Been busy getting the Purple Martin racks ready for the 2021 season as they start arriving the first week in February here in Central Texas.
Moved two smaller racks up by big rack in front yard after 15 year maintenance and a fresh paint job.
I moved them closer together so I can run a common electric fence hot wire to them and get them away from the hay barn.
The fence charger is to keep rat snakes out of the houses as I caught no less than 35 last season, pulling a couple from inside the gourds.
Just a little more work and I'm ready!
Rack 1 up and ready, rack 2 ready to raise and rack 3 waiting for me to get more pine needles to prenest the gourds.
I stuff a short piece of a pool noodle in the entrances to keep Starlings and English House Sparrows out until the Martins arrive.
The square box on far fight is a repeating Starling trap.
I don't have much trouble with Starlings as I use Starling resistant entrance holes.
Rack 3 freshly painted and ready to raise after making some changes.
Rack 2 ready to raise after minor maintenance and a fresh coat of paint.