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by jeffwilliams72
Sun Jul 21, 2013 10:42 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Question about Troyer gourds
Replies: 7
Views: 2480

Chris,
I hung 12 THG's this year and all of them had nesting pairs in them. The PM's love them, and I love them too. The orientation of the clean-out hole makes for VERY EASY nest checks. As the u.v. rays and time take their toll on my Big-Bo gourds, I will replace them with THG's.
by jeffwilliams72
Thu Apr 18, 2013 7:56 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: what's a good gun to shoot sparows with not to powerful!
Replies: 35
Views: 12279

I shoot a Beeman DE (made in Germany Sandy), with a Leapers scope and rings. Predator Polymags are the pellet that patterned best in this gun and the only ones I shoot from it. I recently shot a male HOSP at 42.5 yds. If you want to make those kinds of shots, you must invest $ like Sandy says, and i...
by jeffwilliams72
Thu Apr 18, 2013 7:46 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Indiana - Lower your Gourd Racks
Replies: 6
Views: 2053

Advice taken JJ, lowered mine this morning.
by jeffwilliams72
Mon Apr 15, 2013 9:04 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Raccoon Question...
Replies: 25
Views: 6243

Congrats Dorn.
Gene, thats hilarious! Kitty jail, I say do it. You are lucky to be in a community that has a cat ordinance.
by jeffwilliams72
Sun Apr 14, 2013 8:53 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Raccoon Question...
Replies: 25
Views: 6243

Dorn, maybe the coon thats chowing down all your seed is too fat to feel comfortable squeezing into a cage trap. Like Bluetick, I am also a pursuer of coons, only I use traps instead of dogs. Up here in IN I have caught several coons(in leghold traps) through the years, that would never fit far enou...
by jeffwilliams72
Thu Apr 11, 2013 12:39 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Raccoon Question...
Replies: 25
Views: 6243

Bluetick, "the neighborhood cat" is more destructive to songbirds, than coons are to feeders.
I wouldn't worry about making the neighbors mad for catching their unsupervised roaming bird killers.
They make me mad for thinking it's ok to let ANY cat roam free.
by jeffwilliams72
Fri Apr 05, 2013 4:46 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: First "squeek" of the season. He's back!! DAY 4 FI
Replies: 22
Views: 4680

Man that little dude does look rough, I bet the last couple miles he was like, "keep flapping,almost there,warm bed,good food".
Congrats Doug, I have yet to see my 1st one. Tree Swallows came back last week.
by jeffwilliams72
Thu Apr 04, 2013 9:43 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Bird ID
Replies: 14
Views: 2808

They will pick a berry and pass it along to others lined-up on the branch, very interesting behavior. I love these little birds and have planted lots of Serviceberry and Viburnums to attract them.
by jeffwilliams72
Mon Apr 01, 2013 9:42 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Pictures of my site with a request for advice.
Replies: 9
Views: 5387

Bulldog, you are totally right about the Bradford Pear. I consider them "junk trees", not good for long term landscaping.
They are beautiful, but I can't stand the idea of a pear tree that will never produce a pear. I hope, for you and your colony, they all snap at the ground!
by jeffwilliams72
Sun Mar 31, 2013 6:00 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: I'm a PMCA Member! Great way to support & learn bout Mar
Replies: 8
Views: 2720

Larry, all those reasons, are why I joined.
There is no better resource anywhere to learn about Purple Martins!
I know it's early, but I am already anticipating the Clarksville Roost, wow what a show!
by jeffwilliams72
Sun Mar 31, 2013 5:53 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Pictures of my site with a request for advice.
Replies: 9
Views: 5387

I would probably see, if the 12 gourds fill up this year(or next), then add more in the same spot. If you don't see an increase after that, then those trees at 35' may be a problem for your colony. You should add housing,as needed and the growth of the colony,(or lack thereof) will tell you how good...
by jeffwilliams72
Fri Mar 29, 2013 10:08 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Update Jim Strickland 3/28/2013
Replies: 23
Views: 6979

Great news man! Glad your colony is on its way!!!
by jeffwilliams72
Fri Mar 29, 2013 9:58 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: house finch
Replies: 12
Views: 2682

I also had them nest in a Barn Swallow cup. Every year I have more and more House Finches nesting around my property. They nest every where the HOSP have always tried to nest; under the eaves, in Barn Swallow cups, on top of my porch speakers. They did cause problems before I had PM's, I witnessed a...
by jeffwilliams72
Fri Mar 29, 2013 11:25 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Eagle Sightings
Replies: 4
Views: 2445

Thats really cool Bill! Just this morning I confirmed a Bald Eagle nest about 2 miles from my house. I live in E. Central IN. 2 months ago there were reports of Eagles hanging around a small reservoir in the area. I started my quest to see them, and was quickly rewarded when I witnessed some aerial ...
by jeffwilliams72
Fri Mar 29, 2013 10:57 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Shelbyville, Indiana ASY Martin Arrival
Replies: 2
Views: 1093

Great to hear, JJ! Tree Swallows showed up here yesterday. Hopefully my PM's are right behind them!
by jeffwilliams72
Wed Mar 27, 2013 9:08 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: DIY Pine Needle Bedding?
Replies: 8
Views: 2852

I was late in raking up pine needles for my PM's,and they were wet on the ground. I wanted to beat the last snowstorm, so I raked them up wet, and filled an old laundry basket. They dried quickly in the house, now all my gourds are full of dry needles waiting for PM's.
by jeffwilliams72
Thu Mar 21, 2013 10:18 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Sparrows...grrr
Replies: 11
Views: 2380

Have you ever shot a GOOD pellet rifle, like a Beeman or other similar? The accuracy on these guns is pretty unreal, especially when coupled with a quality scope. I have shot many .22 rounds that just won't hold accurate enough to hit HOSP. I just this morning shot a male HOSP at 42.5 yards,(I used ...
by jeffwilliams72
Thu Mar 07, 2013 5:44 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: My new site pics...now we wait
Replies: 15
Views: 3126

Your new houses look great!!! Your old barn stands straight and true,I would love to have it on my property! Hopefully your racks fill up this year! Unless you are in a major waterfowl flyway, your PM's will probably get more use of the pond for drinking, than the neighbor will for hunting ducks,res...
by jeffwilliams72
Thu Mar 07, 2013 5:09 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: How do birds navigate, and find their way?
Replies: 7
Views: 2163

Thanks Louise! That's the one!
by jeffwilliams72
Thu Mar 07, 2013 4:32 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: How do birds navigate, and find their way?
Replies: 7
Views: 2163

A new study released Jan.30 claims Homing Pigeons use infrasound to navigate. Sound from the Earth and oceans, so low that we can't hear it. They "paint a mental picture" of home, based on sound waves, and how they radiate across the landscape. I tried to connect a link to the story, probably someth...