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by Sharon - Central TX
Tue Mar 13, 2007 11:06 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Another swallow missing !!
Replies: 17
Views: 12265

Our Barn Swallows always show up before the Martins and I haven't seen even one Barny yet. We usually have some Ruby Throats by now as well (I have the feeder out) but haven't seen them either. It is a strange year. I did notice on the hummingbird website that they have been reported moving my way (...
by Sharon - Central TX
Sun Mar 04, 2007 11:36 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Central Texas (Georgetown) Purple Martins
Replies: 5
Views: 5414

Margie,
I have left you a personal message.
Sharon
by Sharon - Central TX
Wed Feb 07, 2007 10:12 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Happy Ending to a Partial Disaster
Replies: 7
Views: 7042

Robin, I am also one of the fortunate ones who had birds return last season after a snake got all of my chicks the year before. It was my first brood ever and they were all healthy at 11 days old. Somehow the snake got PAST our snake guard. It happened toward the end of the season and all the other ...
by Sharon - Central TX
Sun Feb 04, 2007 9:52 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: FAT BAKER'S DOZEN
Replies: 9
Views: 10162

Wonderful news Tony! I'm looking forward to my first ever ASY's to return this year. It is very exciting. I know it can happen any time, especially with the temperatures they are predicting this week and all the reports coming in of birds arriving. Dave S. is only a few miles from me and one of his ...
by Sharon - Central TX
Wed Jan 31, 2007 7:10 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: We don't need no stinking crickets!
Replies: 12
Views: 11051

Linda,
Those are awesome and beautiful pictures of the Blue Bird. That really encourages me to take steps to help our other birds out besides the Martins (when they arrive). Thank you so much for sharing!
Sharon
by Sharon - Central TX
Mon Jan 22, 2007 10:45 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Do you keep a journal?
Replies: 17
Views: 14062

Hi Dave, YES I have kept a journal since my first year trying to attract Martins (4 years ago). It is very interesting and informative to go back and read the entries. I am a very talkative person so my journal tends to be wordy as well :-). It is more like a Martin Diary. I often laugh at some of t...
by Sharon - Central TX
Fri Jul 14, 2006 7:53 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Purple Martins still nesting in TX?
Replies: 10
Views: 6582

Sheryl, We have a late nesting pair with four little ones. They should fledge in about a week. They certainly are drawing a LOT of martins to our site. Today I tried counting the ones ON the house and there were at least 50! It is incredble to see so many hanging around. I hope this is a good sign t...
by Sharon - Central TX
Sat Jul 08, 2006 10:03 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: House full of mites
Replies: 10
Views: 11198

Lanell is correct. We just caught our second snake this morning in the netting on our martin pole. We did experience the loss of an entire 11 day old brood of 6 nestlings and their mom last year when a huge rat snake crawled up the pole and settled into their gourd. We were fortunate enough to catch...
by Sharon - Central TX
Wed Jun 21, 2006 10:06 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: several snakes caught in netting
Replies: 3
Views: 3543

I hear you. We've seen three rat snakes in 4 days. One got into a barn swallow nest, killed the mother and ate the eggs. Another was in our yard and I posted a picture of one we caught in our netting if you haven't seen it. It was a biggie - about 5' long. I too appreciate all the help from Steve as...
by Sharon - Central TX
Wed Jun 21, 2006 10:40 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Snake Netting Works!
Replies: 6
Views: 4692

The one improvement I want to make Steve is adding the 1/4" mesh. We thought we found it at the farm supply, even measured it there and it seemed to be 1/4". But when we added it with the 1/2" to make the trap it didn't look any different! So I will be searching for it for next year. I am so thankfu...
by Sharon - Central TX
Tue Jun 20, 2006 9:43 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Snake Netting Works!
Replies: 6
Views: 4692

I'm going to try and attach a couple of pictures of the snake.
Sharon
by Sharon - Central TX
Tue Jun 20, 2006 9:52 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Snake Netting Works!
Replies: 6
Views: 4692

Snake Netting Works!

We lost a clutch of barn swallow eggs a few days ago to a rat snake that managed to crawl up the wall of our house and get into the nest. This morning my husband noticed another snake caught in the netting we put on our martin pole at the beginning of the season. First one we've caught but am I ever...
by Sharon - Central TX
Thu Jun 08, 2006 8:02 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Age and about ready it seems
Replies: 1
Views: 1886

Dick, I have a nest that will be 28 days old tomorrow. I'm watching and hoping I don't miss the coming out :-). Since this will be my first brood to fledge, I too am curious about what will take place. I see little heads right inside the tunnel entrance to the horizontal gourd, but they have not yet...
by Sharon - Central TX
Wed Jun 07, 2006 10:17 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Newbie Post
Replies: 15
Views: 11970

Hello Texflats, Re the pellet gun, yes definitely get a scope. I have an air rifle, which I love, with a good scope on it and I've finally gotten to the point that I can get those killers every time. I am definitely no marksman so I am proud of what I have accomplished :-). I had several attacks by ...
by Sharon - Central TX
Sun Jun 04, 2006 6:54 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: There is a purple martin nest above the entrance to my house
Replies: 10
Views: 12109

Itzelm, I live up in Georgetown and we have a lot of barn swallows here. Right now there are four nests under the eaves of our house in various places. Lanell is right when she says just leave them alone. They do quite well on their own. They are darling birds. They get used to people coming and goi...
by Sharon - Central TX
Fri May 26, 2006 9:29 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: CONGRATULATIONS EMIL
Replies: 18
Views: 13337

Dick,
I am a member also and haven't received mine. Just hang tight, it WILL arrive in TX.
Sharon
by Sharon - Central TX
Thu May 18, 2006 11:48 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Have you seen this at your site?
Replies: 3
Views: 4034

BEAUTIFUL picture Ron!
Sharon
by Sharon - Central TX
Fri May 12, 2006 9:21 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Snake invasion-Martins left but still pass by: Please help
Replies: 10
Views: 7068

Our first year we had only a house. Although we had many visitors, none stayed. The second year we added four gourds on the bottom of the house and had a lot more activity. The one pair that stayed chose a gourd. This year they are also in the gourds. So far none in the house. I'm thinking I may add...
by Sharon - Central TX
Thu May 11, 2006 8:09 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Snake invasion-Martins left but still pass by: Please help
Replies: 10
Views: 7068

Markjohn, I am so very sorry about your loss. It is devastating to lose your martins like that. I lost my one and only nest of six 10 day old babies and their mother last year to a rat snake. It was our second year trying and our first to have martins. So I know what you are feeling right now. All I...
by Sharon - Central TX
Thu May 11, 2006 10:00 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Not Martins - Barn Swallows
Replies: 19
Views: 15404

We have two nests of the adorable Barn Swallows currently at our home. In all honesty, we did nothing to attract them so I can only tell you what they are attracted to. Our house (along with several others in the area) has a tall, large covered front and back porch made out of TX limestone (typical ...