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by Barbara - DT
Thu Apr 25, 2013 8:04 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Need re-haber in or near San Antonio, TX.
Replies: 4
Views: 1684

Nikkidodi, that is exactly where I took her. They were very nice and helpful. I just hope she wasn't one of mine!
by Barbara - DT
Thu Apr 25, 2013 9:12 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Need re-haber in or near San Antonio, TX.
Replies: 4
Views: 1684

Thank you! I am on my way!
by Barbara - DT
Wed Apr 24, 2013 10:27 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Need re-haber in or near San Antonio, TX.
Replies: 4
Views: 1684

Need re-haber in or near San Antonio, TX.

I believe I will need a rehab-er for an SY female that was saved from a hawk attack. A friend brought her to me when she saw the attack and was right there to save the PM. I think she may have an injured left wing, as it is drooping. She does have very good strength in her feet. I am not the best pe...
by Barbara - DT
Tue Apr 16, 2013 7:53 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Hoping for a good year!
Replies: 2
Views: 1202

Hoping for a good year!

I did my 1st nest check on March 27, had 14 nests in 20 cavities. We went on a 2 week road trip, got back yesterday. While we were gone, my son 'dispatched 4 sparrows, (YAY!). Did a nest check today and I am delighted! 20 cavities, 19 occupied and 38 eggs! 9 cavities have eggs, 10 have nests. We can...
by Barbara - DT
Sat Oct 20, 2012 6:31 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Should I try mentoring?
Replies: 7
Views: 2565

Thanks, everyone, for the input. I am going to go ahead and give it a try. I am no expert, but have the basics, always try to do things 'by the book' and a VERY GOOD support group with the Forum!
Flyin-Lowe...........I am a member of the HOA board, and believe me, we use the term lightly! :lol:
by Barbara - DT
Sat Oct 13, 2012 9:15 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Should I try mentoring?
Replies: 7
Views: 2565

Thanks, John! I guess I just needed a little encouragement. Good point on sparrow control. I will get started on how I want to go about it. The nest check idea is great!
by Barbara - DT
Thu Oct 11, 2012 10:48 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Should I try mentoring?
Replies: 7
Views: 2565

Should I try mentoring?

I live in the country, in a 'mini ranch' community. I have finally had what I consider 'big' success being a landlord(2012-14 pair,44babies!). I have had people come by to look at 'my' birds and houses and to ask questions. Some say, "I am going to put up a house next year". While I think this is a ...
by Barbara - DT
Thu Oct 11, 2012 10:19 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Poor ladies martin rack. LOL
Replies: 2
Views: 1637

Nice! That is a very clever rack! Wish I lived in your area, it's beautiful!
by Barbara - DT
Thu Oct 11, 2012 10:14 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Waves of travelers!
Replies: 3
Views: 1889

DakotaLady,
I still don't know where the roost was, but according to the watch list, there is/was one in Rio Medina, not too far from me. Again today, all day long, they were overhead. Especially in the A.M.
Louis - keep an eye out. It looks like they are heading for Corpus! :lol:
by Barbara - DT
Wed Oct 10, 2012 11:19 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Waves of travelers!
Replies: 3
Views: 1889

Waves of travelers!

I just got home from a funeral this morning, heard a familiar sound and looked up. There were dozens! of PM's overhead! There must have been a roost in the area, (Medina County) that decided today was the day. Could it be a co-incidence that they started at the same time of the butterfly migration? ...
by Barbara - DT
Thu Jun 21, 2012 4:07 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Question about songs.
Replies: 2
Views: 1007

Question about songs.

I seem to be nearing the end of my year, with only 2 nestlings left, but ready to fledge. It was, IMO, a successful year, with 15 pair, 55 eggs, 39 young and from those all but 2(found dead), fledged. I am enjoying about 70+ birds all day, every day hanging out. What I have noticed, however, is the ...
by Barbara - DT
Sun May 13, 2012 7:08 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Disappointing nest check
Replies: 1
Views: 985

Disappointing nest check

My last nest check on the 9th had 29 eggs and 22 young. Today, (after watching my birds being upset about HOSPs :evil: ), I did a check and found I had lost 9! eggs between 2 cavities. :cry: One porch was covered with yolks, the other had a lot of blood. Needless to say, I was devastated. I have bee...
by Barbara - DT
Wed May 09, 2012 6:01 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: New predator in neighborhood.
Replies: 12
Views: 5744

IMO - It seems to me that feeding the runners would encourage them to stay. As much as I like them, I really don't want them hanging around looking for a hand-out. :?:
by Barbara - DT
Wed May 09, 2012 3:39 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: New predator in neighborhood.
Replies: 12
Views: 5744

I don't know about roadrunners getting the martin babies, but they sure are 'heck' on my hummingbirds. I have seen runners get 2 hummers and eat them :twisted: . I keep a water hose with a sweeper nozzle on it handy to chase the runners with.
by Barbara - DT
Tue May 01, 2012 7:45 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: (almost)Full House!
Replies: 2
Views: 970

Laverne, thanks. I did the nest trap thing, exactly as you describe, but the wind kicked up and tripped the trap, the HOSP couldn't get in to it's eggs and had a fit of rage. I lost one PM egg before I could fix it. We have had so much wind lately, the trap won't do the trick. But as I said, any HOS...
by Barbara - DT
Tue May 01, 2012 5:57 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: (almost)Full House!
Replies: 2
Views: 970

(almost)Full House!

Did a nest check on the 26th, had 7 pair with 30 eggs and 5 babies. Did a nest check yesterday, had 8 pair with 23 eggs and 18 babies! (I lost 1 egg to HOSP nest rage). There is an additional 6 pair building like crazy! That's 14 pair in available 20 cavities. 2 of the cavities are still occupied by...
by Barbara - DT
Thu Apr 26, 2012 5:45 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Babies in Natalia, TX!
Replies: 3
Views: 977

Babies in Natalia, TX!

Did a nest check today.........found 5 babies!! (Happy dance!!). I wasn't too far off on my reckoning,I had 1st hatch for the 28th. Also have 30 eggs in 6 cavities, green leaf in 2 and nests in 3 cavities. This is a huge growth from last year when I had a total of 2 pair, (now 11 pair!). Unfortunate...
by Barbara - DT
Thu Apr 19, 2012 12:58 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: What should I do???
Replies: 18
Views: 3435

Thanks, again, everyone! Joe, love the prank idea of chalk or marbles!

TEAMWORK............best concept ever!
by Barbara - DT
Thu Apr 19, 2012 11:24 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: What should I do???
Replies: 18
Views: 3435

Thanks, everyone! I'm going to give it a go, staple to the outside. What are thoughts of putting some of the nest and the eggs in the trap?
by Barbara - DT
Thu Apr 19, 2012 10:13 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: What should I do???
Replies: 18
Views: 3435

Emil, thanks. I was thinking staple gun to the inside?