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by jimnks
Wed May 06, 2009 8:54 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: SY'S still on the way ?
Replies: 9
Views: 8558

birdy girl and jrob,thanks for the replies, I have 1 male waiting patiently for a gal, he is not a bad looking martin as martins go, maybe a little redneck, probably not first class,but he ain't bad!! If 10 birds came to my place it would triple my population but I have room and so does my friend wh...
by jimnks
Tue May 05, 2009 9:05 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: SY'S still on the way ?
Replies: 9
Views: 8558

Kimball, good luck on your new colony, thanks for the post, hoping to here from you about thousands of sy's streaming into ks. soon!! Steve,I am sure you are right, I am just getting anxious, because a friend of mine has just put up a new house after I told him he still has a good chance of getting ...
by jimnks
Sun May 03, 2009 10:12 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: SY'S still on the way ?
Replies: 9
Views: 8558

SY'S still on the way ?

Hello all, I only have 2 pair for sure this year, but at times there are as many as 10 birds here landing on the houses, don't quite understand this as I know of no other colonies within at least 2 to 3 miles. I am hoping to get some sy's when they come through, everything I have seen so far are asy...
by jimnks
Fri May 01, 2009 10:00 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Possibly the last ASY "POST" in Missouri
Replies: 6
Views: 5328

Keith, you can't blame yourself for any predation on any colony, if you took the time to put up housing and try to keep it hosp & starling free,(which is a never ending battle.) Drive around and see all the so called "martin houses" that are full of hosp and starlings,I wonder if racoons get any of ...
by jimnks
Mon Apr 27, 2009 4:04 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: deep cavities as good as owl guards?
Replies: 4
Views: 4585

Louise, I understand that more is better, but I have seen pictures of owl guards fastened to the porches on both sides of houses with 6"by6"cavities, those porches can't be over 3"wide, that means it is only 9" maximum to the back of the box,from the guard. That's why I think it is better to have 12...
by jimnks
Mon Apr 27, 2009 10:57 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: deep cavities as good as owl guards?
Replies: 4
Views: 4585

deep cavities as good as owl guards?

Hello all, last year I modified my houses to make the cavities 12" deep, I did this thinking it would help stop predation. Are owl guards still a necessity with deep cavities?
by jimnks
Thu Apr 23, 2009 10:43 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: OK dummy will ask
Replies: 5
Views: 5462

joe, yesterday was a good day, nice weather, i had 1 pair stay all night and this morning there were 2 more males here! they were able to get into my new sreh openings on my 1/2"plywood fronts that starlings haven't been able to get into yet, and wife also said weren't big enough that's why we weren...
by jimnks
Tue Apr 21, 2009 7:01 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: OK dummy will ask
Replies: 5
Views: 5462

OK dummy will ask

what does asy & sy stand for? i just have a ks. bird book, i don't have the martin manual. i've been calling the dark ones males and the light ones females for years, and i know it takes a couple of years for the males to reach full plumage these are juveniles, right? i am not completely ignorant i ...
by jimnks
Tue Apr 21, 2009 10:50 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Owls in the "Hood"
Replies: 5
Views: 6640

hi tony, i live in about the same (sounds like) surroundings as you,i also have seen and heard owls, there are several hawks also in the area, i don't have any guards on mine either, but this year i made all my compartments 12" deep, hoping this will help. 2 of my martin houses are on 6" wooden pole...
by jimnks
Sun Apr 19, 2009 10:48 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: My idea for a pole guard on a T-14 wood pole
Replies: 18
Views: 13939

hi dennis,i have a solution, tell wife who is in charge of yard decorations,then build it the way she wants it.I put a square bucket on mine and painted it ,wife said it still looked like crap, i told her it was out of her area anyway, it was in the hay field. a line has now been drawn deep in the s...
by jimnks
Sun Apr 19, 2009 9:58 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: KS Landlords--Question about Migration
Replies: 28
Views: 26329

purple martin pirate

Candace, I now have read the rest of the posts,I now know what is wrong ,Tony G,says he has( what 24 more?).I am sure they are probably ours,Tony G., is the purple martin pirate, holding our martins for ransom.RELEASE THEM NOW TONY OR ELSE!!!!! I'm not sure else what ,but any way or else!!! I am ver...
by jimnks
Sun Apr 19, 2009 9:34 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: KS Landlords--Question about Migration
Replies: 28
Views: 26329

Candace, I had 5 today, 3 males and 2 females, landing on my houses, I was impressed, obviously they weren't, because an hour or 2 later they were down to 3 then to 2 then all gone tonight.I did see a scissor-tailed fly- catcher in the back yard today, if I remember right,they came after the martins...
by jimnks
Thu Apr 16, 2009 11:10 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: KS Landlords--Question about Migration
Replies: 28
Views: 26329

Candace,i have seen about 6or7 in the last 4 days all checking out the housing, all have lit on them, but i have not seen any come in at dark to roost. i had 1 pair yesterday morning sitting on 1 house for quite a while , thought maybe they was going to stay, no luck! i have only seen the 1 female, ...
by jimnks
Wed Apr 15, 2009 10:26 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: TRES good or Bad with Martins
Replies: 2
Views: 4004

hi dave,i haven't had any problems, last year tres nested within 100' of a martin house that had martins, seemed like they got along alright. tres are pretty aggressive little rascals i have had them take over houses that i thought bluebirds were going to nest in,they get along fine with bluebirds a...
by jimnks
Tue Apr 14, 2009 3:02 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: cricket flip-in
Replies: 6
Views: 6857

hi molly, my name is jim i live in northeast ks. i agree with tony, i think they will be alright. it is 60 outside now, man do i like it. i had 2 martins this morning but they left ,i hope they come back this evening. the tree swallows are really buzzing around today since it warmed up. if you decid...
by jimnks
Mon Apr 13, 2009 10:05 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: KS Landlords--Question about Migration
Replies: 28
Views: 26329

Hello Candace, my name is Jim, I live 5 miles north of Tonganoxie, I have only had 1 male, about a week ago, then Saturday I had another 1, but both have left. I have had them here for 4 years, so I am hoping its just the weather. I have about 10 tree swallows that have been here for about 2 weeks, ...
by jimnks
Sat Apr 11, 2009 6:04 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: entrance holes too small ?
Replies: 8
Views: 7506

Thanks all for your suggestions, the fronts are made out of 1/2" plywood, everything else is 3/4". I think I will take the front off of 1 house today and enlarge a couple of the 6 holes.I know how persistent starlings can be, but I will try to enforce "NO starlings or HOSP" rule with 12 gauge.
by jimnks
Fri Apr 10, 2009 11:34 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Pretzels!!!!, Pretzels!!!!
Replies: 2
Views: 2979

young eyes are great!

i don't know how she told the difference either, i have a hard time telling them from female martins except TRES are smaller, i have apx. 12 flying around the pond last night, i have 4 nest boxes on poles in the water, i had about 3 pair nest last year,i really like them TRES also, hoping for anothe...
by jimnks
Fri Apr 10, 2009 11:04 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: entrance holes too small ?
Replies: 8
Views: 7506

entrance holes too small ?

hello all, my name is jim, i live in ks. 35 miles west of kc. first martin finally showed up today!!! i have 3 martin houses,1 commercial, 2 homeade all have SREHs. i built one new one to replace old one,and modified other 2 to 6"by 12" nest compartments. the 2 homeade ones have porch dividers and h...