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by tlragsdale
Thu Jan 14, 2016 8:55 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: V Trap - The mother of all traps!
Replies: 40
Views: 8800

Re: V Trap - The mother of all traps!

Yep, Peter, I'm on-board with the "it needs to be done" (concerning starlings and english sparrows)…..just wasn't sure how you managed such a bunch of birds.

Thanks for the note/continued good luck trapping, and best wishes on a bunch of PM's for 2016.
by tlragsdale
Wed Jan 13, 2016 9:48 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: V Trap - The mother of all traps!
Replies: 40
Views: 8800

Re: V Trap - The mother of all traps!

Great job, Peter. Been thinking about building one of these jewels. Quick question: what do you do with the birds you've trapped (how do you get 'em out?).

Keep up the great work!
by tlragsdale
Wed Jan 06, 2016 10:24 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Spotting Scope
Replies: 23
Views: 5004

Re: Spotting Scope

Keep us posted on how your season goes, Rodger. Hope 2016 is a banner year at your colony.

Terry
by tlragsdale
Thu Dec 31, 2015 9:42 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: I have a Martin
Replies: 17
Views: 7809

Re: I have a Martin

It is so exciting, looking out at snow and a temp of 8 degrees, to hear of the return of the PM's to Florida.

Keep those "cards and letters" coming, folks….makes the winter seem shorter :grin:

Happy New Year, all.
by tlragsdale
Sat Dec 26, 2015 10:59 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Spotting Scope
Replies: 23
Views: 5004

Re: Spotting Scope

Hey Rodger…pretty sure Emil is spot-on about the drone causing problems with your colony. I'd still vote for a quality pair of binoculars. However, if a spotting scope is your "weapon of choice", there are some available with dual eye pieces. Having peered through spotting scopes for long periods at...
by tlragsdale
Thu Dec 24, 2015 8:35 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Merry Christmas
Replies: 8
Views: 1495

Re: Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas to you, as well. Wishing you and your family a Merry Christmas, and safe & prosperous New Year.
by tlragsdale
Wed Dec 16, 2015 11:59 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Martin Season is Near
Replies: 16
Views: 4843

Re: Martin Season is Near

Question ("aimed" at Steve K, but anyone feel free to chime in). We have the supplied DL winch with our Gemini Rack. Had one small issue a year-or-two ago, but otherwise has worked OK. Did you convert your Gemini racks over to the Fulton winch, and--if so--would you share the model # you used? Hope ...
by tlragsdale
Mon Dec 14, 2015 6:18 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Martin Season is Near
Replies: 16
Views: 4843

Re: Martin Season is Near

You can't even imagine how exciting it is to those of us living much further north when the chatter starts of the first PM's arriving. It'll be many LONG months before we expect arrivals, but we live vicariously through our fellow landlords "down south". Seems "the buzz" is now about the Fulton winc...
by tlragsdale
Wed Dec 09, 2015 10:00 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Photos Of New Gemini Gourd Rack
Replies: 20
Views: 8096

Re: Photos Of New Gemini Gourd Rack

Another beauty! Can't wait to see photos next spring of all the returning PM's.

Hope you and your family have a very Merry Christmas.
by tlragsdale
Thu Nov 05, 2015 3:34 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: fledged sixteen I think??
Replies: 2
Views: 1014

Re: fledged sixteen I think??

Was hopefully the start of something to grow from at our place, as well. After some frustrating near-misses, rookie mistakes, etc., we had two pair each produce 6 eggs, all hatched/fledged.

Now, if they return this coming spring with friends......

Hope everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving.
by tlragsdale
Sat Oct 31, 2015 11:18 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Off Season Purple Martin Projects
Replies: 32
Views: 7106

Re: Off Season Purple Martin Projects

But, Steve, you never did mention what you're going to do in your spare time :shock: . The projects you mentioned should keep you plenty busy….nice work.

Hope you and your family have a safe & happy holiday season.
by tlragsdale
Wed Oct 28, 2015 11:07 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Spotting Scope
Replies: 23
Views: 5004

Re: Spotting Scope

Hey Roger….sure you've already considered it, but don't overlook a good, quality pair of binoculars. My wife and I shot archery professionally for 29 years; we used a spotting scope for some applications, but NEVER left home without our binos. We used Leica 10x42's for years, and they are superb. Wh...
by tlragsdale
Wed Oct 28, 2015 11:02 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Three years and still no gourd big enough!
Replies: 36
Views: 6475

Re: Three years and still no gourd big enough!

Being "way up north", we have to contend with a pretty short growing season. Tried bottle gourds this year, and had some I thought were going to be big enough (thought being the key word). Has anyone ever located a good source for large bottle gourds for purchase. It seems all the growers I see adve...
by tlragsdale
Wed Oct 21, 2015 2:26 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: a walk in the park
Replies: 1
Views: 652

Re: a walk in the park

Good reminder. Needles are nice and dry...I'll gather a big garbage bag full.

Don't want to wish a single precious day away, but, man, I can't wait for the return of the wonderful martins.

Happy Holidays!
by tlragsdale
Sun Aug 16, 2015 4:38 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Season about done, too short.
Replies: 3
Views: 1385

Did seem like the season was over way too quickly. Going to make their anticipated arrival next year seem SO far away.

Oh, well, more things to look forward to.
by tlragsdale
Fri Jul 31, 2015 1:28 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: T14
Replies: 7
Views: 1958

Hey Bob--- I built a cedar T-14 off of the plans Chuck Abare has on his site "Chuck's Purple Martin page". If you've ever read any of Chuck's material, he's extremely knowledable, and seems to enjoy helping others to learn about PM's. The house projects wasn't particularly difficult, and utilized a ...
by tlragsdale
Thu Jul 30, 2015 2:50 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: My colony's best martin season in Central Wisconsin
Replies: 3
Views: 1071

WOW!! Congratulations, Ed, on a great '15 season.

Now, it's about "quiet time", starting the long wait for them to return next season.

Congrats, again!
by tlragsdale
Tue Jul 28, 2015 8:45 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: leaving gourds up?
Replies: 6
Views: 2091

Thanks, Ed, for the note. Yep, I'm sure out of the elements for half the year makes 'em last longer…..it's just that storage issue. Last year, all the Troyers were under the ping-pong table in the basement. Made looking for those smash-shots from my wife harder to find :shock: . Thanks, again, for t...
by tlragsdale
Tue Jul 28, 2015 7:54 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: leaving gourds up?
Replies: 6
Views: 2091

leaving gourds up?

OK, at the risk of sounding lazy (I'm not), do any of your leave your Troyer-type synthetic gourds out in the elements all winter? Would seem for those of us short on storage space, the winter weather wouldn't be much harder on 'em than the summer sun.

Thoughts??
by tlragsdale
Mon Jul 27, 2015 9:16 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Purple Martins still in the area
Replies: 3
Views: 1903

Michelle and I sat out a few moments ago around the fire-pit, and were treated to 10-12 martins flying around, making all kinds of glorious racket, and finally settling-in to the gourds on the Gemini rack. Finally had a couple of pair of nesting martings, each hatched/fledged 6. For a few glorious d...