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by vman
Mon Sep 03, 2018 9:58 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Is it time to put the CD away til spring?
Replies: 8
Views: 507

Re: Is it time to put the CD away til spring?

I would say you can put it away Billie, my son did see a small flock of martins fly over 2 days ago, but they were heading south, our birds have not been around for 2 weeks now. I think fall migration is well under way, good luck next year!!
by vman
Tue Aug 07, 2018 9:19 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: What other species are your best watch dogs?
Replies: 13
Views: 622

Re: What other species are your best watch dogs?

For us the barnswallows do a great job of sounding the alarm if a hawk is near, probably because we have 30 pair or more and they are the first to spot the hawk and start dive bombing it!!
by vman
Wed Aug 01, 2018 10:35 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: wi. asy nest fledges
Replies: 2
Views: 199

wi. asy nest fledges

Our 2 young martins both flew out this morning and sucsessfully landed in the cottonwood trees near our house. We had 4 hatch but lost 2 in the hot weather in july, the eggs hatched on july 4th. These were the first martins to nest here since the mid 90s. We also had a sy male here most days for the...
by vman
Fri Jul 20, 2018 8:00 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Egg shells for Martins
Replies: 19
Views: 1104

Re: Egg shells for Martins

Billie, you can get oyster shells at fleet farm, probably farm and fleet in your area, but they sell them in 50 # bags for 10.00. However, we put out shells for our one pair but they never looked at them, for that matter, we've not seen them touch the egg shells either,not sure why.
by vman
Tue Jul 17, 2018 9:05 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: sad nest check
Replies: 4
Views: 428

Re: sad nest check

no, we don;t have black flies here that i'm aware of, my guess is stil it was heat related.
by vman
Mon Jul 16, 2018 9:20 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: sad nest check
Replies: 4
Views: 428

Re: sad nest check

They had been dead for several days, they were already decaying.
by vman
Mon Jul 16, 2018 7:20 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: sad nest check
Replies: 4
Views: 428

sad nest check

Our late asy pair hatched four eggs and all seemed to be going well. I did a nest change this afternoon and found 2 of the young had died. There were no blowflies or parasites of any kind, my only guess is they were overcome by the heat? we had several days in the 90s with high humidity. They hatche...
by vman
Sat Jul 07, 2018 1:39 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: I need help identifying these birds
Replies: 6
Views: 410

Re: I need help identifying these birds

they are purple martins, probably done nesting from a nearby colony checking out your site.
jim
by vman
Thu Jul 05, 2018 10:17 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: 4th of july babies
Replies: 2
Views: 210

4th of july babies

Our late asy pair laid 4 eggs, all 4 hatched yesterday and are doing fine!! This pair showed up june 5th, 30 days later they have young!!! We also have a sy male still visiting every day, hopefully he will return next year and find a mate, good luck to all who still have martins to fledge, it's been...
by vman
Sat Jun 23, 2018 8:08 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: A little excitement here today/tonight!
Replies: 9
Views: 412

Re: A little excitement here today/tonight!

Hi Billie, so sorry to hear of your loss, wish we were a little closer to monroe so we could give you a hand, we're near oshkosh. I would keep playing the dawnsong if you want, it may make your visitor feel more at home. Do you know if it is a sy male, he may attatch to your site and return next yea...
by vman
Sat Jun 16, 2018 9:04 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: nest building
Replies: 12
Views: 657

Re: nest building

our asy pair have 2 eggs so far!!! hoping this is the start of a successful colony!!
by vman
Tue Jun 12, 2018 10:39 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: nest building
Replies: 12
Views: 657

Re: nest building

our late asy pair appears to have finished their nest, they were taking in green leaves yesterday and a few today, how soon should we look for the first egg to be laid?
jim
by vman
Sat Jun 09, 2018 10:40 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: nest building
Replies: 12
Views: 657

Re: nest building

no, just none here on our farm
by vman
Fri Jun 08, 2018 9:53 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: nest building
Replies: 12
Views: 657

nest building

we had a asy pair show up on june 5' i'm guessing from some other colony, these were the first martins we have seen this year at our site. today they began nest building, after a lot of indecision by the female, she finally chose a horizontal troyer gourd and began picking up dry grass and taking it...
by vman
Wed Jun 06, 2018 8:40 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: sy pair in wi.
Replies: 6
Views: 358

Re: sy pair in wi.

Correction, they are back this morning and it's an asy pair, I didn't get a good look yesterday. being this late in the season I would think this pair was displaced from a nearby colony for some reason, hoping they stay and start anew here!!
Jim
by vman
Tue Jun 05, 2018 10:32 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: sy pair in wi.
Replies: 6
Views: 358

sy pair in wi.

We had an sy pair visit today, the first martins we've seen this year! They stayed for a couple hours this morning, then left and returned briefly in the afternoon, still hoping!!!
Jim
by vman
Wed May 09, 2018 10:35 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Everything but martins
Replies: 2
Views: 181

Re: Everything but martins

Hi Billie, we are just south of oshkosh, most of the colonies near me are around lake winnebago.
Jim
by vman
Wed May 09, 2018 2:16 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Everything but martins
Replies: 2
Views: 181

Everything but martins

We now have pretty much everything back here in wi. Lots of tree swallows, barn swallows, white crowned sparrows, orioles, indigo buntings, grosbeaks, goldfinches, but no martins. we've been playing the dawnsong, got decoys out, sparrows and starlings all killed, variety of housing available, no mar...
by vman
Tue May 01, 2018 9:40 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Predator guard in wisconsin
Replies: 10
Views: 414

Re: Predator guard in wisconsin

Snakes are not an issue here in wi. , however, raccoons can climb pretty much any type of pole, a gaurd for them is needed.
Jim
by vman
Mon Apr 30, 2018 7:59 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Starling destroy's Conely II entrance!
Replies: 5
Views: 1619

Re: Starling destroy's Conely II entrance!

I had a starling getting in my connely 2 entrance, it had built a nest and seemed to be getting in and out easily, she's dead now but i'm not sure the conelys are a good choice.
Jim

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