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by Doug Martin - PA
Mon May 18, 2020 9:13 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: SY birds in good numbers.
Replies: 2
Views: 225

SY birds in good numbers.

The past several days big groups of SY Martins have come in here. They are filling in any void left by the deaths of the extended cold spring weather. Young females are pairing quickly with ASY males and pairs of them taking any open vacancies. There are some years that only a pair or two can find a...
by Doug Martin - PA
Fri May 15, 2020 9:17 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: May white out!
Replies: 33
Views: 1121

Re: May white out!

Freeze dried. But would recommend a supplement for any extended period of feeding.
by Doug Martin - PA
Fri May 15, 2020 8:19 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Cold/Cool weather questions.
Replies: 30
Views: 1028

Re: Cold/Cool weather questions.

After a low temperature of 60 last night and a high yesterday of 70 my site is jumping. Seems many returned here as well.

Plus some new ones and first sub adult males. The tree swallows were also gone and are now chittering around too. What a difference a few days can make!
by Doug Martin - PA
Thu May 14, 2020 1:37 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Baby Bluebirds made it through the cold.
Replies: 2
Views: 202

Re: Baby Bluebirds made it through the cold.

Well so much for that. :x The weather warmed and the bluebirds must have been busy hunting for real food. House sparrows threw out the nestlings and put some of their trash in the bluebird box while I was away for the day. Some bluebird feathers from a fight in the box. I could hear the cheep cheep ...
by Doug Martin - PA
Wed May 13, 2020 10:48 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: A new twist to supplemental feeding.
Replies: 15
Views: 2327

Re: A new twist to supplemental feeding.

Dave,

I will give them a try for the birds too. Thanks. Maybe a good compliment to the mealworms.

I do mix in freeze dried gut loaded crickets as well. A handful to each bowl of mealworm.

Doug
by Doug Martin - PA
Wed May 13, 2020 10:43 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Cold/Cool weather questions.
Replies: 30
Views: 1028

Re: Cold/Cool weather questions.

Flyin-Lowe, Let us know what happens there at your site. Today is a different day at my site. Sunny no wind and 55 headed to 60. I definitely have less birds as well but the early veteran pairs are all intact. Sounds like your weather was nothing like ours here. Sure you don't have a Hawk issue? Gre...
by Doug Martin - PA
Tue May 12, 2020 1:42 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Baby Bluebirds made it through the cold.
Replies: 2
Views: 202

Baby Bluebirds made it through the cold.

Could not believe 4 un-feathered babies made it through this crazy weather. Coldest night was 24 degrees with several others in the 20s. Many days the high temperature never got out of the 30s and 40s. Opened the box and there they were looking up. I saw the parents taking mealworms from the Martin'...
by Doug Martin - PA
Tue May 12, 2020 1:15 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: May white out!
Replies: 33
Views: 1121

Re: May white out!

Rural King and Tractor Supply carry 5lb bags of mealworms. I get 11lb bags from Amazon and Ebay. This is likely all a mute point this year, as temperatures will climb into the 80s by next week. This cold spring weather is finally about history at this point. You just need to be ready each spring and...
by Doug Martin - PA
Tue May 12, 2020 11:22 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Cold/Cool weather questions.
Replies: 30
Views: 1028

Re: Cold/Cool weather questions.

Flyin Lowe, I suspect a good number of the deaths occurring at local sites here and the ones that were communal roosting at my site were migrating birds. They were not familiar with platform feeding here. This is not good for those landlords further north. Weather like this not only delays migration...
by Doug Martin - PA
Tue May 12, 2020 9:12 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: A new twist to supplemental feeding.
Replies: 15
Views: 2327

Re: A new twist to supplemental feeding.

Keeping fat content low and protein levels high are important. Problem is that the freeze dried process does remove a good bit of the nutrients. The supplement replaces that. It is sunny and upper 30s this morning here and my birds are back to nest building after snow 3 of the last 4 days. I can tel...
by Doug Martin - PA
Tue May 12, 2020 9:02 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Cold/Cool weather questions.
Replies: 30
Views: 1028

Re: Cold/Cool weather questions.

I posted reports several years ago of a Martin that came in here in March that endured extremely cold temperatures and survived. I would need to look back on it but I know nighttime temperatures were in the single digits and highs were in the teens. I don’t think it went above freezing for almost 10...
by Doug Martin - PA
Mon May 11, 2020 12:07 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: A new twist to supplemental feeding.
Replies: 15
Views: 2327

Re: A new twist to supplemental feeding.

Bumping this up for those interested during this poor weather. I continue to use this product with water soaked freeze dried meal worms as the primary supplemental food source for my colony. This year I have fed almost 20 pounds of meal worms to almost a hundred birds due to the poor weather occurri...
by Doug Martin - PA
Mon May 11, 2020 8:55 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: May white out!
Replies: 33
Views: 1121

Re: May white out!

Sue, I have posted this information prior. I use Nekton tonic I for my birds when feeding. I mix it into the freeze dried mealworms when I feed them. It is used to help insect eating birds recover from stress and starvation. I believe many of the birds that communal roosted here were migrating throu...
by Doug Martin - PA
Sun May 10, 2020 6:01 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: May white out!
Replies: 33
Views: 1121

Re: May white out!

Even the colonies around me that feed are finding a lot of dead birds. It important when the weather improves to get them out of their communal roosts. I was fortunate to only lose a few as I am hearing reports of many many dead ones when the housing is lowered. The ones in my roosts were barely abl...
by Doug Martin - PA
Sun May 10, 2020 9:39 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: May white out!
Replies: 33
Views: 1121

Re: May white out!

I did a nest check yesterday and also found about 10 Martins in one gourd. Another cavity in T14 had 7 in it. Most of the colony (80ish) is fine however. This afternoon when it warms above 55 I will empty the communal roosts. Lost a female that was on my porch and found a dead male in a gourd as wel...
by Doug Martin - PA
Sat May 09, 2020 9:34 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: May white out!
Replies: 33
Views: 1121

May white out!

After off and on snow flurries yesterday and an overnight low of 24 degrees the ground is white and so is the air. It’s 33 degrees and snowing here today. Pretty ridiculous seeing that the normal high is 69 degrees. Rough spring here so far. Hoping this pattern does not continue much longer. This is...
by Doug Martin - PA
Fri May 08, 2020 5:18 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Cold Weather Feeding ??
Replies: 5
Views: 277

Re: Cold Weather Feeding ??

This has been one of the worst springs I can remember in Western PA. I have gone though over 16 pounds of freeze dried mealworms. A bunch of eggs and 3000 crickets. Feeding 80 birds is not cheap and I have been doing so quite a bit. Generally at this time they are well into egg laying but they have ...
by Doug Martin - PA
Wed Apr 15, 2020 10:44 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Are Everyone's Martins Doing OK During the Very Late Cold Snap?
Replies: 17
Views: 714

Re: Are Everyone's Martins Doing OK During the Very Late Cold Snap?

This is typical of April here in PA. It is why i stock 11 pounds of freeze dried mealworms and ordered 3 thousand crickets. I feed a combination of mealworms, eggs and crickets each day during this weather. Without this I would likely not have a colony. Nor would most folks in the area. It is very d...
by Doug Martin - PA
Sat Mar 21, 2020 9:55 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: First Arrivals Today.
Replies: 4
Views: 937

Re: First Arrivals Today.

Thanks Toy. Wishing you a good season there.

Thanks Dick, I was wondering if my birds might pass through your site. Seems 9:30 is a popular arrival time for my first one now. Timing would be about right leaving early in am.

At least I have 2 here. Feeding them this morning.

Doug
by Doug Martin - PA
Fri Mar 20, 2020 12:35 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: First Arrivals Today.
Replies: 4
Views: 937

First Arrivals Today.

Right on cue this year my Alpha male showed up about 9:30 this morning. He flew right to me on the porch. I had told my wife last night he would be there. Seems when SW Ohio gets a few dots my male gets here too. South wind was strong. A second male has joined in shortly after noon time. So my seaso...