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by Steve Kroenke
Sat Aug 17, 2019 7:49 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Merlin vs. Purple Martin: Warbirds In Action
Replies: 1
Views: 40

Merlin vs. Purple Martin: Warbirds In Action

Merlin vs. Purple Martin: Warbirds In Action On the mornings of March 29 and 30, 2019 I observed something I have witnessed SO MANY times around our two purple martin colonies in northwest Louisiana: my colony and my neighbor Bob. I watched warbirds in action as purple martins were flying for their ...
by Steve Kroenke
Sat Aug 10, 2019 3:37 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Satan's pet bird
Replies: 9
Views: 205

Re: Satan's pet bird

I wrote an article on the Eastern kingbird and its relationship to martins years ago and posted here. I have observed kingbirds and martins for many years! Here is a link to that article:
https://www.purplemartin.org/forum/view ... are#p38736
by Steve Kroenke
Sat Aug 10, 2019 9:42 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Do SY's return to their birth colony?
Replies: 19
Views: 1008

Re: Do SY's return to their birth colony?

What I have noticed in our large martin colonies is that there are SY males that do NOT actually breed but just "hang around" or "visit" our colonies, particularly during May and June. Many are just plain pests to the current tenants! They have been called "floaters". I saw a good number this season...
by Steve Kroenke
Thu Aug 08, 2019 2:06 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: My Last Three August Late Purple Martin Broods Have Finally Fledged
Replies: 5
Views: 645

Re: My Last Three August Late Purple Martin Broods Have Finally Fledged

Chris, As long as the parents are still there and feeding the babies, they should make it. In my last cases, all the males deserted their families, but the females did not and fledged the young by themselves. Last evening, August 7, the last late mother again brought her three fledglings back to roo...
by Steve Kroenke
Wed Aug 07, 2019 10:39 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: My Last Three August Late Purple Martin Broods Have Finally Fledged
Replies: 5
Views: 645

Re: My Last Three August Late Purple Martin Broods Have Finally Fledged

I've talked with other landlords about "late nesting martins", too! I don't know if this is a widespread phenomenon but other colonies have experienced it. Unusual season for us regarding late nesting martins. Some of these may have been re-nests and others a few very rare cases of double broods. I ...
by Steve Kroenke
Mon Aug 05, 2019 6:37 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: My Last Three August Late Purple Martin Broods Have Finally Fledged
Replies: 5
Views: 645

My Last Three August Late Purple Martin Broods Have Finally Fledged

My Last Three August Late Purple Martin Broods Have Finally Fledged This has been an unusual purple martin season relative to late nesting pairs in my northwest Louisiana colony. I had a number of martins that fledged their young in late July and even three broods leave during the first week of Augu...
by Steve Kroenke
Mon Jul 29, 2019 4:08 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Diameter Of Gemini Gourd Rack
Replies: 1
Views: 558

Diameter Of Gemini Gourd Rack

Brad had asked a while ago what the diameter of a ring on the Gemini Gourd Rack is. I lowered one of mine since all the martins had finally fledged out and the diameter measured at approximately 5 feet. The circumference measures at about 15.7 feet. I can easily fit 24 Troyer Horizonals or a combina...
by Steve Kroenke
Mon Jul 29, 2019 1:01 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Do SY's return to their birth colony?
Replies: 19
Views: 1008

Re: Do SY's return to their birth colony?

A few years ago I had 157 of my martin nestlings banded. The next year I believe only around ten banded SY martins returned to my colony and my next door neighbor's site. One returned to a colony in Texas about 100 miles north of our colonies so SYs may move long distances from their natal birth col...
by Steve Kroenke
Fri Jul 26, 2019 5:39 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Early Morning Surprise In One Of My Net Traps
Replies: 8
Views: 561

Re: Early Morning Surprise In One Of My Net Traps

Hey Ken, Thank you for commenting and sharing that good news about your purple martin colony in Washington! You must have one of the largest personal martin colonies out West! Your colony appears to be thriving and protecting the martins from predators by using appropriate guards is essential. I kno...
by Steve Kroenke
Sun Jul 21, 2019 10:10 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Gemini Gourd Rack A Roost Too?
Replies: 3
Views: 354

Re: Gemini Gourd Rack A Roost Too?

My Geminis are usually crammed full of purple martin fledglings during roosting time as the season is ending. Great horned owls usually end this roosting behavior and kill a number of the fledglings. This year we have not had owl issues during the roosting phase. Here is an older photo showing one o...
by Steve Kroenke
Sat Jul 20, 2019 9:25 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: The Season Is Ending For Our Two Purple Martin Colonies
Replies: 4
Views: 214

Re: The Season Is Ending For Our Two Purple Martin Colonies

Thank y'all for the nice comments! Bob and I really enjoy raising MANY purple martins and hope they will seed new colonies and expand existing ones. We also have five satellite martin colonies in northwest Louisiana and two are mainly managed by some helpers. These colonies also raise many martins. ...
by Steve Kroenke
Thu Jul 18, 2019 2:31 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: The Season Is Ending For Our Two Purple Martin Colonies
Replies: 4
Views: 214

The Season Is Ending For Our Two Purple Martin Colonies

The Season Is Ending For Our Two Purple Martin Colonies The 2019 purple martin season for our two colonies, mine and my neighbor Bob, in northwest Louisiana is ending. It has been a good year for the most part and probably between 1500 and 2000 martins have fledged so far with a few more to go befor...
by Steve Kroenke
Mon Jul 15, 2019 4:20 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Photo question: how to post
Replies: 10
Views: 402

Re: Photo question: how to post

John, No IT background here! I know just enough to get by at times and that doesn't always work out! I use Photobucket and that seems to work most of the time. In order to share photos using the "img" protocol, Photobucket now requires a paid subscription. So I pay a small amount each month. There i...
by Steve Kroenke
Sun Jul 14, 2019 9:43 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Early Morning Surprise In One Of My Net Traps
Replies: 8
Views: 561

Re: Early Morning Surprise In One Of My Net Traps

Brent, The number one terrestrial predator of purple martins in the Deep South, like Louisiana, is the rat snake. Many unprotected martin colonies are destroyed or harmed by rat snakes each year. So my predator guard is the net trap to prevent these predators from climbing the poles and eating the m...
by Steve Kroenke
Sun Jul 14, 2019 12:41 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Early Morning Surprise In One Of My Net Traps
Replies: 8
Views: 561

Early Morning Surprise In One Of My Net Traps

Early Morning Surprise In One Of My Net Traps This morning, July 14, 2019 I checked the bottoms of all my purple martin poles like I do every morning and saw the familiar shape of a rat snake hopelessly entangled in one of my net traps. Thank goodness for net traps! It was about a four foot long bla...
by Steve Kroenke
Sat Jul 13, 2019 7:16 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Several Thousand Purple Martins Roosting In And Around Our Two Colonies
Replies: 6
Views: 386

Re: Several Thousand Purple Martins Roosting In And Around Our Two Colonies

Gotham, We have MANY purple martins down here in northwest Louisiana! But we have hot humid weather! I have lived in the Deep South all my life and I can "sweat better than I can shake"! So if you think you can survive our summers, come on down! The number of martins roosting now around our two colo...
by Steve Kroenke
Sat Jul 06, 2019 9:23 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Several Thousand Purple Martins Roosting In And Around Our Two Colonies
Replies: 6
Views: 386

Re: Several Thousand Purple Martins Roosting In And Around Our Two Colonies

Conrad, I believe I saw some of your martins here tonight! They are all huddle together up in the top of the oak tree! Steve Mike, Thank you for such kind comments! I enjoy sharing my observations and photos with folks on the Forum. I provide my insights into martin behavior/biology and study nature...
by Steve Kroenke
Sat Jul 06, 2019 10:46 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Several Thousand Purple Martins Roosting In And Around Our Two Colonies
Replies: 6
Views: 386

Several Thousand Purple Martins Roosting In And Around Our Two Colonies

Several Thousand Purple Martins Roosting In And Around Our Two Colonies For the last few nights several thousand purple martins, particularly fledglings have been returning to our two colonies, mine and my neighbor Bob to roost. We usually have this phenomenon each season and great horned owls usual...
by Steve Kroenke
Wed Jul 03, 2019 7:53 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Purple Martin Update…July 1, 2019
Replies: 6
Views: 923

Re: Purple Martin Update…July 1, 2019

I have included two photos of how I stored my gourds one year. I actually bought a special metal building for that purpose. But as usual, when the gourds are out, other "things" start to appear in my building and now it has mainly "other things" in it! I will probably need to buy another building ju...
by Steve Kroenke
Tue Jul 02, 2019 4:57 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Purple Martin Update…July 1, 2019
Replies: 6
Views: 923

Re: Purple Martin Update…July 1, 2019

Donnie, Good to hear from you, too! So sorry your martin colony and your neighbor's site are down this year. Our weather in April and May was rather cool, wet and stormy at times but the martins pulled through. I didn't notice any weather related losses. When martins migrate farther north during adv...

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