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Purple Martins have arrived
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MikeT    Posted 02-23-2005 at 07:59:21       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Heard them chirping this morning. The first ones arrive here (Katy, TX) about a week after valentines day. Valentines day is a reminder to clean out their house as well as to trim the roses.

Must be spring time!

This year I sprinkled diatamacious earth in the martin box to help with the lice and mite problems. Also experimenting with it around the fire ant mounds. I bought a 25 lb bag at a swimming pool company for $8.

Wisereader    Posted 02-23-2005 at 09:39:00       [Reply]  [No Email]
Sure, you guys and gals rubbin' it in like that! Still aat least 8-10 weks away from te Barn Swallows and Martins. ;-(

MikeT    Posted 02-23-2005 at 10:10:59       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I just turned on the AC here in my shop. Supposed to get up to 80 today. :)

Wisereader    Posted 02-23-2005 at 10:21:20       [Reply]  [No Email]
Now you are rubbin' it in! ;-)

Only getting up to the low-mid twenties today with lows around zilch tonight.

Enjoy it now, when you hit triple digits this summer, I'll be the one bragging about how it is getting up to 80!

GrannyG    Posted 02-23-2005 at 09:20:21       [Reply]  [No Email]
We put up our houses this week and I saw one scout yesterday. Just love these birds. They keep me watching all summer long. We live about 45 miles s. east of Abilene.

Texas    Posted 02-23-2005 at 08:10:46       [Reply]  [No Email]
Hey MikeT Im the other side of Houston over in Liberty. Havent seen "my" martins yet.

Got any suggestions to keep the dang starlings out of martin house besides me sittin outside sippin a cold beer and shooting them with a 22 and CB caps? Oh wait...never mind...I like sittin, sippin and shootin!

tanklord    Posted 02-23-2005 at 10:36:37       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Hey Texas, I am right down the road from you. I am 2 miles north of Fannet off of 365 on a drilling rig back in the woods. The rains have started!

Texas    Posted 02-23-2005 at 11:09:40       [Reply]  [No Email]
Grey Wolf? Seen lots of rigs down there in the rice fields.

Had a guy get killed few weeks back on a GW rig near my place. Never heard the full story...might have been derrick man an fell.

tanklord    Posted 02-23-2005 at 14:19:10       [Reply]  [Send Email]
No GW. It is Patterson #539. Working for an independent out of Houston 8 more wells to do back here. Next one is further north from Fannet off the China Road.

Hadn't heard about that accident, but with the quality of hands out there today, it doesn't surprise me. Nobody wants to work anymore.

MikeT    Posted 02-23-2005 at 08:50:45       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Go to Walmart and get a Daisy Powerline 880 pellet rifle in 177 caliber, with scope. Get a bunch of targets and practice until you can put every shot into the bull at 50 feet. I usually zap a dozen or so starlings each year. Once the martins get established, they should be able to handle the problem themselves.

Last year I actually saw a starling attack and kill an adult martin. By the time I got my pellet gun he was gone. But, I waited around, and sure enough he came back (for the last time).

Texas    Posted 02-23-2005 at 11:12:17       [Reply]  [No Email]
Ive got a single shot Stevens 22 bolt with a 4X scope. Those CB cabs are quieter than a pellet gun!

My son just bought a .17, cant wait to try it on starlings!

My martins are usually here by now...maybe I just aint heard them or seen them yet.

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