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by Don Strickland
Fri Jun 07, 2013 1:58 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Fledged - Now what?
Replies: 5
Views: 1334

I monitor, shoot and trap year around. Can't tell that it has reduced the numbers, but if I didn't stay with the job, I'm sure the number of pests would increase. Keeps my aim polished up anyway.
Don
by Don Strickland
Tue Jun 04, 2013 10:55 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Vistors??
Replies: 13
Views: 3388

Diane, Opinions on tail clipping varies. I don't think it helps except they can't fly as well. The tail serves as a rudder while in flight and also as a brake when they are landing. I found nothing to back up the claim that it keeps them from breeding. The rudder, brake, thing is what I read in seve...
by Don Strickland
Tue May 28, 2013 2:14 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: please help hurt male martin
Replies: 7
Views: 2092

http://www.dnr.state.oh.us/wildlife/Hom ... fault.aspx

Ohio rehabbers listed by county.
May be what you're looking for.
Don
by Don Strickland
Sun May 26, 2013 8:27 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Red Wasps
Replies: 3
Views: 1542

I did a search for (will purple martins eat wasp and bees)
The link says they will definitely eat both.
Don
by Don Strickland
Thu May 23, 2013 1:55 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: A quick way to kill starlings
Replies: 34
Views: 17236

Mama,
I worked in Joplin once, years and years ago. I was working Telegraphers vacations up and down the Kansas City Southern RR Lines, between DeQueen, Ark, and Joplin, Mo. Years and years is approximately 50 years ago. Wow! How time flies.
Don
by Don Strickland
Thu May 23, 2013 10:24 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: A quick way to kill starlings
Replies: 34
Views: 17236

Had a pair of Sparrows building a nest in my BB House this morning.
I tried to clip the male's tail feathers but the bullet went a little high. Ooooops!! He won't be bringing in any more nesting material.
Don
by Don Strickland
Wed May 22, 2013 6:47 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Starling question
Replies: 6
Views: 1874

I've seen the Starlings removing nesting material that they can reach even though the entrance is too small for them to enter.
Destructive Devils. Total elimination is the only cure.
Don
by Don Strickland
Wed May 22, 2013 6:39 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: kids and guns!
Replies: 7
Views: 1541

I tried educating my grandson.....pictures.....etc....Afterwards, I caught
him shooting at my Martins while they were perched on the house. His response, "Well, they were black". End of story. :-(
Don
by Don Strickland
Sun May 19, 2013 8:02 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Help Please !!!!!
Replies: 30
Views: 10399

There are plenty of good landlords who prefer using round entrances, and there are plenty of good landlords who prefer using SREHs. To safely use round entrances, either the site must have very few starlings, which are trapped & shot, or the landlord may be home full-time, and have time to control t...
by Don Strickland
Sun May 19, 2013 7:32 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Is this a good plan to trap HOSP and Starling?
Replies: 4
Views: 1357

I haven't had any luck at all with the one home made bait trap so I have given up on it. White bread is supposed to work good..I've also read about putting a few feathers and nesting material in the traps to attract them. I'm still catching them in the SS Controller repeating nest box type trap. Cau...
by Don Strickland
Fri May 17, 2013 2:04 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: WHOOO-HOOOOOO
Replies: 34
Views: 9627

Congratulations Gobbler.
Don
by Don Strickland
Fri May 17, 2013 7:14 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: A quick way to kill starlings
Replies: 34
Views: 17236

TonyG,
My point exactly. I would never turn one loose, but different strokes for different folks.
Don
by Don Strickland
Thu May 16, 2013 9:37 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: A quick way to kill starlings
Replies: 34
Views: 17236

I think the good, the bad, and the ugly should have been presented to everyone who is involved to begin with. Tail clipping and Wing clipping only temporarily takes care of the problem. The ability to fly is hampered and the birds fly into things and injure themselves because they can't navigate. Th...
by Don Strickland
Thu May 16, 2013 7:43 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: A quick way to kill starlings
Replies: 34
Views: 17236

I suppose Sparrow and Starling control methods are different for different folks, but... Tail feathers will grow back and they will still be causing problems for the Martins. If not at your place, some other land lord will inherit them. I have a problem with clipping wings also. They may starve to d...
by Don Strickland
Tue May 14, 2013 6:34 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: STARLINGS!!
Replies: 12
Views: 3629

Mama,
I believe that I read somewhere that as soon as a Sparrow fledges, they are capable of breeding. Don't know about the Starlings.
I have three repeating nest box type traps I keep open year round. Not many captures lately but have took out quite a few by shooting them.
Don
by Don Strickland
Mon May 13, 2013 5:19 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: STARLINGS!!
Replies: 12
Views: 3629

STARLINGS!!

Just when I thought I might be at least staying even with Starling population, I discovered that the new fledglings are out and about.
It's really a never ending battle.
Don
by Don Strickland
Mon May 13, 2013 3:07 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Purple Martin Killer's?
Replies: 16
Views: 3931

Overcrowded??? I wonder if there are more Martins than nesting places, would that make them much more aggressive toward one another, and might lead to the death of the weaker bird. Just a guess. There must be a reasonable answer. I don't have overcrowding and have never witnessed more than a short s...
by Don Strickland
Fri May 10, 2013 5:43 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Sky Jockey
Replies: 6
Views: 2154

Great capture Ron............Amazing picture.
Don
by Don Strickland
Fri May 10, 2013 4:26 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Best Reasonably Priced Air Rifle
Replies: 13
Views: 6741

Nealbopper,
I assume you tuned your scope in at 50 yards....
How much hold over do you use for 80 and 90 yard shots???
Just curious.
Don
by Don Strickland
Fri May 10, 2013 8:44 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Best Reasonably Priced Air Rifle
Replies: 13
Views: 6741

I've read good reviews for Beeman and Marauder, but have already wasted a little over $500.00, but I am fortunate enough to live in an area where I can use a 22. Mostly a heavy barrel Ruger 10/22 and a good scope. Aging eyes demands a good scope. Very accurate. Tuned in at 50 yards on a quarter size...