, we'll see.
by johncanfield
Tue May 19, 2020 2:02 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: 6-17-2020 update..Nest check 5-19-2020
Replies: 21
Views: 1851

6-17-2020 update..Nest check 5-19-2020

See further down post for the 6-17-2020 update We have a 12 Troyer gourd setup, been up for a few years and just in the last couple of weeks I started checking the gourds thanks to this forum. I didn't make a record of my first check - the idea was to get the martins used to me messing with their c...
by johncanfield
Mon May 18, 2020 7:36 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Random HOSP thoughts.
Replies: 8
Views: 749

Re: Random HOSP thoughts.

I have a Ruger 10/22 with a scope (.22 caliber) that I use to take out various small undesirables at our ranch, you would have to be very lucky to nail a sparrow at 10 or 15 yards. I can hit a squirrel reliably at that distance though. I'm sorry your wife has a thing about guns, my wife loves to sho...
by johncanfield
Mon May 11, 2020 12:33 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Yet another sparrow question - any native?
Replies: 13
Views: 926

Re: Yet another sparrow question - any native?

We have several suet feeders (and hummy feeders) in front of the house and our martin gourds are about 75' behind the house. We have titmouse, finches, woodpeckers, the occasional orange tanager and painted bunting, lots of cardinals and chipping sparrows and probably several house sparrows. I was c...
by johncanfield
Sun May 10, 2020 4:45 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Yet another new member with a question (or two)
Replies: 11
Views: 887

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

I did my very first nest check about an hour ago, there were only about three or four Martins in or around the gourds. When I lowered it they were flying around overhead but they weren't dive bombing me so I suppose they weren't too upset. I pulled out two complete sparrow nests but I wasn't sure ab...
by johncanfield
Sun May 10, 2020 12:25 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Yet another sparrow question - any native?
Replies: 13
Views: 926

Re: Yet another sparrow question - any native?

Ah-so! Thanks Brad. We have lots of chipping sparrows and they are easy to spot, I thought they were native but wasn't sure.

John
by johncanfield
Sun May 10, 2020 11:56 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Yet another sparrow question - any native?
Replies: 13
Views: 926

Yet another sparrow question - any native?

Forgive me if this question has been beat to death. I've done quite a bit of searching and haven't found an answer. Are there any native sparrow species that I need to ID and treat differently than a house sparrow or are all sparrows basically the enemy of martins?

Thanks, John
by johncanfield
Sun May 10, 2020 7:33 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Yet another new member with a question (or two)
Replies: 11
Views: 887

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

John, We spend a lot of time in Boerne so I know how beautiful the hill country is. We always go the back way on 281 then hop onto Hwy 46 instead of taking the freeway for that exact reason. We pass a lot of ranches that have exotic animals. Are your blackbuck antelopes considered exotic? Yes, anyt...
by johncanfield
Sat May 09, 2020 11:56 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Yet another new member with a question (or two)
Replies: 11
Views: 887

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

Thanks Sharon, I really appreciate hearing about your experiences with your gourds. Last year I found a dead martin in the entrance after I was cleaning out the gourds, I'm fairly sure it was an adult (I forgot if it was facing in or out.) I suppose they expire from old age like the rest of us or ma...
by johncanfield
Fri May 08, 2020 4:45 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Yet another new member with a question (or two)
Replies: 11
Views: 887

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

Ah, good plan about waiting to mid-afternoon to lower the apartments, I have noticed a lack of activity then. Thanks for the tips, much appreciated!

John
by johncanfield
Fri May 08, 2020 12:32 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Yet another new member with a question (or two)
Replies: 11
Views: 887

Yet another new member with a question (or two)

Hi PM landlords, we're in the Texas Hill Country - about 80 miles NW of San Antonio. I have a 12 unit Troyer gourd that I can raise and lower on an aluminum pole with two decoys at the top. This has been up for maybe five or six years and I usually have two or three nesting pairs every year. This ye...