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by abernathys
Thu Mar 14, 2013 3:01 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Martin Population Way Down
Replies: 14
Views: 9050

Hi Sparky--- I am in Maxwell close to Lockhart and I have close to 50 martins. Yesterday I noticed a couple of males taking leaves off the ground into their gourds. I still have gourds available. Most of them arrived in February which was very early for me to have that many so soon. Hopefully you wi...
by abernathys
Fri Mar 08, 2013 4:44 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: I do have to vent...female ASY martin murdered on her porch!
Replies: 16
Views: 5495

Hey Robin--I am sorry to hear about your martin. :cry: We have shrikes in our yard and yes they will attack the martins. We have never lost any adult martins to them but we lost mockingbird babies, field sparrow babies and a couple of martin babies that were pushed out of the gourds and were not abl...
by abernathys
Thu Jan 24, 2013 10:21 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: NIGHT GUARD PREDATOR CONTROL
Replies: 11
Views: 3059

Hi Barry-- I plan on purchasing one this year. I hope it works. I have a Great Horned Owl that will get any martins that stay on the proch or fledgings that refuse to return to the nest and roost overnight in the trees. I cannot answer it now but by the end of this season I will know for sure. Hopef...
by abernathys
Fri Feb 17, 2012 9:36 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Alittle sweetness after the storm
Replies: 11
Views: 4572

Thanks everyone for your thoughts and prayers. We are slowly getting everything back on track. We will soon start rebuilding a house. As far as the Purple Martins, well they are arriving daily I am up to 12 or 13 already. :eek: Just crazy I don't think I have ever had so many so early. Of course the...
by abernathys
Fri Feb 17, 2012 4:50 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Poor Lonely Girl
Replies: 6
Views: 1946

Yeah Peggy glad she is not alone anymore. :grin: Maybe you will have more by next week. Just in the last week I have had 12 more arrive, they have been singing and pairing up and fighting for spots already. I cannot believe it. I don't think I have ever had this many by February 17. Hope you have an...
by abernathys
Fri Jan 27, 2012 9:48 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Alittle sweetness after the storm
Replies: 11
Views: 4572

Steve, Thanks for your kind words, I now you had bad weather last year that caused you some trouble. Its amazing how it seems we have such a drought and then get all the rain at once. Hope things are going well for you this year you deserve it. Kathy, Laverne and Dave, Thank you for your thoughts an...
by abernathys
Fri Jan 27, 2012 7:17 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Alittle sweetness after the storm
Replies: 11
Views: 4572

Alittle sweetness after the storm

I must say that our sweet lady brightened my day today with her arrival and chirping, more then I thought could happen. Tuesday night while the storms were happening we lost our whole roof and a place to live after receiving more then 9 inches of rain and about 4 inches of rain in our house after th...
by abernathys
Thu Jun 16, 2011 7:10 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: We are DESPERATE IN TX!!!!!!!!!!!
Replies: 38
Views: 13936

Hi Linda---take good care of your 1 pair and 6 eggs and you will have plenty more in the years to come. :) If you ever have problems just ask for help someone on here will give you the correct advice. I still have 253 babies that are alive, so I have to look at the good. Lost another fledging last n...
by abernathys
Wed Jun 15, 2011 2:17 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: We are DESPERATE IN TX!!!!!!!!!!!
Replies: 38
Views: 13936

Hi Chriscreole-- The volunteer at the wildlife center was clueless about Purple Martins which was scary. You are doing the right thing by putting them back in the nest. They will not fledge from the ground or will the parents feed them on the ground. I had to take 5 more fledgings to them this morni...
by abernathys
Tue Jun 14, 2011 3:49 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: We are DESPERATE IN TX!!!!!!!!!!!
Replies: 38
Views: 13936

Hi Sheryle, I felt the exact same way yesterday....So many jumpers 8 in the last few days. I have hand feed the just feathered ones they will readily take the crickets and scrambled eggs. I have had 5 that were about 4 to 5 days from being able to successfully fledge that would not eat from me, so I...
by abernathys
Wed Feb 23, 2011 8:00 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Martins arriving
Replies: 1
Views: 1219

Martins arriving

Boy--I had 3 martins on Friday and last night I had 24 :grin:
They all came at once. I'm so behind, need to get more gourds and houses up. Sure is nice to hear them again!
by abernathys
Mon Feb 14, 2011 10:22 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Barn Owls
Replies: 17
Views: 7743

Hi Jeremy--We had a barn owl that stayed in our barn. At the time I didn't think he would be any harm to the martins, until I witnessed him take off before dusk when the martins were coming in. He flew right over my head and tried to grab a martin that was going into its house. Luckily the martin ma...
by abernathys
Thu Jul 22, 2010 3:02 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Observations Of A Late Nesting Pair Of ASY Martins
Replies: 25
Views: 26494

Hey Steve-- I have an adult pair that had a second brood. The adult male and female both feed. The male hasn't stayed overnight since the first set fledged. Now that the babies are 2 weeks old the female doesn't stay overnight. I also have another set of babies with a subbie female and male. The mal...
by abernathys
Wed Apr 15, 2009 11:38 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: School Colony: Even later start and careless losses.
Replies: 5
Views: 5442

I have fifty pairs as of today and some have been here since early February. Yesterday was the first day that I have seen them gathering leaves and some nesting material. Will check this weekend for any eggs. Maybe we will get our 2" rain in the next few days. Fingers crossed. :eek: Last year was a ...
by abernathys
Tue Feb 24, 2009 10:31 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Gourd Rack Photos Of My 2009 Purple Martin Colony
Replies: 13
Views: 14472

Hi Steve--great photos! How do you like your round 12 gourd rack? I was thinking of ordering one to put up this year. I have the AAA16 already and love it!

Love looking at your photos.

Sandy
by abernathys
Mon Feb 09, 2009 3:25 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Kestrel perching on martin house
Replies: 5
Views: 4364

Hi Peggy--I have wintering Krestrels by the dozens, but I have one in particular that likes to perch on the martins houses, poles, porches, whatever he can find. I have on occassion seen him chasing the martins. I have no doubt that if the opportunity of surprise was right he would catch a martin co...
by abernathys
Thu Feb 05, 2009 10:13 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Purple Martin Update 1…February 4, 2009
Replies: 10
Views: 7146

Hi Steve--thanks for the update, I always wonder how you are doing with your hawks. I have gotten four martins within the last few days, haven't seen any coopers, sharp shinned or merlins around all winter until last night. There it was sitting in the top of the tallest tree on the other side of the...
by abernathys
Tue Jan 27, 2009 1:56 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: 3 martins arrived yesterday
Replies: 23
Views: 17673

Howdy right back at ya! Glad your back! :grin: Keep my birds at your place for a couple of more days. I get mine not too long after you. Hope you have been well.

Sandy
by abernathys
Tue Jan 27, 2009 10:53 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Emil Pampell
Replies: 12
Views: 8586

Hi Dave--I miss Emil too! He helped me with alot of questions. Donna-we had our roof done a couple of years ago, when it was fledging time, they tolerated it pretty well. It is so noisy though! Any day now is time for my martins to show, I hope they wait until the end of the week, since the weather ...
by abernathys
Thu Jul 03, 2008 1:11 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Martins Gone Way too Early
Replies: 12
Views: 11349

Hello Matt--I'm not far from you, over close to Lockhart. The last four years I have had pairs stay until mid August raising babies. This year I won't since it was a terrible year, not alot of big bugs, too much wind and hot so early. My last babies have been fledging yesterday and today. I reckon t...