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by Sparky
Sun May 01, 2011 8:58 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Texas,Draught,Dragonflies,Purple Martin Hatchlings etc
Replies: 11
Views: 4135

No rain here since Jan. 24th. I'm begining to start to wonder. Are we headed for the dust bowl?
Luckily, I have a pond near by, but the insects they are bringing in are small. So, the adults are working overtime. Crazy weather this year!
by Sparky
Mon Apr 04, 2011 11:00 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: 103 degrees, 45mph gusts, extreme drought - not a good start
Replies: 4
Views: 1524

Ah yes, not looking good this year as far as rain. There hasn't been an appreciable amount of rain in a very long time. My lawn is still dead from last summer and I hope we get rain soon. Between the ice storms this winter and lack of rain this spring it has and may take it's toll on these southern ...
by Sparky
Mon Feb 21, 2011 10:24 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: martin attack
Replies: 6
Views: 3078

I wonder if they were wearing, "Scent of Dragonfly"?
by Sparky
Sun Feb 13, 2011 11:13 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: The first housing you offered was....?
Replies: 21
Views: 10429

1999, Coates 16 room, 6 X 6. I learned fast. For 2000, it was coverted into an 8, with 6 X 12's. I added another with 6 X 12's, so I would have 16 units. The pole was modified to accept both. They are long gone now.
by Sparky
Sat Feb 12, 2011 12:58 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: swing in gourd
Replies: 10
Views: 3634

If you have the gourds mounted on aluminum arms you can use "O-rings" I get them slightly smaller in I.D. than the arms so they are on tight. I put some on the arm first, slide the gourd on, then stack as many on the end up to the hitch pin. I put enough of them on till the gourd remains somewhat st...
by Sparky
Sat Feb 12, 2011 12:53 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Purple Martin Occupancy Levels By Cavity Type
Replies: 9
Views: 3473

Great write up Steve. Glad you are keeping the data and posting it to the community! I'm in my 11th year and the funny thing is that the returning early birds will choose the T-14 first, then the gourds start to fill up. Of course over time, early in the season, some will choose the gourds before th...
by Sparky
Sat Feb 12, 2011 12:59 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Power Out, Heat Out and 8 Martins Freezing
Replies: 14
Views: 4778

Thanks all. Waiting for the next wave. Really silent out there. I had them, then they died. Very quiet! Hopefully no more ice storms and rolling blackouts!
by Sparky
Thu Feb 10, 2011 11:42 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: All Euro Starlings Must Die
Replies: 19
Views: 6246

That sounds like a firearm. Can't shoot those here at all. The cops would be here in a minute for my arrest.
by Sparky
Thu Feb 10, 2011 10:00 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Power Out, Heat Out and 8 Martins Freezing
Replies: 14
Views: 4778

All 8 martins are dead. Frozen stiff. One of the male ASY's was on the ground near my house. Just too much for these birds. Mother nature can be so cruel :cry:
I guess I can close up the housing and wait for the next wave.
by Sparky
Wed Feb 09, 2011 11:42 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: 4" pulley for T-14?
Replies: 8
Views: 3277

McMaster-Carr. I get everything from them. Here's a link to the catalog page. You can get a stainless with ball bearings as an option. Lot's of choices.
http://www.mcmaster.com/#stainless-stee ... ys/=ayt4ik
by Sparky
Wed Feb 09, 2011 11:08 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Power Out, Heat Out and 8 Martins Freezing
Replies: 14
Views: 4778

Power Out, Heat Out and 8 Martins Freezing

This is the worst weather I've seen in Houston ever. The power companies are cycling blackouts, and it's like 22F outside with a 15 mph wind chill. I'm running on a generator and using a Kero heater I've never used since I bought it. I lowered the housing. 4 of the 8 martins were flying before sundo...
by Sparky
Tue Feb 08, 2011 9:53 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: All Euro Starlings Must Die
Replies: 19
Views: 6246

Thanks for the input folks. I think I'm going for the Marauder. Should I get .177 of .22? How about an Air Force Talon? Any one shot one? I have a Gamo spring gun (too loud) a Crosman 1077 Air Source. It broke after 2 seasons. The air just comes out. The seals must be bad. Then, another which I have...
by Sparky
Tue Feb 08, 2011 9:31 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: More martins coming to our site
Replies: 8
Views: 2941

Nasty freezing rain once again predicted for tomorrow. :x The next 3 days are going to be rough as Emil stated. It's supposed to break by Saturday. I think the Ground Hog was wrong! :grin:

I've got more martins coming in as well. Need to open more compartments.
by Sparky
Mon Feb 07, 2011 10:52 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Impact of trapping local HOSP / Range of HOSP dispersal
Replies: 26
Views: 8875

We have thousands of parking garages in Houston. They breed millions of HOSP's a year. Just imagine any large metro area has parking garages that breed millions of these birds. We need to come up with a design that is anti HOSP on how these garages are built. Maybe the designers and builder might ca...
by Sparky
Mon Feb 07, 2011 10:37 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: All Euro Starlings Must Die
Replies: 19
Views: 6246

All Euro Starlings Must Die

I examined the female adult martin I had die on Saturday very closely. The weakened female had an injury to the back of the head created by a pointed object. The wound was leaking a clear fluid. Possibly coming from the skull on the inside. The wound was singular and no other indication of a struggl...
by Sparky
Mon Feb 07, 2011 10:30 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: When should I open my housing?
Replies: 7
Views: 3225

This is from my own exoerience. My colony is 11 years old now. I'm gone most of the week. I'm only home maybe 3 days a week. I don't have the time to put out traps all over the place, although I have an S & S Controller that traps year round. It catches mostly Starlings. I can't really shoot either ...
by Sparky
Sun Feb 06, 2011 2:19 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Cedar Shavings
Replies: 12
Views: 4222

I use Aspen shavings. They don't pickup moisture. Of course, now that my colony is mature, I don't use anything but pne needles in the gourds and nothing in the house compartments. In the house compartments, I find they sweep the house clean right down to the nest tray. So, I quit putting anything i...
by Sparky
Sun Feb 06, 2011 1:27 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Sad Day For this Martin Landlord
Replies: 3
Views: 1536

Sad Day For this Martin Landlord

Lost a female this morning. She was still alive when I found her on the ground below the housing. I brought her in the house to warm her up, but it was too late. She died peacefully in my hands. I wanted to just cry. :-( What cheered me up was the pair I had hand fed yesterday made it through the ni...
by Sparky
Fri Feb 04, 2011 10:03 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Ice City
Replies: 5
Views: 1969

Thanks everyone. I'll be checking tomorrow with another batch of crickets. It's supposed to be in the 20's tonight. Hopefully they ate and can keep some body heat till it starts to warm up!
by Sparky
Fri Feb 04, 2011 4:07 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Ice City
Replies: 5
Views: 1969

Ice City

Houston, we have a problem. It's still below freezing. We are iced over and I have a pair of martins roosting in compartment 1 of the T-14. I was afraid to lower the colony as there was so much ice on the house and pole. Luckily, I put my order in for crickets on Tuesday. I just thawed out a bunch a...