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by deancamp
Thu Jun 11, 2020 6:14 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Newbie Day 10 Update
Replies: 4
Views: 341

Re: Newbie Day 10 Update

Right on Duckcamp. Enjoy the ride and learn as you go. It is all part of the process. We are all still learning. Adapt and survive.
by deancamp
Tue Jun 09, 2020 8:38 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: First Pair
Replies: 9
Views: 508

Re: First Pair

I would open up more of your holes for potential residents. As for the dawn song , I don't think it hurts to continue playing it as long as your current pair is not bothered by it. If you are able and it makes you feel better turn it off when they are around and back on when they're gone.
by deancamp
Tue Jun 09, 2020 7:45 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Relocating bluebirds
Replies: 2
Views: 182

Re: Relocating bluebirds

I think I would be trying to relocate them. If they associate your gourd rack with their nesting success, you will have the same problem next year. It would be better dealing with moving them when they are not interfering with Martins trying to nest.
by deancamp
Tue Jun 09, 2020 7:05 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Going after a squirrel
Replies: 2
Views: 255

Re: Going after a squirrel

I guess a common enemy creates allies. At least temporarily.
by deancamp
Tue Jun 09, 2020 7:03 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: How to Prevent HSP from claiming PM House
Replies: 11
Views: 699

Re: How to Prevent HSP from claiming PM House

Agree they must be eliminated. Even if they are nesting somewhere else they are producing an offspring that will cause problems as well. Eliminate every chance you get.
by deancamp
Tue Jun 09, 2020 1:46 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Need Advice on Activity Under Martin House
Replies: 12
Views: 560

Re: Need Advice on Activity Under Martin House

To state there is no difference between asy and sy birds and trying to start a colony (that might have a good location and might not) and an established colony is silly. Human activity is good, but aggressive or harrassing activity would be a detriment.
by deancamp
Fri Jun 05, 2020 10:06 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Tried to talk him off the ledge
Replies: 6
Views: 230

Re: Tried to talk him off the ledge

Ha ha, a landlord wears many hats. Yours was the hat of a physicorists today.
by deancamp
Fri Jun 05, 2020 8:18 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Next Steps...Still Frustrated
Replies: 9
Views: 567

Re: Next Steps...Still Frustrated

I agree, keep doing all the right things and be patient. It takes time until one decides to make your site their home.
by deancamp
Fri Jun 05, 2020 6:16 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Need Advice on Activity Under Martin House
Replies: 12
Views: 560

Re: Need Advice on Activity Under Martin House

I guess I'm a little more sceptical that new sy birds starting a colony would not be effected by all that activity directly under the house. SY birds can be skittish because their lack of confidence. They possibly would get no break from what could be loud or even aggressive behaviour from someone t...
by deancamp
Fri Jun 05, 2020 6:06 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Is this a pair?
Replies: 9
Views: 483

Re: Is this a pair?

I would say sy male on the left and female on the right. I don't see any purplish color on the head of the one on the right. As suggested listen to them and watch how they interact.
by deancamp
Tue Jun 02, 2020 9:21 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Too late for martins in Kentucky?
Replies: 10
Views: 515

Re: Too late for martins in Kentucky?

You will get different answers from different people on that one. I say keep playing it unless you can visually see that it is effecting them negatively.
by deancamp
Tue Jun 02, 2020 9:17 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Should I provide mud?
Replies: 7
Views: 282

Re: Should I provide mud?

It's not necessary, none of my birds add mud to their nest and they do just fine.
by deancamp
Tue Jun 02, 2020 5:29 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Too late for martins in Kentucky?
Replies: 10
Views: 515

Re: Too late for martins in Kentucky?

I think both of your locations look good. Leave them both up and see which one the Martins prefer. I would be playing the dawn song all day long. They are attracted to it anytime of the day. A decoy or two wouldn't hurt either.
by deancamp
Tue Jun 02, 2020 4:31 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Would appreciate some coaching, New at this.
Replies: 29
Views: 1780

Re: Would appreciate some coaching, New at this.

Your description of orange and white chest and royal blue back does sound like a bluebird . It's hard for me to tell from your picture if those are Martins or maybe a tree swallow. It appears to have a snow white chest, which leads me to believe it is a tree swallow. If you search a YouTube video o...
by deancamp
Sun May 31, 2020 8:53 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Bird Island on Lake Ouchita, AR
Replies: 0
Views: 1150

Bird Island on Lake Ouchita, AR

I have been reading about the premigaratory roost on Lake Ouchita in Arkansas. Has anyone seen it? Is it worth a visit?
by deancamp
Sun May 31, 2020 8:05 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Leaves pear and peach
Replies: 2
Views: 179

Re: Leaves pear and peach

Not sure if this counts, but they do collect leaves from a Bradford pear tree I have. Not a fruit producing pear tree.
by deancamp
Sat May 30, 2020 10:12 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Have you had 100% occupancy?
Replies: 16
Views: 931

Re: Have you had 100% occupancy?

Not here, I have been trying to grow, so trying to stay ahead of them. 33 nests this year and I'm where I want to be , time will tell.
by deancamp
Sat May 30, 2020 10:05 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Dawnsinging
Replies: 4
Views: 289

Re: Dawnsinging

Mitch, I have been hearing the dawn song for awhile now. It started just prior to any egg laying and well before most nests had eggs. The first time I heard it this year there were multiple birds singing it. I am hearing them singing at 5:00 give or take a little bit. That is approximately 45 minute...
by deancamp
Sat May 30, 2020 9:50 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Need some quick advice
Replies: 2
Views: 255

Re: Need some quick advice

I would not think you would want to close the gourds off that you might miss the opportunity for the Martins. My thought is that if you close off the gourds your chance for Martins is minimal. As hard as it might be I would leave them open and do the best you can to keep thr TS at bay. My 2 cents an...
by deancamp
Sat May 30, 2020 11:55 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Possible new Landlord!!!
Replies: 1
Views: 180

Re: Possible new Landlord!!!

Excellent, hopefully he will bring his friends back as well. He will be out attracting a female. Fun to watch them convince her to stay with him. Keep doing what your doing.