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by -=DKC=-
Wed Jul 18, 2018 7:15 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Heat and Late Nest in TX
Replies: 12
Views: 1017

Re: Heat and Late Nest in TX

I'm very intrigued by your 9v fan idea. :idea: I'm in Corpus Christi. In my experience Coroplast shade board helps a lot if you can position a panel or two that keep the gourd out of direct sun from about 11am to 5pm or as much as possible. I also have added ice packs (stuffed into socks) inside the...
by -=DKC=-
Sat Jul 07, 2018 10:32 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Corpus Christi local roost
Replies: 2
Views: 244

Re: Corpus Christi local roost

For those interested: Local roost of about 1K Martins located off Airline Road and South Padre Island drive just east and behind the Whataburger in some oaks. Yep, same place as last year! Thanks to John Barrow and Louise Chambers who suggested now is the time to look. There were more birds arrivin...
by -=DKC=-
Fri Jul 06, 2018 11:06 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Sad to see em leaving
Replies: 18
Views: 1325

Re: Sad to see em leaving

randy741985 wrote:
Thu Jul 05, 2018 8:43 pm
I know there is an Arrival map, but is there a departure map? :)
Actually, that would be very interesting.
by -=DKC=-
Thu Jul 05, 2018 2:25 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: New landlord observations
Replies: 22
Views: 886

Re: New landlord observations

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by -=DKC=-
Thu Jul 05, 2018 6:31 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: PM Behavior
Replies: 4
Views: 331

Re: PM Behavior

Am wondering, today I had 9 purple martin visitors to my gourd rack. They flew around, landed, went in and out of nesting cavities but after awhile flew off. As far as I know today, they didn't return. Could someone advise me in this type of behavior? I have had visitors before that behaved just li...
by -=DKC=-
Wed Jul 04, 2018 8:17 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Sad to see em leaving
Replies: 18
Views: 1325

Re: Sad to see em leaving

Well things ar drawing to and end around central Louisiana. The Martins have pretty much all fledged except for a few late nesters and most are gone from the houses around here. The neighbor had around 15 pairs and he’s down to one lone pair ,and those babies will fledge any day . All the rest of t...
by -=DKC=-
Wed Jul 04, 2018 8:09 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: What happened to these babies?
Replies: 9
Views: 673

Re: What happened to these babies?

So sorry for your loss. Another possibility to add to what TheSmiths posted. The wrinkled appearance of their bellies could indicate dehydration as the culprit. Sadly, I've had nestlings die of dehydration when the parents weren't feeding them enough, especially in hot weather. Unless the wrinkling ...
by -=DKC=-
Tue Jul 03, 2018 5:03 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: New landlord observations
Replies: 22
Views: 886

Re: New landlord observations

Congratulations on a successful season! It's a good feeling isn't it. And then you can't wait for next year. :grin:
by -=DKC=-
Tue Jul 03, 2018 8:27 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Nest Check
Replies: 2
Views: 197

Re: Nest Check

BellWeather wrote:
Tue Jul 03, 2018 7:38 am
4 eggs in the nest of my colony founding SY pair.
Nest was built in an empty cavity that had no nesting material in it.
Pair built nest of quack grass rootlets from the unplanted garden.
I watched the pair pull leaves from the top of northwest poplar trees.
Congratulations! :grin:
by -=DKC=-
Tue Jul 03, 2018 8:25 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Baby won't leave the nest???
Replies: 9
Views: 3713

Re: Baby won't leave the nest???

I only have one baby that has survived from 4 eggs, every morning and evening for the last few days the baby has come out on the porch, now 29 days old it looks like mom is not feeding him any more and I did not see him this morning watching for over an hour. There is also about 10 purple martins f...
by -=DKC=-
Mon Jul 02, 2018 3:29 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: cool thing I'd never seen before
Replies: 1
Views: 237

Re: cool thing I'd never seen before

One evening in mid April, most of the birds were already in housing but a group of about 30 were out and stayed out till it was so dark I could barely make them out. They were flying back and forth in an elliptical pattern probably about 50 yards by 20 yards very close to their housing and 30-50 fe...
by -=DKC=-
Sun Jul 01, 2018 1:08 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Martins flying to fire pit
Replies: 3
Views: 380

Re: Martins flying to fire pit

My neighbor has a large fire pit they use for camp fires etc. The last week or so I have noticed martins from my colony landing in it and hopping around. Curious if anyone has seen this before and what it is they might be after. They are in the ashes after something.... Do Martins take dust baths? ...
by -=DKC=-
Fri Jun 29, 2018 6:15 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Bummer!
Replies: 7
Views: 544

Re: Bummer!

Sorry to hear that. :-(

You know, snakes leave prints too. Especially in sand. Just not footprints.
by -=DKC=-
Fri Jun 29, 2018 1:16 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: house sparrow resistant box for bluebirds
Replies: 5
Views: 423

Re: house sparrow resistant box for bluebirds

Does anyone know the dimensions for Gilbertson orTroyer entrance hole .I guess the entrance hole is the only thing that might deter a house sparrow from this box. sialis.org is a wealth of Bluebird info. http://sialis.org/ Here's their page on hole reducers with measurements... http://sialis.org/ho...
by -=DKC=-
Fri Jun 29, 2018 10:36 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Heat Index
Replies: 25
Views: 1108

Re: Heat Index

I've had more jumpers this year than ever. I returned three to gourds a couple of days ago (hoping they successfully fledged because the gourds I added them to are now empty) and then found two on the ground last night after dark. I put them back in a gourd this morning. I have no idea where they c...
by -=DKC=-
Fri Jun 29, 2018 10:26 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: How do I post a picture?
Replies: 4
Views: 312

Re: How do I post a picture?

When you are creating or replying to a topic... 1. Click the "attachments" tab under the textarea. 2. Click "add files". 3. Select the image that you want to upload 4. Wait for it to upload (there is a little status bar on the "attachments" tab 5. Submit your post (or...) 5. If you want to place the...
by -=DKC=-
Fri Jun 29, 2018 9:27 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: My Year
Replies: 9
Views: 430

Re: My Year

Now that's truly exponential. I bet they're going to be loud when they all fledge. :)
by -=DKC=-
Fri Jun 29, 2018 9:24 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Heat Index
Replies: 25
Views: 1108

Re: Heat Index

Where do you put the ice packs? What do you cover them with? Good questions on the ice and how to properly cover and place in neat. My guy/gal looked very close to fledging age. I’m guessing it was heat or an unsuccessful flight. I use these ice packs from Walmart but any small ice pack would do. T...
by -=DKC=-
Thu Jun 28, 2018 6:09 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Heat Index
Replies: 25
Views: 1108

Re: Heat Index

Man this is rough. It’s so hot and humid. Saw a couple successfully fledge but have had two jumpers. They won’t eat anything. Have them in a 5 gallon bucket with to top covered with a light hand towel. Have them in my temperature regulated shop to cool off before putting them back in what seems to ...
by -=DKC=-
Thu Jun 28, 2018 5:58 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Relentless Martin
Replies: 10
Views: 447

Re: Relentless Martin

Spend more time outside with them! They completely ignore me! I’m outside all the time when I get done working!good luck! :) This is the right answer. :grin: I'm under the housing so much day to day that they don't mind me at all. Now, I do have a couple of floaters that complain but I didn't ask f...

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