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by jhcox
Tue Jun 11, 2019 7:34 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Dawn song ?? For next year
Replies: 3
Views: 63

Dawn song ?? For next year

I’ve read several times on the forum that if you have 10 or more pair a martins you are now an established colony. I have reached my 10 pair of Martins and still had nest building going on. But my question is for next year do I still have to play the Dawn song all the time to attract the Martin’s in...
by jhcox
Sat Jun 08, 2019 10:46 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Nest check #6 or 7
Replies: 3
Views: 55

Nest check #6 or 7

I didn’t nest check number six or seven today We appear to still be growing we have between 20 and 25 birds. We have 10 nests in different stages some have 2 or 3 most have 5 one of them has 6 eggs. But three of them this morning have new babies. We still have some birds bringing in green leaves so ...
by jhcox
Mon Jun 03, 2019 5:43 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Another nest check
Replies: 1
Views: 163

Another nest check

Did another nest check on Sunday June 2nd we are up to 8 nest with eggs from 3 to 6 eggs. Still have several nest that have new green leaves in them. Is it a good assumption that I have at least 8 pair or do you think that maybe I have some males that a breading multiple females and helping build mu...
by jhcox
Tue May 28, 2019 8:40 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Another nest check in East Tennessee
Replies: 4
Views: 122

Re: Another nest check in East Tennessee

Thanks guys I hope it continues to grow a little this year. I have a few still building nest so maybe. Hopefully they will fledge all of them and theses pairs will return next year with a few more in tow. I have heard several people saying that your colony is confirmed if you get 10 or more nesting ...
by jhcox
Tue May 28, 2019 1:14 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Another nest check in East Tennessee
Replies: 4
Views: 122

Another nest check in East Tennessee

Well I did another nest check today and good news so far I have grown from 1 nesting pair last year. To 5 so far this year 4 with 5 eggs and 1 with 6 eggs and several more nest that are getting green leaves placed in them so maybe we will get a few more. It’s hard to count how many birds I have but ...
by jhcox
Tue May 21, 2019 2:08 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: First pm!!!
Replies: 9
Views: 1147

Re: First pm!!!

Congratulations FL Mike on your first Martin are you playing the Dawn song in the mornings and evenings to help him call in more martins. Good luck I hope you get more Martins soon.
by jhcox
Mon May 20, 2019 5:46 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: How often should I do nest checks
Replies: 5
Views: 377

Re: How often should I do nest checks

Thanks guys for your assistance. And I agree 7 days seems to long to wait. Its like trying to sleep till 8 or 10 am on Christmas Day when you were a kid.
by jhcox
Sun May 19, 2019 9:09 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: How often should I do nest checks
Replies: 5
Views: 377

How often should I do nest checks

I have now done 4 nest checks several with green leaves. 2 of the nest have eggs One has 1 egg one has 3. So how often should you do nest check or does it even matter.
by jhcox
Fri May 17, 2019 11:10 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: First egg of the season
Replies: 2
Views: 161

Re: First egg of the season

Brent you must live really far south to already have chicks that are ready to fledge.
by jhcox
Fri May 17, 2019 9:03 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: First egg of the season
Replies: 2
Views: 161

First egg of the season

Did my 3rd nest check of the year and found 1 egg and several more with green leaves in them. I still have a total of 14 birds now more males than females. But I’ll check one day next week and hopefully find a few more eggs in multiple gourds. Have a great year all.
by jhcox
Fri May 17, 2019 8:53 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Male PM from another site killing eggs
Replies: 2
Views: 209

Re: Male PM from another site killing eggs

Hey beach42 he may just be stilling nest materials for his nest. I have a SY female that is doing the same thing but fortunately for me So far I don’t have many eggs. And she hasn’t broken any yet.
by jhcox
Wed May 15, 2019 9:11 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Two ??
Replies: 4
Views: 213

Two ??

Is it common to have several more SY males than females? And is it common for PM to take nesting material from another nesting pairs compartment. I have one female that is taking nesting material from several other gourds. Almost as fast as the other birds can bring it in. JHCox Heiskell Tennessee
by jhcox
Tue May 14, 2019 6:11 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: I’m growing in numbers
Replies: 16
Views: 608

Re: I’m growing in numbers

I seem to have way more nest building activity than I have actual Martins. Is that normal for them to build more than one nest?? I have had new green leaves for over a week. When should I expect to see some eggs??
by jhcox
Sun May 12, 2019 3:53 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: I’m growing in numbers
Replies: 16
Views: 608

Re: I’m growing in numbers

Hey buckdog122 it sure is exciting to get up in the morning and see them zipping around. I think I’m up to 12 or 14 now and the more you get the better it is to sit and watch them.
by jhcox
Sat May 11, 2019 1:36 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: I’m growing in numbers
Replies: 16
Views: 608

Re: I’m growing in numbers

I have no idea where a local roost is in the East Tennessee area.
by jhcox
Sat May 11, 2019 9:47 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: I’m growing in numbers
Replies: 16
Views: 608

Re: I’m growing in numbers

Ya it’s a great feeling to see them in larger numbers when I go out to work in the yard they go crazy darting and diving. And I hope they grow again next year or even this year because Tennessee so far is only showing 7 to 8 subadults on the migration map. As far as room to grow I have the 30 compar...
by jhcox
Fri May 10, 2019 7:54 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: I’m growing in numbers
Replies: 16
Views: 608

I’m growing in numbers

Started this year with I think my matriarch pair. I was hoping to double the one pair I had from last year but the Lord has seen fit to give me about 10 or 12 maybe more Martins this year. Not sure how many pairs I actually have but I have 6 or seven nest with leaves in them. So hopefully I’ll have ...
by jhcox
Fri May 10, 2019 7:41 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Gourd Cam
Replies: 9
Views: 461

Re: Gourd Cam

Hey Terrapincove is there any way you can tilt the camera down a little more to view the center of the nest cup. If it were tilted a little more you could possibly get to view the female actually laying the eggs. And would be able to see more of the chicks when they hatch. Just wondering if that was...
by jhcox
Tue May 07, 2019 8:58 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Colony Being Destroyed
Replies: 90
Views: 4346

Re: Colony Being Destroyed

The traps are pretty small and pretty cheap. At least you would know what it is and could dispatch it quickly. And if it ever happened again you wo know what it is and what to do. It would be better than loosing another single Martin.
by jhcox
Tue May 07, 2019 3:16 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Colony Being Destroyed
Replies: 90
Views: 4346

Re: Colony Being Destroyed

Just a thought but a small cat or even smaller type trap baited with raw meat would catch any type of meat eating predators. Put it at the base of the pole and set it. And wait if it’s coming every day or so it will take the free meal before doing all the work to climb pole and kill the birds. Good ...

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