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by Bob Buskas
Sat Jun 13, 2015 10:29 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: What bird is like a PM but has white chest
Replies: 11
Views: 4886

I'm thinking Eastern King Bird?
by Bob Buskas
Fri Jun 12, 2015 9:51 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Helped out a female. My guys are on the naughty list.
Replies: 2
Views: 1429

Not hard to figure why your colony is growing so fast. They know when their landlord cares for them and about them. She trusts you, and she showed it. This is just one of many memories your Martin colony will bring you and your family in the years ahead. So Cool!
by Bob Buskas
Tue Jun 02, 2015 12:45 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Update in Saskatoon
Replies: 26
Views: 8310

Sorry, looking back on your posts, I guess your video feed is just for watching the house?
by Bob Buskas
Tue Jun 02, 2015 12:42 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Update in Saskatoon
Replies: 26
Views: 8310

Adam, you talk about the video feed, by this do you mean the Dawn song? If so, take it easy with that, too much Dawn song can make the males too agresive. You can switch to the chatter cd instead at low volume.
by Bob Buskas
Thu May 28, 2015 11:02 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Update in Saskatoon
Replies: 26
Views: 8310

What you saw tonight is what you can expect for the next few weeks, yes they are working to build a colony, it takes time but they will succeed. Enjoy, its so fun to watch how hard they work to bring in newly arriving Martins. Some sub adults , especially the females can be very shy, but most ASY ma...
by Bob Buskas
Thu May 28, 2015 8:28 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Update in Saskatoon
Replies: 26
Views: 8310

Nice looking house Adam, hope the subbies fill it up soon!
by Bob Buskas
Mon May 25, 2015 10:05 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Things looking up in Alberta
Replies: 4
Views: 2206

Things looking up in Alberta

Well finally some warm Summer weather and low and behold, the ASY Martins are arriving in big numbers now. Man its noisy here the last few days. My colony is filling up nice and also got my first SY male on the 23 of May. Hope some of the rain your getting down south comes here, we have a Province w...
by Bob Buskas
Wed May 20, 2015 11:31 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Cold, wet weather, Feeding and sub-adults arriving (Pics)
Replies: 2
Views: 1541

Kathy this is a great post, thanks for sharing it with us. Sometimes it takes bad weather for us landlords to learn, and also the sub adults. Yes, the subbies do learn from the more experienced adults, your colony will be fine thanks to you! :wink:
by Bob Buskas
Wed May 20, 2015 11:24 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Cold temperatures and incubation.
Replies: 11
Views: 4322

Right ON Dave, you got it right ! 100%
by Bob Buskas
Wed May 20, 2015 6:07 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Cold temperatures and incubation.
Replies: 11
Views: 4322

Congrats on the feeding, once they get use to eating the egg, you can cut down feeding crickets. Just give them crickets for a treat once in a while.
by Bob Buskas
Wed May 20, 2015 9:44 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Cold temperatures and incubation.
Replies: 11
Views: 4322

Your correct the males do not incubate but many will keep the eggs from cooling by sitting on them while the female is feeding. My nest cam has showed this many times during cold weather.
by Bob Buskas
Wed May 20, 2015 12:27 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Cold temperatures and incubation.
Replies: 11
Views: 4322

I agree with Louise, so long as the female can feed in the afternoon the eggs will be fine, if the female has a good Hubbie, he will sit on the eggs while she feeds and keep them from cooling. Good mature parents will have no problem with the cold temps. But not all parents work together.
by Bob Buskas
Wed May 20, 2015 12:19 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Discontinue Dawnsong?
Replies: 11
Views: 3624

From my experience, I would turn it off. The problem I found is that the dawn song played to often attracted Merlin's and hawks. You have a pair nesting now, let your Male do his own thing and attract more Martins once his female has laid eggs. Believe me he will, The males job changes once his fema...
by Bob Buskas
Wed May 20, 2015 12:07 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Western Canadian migration seems slow
Replies: 23
Views: 7236

Curtis, yes to start with the Oyster bar, you need to remove the roof. But once the Martins get use to using it you can install it again. Then comes the Robin proof sides. One step at a time. It all takes time and training, but it does work. Believe me.... been there . You always start with the roof...
by Bob Buskas
Sun May 17, 2015 10:39 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Western Canadian migration seems slow
Replies: 23
Views: 7236

Archer, take a look at my website, you could try my Robin Proof Oyster bar. It takes a while for the Martins to get use to the roof and sides but it does work very well once they get use too it. Email me privately and I can give you the details on it.
by Bob Buskas
Sun May 17, 2015 10:38 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Western Canadian migration seems slow
Replies: 23
Views: 7236

Archer, take a look at my website, you could try my Robin Proof Oyster bar. It takes a while for the Martins to get use to the roof and sides but it does work very well once they get use too it. Email me privately and I can give you the details on it.
by Bob Buskas
Sun May 17, 2015 2:20 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Western Canadian migration seems slow
Replies: 23
Views: 7236

Your welcome, stay in touch. be sure to offer Finely crushed Oyster shell on your feeder as well.
by Bob Buskas
Sat May 16, 2015 12:36 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Western Canadian migration seems slow
Replies: 23
Views: 7236

Mary, have you tried this link / http://www.georgiabasin.ca/puma.htm

You should also try to contact Bruce Cousins, he is very involved with PM's on the Island try this link https://www.flickr.com/photos/viucsr/7412090308/
by Bob Buskas
Sat May 16, 2015 12:28 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Western Canadian migration seems slow
Replies: 23
Views: 7236

Well a migration must be happening now, we have rain and an east wind, lots of noise at my colony yesterday and also our first male Humming bird, this morning we have 2 Orioles sitting on the sugar water feeder outside the kitchen window. They are hungry so its time to get your Hummer and Oriole fee...
by Bob Buskas
Sat May 16, 2015 12:52 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Western Canadian migration seems slow
Replies: 23
Views: 7236

Cool nice to hear you are having success at your new colony, please stay in touch, what style of housing do you have? I think my Bungalows would work great out on the west coast. I have a sister that lives on Vancouver Island so I am fairly familiar with your west coast Martin program. Again please ...