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by mwren
Mon Mar 11, 2019 7:30 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Starling house distance from PM house?
Replies: 10
Views: 3045

Re: Starling house distance from PM house?

betaflame, Bad idea for sure. Starlings are the ultimate big time bully of the skys. They will not only kill purple martins, but they will challenge and win against every other cavityty nesting bird you can think of. Help your martin colony, don't do anything to help the starling. Look around and wa...
by mwren
Thu Mar 07, 2019 7:53 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Martins pair for season... or life?
Replies: 17
Views: 10039

Re: Martins pair for season... or life?

The martins select a new mate each season. DNA testing has also shown that all eggs, and babies in a clutch need not be from the same pairing.
Both males and females are known to take advantage of breeding opportunities presented in "colony life'.
by mwren
Wed Mar 06, 2019 11:41 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: NO OIL when preparing scrambled eggs for supplement feeding
Replies: 6
Views: 3414

Re: NO OIL when preparing scrambled eggs for supplement feeding

Dave, Thanks for the tip on the "no oil" in the scrambled eggs. I have been using the microwave method also. My problem is that the only birds that seem to take interest in my bed & breakfeast trays are some sparrows or starlings! Good for target practice though. I plan to continue to try to interes...
by mwren
Sat Mar 02, 2019 9:30 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Upper mid-west facing two cold weeks
Replies: 3
Views: 2886

Upper mid-west facing two cold weeks

Here in the Ohio River Valley, southeastern Ohio, we are hoping that our birds have been checking the weather reports and will be smart enough to stay south for at least ten days to two weeks. Those weather reports do not look good for our martins if they continue to travel north and "out-fly" the i...
by mwren
Fri Feb 08, 2019 10:07 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Making a new PM house more inviting - odors?
Replies: 12
Views: 3201

Re: Making a new PM house more inviting - odors?

Dave,
I should get the mem stick today if you mailed it Wed. Will be watching for it. You should be getting an envelope from me also. Thanks again for your help.

Bird
by mwren
Thu Feb 07, 2019 5:10 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Making a new PM house more inviting - odors?
Replies: 12
Views: 3201

Re: Making a new PM house more inviting - odors?

Birdguy, My first thought about "re-using" last seasons nesting material aligns with Dave's concerns about mites. I was recently doing some "late" cleaning of gourds from one of my racks. I came across some sign of Blow flys. As I looked closer, I actually found some flys that were still alive in a ...
by mwren
Tue Jan 15, 2019 4:36 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Martin colony near Stockport, Ohio
Replies: 3
Views: 2120

Re: Martin colony near Stockport, Ohio

PMdavid, I am doing better with the predator issues since installing hawk/owl guards to make it more difficult for the hawks and owls to get at my cavity entrances. The "Sharpies" and the Coopers hawks have not completely given up as I have witnessed many attacks over the years. Hawks and owls were ...
by mwren
Tue Jan 15, 2019 4:24 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Pine needles, cedar wood shavings or hay??
Replies: 14
Views: 4659

Re: Pine needles, cedar wood shavings or hay??

Jerry, I am in agreement with what you have heard from a couple of other Landlords and am happy with pine needles from white pines. I have tried the others that you mentioned, and I found the cedar shavings seemed to hold the moisture too much, as well as the hay. The pine needles seem to shed the m...
by mwren
Mon Jan 14, 2019 6:11 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Martin colony near Stockport, Ohio
Replies: 3
Views: 2120

Martin colony near Stockport, Ohio

While driving some backroads today in a very rural area in Athens and Morgan counties I saw a very large martin colony on a farm site near Stockport, Ohio. I was not able to count all the poles or houses on the hillside, lets just say that it is a "super colony". I am curious who this martin landlor...
by mwren
Wed Jan 02, 2019 8:58 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Pmca excluder gourds
Replies: 7
Views: 5354

Re: Pmca excluder gourds

Michaelh, I am in the process of installing porches on Excluder gourds with the modified openings for use on a new site here in southestern Ohio. I am not sure if I should align the porch so it is a quarter inch below the entrance as reccomended by some landlords on the forum. This is my first site ...
by mwren
Fri Aug 17, 2018 8:35 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Iowa State Fair Purple Martin Presentation. Aug. 10th @ 2:00 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1772

Re: Iowa State Fair Purple Martin Presentation. Aug. 10th @ 2:00 PM

Dave, Glad to hear that your program at the state fair went well. You mentioned that you had handouts that you made available at your presentation. Would it be possible to get a copy of the handouts that you used? I have been asked to share martin information with a number of groups in my area and a...
by mwren
Fri Aug 17, 2018 8:18 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Mail Box Cavities
Replies: 33
Views: 11685

Re: Mail Box Cavities

Dale D,
I am curious how you are going to mount your mail box cavities, and what type of hoisting method you will be using to raise and lower the boxes.
by mwren
Mon Jul 16, 2018 2:13 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Purple Martins Leaving Study
Replies: 2
Views: 1022

Re: Purple Martins Leaving Study

This is a great idea. I would like to see the trends of when birds are beginning their journey south, and when they begin to form the huge flocks and roosts in various parts of the country, and more info on the locations of the roosts.
by mwren
Fri Jul 13, 2018 8:27 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Late babies!!
Replies: 5
Views: 2088

Re: Late babies!!

It is not uncommon to have these "late nesters". I have 4 nests that are way behind in my colony this season. There are different theories or ideas on how or why this happens. The one that seems to make the most sense to me is that you may be seeing a "re-nesting" attempt from a pair that may have l...
by mwren
Fri Jun 29, 2018 10:22 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Fombell PA Report 6/25/2018
Replies: 3
Views: 1324

Re: Fombell PA Report 6/25/2018

Doug, Thanks for the update on your colony. Sounds like a good year after all in spite of that early cold weather. I am in southeastern Ohio, and we had weather that was similar to yours early. My supplemental feeding success this year saved some birds for sure. I finally stayed with the process of ...
by mwren
Mon Jun 11, 2018 9:42 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Inclement weather and supplemental feeding.
Replies: 4
Views: 1347

Re: Inclement weather and supplemental feeding.

Supplemental Feeding can save your colony if early arrivals run into seriously cold weather in your areal. I was not successful flipping crickets, or eggs for a number of seasons. Finally this season, my efforts were finally recognized by my birds. As my birds began to "catch on" to what I was tryin...
by mwren
Mon Jun 11, 2018 9:19 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: What constitutes "fledged"?
Replies: 8
Views: 1593

Re: What constitutes "fledged"?

Dave, Good question concerning how long do fledged birds "hang around" their colony after fledging. It has been my experience that there is not a set number of days that fledglings will hang around their colony. I have seen birds leave the immediate area of my colony after a few days post fledging, ...
by mwren
Sun Apr 29, 2018 9:02 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: When To Check Gourds??
Replies: 15
Views: 2341

Re: When To Check Gourds??

Purpleman, You are getting good advice from some experienced landlords! It sounds like you are on your way to establishing a colony. An exciting time for sure. My advice would go along with what others have posted so far. There is really no need to be running your nest box up and down as soon as you...
by mwren
Mon Apr 23, 2018 9:10 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Concerned
Replies: 26
Views: 8442

Re: Concerned

phldave, During our very cold weather last week, I finally had success getting my birds "trained" to catch flipped crickets and/or large meal worms, so I understand what you are going through. I have been trying to provide supplemental feeding to distressed early spring arrivals for the last few yea...
by mwren
Tue Apr 17, 2018 9:20 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Concerned
Replies: 26
Views: 8442

Re: Concerned

phdave, I am not having any luck with supplemental feeding either. I have tried flipping crickets, meal worms, and scrambled eggs the past 3 seasons, with very near zero success. I also have B&B trays up in the middle of the colony. On the food trays, the only birds I ever see feeding there are blue...