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Another Reason We Do Walk Unders!

Tuesday, April 26th, 2011
In case you still wonder why walk unders are important, yesterday brought another valuable reason.
Walk unders are basically the PMCA’s recommended daily action that a purple martin landlord should take. Walking under and around your purple martin housing can spot problems and issues just not visible from the comfort of your favorite watching spot like your lawn chair.
We know that things like wing entrapment can be spotted and birds saved…like we spoke of in THIS blog post. But yesterday brought a blown off gourd cap to our attention. Last year we received a report of a Plastic gourd cap not staying on. Then I had the problem arise myself after adding Coroplast Gourd Cap Liners to my gourds. First, coroplast liners are great, don’t get me wrong. They eliminate light that can filter in a gourd from gourd access caps. But the thickness of the liners can make the caps not screw on tightly. How do you know when the cap isn’t on tight? When you tighten the cap it will get to a point then when you tighten it a bit more it becomes instantly loose. Like the cap hopping the threading on the gourd and the cap can then pop right off. I have tried tightening the caps right up to that “to tight” point and have found that it just doesn’t work. The cap will pop off and usually it will do it at the worst possible time.

A few days ago, a line of fierce thunderstorms blew through the area. I had done nest checks two days before and noticed this loose cap on a plastic gourd with a ASY pair of purple martins. 6 eggs lay inside and I wanted to raise the gourd rack back up so the birds could return to incubate, so I left the repairs for another day. I had a feeling it would be a problem and made a mental note to fix it at the next nest check. Unfortunately problems never wait. When I came home some 4 hours after the storm I did a walk under and saw that the cap which faces away from the house was gone. The cap was tucked under a line of bushes many yards away. I lowered the housing and did a quick easy fix with electrical tape and noticed the eggs were warm! Apparently mailmen aren’t the only ones that will persevere. Not snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night…how does it go? Well, long story short she had hunkered down on those eggs and kept then safe and dry and warm. Now hopefully they will still all hatch. Read how to fix your loose gourd caps here.

Any quick fix tips for other issues on your purple martin housing? Feel free to share them here with us!

Psalms 84:3
Even the sparrow has found a home,
and the swallow a nest for herself,
where she may have her young—
a place near your altar,