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by mjfog
Mon Mar 23, 2020 10:28 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Palm City. FL hatchlings
Replies: 1
Views: 112

Palm City. FL hatchlings

My fellow landlord Ken dropped his colony yesterday and 4 of the 5 eggs of the clutch I mentioned in a previous post, have hatched. Ken first thought the 1st egg was laid on the March 6. He now figures the 1st egg was laid more closely around March 2/3. I dropped my racks Saturday, 3/21, and had no ...
by mjfog
Sun Mar 15, 2020 10:00 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: First eggs - Palm City. FL
Replies: 2
Views: 111

First eggs - Palm City. FL

I reported a martin at my friend Ken's colony on Jan 6. Ken checks his gourds a few times during a season and found a clutch of 5 eggs between his first 2 checks. He figured the first egg was laid on 6 March. Activity at my colony this season seems to be about two weeks behind that at Ken's. I did a...
by mjfog
Mon Mar 09, 2020 5:46 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Getting close to doubling colony size!
Replies: 18
Views: 390

Re: Getting close to doubling colony size!

PMDavid - Like you, I'm in my third year. Went from 6 to 30 to 54 gourds. I also have around 20-25 birds now and don't see any newcomers but I anticipate a nesting season and fledgling production that will outstrip previous years. You heading to Daytona for Bike Week? I'll probably head up and if yo...
by mjfog
Mon Mar 09, 2020 5:25 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Cool picture I took. Add yours.
Replies: 29
Views: 1264

Re: Cool picture I took. Add yours.

Whippy,
Beautiful. I hope my sister and bro-in-law in Richardson got to see it. Mike
by mjfog
Tue Mar 03, 2020 7:25 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Introduction: New Member From NE Louisiana
Replies: 17
Views: 534

Re: Introduction: New Member From NE Louisiana

Paul318, Got a kick out of your "R2-D2" description of the martin's call. You're right on. Their call sounds "digital and bubbly (to me)". What kind of housing did you erect? Glad you're on board. This forum is a great source of info and a lot of fun to keep up with fellow martiners; particular thos...
by mjfog
Fri Feb 21, 2020 9:58 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Awesome Sharp-shinned Hawk Attack On Female Purple Martin…And Guess What Probably Saved Her Life?
Replies: 12
Views: 353

Re: Awesome Sharp-shinned Hawk Attack On Female Purple Martin…And Guess What Probably Saved Her Life?

Steve, Ever try writing for a hobby? Your descriptive narrative is on par with that of James Lee Burke; the New Iberia author who writes about all the Louisiana crazies south of I-10. Considering the buffet we martin colony providers offer, we should expect and even admire an accipiter's or merlin's...
by mjfog
Fri Feb 21, 2020 9:29 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Natural Gourd…Outstanding Purple Martin Nesting Cavity
Replies: 11
Views: 288

Re: Natural Gourd…Outstanding Purple Martin Nesting Cavity

Steve and others responding on this string, Forgot to mention that all of my gourds have been fitted with the "tunnel and porch" modifications. The S & K B011s have a tunnel with a crescent opening onto a porch and is fitted onto the B011's face with "push-pins." The Troyer Horizontals are equipped ...
by mjfog
Thu Feb 20, 2020 7:33 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Natural Gourd…Outstanding Purple Martin Nesting Cavity
Replies: 11
Views: 288

Re: Natural Gourd…Outstanding Purple Martin Nesting Cavity

Steve, Very informative write up regarding natural gourds. Really enjoyed reading it and sharing the passion you had for them particularly during your younger days. The natural gourd bug never bit me. But I found interesting your comments about your birds' favoring which type of plastic gourd. My fi...
by mjfog
Fri Feb 14, 2020 9:49 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Behavior change
Replies: 4
Views: 1505

Behavior change

I first observed martins (6) on my colony this season on 1/28 and their behavior has been the same - colony totally quiet early in morning (gone?), empty during the day (hunting bugs?) and then arriving around 5 to 5:30 PM to sit on the porches before entering gourds around 6. Not a bunch of singing...
by mjfog
Tue Feb 11, 2020 7:39 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: First arrival dates
Replies: 3
Views: 1444

First arrival dates

Posts by Steve K, gussiemike and Tom Teague regarding early arrivals caught my attention. I am only beginning my third season so my "sample size" is not what one would call "statistically significant". Nevertheless, the first martin to touch down on my colony my first year (2018) was 2/23. Last year...
by mjfog
Tue Jan 28, 2020 6:51 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: first arrivals
Replies: 0
Views: 308

first arrivals

I reported a first arrival at my riding buddy's colony on January 6. Saw a few martins at his colony in the next two days. Then nothing. Then on the 22nd, we observed an ASY sitting on the weather vane above his foam T-14. Still nothing at my place, just 3.3 miles east. This morning around 9:20 I ob...
by mjfog
Sun Jan 26, 2020 1:44 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: A “sack” of new arrivals in Louisiana!
Replies: 4
Views: 939

Re: A “sack” of new arrivals in Louisiana!

pmdavid - Martins are funneling into Florida. I reported an ASY male on 1/6 at my buddy's colony about 3 miles west of mine here in Palm City. An ASY male (same one?) was seen at the same location the following few days, then gone. Last Wednesday, the 22nd, we spotted an ASY male sitting atop his fo...
by mjfog
Fri Jan 03, 2020 10:01 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Last years fun
Replies: 2
Views: 2105

Re: Last years fun

rrmartins - Great picture on its own and possibly a potential landlady as she matures! Learning episodes as this one experienced by this young lady can have immeasurable positive relationships with youngsters regarding their appreciation of wildlife as they become adults. Thanks for sharing, Grandpa...
by mjfog
Wed Jan 01, 2020 6:29 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Migratory help
Replies: 6
Views: 4254

Re: Migratory help

PMDavid - What a way to start the new year with a nice bike ride. If I'd joined you, I'd be on my Triumph 500 dual carburetor Daytona (1967) or my old 900 Z1 Kawa. Enjoyed both British and rice-burners. Wishing you well for the New Year; miss my Po-Boys back when I lived in New Orleans. Got my 3 col...
by mjfog
Wed Jan 01, 2020 6:13 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: New to Martins and Forum....
Replies: 83
Views: 24112

Re: New to Martins and Forum....

T bird - I agree with cc martin. Place your colony on the lower grassy area as close as you like to the wall. You want to keep your colony 50-60 feet from the edge of tree canopy and it appears you have plenty of room to do that. I started doing this landlord thing with a single 6 gourd colony just ...
by mjfog
Sun Dec 29, 2019 4:22 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: It Starts
Replies: 18
Views: 4013

Re: It Starts

Hi Dave - One sighting of a single bird in south Louisiana and our martin community is off to the races! You can just feel the pulse rate elevating! I love it. Let the excitement begin! Have begun "pre-nesting" my gourds on the two erected colonies and am planning to raise my third, built and design...
by mjfog
Thu Dec 26, 2019 4:21 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Predictions
Replies: 12
Views: 3214

Re: Predictions

Phidave - I admire your perserverance. Your location is within the martin's range, but on the western extremity. Do you have neighbors and/or friends who have had success with martins? Contact your local or state Audubon Society. May get some help there. See what housing works for their members and ...
by mjfog
Sun Dec 22, 2019 6:16 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Three Serpent Photos From The Past
Replies: 1
Views: 1768

Re: Three Serpent Photos From The Past

Steve and Bob,

Nice pictures of a monster-sized rat snake. Your comment regarding catch and release of this big guy is appreciated and exemplifies the responsibilities of good landlords. Landlords respect all wildlife; some have feathers and some have scales.

Mike
by mjfog
Fri Dec 13, 2019 1:04 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Cypress
Replies: 3
Views: 2020

Re: Cypress

Keith - I have 6 bald cypress around the pond on my property. They are as close to my martin colonies as are the slash pines. I have yet to see any evidence of cypress leaves in any of the gourds but do see my martins tugging dead pine needles from the trees, picking them up from the ground and then...
by mjfog
Wed Dec 11, 2019 3:40 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: I've Started Pre-nesting My Purple Martin Gourds
Replies: 12
Views: 3343

Re: I've Started Pre-nesting My Purple Martin Gourds

Steve - Enjoyed your response to Flyin-Lowe. You certainly come across as a professional in the field. Would be interested in your background; if you don't mind sharing. My work as a wildlife biologist with the Florida Game and Freshwater Fish Commission back in the '60s and '70s was with the Wildli...

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