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by KathyF
Sat Aug 26, 2017 10:10 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Purple Martins at Port Wilson Lighthouse, Port Townsend, Washington
Replies: 2
Views: 131

Purple Martins at Port Wilson Lighthouse, Port Townsend, Washington

I just returned from our vacation to Washington state, touring the lighthouses along the coast, whale watching, etc. While there, I was delighted to hear a familiar sound. I even ranked this sighting right up there with being able to see humpback whales and Orcas. How weird am I? http://kathyfreeze....
by KathyF
Sat Jul 01, 2017 12:59 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: An Interesting Perspective on Fledging in South Central Missouri
Replies: 3
Views: 191

An Interesting Perspective on Fledging in South Central Missouri

We have had such a great purple martin season! We have not spotted the Great Horned Owl on any of the cameras and there has not been any evidence of any nightly raids in 40 nights now! What has happened to my GHO - whether she's dead, or scared away by all the tricks I've used this year, she's found...
by KathyF
Sun Jun 25, 2017 4:07 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Season Two of the PMCA's Nest Cam is now live!
Replies: 82
Views: 4307

Re: Season Two of the PMCA's Nest Cam is now live!

How 'bout that fight that broke out in the nest when an intruder entered yesterday . . . maybe some of the pros can tell us newbies - was the intruder a female (as one commenter opines) or a young male PM (which fits with their reputation). No wonder it is so difficult to tell them apart . . . even...
by KathyF
Sat Jun 24, 2017 4:34 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Season Two of the PMCA's Nest Cam is now live!
Replies: 82
Views: 4307

Re: Season Two of the PMCA's Nest Cam is now live!

Love seeing actual footage of what happens on the nest! DAD is on the nest now, giving MOM a break! I AM SO LOVING THIS!
by KathyF
Sat Jun 24, 2017 4:20 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: I need sparrow advice
Replies: 21
Views: 780

Re: I need sparrow advice

Springerpanhead wrote: In case there is anyone wondering about some connection between my user name and springer airguns, there is none. Springerpanhead is a reference to my 1957 Harley chopper.


Hey, *I* knew that one! :lol:
by KathyF
Sat Jun 17, 2017 8:53 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Season Two of the PMCA's Nest Cam is now live!
Replies: 82
Views: 4307

Re: Season Two of the PMCA's Nest Cam is now live!

Neat! Looks like Dad is keeping watch at the opening tonight. Mom looks itchy, itchy. Yikes!
by KathyF
Sat Jun 17, 2017 10:40 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Calcium, calcium, calcium
Replies: 5
Views: 249

Re: Calcium, calcium, calcium

Hey everyone, Just an obvious reminder to the seasoned martin landlords, but especially to the newbie landlords to put out crushed egg shells and crushed oyster shells for the martins. I place my eggs and oyster shells on a raised platform for my martins. The calcium from the eggs and oyster shells...
by KathyF
Thu Jun 15, 2017 9:05 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: I need sparrow advice
Replies: 21
Views: 780

Re: I need sparrow advice

I can't get the "hold" on the springers right. :mrgreen: But I can nail a sparrow with my RWS 850 air rifle at 75 -100 also. And I can trap like a wild woman. 8) Oh - and don't laugh - that's 75 to 100 FEET :lol: Anything over that and the English House sparrow / starling is LOL'ing at me.
by KathyF
Thu Jun 15, 2017 8:59 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Feather ID
Replies: 4
Views: 220

Re: Feather ID

Hummingbird - there is a picture here that I just posted for someone else on the PMCA Facebook forum.
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https://www.facebook.com/groups/Prognes ... 451574096/[/url]
by KathyF
Thu Jun 15, 2017 8:57 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: When a Great Horned Owl attacks the Cage
Replies: 5
Views: 324

Re: When a Great Horned Owl attacks the Cage

Kathy, Thanks for posting the video. It is a real reminder of what goes on in the middle of the night. I have cages up on all my racks now and my worry level has went way down. I also have a camera system on my racks but haven't seen anything yet like you had. Thanks again for your help and insight...
by KathyF
Thu Jun 15, 2017 8:54 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: When a Great Horned Owl attacks the Cage
Replies: 5
Views: 324

Re: When a Great Horned Owl attacks the Cage

Hi Cathy, For those with an owl cage, it may be a good idea to add a solid floor below the cage because owls will and do enter from below. Hi Dave, I've been worried that she may figure that out some day, but so far, she hasn't. One of the concerns about adding any protection under the gourd rack i...
by KathyF
Wed Jun 14, 2017 9:14 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: When a Great Horned Owl attacks the Cage
Replies: 5
Views: 324

When a Great Horned Owl attacks the Cage

...in this case, she flies away, empty "handed". This was the last time for which I have video of the Great Horned Owl attacking my colony - back on 5/23. The cages won't STOP an attack, but they will PREVENT the owl from being as successful as she normally would, without the cages. One ma...
by KathyF
Wed Jun 14, 2017 5:53 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Colony Chatter Blog Post: Time to Peek Inside!
Replies: 0
Views: 180

Colony Chatter Blog Post: Time to Peek Inside!

The next post for the PMCA blog is up! The Purple martin nest is a mysterious mix of twigs, grass, some odds & ends and finally green leaves. Nest checks help us keep track of how the martins are doing and we can quickly identify any problems. Enjoy the next PMCA blog post here: [url] https://ww...
by KathyF
Wed Jun 07, 2017 7:00 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Trail Cams and Great Horned Owls
Replies: 4
Views: 235

Re: Trail Cams and Great Horned Owls

Here's what I use. I'll be back later with a link to the "all colony cam" and brand too (Foscam)

http://kathyfreeze.blogspot.com/2015/01 ... olony.html
by KathyF
Wed Jun 07, 2017 6:57 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Newbie gets a good Martin lesson
Replies: 3
Views: 193

Re: Newbie gets a good Martin lesson

:grin: :grin: :grin:

Awwww, good lesson for her!
by KathyF
Wed Jun 07, 2017 6:56 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: I have 2 pair now!
Replies: 28
Views: 1126

Re: I have 2 pair now!

WOW - congratulations, Sharon - so happy you never gave up! You are being rewarded for your persistence! You have been such a long time poster here, providing support to everyone that needed it and cheering them on. I'm soooo happy for you - you deserve this! Please keep us updated!
by KathyF
Wed Jun 07, 2017 6:54 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: The Message in a Little Yellow Band
Replies: 8
Views: 333

Re: The Message in a Little Yellow Band

Thank you, Sugarcreek - It's 11 years old now and it's just the right size for me to handle! I hope you have a great martin season! Matt - thank you! I was a bit 'absent' from it last year, but I'm feeling the 'bug' again to write and finding time for myself and my martins this year. Thanks - hope y...
by KathyF
Wed Jun 07, 2017 6:52 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: The Message in a Little Yellow Band
Replies: 8
Views: 333

Re: The Message in a Little Yellow Band

As I said on the blog post, it's nice to know that good things come from a devastating time. Seeing those martins prevail after a year with owl attacks and then return to your site is a special gift. Thank you for sharing your story. Thanks so much, Becky! It's nice to know there is hope and it's a...
by KathyF
Wed Jun 07, 2017 6:51 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: The Message in a Little Yellow Band
Replies: 8
Views: 333

Re: The Message in a Little Yellow Band

Kathy, Did you ever figure out what blew out your owl cage? John, The best we could figure out was it was the lightning storms we had and it must have been a stray bolt that went through the cage. I've never had the problem again. It was very weird, wasn't it? And what were the odds? Nevertheless, ...

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