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taxidermy lady
Posts: 2989
Joined: Sun Mar 02, 2014 10:21 am
Location: IL/Ellis Grove
Martin Colony History: Started trying to attract purple martins in 2012! It's finally happened in 2017! 5 years!!! ASY male and SY female came May 1st, fledged 5 babies!

I put nestbox traps on one of my gourd rack to keep starling count down at my site! This is last years picture! None of my other poles are up just the nestbox trap pole! Wish me luck!
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Sharon from southern Illinois
dbutz
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Location: Indiana

you go lady !!! Good Luck
Ed Svetich-WI
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Location: Brooks, Wi (McGinnis Lake)
Martin Colony History: 24 Super and Excluder Gourds on two gourd racks, all SREH. Full occupancy. My philosophy is to maximize fledge % with existing cavities rather than adding gourds to grow colony, thus providing opportunities for new colony expansion. Fledge over 100 nestlings yearly from 24 gourds. Band nestlings in cooperation with state university. 2019 Adendum: Reduced colony size to 12 gourds to focus on more intensive management regimen.

Why not just use SREH and eliminate 99% of the Starling threat? There may be an occasional smaller starling but I have never had a starling breach either crescents or modified excluders. They try every year and quickly leave in frustration.SREH plates are easily added to any round entries.

Good luck this year.
Ed
flyin-lowe
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Location: Indiana/Henry Co.

I was going to say the same thing. I am in Indiana and assuming your starling numbers are similar. We probably see 1000 starlings for every one sparrow. It is not uncommon this time of year to see flocks of thousands of starlings, and they are all over in the spring and summer. I have trapped sparrows for years and you can keep their numbers somewhat under control as they have a pretty limited home range. Starlings on the other hand, in our area, could probably never be kept under control trapping a few at a time. I would put on SREH and then only worry about the sparrows. Good news is in the northern range the starlings are usually a little fatter holding weight to get through the winter. I have never seen a starling breach my SREH in close to 15 years.
2020 Currently 42 nest, 110 babies, 64 eggs left to hatch(6-22-20) HOSP count-8
2019- 31 Pair over 100 fledged
2018- 15 pair last count 49 fledged
2017 3 SY pair nested, 12 eggs total, fledged 10. 4 additional SY's stayed all summer but never paired/nested.
2016 1 pair fledged 4
2015 Visitors
2014 Visitors
2013 Moved 6 miles away, 1 pair fledged 2.
2012 30 pair fledged 100.
2011 12 pair (11 that nested), 43 fledged.
2010 5 pair, 21 eggs, 16 hatched, 14 fledged.
dbutz
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Location: Indiana

What is a SREH ????
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Location: Corpus Christi, TX
Martin Colony History: ................
2019: 11 pairs
2018: 11 pairs - 43 fledged
2017: 4 pairs - 17 fledged

dbutz wrote:What is a SREH ????
What are SREH?

SREH stands for Starling-Resistant Entrance Holes. These are entrances that will help prevent the non-native European Starlings from nesting in Purple Martin housing while still allowing the martins to enter. There are different types of starling-resistant entrances, the most popular are the crescent, Excluder, Modified Excluder, Excluder II, and Conley II.

https://www.purplemartin.org/education/24/faq/

Lots of options...

https://www.purplemartin.org/shop/62/replacement-doors/
https://www.purplemartin.org/shop/63/re ... nt-plates/
https://www.purplemartin.org/shop/93/tu ... or-houses/
"If at first you don't succeed, keep on suckin' till you do succeed." - Curly Howard
taxidermy lady
Posts: 2989
Joined: Sun Mar 02, 2014 10:21 am
Location: IL/Ellis Grove
Martin Colony History: Started trying to attract purple martins in 2012! It's finally happened in 2017! 5 years!!! ASY male and SY female came May 1st, fledged 5 babies!

Ed Svetich-WI wrote:Why not just use SREH and eliminate 99% of the Starling threat? There may be an occasional smaller starling but I have never had a starling breach either crescents or modified excluders. They try every year and quickly leave in frustration.SREH plates are easily added to any round entries.

Good luck this year.
Ed
I like using round! I shoot all starlings and sparrows at Martin time that land on my box! I work in my shed all day long and look out the window all the time! When a starling comes it drops to the ground! I take care of them! I like to trap them for something to do! When I get an established colony I’ll change to all SREH. For now I will have some round to offer! Thanks for your concern!
Sharon from southern Illinois
sugarcreek
Posts: 223
Joined: Sun Mar 27, 2016 10:43 am
Location: Sugarcreek, Ohio
Martin Colony History: 2016 First Yr.

Hey when are you going to share some more pics with all the trees gone....?

Excited for you.
2016 - 1st Yr. 14 Compartments 4 Active Nests 9 fledged, 2.25 Fledged per Active Nest
2017 - 2nd Yr. 36 Compartments 18 Active Nests 65 Fledged, 3.61 Fledged per Active Nest
2018 - 3rd Yr. 54 Compartments 43 Active Nests 169 Fledged, 3.93 Fledged per Active Nest
2019 - 4th Yr. 108 Compartments 67 Active Nests 209 Fledged, 3.12 Fledged per Active Nest
2020 - 5th Yr. 108 Compartments 72 Active Nests 243 Fledged, 3.38 Fledged per Active Nest
GeneP
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Joined: Mon Jul 23, 2007 7:35 am
Location: Kansas, Lawrence
Martin Colony History: 1 gourd rack with 24 gourd capacity. 2018, my 11th year hosting martins.
18 pair in 2017.

I think it was Mike Scully who tested all of the SREH and found they all could be breached. That's why they're called Starling Resistant Entry Holes and not Starling Proof. Had two pair breach mine last year.

SREH is a good idea for Purple Martins but does nothing for woodpeckers, chickadees, bluebirds or any other native cavity nesting bird that starlings kill.

Why not do what you can for all native species. Thanks Sharon.
PMCA Member, Single Gourd Rack, 2019 marks 12 years hosting martins.
taxidermy lady
Posts: 2989
Joined: Sun Mar 02, 2014 10:21 am
Location: IL/Ellis Grove
Martin Colony History: Started trying to attract purple martins in 2012! It's finally happened in 2017! 5 years!!! ASY male and SY female came May 1st, fledged 5 babies!

sugarcreek wrote:Hey when are you going to share some more pics with all the trees gone....?

Excited for you.
Hi Sugarcreek! I will have some pictures hopefully of martins coming in my big flyway! :lol: I’m very excited too! Thanks and Goodluck!
Sharon from southern Illinois
taxidermy lady
Posts: 2989
Joined: Sun Mar 02, 2014 10:21 am
Location: IL/Ellis Grove
Martin Colony History: Started trying to attract purple martins in 2012! It's finally happened in 2017! 5 years!!! ASY male and SY female came May 1st, fledged 5 babies!

GeneP wrote:I think it was Mike Scully who tested all of the SREH and found they all could be breached. That's why they're called Starling Resistant Entry Holes and not Starling Proof. Had two pair breach mine last year.

SREH is a good idea for Purple Martins but does nothing for woodpeckers, chickadees, bluebirds or any other native cavity nesting bird that starlings kill.

Why not do what you can for all native species. Thanks Sharon.
Gene thank you!! I like being active and love shooting! I keep them at bay for sure! And yes why not get rid of them if I can!
I got the nestbox traps for something to do while I’m working! I watch them go in and go out with my trash bag and one less starling! Lol Everyone should trap or shoot no matter if you have SREH! Come on get your traps set! :) :)
Sharon from southern Illinois
taxidermy lady
Posts: 2989
Joined: Sun Mar 02, 2014 10:21 am
Location: IL/Ellis Grove
Martin Colony History: Started trying to attract purple martins in 2012! It's finally happened in 2017! 5 years!!! ASY male and SY female came May 1st, fledged 5 babies!

Here’s my new flyway Sugarcreek! Oh yeah baby! :lol:
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Sharon from southern Illinois
Dave Reynolds
Posts: 1921
Joined: Mon Jan 31, 2011 4:35 pm
Location: Little Hocking, Oh.
Martin Colony History: 2018 Success at my Satellite Site “Oxbow Golf Course”.
2019 Success at my home Site "Little Hocking, Ohio".

taxidermy lady wrote:Here’s my new flyway Sugarcreek! Oh yeah baby! :lol:
Now that is what I call an open Fly Way..... Great view..

Dave
Home Site “Little Hocking, Ohio”
2010 / 2018 -- Lots of Visitors
2019 — 1 Pair, 5 Eggs, 5 Babies, 5 fledged. :wink:
2020 — 1 Pair, 4 Eggs, 4 Babies, 4 fledged. :wink:
2021 — Waiting on March 2021

Satellite Site “Oxbow Golf Course”
2018 -- 15 Pair, 58 Eggs, 38 Hatched and 36 Fledged :wink:
2019 — 26 Pair, 128 Eggs, 99 Babies and 97 Fledged. :wink:
2020 — 30 Pair, 156 Eggs, 137 Babies and 137 Fledged. :wink:
2021 — Waiting on March 2021

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taxidermy lady
Posts: 2989
Joined: Sun Mar 02, 2014 10:21 am
Location: IL/Ellis Grove
Martin Colony History: Started trying to attract purple martins in 2012! It's finally happened in 2017! 5 years!!! ASY male and SY female came May 1st, fledged 5 babies!

Dave Reynolds wrote:
taxidermy lady wrote:Here’s my new flyway Sugarcreek! Oh yeah baby! :lol:
Now that is what I call an open Fly Way..... Great view..

Dave
Dave it’s getting even better everyday! The day draws closer and closer each passing day!!! I’m excited for their return in southern Illinois! :) Goodluck with your season 2018!!! :)
Sharon from southern Illinois
Dale D
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Joined: Tue Jan 30, 2018 10:11 am
Location: Orlando, Fl
Martin Colony History: Landlord since 2004

Sharon, with the improvements to your site the only thing you are going to have to decide on in time is just how big of colony you want to grow. Dale :grin:
Orlando, FL Landlord since 2004
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sugarcreek
Posts: 223
Joined: Sun Mar 27, 2016 10:43 am
Location: Sugarcreek, Ohio
Martin Colony History: 2016 First Yr.

taxidermy lady wrote:Here’s my new flyway Sugarcreek! Oh yeah baby! :lol:
Wow , Thanks for sharing Looks like an airport runway...your gonna have a lot of birds....Good luck this season
2016 - 1st Yr. 14 Compartments 4 Active Nests 9 fledged, 2.25 Fledged per Active Nest
2017 - 2nd Yr. 36 Compartments 18 Active Nests 65 Fledged, 3.61 Fledged per Active Nest
2018 - 3rd Yr. 54 Compartments 43 Active Nests 169 Fledged, 3.93 Fledged per Active Nest
2019 - 4th Yr. 108 Compartments 67 Active Nests 209 Fledged, 3.12 Fledged per Active Nest
2020 - 5th Yr. 108 Compartments 72 Active Nests 243 Fledged, 3.38 Fledged per Active Nest
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