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Old 01-22-2014, 06:13 PM   #1
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Default Has anyone seen or have Purple Martins yet?

Several years ago my mother and father in-law gave us a purple martin house for Christmas. At the time I was thinking what in the heck is this all about. To this day I still believe it is one of the best gifts they have ever given us. I love watching those little monkeys. And you know without a doubt the sound they make if you have ever heard them. I am hoping they make the journey this year as it will be 8 years in a row. Most morning weekends I find myself having a cup of coffee just watching them do there thing.

Anyone else like the squawking chaos? I know I sure do... From them
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Old 01-22-2014, 06:19 PM   #2
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I love the job they do on skeeters
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Old 01-22-2014, 06:24 PM   #3
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Usually show up here around Valentine day.
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Old 01-22-2014, 07:03 PM   #4
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Watching this also. Just put our 1st house this year. Heard the males head out in jan before they bring the families. Anyone know if this is true?
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Old 01-22-2014, 07:07 PM   #5
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Default Has anyone seen or have Purple Martins yet?

We've had a few colonies here on the ranch in North Texas for years. I have yet to see or hear any yet, but it won't be long!!!!

Oh...and unfortunately, a Purple Martin's diet only consists of about 2% Mosquitos. The idea that Mosquitos were a huge part of their diet "Purple Martins eat 2000 Mosquitos a day" was a great, but false selling point by one of the most famous PM house makers/sellers.

Think about it, PMs feed hundreds of feet up in the air during the day and typically come back to their nest about the time Mosquitos come out in the evening. Their diet mainly consists of Dragon Flys, butterfly's, etc....insects that fly high during the day.

I have 12 gourds here at my house along with a wooden 5 story PM house.

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Old 01-22-2014, 07:07 PM   #6
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Just cleaned out my boxes in Menard, County. Waiting
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Old 01-22-2014, 07:32 PM   #7
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I've been thinking about getting a Martin house to help with skeeters
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Old 01-22-2014, 07:33 PM   #8
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How long did it take for them to find it and do you have problems with other birds or wasps?
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Old 01-22-2014, 07:51 PM   #9
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How long did it take for them to find it and do you have problems with other birds or wasps?

Since we had a colony already established on the ranch at one of the other houses here, I had a couple pair nest the first year.

There will be constant competition with sparrows and starlings. I have a good Gamo pellet gun that has killed many unwanted species.

If there are Martins in your area, and you provide a good, safe house, there will be a great chance you get them to nest there.

Just a tip, if you buy a new house, put some pine needles or straw in the next boxes and smear some mud on the outside of the entrances...Martins prefer houses that have been nested in before and they certainly prefer a full house, so tricking them into thinking others are nesting there is helpful.

Also, if you are real serious, you can get some Martin decoys online and mount them on the perches of your house to draw them in.

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Old 01-22-2014, 08:01 PM   #10
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I saw two yesterday down here by Wharton. Seems pretty early.
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Old 01-22-2014, 08:26 PM   #11
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Still early. Scouts won't be long. Build out and they will come.

Be ready to launch war inn the sparrows. They are evil little birds. I invested in sparrow taps and a good pellet gun 4 years ago and no issues. Passes the time waiting on deer season
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Old 01-22-2014, 08:40 PM   #12
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They will be at my house Feb. 10 +/- 2 days. I can set my watch by their arrival.
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Old 01-23-2014, 06:26 AM   #13
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Old 01-23-2014, 06:34 AM   #14
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Not seen the first one here, this year
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Old 01-23-2014, 08:01 AM   #15
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Yep. Valentines day here and July 4 they gone

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Old 01-23-2014, 07:30 PM   #16
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I don't like when they leave. It gets so quite. My dad always use to tell me it was the direction you set up there house that bettered the chances. Not sure though.
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Old 02-11-2014, 09:31 AM   #17
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Anyone seen any Purple Martins yet?
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Old 02-11-2014, 02:12 PM   #18
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I need to get my house cleaned out. They should be here pretty quick after this cold spell. The weather starting to get warmer tomorrow, so I guess I will get that little job done the latter part of the week. It is still 24 degrees here today.
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Old 02-11-2014, 07:24 PM   #19
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Houses are clean. Will wait for scout sighting to put up. Might be a late arrival with this winter
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Old 03-03-2016, 05:05 PM   #20
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Saw a few yesterday. Cleaned out my gourds today. I'm ready.

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Old 03-03-2016, 05:24 PM   #21
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Saw the first ones Sunday.
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Old 03-03-2016, 06:32 PM   #22
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Nuttin here yet. Late again!!
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Old 03-03-2016, 06:38 PM   #23
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Not seen or heard any yet. Houses are ready.
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Old 03-03-2016, 06:40 PM   #24
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Had three in Mills County
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Old 03-03-2016, 07:27 PM   #25
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My first year with Martin boxes... Our new home has 2 two-story ones, but the previous owner let the sparrows/starlings take them over last year. I've declared war on them... No tellin' how many have gone to birdie heaven already. Haven't seen any yet, but in hopes I can keep the undesirables at bay enough to get them back in the nice houses we inherited... Have gotten blue birds in the bluebird boxes so at least some of my sparrow control is paying off...
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Old 03-03-2016, 07:42 PM   #26
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My first year with Martin boxes... Our new home has 2 two-story ones, but the previous owner let the sparrows/starlings take them over last year. I've declared war on them... No tellin' how many have gone to birdie heaven already. Haven't seen any yet, but in hopes I can keep the undesirables at bay enough to get them back in the nice houses we inherited... Have gotten blue birds in the bluebird boxes so at least some of my sparrow control is paying off...

Yeah sparrows and starlings suck. I have a repeating sparrow trap near my gourd racks. I pretty much trapped enough of them over the years to keep them away. Starlings are a different story. I've killed a bunch, but they are persistent.
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Yeah sparrows and starlings suck. I have a repeating sparrow trap near my gourd racks. I pretty much trapped enough of them over the years to keep them away. Starlings are a different story. I've killed a bunch, but they are persistent.
Get you one of these! They will consistently take out starlings n sparrows (and other critters) from point blank to over a hunert yards.

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And they do it silently too...
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Old 03-03-2016, 08:08 PM   #28
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Get you one of these! They will consistently take out starlings n sparrows (and other critters) from point blank to over a hunert yards.



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And they do it silently too...

Those look like serious killers. I have a Gamo that'll kill em too.

I also have a perch away from my gourds that the starlings like. I shoot 3-4 at a time with the 12 gauge there.
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Old 03-03-2016, 08:14 PM   #29
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No martins but the buzzards showed about a week ago here.
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Old 05-20-2016, 02:52 PM   #30
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I've got 7 nests. 31 eggs as of last week.


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Old 05-20-2016, 02:53 PM   #31
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Been killing Starlings with the Gamo every chance I get.




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Old 05-20-2016, 03:05 PM   #32
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Starlings and a 12 ga fo me. Got about 14 pair and just got my snake guards up
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Old 05-20-2016, 03:10 PM   #33
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We have a nest inside the entryway to our house. I think these are martins, typically 2 to 3 groups come through each spring.
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Old 05-20-2016, 03:21 PM   #34
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We have a nest inside the entryway to our house. I think these are martins, typically 2 to 3 groups come through each spring.


Those are barn swallows. Martin's rely on humans for housing.
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Old 05-20-2016, 03:57 PM   #35
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Those are barn swallows. Martin's rely on humans for housing.


Well, I never was known for my bird identification skills. Wife likes them so I guess I will continue to clean up bird **** in our entry way and hope they eat a skeeter from time to time.
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Old 05-20-2016, 04:12 PM   #36
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She will like them for years to come. Barn Swallow will come back every year to nest. I fight them every year to not start, do to the mess myself. But love seeing them up and down the street at others houses. I have the only in-ground pool around so they all seem to water there on the flyby. It is great watching the older ones teach the young-ens how to drink on the fly.
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Old 05-20-2016, 04:25 PM   #37
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Well, I never was known for my bird identification skills. Wife likes them so I guess I will continue to clean up bird **** in our entry way and hope they eat a skeeter from time to time.


They are cool little bird. Very similar to purple martins as they are both swallows.

We've had a few nests like yours under the porches at my Uncle's house here on the place for 20 years.
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Old 05-20-2016, 04:31 PM   #38
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We had purple feathers in the front yard last week...........guess Bayou caught one and made it go poof..........feathers everywhere! LOL
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Old 05-20-2016, 06:29 PM   #39
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Just did a nest check. Got a few live ones!







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Old 05-21-2016, 10:36 AM   #40
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Shane, did your Martins show up on time? Mine were supper late this year. Not sure if I will have a hatch just yet. Maybe I will lower them down today and take a look. Maybe

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Old 05-21-2016, 11:10 AM   #41
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Love our barn swallows that come back each year. They usually have two hutchings and I thoroughly enjoy watching them darting and diving through the front yard and pasture. I've got a large covered porch and wish more would come and build nests.
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Old 05-21-2016, 07:25 PM   #42
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Shane, did your Martins show up on time? Mine were supper late this year. Not sure if I will have a hatch just yet. Maybe I will lower them down today and take a look. Maybe

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Yeah they were right on time. I had cleaned out my gourds and put fresh nest material in there for them so they didn't have to do too much other than settle in and bring in their live oak leaves like usual.
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