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by Sandy - NC
Sun Feb 06, 2011 3:03 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Hawks and Daytime Chatter
Replies: 9
Views: 2270

The dawnsong and chatter recordings are the greatest hawk attraction there is, aside from an established colony. It took me over 10 years to establish my colony, but I quit playing both tapes several years before I got established because all of sudden I was seeing too many hawks. I knew hawks were ...
by Sandy - NC
Sat Jan 22, 2011 2:30 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: posting photos.
Replies: 13
Views: 5110

Click on Forum Help button and you will find your answers. Photos need to be a certain size or smaller, and once you use your allotted space, you must go to some old posts and delete those photos before you can post more.
by Sandy - NC
Fri Oct 15, 2010 8:59 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: GEMINI SYSTEM
Replies: 15
Views: 5635

You can get a ground socket for the 4' section, but I opted not to since I don't forsee taking the racks down at work. With that ground socket, the 4' section can be removed from the ground.
by Sandy - NC
Fri Oct 15, 2010 8:21 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: GEMINI SYSTEM
Replies: 15
Views: 5635

LLL, it is a post that goes 2' into the ground and sticks 2' out above the ground for a total length of 4'. All I did was follow the provided instructions to install the one at work. I was getting ready to put the pole up myself and the fellow that helped just happened to walk by and offer a hand. I...
by Sandy - NC
Fri Oct 15, 2010 7:42 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: GEMINI SYSTEM
Replies: 15
Views: 5635

I put one up with no problem. I just had one person help me. I lifted and guided the pole and all he did was balance it. NO extra effort and no extra equipmet. In fact, it was the easiest pole I have ever put up. Make sure that you haven't anything on the pole but the slide and the top piece with th...
by Sandy - NC
Mon Jul 05, 2010 9:09 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: compartment closing question
Replies: 2
Views: 971

You should continue to have visits by birds from other colonies. These would be family units with the parents showing fleglings other nesting sites. Very few fledgling return to their birth colonies. You should leave your site open until all visits are over and done with. No other birds should be lo...
by Sandy - NC
Sun Jul 04, 2010 6:57 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Growing Gourds
Replies: 21
Views: 9482

Something many should consider is that gourd plants do not transplant well. It is best to plant the seeds directly into the ground. A 2" tall plant can have a 6" long tap root and if you cut that root, or it gets exposed to air, the plant will stunt (quit growing) for a while or flat out die. By the...
by Sandy - NC
Sun Jun 13, 2010 12:38 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Gourds better than houses?
Replies: 11
Views: 3734

It depends on where in the country you are and what is the "norm" in your area. Here, in Rocky Mount, Martins prefer gourds, but will nest in houses. Now that my colony is nearing capacity, my T-14 is seeing more and more action. 125 miles SE of me, they prefer houses, but will use both gourds and h...
by Sandy - NC
Sun Jun 13, 2010 12:30 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: How large a brood can parents feed
Replies: 9
Views: 2755

Yes, John, over the years, I have had several clutches of 7 that did just well and fledged just fine. Of course, it does depend greatly on the food available of which there has been no problem around here. I have 2-3 of these type of clutches a year and have never bothered to move any. And, accordin...
by Sandy - NC
Sun Jun 13, 2010 8:12 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: to nest check or not
Replies: 7
Views: 1823

I stop all nest checks once my first hatchlings reach 20 days of age. I have 6 racks and stop checks on all of them. After the first hatchlings reach 20 days old, the birds are on their own, even if I believe I have new nesters. I will be able to tell after they are all gone if any more nested, just...
by Sandy - NC
Sun Jun 06, 2010 8:38 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: "Wild" Purple Martins
Replies: 7
Views: 2517

While trucking back in the 80s, there was a 15-20 pair colony nesting in the lighting fixtures at a truck stop in Richmonds Hills, Ga, right off of I-95. They were making full use of the bugs drawn to the lights at night. It was fascinating to watch them feed at night. While I realize that is techni...
by Sandy - NC
Sat May 29, 2010 11:48 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Owl attack orphans
Replies: 5
Views: 1655

Did the active nest you put them into already have 7 young, or does adding what you did bring the total to 7? If you increased past 7, that is going to be a very tall order for the parents. Not saying that they can't do it, it is just going to be extra rough on them. If it brought the total to over ...
by Sandy - NC
Sat May 29, 2010 9:58 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Owl attack orphans
Replies: 5
Views: 1655

It will work well to move them, especially if the nestlings are about the same age. Yes, it will put a little extra work on the parents, but they will feed the babies. It is better than doing nothing and letting them die. We all need to do all we can to put as many Martins into the air as possible. ...
by Sandy - NC
Sat May 29, 2010 9:54 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Massive loss of my Purple Martin colony due to Rat Snake
Replies: 15
Views: 5526

M. Stephens, you don't need a charger for each pole. As Brad said, get a good one. I use a 50 mile fence charger and have the fence run along the road the keep my dogs off of the road. They made a special underground wire for electric fences, so you can bury that line from pole to pole. DO NOT USE R...
by Sandy - NC
Sat May 22, 2010 6:29 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Is it getting too late?
Replies: 6
Views: 1856

Why don't you two get together and go meet the people with that colony? See if you can help them properly manage it and take care of it. Two things can come of it if you get permission to do what needs to be done. You will get your martin fix and you will increase the fledgling output from that colo...
by Sandy - NC
Sun May 16, 2010 4:08 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Help! Worst Martins Ever? 1st time landlord.
Replies: 5
Views: 1962

Leave the nest alone unless you see a problem with mites. Some birds just want their nest that way and if this is your first pair, the more reason to leave the nest alone. I got 82 pair this year, and have two nests just like that.
by Sandy - NC
Sun May 02, 2010 10:19 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Starling breaches SREH
Replies: 8
Views: 2270

Drill new holes for the porches. The old holes won't hurt anything. Or, depending on how much you need to raise them, get some plastick Election signs and cut that to fit.
by Sandy - NC
Sun May 02, 2010 9:51 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Starling breaches SREH
Replies: 8
Views: 2270

Was the porch below 1/4" of the bottom of the entrance hole? If so, they you need to move them up so that they are less than 1/4" from the bottom of the entrance hole, flush with it, or anywhere in between. While some consider porches a luxury, and Martins can enter without them, it makes it more di...
by Sandy - NC
Sun May 02, 2010 9:44 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Sparrow Trap Question
Replies: 5
Views: 2026

Here is your trap for the Natureline gourds. http://purplemartin.org/shop/product_in ... 4d1bcdedda

This is a very effective trap.
by Sandy - NC
Thu Apr 29, 2010 3:10 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Quiet Pellet Rifle Work, Need Recommendations
Replies: 19
Views: 12051

Very good choice. You won't be disappointed.