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by Sparky
Wed Feb 02, 2011 10:04 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Why provide heat for martins?/A rehabber's perspective
Replies: 19
Views: 5585

All great info. Personally, I don't believe going to the extent of using heating sources for the martins. I let nature go the course. I applaude those that do. I will supplemental feed as possible. I had a scout do a fly by on Monday. I wonder where the bird is now? Alive? I'll never know. I ask mys...
by Sparky
Mon Jan 31, 2011 11:40 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Recommend Good Pellet/BB Gun
Replies: 39
Views: 21123

Gene, thanks for the post. I need to replace all my low cost rifles. (Gamo's and Crosmans) You get what you pay for. I need one of these! Cool!
by Sparky
Mon Jan 31, 2011 11:19 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: TOUCHDOWN !!!!!!!!! & 2 Extra Points
Replies: 14
Views: 4692

Dick, been busy with family issue's out of state. Got home to day to clean the T-14 pole. As I was putting the winch back on, I got "swooped" from a ASY Female. Well, that started it. :shock: I had to put all the housing up in the dark. Luckily, I have some good flood lights. The neighbors were prob...
by Sparky
Mon Jan 31, 2011 12:06 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Is it to early to put up housing
Replies: 6
Views: 2675

You can put the housing up for sure. Just plug or block the compartments till you see them land on your housing. Then, open up a few compartments or gourds. As more arrive open up some more. I like to avoid competing species from setting up camp too soon.
by Sparky
Sun Jan 30, 2011 11:08 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: TOUCHDOWN !!!!!!!!! & 2 Extra Points
Replies: 14
Views: 4692

Dick, sounds great. I have a lot of work yet to do this year. Been behind. I hope to get the pole and house up before Feb 10th. That's when my martins come back, 5 pairs or so. Whew, too much work!
by Sparky
Wed Oct 27, 2010 10:02 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: winch system
Replies: 8
Views: 2822

I'm using 3/16" Stainless Steel. I had the plastic covered and the galvanized and both looked bad (plastic peeled off in places) after 2 seasons. I'm now on my 3rd season with stainless and it's looks like the day I bought it. A little more cost up front, but no corrosion issues, plus it's higher st...
by Sparky
Wed Sep 29, 2010 7:43 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Electric Winch?
Replies: 21
Views: 7885

I'll be using a 110 Volt winch next season. I'll report back on my experience. It will have a handle in case of a power failure. If it doesn't work, I'll be going to all gourds the following season. I'm not really physically able to continue with a manual winch all the time.
by Sparky
Sat Jun 19, 2010 2:15 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Should I add goards to my T-14
Replies: 11
Views: 5981

Most definitely. I have 6 Troyer horizontals and 2 Supergourds hanging from my T-14. It does make the whole thing a tad heavier, but they are always filled each season.

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by Sparky
Sat Jun 19, 2010 2:10 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: More Babies and Eggs! End of Season
Replies: 0
Views: 644

More Babies and Eggs! End of Season

Huh, I thought my season was over here in South Texas, getting ready to send in the Project Martin Watch sheets. I had an ASY pair in Compartment 1 of the T-14 earlier in the season, they moved on or something happened to them. Then later and SY pair took over. With nest checks, nothing, no nest was...
by Sparky
Thu Jun 03, 2010 7:07 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: BP Oil Spill and Migration
Replies: 5
Views: 2634

That's salt water in the Gulf. The Martins will fly over the spill effected part of their journey very quickly without making any attempt to land in that muck. Sparky, I bet as many martins fly across the Gulf from Louisiana to the Yucatan as those traveling westward through Texas/Mexico or East fr...
by Sparky
Wed Jun 02, 2010 10:23 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: BP Oil Spill and Migration
Replies: 5
Views: 2634

I don't really see them affected by the oil spill. Most of the migration routs go down the Mexican coastline and the Eastern birds go down through Florida and hop the Islands. The few that hop the rigs across the major body of water shouldn't be affected. The oil spill is 150 miles out and the oil s...
by Sparky
Wed Jun 02, 2010 10:18 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Guard Rails for T-14 Porches?
Replies: 7
Views: 2551

That would be great. I currently have the aluminum T-14 Owl guards. They are the 2 vertical rods that mount to the bottom of the doors.
by Sparky
Wed Jun 02, 2010 9:19 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Guard Rails for T-14 Porches?
Replies: 7
Views: 2551

Guard Rails for T-14 Porches?

I'm thinking of putting some type of guard rails on my T-14 porches for next season. This year I have been observing babies venturing out of the opening a little too much and the SY Males pulling them out of the opening and they fall to the ground. Sometimes your worst enemy is of your own kind. :x ...
by Sparky
Wed Jun 02, 2010 9:09 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: A very good year for martins
Replies: 18
Views: 5613

Great news Emil! Have had a few babies on the ground, but on average this has been a good year.
by Sparky
Sun May 30, 2010 11:38 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Fledglings Everywhere
Replies: 5
Views: 1828

Same here Dick. With the hot weather and the annoying SY Males pushing babies off porches, I've had a heck of a time for the last 4 days. I can't wait till it's over! I've lost several so far. I saved 1 yesterday, lost another today and I think I have had about 4-5 fatalities so far.
by Sparky
Sun May 30, 2010 10:01 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Getting Ready To Fly
Replies: 8
Views: 2413

Bill, always need to be prepared. Sounds like you have a plan. The shelter is a good tool. I used it again at dusk. I put a fledgling that was in the yard in and after the martin calmed down some, the adults came by to prod it into the air. It rejoined the adults and flew back into the correct compa...
by Sparky
Sat May 29, 2010 10:03 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Getting Ready To Fly
Replies: 8
Views: 2413

Bill, An easy way to make one is to cut a large hole in a gourd. This is a Supergourd I had planned to install a Troyer tunnel porch. The PMCA used to sell a cedar shelter several years ago, but I don't think they sell them anymore. I have one of them also. I put the shelter on the the Bed & Breakfa...
by Sparky
Sat May 29, 2010 5:49 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Getting Ready To Fly
Replies: 8
Views: 2413

I haven't had a jumper problem. I was looking at the Troyer, do you have any ventilation in it, maybe its getting too hot. I am a big fan of good ventilation Emil, it hasn't mattered between the gourds or T-14. They are jumping from both the gourds and T-14. I have 90 Degree elbows on all compartme...
by Sparky
Sat May 29, 2010 4:28 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Getting Ready To Fly
Replies: 8
Views: 2413

Getting Ready To Fly

I caught this afternoon. I have been spending the last 4 days chasing jumpers. Mom and Dad stand over the youngsters. It was hard to keep the camera steady at max. zoom. http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v439/Sparky651/2010Martins010.jpg http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v439/Sparky651/2010Martins00...
by Sparky
Fri Apr 09, 2010 10:00 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: First Eggs in Katy, TX
Replies: 0
Views: 605

First Eggs in Katy, TX

The first egg layed this year right on schedule despite the cool weather we have had. I don't have as many started on this date as in previous years, but I think our cold that has been lingering longer than usual has been a factor.

Here we go! 2010! :grin: