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by bwenger
Sun Apr 04, 2021 9:16 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Purple Martins are arriving in northwest PA
Replies: 5
Views: 530

Re: Purple Martins are arriving in northwest PA

Hopefully you'll start seeing your returning martins any day now Toy. At least the weather appears to be safe for them at this time.
by bwenger
Thu Apr 01, 2021 10:39 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Purple Martins are arriving in northwest PA
Replies: 5
Views: 530

Purple Martins are arriving in northwest PA

Hello everyone, We now have multiple purple martin sites in northwestern PA that have martins back. Colonies in Espyville, Hartstown, Cochranton and the Troyer's of Conneautville have returning martins. It's a cold day here at 30 degrees, but with the wind chill, if feels like 20. Tomorrow the high ...
by bwenger
Fri Aug 21, 2020 9:13 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: The Erie Roost
Replies: 4
Views: 1643

Re: The Erie Roost

We visited the Erie Roost again this Wednesday. It was a beautiful night and there were about 15 people enjoying the birds. I estimated the number at 5,000, and Adam Troyer came up with approximately the same number. I think it's difficult to estimate the number of birds at this new roost since a lo...
by bwenger
Fri Aug 21, 2020 8:59 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Thoughts on Fledging Age
Replies: 3
Views: 1102

Re: Thoughts on Fledging Age

Hi Dave, I have noticed some long periods for fledging as well, and most seem to be at the end. I am thinking that some of this occurs since the nestlings don't have the encouragement to leave the nest as they do when the birds have a lot of activity going on around them. From what I have heard from...
by bwenger
Wed Aug 12, 2020 9:23 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: The Erie Roost
Replies: 4
Views: 1643

Re: The Erie Roost

I visited the Erie Roost last night with Jeff Hunt and Andrew and Marcus Troyer. We saw about 2,000 birds. A lot were in the reeds and occasionally they would rise up and you could get a good look at them. It's possible that the roost may be delayed since our nesting season was delayed by approximat...
by bwenger
Tue Aug 04, 2020 7:41 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: THOUGHTS ABOUT ROOSTS & FALL MIGRATION==TX
Replies: 11
Views: 3586

Re: THOUGHTS ABOUT ROOSTS & FALL MIGRATION==TX

Bird, I am not sure if you have heard or saw it in the Update Magazine, but there is a new tracking system taking place using Motus Wildlife Tracking System, using cell phone towers. This will add an amazing amount of data to the flight statistics of purple martins. The University of Delaware has be...
by bwenger
Mon Aug 03, 2020 10:26 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: The Erie Roost
Replies: 4
Views: 1643

The Erie Roost

Is there any news on the Roost in Erie, PA. Are the numbers building as of this time, or not yet. Does it appear that they are using the new roost or the old roost at the beginning of Presque Isle Bay?

Thanks in advance.
by bwenger
Mon Aug 03, 2020 10:23 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: THOUGHTS ABOUT ROOSTS & FALL MIGRATION==TX
Replies: 11
Views: 3586

Re: THOUGHTS ABOUT ROOSTS & FALL MIGRATION==TX

Thanks John for all of your thoughts over the years! They really make sense and trigger a lot more thoughts on my behalf as well as other martin landlords. Hope you and Louise stay safe from the Covid19 issues and in this upcoming hurricane season. Our year in review. Although the first half of May ...
by bwenger
Mon Aug 03, 2020 8:25 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Birds come and Go for days, week??
Replies: 4
Views: 1653

Re: Birds come and Go for days, week??

It's probably good to leave your housing up for a month or month and a half after they fledge. They should return for 10 days to 20 days after they fledge, during the day at times and then at night. You may even have family groups from other nearby colonies showing up at your place and checking it o...
by bwenger
Sat Jul 18, 2020 10:33 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Bird Cam Activity this morning 7-17-20
Replies: 2
Views: 1035

Re: Bird Cam Activity this morning 7-17-20

That's what I thought, but wasn't sure! Thanks for the view of the nesting martins!!!
by bwenger
Fri Jul 17, 2020 7:53 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Bird Cam Activity this morning 7-17-20
Replies: 2
Views: 1035

Bird Cam Activity this morning 7-17-20

While watching the bird cam around 8:20am this morning, we watched as the birds were removed from the gourd, the camera lens was cleaned and the nesting material was replaced. The gourd rack was then raised but the birds were not placed back into the nest. Did I miss something?
by bwenger
Wed Mar 27, 2019 8:36 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Louisiana-maybe a first pair
Replies: 62
Views: 21952

Re: Louisiana-maybe a first pair

Hi David, Congratulations on your birds spending the night. They could be doing this strange stuff for a week or two until they start to get serious about pairing up. But once you have birds spending the night, they should be hooked to your site at this time. Make sure you don't allow any other bird...
by bwenger
Wed Feb 13, 2019 3:59 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Purple Martin Seminar being held in Venice, FL at The Rookery
Replies: 4
Views: 1671

Re: Purple Martin Seminar being held in Venice, FL at The Rookery

I believe we had a very successful Purple Martin Seminar on Monday. We had 20 people show up for the afternoon Purple Martin Seminar. There were people present from Kansas, Virginia, Maine New Jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Michigan and Florida. A lot of good questions were asked and hopefully some new...
by bwenger
Fri Feb 08, 2019 4:16 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Purple Martin Seminar being held in Venice, FL at The Rookery
Replies: 4
Views: 1671

Re: Purple Martin Seminar being held in Venice, FL at The Rookery

Hi Doug,

Yes it is. We just had a landing on the new gourd rack this morning. Another colony at Celery Fields in Sarasota had about 20 martins on it on Tuesday. It's nice to hear them again!

Bill
by bwenger
Fri Feb 01, 2019 8:45 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Purple Martin Seminar being held in Venice, FL at The Rookery
Replies: 4
Views: 1671

Re: Purple Martin Seminar being held in Venice, FL at The Rookery

We have multiple people and groups interested in this. If you are interested you can let me know at the email below, or just show up at the door.

Hope to see you there!

Bill Wenger
w.wenger@comcast.net
by bwenger
Mon Jan 28, 2019 8:48 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Purple Martin Seminar being held in Venice, FL at The Rookery
Replies: 4
Views: 1671

Purple Martin Seminar being held in Venice, FL at The Rookery

Bill Wenger will be giving a Purple Martin Seminar at The Rookery in Venice, Florida. The seminar will start at 1pm. If you have any questions, you can contact me at w.wenger@comcast.net . Although there will not be any nesting birds at that time, we will go through the motions of a nest check. That...
by bwenger
Sun Oct 21, 2018 9:20 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Adding Troyer Tunnel to T14 house
Replies: 9
Views: 6437

Re: Adding Troyer Tunnel to T14 house

David, Alternating the tunnels from the end to the side may help with some porch dominance, but I haven't noticed much of that. Early on in the season a male may guard several entrances, but after weeks of fighting off other males, they seem to usually allow other pairs to nest. I like the Troyer tu...
by bwenger
Sun Oct 21, 2018 9:13 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Deluxe Gourd rack ground sleeve for ground stake?
Replies: 4
Views: 4309

Re: Deluxe Gourd rack ground sleeve for ground stake?

I have several ground sleeves in use across several sites that I have. I find them very useful, and agree with your idea 100%. Remove the pole and the ground stake, and just leave the sleeve in the ground. I will cover the ground sleeve to keep water from getting in, since we have ground freezes to ...
by bwenger
Tue Sep 25, 2018 7:41 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Central PA end of season report....
Replies: 15
Views: 6498

Re: Central PA end of season report....

Hi Toy, Sorry to hear again about another rough year for you and your martins. We give you a great deal of credit for all that you do for them. In most cases, other landlords would have lost this colony long ago, but your determination has kept it going and we're all waiting for you to have a good y...
by bwenger
Fri Apr 06, 2018 7:49 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Went from zero to hero today!
Replies: 5
Views: 1569

Re: Went from zero to hero today!

RJM,

Congratulations on your returning birds!

Bill