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by Doug Martin - PA
Wed Aug 14, 2019 8:53 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Farewell Tour 2019 ??
Replies: 5
Views: 990

Re: Farewell Tour 2019 ??

I still have one young yet to fledge. Named him Z. Some days there are many birds visiting but today there are no birds in site. Z is finally sticking his head out of the gourd directly across from my porch. I don’t see the subadult male but the female is usually up calling out above. Not today yet....
by Doug Martin - PA
Fri Jul 26, 2019 7:49 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Gemini Gourd Rack A Roost Too?
Replies: 3
Views: 927

Re: Gemini Gourd Rack A Roost Too?

Steve & Emil, Thanks for your replies. Good to see both of you still on this "good ole" forum. Looks like most of mine have now moved on for the season to bigger roosts. I may figure something out for next year to build a protective roost core on this rack. I will share it if I do. Had a good season...
by Doug Martin - PA
Sat Jul 20, 2019 9:41 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Gemini Gourd Rack A Roost Too?
Replies: 3
Views: 927

Gemini Gourd Rack A Roost Too?

Ever since I installed my Gemini rack a few years ago it has been used after fledging time in July as a night time roost. At night the internal ring supports completely fill with young birds. Sometimes hundreds. Not sure they are even all of my birds. Anyone else seeing this as well with this partic...
by Doug Martin - PA
Sat Jul 20, 2019 9:21 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Mysterious Predator
Replies: 20
Views: 2261

Re: Mysterious Predator

My electric guards are made of 6" pvc pipe wrapped with a coil of bare electric fence wire. You can get everything online or at tractor supply. You must use the black coated wire to go from the charger to each pole underground. I use a $25.00 5 mile fence charger. It is very effective. Raccoons are ...
by Doug Martin - PA
Sun Jul 14, 2019 10:58 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Pool owners
Replies: 8
Views: 1183

Re: Pool owners

My Martin housing is right around my pool and patio. Within 30ft. Very little poop and very few bugs in the pool.

They drink from the pool and like to watch us swim.

Doug
by Doug Martin - PA
Sun Jul 14, 2019 10:46 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Mysterious Predator
Replies: 20
Views: 2261

Re: Mysterious Predator

I had a similar experience years ago. Wasn't a raccoon..... it was a whole clan of them including about 6 young. They go right up the pole and grab them out and toss them down to the young. Mine went past predator guards. Luckily they only got a handful. I stayed up 2 nights shooting them. They also...
by Doug Martin - PA
Mon Jun 10, 2019 2:04 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Can't believe it, but I have one hanging around
Replies: 36
Views: 17494

Re: Can't believe it, but I have one hanging around

Took me 28 years to get a colony started here in PA. There were none near me within about 10-20 miles. In 2008 a SY male hung out at my site every day listening to the dawnsong at a lower volume. It kept him company. My speaker was 80ft or so away from the housing as well. The following year he show...
by Doug Martin - PA
Wed May 15, 2019 10:24 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Martin "wiggle" in flight.
Replies: 10
Views: 2057

Re: Martin "wiggle" in flight.

Mine go over and take a bath at the pond next door. Then the wiggle.

Archer has a good point and I agree. Shaking out the feathers.
by Doug Martin - PA
Wed May 15, 2019 10:20 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Where do PM's go when they disappear in the afternoon?
Replies: 9
Views: 2004

Re: Where do PM's go when they disappear in the afternoon?

It is surprising on cooler days how often they are inside the housing. Otherwise in nice weather they seem to scatter out in pairs to different areas. I think they tend to not want hawks to know where they live. Fun to watch them come back home in the evening. I agree that they are sometimes not tha...
by Doug Martin - PA
Wed May 15, 2019 10:12 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Training a new colony. Upper level low.
Replies: 9
Views: 1986

Re: Training a new colony. Upper level low.

I had better success lowering the housing halfway and tossing by hand. This gets you up close and personal with them.

The arm motion is important at first. My birds at home still come to me when I scratch my head when they are hungry lol.

Doug
by Doug Martin - PA
Wed May 15, 2019 12:50 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Training a new colony. Upper level low.
Replies: 9
Views: 1986

Training a new colony. Upper level low.

After 3-4 days of temperatures around 50 and rain we finally have sunshine today. Martins are in good spirits again. Mine ate a lot of mealworms with Nekton Tonic I the past few days. I also helped train a new colony nearby to learn to supplemental feed. The new landlords asked for some help so I gr...
by Doug Martin - PA
Mon May 06, 2019 7:19 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Subbie males are here!
Replies: 1
Views: 727

Subbie males are here!

I have seen at least 2 males so far. Several females prior. Thought I would give a heads up. Update there was a pretty good sized group that I cringed watching pile into unavailable cavities. I may have a few spots open on the bottom row of the Gemini but they did not find those. I was surprised whe...
by Doug Martin - PA
Thu May 02, 2019 6:09 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Why is N.Y. so sparse?
Replies: 7
Views: 1782

Re: Why is N.Y. so sparse?

Because spring weather is very difficult for insect eaters in the northeastern states in general. It takes a very strong commitment to have a colony in these areas. Low pressure systems can stall for long periods and wipe out the populations. This is another reason.
by Doug Martin - PA
Thu May 02, 2019 6:04 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Nest building in PA
Replies: 4
Views: 828

Re: Nest building in PA

Sounds like you are off to a great start there! A lot of fun watching a new colony take shape.
by Doug Martin - PA
Thu May 02, 2019 1:16 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Nest building in PA
Replies: 4
Views: 828

Nest building in PA

My Martins have been busy nest building the past several days in between rain showers. This year there are green leaves available already.

Last year they were later getting started. It really was cold and wet.

Doug
by Doug Martin - PA
Thu May 02, 2019 1:13 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Chimney Swifts are back.....
Replies: 4
Views: 1298

Re: Chimney Swifts are back.....

They just came in here as well. Saw my first hummer this morning too.
by Doug Martin - PA
Sat Apr 27, 2019 10:53 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Storm damage in NE states & update
Replies: 5
Views: 3539

Re: Storm damage in NE states & update

Wishing you the best Toy.

Doug
by Doug Martin - PA
Sat Apr 27, 2019 10:51 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Dead Martin Mystery ??
Replies: 7
Views: 2668

Re: Dead Martin Mystery ??

Hi Bill, Not much info to go by on this one. The weather has been borderline but not Martin killing weather. I would suspect a wing entrapment or a fight or both. Wings sprawled on ground tells me exhaustion. Sounds like the female was trapped inside perhaps with another male that may have pushed it...
by Doug Martin - PA
Tue Apr 16, 2019 9:33 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: No room at the inn here.
Replies: 4
Views: 2306

Re: No room at the inn here.

Dick, it’s temping but there is another colony a few acres away as well. A lot of birds for an area away from a large body of water.

My housing is right around my pool and patio as well. 50 pair is plenty at fledgling time lol

Doug

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