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by phldave
Fri Mar 15, 2019 10:55 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: 2019 Migration
Replies: 5
Views: 3287

2019 Migration

Looks like their off and running, to put it in horse racing terms. I just noticed there are 2 scout reports for Iowa, and 1 is almost clear to I-80. I guess I'll do my best to get my site put together and erected tomorrow. I just new this is what would happen. Our weather is so strange anymore. Yest...
by phldave
Tue Mar 05, 2019 10:42 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Migration stalls until the 8th
Replies: 8
Views: 4519

Re: Migration stalls until the 8th

I see there are scout reports in Missouri and Indiana. They must be chomping at the bit to move north. Here in the Des Moines area this am we were less than 10 deg. and with a min of 4" snow pack. I don't plan on setting up my site for another 1-2 weeks, but I received an order of hand warmers and m...
by phldave
Sat Mar 02, 2019 5:50 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Hand Warmers
Replies: 29
Views: 8752

Re: Hand Warmers

I just ordered some hand warmers. I don’t want to get caught without any like last year. I had a group stop at my place during an April snow storm last year. I checked several stores in they area and they were all out for the season. The PM’s road it out alright by packing into a few compartments, b...
by phldave
Thu Feb 28, 2019 5:35 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Public Sites (City Park)
Replies: 4
Views: 2807

Re: Public Sites (City Park)

Dave /John,
Thanks for your input, I really appreciate it from both of you guys. I know you both have experience in the situation. I am confident the park manager and I will agree on something.

thanks again,

Dave
by phldave
Wed Feb 27, 2019 9:51 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Public Sites (City Park)
Replies: 4
Views: 2807

Public Sites (City Park)

Gang, I am in the process of selling the idea of erecting a site at a public park. I know there are several of you that have taken on this venture, and I am very interested in knowing any of the suggestions you have from the experience you have gained in doing this. I need all the help you can give ...
by phldave
Sun Feb 24, 2019 2:20 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: DIY winch system?
Replies: 21
Views: 10872

Re: DIY winch system?

The good thing about having the cable on the outside of the pole, it can be readily used to register the rack or house to prevent them from spinning around the pole. This as you have read is important. Everything must always face the same direction.
by phldave
Fri Feb 22, 2019 3:48 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Get those crickets ordered on time folks.
Replies: 4
Views: 1787

Re: Get those crickets ordered on time folks.

Hey everyone, This may seem an obvious post for us old timers in the landlord business, but I thought it might save some heartache for the newbies who just started their colonies. Crickets online take some time to reach your place, so it is vital to have your crickets ready for supplement feeding o...
by phldave
Fri Feb 15, 2019 10:46 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Our Mission in Retrospect
Replies: 1
Views: 725

Our Mission in Retrospect

Gang, A couple weeks ago I watched the Eagles of Decorah on public TV. Wow, what a powerful story. This kind of centered around one man's (Mr. Anderson) dedication to these majestic birds. This makes our job of caring for Purple Martin's seem not quite so labor intensive. The original nest was blown...
by phldave
Thu Feb 14, 2019 4:56 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Are they arriving earlier than usual?
Replies: 8
Views: 2050

Re: Are they arriving earlier than usual?

So maybe the groundhog was right down south anyway. Believe me, the jury's still out on that up north, we've got a real mess. I sure hope things start turning around real soon. I've had my fill of this winter, even thought it got started late, we have more than made up for that.
by phldave
Thu Feb 14, 2019 4:45 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Louisiana!!!!!!
Replies: 35
Views: 9277

Re: Louisiana!!!!!!

Thanks Dave ,but truth is... this is one of those folks that are better left alone. He lives about 40 minutes away from his buisiness and has martins there at his home,he said. He strikes me as one of those obstinate folks that just can’t be helped. I offered a full and complete service asking noth...
by phldave
Wed Feb 13, 2019 5:43 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Louisiana!!!!!!
Replies: 35
Views: 9277

Re: Louisiana!!!!!!

Hey Clivia , yes he actually knows better but doesn’t wanna bother. I told him plug all the holes for the off season and open when he spots martins. He said he doesn’t have any plugs,and I said I would quickly empty out the house and gourds,loan him my plugs and just leave a few holes open for the ...
by phldave
Tue Feb 12, 2019 1:56 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Sparrow Box Trap
Replies: 6
Views: 1239

Re: Sparrow Box Trap

All the house sparrows I've ever observed, just love to hang out on the porch and be disgusting. My personal opinion is it makes the trap more inviting.
by phldave
Mon Feb 04, 2019 10:18 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Plugging vent holes. What do you use?
Replies: 10
Views: 2675

Re: Plugging vent holes. What do you use?

I got all my horizontals vented in the back too. Using a 3/4" (outside threads) to 1/2" (slick inside, for 1/2" pipe) PVC elbow for vent. Using two on each gourd. One side of the elbow has 3/4' threads (into the back of the gourd) The 1/2" end fits a 1/2 PVC pipe. So I made 1 1/2 " pipe pieces, stu...
by phldave
Tue Jan 29, 2019 4:16 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Farewell Tom
Replies: 3
Views: 1190

Farewell Tom

Thomas Edward Cox (1925-2019)of Danville, Kentucky past away January 23, 2019. The article in the Advocate-Messenger says he was a Purple Martin landlord, and a Veteran of WWII and Korea.
by phldave
Tue Nov 27, 2018 11:52 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Talk while approaching and lowering racks for nest checks.
Replies: 4
Views: 3279

Re: Talk while approaching and lowering racks for nest checks.

Dave,
Hopefully in 2019 I'll get to put this into practice, but maybe I will just play a radio, so the neighbors won't think I have totally gone off the deep end.

Happy Holiday's

Dave
by phldave
Wed Nov 07, 2018 2:40 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: safety tip!
Replies: 7
Views: 4745

Re: safety tip!

One other thing I would like to add. Give some careful thought to installing a through bolt in your poles, this will create week point when the wind blows, making it easier for your pole to fail (bend or break) at that point. As an alternative, make some kind of a safety device that straps to the po...
by phldave
Thu Sep 27, 2018 1:38 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Fall Migration 2018
Replies: 3
Views: 1958

Fall Migration 2018

Gang, Just thought I'd share an observation. Most weekdays I eat my lunch in Ewing Park in Des Moines, Iowa. As I was doing so today, I just happened to look up at the right moment, and right at high noon and to my delight, I was treated to a group of around a dozen PM's swooping and soaring their w...
by phldave
Wed Aug 29, 2018 8:04 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: End of season report.
Replies: 13
Views: 4829

Re: End of season report.

Thanks to all you Iowa landlords out there providing habitat for the pms and doing your part to flood the area with birds. Thanks to all of you I still hope someday soon I will be allowed to do my part and help Tim to bring them back to a more plentiful state in central Iowa.
Dave
by phldave
Tue Jul 10, 2018 11:20 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Diving Purple martins
Replies: 11
Views: 3245

Re: Diving Purple martins

I would just about give anything to be in your shoes. Enjoy and be glad you have them.

Dave
by phldave
Thu Jun 21, 2018 9:53 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: SY pair visited today
Replies: 20
Views: 6153

Re: SY pair visited today

Heavy The one thing I have learned, they are experts at driving us folks crazy. I don’t think they have been taught, that they shouldn’t look a gift horse in the mouth. Too bad they aren’t more willing to accept our hospitality when we have taken the time and effort to offer it. All we want to do i...