Archive for November, 2009

Perfect Gift Ideas for Martin Lovers

Tuesday, November 24th, 2009

I just wanted to remind everyone that the holidays are fast approaching. In order to get your items by Christmas you have to plan ahead!

We all know that sometimes finding the perfect gift for someone can be a challenge. If the person you are shopping for happens to be a purple martin lover or purple martin landlord, then you have found the right place.

Even Swallow lovers can find items at a great price.

From jewelry items, to mugs to Tshirts everything you can think of is here. Hats, Purses, jewelry boxes and ornaments for the Christmas tree.

So after you finish the turkey and shop till you drop at the malls on Friday, remember us for Cyber Monday!!!

The Three Amigo’s

Saturday, November 21st, 2009

Gouldian Finch Update

I know this is a purple martin blog…but I want to announce that my 3 little baby gouldians have fledged. The work isn’t over and we are not out of the woods yet but it sure looks bright out!

They fly out to be fed and are still prone to flying behind the furniture but they come out when I call and seem to like landing on my head. THAT part I can do without but you try explaining that to those cute little faces.

As my boys say, “Awwww!”

New Product: One Fits All Insert Trap!

Thursday, November 19th, 2009

Martin house Insert Trap that Allows for a SREH (Starling Resistant Opening)!

Much like the famous Universal Sparrow Trap (UST) the One Fits All is even better. You can catch Sparrows AND Starlings where in the past you may not have been able to catch starlings.

You may ask, “Well. why not?”
The UST traps and others come with round holes meaning that if your colony consisted of SREH you would have to either permanently or temporarily convert a SREH to a round in order to use any of the traps. That may not be a big deal. but when time is of the essence and the pesky sparrows (who can easily thwart your SREH) start nest building you want to catch quickly.

Now you can pop in the One Fits All and catch just as humanly as the UST and other popular traps but do not need to change openings. In those that have aluminum houses, changing out an entrance SREH to a round can be quite a job. Unless you bought a spare round entranced door or front panel. And tripping at around 10 or so grams, the trap is sensitive enough to catch any hosp that enters. (a typical house sparrow weighs about 28 grams)

Is it named One Fits All because it fits any door (SREH or round) or because it fits any trap?
The manufacturer tells us that it fits all the houses he tested it in and with measurements of 4 1/4 inches high, 5 inches wide, 4 3/4 inches deep, it just may. The small size is advantageous since the nest, eggs and young of the offending sparrow or starling can be pushed to the back of the trap and still be seen through the hardware cloth back of the trap. Larger traps require that you remove the nesting material which just could send the sparrows into a rage before you have the chance to trap.
The top of the crescent shaped opening is 2 3/4 inches from the floor of the trap and the crescent shaped opening is generously sized at 3 3/4 inches wide to accommodate any entrance types.

We are excited to have this new trap to our lineup available at and look forward to hearing about your success with it.