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by handyman315
Thu Aug 15, 2019 9:45 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Any body still have PM to fledge
Replies: 5
Views: 111

Re: Any body still have PM to fledge

Seemed to be one especially late brood this season here in SW Ohio. Here are my notes for the last couple weeks; was trying to pay closer attention this year at departure time: 2019 Departure Monday, August 5, 2019 Some of the Martins are still here. Spotted about 20 this morning at 10:00 a.m. One f...
by handyman315
Fri Jun 14, 2019 7:36 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: New landlord survey
Replies: 42
Views: 15905

Re: New landlord survey

Yes! Looks exactly as you say, SY-M, and indeed, new colonies start somewhere, often just like this. My now-three-year nesting season colony started with an SY-M who hung around my last non-nesting season but never attracted a (live-in) mate. I am convinced the very same bird came back the next year...
by handyman315
Wed May 29, 2019 6:05 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: New landlord survey
Replies: 42
Views: 15905

Re: New landlord survey

I had one sy male that would rush in at dark and stayed in a certain gourd. All by himself. I named him the “nut”. I mean why would you run down here at dark and leave 18 others three houses away to be by yourself ?! So guess what this year the nut returned as a ASY and when he showed up he went st...
by handyman315
Wed May 29, 2019 5:54 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Another nest check in East Tennessee
Replies: 4
Views: 3080

Re: Another nest check in East Tennessee

Your colony looks perfectly on track! Congratulations!
by handyman315
Tue May 14, 2019 5:04 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Martin "wiggle" in flight.
Replies: 10
Views: 1547

Re: Martin "wiggle" in flight.

I think they're just showing off, doing it "because they can". -- John

Ever so true. Sometimes I swear they flaunt being able to fly, e.g., floating by me in a low pass, tilting those B-17 bomber wings side to side, etc. :grin:
by handyman315
Tue May 14, 2019 9:18 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Martin "wiggle" in flight.
Replies: 10
Views: 1547

Re: Martin "wiggle" in flight.

Gotta watch for this! Favorite thing is watching them fly, but have not noticed this. Thanks.
by handyman315
Tue May 14, 2019 8:38 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: New landlord survey
Replies: 42
Views: 15905

Re: New landlord survey

Lol! I think many of us look like we've lost our marbles. :) Good luck!

Start flipping crickets and even the neighbors that know we're "different" start getting concerned! :lol:
by handyman315
Sun Jul 22, 2018 1:05 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Egg shells for Martins
Replies: 19
Views: 3444

Re: Egg shells for Martins

Crushed oyster shells will not spoil, and should keep without any special handling; however, as I mentioned, my Martins will only eat (chicken) egg shells, that do need special handling to avoid spoiling if kept long(er) periods. Some landlords boil them.
by handyman315
Sat Jul 14, 2018 10:10 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Late babies!!
Replies: 5
Views: 1246

Re: Late babies!!

Have the same thing going on at my second-year colony. Very helpful answers, mwren & ToyinPa. Thanks.
by handyman315
Fri Jul 13, 2018 10:18 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Egg shells for Martins
Replies: 19
Views: 3444

Re: Egg shells for Martins

Eggshells might be one of my biggest PM successes as a second-year landlord, i.e., they devour them, and yes, they do in fact feed them to their babies; I've watched them with binoculars, and my egg shells are really disappearing now that several pairs have babies. They still prefer them crunched in...
by handyman315
Tue Jul 10, 2018 9:46 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Advice for Adding House to Gourd Setup?
Replies: 6
Views: 1884

Re: Advice for Adding House to Gourd Setup?

Really appreciate the comments. Just the kind of candid input needed. Thanks.
by handyman315
Tue Jul 10, 2018 10:33 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Advice for Adding House to Gourd Setup?
Replies: 6
Views: 1884

Advice for Adding House to Gourd Setup?

Thinking of adding a nice pole-house combo to my growing PM colony, but knowledge is limited and pretty much confined to gourds . . . which I like, BTW. But darned if those houses don't look sharp, especially ones like the T-14, but what happens in the off season? Can they be taken down, or must the...
by handyman315
Fri Jun 22, 2018 9:18 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Peculiar Martin Habit Question From a Newbie LL
Replies: 2
Views: 672

Re: Peculiar Martin Habit Question From a Newbie LL

We'd all like to know why birds do what they do. I've lived with 3 parrots for 19 years & still wonder why they do some of the things they do. I would guess they are letting the rain wash their face & beak clean. If you've seen them wiping their beak on power lines, perching rods, etc., that's the ...
by handyman315
Fri Jun 22, 2018 4:05 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Peculiar Martin Habit Question From a Newbie LL
Replies: 2
Views: 672

Peculiar Martin Habit Question From a Newbie LL

On more than one occasion I've noticed some of my Martins sitting/perching with their heads pointing straight up (beak up) especially in a light rain, and often for several long minutes, maybe 10 or 15 minutes or more at a stretch, and sitting nearly perfectly still. What are they doing? Are they yo...
by handyman315
Fri Jun 22, 2018 3:58 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Bee Martin
Replies: 7
Views: 2739

Re: Bee Martin

My Dad also called them "Bee Martins" and today when one (an Eastern) showed up at my PM colony the PMs were none too pleased and took to chasing him off. Is he a threat, maybe to their babies?
by handyman315
Mon Jun 18, 2018 12:41 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Do Unsuccessful SY Male Bachelors Return?
Replies: 7
Views: 1381

Re: Do Unsuccessful SY Male Bachelors Return?

Almost exactly the way my new colony started, i.e., SY-M clearly claimed my site in 2016 but could never get a female to move in/stay. He returned in 2017 (as a dandy ASY-M) and brought along two females. Other birds joined in, and he and Rio Rita hatched out five chubby babies. He's back again this...
by handyman315
Mon Jun 18, 2018 10:57 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Newbie Question
Replies: 4
Views: 867

Re: Newbie Question

Hi Handyman, I suspect a numbers count miscalculation. Many times martins will enter their cavities very late in the day; like 9:30 PM. They will fly in fast and enter their cavity with little notice. At my colony I have a nest or two with one egg; which indicates a young pair. I also have a cavity...
by handyman315
Mon Jun 18, 2018 10:01 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Newbie Question
Replies: 4
Views: 867

Newbie Question

As a second-year (nesting) landlord, my PM knowledge is still growing (I hope). Last year my new, small colony had nesting numbers that seemed to make sense, e.g., three nests with eggs/babies from about 11 adult birds total. This year my numbers just don't add up, e.g., nine nests with 45 eggs/babi...
by handyman315
Fri Jun 08, 2018 6:35 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Curious about behavior
Replies: 5
Views: 793

Re: Curious about behavior

I've seen the behavior, esp in males . . . and have a theory . . . he's showing the female what a fine provider he would be/is, e.g., ". . . with big, wide jaws like this I can catch the biggest damselflies for our young ones". From the PMCA: "Courtship: An early stage in the breeding cycle, beginni...
by handyman315
Fri Jun 08, 2018 6:29 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: They were here for 10 days, now they're gone
Replies: 9
Views: 1197

Re: They were here for 10 days, now they're gone

Sounds like your ASY male may have already claimed your site as his colony, but he just can't get a female interested enough to move in (nest). Try to imagine him decked out next spring in that splendid all-black tux . . . he'll be a lot more attractive to both ASY and SY females. I know it's tough ...

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