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by bwenger
Fri Jul 24, 2015 8:51 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Help! Jumpers
Replies: 9
Views: 2181

Some more tips. I found a bucket that was about a 7 or 8 gallon bucket, it's about 4-5 inches taller than a 5 gallon bucket. It works great for the young, even if they are 28-30 days old. The bucket is high enough that they can't jump or fly out of it. Another thing, take a foam pool noodle, or a pi...
by bwenger
Fri Jul 24, 2015 8:39 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Help! Jumpers
Replies: 9
Views: 2181

Hi Jerry, Here are some ideas for your jumpers! Jumpers. These are birds that jump from the nest at this time of the year and it could be caused from several things. A lack of food from the parents, dirty nests that could have parasites in them, or some physical issue that is keeping them from flyin...
by bwenger
Thu Jul 09, 2015 11:16 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Air dancers!
Replies: 11
Views: 2888

Air Dancers!

I know that Andrew Troyer has been using one but it's difficult to say if it has been helping or not!

You would have to be outside at the exact time of a hawk fly over or an attack to see how they would react.

I am not sure if they use it at night or not.

Bill
by bwenger
Wed Jul 08, 2015 9:41 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Bird netting for snake guard
Replies: 10
Views: 3281

I believe some people use heavy duty electrical wire, like 6 or 8 gauge. It may even be larger than that. They twist it around the pole and then have it come out away from the pole for 5-6 inches and then have it bent in an upward direction. The bird netting then gets placed on that wiring.

Bill
by bwenger
Wed Jul 08, 2015 9:21 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Success Story in Delaware
Replies: 5
Views: 1423

Carlton, congratulations on what sounds like a great year!

You have really been a great advocate for martins in both Delaware and Florida.

Keep it up.

Bill
by bwenger
Sun Jul 05, 2015 8:48 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: The season ends...
Replies: 7
Views: 2798

Looks great Craig.

Hope next year is even better for you!

Bill
by bwenger
Wed Jul 01, 2015 10:17 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: After Trying for 15 Years - Finally Two Nesting Pairs!
Replies: 28
Views: 15749

Congratulations Daryl,

Nice looking site. I am curious, are the birds nesting in the front of the house or in the back, and are they in the same houses?

Bill
by bwenger
Tue Jun 30, 2015 9:15 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Chick with head wound photo
Replies: 4
Views: 1787

Hi Toy,

You sure have your hands full this year! Things can't get much worse, so hopefully it all starts getting better for you.

It appears that the weather will improve, that should help.

Bill
by bwenger
Mon Jun 29, 2015 8:14 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Weather taking heavy toll on Western PA colonies.
Replies: 4
Views: 995

More reports of dead young in northwestern PA

Hi Doug and Toy, I am getting more reports of dead young in northwestern PA. One site, just started last year, lost all 15 young that had hatched so far. Another site, had 35 young on Friday and it now only has 12 left alive. There are numbers of other sites that are having the same losses. It's rea...
by bwenger
Fri Jun 19, 2015 9:01 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Dehydrated Chicks...again....& new nest
Replies: 7
Views: 1742

Toy, Your efforts are increasing the purple martin numbers around your area, albeit a slow process. Great effort on monitoring your colony and helping your birds out. You are one of the better landlords out there! Hope you have a good turnout and a great day tomorrow spreading the word about martins...
by bwenger
Thu Jun 18, 2015 10:00 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Bird flu?
Replies: 2
Views: 1534

I have not heard much about any bird flu that humans could attract from purple martins, but if you feel the need to wear those protective garments, it will not hurt. I hope that everything is ok in your nests, since it has been raining a lot. Let us know how you make out with the nest checks? Thanks...
by bwenger
Thu Jun 18, 2015 3:59 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Help...Did they lay the eggs wrong!? New Colony...
Replies: 5
Views: 1525

Thais, Congratulations on your new colony as well! We need to get more quality landlords in the northeast to start new colonies and take care of them. Earlier in the spring, we heard about higher than expected numbers of ASY birds returning, so that was great to hear! Hopefully the trend in martins ...
by bwenger
Thu Jun 18, 2015 10:05 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Help...Did they lay the eggs wrong!? New Colony...
Replies: 5
Views: 1525

Andy, My opinion would be to check the box now and see if she laid a fifth egg, and if she did move all of the eggs into that nest. I am assuming that you only have one pair flying around your colony, and that there is no chance that you have multiple pairs nesting. See what other people think, sinc...
by bwenger
Tue Jun 16, 2015 8:52 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Late Season Egg Laying
Replies: 3
Views: 1178

Congratulations Toy,

Hope some of these new birds will nest for you and extend your season, as well as making it your best year yet.

Hoping for the best for you.

Bill
by bwenger
Sun Jun 14, 2015 7:28 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: "Check out this Trio Castle"
Replies: 4
Views: 1759

The housing looks good. Nice picture.

Good luck,

Bill
by bwenger
Sun Jun 14, 2015 7:25 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Quarry Nest Check Today
Replies: 6
Views: 1399

Hi Tim, Definitely don't get stressed out over this. Many people don't even have access to checking their nests, so they let martins do their thing! The one thing that really benefits the colony and other close by colonies is by monitoring and managing a colony can help increase the fledge count by ...
by bwenger
Sun Jun 14, 2015 5:30 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: geneva ohio
Replies: 2
Views: 1083

Hi Jim, Those numbers are good! Hope you are having a good year up there on the lake. I imagine that you are getting the same storms that are affecting northwest PA as well. I have heard of some wet nests, so that may be something to watch out for. Fortunately the temperatures have been warm, so hyp...
by bwenger
Sun Jun 14, 2015 5:24 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Quarry Nest Check Today
Replies: 6
Views: 1399

Public Sites

Hi Tim, Glad that you are helping out the martin population and trying to interest the public as well. If you want, send me an email to the address below and I can start sharing the information that we send out for the Lakeland Area Purple Martin Association. Hope you get more pairs to nest this yea...
by bwenger
Sun Jun 14, 2015 5:01 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: nest check
Replies: 5
Views: 1121

Try to eliminate those house sparrows

Joe, Be careful with the house sparrow nests. The male house sparrow is well known for taking his frustrations out on martin eggs when you destroy his eggs or block off his cavities. They are a non native species and you can eliminate them. The best thing that you can do is try to trap or shoot the ...
by bwenger
Sun Jun 14, 2015 4:52 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Had an awesome group visit my site
Replies: 8
Views: 1774

Good job Ray,

That is a way to get some future landlords.

Bill in PA