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by tlragsdale
Mon Jan 27, 2014 10:25 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Don't let "EM" come north.
Replies: 5
Views: 1359

I'm voting for the Brazil trip….currently -17 in western WI, with a lovely breeze. I might have miscalculated, but I came up with a wind-chill temp of 4,100 degrees below zero. (OK, I didn't really calculate---that was just my estimate, based on how my hands and feet felt after plowing our driveway ...
by tlragsdale
Thu Jan 23, 2014 10:06 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: 13 degrees tonite, 9 tomorrow night
Replies: 22
Views: 7289

We are located in far western WI…after a low last night of 19 below zero, our "high" today is forecast to be a whopping -2. Some Anchorage residents will likely run around in shorts today (their forecast high is 44), and their neighbors to the north, Fairbanks, will top-out at 29 degrees. What the h...
by tlragsdale
Wed Jan 22, 2014 8:43 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: I feel like a grandfather rather than godfather
Replies: 3
Views: 868

Oh, I SO long to hear the wonderful sounds of returning martins, and SO hope that one day our yet-lived-in new Gemini rack looks anywhere near as close to wonderful as this.

We are in western WI, where it's currently zero out, and the snow is about knee deep.

Thanks for sharing.
by tlragsdale
Wed Jan 15, 2014 9:25 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Photo Of Lowered Gemini With 24 Gourds
Replies: 22
Views: 6341

Thanks, Steve, for the info. Look forward to hearing of your martins returning. (We're still a little way off from any scout arrival; currently -7, and have snow piled VERY high).

Terry R.
by tlragsdale
Wed Jan 15, 2014 8:47 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Vent plugs from Troyer
Replies: 10
Views: 3057

Ray….hard to believe, as I look out at the snow piled high, but we do have those 90+ degree days (sometimes many). I have vent plugs for the elbows, so in the event they aren't needed, they'll stay plugged. Still trying to decide the most aesthetically-pleasing means for venting the vertical gourds....
by tlragsdale
Tue Jan 14, 2014 12:32 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Vent plugs from Troyer
Replies: 10
Views: 3057

I put twin vents in all the horizontal Troyers; air-flow looks to be greatly improved. Haven't decided the best means for venting the vertical round gourd yet.

Thanks for the advice/encouragement.

Terry
by tlragsdale
Tue Jan 14, 2014 10:59 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Photo Of Lowered Gemini With 24 Gourds
Replies: 22
Views: 6341

Steve….great photo, beautiful set-up. I have to tell you (if I haven't already), I think you posted this photo (or one similar) a little while back. I had just done a search, in anticipation of putting up a "proper" martin offering. My search was something along at the lines of "your favorite martin...
by tlragsdale
Tue Jan 14, 2014 10:43 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Happy Homecoming
Replies: 13
Views: 2584

Posts like your's bring a broad smile to those of us choosing to live a "bit further" north. We have about 30" of snow on the ground, it's a balmy 18 degrees and a lovely breeze is keeping the air fresh . Please keep posting "good martin news", and throw a photo-or-two in for us dreaming of the retu...
by tlragsdale
Sat Jan 11, 2014 2:43 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Vent plugs from Troyer
Replies: 10
Views: 3057

Thanks, Debbie & Emil, for the note. Will be heading to ACE Hardware in the a.m..

The return of martins to the frozen tundra of western WI is still several months off, so I have a little time.
by tlragsdale
Fri Jan 10, 2014 12:24 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Vent plugs from Troyer
Replies: 10
Views: 3057

Vent plugs from Troyer

Possibly they are new, or maybe I've been (again) caught sleeping at the wheel. Anyone have any experience with the vent plugs Troyers offers??? I haven't yet been bold enough to take a drill to our Troyer gourds. Suppose now is the time, and still weighing the best options for venting, while keepin...
by tlragsdale
Mon Dec 23, 2013 11:24 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Fa la la la la la la la la
Replies: 8
Views: 2348

Gorgeous photo…thanks for sharing. (currently 1 degree in western WI…but, at least, the sun is shining and wind relatively calm).

Merry Christmas to all!
by tlragsdale
Mon Dec 23, 2013 11:24 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Fa la la la la la la la la
Replies: 8
Views: 2348

Gorgeous photo…thanks for sharing. (currently 1 degree in western WI…but, at least, the sun is shining and wind relatively calm).

Merry Christmas to all!
by tlragsdale
Wed Oct 30, 2013 8:16 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Eastern Wisconsin Purple Martin Association name change
Replies: 7
Views: 3576

Hey Tom…we live in far western WI (about 20 minutes north of Hudson, WI); the only thing I located on-line is listed as the "Eastern WI PM Association. Is there a specific site I should be visiting for more information/to sign-up? I'm a "newbie", compared to most, in my attempts to become a successf...
by tlragsdale
Wed Oct 30, 2013 1:23 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Dawn Song
Replies: 6
Views: 1502

Thanks, guys, for the good info. Have a new Gemini gourd rack I just installed, getting ready for next spring. With the info you provided (and possibly a little assistance from the local Radio Shack) I'll hopefully be fully prepared for next springs arrival.

Thanks, again.

Terry
by tlragsdale
Tue Oct 29, 2013 11:50 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Dawn Song
Replies: 6
Views: 1502

Thanks for the note; info should help out.

Thanks, again.

Terry
by tlragsdale
Tue Oct 29, 2013 10:34 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Dawn Song
Replies: 6
Views: 1502

Dawn Song

Being a "newbie" to the site, I apologize if I'm duplicating a message from earlier, or missing something already covered/posted. Trying to spend the winter devising a method for playing the dawn song and other martin vocalizations next spring. Has this already been covered on the forum, and--if so-...
by tlragsdale
Tue Oct 29, 2013 10:25 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Winterizing Gemini Gourd Rack
Replies: 14
Views: 4536

winterizing the Gemini

I know the season is long over, but just recently purchased a Gemini gourd rack. Once the boxes arrived, I knew I wouldn't be able to wait till spring, so this beautifully designed rack and 24 Troyer gourds now adorn our backyard. As far as winterizing, any lube/spray used to protect the pole/suppor...
by tlragsdale
Fri Jul 26, 2013 8:06 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Mentoring
Replies: 5
Views: 1752

Mentoring

I'm new to the site....sorry if this has been addressed previously. I've discovered late-in-life I'm supposed to be a purple-martin landlord :grin: . We live in western WI (near Hudson, WI, and about an hour east of St. Paul, MN). Anyone know of a mentoring group/purple martin local chapter in my ar...