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Andrew Richards
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Location: FL/Altamonte Springs

Opinions Wanted: Everyone will find this to be interesting or of value.

Go to this site:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MJn67ALZ ... re=related

I was surfing & found this man's colony to be unique. Perhaps Im just daydreaming. Please paste the Youtube link to your browser and let me know what you think.

This man appears to create a cage around most of his colonies. If this could be built it would pretty much shut down a hawk's sneak attack game for good. There is no way around this one.

But maybe thats not whats going here. I cant call the man to ask. Maybe one you know whats going with this man's set up.

Please check it out.

There are other landlords who appear to put an umbrella of hardware cloth t o cover their gourds. But all of these I have seen on you tube and have never asked what was the purpose of the metal netting to cover the colonies.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MJn67ALZ ... re=related

Louise Chambers
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Location: Corpus Christi, TX

That's the late Frankling Bidinger of Lawrence, KS - he died very recently. He built the cages to protect his large martin colony from owls. Until he did, he had serious losses to owls. He was a very nice gentleman who welcomed visitors, sold gourds that he grew, and was a lovely person.

Owl cages are very effective but not easy for everyone to build and support on their poles. Many landlords make smaller, lighter house guards that accomplish the same thing.
Bill Pec
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Location: Smith Mountain Lake, Moneta, Virginia
Martin Colony History: 2010- 2 pr. Many visitors. Fledged 6
2011- 20 pr. Fledged 75
2012- 35 pr. Fledged 143
2013- 37 pr. Fledged 153
2014- 40 pr. Fledged 198
2015- 40 pr. Fledged 183
2016- 42 pr. Fledged 189
2017- 42 pr. Fledged 168
2018- 43 pr. Fledged 172
2019- 43 pr. Fledged 193
2020 -44 pr. Fledged 181


Sorry to hear of Mr. Bidinger's death. Do you know if anyone has stepped forward to help care for the martin colony since his death?
THE MORE ONE LEARNS THE MORE ONE SEES! While the ignorant person sees only a blackbird the enlightened person sees a Purple Martin.

2010- 2 pr. 6 fledged, + many visitors
2011- 20 pr. 75 fledged,
2012- 35 pr. 143 fledged
2013- 37 pr. 153 fledged
2014- 40 pr. 198 fledged
2015- 40 pr. 183 fledged
2016- 42 pr. 189 Fledged
Louise Chambers
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Location: Corpus Christi, TX


I don't know but will see what I can find out.
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Location: Kansas

I am really sorry to hear of Mr. Bidinger's passing. I did not know that. I was fortunate enough to have been able to visit his site and bought 4 naturals as my first gourds. He and his wife were super nice and such great hosts. He did have those large cages over his gourds as he said the owls were quite a challenge for him. I wish his family the best!
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