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by KathyF
Sun Apr 15, 2018 2:20 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Hawk attack
Replies: 30
Views: 1218

Re: Hawk attack

I've been going through the same thing for a month . Like clock work the hawk would come in just before dark. The martins would'nt even see the hawk most times . My loud clapping would disrupt the hawk attacks . I did loose one bird when my pet chicken distracted me one evening . I have since used ...
by KathyF
Sat Apr 14, 2018 12:25 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Hawk attack
Replies: 30
Views: 1218

Re: Hawk attack

Excellent post, Trio House fanatic. :wink:
by KathyF
Sat Apr 14, 2018 7:53 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Hawk attack
Replies: 30
Views: 1218

Re: Hawk attack

Setup a couple of bird feeders on either side of your gourd rack, put up some decoys and as Larry mentioned cages protect them when they're sitting on porches.
Check out my latest blog post for how I setup these things too.
by KathyF
Fri Apr 13, 2018 10:28 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Missouri Sunsets, Spring and Purple Martins-over 100 here now
Replies: 1
Views: 118

Missouri Sunsets, Spring and Purple Martins-over 100 here now

I now have more than 20 'winged orcas' (a very appropriate description for my tree swallows - thanks, Trudy Adams) providing sentry duty and watching for hawks here in south central Missouri. Since the weather has warmed, I've been trying to get a rough idea of how many martins have arrived and righ...
by KathyF
Fri Apr 13, 2018 10:27 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: SUBBIES ARRIVE IN NEW CONCORD,OHIO RAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH
Replies: 15
Views: 384

Re: SUBBIES ARRIVE IN NEW CONCORD,OHIO RAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH

there are a bunch of adults with the subbies this year that is different I need to get my binoculars and scan my colony. I thought I saw a sub-adult last night, but I dismissed it as the sun was setting and I thought the low light was playing tricks on me. That would explain why they were so loud l...
by KathyF
Fri Apr 13, 2018 8:23 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: SUBBIES ARRIVE IN NEW CONCORD,OHIO RAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH
Replies: 15
Views: 384

Re: SUBBIES ARRIVE IN NEW CONCORD,OHIO RAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH

Dick....."150 subbies"? Hmmmm.... :shock: Are you sure? Have you seen a male subbie doing the male mating call (with the clicking at the end?). I haven't seen any sub-adults here, but maybe I should go look again.
by KathyF
Sat Apr 07, 2018 5:07 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Can hawks make purple martins shun a house they used for years?
Replies: 22
Views: 982

Re: Can hawks make purple martins shun a house they used for years?

I always get a little ticked when I drive by someone's place and see a martin house pole's without predator guards on it !! Snakes and predators do their dirty work after dark so be assured you're losing eggs and birds. I learned this as a kid living on a farm snakes would eat all our chickens egg'...
by KathyF
Thu Apr 05, 2018 8:16 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: I’m having a sleep over tonight!
Replies: 6
Views: 205

Re: I’m having a sleep over tonight!

Yeehaw, indeed!!! Congratulations! Blankets & wine!
by KathyF
Thu Apr 05, 2018 12:19 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Hypothetical on returning Martins
Replies: 26
Views: 1070

Re: Hypothetical on returning Martins

here's a thought on that. i read somewhere (forum or in the book, "a purple martin journey") that according to banding studies, most martins change mates regularly. most animal species exhibiting sexual dimorphism (males looking different than females) will not mate for life. each year th...
by KathyF
Tue Apr 03, 2018 4:47 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Can hawks make purple martins shun a house they used for years?
Replies: 22
Views: 982

Re: Can hawks make purple martins shun a house they used for years?

@Matt, I'm pretty sure they send it out in the newsletter too..... :lol: :lol:
by KathyF
Tue Apr 03, 2018 3:03 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Of 12 years hosting, this is only 2nd year with big arrivals this early in MO
Replies: 22
Views: 858

Re: Of 12 years hosting, this is only 2nd year with big arrivals this early in MO

Hi Kathty,i was wondering if you had any idea the number of birds you had last year at this time? Hey Lynn, Last year - 25-30 around the same timeframe.. I pulled out all my logs and listed my whole 12 year running history here, because I was curious about the same thing. http://kathyfreeze.blogspo...
by KathyF
Tue Apr 03, 2018 11:51 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Of 12 years hosting, this is only 2nd year with big arrivals this early in MO
Replies: 22
Views: 858

Re: Of 12 years hosting, this is only 2nd year with big arrivals this early in MO

We have hit 70 degrees here today and it's not even noon yet! Woohooo!!! A day off from flipping!
by KathyF
Mon Apr 02, 2018 5:18 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Of 12 years hosting, this is only 2nd year with big arrivals this early in MO
Replies: 22
Views: 858

Re: Of 12 years hosting, this is only 2nd year with big arrivals this early in MO

Kathy, It would be my guess, you guys down there in Missouri are seeing a little bit of a traffic jamb starting to form. Because it is not very hospitable up here in Iowa yet. Dave Dave, from the way things looked today, I wasn't sure. Then, I went out to flip crickets and feed and I was a bit over...
by KathyF
Sun Apr 01, 2018 5:16 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Troyer's Book: Recommendations for Attracting PMs
Replies: 4
Views: 272

Re: Troyer's Book: Recommendations for Attracting PMs

Sarah, I've blogged about how to choose the best housing for your own neighborhood. Take a look at what my sister experienced.

http://kathyfreeze.blogspot.com/2014/05 ... urple.html
by KathyF
Sun Apr 01, 2018 9:16 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Of 12 years hosting, this is only 2nd year with big arrivals this early in MO
Replies: 22
Views: 858

Re: Of 12 years hosting, this is only 2nd year with big arrivals this early in MO

One thing I wondered about when you said that you thought most of the 35 birds were probably there last year because of the way they navigated the cages was. Don't believe the return rate to the same colony is very high. Meaning perhaps only half the birds might have been there last year. What woul...
by KathyF
Sat Mar 31, 2018 4:38 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Admiring the Martins.
Replies: 10
Views: 560

Re: Admiring the Martins.

Nikki, it's great that you have them trained to eat out of the tray - so much better for energy conservation for them! Hang in there....
by KathyF
Sat Mar 31, 2018 4:20 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Snow for Sunday :(
Replies: 4
Views: 264

Re: Snow for Sunday :(

Please pray for our 4 Martins that they will make it Sunday as we are supposed to get 2 to 3 inches of snow for Sunday. We will have to feed them i'm sure, just hope they will stay warm together. This weather is really crappy. I wish it would get better for the Martins. Anyone else in Missouri prep...
by KathyF
Fri Mar 30, 2018 9:47 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Of 12 years hosting, this is only 2nd year with big arrivals this early in MO
Replies: 22
Views: 858

Re: Of 12 years hosting, this is only 2nd year with big arrivals this early in MO

Wow Kathy- cool! Do you have any close-up shots of the cages? I'd like to see how they are constructed and attached. Hi Lizzie, yes, as a matter of fact. I tried to put as much detail as possible in these blogposts. Let me know if you have questions after checking them out. Here's the link to the o...
by KathyF
Fri Mar 30, 2018 8:30 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Can hawks make purple martins shun a house they used for years?
Replies: 22
Views: 982

Re: Can hawks make purple martins shun a house they used for years?

For the past several years, I have had purple martins fill a 12-unit purple martin house I have on the top of a fifteen-foot pole in my back yard in Houston. And I always battled English sparrows. But once in the summer of 2015 and once again in the summer of 2016, I happened to look up and see a h...
by KathyF
Fri Mar 30, 2018 7:40 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Wish this rain would go away!
Replies: 1
Views: 113

Re: Wish this rain would go away!

Nikki - it's supposed to be sunny and 56 deg. here today! I'm hoping it doesn't get too bad next week. I have 35+ martins here, so it's hard to keep up with the feeding! Are your martins trained yet to feed from a tray?

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