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by stan davison
Wed May 24, 2017 11:44 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: sneaky male HOSP
Replies: 5
Views: 1847

Re: sneaky male HOSP

Craig, the exact same thing happened to me yesterday. I had not seen a house sparrow for days. I came home from running errands and I saw a male hosp. carrying out a Martin egg. It was a Subbie pair and he destroyed their eggs. I trapped him within hours in the spare o door. Another aggressive male ...
by stan davison
Wed May 17, 2017 8:27 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Unorthodox Location Leads to Success
Replies: 11
Views: 3609

Re: Unorthodox Location Leads to Success

Actually your site is perfect for Martins. If that was my place j would put up a gourd rack Asap two feet further away from fence with snake netting and a predator guard. You will have more martins than you'll know what to do with.
by stan davison
Thu May 11, 2017 9:41 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Dispatching European Sparrows
Replies: 40
Views: 10796

Re: Dispatching European Sparrows

I was under the impression that English house sparrow were actually of the finch family. Correct me if I'm wrong. Thanks.
by stan davison
Mon Apr 24, 2017 10:33 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Could be Make or Break Week ???
Replies: 7
Views: 2559

Re: Could be Make or Break Week ???

I am in Tulsa Oklahoma I am short 18 pair as of today. I had 1 Asy female grounded and she is at the rehabber and I lost another Asy female to a vehicle hit and run. I have a few unmated Asy males and one single Subbie male. I won't complain because I do have 20 pair nesting and a few on eggs. I wor...
by stan davison
Fri Mar 31, 2017 8:52 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Tulsa Update
Replies: 1
Views: 813

Tulsa Update

Today March 31st I can report 15 to 20 pair at my colony in Brookside Tulsa. I have several unmated Asy males. The Hawks are relentless hitting decoys daily. I purchased some dove decoys yesterday and plan to place them in around the yard and on the fence line. Last night at roost time I had several...
by stan davison
Thu Mar 16, 2017 9:01 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Arrival?
Replies: 6
Views: 2242

Re: Arrival?

Okie, hope you get several Martin's on your set up this year.
by stan davison
Thu Mar 16, 2017 8:58 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Arrival?
Replies: 6
Views: 2242

Re: Arrival?

I had 2 asy males come into roost tonight. Can't wait to get up tomorrow morning.
by stan davison
Wed Mar 15, 2017 1:17 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Arrival?
Replies: 6
Views: 2242

Re: Arrival?

Okie, I had two Asy Males last week do several fly-bys. Then this cold snap came in. Haven't seen anything since. My bet is by Friday I will have a few. Good luck this year. Last year my first arrived on feb. 29th.
by stan davison
Fri Feb 10, 2017 8:40 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Martin in Tulsa
Replies: 7
Views: 2424

Re: Martin in Tulsa

Okie, that Martin did not roost here tonight as I suspected. Starlings are thick here but not showing interest in my housing. The sparrows are relentless. I'm trapping up to 10 per day. They are thinning out though
I hope my Martin's don't show up until March.
by stan davison
Fri Feb 10, 2017 11:41 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Martin in Tulsa
Replies: 7
Views: 2424

Martin in Tulsa

Was out back with my dogs and heard a martin. I thought it might be a mocker. I looked up to the west and sure enough I saw an asy male flying fast to the north. I am convinced this is a migrating Martin and not from my colony. I am one block from the Arkansas river. I will not post this as an offic...
by stan davison
Wed Aug 17, 2016 4:50 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Tulsa Roost Has Shifted to the Double Tree
Replies: 11
Views: 3962

Re: Tulsa Roost Has Shifted to the Double Tree

Okie, I will try to make it down there.
by stan davison
Wed Aug 17, 2016 4:25 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Tulsa Roost Has Shifted to the Double Tree
Replies: 11
Views: 3962

Re: Tulsa Roost Has Shifted to the Double Tree

Dick that cat was walking toward the corner tree at 6th and Frisco. That might explain why the birds have shifted from those trees. Okie, my birds are long gone. My last subbie pair fledged 2 out of 4. One was dead in compartment and one jumped early and didn't make it.
by stan davison
Wed Aug 17, 2016 12:24 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Tulsa Roost Has Shifted to the Double Tree
Replies: 11
Views: 3962

Re: Tulsa Roost Has Shifted to the Double Tree

Dick, I was there last night in front of the doubletree. I was bombarded with questions from hotel guests about the martins. I gave basic info and directed them to the website. One of the guests said yesterday he found 3 dead ones in the parking lot. Tens of thousands of them at the roost last night...
by stan davison
Thu Jul 28, 2016 5:42 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Very Sad News
Replies: 18
Views: 5238

Re: Very Sad News

I am very sad. Will miss her posts.
by stan davison
Wed Jul 06, 2016 6:57 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Curios Behavior
Replies: 4
Views: 1604

Re: Curios Behavior

I believe they drop the dragonfly to see if it is still alive and if it is they fly around with it until it's dead then feed the young.
by stan davison
Wed Jul 06, 2016 6:47 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Tulsa update
Replies: 0
Views: 10017

Tulsa update

All my birds have fledged except 2 subbie pairs have young. There is a small staging area on the giant power lines and pole at e36th and riverside dr. I noticed several martins on the wires and flying around. This morning I went out to check on the 2 pair left and yet ANOTHER rat snake in the nettin...
by stan davison
Tue Jun 21, 2016 9:45 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Really bad news!!!
Replies: 107
Views: 17298

Re: Really bad news!!!

I would buy a misting sprinkler , just don't get the nests wet. Good luck!
by stan davison
Mon Jun 20, 2016 8:06 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: jumpers doing just fine.
Replies: 6
Views: 1949

Re: jumpers doing just fine.

I also have yet another myth buster!. I have an ASY male that lost his mate or she left not sure. This guy never let's a good dragonfly go to waste. If the bug is dropped when feeding he simply drops to the ground picks up the bug and flies to the gourd to feed the brood. This is unusual.
by stan davison
Sun Jun 19, 2016 10:27 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: jumpers doing just fine.
Replies: 6
Views: 1949

Re: jumpers doing just fine.

Okie, you are welcome to see my Martin colony, I wish you had let me know earlier. I have to go out of town for a short trip to OKC. They will be all fledged by the time I get back. They are already thinning out now. The season is winding down. But we still have the roost.
by stan davison
Sun Jun 19, 2016 9:34 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: jumpers doing just fine.
Replies: 6
Views: 1949

jumpers doing just fine.

I have 2 jumpers, and believe it or not, I'm still scratching my head on this one. These guys are catching small bugs in the grass and the adults are feeding them on the ground as well. My yard is fenced in and I am not worried about stray cats. I will leave them be since I am not sure which hole th...