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by Scully
Mon Jun 03, 2013 2:59 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: The sidewalk colony lives on!
Replies: 5
Views: 2523

The sidewalk colony lives on!

That time of year again, when I check 100 local martin sites for occupancy. Forty sites checked since Saturday, 21 found occuppied by martins, seems to hold steady every year at 50 to 60% Just one of many around here, nice to see this old Heath Castle maybe 6ft up right by the sidewalk get martins y...
by Scully
Mon Jun 03, 2013 12:55 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Oops, a "non-believer" asked about my PMCA NB trap
Replies: 25
Views: 7404

One of my favorite local sites, just around the corner from that last pic, right on the street, been producing martins every year since at least 2006 8) As seen about one hour ago. [img][img]http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v148/Sharpshin/martins/15c88694-af7d-4b5b-af14-380bf04d37a9_zpsba241891.jpg...
by Scully
Mon Jun 03, 2013 12:42 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Oops, a "non-believer" asked about my PMCA NB trap
Replies: 25
Views: 7404

Kathy, So, how many chickadee, bluebird, tree swallow nests were destroyed before the HOSP got to your traps in the school colonies? Bluebirds are rare breeders here on the fringe of their range, but over all are listed as a "species of least concern" by the International Union for Conservation of N...
by Scully
Mon Jun 03, 2013 10:00 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Oops, a "non-believer" asked about my PMCA NB trap
Replies: 25
Views: 7404

The biggest single threat to the purple martin today is the lack of new martin housing going up. The biggest single deterrent to someone new trying for martins is being told the HAVE to kill S&S. Fortunately, as always, most people putting up houses ain't got the message and most of those that DO p...
by Scully
Mon Jun 03, 2013 9:33 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: everything wrong still lots of martins?
Replies: 9
Views: 2290

The orginal house had 20 units each 6x6 inches, ten foot pole,no predator guard, can not be lowered, never has been cleaned in twenty years and near 3 large trees. The birds ignore each other for the most part. The only fight was once the sparrow looked into the hole in the roof where the starling ...
by Scully
Fri May 31, 2013 5:17 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Fertility - 10 eggs?!?!
Replies: 10
Views: 4065

Chickadee, Live Oak is a common tree down here, dating back to prairie days when we were technically live oak savannah; that is tall grass interspersed with mottes (clumps) of live oak. Live Oak here remains generally green all year round but does shed a great many leaves in February. That is where ...
by Scully
Fri May 31, 2013 5:05 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: First fledges underway in this ragged sort of season.
Replies: 3
Views: 1819

Matt, In my experience starving young are the loudest, also true during nest checks, where their hunger seems to keep them from cowering in the back of the nest as is usual with healthy young. A real puzzle to me is why some pairs do so much better than others during drought years, raising healthy y...
by Scully
Fri May 31, 2013 1:56 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Fertility - 10 eggs?!?!
Replies: 10
Views: 4065

This was a ten eggs clutch, tho only nine are visible here... http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v148/Sharpshin/martins/10eggclutch5-10.jpg Checked our records, that was in a Big Bo gourd in 2006, none hatched. But in 2008 we had four hatch out of a nine egg clutch. So I too would leave those eggs be...
by Scully
Thu May 30, 2013 5:18 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Dilemma in Pleasant Hill, IA
Replies: 15
Views: 4294

what does anyone think the chances are that this "unlandlorded" house has pm's using it after what could be years? I'm kinda optimistic. I'm optimistic too. Every year we observe 100 housing sites from among the more than 200 identified within a four-mile radius of the school. Typically we find 50 ...
by Scully
Thu May 30, 2013 5:13 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: First fledges underway in this ragged sort of season.
Replies: 3
Views: 1819

First fledges underway in this ragged sort of season.

Certainly has been a strange year, that late, record cold front overlaying what was already forming up to be a drought year. Uneven hatches, chilled eggs, and numerous runts winnowing down the broods. The record rainfall Friday night/Saturday itself had little effect on the colony, all our martins w...
by Scully
Thu May 30, 2013 3:59 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: So this is what over 3.5 inches of rain looks like
Replies: 9
Views: 1683

Nice pics! and timely too.... Just on the general topic, this is what over 9.5 inches of rain looks like :???: As seen in this cell phone pic of the San Antonio River, this past Saturday morning, more than 30 feet over flood stage. http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v148/Sharpshin/24hrcamp/13flood1_z...
by Scully
Wed May 29, 2013 10:31 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Eggs Buried in Nests - more difficult to do nest checks
Replies: 3
Views: 1562

Egg checks are the least accurate part of my nest checks, due to a reluctance on my part to go rifling through the nesting material. Not uncommon here for five or six nestlings to hatch out of a "four egg clutch" :???: I suspect the phenomenon of hidden eggs is related to the available ensting mater...
by Scully
Fri May 24, 2013 9:19 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: A quick way to kill starlings
Replies: 34
Views: 16339

I don't believe in crippling sparrow or starlings. I also disagree that handling the pest problem is sensitive at schools. Haul your lazy a** to the site between 4 AM and 8 AM and you will find very few observers for any technique you use. Might I use this emoticon without causing offense? : :lol: ...
by Scully
Thu May 23, 2013 10:12 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Need help Sparrow trapping questinos
Replies: 5
Views: 1559

I've seen people say NEVER lower a martin house at night Ladder noise might scare them I guess Nope, martins are simple creatures with a predictable set of conditions that scare them. For example heavy equipment and even loud unnatural noises will not chase them away.... http://img.photobucket.com/...
by Scully
Wed May 22, 2013 3:40 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: A quick way to kill starlings
Replies: 34
Views: 16339

I just tried this method on a trapped sparrow. Skull is fragile, crushed massively and easily under pressure an easy and fast one-handed technique. Instant incapacitation and certain brain-death of course, but much fluttering and some continued breathing for a few moments akin to a decapitated chick...
by Scully
Wed May 22, 2013 12:47 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Eggs not hatching
Replies: 12
Views: 4009

The problem I have is that I often cannot tell an failed egg from a good egg, especially after new eggs begin to appear. I usually leave them all in place for the martins to sort out.
by Scully
Wed May 22, 2013 11:51 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Trapped Martin in S&S Controller
Replies: 4
Views: 1211

Fo the first time ever in the several years we have been trapping we caught an SY male in one of our Natureline trap gourds left out to catch sparrows. These things are shimmed down to a 1 1/2" diameter round entrance hole. Must have been a really determined martin and/or a somewhat oversized hole. ...
by Scully
Wed May 22, 2013 10:11 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Quick Question for Louise and others on weather.
Replies: 5
Views: 1642

Hi Nikki, We are over here at John Jay High School on the West Side and you are welcome to visit any time. Over the years we have done extensive testing on gourds, even employing a solar-powered fan. Just like in one's house, heat inside a gourd appears to be mostly a factor of radiant heat; the sun...
by Scully
Mon May 20, 2013 2:49 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Its going to be a poor-production year this year.
Replies: 10
Views: 3073

Its going to be a poor-production year this year.

See the graphical production of the prior success rate of our school colony as compared to what we predict based upon a mathematical model (derived from Excel)... http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v148/Sharpshin/martins/2013prediction_zps9ac29d1c.jpg Over the last twelve years we have found the best...
by Scully
Mon May 20, 2013 10:40 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Good Number Of Peregrine Falcons This Year
Replies: 8
Views: 2568

Always a special day when you see a peregrine, sort of a moment's disbelief when you first ID it as a peregrine and not some other bird, and then the excitement when you get a positive ID. We have one or two in San Antonio each winter, last month near the Alamo I heard a peregring calling, and turne...