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by GeneP
Mon Feb 06, 2017 8:24 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Feeding my birds with scrambled eggs
Replies: 12
Views: 2685

Re: Feeding my birds with scrambled eggs

Pretty neat. Looks like someone is a gardener also. It's always nice to see other landlords sites.
Might want to add predator guards. Thanks for the video.
by GeneP
Fri Feb 03, 2017 10:31 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Punxsutawney Purple- a new theory
Replies: 9
Views: 1686

Re: Punxsutawney Purple- a new theory

In reality, Phil’s prediction is decided ahead of time by the group on Gobbler’s Knob, a tiny hill just outside Punxsutawney. That’s about 65 miles northeast of Pittsburgh. Records dating to 1887 show Phil has now predicted more winter 103 times while forecasting an early spring just 18 times — inc...
by GeneP
Thu Feb 02, 2017 8:22 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Moved and left behind an active colony
Replies: 7
Views: 2523

Re: Moved and left behind an active colony

I agree with Tony, take it all down. Your neighbor should get some of your former martins. I would suggest in your new location to use the Dawn Song CD. You already know about taking care of starlings and house sparrows. That's more than most people who put up housing. I wish you the best of luck in...
by GeneP
Wed Jan 11, 2017 7:03 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Will The Early Bird Reach Texas?
Replies: 11
Views: 2583

Re: Will The Early Bird Reach Texas?

Yes, thanks to all for the information and links.
by GeneP
Tue Jan 10, 2017 7:46 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Will The Early Bird Reach Texas?
Replies: 11
Views: 2583

Re: Will The Early Bird Reach Texas?

Is there a map that shows wind speed? Thanks gentlemen.
by GeneP
Sat Jan 07, 2017 11:16 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Male has Girlfriends
Replies: 1
Views: 825

Re: Male has Girlfriends

Nice to know he has companionship for the cold nights. Congratulations, hope your season goes well.

Gene
by GeneP
Thu Jan 05, 2017 8:40 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: New to Forum and Purple Martins
Replies: 15
Views: 3871

Re: New to Forum and Purple Martins

Welcome to the forum Grant. This is the place many of us learned how to be successful martin landlords.
I would start with the home page of the PMCA and go from there. The forum is also a great place to ask questions.
Good luck.
by GeneP
Thu Nov 10, 2016 7:38 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Iowa Lost a Landlord
Replies: 4
Views: 1092

Re: Iowa Lost a Landlord

You did a good thing, thank you.
by GeneP
Fri Jul 22, 2016 8:08 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: We newbies caught a break!
Replies: 4
Views: 1180

Re: We newbies caught a break!

As fledging time gets closer, it's common for them to come half way out. This is a time to give them room and not cause them to fledge too soon.
by GeneP
Sat Jun 04, 2016 6:20 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Martin house knocked down by utility company
Replies: 5
Views: 1334

Re: Martin house knocked down by utility company

Recently we had folks knocking down Barn Swallows nest. Use this article and call local wildlife people if they blow you off. They need to know they broke federal law as much as you may have broken a city ordinance. Your fine would be less :) Send this link to the utility company and tell them the s...
by GeneP
Mon May 16, 2016 6:33 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: hole size of insert sparrow trap make a difference?
Replies: 4
Views: 1215

Re: hole size of insert sparrow trap make a difference?

You can see the trap on the lower level here:

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by GeneP
Mon May 16, 2016 6:13 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: hole size of insert sparrow trap make a difference?
Replies: 4
Views: 1215

Re: hole size of insert sparrow trap make a difference?

I made a trap house using the Spar-O-door. I hang it on the lower rack of my gourd rack. Someone said they like having it under something. I don't know if that's true but it seems to work. I wouldn't put anything inside the trap but would make it available on the ground. I try to force the sparrows ...
by GeneP
Sun May 15, 2016 7:59 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Backyard site!
Replies: 6
Views: 1313

Re: Backyard site!

A chainsaw would help a lot, if it's your property and your spouse is okay with the idea. Play the Dawnsong throughout the day when you're home. This will get them to at least look at the site. If you get martins, tunnels on those gourds is a must. You might want to provide and aerial view from Goog...
by GeneP
Wed Apr 06, 2016 6:42 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: THIEF IN THE COLONY!
Replies: 4
Views: 1042

Re: THIEF IN THE COLONY!

I have a tray that is on top of my shop filled with nesting material. Maybe 15 feet from the gourd rack. Some females won't fly the round trip, they'll just take it from the nest of others or from the other females when they return. Seems to be common
by GeneP
Sun Apr 03, 2016 9:54 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Need help with scout map registration please
Replies: 4
Views: 1133

Re: Need help with scout map registration please

I used the same email but requested a new password. That's what worked for me.
by GeneP
Fri Apr 01, 2016 8:06 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: No Fool Here - Apr. 1
Replies: 1
Views: 1026

No Fool Here - Apr. 1

Went out to feed and water the HOSP's in my bait trap and saw a pair of martins on the gourd rack!
Best April Fools day I've had. 41 degrees but should get into the upper 50's. My season has begun.
by GeneP
Tue Mar 29, 2016 7:13 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Which Martin house sparrow trap?
Replies: 6
Views: 2058

Re: Which Martin house sparrow trap?

The sparrows will continue to come back until they're caught. Here's the link to the trendsetter trap: https://www.purplemartin.org/shop/product/tstrap/trendsetter-insert-trap/ The Coates has 6x6 rooms so you'll need a different insert trap. Sparrows are pretty wary so, place some of their nesting m...
by GeneP
Sun Mar 20, 2016 7:38 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Am I the only one who does like the new scout reports?
Replies: 11
Views: 2644

Re: Am I the only one who does like the new scout reports?

I changed the drop down menu but still kept getting 2016 reports. I'll check again, may have been a glitch at the time. It was just as easy to change it in the address bar. :grin:
by GeneP
Thu Mar 17, 2016 8:18 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Am I the only one who does like the new scout reports?
Replies: 11
Views: 2644

Re: Am I the only one who does like the new scout reports?

I think your title is the opposite of what you mean. I had to change the url in my address bar to see past reports. I kept getting 2016 even though I changed the year. As a marketer on the web, I know that too many clicks to get what you want will cause folks to abandon the process. Looking at the s...
by GeneP
Sun Mar 13, 2016 7:52 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Live Martin Cam
Replies: 3
Views: 1965

Live Martin Cam

Looks like Randall Rash has his cam up again http://www.ustream.tv/channel/4028503

Everyone should stop by a few times during the season, it takes a fair amount of work/money to provide live cams. They're especially nice when you're waiting for your birds.