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Postby Caustic Burno » Mon Apr 10, 2017 6:22 pm

My Martins didn't return this year chicken snake climbed the pole somehow last year.
The sorry devil cleaned out eight nest before I killed him.
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Re: Martins

Postby Bright Raven » Mon Apr 10, 2017 6:26 pm

I would rather have the chicken snake.
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Re: Martins

Postby M-5 » Mon Apr 10, 2017 7:13 pm

Bright Raven wrote:I would rather have the chicken snake.

Snakes don't eat mosquitoes.
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Postby TennesseeTuxedo » Mon Apr 10, 2017 7:41 pm

Bright Raven wrote:I would rather have the chicken snake.



Ravens and Martins don't get along?
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Re: Martins

Postby Bright Raven » Mon Apr 10, 2017 8:05 pm

TennesseeTuxedo wrote:
Bright Raven wrote:I would rather have the chicken snake.



Ravens and Martins don't get along?


Once upon a time, a Raven got his birdie caught in a crack in a stone. He cried and he cried. The Martin flew by and only laughed at the Raven. Darkness fell and the Raven was sure he would be a big black feather ball in some predator's dung. Then, he heard the Chicken Snake hiss, "For one of your black feathers, I will release you." The Raven raised a wing and plucked out a beautiful black feather and gave it to the Chicken Snake. The Chicken Snake wrapped around him and pulled his birdie out. From that day hence, the Raven and the Chicken Snake have been friends. The Raven and Martin are enemies.

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Re: Martins

Postby TennesseeTuxedo » Mon Apr 10, 2017 8:13 pm

Well I'll be darned. You are truly are a Bright Raven.
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Re: Martins

Postby M.Magis » Tue Apr 11, 2017 6:21 am

Few years ago a storm came through in the summer and blew one of the houses over. There were half grown martin chicks all over, not sure if any made it. All the martins left after that, and the following year I only had a fraction of what normally came to nest. Last year it was finally back to normal.
Saw my first pair here last week. They aren't staying here yet, but saw them again Sunday. They have as tough time with the starlings.
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Re: Martins

Postby dun » Tue Apr 11, 2017 6:56 am

Last summer during the droughty times. All of the martins that had fledged took off, way early compared to usual. Didn;t come back around last year and haven't seen them this year. A guy up the road used to have close to 50 nests. Last uear he had 3-4 pair and I haven;t deen any this year yet.
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Postby reeler » Tue Apr 11, 2017 8:45 pm

Sad about the Martins. When I was a kid we always had Martins. If memory serves, a scout always came first & checked everything out. Don't know exactly what he was looking for, besides a nice Martin house. As mentioned in other post, the starlings were always a problem.
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Re: Martins

Postby backhoeboogie » Tue Apr 11, 2017 10:24 pm

Last year I discovered hummingbirds eat mosquitoes too. I never knew that.
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Re: Martins

Postby dun » Tue Apr 11, 2017 10:33 pm

backhoeboogie wrote:Last year I discovered hummingbirds eat mosquitoes too. I never knew that.

That and spiders is the main feed for their young babies.
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Re: Martins

Postby Caustic Burno » Wed Apr 12, 2017 8:33 am

dun wrote:
backhoeboogie wrote:Last year I discovered hummingbirds eat mosquitoes too. I never knew that.

That and spiders is the main feed for their young babies.

Add knats to the list.
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Re: Martins

Postby D2Cat » Thu Apr 13, 2017 9:25 pm

We had a couple martins show up today. Probably just the scouts. But they have the choice of 4 houses, all about 14-15' in the air and a pond not too far off.
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Re: Martins

Postby oscar p » Fri Apr 14, 2017 7:05 am

I've had Martins for 22 yrs now. I clean mine out every year. I have real gourds, they seem to like them better. I had a king snake get in mine 2 yrs ago. I got him out and carried him to the barn. I put a piece of metal around mine pole like a big funnel, you might say. No more trouble. My Martin pole is in the middle or the pasture away from Anything.
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