Housing questions

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Birds
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Joined: Fri Mar 22, 2019 11:35 am
Location: Northeast OH
Martin Colony History: 2017: nothing, 2018: discovered the PMCA, new house modifications 2019:Still no Martins. House sparrow and starling hate forever.

Re: Housing questions

Postby Birds » Mon Mar 25, 2019 9:30 am

good morning Yes I made my own starling resistance resistant holes for the house and so far no starlings. But lots of sparrows I just can't get rid of those darn things. I think it might not be a bad idea getting some gloves for raising and lowering the pole.
2017 :installed a Martin house hoping for Martins.
2018 :discovered the PMCA made modifications to a heath house .
2019 : Still no martins yet. House sparrow and starlings hate forever.
Tip :never give up

flyin-lowe
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Joined: Wed Mar 29, 2006 8:49 am
Location: Indiana/Henry Co.

Re: Housing questions

Postby flyin-lowe » Mon Mar 25, 2019 6:45 pm

Sparrows can be a big problem but I have found that over time you can make a difference. They have a pretty small home range so you can impact the local population in your area. The first year I ever put a house up I walked back to my house to admire my work from a large bay window. There were already sparrows on it from the time I walked inside. That year I killed over 100 of them. The next five years I killed less and less each year. The final years I lived at that house I would only get maybe 5-10 a year. I was back at the house a year or two later and they were all over the place again. It doesn't take long for them to re populate.

Fortunately that house and my new house are in a rural area where I can shoot. Often times I will step outside with the shotgun and once they fly off I can take care of them and not have to worry about pellets/bullets in my houses. I also have an insert trap for my T14 which catches a lot of sparrows each year.
2019- Currently 31 complete nests (27 with eggs or babies) 94 babies hatched and 19 eggs still to hatch) 6-22-19
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.

Birds
Posts: 71
Joined: Fri Mar 22, 2019 11:35 am
Location: Northeast OH
Martin Colony History: 2017: nothing, 2018: discovered the PMCA, new house modifications 2019:Still no Martins. House sparrow and starling hate forever.

Re: Housing questions

Postby Birds » Wed Mar 27, 2019 8:01 am

I try my best to shoot them but most of the time I thay gets away. i'm using a mouse trap to catch them, and I think that is the easiest way to to do it. Also one of My concerns is my neighbor has sparrow houses all over the place and he doesn't want to get rid of them. But for the most part there isn't a lot of sparrows on my martin house.
2017 :installed a Martin house hoping for Martins.
2018 :discovered the PMCA made modifications to a heath house .
2019 : Still no martins yet. House sparrow and starlings hate forever.
Tip :never give up

Birds
Posts: 71
Joined: Fri Mar 22, 2019 11:35 am
Location: Northeast OH
Martin Colony History: 2017: nothing, 2018: discovered the PMCA, new house modifications 2019:Still no Martins. House sparrow and starling hate forever.

Re: Housing questions

Postby Birds » Wed Mar 27, 2019 9:27 am

I just received my new Martin pole and set it up, and in less then one minute I saw the first tree swallow.
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2017 :installed a Martin house hoping for Martins.
2018 :discovered the PMCA made modifications to a heath house .
2019 : Still no martins yet. House sparrow and starlings hate forever.
Tip :never give up


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