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by mjfog
Fri May 07, 2021 12:15 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Nest Check 8 - 5/6/21
Replies: 0
Views: 20

Nest Check 8 - 5/6/21

Dropped my racks for a check yesterday. Am early with this check because I'm heading to New Orleans on 5/12 to celebrate my 2nd grandson's graduation from LSU. His older brother finished there a couple of years ago. Will do more checks on 5/11, 5/18 (day after returning from N.O./Baton Rouge) and th...
by mjfog
Sat May 01, 2021 8:32 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: 7th Nest Check
Replies: 0
Views: 109

7th Nest Check

Hello Everyone, My daughter and I dropped the racks this afternoon and had a pleasant but not too unexpected surprise. So Rack 1 that had 27 eggs and 4 young was toppled by a storm and resurrected on 11 April. The 4 young survived but all 27 eggs were lost. After the storm passed and the rack was ba...
by mjfog
Sat May 01, 2021 7:58 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: First birds
Replies: 5
Views: 241

Re: First birds

PWYA (pdubya), Might think about predator guard for your pole. Martins are very interesting critters. If you decide to "landlord" you'll be amazed at how interesting the species is. You'll need to get a winch for your very attractive rack so you can lower and raise your gourds and participate in wee...
by mjfog
Sun Apr 25, 2021 8:22 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Nest Check #6 - 4/25/21
Replies: 2
Views: 243

Nest Check #6 - 4/25/21

Hello Landlords, Good news to report today. The rack that toppled and I rebuilt after the 4/11 storm is back in action. Lost 27 eggs in 5 of 6 gourds. There were 4 young in 1 gourd and they all survived. Today's nest check backed up my biologist's knowledge about survival - let's start over! Now hav...
by mjfog
Thu Apr 22, 2021 9:25 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Pecking
Replies: 4
Views: 689

Re: Pecking

Hi Cajun,
It's called feaking. Means cleaning the bill after eating. A common term used by falconers. Hawks and falcons do it but martins seem to be past-masters at this practice.
Happy Martining, Mike
by mjfog
Sun Apr 18, 2021 7:34 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Nest Check # 5 4/18/21
Replies: 0
Views: 863

Nest Check # 5 4/18/21

Dropped the racks today with my grandson's help. Rack 1 has the one gourd with 4 chicks. They are doing nicely. Have seen birds bringing nest material to the other 5 gourds that all had eggs, 4 with 5 and one with 6, that were destroyed when the storm last week toppled the rack. Hoped to see the beg...
by mjfog
Sat Apr 17, 2021 10:18 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: A little late to the party!
Replies: 4
Views: 1040

Re: A little late to the party!

Kegger You sent me a bereavement note regarding my egg loss due to the storm. Apparently my martins haven't given up. They are now busy carrying new nesting material into the resurrected gourds on Rack 1. The one gourd that had the 4 young that survived the fall are now being fed! Tomorrow's nest ch...
by mjfog
Mon Apr 12, 2021 11:18 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: 4th nest check - 4/10/21
Replies: 3
Views: 531

Re: 4th nest check - 4/10/21

Bad storm rolled thru south Florida yesterday afternoon around 2:30; horizontal rain with winds over 60 mph and lots of lightning. Came up so fast I wasn't able to lower my racks. Two withstood the blast but I lost Rack 1. It and its 6 gourds hit the ground and only one gourd remained attached to th...
by mjfog
Sun Apr 11, 2021 5:17 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: 4th nest check - 4/10/21
Replies: 3
Views: 531

4th nest check - 4/10/21

Checked my colony's progress yesterday. Rack 1 has eggs in all six gourds; 4 chicks and 1 egg in a gourd, 5 eggs each in 4 gourds and 1 gourd with 6 eggs. Count went from 21 eggs last week to 27 eggs and 1 chick this check with 100% occupancy. Rack 2 has eggs in 16 gourds (67%) and the count went fr...
by mjfog
Sat Apr 03, 2021 8:22 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: 3rd Nest Check
Replies: 1
Views: 865

3rd Nest Check

My step-daughter helped me today with our 3rd check. Bless her heart; having someone to take notes while I move from gourd to gourd dictating observations surely speed things up. Anyway, 91 eggs counted today; up from 34 last week. Still have only 21 of my 54 gourds with eggs - 39%. Not what I would...
by mjfog
Tue Mar 30, 2021 6:20 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: 2nd nest check
Replies: 4
Views: 1433

Re: 2nd nest check

kegger,
Where in the hell is Awesome, Florida? Living in this state since 1965 and have yet to visit this lovely township. Glad to hear your nesting is underway.
Mike
by mjfog
Mon Mar 29, 2021 4:27 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: 2nd nest check
Replies: 4
Views: 1433

2nd nest check

Got eggs! Lowered my 3 racks today. Rack 1 had 2 gourds with a total of 8 eggs ( 1 with 5 and 1 with 3) and 4 good but empty nests. Rack 2 had a total of 9 eggs scattered in 3 gourds (4, 4 and 1), 12 empty but good nests and 9 gourds with maybes and/or nadas. Rack 3 had 17 total eggs in 5 gourds (4,...
by mjfog
Tue Mar 23, 2021 7:49 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: First Nest Check
Replies: 1
Views: 757

First Nest Check

Dropped my three racks this past Sunday. Rack 1 - 3 nests, 2 - maybes, 1 - nada. Rack 2 - 16 nests, 4 - maybes, 4 - nadas. Rack 3 - 9 nests, 4 - maybes, 11 nadas. Racks 1 and 2 contain S & K B011s. Rack 3 is my latest rack, 24 Troyer Horizontals with tunnels and porches. It seems to be getting a lot...
by mjfog
Sat Mar 13, 2021 11:25 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Nest building has begun
Replies: 3
Views: 767

Nest building has begun

I suspected nest building had begun a few days ago at my racks but not quite sure. Today I sat and watched females going to the ground, selecting the proper pine needle or the exact dead live/laurel oak leaf and carrying it to their gourd. All this done by many ladies while the guys supervised from ...
by mjfog
Sat Feb 27, 2021 2:10 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: My Coopers Hawk - update
Replies: 5
Views: 952

Re: My Coopers Hawk - update

desonyay, Guess I'll give decoys a try if Mr. Cooper makes another visit. Your phonetic spelling of a true, genuine, authentic coonass moniker makes me smile. Brings back memories of my LSU days and the friends I met whose home towns were south of I-10. Lots of Cajuns whom all had warm, friendly per...
by mjfog
Thu Feb 25, 2021 11:25 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: My Coopers Hawk - update
Replies: 5
Views: 952

My Coopers Hawk - update

On 2/3 I first observed the hawk. It was on the ground beneath my racks mantling its kill that happened to be a martin. I sighted the hawk perched in an oak on my property on 2/5. On the mornings of 2/4, 6, 7, 10 and 12, I actually had to flush this persistent rascal from one of my three racks! Mayb...
by mjfog
Sun Feb 14, 2021 10:31 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Mr. Cooper and I
Replies: 2
Views: 955

Re: Mr. Cooper and I

SSMartin, Peregrines and merlins winter in Florida. Sharp-shinned hawk and Coopers also winter here. I believe where I'm located in Florida is just within Mr. Cooper's year-around range. If you're a central or north Florida resident, you're in year-around Coopers Hawk range. No, I've yet to see my b...
by mjfog
Sat Feb 13, 2021 1:03 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Mr. Cooper and I
Replies: 2
Views: 955

Mr. Cooper and I

Since my 2/6 post (and thanks for all the advice and good will), Mr. Coop and I have come to an understanding. I'm an early riser. So now I'm in my chair nearby my colony at about 6AM enjoying my coffee and listening to my birds in their gourds burble and sing amongst one another. It's dark; nightti...
by mjfog
Mon Feb 08, 2021 3:43 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Early Birds
Replies: 0
Views: 2559

Early Birds

I'm still chewing on my Coopers Hawk situation. I was watching my colony at 6 this morning. This is before the "crack of dawn." Still dark. Could hear martin noises from the gourds. At 6:30, just before I could distinguish color, Mr. Cooper swooped in and landed on Rack 1. Man, the bird's quick and ...
by mjfog
Mon Feb 08, 2021 2:58 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: woodchips
Replies: 8
Views: 1804

Re: woodchips

I tried wood shavings in some of my gourds my first season. No more. They held moisture, swelled and tended to plug the drain holes. I stick with slash pine needles for "pre-nesting" and let Momma do the remainder of setting up shop.
Happy Martining, Mike