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by Sparky
Mon Mar 12, 2012 6:51 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Another great rain session in Central Texas
Replies: 6
Views: 1764

Well, we have gone from "Extreme" drought to Severe drought since December. We have a way to go before we are normal again. Good rains and mild temps should help the birds. I just dread that 102-108F which will be here before you know it.
by Sparky
Sun Mar 04, 2012 10:57 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Cooper's Hawk!
Replies: 5
Views: 1738

Cooper's Hawk!

Thinks my colony is a breakfast station. I've scared the hawk off at dawn every morning for 2 weeks now. Once I got pretty close, but did not have a camera. The hawk is perched in a tree about 50 yards away and will change to my live oak at 25 yards. I witnessed a missed attack as the hawk is like a...
by Sparky
Wed Feb 29, 2012 10:36 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: It's World War III!
Replies: 3
Views: 1280

I hear ya, Tim. It's almost like a full time job! :lol:
by Sparky
Wed Feb 29, 2012 8:42 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Preseason application of "liquid" Sevin won't cont
Replies: 8
Views: 3668

Just need to have a Summer of many, many consecutive days over 100F. Kills everything. Last year, I didn't even use any Seven and I usually do every year! :lol:

Seriously though, the above recommendations are the way to go.
by Sparky
Wed Feb 29, 2012 8:35 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: It's World War III!
Replies: 3
Views: 1280

It's World War III!

All martin landlords need to pat themselves on the back for a good job! If it isn't fighting off nest competitors, ground predators and aerial predators, these poor things would not have a chance! I've been shooting, trapping and chasing off a Cooper's hawk at dawn for the last 2 weeks. This will be...
by Sparky
Tue Feb 14, 2012 8:09 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: S&S CONTROLLER & MY FIRST
Replies: 3
Views: 1192

Congrats! The Controller is an awesome tool! Pretty soon that basket will be filling up.
by Sparky
Tue Feb 14, 2012 8:05 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Male martin holds female
Replies: 4
Views: 2043

LOL! Must be Valentines Day? :lol: My martins have not returned (left before the cold snap), although it is warmer today.
by Sparky
Sat Feb 11, 2012 11:54 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Where Did My Martins Go?
Replies: 6
Views: 1734

Thanks for the replies. Yeah, I think they are huddled up somewhere waiting for the Coopers hawk to migrate further Northward. I've seen this several years back, but the hawk moved on after several days. I haven't seen the hawk in 3-4 days, and it would hide out in the live oak tree or even purch on...
by Sparky
Sat Feb 11, 2012 10:08 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Where Did My Martins Go?
Replies: 6
Views: 1734

Where Did My Martins Go?

I had 2 adult pairs for the last 2 weeks. I think they headed south back to Brazil with these freezing temps. Maybe they got smart after last years ice storm or they didn't like my colony this year. Either they headed out, or the "resident" migrating Cooper's hawk got them. I haven't heard or seen a...
by Sparky
Tue Jan 31, 2012 8:20 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Entrance shapes
Replies: 5
Views: 2231

Emil, And don't forget those southern range small Starlings. I call them mini-starlings and they seem to get into all of the excluder shapes in my gourds. I've got the Troyer traps set on all the gourds. That's been the only way to deal with the mini starlings. I'll have to say most Starlings can't ...
by Sparky
Tue Jan 31, 2012 8:13 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Skittish Martins
Replies: 3
Views: 2643

Wow, Dick, they haven't landed at my place yet, but they are in the area. Sounds like you will be fine. I've got stuff all over the backyard and I move a lot stuff as well and they seem to not care. I hope we don't have a bad year with hawks. I have been noticing them and a Coopers was circling my c...
by Sparky
Sun Jan 29, 2012 8:29 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: How Do You Service the Top of Your T14
Replies: 18
Views: 7477

I use the 3" square aluminum pole with winch. I usually service the pulley and perches every 2 years. I have the ground stake, so I just lift the pole off vertically. It's a balancing act, but it works for me.
by Sparky
Fri Jan 27, 2012 11:58 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Alittle sweetness after the storm
Replies: 11
Views: 4360

So sorry to hear of your losses. Hang in there, I lost my roof and major water damage to my house during Hurricane IKE. Luckily all my martin housing survived!Hopefully we will just get some light steady rain to ease the drought. Not all at once like you said.
by Sparky
Tue Aug 02, 2011 6:07 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Martins on TV roost near our house
Replies: 4
Views: 1581

Thanks for the post Emil. I saw it on the news and was about to post it here. Pretty awesome sight!
by Sparky
Sun Jun 12, 2011 11:04 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: We are DESPERATE IN TX!!!!!!!!!!!
Replies: 38
Views: 13472

Pretty bad all around. Still, I have not seen a rain drop since the end of January. There have been some area showers as I have seen on the news, but nothing here but dead grass and trees. Much of the wildlife has been affected. I saw on the news the "Wildlife" rehabbers are at 700% over the last fe...
by Sparky
Wed Jun 01, 2011 8:20 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Drought, Heat and Food Availability Issues
Replies: 14
Views: 4606

Thanks Mike and Steve for the great info. Pretty bad here as well. We usually have cicadas, but insects for that matter are sparse. I haven't heard a cicada since last year. Heck, we don't even have mosquitos this year and that is unheard of in the Bayou City. I've never seen a year with no mosquito...
by Sparky
Sun May 15, 2011 6:14 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: School Colony Update: Tough times.
Replies: 11
Views: 3247

Scully,

Thanks for the update. Your observations along with student help are very valuable. The numbers here look like a 50% reduction over last year and the worst I've seen. The drought is taking it's toll even though we got about 3/4" of rain last week, but way low still.
by Sparky
Wed May 11, 2011 9:32 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Losing a lot of eggs and young in Austin
Replies: 19
Views: 4273

Steve, this drought is causing major problems. I've never seen the losses in my 12 years as a martin landlord. Not much available food and I believe the adults to be eating or removing eggs (and dead babies) in order to feed a smaller clutch. Sad days for sure. Some that are reaching early feathers ...
by Sparky
Sun May 08, 2011 9:57 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: First martin sighted today
Replies: 8
Views: 1915

Congrats. Scout report, yes!
by Sparky
Sun May 08, 2011 2:03 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Catastrophic Nest Check
Replies: 18
Views: 8545

Dick, sorry to hear on the losses. I too am experiencing the same. I watch the parents on the food they are bringing in. Very small insects and they are working very hard because of multiple trips as compared to the norm. I wonder about the missing eggs. The adults may also figure this season is not...