I present to you ---- Super Marti

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Whippy
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My latest attempt to deter the hawk or send him in a different direction. I was very proud of the job my son did making Super Marti and was standing there looking at him on the rack when a hawk busted past him to chase a martin. I'll keep SM there for this evening hoping the darkening light conditions might allow the hawk to make the decision on chasing Super Marti.

At this point I have a lot of eyes in the air so when the hawk is detected the alarm goes out which gives those on or near the rack some time for evasive action. The hawk has been unsuccessful on 3 tries yesterday and two tries today.

The Martins couldn't care any less that Super Marti is hanging around.

SUPER MARTI
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2016 - late to put up, many visitors
2017 - 1 pair, 3 fledged
2018- 2 pair, 12 fledged
2019 - 4 pair, 21 fledged
2020 - 15 pair, 67 fledged
brent
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Joined: Sat Feb 10, 2018 2:43 pm
Location: Raceland, Louisiana

Whippy, that looks great. What and how were the wings created. Details please. I'll put one together tomorrow.
Brent
deancamp
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Location: Raymore, MO

Good work by Whippy Jr.. I hope you get to find out how well it holds up to hawk attacks and it saves many Martins for you.
Jeff Dean
white-out
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I made a couple out of soffit panels by drawing them out as one piece. Tin snip them out, paint them black and screw them onto the back of the decoy. You can bend the wings however you like.
brent
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Thanks white-out. I have some vinyl siding and will approach it similarly.
Brent
Whippy
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white-out wrote:
Tue Mar 16, 2021 9:18 pm
I made a couple out of soffit panels by drawing them out as one piece. Tin snip them out, paint them black and screw them onto the back of the decoy. You can bend the wings however you like.
yeah, man. That's a good idea. My son used card board. One piece. covered it with electrical tape since we didn't have paint and used one screw to hold it on and used that screw for the hanger.

We plan to re-do it soon but wanted to get it up there as soon as possible. We get hit every day many times per day.

Really simple to do. I hope it works. I got the idea from Steve Kroenke so want to put credit where credit is due.

Coolwhips
2016 - late to put up, many visitors
2017 - 1 pair, 3 fledged
2018- 2 pair, 12 fledged
2019 - 4 pair, 21 fledged
2020 - 15 pair, 67 fledged
Kegger
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Location: Awesome Florida
Martin Colony History: Newbie in 2020: 2 pair of SY with 4 eggs each in Troyer Horizontals
fledged a total of 7 Martins

OK, I'll bite how does Super Marti stay up in the sky? Is he a kite? :roll: Is he on patrol or trolling for Hawk?
white-out
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brent wrote:
Tue Mar 16, 2021 10:01 pm
Thanks white-out. I have some vinyl siding and will approach it similarly.
Brent
That vinyl siding may be better....just a slight breeze will make the wings move and appear more real.
Whippy
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Kegger wrote:
Wed Mar 17, 2021 5:12 am
OK, I'll bite how does Super Marti stay up in the sky? Is he a kite? :roll: Is he on patrol or trolling for Hawk?
Keg,

I used fishing line to tie him to a 1/4 inch fiber glass rod which is zip tied to the gourd arm. It hangs out a couple feet and bobs up and down in the wind as well as blows all around. He actually gets your attention every time you look out the window.

He did his job this morning. Martins began their morning arrival and socializing and right on que the hawk came in to bust them up. But this time he put his attention on Super Marti and allowed all the others to escape. He took a swipe at SM then hung in the air a moment before flying off to a nearby tree all perplexed. He then flew off in another direction.

Super Marti is a typical martin decoy with a wing attached to his back. I have a habit of naming things in strange ways.

Coolwhips
2016 - late to put up, many visitors
2017 - 1 pair, 3 fledged
2018- 2 pair, 12 fledged
2019 - 4 pair, 21 fledged
2020 - 15 pair, 67 fledged
white-out
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That fishing line will las a couple months at best. I use a 25 lb mono fish leader for a whirly-gig and was digging it out of the pond all the time. I replaced it with a 40 lb steel leader and it has lasted one season and still ticking

I like the fiberglass rod idea....glad it has already paid off!
Kegger
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Martin Colony History: Newbie in 2020: 2 pair of SY with 4 eggs each in Troyer Horizontals
fledged a total of 7 Martins

Thanks for the tip Whippy and Steve:

SM might work even better if his torso could swivel 360.
always facing into the wind
Whippy
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Kegger wrote:
Thu Mar 18, 2021 5:04 am
Thanks for the tip Whippy and Steve:

SM might work even better if his torso could swivel 360.
always facing into the wind
There certainly is a lot of room for improvement for sure. I was kicking around the idea of adding a small electrical charge to it so if the hawk hit it, he would experience some discomfort and therefore may decide that chasing Martins is not such a good idea anymore. I think a 9 volt battery would be enough but not too much. If I pull that off I'll let you know but it's just an idea for now. As long as I can maintain discomfort and not promote pain or injury it should be ok. I'll test it on my wife if I ever put it together.

With the mounting point of the string just slightly center of his back, SM looks like he's landing. The wind will drive him around in circles as if he is flying and the flexible fiberglass rod provide the up and down dips. When the wind blows on him, the dynamics of his body and the wings does face him into the wind. Kind of like a full bodied kite.

Open to any and all ideas.

Coolwhips
2016 - late to put up, many visitors
2017 - 1 pair, 3 fledged
2018- 2 pair, 12 fledged
2019 - 4 pair, 21 fledged
2020 - 15 pair, 67 fledged
brent
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Location: Raceland, Louisiana

Whippy and all,
I assembled two "Super-Martis". I have them mounted on bamboo so they sway with the wind. I used vinyl siding for the wings. I cut notches in the original decoy and cut the wings so that I had extensions that would slip into the notches. Worked beautifully. Great idea.
Brent
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Whippy
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brent wrote:
Thu Mar 18, 2021 8:23 pm
Whippy and all,
I assembled two "Super-Martis". I have them mounted on bamboo so they away with the wind. I used vinyl siding for the wings. I cut notches in the original decoy and cut the wings so that I had extensions that would slip into the notches. Worked beautifully. Great idea.
Brent
Brent,

Thats great. Post a photo of them if you have time. I'm certain they will draw some attention when the hawk decides to bust in.

Coolwhips
2016 - late to put up, many visitors
2017 - 1 pair, 3 fledged
2018- 2 pair, 12 fledged
2019 - 4 pair, 21 fledged
2020 - 15 pair, 67 fledged
brent
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Location: Raceland, Louisiana

Here are some pictures. Scarecrow is lagniappe.
Brent
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Whippy
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Love the pictures. Very well done on the Super Marti.

I really like the scarecrow and the big smiley face. That's classic. I think I'll make a scarecrow this weekend and put it under my gourds. My martins like it when I'm standing below them. They like the dogs as well.

Thanks for the photos.

Coolwhips
2016 - late to put up, many visitors
2017 - 1 pair, 3 fledged
2018- 2 pair, 12 fledged
2019 - 4 pair, 21 fledged
2020 - 15 pair, 67 fledged
brent
Posts: 490
Joined: Sat Feb 10, 2018 2:43 pm
Location: Raceland, Louisiana

Update on my Super-Marti (credit given to Whippy). While in my garden late morning my martins started their alert call. I had my air horn with me and right in front of me Mr. Cooper attacked. He hovered over Super-Marti and struck! I blew the horn. He looked puzzled and bewildered. Martins were on him then off he went. Yeah! No martins taken.
Brent
Unk Bond
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I have had 5 years of enjoying my martin bird colony.




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Hello All
Believe if I had as much hawk problems as you guys have. I would fix me a hot chicken decoy. [ Later
brent
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Unk Bond, what's that?
Brent
SSMartin
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Brent,

Your site looks really nice and open. I’m surprised the hawk has much of a chance
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