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by Scully
Sat Jun 13, 2015 1:25 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: My HOSP traps arrived today...gulp...
Replies: 61
Views: 14100

So Mike, these HS leave? They no longer go in and out of the PM nests? They can do serious damage in a day or two b4 they leave. Sure killing them isn't better. How about the females, same thing? I have never said killing them wasn't more effective, just that we have achieved effective control as r...
by Scully
Sat Jun 13, 2015 1:17 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: My HOSP traps arrived today...gulp...
Replies: 61
Views: 14100

Can an airplane fly with no tail, neither can a sparrow! Complete falsehoods like this do martineering no service. I can only assume you have little or no experience observing wild birds. Anyhow, here's a couple from a few years back several weeks after tail clipping. http://img.photobucket.com/alb...
by Scully
Sat Jun 13, 2015 1:08 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Nest Replacements or Lack Thereof and mites.
Replies: 21
Views: 5769

Hey Mike….interesting reading. Of a different note, did you fashion (or purchase) the owl guard-arms, seen on your Gemini rack? Don't currently have any such protection on our Gemini, and need to add something. The story on those is back in 2010 I wrote a $10,000 grant proposal for our school re: m...
by Scully
Sat Jun 13, 2015 12:55 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Nest Replacements or Lack Thereof and mites.
Replies: 21
Views: 5769

I have noticed a difference in body weight between nestlings impacted by blow flies and those in cavities blow fly free. Again, why one cavity is impacted and another is blow fly free is an unknown. At times, the larval pupulation is huge. An appreciable weight gain can be noticed once the feeding ...
by Scully
Sat Jun 13, 2015 6:46 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Nest Replacements or Lack Thereof and mites.
Replies: 21
Views: 5769

Ed, Would a smaller number of gourds allow you to conduct the recomended nest replacements or was this an experiment? Are you asking could I have found the time to clean out the gourds? Um, yes. What percentage of the eggs laid in your 49 gourds have fledged? I'm not looking at the data right now bu...
by Scully
Fri Jun 12, 2015 6:18 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Nest Replacements or Lack Thereof and mites.
Replies: 21
Views: 5769

I rarely admit it but I.... um.... actually have a Master's Degree in Entomology... :oops: ...from a certain Texas "World Class University" yet.... ..and OMG, there are certain types of "entomophagous fungi" straight out of a horror movie.... :shock: http://herbarium.usu.edu/fungi/funfacts/ant_fung....
by Scully
Fri Jun 12, 2015 6:08 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: My HOSP traps arrived today...gulp...
Replies: 61
Views: 14100

So I have taken this in baby steps. I have grown up in a landlording family and I know this is a necessary evil. We have diligently pulled nest after nest out of our house daily since we put the house up in April and have collected around 30 HOSP eggs. One year in a neglected Trio Castle in town I ...
by Scully
Fri Jun 12, 2015 5:50 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: My HOSP traps arrived today...gulp...
Replies: 61
Views: 14100

Well hey, time to draw the annual shellfire down upon my head :roll: I maintain a 48 pair martin colony a public school campus, I have maintained this school colony since 1998 (??). I cannot recall the last time I killed a house sparrow. The reason I do not kill sparrows is because in the eyes of th...
by Scully
Fri Jun 12, 2015 4:44 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: A failed attempt at a cross-country martin house transect
Replies: 29
Views: 7484

Day Two. The first two days were the only two I actually set destination goals. By the end of Day Two I wanted to be at least as far as Caldwell, TX, 88 miles from the park. What you want on a trip like this is the feeling of actually getting somewhere . I don't recall that I started especially earl...
by Scully
Fri Jun 12, 2015 3:20 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: A failed attempt at a cross-country martin house transect
Replies: 29
Views: 7484

While I had the physical ride slow-ride long thing down, I was still mentally in a rush to get there the whole trip. Hence I found it an aggravation to stop and document martin housing :???: I mean really, in hindsite I coulda even lost a day or two to that purpose and it wouldn't have mattered at a...
by Scully
Fri Jun 12, 2015 2:14 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: What bird is like a PM but has white chest
Replies: 11
Views: 3354

I had one of these guys attack one of my subbies last week. Was pecking the sub adult male so hard you can actually hear its beak whack the subbies skull. Was a pretty aggressive bird. Looked just like the sub adult male same size and all. Just different character traits. Brad, Hopefully what you h...
by Scully
Fri Jun 12, 2015 2:07 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Chimney Swifts buzzed me
Replies: 5
Views: 722

Chimney swifts posses the enormous advantage that, unlike martins and swallows and passerines in general, their young can slow down their growth in adverse weather without ill effects. IIRC conventional wisdom has it though that only one nest per chimney or hollow tree is the norm, with one or more ...
by Scully
Fri Jun 12, 2015 2:00 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Martin fortunes in our area
Replies: 5
Views: 1216

Hey those old Heaths and Trios and the like DO last forever even if just left out. The only new housing I see around here are the plastic S&K 12 room barns, which ARE functional martin houses, just not as long-lived as aluminum from what I can see. The REAL problem is, the total amount of housing ou...
by Scully
Fri Jun 12, 2015 1:55 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Nest Replacements or Lack Thereof and mites.
Replies: 21
Views: 5769

Nest Replacements or Lack Thereof and mites.

I have a confession to make, in our 49 gourd school colony I haven't changed a nest since 2013, or cleaned out a gourd either :oops: The old nesting material is breaking down inside the gourds into almost a soil-like consistency. The thing is, up until I could keep checking last week, nary a single ...
by Scully
Fri Jun 12, 2015 1:40 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Martin fortunes in our area
Replies: 5
Views: 1216

FOUR fledged broods in the neighborhood today, and I wasn't even looking :cool: The distinctive begging call of fledged martins is breaking out all over. This house is typical, completely neglected, over the last five years or so I've seen it with as many as five pairs and last year it didn't have A...
by Scully
Thu Jun 11, 2015 12:19 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: A failed attempt at a cross-country martin house transect
Replies: 29
Views: 7484

Oh heck Connie, I shoot for recreation, so the gun question was not an issue. Competing risks; in this case I judged a firearm would bring with it more liability than it was worth. Actually, if I may, the website www.crazyguyonabike.com is devoted to touring cyclists, and there are more than 9,000 t...
by Scully
Thu Jun 11, 2015 10:34 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: A failed attempt at a cross-country martin house transect
Replies: 29
Views: 7484

Where did you sleep? Did you camp out? Every night? Did you ever stop at a hotel just for the luxury of a soft bed and A/C? An ideal in the long-distance bicycling community on a trip like this is cost-free "stealth camping". For me my rules from the start were 1) No trespassing 2) No trash and 3) ...
by Scully
Thu Jun 11, 2015 9:40 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: A failed attempt at a cross-country martin house transect
Replies: 29
Views: 7484

With the permission of the PMCA I'll continue this topic for awhile, working in martins where I can. I did want to get across important points about bicycles that folks commonly do not know, here's a pretty good pic of the bike at the start of Day 3, Caldwell TX, about 170 miles from home. http://im...
by Scully
Wed Jun 10, 2015 10:52 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: A failed attempt at a cross-country martin house transect
Replies: 29
Views: 7484

Something I just noticed from your photo on the bridge after you mentioned it in your last post... Were you pumpin that bike around through that terrain on regular old foot sandels? Indeed I was, on account of broken and crooked toes made any shoes painful over the sort of hours I was putting in on...
by Scully
Wed Jun 10, 2015 9:22 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: A failed attempt at a cross-country martin house transect
Replies: 29
Views: 7484

If you do it again up through Ohio travel up through the many Amish communities in Ohio. I haven't driven by an amish farm that didn't have many martin gourds or houses. Some with wires between poles and gourds hanging. I'll try and get a picture later and post one. Somewhere in Ohio...... :lol: I ...