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by detioh11
Thu Apr 23, 2020 1:26 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Unpaired ASY Males
Replies: 2
Views: 166

Re: Unpaired ASY Males

I had one unpaired ASY male last year. He left for a week a couple times but would always come back and wound up building a complete nest and all in one of my gourds. I am in central Michigan and we don’t have many martins. There are 4 local colonies counting mine that I know of and we each only get...
by detioh11
Tue Apr 14, 2020 7:24 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Are Everyone's Martins Doing OK During the Very Late Cold Snap?
Replies: 17
Views: 855

Re: Are Everyone's Martins Doing OK During the Very Late Cold Snap?

I’m in central Michigan. I have 3 ASY males of today. The first birds were reported here in the last week, but they just started coming in more in the last day or two. I’m worried about birds that don’t have anyone to feed them. We are looking at a stretch we’re we won’t hit 50 degrees from Monday n...
by detioh11
Mon Mar 30, 2020 6:58 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Mountain Of Old Bird Netting!
Replies: 6
Views: 514

Re: Mountain Of Old Bird Netting!

Do you have to take them off when you lower the racks for next checks? My parents just got their first pair in Florida. We have a stovepipe guard on the pole but no netting yet.

Dennis.
by detioh11
Mon Mar 02, 2020 7:23 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: SY or ASY
Replies: 37
Views: 1660

Re: SY or ASY

I feel It comes down to one thing. If you are willing to put in the effort to keep sparrows and starlings out of the housing then by all means open it up when the earliest birds return. If you don’t have time to keep the other birds out then you should wait for the SY birds. Many sparrows have found...
by detioh11
Tue Feb 25, 2020 9:37 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: First Year Success Survey. How Many Pair?
Replies: 18
Views: 766

Re: First Year Success Survey. How Many Pair?

1 pair first year
0 pair second year
1 pair third year
3 pair fourth year.
by detioh11
Wed Feb 19, 2020 7:13 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: SY or ASY
Replies: 37
Views: 1660

Re: SY or ASY

Asy
by detioh11
Fri Jun 28, 2019 11:23 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Taxidermy Lady
Replies: 10
Views: 5057

Taxidermy Lady

Has anyone heard from taxidermy lady this year? I always enjoyed her posts and I haven't see anything from her this year.

Dennis
by detioh11
Fri Jun 28, 2019 11:21 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Need more females!!!
Replies: 1
Views: 2696

Need more females!!!

I have three nesting pair this year, up from one last year. The beginning of June I had an additional ASY male show up. He has built a nest with green leaves, but has failed to find a female. The last couple weeks a SY male or two would show up once in a while. As of the last two days I have had 4 S...
by detioh11
Mon Jun 24, 2019 12:09 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Question about different types of openings
Replies: 16
Views: 9778

Re: Question about different types of openings

I have both crescent and conelly II entrances. I have had 3 different instances of a bird not wanting to go in the crescent entrances. Some birds will fly right in just like they are a big round hole. The three times I saw a bird not fit they both tried for a half hour - 45 mins to get in and would ...
by detioh11
Fri Jun 21, 2019 1:13 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Will martins lay a second clutch?
Replies: 10
Views: 5735

Re: Will martins lay a second clutch?

Just my two cents, but I never remove a sparrow nest until the male sparrow has been dispatched. Before I had martins I removed a nest around 14 days in a row and they just kept rebulding. If they lay eggs, then you can usually trap them at that point. Removing the nest just ticks them off. I even h...
by detioh11
Sun May 19, 2019 6:42 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Eggs with no green leaves
Replies: 4
Views: 1567

Eggs with no green leaves

Hello everyone I have 3 pair nesting. Two of them have eggs so far. My original pair that was here last year have 4 eggs so far and the third pair to show up have 1 egg. I believe the third female is a SY female. Spring was late and cool this year so the leaves have really just come out in the last ...
by detioh11
Fri May 17, 2019 5:08 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Scared away a female???
Replies: 8
Views: 2338

Re: Scared away a female???

I was able to find a time this afternoon that the martins were gone, so I lowered the house and put the trap back in. I was able to catch the male sparrow. The female is being reluctant now but hopefully I will get her as well.
by detioh11
Fri May 17, 2019 2:26 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Scared away a female???
Replies: 8
Views: 2338

Re: Scared away a female???

Update, she came back the following morning. I got up early to watch and the male came out of that gourd by himself and was flying around and calling a bit. The other two pair were just sitting on their gourd very calm like normal. After they had been outside for about a half hour I was outside and ...
by detioh11
Wed May 15, 2019 8:53 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Scared away a female???
Replies: 8
Views: 2338

Scared away a female???

I have had three pair hanging around for 10 days after only having 1 pair last year. All three pair are using gourds that I have underneath my two T14’s. About 4-5 days ago I had a couple pair of sparrows trying to move in. This morning about 10am I decided I would lower one of the houses down to pu...
by detioh11
Sat May 11, 2019 8:15 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: I’m growing in numbers
Replies: 15
Views: 3779

Re: I’m growing in numbers

I had one pair in 2016 none in 2017 and one again in 2018. It looks like I have 3 pair spending the nights and just starting to think about near building in central Michigan. It is really cool to have 6 birds around. It feels like so many compared to 1 pair. Maybe I will get lucky and. They will dra...
by detioh11
Mon Jun 25, 2018 9:16 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Supplemental feeding with superworms
Replies: 14
Views: 4402

Re: Supplemental feeding with superworms

I had been getting super worms (zoophobas) at a local pet store. I originally thought they were just big meal worms. I ordered more from flukers which is when I realized they were not meal worms. Flukers seems to be a good place to get crickets and meal worms etc. they arrive live. If you order larg...
by detioh11
Mon Jun 25, 2018 6:16 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Supplemental feeding with superworms
Replies: 14
Views: 4402

Re: Supplemental feeding with superworms

Thank you for your replies. Kathy, does that mean that any insect that is frozen has no value? I have been buying crickets and super worms and putting them in the freezer and using as needed. I have gone through way more than I thought I would but it is so fun to feed them!!! I have been thawing the...
by detioh11
Mon Jun 25, 2018 1:42 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Supplemental feeding with superworms
Replies: 14
Views: 4402

Supplemental feeding with superworms

Hello Everyone, I have one ASY pair again this year with 5 babies, and a couple SY males hanging around daily. My birds showed up during an ice storms, and I was able to train them to supplemental feed after 3 days of freezing temps. I have continued to feed them all summer. They lost most of their ...
by detioh11
Thu May 17, 2018 7:58 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Guess who got into a trio crescent entrance but couldn't get out
Replies: 14
Views: 2650

Re: Guess who got into a trio crescent entrance but couldn't get out

I had the same thing happen on my t14 with s&k tunnels on Monday. I couldn’t believe it when I saw it’s head poking out. They are a lot stronger than I thought. Hard to hold on to.
by detioh11
Thu May 10, 2018 8:11 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: House Sparrows Cohabitating?
Replies: 25
Views: 4304

Re: House Sparrows Cohabitating?

I agree with what some of the others have said. In 2016 I had one pair of Martin’s and one pair of hs that I couldn’t seem to trap or shoot. They laid eggs and I dunked them in vegetable oil for a minute and then. Potted them dry. I put them back in the nest and the hs never suspected a thing. This ...