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by Doug Martin - PA
Sun Jul 14, 2019 10:58 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Pool owners
Replies: 8
Views: 245

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: 19
Views: 314

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: 34
Views: 3042

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: 1138

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: 1119

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: 986

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: 986

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: 445

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: 1152

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: 520

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: 520

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: 972

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: 3205

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: 2196

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: 2067

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
by Doug Martin - PA
Tue Apr 16, 2019 8:19 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: No room at the inn here.
Replies: 4
Views: 2067

Re: No room at the inn here.

Sounds like you are off to a great start! Sure is good to see. Time to start filling that new T14

Doug
by Doug Martin - PA
Mon Apr 15, 2019 7:13 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: No room at the inn here.
Replies: 4
Views: 2067

No room at the inn here.

A huge wave came through here yesterday and today. As it is getting dark there are several birds not finding an empty room for the night. It snowed this morning after thunderstorms yesterday.

Heads up to the north. Coming your way. I gave them all some grub today.


Doug
by Doug Martin - PA
Sat Apr 13, 2019 8:41 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: A bunch more here today.
Replies: 10
Views: 2241

Re: A bunch more here today.

I think I have a subbie female here. A lot of girls came in yesterday. One certainly looks like a subbie. No males yet but that is usually the last week of April here. Several females seem to arrive first before the subbie males. I usually only have room for a pair or two of subs here. Already getti...
by Doug Martin - PA
Tue Apr 09, 2019 6:33 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: A bunch more here today.
Replies: 10
Views: 2241

Re: A bunch more here today.

Glad you’re getting a few. A bunch more today. The sky is filling and so is the housing. A lot of arrivals for the 9th.

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