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by jhcox
Sun Jun 06, 2021 11:10 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Nest check 6/6/21
Replies: 1
Views: 58

Nest check 6/6/21

Got home from vacation today and did an afternoon nest check. I found out I have 43 nest with eggs and in those 43 nests I have a total of 40 young birds. Must’ve had a large influx of SY birds because I still have several nest that are just getting ready to start laying eggs have fresh green leaves...
by jhcox
Fri Jun 04, 2021 8:15 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: How in the world do you guys count Martins?
Replies: 21
Views: 559

Re: How in the world do you guys count Martins?

Your welcome MJM
by jhcox
Thu Jun 03, 2021 10:37 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: How in the world do you guys count Martins?
Replies: 21
Views: 559

Re: How in the world do you guys count Martins?

I noticed that somewhere in this post it was mentioned the old myth that birds will leave the young if touched by humans. It is exactly that a myth. I have Martins, Tree swallows, Blue birds, Chickadees, Tuft Titmouse, Purple Finch, Gold Finch, Doves. And amen other birds nesting on my property and ...
by jhcox
Thu Jun 03, 2021 10:06 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Epcot Martin colony
Replies: 6
Views: 176

Re: Epcot Martin colony

Gourd rack just outside the entrance of Animal Kingdom in Disney. I was told by several staff members that there is a very large colony back stage. They are doing a study on them with tagging and tracking. Hope everyone enjoys the pictures.
by jhcox
Wed Jun 02, 2021 10:41 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Epcot Martin colony
Replies: 6
Views: 176

Re: Epcot Martin colony

Going to try to get some pictures of the setups at animals kingdom as well. Tomorrow sometime.
by jhcox
Tue Jun 01, 2021 10:29 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Epcot Martin colony
Replies: 6
Views: 176

Epcot Martin colony

We have been at Disney all week and went to Epcot today to see new gourd racks that I didn’t see last time we were here. 5 racks with 24 gourds each troyers horizontals with tunnels and porches. They were beside a large lake area. Was nice to see. I miss sitting and the back patio or front porch and...
by jhcox
Wed May 26, 2021 7:54 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Put up a Martin House for Looks... it's covered in Birds! Now What?
Replies: 9
Views: 713

Re: Put up a Martin House for Looks... it's covered in Birds! Now What?

Hey if you build it they will come ha ha. But seriously you can’t blame the birds it looks like you have the perfect site for Martins open fields and a 3 acre pond. That’s Purple Martin heaven and consider your self very luck I’ve heard on the forum of people trying diligently for 10 years to get Ma...
by jhcox
Mon May 24, 2021 1:00 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Nest check
Replies: 0
Views: 603

Nest check

I did a midday nest check Found 29 nest with eggs another ten nest with green leaves. And one of the 29 nest with eggs had two little pink babies in it today. It was one that had a shell capped over another egg so I remove that hopefully they’ll be more hatch off later today or tomorrow. I have 66 c...
by jhcox
Sun May 09, 2021 8:16 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Subadults in northern Illinois near Lake Michigan?
Replies: 5
Views: 1024

Re: Subadults in northern Illinois near Lake Michigan?

My colony was started by ASY birds several years ago. You never know when a colony is taken down or are ran out by predators or just over populated and need a place to go. Make the site look lived in pre nest the cavities with pine needles smear a little mud on the landing and on the entrances. I fo...
by jhcox
Sun May 09, 2021 8:08 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Getting them to Stay?
Replies: 10
Views: 2567

Re: Getting them to Stay?

Put the bird magnet on a timer to run from 2 hours before dawn to dusk. This way you don't have to worry about turning it on or off or forgetting. Once you get a few more martins you will not need it. The martins will do all the calling and attracting. good luck.
by jhcox
Fri Apr 30, 2021 11:15 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Tips on attracting Martins to my house.....HELP
Replies: 23
Views: 4282

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

Hey TN22 I hadn't heard any up date from you lately. Have you had any visitors.
by jhcox
Wed Apr 28, 2021 11:27 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Nest building is under way
Replies: 4
Views: 1124

Re: Nest building is under way

I agree the more the better. Those are just the 4 small rack I started out with. The are 4 more racks in the from yard that hold 24 gourds on each of them. Last year was the first year that they were up. So it will take some tome to get enough Martins to fill them.
by jhcox
Wed Apr 28, 2021 7:09 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Nest building is under way
Replies: 4
Views: 1124

Re: Nest building is under way

Yes they do and the mamas and the papas are pretty fond of them too. The sun in the mornings touches the wires way up above the PM houses way before it gets to the PM houses. So on a cold morning they will all fly up there and huddle together to sook up the rays. I'm assuming my numbers are around 4...
by jhcox
Tue Apr 27, 2021 10:46 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Banded martins
Replies: 2
Views: 1204

Re: Banded martins

I felt very privileged to have one of only about 100 hummingbird banders in the US which to my understanding is the most difficult banding permits that you can be certified for. He banded young Martins last year here at my place in East Tennessee. He banded 30 to 50 birds. It was a great filling to ...
by jhcox
Tue Apr 27, 2021 8:37 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Nest building is under way
Replies: 4
Views: 1124

Nest building is under way

The martin for the last couple of days have been stilling leaves off of my peach tree to line there nest. It very busy this morning. Still no subadults.
by jhcox
Sat Apr 24, 2021 10:09 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Tips on attracting Martins to my house.....HELP
Replies: 23
Views: 4282

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

No not unless you have neighbors that might get upset.
by jhcox
Sat Apr 24, 2021 5:33 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Tips on attracting Martins to my house.....HELP
Replies: 23
Views: 4282

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

The tree swallows will Readily use the bluebird house. I would suggest putting another bluebird house on the other side of your purple Martin house that way the tree swallows and the bluebird will have a place to nest and hopefully they will keep any other bluebirds or tree swallows from attempting ...
by jhcox
Fri Apr 23, 2021 3:23 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Tips on attracting Martins to my house.....HELP
Replies: 23
Views: 4282

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

Yes that’s correct and you can order tunnels and porches for them from Amazon.
by jhcox
Fri Apr 23, 2021 1:59 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Tips on attracting Martins to my house.....HELP
Replies: 23
Views: 4282

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

Tractor supply usually cares the Bo9 style gourds the are good for getting started. I think you get 6 in a box for like 40$ or less.
by jhcox
Fri Apr 23, 2021 12:38 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Tips on attracting Martins to my house.....HELP
Replies: 23
Views: 4282

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

The bird magnet will fit in the attic of the S&K and then close the roof back. That will put the Martins Dawn Song a little higher up in the air. Also it will make the Martins think that there are Martins somewhere in the house. Yes put a hand full of pine straw in each compartment. Have found some ...