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by Steve Martin
Mon Mar 17, 2014 12:55 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: first timer;;cricketts
Replies: 32
Views: 5373

jr2, I hope he returns to find them. Did you kill the crickets first to keep them from escaping. I know a lot of folks may think that is a no brainer. But if you have never fed them before I thought it might be worth mentioning. Again, best of luck to you. The wind is brutal here right now and from...
by Steve Martin
Mon Mar 17, 2014 11:16 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Cooper's Hawks - their effect on landlords' blood pressure
Replies: 13
Views: 3286

Hey Matt, sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but Coopers Hawks DO nest here. Two houses down my neighbor has a large pine tree with a Coopers Hawk nest in it. For the past three years it has fledged 3-4 young, well fed on martins from my neighbors colonies and my own. Humm, If someone in the neigh...
by Steve Martin
Sun Mar 16, 2014 10:30 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Another Tree vs. Martin House Question
Replies: 9
Views: 1822

Re: Bradford Pear Tree's Problems

Brian, I probably will a lot of criticism for my comments. I have noticed more problems from Bradford Pear trees than they are worth. I will admit that the Bradford pears are a fast growing tree with pretty blossoms in the early spring. Well, I spent about 2.5 years working in a garden center. Afte...
by Steve Martin
Sat Mar 15, 2014 7:37 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: S & S control tipping point
Replies: 19
Views: 5477

S & S control tipping point

When did you decide that you would use deadly force to control starling and house sparrows? Was there a final straw when you decided that you would need to eliminate them yourself?
by Steve Martin
Sat Mar 15, 2014 7:33 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Electric fence guard question
Replies: 10
Views: 2648

I could not get an idea on how your system was set up. I need you to label which wires are ground wires and which wires are fence wires. Also please take the picture from further away so I can get a better prospective. Also, is the pole your houses are on conductive, (ie. Aluminum, steal, metal).
by Steve Martin
Sat Mar 15, 2014 7:21 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Texas Great Roadrunner
Replies: 8
Views: 2014

Road Runners are definitely on of my favorite birds. At the first place I was staying at near Bastrop, I was seeing then 2 or 3 times per week. I haven"t seen one at my new Bastrop place yet. It seems that development can some times drive them away. With grater human activity comes an increase in ra...
by Steve Martin
Sun Mar 09, 2014 11:37 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: You Just think you have a Starling Problem
Replies: 12
Views: 3031

At least they are in there native land at the location that was filmed. I remember seeing red-winged blackbirds flying in a swarming mass similar to those images. I was standing. And afternoon they were all in trees then I heard a massive sound and 10's of thousands they all took to the wing at the ...
by Steve Martin
Wed Mar 05, 2014 11:36 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Purple Martin
Replies: 58
Views: 14687

Chuck4 wrote:It seems like the more dilapidated it is the more they like it sometimes... :)
So I've got a chance.
by Steve Martin
Wed Mar 05, 2014 8:22 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Well I pulled the trigger today
Replies: 10
Views: 2834

Humm, many it would be handy if I had something to shoot the S&S with. The other morning, a starling thought that my martin house would make a great platform to display on. He was up high, doing his song and dance to impress the females. I was annoyed, but there was not much I could do, so out of fr...
by Steve Martin
Tue Mar 04, 2014 9:48 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Meanwhile in Central Texas.....
Replies: 12
Views: 3131

The first one who complains about the heat this summer gets punched . :lol: I guess that would be me then. The summer heat in Texas drives me nuts, it's hot day after day after day without a break. When it does get cold in Texas it only stays cold for 2 or 3 days. In extremes, it stays cold for 6 d...
by Steve Martin
Tue Mar 04, 2014 3:12 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Going electric?
Replies: 8
Views: 1627

If you plan on using an electric fence charger as a predator guard, I suggest you follow the design from this post. http://www.purplemartin.org/forum/viewtopic.php?p=93410 As someone with an understanding of EE, I like this design because there is a wide section of PVC that is very effective at stop...
by Steve Martin
Tue Mar 04, 2014 11:27 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Meanwhile in Central Texas.....
Replies: 12
Views: 3131

Yeah, the ice is bad here in Central Texas. The scary part is that my car is already covered in ice, and freezing rain is still coming down. The cold front hit two days ago, about 4 or 5 hours after sunrise, and it was cold all day yesterday. I'm stating to think the Bastrop Walmart martins my be ge...
by Steve Martin
Mon Mar 03, 2014 7:49 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: 50 degrees and flying
Replies: 9
Views: 2848

Man, I was stuck in Corpus for 12 months and never say the %$#@ Rufous humming bird. I even went by the Audubon House (near Blucher Park) once a week to see the bird. I even brought my own nectar when it was empty.
by Steve Martin
Mon Mar 03, 2014 7:39 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Altering a PM house
Replies: 7
Views: 1827

If your house is like my Heath house, you might get youngsters who live on the top floor hopping over to the next compartment. I was told this in the forums. click HERE to see the post. Scroll down to read up on solutions.
by Steve Martin
Sun Mar 02, 2014 5:08 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Should I be panicky yet?
Replies: 13
Views: 4144

Did you check after the cold front hit? In Bastrop about 25-30 Miles Southeast of you, the martins were in the Walmart Parking lot. They were using the gourd houses to stay out of the cold wet weather. I observed this less than an hour ago about 3pm.
by Steve Martin
Fri Feb 28, 2014 9:56 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Story of a Martin Colony. written in 1902. Covers 1891-1902.
Replies: 15
Views: 4078

With a little searching and a little techno-magic I found the links.
Reference page
Gleanings-from-Nature.pdf
by Steve Martin
Fri Feb 28, 2014 11:54 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Introduction and two newbie questions.
Replies: 17
Views: 4531

Upon examining the house I realized that each nesting cavity is not well isolated from the next cavity. If a HOSP was caught by a simple door trap it would be able to squeeze over into the next compartment to get out. That's true for the top floor of the Heath house. You can get an insert trap that...
by Steve Martin
Thu Feb 27, 2014 3:25 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Nest competition with natives which species?
Replies: 2
Views: 565

Nest competition with natives which species?

Which species of native birds compete with martins for nest within 60 miles of Austin/Bastrop Texas? According to the forums tree swallows and "crested flycatchers" will nest in a martin house. The breading range of tree swallows is nowhere near Bastrop/Austin. I do remember back around '91 in Dalla...
by Steve Martin
Thu Feb 27, 2014 2:34 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Introduction and two newbie questions.
Replies: 17
Views: 4531

If the house is still equipped with the original, unmodified, 6"X6" compartments, then there's not a big need for starling resistant entrances. Starlings will generally not nest in those small compartments. That is good to know. I guess the starlings just went into the holes and decided that it was...
by Steve Martin
Thu Feb 27, 2014 1:52 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Going electric?
Replies: 8
Views: 1627

One of the companies that mfg the chargers (I think it was something like Zareba, said in their literature that the chargers work better under dry conditions. That seems like the opposite of what I was thinking. So maybe the wet conditions drains some of the power. Yes, the dryer the better, only r...