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by philsand
Sat May 13, 2017 3:54 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Decoys
Replies: 8
Views: 3309

Re: Decoys

Placing decoys on the system is not an option now. Cool weather and females incubating. Has any one tried placing decoys on a Sheppard s hook?
by philsand
Sat May 06, 2017 2:48 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Decoys
Replies: 8
Views: 3309

Re: Decoys

Reasonable.
by philsand
Sat May 06, 2017 7:49 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Decoys
Replies: 8
Views: 3309

Decoys

Could decoys actually attract hawks? Do more harm than good?
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by philsand
Fri May 05, 2017 6:51 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Mockingbird nest on Martin gourd pole.. Is this a problem?
Replies: 16
Views: 5420

Re: Mockingbird nest on Martin gourd pole.. Is this a problem?

One more point. Recent report states that a birds cognitive ability is greater than a small primate. So bird brain is no longer an insult.
by philsand
Fri May 05, 2017 6:48 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Mockingbird nest on Martin gourd pole.. Is this a problem?
Replies: 16
Views: 5420

Re: Mockingbird nest on Martin gourd pole.. Is this a problem?

I am surprised they don't remember you and fly at you. Look up story how they can recognize people that have bothered their nest in the past.
by philsand
Fri May 05, 2017 6:36 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Mockingbird nest on Martin gourd pole.. Is this a problem?
Replies: 16
Views: 5420

Re: Mockingbird nest on Martin gourd pole.. Is this a problem?

A guy told me he had a fear of mocking birds. They sense this and chase him every time he goes into the yard. Like a rooster that always chased my wife and no body else.
by philsand
Sat Apr 29, 2017 11:18 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Eggs in Illinois
Replies: 12
Views: 3138

Re: Eggs in Illinois

Do you use a starter nest?
by philsand
Fri Apr 28, 2017 8:24 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Eggs in Illinois
Replies: 12
Views: 3138

Re: Eggs in Illinois

Can not understand how Illinois is ahead of eastern NC.
by philsand
Thu Apr 27, 2017 11:52 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Entrance facing pole.
Replies: 3
Views: 1457

Re: Entrance facing pole.

I tried one last year and it was occupied. They had to maneuver a little more, but handled it nicely. There were five more unused ones the pair could have chosen.
by philsand
Wed Apr 26, 2017 4:31 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Entrance facing pole.
Replies: 3
Views: 1457

Entrance facing pole.

I experimented with three out of eleven gourds facing the pole. All three are occupied. I think they are a little safer and I think they feel safer. Four pair chose outside entrances.
by philsand
Thu Feb 16, 2017 4:18 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Friend or Foe
Replies: 65
Views: 18453

Re: Friend or Foe

Tree feet from their yard is a problem. I have my gourds beside my house. I want to put some back of the house. My wife does not want that because of the noise they make early in the morning when she wants to sleep. She also loves our martins, but not too close.
by philsand
Sun Feb 12, 2017 9:00 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Bird netting
Replies: 9
Views: 3114

Re: Bird netting

Referring to last post: Plus add some small weights.
by philsand
Sun Feb 12, 2017 7:35 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Bird netting
Replies: 9
Views: 3114

Re: Bird netting

The reason I am struggling with the snake issue is that I am donating a starter gourd system at our local community garden. That garden is being used to teach the local kids. There is a potential plan to let them grow gourds and learn to modify them to be safe for martins. Because we are teaching ki...
by philsand
Fri Feb 10, 2017 10:17 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Purple Martins in North Carolina
Replies: 34
Views: 12304

Re: Purple Martins in North Carolina

Sounds like Paradise!
by philsand
Fri Feb 10, 2017 7:53 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Bird netting
Replies: 9
Views: 3114

Re: Bird netting

Do you see any possibility the plastic would deter them?
by philsand
Fri Feb 10, 2017 4:38 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Bird netting
Replies: 9
Views: 3114

Bird netting

Is it legal to kill snakes entangled in bird netting? I am going to try taping or tying clear plastic over a baffle, let in hang all around like a "skirt", and place a second baffle over the first to help secure the plastic and provide hard to climb surface. Looking for a non-lethal solution.
by philsand
Thu Feb 09, 2017 2:50 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: snakes
Replies: 0
Views: 1710

snakes

Here is something I am going to try this year to try and frustrate snake attacks. Place a squirrel baffle about 4 feet up the pole. Then tie or tape a layer of clear plastic with a "skirt" of plastic hanging down all around. Then place a second baffle over the first one to help secure the plastic an...
by philsand
Thu Jun 25, 2015 5:43 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Dehydration taking its toll :(
Replies: 11
Views: 2404

Martins travel far for food. The insects they are finding may have been exposed to insecticides. May not be dehydration primarily.
One advantage of having many Martin landlords is we, as a group, may detect subtle changes in the environment before it is generally known.
by philsand
Tue Jun 23, 2015 12:12 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Oppressive Heat
Replies: 15
Views: 3924

2 or 3 fledged today, even with this devastaing heat wave. I hope there is not a repeat of 3 seasons ago A group came back to roost the first evening after they were fledged. Due to the heat they just lay on the porch of the house I had at that time. Apparently the parents could not keep them hydrat...
by philsand
Tue Jun 23, 2015 8:33 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Bo nine s and k gourds
Replies: 2
Views: 1127

Bo nine s and k gourds

How are people managing the two entrances?