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by MNguy
Wed Jul 08, 2020 1:13 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Male feeding female?
Replies: 3
Views: 99

Male feeding female?

Hi All, Excited to have an SY pair nesting at my site after an up and down couple of years. They are tending to 4 eggs scheduled to hatch this weekend. Hoping they can get this thing established. Question - does the male bring the female food while she is incubating eggs? I see him coming and going ...
by MNguy
Sun Jun 14, 2020 11:19 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Green Leaf Behavior
Replies: 1
Views: 88

Green Leaf Behavior

I'm confused. I had a SY male hanging around for a couple weeks, and he seems to have bailed. Noticed another one checking out gourds/house compartments the last day or two. This morning, i witnessed what appeared to be a SY male bomb directly into the same gourd twice with green leaves in his beak....
by MNguy
Thu Jun 11, 2020 9:14 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Is it over?
Replies: 3
Views: 213

Is it over?

My season that is.... Are there still SY's moving north in MN? I had a male SY stick around for about 10 days (dubbed Marty Jr. by my kids). He was very protective of the setup, stayed each night, and even brought some visitors. Haven't seen him the past couple of days so think he may have given up ...
by MNguy
Thu May 14, 2020 12:36 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: MN/WI Landlords
Replies: 5
Views: 318

Re: MN/WI Landlords

MarkinMN - not planning to give up. I'm a duck hunter, so I know all about crazy hobbies. :lol: Just trying to get a sense of where others are at. I have four gourds and a four room Watersedge house. All crescent entrances. We live on a pond with completely open flyways. Sparrows controlled with a ....
by MNguy
Sun May 10, 2020 5:06 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: MN/WI Landlords
Replies: 5
Views: 318

MN/WI Landlords

Looking for some feedback on what you are seeing for numbers? How is the season going compared to previous years? I'm in my sixth year trying, and still don't have a strong foothold. Had a SY male hanging around for a month last summer, so was hoping he would return as an ASY and attract a mate. I k...
by MNguy
Mon Jan 06, 2020 1:00 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Songbird Magnet - Reviews?
Replies: 7
Views: 4776

Re: Songbird Magnet - Reviews?

Thanks to all for the replies. We do have external speakers on the house, right below our bedroom. My wife was not pleased when I was blasting the dawn song at 5:30 am with the windows open. :???: I think I will give the magnet a try. I have power right below my pole, which is about 30 yards from th...
by MNguy
Fri Jan 03, 2020 12:15 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Songbird Magnet - Reviews?
Replies: 7
Views: 4776

Songbird Magnet - Reviews?

Hi All, Middle of winter here in MN, but looking ahead to green grass and hopefully purple martins. Haven't been able to establish a consistent colony, hoping this is the year. Looking for reviews from the experts on the Songbird Magnet. The reviews on Amazon are all over the map. Tips/tricks? Do's/...
by MNguy
Sat Jun 15, 2019 11:40 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Red Winged Blackbirds
Replies: 2
Views: 1380

Red Winged Blackbirds

Hi All,

We live on a pond and this year the Red Winged Blackbirds have taken a liking to perching on my martin set up. I finally have some SY activity at my site. The martins and blackbirds seem to co-exist OK, but should I be discouraging the blackbirds from sitting there?
by MNguy
Tue May 07, 2019 8:49 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Colony Being Destroyed
Replies: 95
Views: 43913

Re: Colony Being Destroyed

RR - never received a PM. You can e-mail me @ jake@northlandkb.com if you would like.
by MNguy
Mon May 06, 2019 2:50 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Colony Being Destroyed
Replies: 95
Views: 43913

Re: Colony Being Destroyed

I've got a couple of game cameras sitting around not being used. I could ship you one, but I'm way up in MN. I think you'd just need some new batteries. Probably 3-4 days transit. Let me know.
by MNguy
Fri Mar 22, 2019 8:31 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Multipurpose pole/rack setup - need feedback
Replies: 2
Views: 859

Multipurpose pole/rack setup - need feedback

Hi All, Upgraded to a multipurpose pole and hub over the winter and will be installing things once the ground thaws here. Quick question - would it be a bad idea to mount a house (Watersedge 2 story) on one side of the hub and a feeding tray on the other side? I'll have the four gourds underneath. G...
by MNguy
Sun Feb 24, 2019 5:14 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: DIY winch system?
Replies: 21
Views: 9593

Re: DIY winch system?

phldave - I'll be using a square pole, so shouldn't have an issue with orientation - as long as I get it right the first time. GFB - looks like an incredibly sturdy system! Thanks for the pic. I assume you are using an eyebolt with a pulley at the top? If anyone has attempted to put the cable inside...
by MNguy
Sun Feb 24, 2019 11:34 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: DIY winch system?
Replies: 21
Views: 9593

DIY winch system?

Hi All, Eagerly awaiting spring as we get pounded with another blizzard here in MN. :roll: I'm upgrading my setup this year. I've purchased the multipurpose pole (just the hub and parts) - I'll be sourcing the 2" aluminum pole from a local metal supply shop. Planning to go with a 16-18 foot pole. I'...
by MNguy
Sat Jul 07, 2018 12:13 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Pole upgrade?
Replies: 3
Views: 1437

Pole upgrade?

Hi All, Appears 2018 is over for me, except maybe some visitors, so I'm eyeing upgrades for next year. I currently have a Watersedge 4 room house mounted on a 12' telescoping pole. I think its the "birds choice heavy duty". It has thumbscrews, which are starting to become unreliable. I rigged it so ...
by MNguy
Wed Jul 04, 2018 9:30 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: What happened to these babies?
Replies: 9
Views: 2418

Re: What happened to these babies?

Thanks for the feedback. There were only about 10 of the blowfly larva, and none were attached to the babies. So based on your answer, I think that can be ruled out. So probably dehydration or body temp issues? Is there anything I could have done to prevent this? I guess I can only try and learn fro...
by MNguy
Tue Jul 03, 2018 9:07 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: What happened to these babies?
Replies: 9
Views: 2418

Re: What happened to these babies?

one more
by MNguy
Tue Jul 03, 2018 9:07 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: What happened to these babies?
Replies: 9
Views: 2418

Re: What happened to these babies?

more pics
by MNguy
Tue Jul 03, 2018 8:57 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: What happened to these babies?
Replies: 9
Views: 2418

What happened to these babies?

My only nesting pair laid 5 eggs, all hatched. I was out of town, but my estimated hatch date was 6/27 or 6/28. I checked on the 30th and all was good...all 5 OK. Checked last night and only 4 were left, and only two were moving. Checked tonight and all 4 were dead. I've had sparrows poking around t...
by MNguy
Sat Jun 30, 2018 11:54 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Break in egg laying?
Replies: 3
Views: 1020

Re: Break in egg laying?

Update - just returned from almost a week at the lake and all 5 eggs hatched! :grin:

Experts - think these are 2-3 days old? I was anticipating a hatch date of 6/27 or 6/28.
by MNguy
Sun Jun 17, 2018 1:15 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Break in egg laying?
Replies: 3
Views: 1020

Break in egg laying?

Hi All, 2nd yr landlord with a small colony (if you can call it that) in MN. I've currently got one pair with eggs and a 2nd pair showing interest. Here are my nest checks on the 1st pair: 6/6 - 1 egg 6/8 - 3 eggs 6/11 - 4 eggs 6/17 - 5 eggs My understanding was they laid one egg per day, so the mat...