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by MNguy
Mon Jan 06, 2020 1:00 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Songbird Magnet - Reviews?
Replies: 7
Views: 4651

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: 4651

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: 1326

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: 42496

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: 42496

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: 812

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: 8831

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: 8831

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: 1374

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: 2293

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: 2293

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: 2293

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: 2293

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: 958

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: 958

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...
by MNguy
Tue May 01, 2018 3:11 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: ASY Male Returned! - Founding Male?
Replies: 2
Views: 378

ASY Male Returned! - Founding Male?

Was very pleased when an ASY Male showed up at my site this morning around 10:30. He was calmly preening himself on the top of the house for a good hour. Then he zipped right into the gourd that was occupied last year. He seemed very comfortable which leads me to think he is my founding male from la...
by MNguy
Sat Mar 10, 2018 11:41 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: 2nd year landlord (hopefully) - what to expect?
Replies: 2
Views: 679

2nd year landlord (hopefully) - what to expect?

It'll be a while before the martins make it up here, but I have a few questions in the meantime. Succesfully hosted a pair of martins for the first time last year. SY pair arrived on June 6 and immediately started nesting. I have two gourds under a 4 room watersedge house. The female laid one egg in...
by MNguy
Mon Jul 10, 2017 12:52 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: New Landlord Rollercoaster
Replies: 1
Views: 385

New Landlord Rollercoaster

I am experiencing the rollercoaster of feelings that these birds bring. This is my first year attracting a pair, 4th year of trying. SY pair arrived in early June and stuck around - Awesome Laid egg in gourd #1 - Awesome Same female laid two eggs in gourd #2 - Awesome, but bummed she didn't lay them...
by MNguy
Fri Jun 30, 2017 2:27 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: too late for central mn...?
Replies: 3
Views: 858

Re: too late for central mn...?

I'm in Hastings, SE of the twin cities. Have one pair and just got back from "up north" to find four more martins circling, landing, and going in and out of nests. I'm no expert, but I would say you have a couple of weeks yet.
by MNguy
Sat Jun 17, 2017 8:26 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: What should I do?
Replies: 5
Views: 927

Re: What should I do?

Thanks all!

I imagine having SY birds is kinda like having teenagers.....gotta let them figure it out. :???:

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