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by mwren
Fri Jan 15, 2021 11:30 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: First Arrival
Replies: 12
Views: 315

Re: First Arrival

Having these early arrivals in Florida is exciting to hear, but as Dave Duit has noted in his reply, the early arrivals down south seem to be a warning to landlords up north to not be surprised when our birds are a week to two weeks early also. This "early arrival" up north like we had last year in ...
by mwren
Thu Jan 14, 2021 8:53 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: First Arrival
Replies: 12
Views: 315

Re: First Arrival

Cary,
It is certainly a wake up call for all of us up north who are still in the cold grasp of winter to see reports of martins showing up already in Florida! Keep on the watch for more arrivals!

"Bird"
by mwren
Wed Jan 13, 2021 12:10 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: The 2020 Martin Season has begun!
Replies: 9
Views: 9549

Re: The 2020 Martin Season has begun!

Once again I have waited until winter to get my martin housing cleaned up and ready to go for this spring! It sure is cold with this power washer going!!

Have a great season!

"Bird"
by mwren
Tue Aug 04, 2020 9:18 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: THOUGHTS ABOUT ROOSTS & FALL MIGRATION==TX
Replies: 11
Views: 2503

Re: THOUGHTS ABOUT ROOSTS & FALL MIGRATION==TX

Bill, and John, Great information on pre-migration activity, and review of the very interesting GPS tagging in recent years. Ever since I have been interested in purple martins, I have felt that pre-migration and migration information may be the least information available and least known time in th...
by mwren
Thu Jul 23, 2020 12:15 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Did the 97-98 degree temps. cause babies death
Replies: 4
Views: 908

Re: Did the 97-98 degree temps. cause babies death

Your first theory or guess about the cause of death could very well be what happened. What type of gourds? Are the gourds vented in any manner? Was their nesting material in the gourd to keep the young from contact with the walls or floor of the plastic gourds? Did you notice the presence of parasit...
by mwren
Fri May 29, 2020 8:47 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Spring Losses !!
Replies: 6
Views: 864

Re: Spring Losses !!

Bill, That is great that you finally had success with supplemental feeding. It took me awhile to "teach" my birds to understand "flipping" also. I have had a great time over the years helping the birds make it through difficult times in the spring. I have had so much fun flipping, that I am probably...
by mwren
Wed May 27, 2020 9:33 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Spring Losses !!
Replies: 6
Views: 864

Re: Spring Losses !!

Bill, I am with you on the theory that most of the birds lost in the Ohio Valley and heading northeast into Pa. were probably ASY male birds. This is the first spring that I had to deal with considerable death of adult birds due to Hypothermia/Starvation. I found 7 birds dead in nest cavities. I did...
by mwren
Thu May 21, 2020 6:56 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Weather
Replies: 7
Views: 917

Re: Weather

When weather throws the purple martins a serious curveball like we have been dealing with this spring, supplemental feeding via "flipping" can be a colony saver. Extremely low temperatures and consistent rain confront our martins with two fatal battles...starvation and hypothermia. In my opinion, le...
by mwren
Thu May 21, 2020 6:52 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Weather
Replies: 7
Views: 917

Re: Weather

When weather throws the purple martins a serious curveball like we have been dealing with this spring, supplemental feeding via "flipping" can be a colony saver. Extremely low temperatures and consistent rain confront our martins with two fatal battles...starvation and hypothermia. In my opinion, le...
by mwren
Sat May 16, 2020 9:47 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Bluebird problem
Replies: 4
Views: 656

Re: Bluebird problem

mifog,
Very good advice.
by mwren
Sat May 16, 2020 9:41 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Identify nest
Replies: 7
Views: 824

Re: Identify nest

Firefighter, The picture you posted of the nest in your gourd is definitely not a martin nest. When you say that you watched 2 martins take heavy straw material into the gourd for a long period of time, I would guess that those black birds you saw building a nest with that heavy of material were mos...
by mwren
Sat May 16, 2020 9:22 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: We had 30 martins, now have 3
Replies: 11
Views: 1369

Re: We had 30 martins, now have 3

All is not lost if you have 3 birds still alive. SY birds are still heading this way. This spring has been the most devastating I have had to deal with since I started my colony. This is the first spring that I had to remove dead ASY martins from their nest cavities on consecutive days. The weather ...
by mwren
Tue May 12, 2020 8:52 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Cold/Cool weather questions.
Replies: 30
Views: 3032

Re: Cold/Cool weather questions.

Ed, I can't imagine dealing with the temps you guys have in Minn., and Wis. et al !! I am struggling with cold and wet weather that has been in the high twenties on and off for the last 3 weeks. I have been flipping Mealies and crickets to save as many martins as I can, but my flipping sessions are ...
by mwren
Mon May 11, 2020 8:40 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Southern landlords, check your nests ASAP!
Replies: 22
Views: 2456

Re: Southern landlords, check your nests ASAP!

Brad, So sorry to hear about the loss of your chicks. Terrible. We are much farther north, many birds have returned, mostly ASY birds have made it back to my colony. Due to terrible spring weather here, our birds have not shown any nesting activities yet. They are struggling to regain some sort of c...
by mwren
Sun May 10, 2020 9:52 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Even the best efforts in supplement feeding are not enough
Replies: 3
Views: 566

Re: Even the best efforts in supplement feeding are not enough

Dave, It is not a good day when you find a bird in one of your towers that did not survive this terrible cold, wet weather. It is the worst when you are doing all that you can to provide supplemental feeding to try to help your birds survive these conditions. I am fighting the same battle that you a...
by mwren
Wed Apr 01, 2020 8:26 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: How do I discourage Starlings
Replies: 50
Views: 4998

Re: How do I discourage Starlings

alaningeorgetown, You have gotten the basics of Starling control from some very successful landlords who posted ahead of me. As you have seen, it all starts with STREH entrances to your nesting cavities. Next is removal of the problem with traps that fit in housing along with target practice using a...
by mwren
Fri Mar 20, 2020 8:59 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: COVID-19
Replies: 3
Views: 1242

Re: COVID-19

Amen !
by mwren
Fri Mar 20, 2020 9:47 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Loiuisian 17 miles North Lake Charles
Replies: 3
Views: 1052

Re: Loiuisian 17 miles North Lake Charles

Good offerings for those picky martins! Maybe they are Tiger fans...offer Joe Burreaux autographs!

"Bird"
by mwren
Tue Mar 17, 2020 3:28 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Back in time for cool weather!
Replies: 3
Views: 658

Re: Back in time for cool weather!

John, Glad to hear that your new colony is up and running down in Florida! My birds are not back yet, but we are expecting them anyday. Thanks to your generosity when you left Ohio, we have spread the equipment you passed down to create 3 new colonies in this area. I will let you know how things go ...
by mwren
Sun Mar 15, 2020 9:48 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Owls Guards
Replies: 1
Views: 342

Re: Owls Guards

keckbird, Very interesting question. Over the years, landlords across the country have experimented with a number of different types of "owl guards" to protect their housing, gourds and "apartment housing types". Most of these attempts are different designs of metal rods shaped around the cavity ope...