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by Steve Martin
Thu Feb 27, 2014 1:07 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Introduction and two newbie questions.
Replies: 17
Views: 4531

After reading up on all the martin info here and the posts here, I'm starting to get a bit discouraged. I'm not sure I can make the commitment need to get anywhere with the house I started tending. The house seams to function more as a lure to HOSP and starlings rather than martins or any native spe...
by Steve Martin
Wed Feb 26, 2014 10:40 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: HOSP mystery
Replies: 4
Views: 787

When ever I talked to people that cull invasive birds , I hear one thing. Starlings learn quickly that some places are bad places and they will leave after only a few birds are killed. HOSP on the other hand do not learn. As long as there are HOSP in the area, they will keep coming back until all ar...
by Steve Martin
Wed Feb 26, 2014 10:14 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Going electric?
Replies: 8
Views: 1627

I have approximately an equivalent to an associates degree in EE ac/dc circuit theory. Because of the short distance you will will not have to worry about Bad Connections, weed loads, splices, if you replace the wire every 2 or 3 years then rusty wire should not be a problem either. Insulation could...
by Steve Martin
Tue Feb 25, 2014 8:02 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Broke up first fight!
Replies: 6
Views: 958

I'm surprised they did not take flight as soon as you lowered the house/opened the door. I've seen some bird fights, such as intense male grackle fights. Once I got too close the birds stopped fighting and took to the wing.
by Steve Martin
Mon Feb 24, 2014 11:56 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Introduction and two newbie questions.
Replies: 17
Views: 4531

you can use a permeant marker too mark your pole so it won't go too high and come out;;I put a big ring around mine;;jr2 I think I'll try permanent marker in addition to the pre-cut measuring tape which is actually a piece of flexible wire with a loop at one end. It was measured and cut such that (...
by Steve Martin
Mon Feb 24, 2014 1:38 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Introduction and two newbie questions.
Replies: 17
Views: 4531

If you attract martins in 2014. And don't stay in your current location? Who will tend to the house next year when they return? You do know they come back year after year? Just want to make sure I understand your post. Sounds like you may not be their to tend to them come next year. If/when I leave...
by Steve Martin
Mon Feb 24, 2014 12:42 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Trio-Telescoping Pole
Replies: 20
Views: 6349

I use Blaster brand Garage Door Lube On just about anything that needs long term lubrication. This season I tried it on a telescoping pole that goes with a house I adopted it works great so far. I've talked to many people in retail hardware and no one recommends DW40 for long term lubrication of out...
by Steve Martin
Sun Feb 23, 2014 2:24 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Introduction and two newbie questions.
Replies: 17
Views: 4531

Introduction and two newbie questions.

Hello all, I am staying near Bastrop Texas. I am a new landlord. I've talked to birders and martineers in the past. However, this would be my first attempt at being a martin landlord. I am "inheriting" a martin house that was not maintained in the past. The martin house is on a friend's land. His pa...