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by bwenger
Sun Jun 14, 2015 4:50 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: More SY's arriving in PA
Replies: 5
Views: 1601

PMCA Informational Pamplet

Hi Andy, I am not sure if you are working or not, but if one of them is taking green leaves into the housing that is a good sign. If someone is not always there, could they have been around more than you know, or are you retired and spend a good bit of time watching for them. If you need any literat...
by bwenger
Sat Jun 13, 2015 11:38 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Quarry Nest Check Today
Replies: 6
Views: 1415

Tim,

Hope your birds start nesting for you! Those SY birds seem to poke around for a while before getting serious.

I believe you're the Tim that I met in Jamesport last weend, is that correct?

Take care,
by bwenger
Wed Jun 10, 2015 5:51 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Lost another Female :(
Replies: 4
Views: 974

Toy,

Sorry to hear about the loss of your female. There are not enough of them to go around.

I noticed in an earlier post that you have more birds this year than before, that's great to hear. We need to keep growing the purple martin population!

Take care,

Bill
by bwenger
Mon Jun 08, 2015 9:52 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Muddied up housing
Replies: 5
Views: 1361

Hi Ryan, Great looking housing and locations as well. I know now why the lack of martins in your area. You must be way up north! Also, they do like those individual chalets, even thought of building a couple for my site here to see if that would start a colony for me. Keep trying, and hopefully some...
by bwenger
Mon Jun 08, 2015 8:29 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Muddied up housing
Replies: 5
Views: 1361

I do see that you have the chalets, but you may want to try some gourds. Have you checked the scout report to see where the closest active martin colony is to you! Also, you could possibly contact the Ontario Purple Martin Association and see if there are any members around you that could advise you...
by bwenger
Mon Jun 08, 2015 8:18 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Muddied up housing
Replies: 5
Views: 1361

Ryan, I don't have any pictures, but just take some mud and start smearing it around the entrances and you can put it inside as well. In the trays and on the walls as well. You don't mention whether or not you are using the daytime chatter or the dawnsong. Playing those will really pull birds down f...
by bwenger
Mon Jun 08, 2015 8:07 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: New SY's arriving June 5 in PA
Replies: 8
Views: 2267

Dan and BK, BK, that's great to hear that you have another pair nesting. One of these years your site will expand by multiple pairs, and I know that you make you happy! Dan, you SY male still has a chance to get a female, so let's hope that he can find her and bring her home to you! Not sure if you ...
by bwenger
Sun Jun 07, 2015 4:32 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: New SY's arriving June 5 in PA
Replies: 8
Views: 2267

Hello everyone.

Some SY birds are showing up in northwestern PA as well. I had a pair visiting yesterday as well as today.

Hopefully they will keep coming back.

Bill
by bwenger
Tue Jun 02, 2015 2:36 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: I dream of Martin's
Replies: 10
Views: 2064

Nest Checks

Hi Roy, congratulations on becoming a landlord again. Even though the birds fussed over you checking the nests, it would be in their best interest for you to continue doing nest checks every 4-6 days. Without doing the nest checks, you are not sure if parasites, mites and blowflies could start to in...
by bwenger
Mon Jun 01, 2015 9:17 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Dawnsong works and so do PCP pellet rifles
Replies: 4
Views: 1128

Gene, welcome to the Forum. Hope some of these visiting birds start to nest at your colony! It sounds like you are doing everything right, especially in the reduction of house sparrows and starlings. It will just be a matter of time before you get some nesting martins. Good luck and let us know how ...
by bwenger
Mon Jun 01, 2015 3:23 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: I dream of Martin's
Replies: 10
Views: 2064

Roy, This is great to hear! I am sure that everyone on the Forum is happy for you, since we all know the enjoyment that Purple Martins can bring to their landlords. I guess they can show up when we least expect it. I am away from my site for several days, then on vacation at the end of next week, so...
by bwenger
Mon Jun 01, 2015 2:46 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: PMCA's info booklet
Replies: 18
Views: 12729

These Informational Pamphlets are great. I have mailed out over a hundred and some to landlords in PA, mostly Amish in the eastern part of the state. One thing that is nice, is that I can attach a business card to the Informational Pamphlet, as well as adding a single 8.5 x 11.5 sheet of paper with ...
by bwenger
Mon Jun 01, 2015 2:18 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Show Goes On
Replies: 5
Views: 1411

Great to hear from you Delma,

Each year should keep getting better for you!

Wishing you the best!

Bill
by bwenger
Mon Jun 01, 2015 2:16 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: What a Great Year
Replies: 6
Views: 2841

James, this is great! As we have followed your posts over the years, all the years of frustrations and waiting till the next year, your colony is surely taking off. It seems that there are so many wannabe landlords out there that just need to get a pair or two of martins to nest for the first time a...
by bwenger
Sun May 31, 2015 11:32 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: PM's found T-14 but not staying
Replies: 5
Views: 1294

Hi Gary, From what I have been hearing from different landlords, we should be seeing more SY birds arriving in western PA in the next several days to a week or so. I was fortunate to get some pairs this year to a T14 and gourds outside of Carnegie, PA, the western side of Pittsburgh in Allegheny Cou...
by bwenger
Fri May 29, 2015 1:37 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Nest Check in Northwest Pennsylvania
Replies: 9
Views: 1882

First martins of the year are hatching

I did another nest check today since I'll be gone for a couple of days and found it was hatching day for some young in a gourd at the Pymatuning Learning Center. Three of the 6 eggs had hatched earlier today. Egg laying seems like it just started, now we have the hatching beginning. It is going to b...
by bwenger
Fri May 29, 2015 1:26 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: SY's still arriving...& to everyone...
Replies: 12
Views: 3490

Thanks Dan, This year I have a total of 37 cavities and gourds closed off. Other years it has been less, but I have done it since 2008 or 2009. I manage the one colony for the Game Commission, it's on Swamp Road, and it has a T14 with 4 gourds beneath it and a 12 gourd rack. Last year was the first ...
by bwenger
Thu May 28, 2015 10:45 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Conley II entrances and porches
Replies: 4
Views: 1815

Hi Mitch,

I believe they use the Excluder name for the Conley II entrance. I'll try and double check on that one.

Hope you have a great year!

Bill
by bwenger
Thu May 28, 2015 10:38 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: SY's still arriving...& to everyone...
Replies: 12
Views: 3490

Toy, congratulations on the start of a good year for you! Hopefully this year your site can jump in size! I am also hearing that SY birds are coming into PA in larger numbers now, so for anyone trying to start a colony, make sure you keep your housing free of any other nesting birds. Joe, getting so...
by bwenger
Thu May 28, 2015 10:09 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Nest Check in Northwest Pennsylvania
Replies: 9
Views: 1882

Thanks everyone for your thoughts. Dan, I hope you start seeing more birds here in the next couple of days. I am hearing reports of SY martins showing up in more numbers recently. I have had a SY male here at my personal colony since Saturday and he has yet to find a female that will stay with him. ...