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by deancamp
Wed Apr 21, 2021 6:08 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Pecking
Replies: 2
Views: 42

Re: Pecking

I assume what your seeing is the same as me, but it appears they are wiping there bill on one side and then the other on the perch. There are 3 theories, 1) is that they are cleaning their bill after eating, like using a napkin. 2) they are sharpening and shaping their bill for better food catching....
by deancamp
Wed Apr 21, 2021 5:51 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Extreme Cold Weather with a Surprise Find
Replies: 1
Views: 51

Re: Extreme Cold Weather with a Surprise Find

Kyler, I happened to notice Tim Mangan from Pittsburg,KS is in the mentor program and is also a bander. Check out the mentor program in the education section on the site and you can send him an email. Hope this helps.
by deancamp
Wed Apr 21, 2021 1:53 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Tips on attracting Martins to my house.....HELP
Replies: 8
Views: 105

Re: Tips on attracting Martins to my house.....HELP

There is a dawnsong cd that the pmca sells that you can play on a boom box, etc if that works for your setup better. You don't need a glob of mud just put a little on and when it dries brush it off so that it still looks dirty (used). I would also suggest to close your martin house up and put one of...
by deancamp
Tue Apr 20, 2021 3:07 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Tips on attracting Martins to my house.....HELP
Replies: 8
Views: 105

Re: Tips on attracting Martins to my house.....HELP

I know jhcox has not had any sy birds arrive at his existing colony yet and he lives in Tennessee. I'm not sure what part of Tennessee he is in, but feel comfortable saying your not too late. Sounds like you have the open flyways you need, so are playing the dawnsong? I would have a decoy or two on ...
by deancamp
Tue Apr 20, 2021 2:53 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: 1st year....no martins.....too late now?
Replies: 4
Views: 123

Re: 1st year....no martins.....too late now?

Jhcox is in Tennessee and is reporting that he hasn't had any sy birds arrive yet. You still have time, keep playing the dawnsong and try to make your housing look lived in. I think decoys help also.
by deancamp
Tue Apr 20, 2021 2:47 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: I think i'm getting close!!
Replies: 16
Views: 1149

Re: I think i'm getting close!!

That's great to here they are really checking the place out. Watch at dusk to see if come in to spend the night. The starlings will give up and move on, but on occasion one will be able to breach the entrance. If I see them and have the opportunity, I will shoot them even when I only have sreh open....
by deancamp
Mon Apr 19, 2021 8:40 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: STARTED OFF GREAT DAY!!!
Replies: 1
Views: 63

Re: STARTED OFF GREAT DAY!!!

Fun to watch and they can appear from nowhere!. I agree in due time the others will be back. An asy male is like a magnet and will most likely attract several more pair this year. Keep us updated.
by deancamp
Mon Apr 19, 2021 3:58 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Repeating trap at work
Replies: 5
Views: 281

Re: Repeating trap at work

Donnie, I see by your signature you have an going problem with tree swallows. Have you tried the tree swallow emergency protocal to deal with them? Several people have had success with it in getting the tree swallows to nest close by and not harass investigating martins.
by deancamp
Sun Apr 18, 2021 9:32 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: unusual to me
Replies: 9
Views: 290

Re: unusual to me

Hmmm, that's interesting they are fighting here and go to the ground, but never to the extent you have witnessed. I have also seen them hanging from a entrance hole being held by another martin.
by deancamp
Sun Apr 18, 2021 9:24 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Decoys distracting the hawk
Replies: 3
Views: 179

Re: Decoys distracting the hawk

What a great decoy success story. Hope the hawk gets frustrated and moves on.
by deancamp
Sun Apr 18, 2021 12:44 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: housing
Replies: 6
Views: 522

Re: housing

Hey Gary, when making a post you can click the box to notify you when a reply has been made to that thread. It will send you an email that you can go directly to the thread from. Hope that helps.
by deancamp
Sat Apr 17, 2021 10:41 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Where’s the SY’s
Replies: 3
Views: 223

Re: Where’s the SY’s

Any day now. Since we have been talking about them, I will predict they will be there first thing in the morning. :lol:
by deancamp
Sat Apr 17, 2021 6:25 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Where’s the SY’s
Replies: 3
Views: 223

Re: Where’s the SY’s

JH, Based on when my first ASY showed up I think I'm another week away from the SY birds showing up. What was the date of your first ASY showing up? The general rule is 4 to 6 weeks.
by deancamp
Sat Apr 17, 2021 6:17 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Repeating trap at work
Replies: 5
Views: 281

Re: Repeating trap at work

Brent, yes I did. It's from the plans on the DIY plans from this site. NB Compact Trap is what it's called. It took a bit to get the balance correct but has been worth the effort.
by deancamp
Sat Apr 17, 2021 1:48 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Repeating trap at work
Replies: 5
Views: 281

Repeating trap at work

I've starting seeing starlings around looking to nest. I have sreh on my gourds but have Duracraft Castle with round holes and would like to leave it that way for sentimental reasons. I keep a close watch for sparrows and starlings, so they do not last long. This morning a starling landed to check o...
by deancamp
Sat Apr 17, 2021 11:54 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: A little late to the party!
Replies: 4
Views: 244

Re: A little late to the party!

Nice catch, I guess we know what's for dinner. I bet new asy birds moving into our colonies are more common than we realize. I have seen several come in this year and struggle at first to navigate the sreh and look a little lost at first.
by deancamp
Sat Apr 17, 2021 8:20 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Pole Guard
Replies: 3
Views: 153

Re: Pole Guard

Now that you have a pair, it's time. Do everything you can to protect and help them have a successful nesting season. That will assure that they return next year if they survive the trip South and back.
by deancamp
Fri Apr 16, 2021 8:18 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Cold weather feeding lesson
Replies: 7
Views: 361

Re: Cold weather feeding lesson

Good information and makes sense as well. Thanks for sharing your experience in training your birds.
by deancamp
Thu Apr 15, 2021 6:15 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Short martin history article, St. Louis focus
Replies: 5
Views: 237

Re: Short martin history article, St. Louis focus

Very good read with a lot of interesting history. I hope you continue to promote the Purple Martin and there is not a better way than getting them in the public eye. I know you have helped a lot of people on this forum as well. Thanks
by deancamp
Thu Apr 15, 2021 2:55 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Male demoniation
Replies: 4
Views: 201

Re: Male demoniation

Yep, part of the process. He will probably work his way into one. Kinda funny how they go out and recruit them and then don't want them to have a nest. :roll: