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by Sandy - NC
Mon May 30, 2011 12:09 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: My first ever nest check
Replies: 4
Views: 1172

As many people in your area you can help, can only help you. The more birds that can be put up and flying in your area will only help you get your first pair, unless your site is just so much off a turnoff to Martins. You reap what you sow, so sow all the help you can with everone around that has an...
by Sandy - NC
Mon May 30, 2011 12:07 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: laying in two gourds
Replies: 10
Views: 1844

FYI, nest checks should only be done in the afternoons, late afternoon is better. The females lay their eggs in the mornings, and should you have a pair or two that you are not aware of, you could interupt that laying. I never do any nest checks before 2:00PM and usually wait until at least 4:00PM. ...
by Sandy - NC
Mon May 30, 2011 11:03 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: laying in two gourds
Replies: 10
Views: 1844

You should be very satisfied and grateful to have some nesting the first year. It took me over 10 years to get my first pair. Had many ASY and SY males visit every year, and they brought in females. The females wouldn't stay. Finally, one year, I got that "magic" female that decided she was going to...
by Sandy - NC
Mon May 30, 2011 7:48 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: laying in two gourds
Replies: 10
Views: 1844

Subbies are rookies, so yes, they sometimes lay in two different gourds. Only one of the clutches will probably hatch. As your colony grows, and you get ASYs, you should see less of this.
by Sandy - NC
Sun May 29, 2011 9:47 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: identification photo please
Replies: 4
Views: 1581

From the quality of the pictures, I would say SY female. But, like the others say, the quality is lacking.

Hope to come up there in the next couple of years to catch a home game of my beloved Green Bay Packers. Long time fan dating back to early 60s.
by Sandy - NC
Sun May 29, 2011 9:44 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Too late to put more gourds up????
Replies: 2
Views: 1041

No, it is not. Now, they may not nest in them this year, but they will at least see them and use them next year. If you can get them up quick enough, they may be used this year.
by Sandy - NC
Sun May 29, 2011 9:42 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Help with bird ID
Replies: 14
Views: 3818

It looks like a Common Nighthawk.
by Sandy - NC
Wed May 25, 2011 5:01 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Electric Predator Guard Designs
Replies: 38
Views: 23654

Hopefully, he won't email you a picture of himself......wait a minute, he is emailing you a picture of a snake. :roll:
by Sandy - NC
Wed May 25, 2011 1:07 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Electric Predator Guard Designs
Replies: 38
Views: 23654

No, I use the electric fence to keep my dogs off the road so that they don't get run over, chase people walking or bicycles. I live in the country and as far as they are concerned, that part of the road is theirs if you are moving slow. We have used electric fencing like this for over 50 years and i...
by Sandy - NC
Wed May 25, 2011 12:44 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Electric Predator Guard Designs
Replies: 38
Views: 23654

I do need to correct one thing. I said it can't hurt anyone, however, it may hurt those with defibulators or pacemakers installed. I am not sure about that. Other than those two kinds of people, it will just get their attention and probably make them have to go to the restroom. :wink:
by Sandy - NC
Wed May 25, 2011 12:24 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Electric Predator Guard Designs
Replies: 38
Views: 23654

Louise, there are ones with lesser charge, or jolt as you put it, but snakes can and will get past the lower rated units. Johnny Gerber can attest to that. Go with a big one. Mine is designed to push 50 miles of fencing, but only is pushing about 300 yards. It won't hurt anyone if they touch it, but...
by Sandy - NC
Mon May 23, 2011 11:27 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Protective Purple Martin Hen
Replies: 10
Views: 3605

Courtney, at the home colony, no. In fact, only 75 pair which is down from the 89 pair last year. Of course, there is still time for more. Got 114 cavities at home. At work, got 30 pair, up from the 10 pair last year. Not a bad growth for a second year colony. We got 48 cavities at work. Maybe my wo...
by Sandy - NC
Sun May 22, 2011 10:11 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Protective Purple Martin Hen
Replies: 10
Views: 3605

She was a little grouchy because I took this picture after I reached my hand in to move the oak leaves and she decided to attack my hand. Not that she could do any damage or just squawk. DakotaLady, it takes just a little over an hour to do nest checks. I have 6 racks. I do three, then take a break ...
by Sandy - NC
Sun May 22, 2011 8:50 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Snake defeats netting and stovepipe guard.
Replies: 11
Views: 6388

While cottonmouths can climb so trees, particularly over water, I find it very hard to believe that they can/could/would climb a metal pole, plus be able to go over the barriers you have in place. They just aren't built for it. Now, rat snakes and water snakes are a completely different story and cl...
by Sandy - NC
Sun May 22, 2011 7:59 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: HELP AND PLEASE PROVIDE ADVICE: active colony breached
Replies: 7
Views: 2869

You still didn't say what kind of SREH. Just one sold by the PMCA which doesn't help much as they sell several different styles. What kind, what design? If it is a plate that was designed for a house, and you didn't mount it flat, or curved it to match the curve of the gourd, that will make it easie...
by Sandy - NC
Sun May 22, 2011 6:52 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Protective Purple Martin Hen
Replies: 10
Views: 3605

Ed, the weather here hasn't been that bad. I am only 125 miles from the coast. While we had have some nights in the high 40s to low 50s, it quickly warms up during the day. The mountains in the western part of the state "knocks" down a lot of the bad weather that comes from the west. I can't think o...
by Sandy - NC
Sun May 22, 2011 6:29 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: My Camera Nest is Hatching
Replies: 18
Views: 9441

Donna, I am glad to hear your nest cam is hatching . Now you will have more nest cams to use next year. :lol:
by Sandy - NC
Sun May 22, 2011 6:18 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Protective Purple Martin Hen
Replies: 10
Views: 3605

Protective Purple Martin Hen

Every year at both my home colony and my work colony, I have some Purple Martin hens that refuse to leave the nest when I lower the racks and do nest checks. Here is a picture of one from my home colony that I took yesterday. I reached my hand inside the gourd to see if I could count the eggs and wh...
by Sandy - NC
Fri May 20, 2011 8:30 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Weight needed to trip a NB Starling trap
Replies: 11
Views: 2825

Mine is set to trip at 1 quarter and 1 dime so it can catch both Starlings and Sparrows. Never had anything go in that didn't get caught. And, as long as the trap is level, no problem with it resetting itself. Of course, mine can be set that sensitive because of the hinge used to operater the tetter...
by Sandy - NC
Sun May 15, 2011 5:51 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Co2 Bottle gun
Replies: 12
Views: 2275

mj, I cant' help you as I only shoot springers. I don't want to put up with the all the crap associated with a PCP. Since I know how to shoot springers properly, through practice, practice, and more practice, I have no intentions of changing. Some say springers are hard to shoot. It depends on the s...