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by Bill Hyde
Tue Aug 25, 2015 5:40 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Another Good Year in Saskatchewan
Replies: 6
Views: 3110

Congratulations on your success in Saskatchewan, Jerry! I wonder if my two visitors last Saturday morning stopped here for a mid-morning breather on their trip to Brazil. They were a pair of ASY martins. It was enjoyable, though unusual for any martins to be at my colony site this late in the summer...
by Bill Hyde
Sat Jul 25, 2015 10:10 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: We still have lots of martins
Replies: 15
Views: 4679

Thanks, Emil, for your reply. I was concerned the babies would get anxious by neighborhood fireworks around July 4, but none of them seemed too concerned. If anything, more babies than usual stuck their beaks out the gourd entrances to see what the commotion was about. What you noted about fledgelin...
by Bill Hyde
Fri Jul 24, 2015 2:35 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: NO STINKING MARTINS
Replies: 14
Views: 4214

I agree that martin colonies are sometimes difficult to establish in certain areas, but if you give up you will never know! When we lived not far from we are now, the neighbor put up a wooden house and had several pairs his first year of trying. We were impressed and thought we'd like martins in our...
by Bill Hyde
Fri Jul 24, 2015 1:55 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: We still have lots of martins
Replies: 15
Views: 4679

Emil, I want to pick your brain about something I've never experienced before. I have a small colony here in Northern Illinois where martins aren't in abundance. It has taken many years to nurture my colony along with a minimum of ASY birds and I'm observing a behavior different from my experience o...
by Bill Hyde
Sun Jul 19, 2015 12:53 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Boat Traffic Forces Feeding Change
Replies: 0
Views: 2337

Boat Traffic Forces Feeding Change

The hot weather certainly has caused an increase in boat traffic on the river near our colony site, so our martins are staying closer to home for their food supply. But things are looking good today for my learning curve to get a big boost today, and I am not complaining! It is loads of fun to watch...
by Bill Hyde
Sun Jul 19, 2015 12:34 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Dragonflies galore!
Replies: 7
Views: 2576

Sharon, I have also seen lots of dragon flies too, and I cannot understand why so many of them hang out near my Martin colony site. It is like they have a death wish! Now that most of the babies have fledged, it is little wonder why so many martins stay so close to their birth site to feed. I hope y...
by Bill Hyde
Wed Jul 15, 2015 12:36 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: More Martins Here Than I Thought
Replies: 1
Views: 1016

More Martins Here Than I Thought

While listening and enjoying the chatter today, I discovered that there are more martins in our colony than previously noted. I had a good seat in the shade and the skies were somewhat cloudy. As I noted recently, my physical health has prevented me from seeing to the regular duties of a typical PM ...
by Bill Hyde
Sat Jul 11, 2015 12:29 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: It takes a village . . .
Replies: 0
Views: 2456

It takes a village . . .

. . .to raise a . . . (you fill in the rest). In 2015 I had high hopes, just as in past years, except that I've become more of a spectator than a landlord for our martin colony. Not to bore anyone with the details, let me just say that it is true that getting older is indeed an adventure! Flash forw...
by Bill Hyde
Wed May 06, 2015 8:19 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: I won't call this one Fred!!!
Replies: 34
Views: 9467

I nominate "Lincoln" as the name for your new arrival. That is a name that all we Illinois landlords can be happy with, right :?: In any case I hope he is the new "Fred" and can meet your expectations.
by Bill Hyde
Tue May 05, 2015 7:42 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: For us "Wannabe" landlords
Replies: 168
Views: 36385

After a much longer than usual wait, the Purple Martin scouts finally showed up here in the farthest northern area of Illinois. Did I get dismayed? You're darn tootin' I did; but on April 29, things improved :lol: and here I am on May 5, with lots of newcomers. The floodgates aren't completely open,...
by Bill Hyde
Sat May 02, 2015 2:39 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Congrats to Bill Hyde Northern IL
Replies: 1
Views: 996

Thanks MAK :!: I was getting worried that the Beloit (WI) area "no fly zone" had extended across the state line. This area, for some reason, seems to have bad luck in keeping successful colonies going. But we keep trying every year. Today, while cleaning out HOSP nests from four gourds, a new group ...
by Bill Hyde
Thu Apr 30, 2015 7:12 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Bird_X and the Rain
Replies: 2
Views: 997

Russell: Do you suppose the purple martin clan in the wild hide from the rain? I keep my songbird magnet in a clear plastic bag, plugged into an outdoor outlet under my deck. This morning was like so many others, except that yesterday I was overjoyed to report my first scout of 2015, and this mornin...
by Bill Hyde
Sun Apr 19, 2015 3:34 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Getting discouraged
Replies: 14
Views: 5356

To skw159 et al, After waiting nearly 20 years, my colony site finally attracted martins that stayed and produced babies in 2011. So you must decide for yourself but, speaking for myself, I think it was worth the wait. It is good to see another Illinois resident interested in this hobby, and this Fo...
by Bill Hyde
Fri Apr 17, 2015 9:10 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Where are "our" martins?
Replies: 4
Views: 1934

We had a good percentage fledge although I cannot tell you the exact numbers because some of our colony is in the neighbor's yard and hard to count. But something is fishy as to numbers here in our area. For example, one colony in the next county north of us (in Wisconsin) had a similar weather anom...
by Bill Hyde
Fri Apr 17, 2015 1:58 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Where are "our" martins?
Replies: 4
Views: 1934

Where are "our" martins?

This is an open question for landlords in northern Illinois, specifically in or near Winnebago County. We have had a budding colony of purple martins for the past few years, but none have shown up (yet) this year. It is not unusual to notice weather anomalies hereabouts, and we seem to have another ...
by Bill Hyde
Tue Mar 31, 2015 11:07 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Your thoughts on too many Colorado Blue Spruce Trees
Replies: 3
Views: 1562

Not to worry(much) . When we moved here, we planted several small trees and hoped they were far enough away not to conflict with our endeavors to attract martins to our yard. The years have passed and the trees have grown taller than the gourd racks; but we have finally attracted martins and everyt...
by Bill Hyde
Tue Mar 31, 2015 10:55 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Last minute adjustments . . .
Replies: 2
Views: 1031

Now I really have to get busy, for my friend Larry reports seeing a martin this morning (March 31) a few miles from here :lol:
by Bill Hyde
Tue Mar 31, 2015 10:49 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Very Excited Today!!!
Replies: 5
Views: 1453

Good news, Larry :lol: You beat me again. I got my poles the same heights yesterday but did not expect martins here for another week.
Bill
by Bill Hyde
Mon Mar 30, 2015 10:09 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Last minute adjustments . . .
Replies: 2
Views: 1031

Last minute adjustments . . .

My frustrations put me in a tough spot, what with health problems over the winter, but I had a "carpe diem" moment these past few days; I decided to try to make my colony site less problematic this year. I have dealt with a tough situation ever since I installed my SS-24 gourd rack two years ago. Pr...
by Bill Hyde
Sun Mar 29, 2015 11:43 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: DFW Landlords Repeating Sparrow Trap Available
Replies: 5
Views: 2393

I don't want to hijack this thread, but a person who has an extra Spar-O-Door can get new life for it by a simple retrofit, using a Bo-9 gourd to mount it on. I had good luck with mine last summer.