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by philsand
Thu Feb 16, 2017 4:18 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Friend or Foe
Replies: 65
Views: 14632

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: 2475

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: 2475

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: 10300

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: 2475

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: 2475

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: 1463

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: 1935

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: 3081

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: 928

Bo nine s and k gourds

How are people managing the two entrances?
by philsand
Mon Jun 22, 2015 8:17 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Oppressive Heat
Replies: 15
Views: 3081

I will have to reevaluate. Heath gourds have been great for me because they are light, easier to raise and lower. I have had great results in non-hot years. I have managed to have zero problems with sparrows and starlings. Only occasional unexplained loss. Maybe I could handle 8 super gourds instead...
by philsand
Sun Jun 21, 2015 7:16 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Oppressive Heat
Replies: 15
Views: 3081

Vented, white gourds. The young were very healthy until the heat arrived. Keeping them cooler would definitely help, but there would still be a problem with dehydration. I hope the forum monitor will correct me if I am wrong, but I think the nestlings can only be hydrated by the insects they are fed...
by philsand
Sun Jun 21, 2015 2:40 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Oppressive Heat
Replies: 15
Views: 3081

Several days around 100. Very little breeze. Most of the bugs are under leaves to escape the heat. The martins can feed early in the mornings and evening. That is not enough to keep the young hydrated. The older ones will jump. They seem to manage well under 95 degrees, even with the humidity.
by philsand
Sun Jun 21, 2015 10:41 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Rehabilating wild birds and the law.
Replies: 1
Views: 583

Rehabilating wild birds and the law.

Can anyone speak to this issue as it relates to martins?
by philsand
Sun Jun 21, 2015 10:34 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Oppressive Heat
Replies: 15
Views: 3081

Thanks for your comments and efforts. I take heart in that I have eight pairs and I am hoping that, between the early fledglings and the ones left in their nests after the jumpers, I may have replacement numbers, ie, sixteen young.
by philsand
Sat Jun 20, 2015 7:59 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Oppressive Heat
Replies: 15
Views: 3081

I gave up trying to get them back in the gourds. I never np know where they came from. Also if I feed one, he dies anyway because I can't teach it how to feed.
by philsand
Tue Jun 16, 2015 7:07 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: What is happening??
Replies: 14
Views: 3626

Are there good flyways to and from the site? A male that is ready to mate will definitely enter a gourd or compartment and try hard to get the female to enter. If she likes the site, she may still delay entering the hole . She will come back with him several times until she is ready to settle in. If...
by philsand
Tue Jun 16, 2015 6:53 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Mystery Swallow Bird Picking on PMs? Found!!
Replies: 25
Views: 6674

I just remembered, we called them Bee Martins when I was a boy.
by philsand
Tue Jun 16, 2015 5:16 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Mystery Swallow Bird Picking on PMs? Found!!
Replies: 25
Views: 6674

The Eastern King bird is a fly catcher. It sits on an object and make s short flights to catch an insect it sees. It does not want insect eating martins in its territory.
by philsand
Tue Jun 16, 2015 12:46 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: If hot temps are coming, start planning now
Replies: 8
Views: 2202

I think I am correct in saying that the only way the young can stay hydrated is from the moisture in the insects they are fed. Dehydration is what kills them, a circulation problem, like shock in humans.