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by robndebby
Tue Mar 19, 2019 9:48 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Finally! A pair showed up today in central Virginia
Replies: 3
Views: 1014

Re: Finally! A pair showed up today in central Virginia

Well, thought a pair had arrived but it seems like maybe not. I saw one pair yesterday for about five minutes, now nothing. Anyone else late in getting their Martins?
by robndebby
Mon Mar 18, 2019 3:15 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Finally! A pair showed up today in central Virginia
Replies: 3
Views: 1014

Finally! A pair showed up today in central Virginia

Last year we had Martins show up on March 7. Through the years, there has always been two pair that show up on the 17th of March. That didn't happen this year, but I did look out and saw one pair going in and out of a gourd this morning. I'm sure the others will follow shortly. Anyone else in centra...
by robndebby
Mon Mar 18, 2019 3:10 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Gone but never forgotten
Replies: 4
Views: 1085

Re: Gone but never forgotten

Very sorry for the loss of your cat. It is so hard to lose a family member!
by robndebby
Wed Apr 04, 2018 10:32 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: The awful has happened...daggone starlings!
Replies: 17
Views: 3288

Re: The awful has happened...daggone starlings!

I added a picture, do any of you guys see it? I don't. I must be doing something wrong.
by robndebby
Wed Apr 04, 2018 10:28 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: The awful has happened...daggone starlings!
Replies: 17
Views: 3288

Re: The awful has happened...daggone starlings!

I have a small BB gun I got at Walmart. Pump it 10 times and it works okay. I have shot two Starlings with it. Brought them to the ground but they weren't dead, so head to shoot them again. Mine just says Grizzly on the side but will look at Walmart for the one you are talking about I do think with ...
by robndebby
Tue Apr 03, 2018 5:54 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: The awful has happened...daggone starlings!
Replies: 17
Views: 3288

The awful has happened...daggone starlings!

We changed all our houses many years ago for only gourds with crescent holes. Goodbye to starlings! It has been wonderful...until...today I noticed a starling go into one of the gourds, then another went into another gourd. They have nesting material in their mouths, but they cannot get in with it a...
by robndebby
Sun Mar 18, 2018 11:34 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: They are here!!!
Replies: 2
Views: 653

They are here!!!

:grin: In the 28 years we have had a colony, a few have ALWAYS shown up on March 17. I looked for them all day long yesterday, and then around 5:00 (eastern daylight savings time) three flew in and went right into the gourds. I was getting concerned as they have never missed this date. A few flew ar...
by robndebby
Wed Apr 26, 2017 4:44 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: New PM Landlord - Add gourds?
Replies: 3
Views: 844

Re: New PM Landlord - Add gourds?

I would say put the gourds up. We have been landlords for 28 years and we started with houses. As the houses deteriorated, we replaced them with gourds. The Martins appeared to prefer the gourds, so now we have only gourds. I think we had 44 or 45 pairs last year and 153 babies. We first put up the ...
by robndebby
Wed Apr 26, 2017 4:34 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Lots of Martins
Replies: 4
Views: 1481

Lots of Martins

Getting lots of Martins here in Central Virginia! This is the first year they didn't have much cold weather to deal with. We've just had five days of rain which finally let up and has become sunny here today. They are out in full force.

Everyone have a great Martin year!
by robndebby
Fri Mar 03, 2017 11:26 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: March 1...Martins in Central VA
Replies: 2
Views: 898

March 1...Martins in Central VA

Saw our first Martin on March 1. This is the earliest we have ever seen them here in central Virginia. If you didn't know the date and the Martins showed up, you would know it was March 17. Last year they came on the 10th of March. But March 1 is definitely a record for us. For 26 years March 17 was...
by robndebby
Thu Jun 02, 2016 5:02 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Looking good here in Virginia
Replies: 0
Views: 8411

Looking good here in Virginia

We did our second nest check yesterday. We have 125 eggs, 17 babies. I hope they all stay healthy and fed to be able to fly to Brazil in July. We had a little problem with a pair of sparrows that were determined they were going to live in a gourd, no matter what. We tore out one gourd three times, a...
by robndebby
Wed May 11, 2016 4:05 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: All Martins changed the way they make nests
Replies: 1
Views: 597

All Martins changed the way they make nests

All of our martins, all at one time, changed the way they make their nests. None of them use mud at the entrances of the gourds any longer. They now use horse hay for their nests. We find it very strange they all did it at the same time. Now we know there must be some kind of communication going on...
by robndebby
Wed May 11, 2016 3:57 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: colony problems always lurking
Replies: 5
Views: 1057

Re: colony problems always lurking

So sorry that happened to you. We were in our back yard with our two cats when a young hawk swooped down right in front of us and caught a martin. We never saw him coming. We started chasing after him and clapping and went to the ground, tried to get up with the martin, but was not strong enough to ...
by robndebby
Wed Jun 24, 2015 3:17 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Anyone with misting system?
Replies: 7
Views: 1451

Thanks for your help. We did put a hose on one of the gourd rack poles, not as high as the gourds, and they seemed to enjoy it. A few years ago, we had a really hot summer and we did that, plus we only had two nests left with babies so we put ice packs (covered with a kitchen towel) in each gourd an...
by robndebby
Mon Jun 22, 2015 9:34 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Anyone with misting system?
Replies: 7
Views: 1451

Anyone with misting system?

I want to set up some misters for the birds as tomorrow is going to be superhot. I tried Southern States and other large chains, no one has anything. If you have a system of some sorts, whether home-made or bought, can you let me know about it as soon as possible? I don't particularly want to run a ...
by robndebby
Thu Jun 11, 2015 1:06 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Colony Has Not Returned
Replies: 13
Views: 3440

Good to know but I'm thinking, Heavens, I can't see that stuff that far away!!! This one did have a long tail, but he wasn't the least bit interested in the Martins. However, I'll try better to figure out what they are when I see them. Thanks!
by robndebby
Wed Jun 10, 2015 3:22 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Colony Has Not Returned
Replies: 13
Views: 3440

Send those mockingbirds here - I don't have many and I've NEVER seen them do that. We had a big hawk land on the fence post about 100 feet from the Martins, but they did not get upset about it at all. He was looking down so he must have been a mouser instead of a birder! I couldn't tell what kind of...
by robndebby
Tue Jun 09, 2015 10:23 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Babies falling out?
Replies: 8
Views: 2504

Yes, we have been having lots of rainy days. It has not been really cold but a few nights since they arrived. We are keeping an eye on things and so far everything seems to be progressing nicely. We don't know why they are not as productive this year, but we do have a good number of babies. Hopefull...
by robndebby
Mon Jun 08, 2015 1:33 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Babies falling out?
Replies: 8
Views: 2504

Jim, you are more diligent than we are. We don't do weekly nestchecks as husband works and then gets busy on weekends - and I can't lower the houses myself. We do keep a sharp eye on them when we are at home, looking at them through binoculars from the house and walking around the site. We've never ...
by robndebby
Sun Jun 07, 2015 5:59 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Colony Has Not Returned
Replies: 13
Views: 3440

Sorry you have lost your colony. I agree that some predator came last year. I live in Virginia and the only birds I am aware of that we are allowed to shoot are sparrows and starlings. I would definitely put guards on, and on the pole a guard and netting. There are snakes in Virginia Beach, I've see...