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by Archer
Sun Feb 16, 2020 9:42 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Behavior change
Replies: 4
Views: 1888

Re: Behavior change

Fun times hey? I think what you saw is typical pattern. Often the males arrive first and they don't sing. Once the females show up its all out courtship, lots of singing, the excitement is obvious in the colony. During the warmest parts of the day, the bugs the martins feed on are active and flying,...
by Archer
Fri Feb 07, 2020 6:18 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Mortally rate
Replies: 8
Views: 2406

Re: Mortally rate

That number does seem a little high, but not terrible. If you are doing regular nest checks, it should help you figure out what is happening. I realize its hard to do when you get near fledging. What age were the nestlings when the died? Size?
by Archer
Wed Jan 29, 2020 9:38 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Brazil Flooding
Replies: 3
Views: 608

Re: Brazil Flooding

Severe flooding where? at the summer residence or their wintering grounds. More water usually means more insects.
by Archer
Wed Jan 29, 2020 9:34 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Foam/Artificial Nesting Bowls
Replies: 11
Views: 2999

Re: Foam/Artificial Nesting Bowls

Very nice indeed. If you want to further improve it, reposition the nest bowl into one of the back corners, as close as you can. I have noticed the martins like the confined space in the corner. Most nests are off the center line and favor a corner. Just my observation.
by Archer
Tue Jan 28, 2020 10:42 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: house sparrow total control
Replies: 13
Views: 1943

Re: house sparrow total control

What kind of traps do you have? Are you able to shoot?
by Archer
Sun Jan 26, 2020 8:36 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Wall guard for Trendsetter nest trays-wing entrapment
Replies: 4
Views: 1205

Re: Wall guard for Trendsetter nest trays-wing entrapment

Are you referring to this item? It is described as an interior baffle, I see no reference to wing entrapment. https://www.purplemartin.org/shop/produ ... est-trays/
by Archer
Sat Jan 25, 2020 1:18 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Wall guard for Trendsetter nest trays-wing entrapment
Replies: 4
Views: 1205

Re: Wall guard for Trendsetter nest trays-wing entrapment

I tried to google them to see what they looked like and came up with nothing. So, what do the look like and how are they placed? I had 4 entrapments in 2018, so decided to make some guards myself. I took a 3 inch thick walled abs pipe. cut a 3/4 inch slice off the pipe. Cut the ring in half, which g...
by Archer
Tue Jan 21, 2020 11:23 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Help with new housing
Replies: 12
Views: 4145

Re: Help with new housing

How many gourds will you be offering this year? I don't think replacing the house will be a problem as long as it is in the same location.
by Archer
Tue Jan 21, 2020 5:28 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Foam/Artificial Nesting Bowls
Replies: 11
Views: 2999

Re: Foam/Artificial Nesting Bowls

That sounds about right. The martins will do some scratching themselves as well. Besides being warm, the benefit of having a styrafoam nest bowl is to keep the eggs together. Some sub adults pairs don't make a good nest, and if you have a flat floor, the eggs roll all over the place, and then you ge...
by Archer
Tue Jan 21, 2020 12:46 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Foam/Artificial Nesting Bowls
Replies: 11
Views: 2999

Re: Foam/Artificial Nesting Bowls

The little ridges are not a problem. I see something else for you to consider. The nest you have made looks great but may be too deep. When the weather gets hot during the day, the nestlings move away from each other to stay cool. In the evening or night they move back together for warmth. If the ne...
by Archer
Fri Jan 17, 2020 12:52 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: New Member Introduction
Replies: 14
Views: 4791

Re: New Member Introduction

Beautiful location, welcome to the forum Jeff. Things will pick up here as the season arrives.
by Archer
Tue Dec 17, 2019 9:13 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Need ideas on modifying a new enclosed purple martin feeding platform
Replies: 6
Views: 3243

Re: Need ideas on modifying a new enclosed purple martin feeding platform

Can you position the feeder close to your house. My feeder is 15' from my deck and only 4 feet high. I never see starlings on it, but the martins love it.
by Archer
Mon Nov 04, 2019 8:01 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: T14 Porch Domination
Replies: 4
Views: 1666

Re: T14 Porch Domination

I rebuilt the entrances to my T-14 last winter where the openings face in different directions. The top on is straight out the front, the next one down out the side, the next one down out the other side and the last one at the bottom is out the front again. It made a huge difference. It is a lot of ...
by Archer
Sun Jul 21, 2019 7:32 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Young will not fledge
Replies: 9
Views: 2803

Re: Young will not fledge

Healthy martin chicks will actually weigh more than their parents prior to fledging. They need to lose weight before they fledge. Parents will stop feeding for this reason. You could weigh the chicks to see where they are at. Normal weight of parents is 50-60 grams.
by Archer
Sun Jul 21, 2019 7:25 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Can't believe it, but I have one hanging around
Replies: 53
Views: 27073

Re: Can't believe it, but I have one hanging around

As the martins age, they do tend to arrive earlier in the season. I would think a third year bird would likely show up in May at your location. Probably not early May, more like May 15th to the end of May. Hope he comes back for you.
by Archer
Sun Jul 07, 2019 7:34 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: A Promising Start Pt. 2
Replies: 41
Views: 32956

Re: A Promising Start Pt. 2

What an inspiring post from 0 to 12 in one year. Congrats. I know we all have a lot to do in summer, but if you can find the time, I might suggest you take your sparrow catching prowess down to Golf Coarse and change the trajectory of that colony. A sign on that house, "looking for a Keeper" might d...
by Archer
Mon Jun 17, 2019 10:42 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: martins in garden!
Replies: 6
Views: 6259

Re: martins in garden!

I agree with Brad. Eggshells came to mind. A lot of people will throw their eggshells on a compost pile, near there garden. The martins need calcium to produce their own egg shells and later on to give to the nestling for grit and calcium. I provide a low platform with eggshells and the martins visi...
by Archer
Mon Jun 17, 2019 10:30 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Can't believe it, but I have one hanging around
Replies: 53
Views: 27073

Re: Can't believe it, but I have one hanging around

Your description of your martin using the mirrors put a smile on my face. My founding female, yes I had a female before a male, also loved the mirror on my house and choose a hole where she could go out every morning and look at herself in the mirror. I still have the mirrors on my house 5 seasons l...
by Archer
Mon Jun 17, 2019 10:09 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: A Promising Start Pt. 2
Replies: 41
Views: 32956

Re: A Promising Start Pt. 2

Sub adults will often build very poor nests. But 7 eggs for a sub-adult pair would be very unusual. They do like the styrafoam floors though. It looks like they have at least scratched out a nest bowl which may keep the eggs in place. In regards to your previous question about the blood on the egg, ...
by Archer
Mon Jun 17, 2019 10:02 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Beware the Buffalo Gnats
Replies: 10
Views: 4815

Re: Beware the Buffalo Gnats

The synthetic version of pyrethrine (permethrine)last much longer than the original. https://www.hunker.com/12224525/pyrethrin-vs-permethrin