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by mjfog
Mon Jun 14, 2021 2:00 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Nest Check 14 - 6/12/21
Replies: 1
Views: 26

Nest Check 14 - 6/12/21

Wife and I dropped our colony this past weekend. This season is certainly rounding the corner. Rack 1, 6 S&K B09s, 31 eggs, 27 hatched, 24 fledglings. Rack 2, 24 S&K B09s, 98 eggs, 81 hatched, 77 fledglings. Rack 3, 24 Troyer Horizontals, 80 eggs, 67 hatched, 58 fledglings. Totals thus far are 209 e...
by mjfog
Sun Jun 13, 2021 8:44 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Storm just toppled my Martin house
Replies: 8
Views: 196

Re: Storm just toppled my Martin house

Birdiegirl, An unexpected and severe storm in April that toppled my Rack #1 (a Tri-tel with 6 S&K Bo11 gourds). Had 4 very young chicks in one gourd (they all survived) and 31 eggs scattered in the other 5 gourds, all were destroyed (eggs, not gourds). After resurrecting the rack that afternoon, bir...
by mjfog
Sun Jun 06, 2021 7:55 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Nest check #13
Replies: 2
Views: 112

Re: Nest check #13

Desonyea, My son has a "lake house" just east of now closed HWY 11 where it hits the North Shore. He's off Carr Road. Visit from my home in Florida frequently and stay at my son's place. Eat up all the boiled seafood that I can from Kenny's on Pontchatrain Dr. Love to stop by and see your colony and...
by mjfog
Sun Jun 06, 2021 7:29 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Nest Check today 6-6-21
Replies: 3
Views: 135

Re: Nest Check today 6-6-21

Whippy, Good for you. I've had a good season here this year. Ending my 4th season as a first-timer and landlord. No extended rains this year and only one storm that took down one of my racks that I erected the same afternoon after the storm passed. Had one Coopers Hawk episode but it only accounted ...
by mjfog
Sun Jun 06, 2021 9:35 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Nest check #13
Replies: 2
Views: 112

Nest check #13

My stepdaughter and I dropped the 3 racks yesterday. Rack 1 has fledged 4 birds and still has 19 young in attendance. Rack 2 has produced 67 fledges with only 6 young remaining and Rack 3 has added 55 fledges with 7 young still in their gourds. Also have that one clutch of 5 eggs first observed on t...
by mjfog
Tue Jun 01, 2021 3:54 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Nest Check 12 - 5/30/21
Replies: 4
Views: 139

Re: Nest Check 12 - 5/30/21

Brent, Weekly nest checks provide the answer to your questions. My checks give enough data to predict fledge dates. I check my notes before I begin my check and determine which gourds have young approaching fledge dates. Those gourds get plugged as soon as the rack is down. After my check, I raise t...
by mjfog
Mon May 31, 2021 2:19 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Nest Check 12 - 5/30/21
Replies: 4
Views: 139

Nest Check 12 - 5/30/21

My stepdaughter and I dropped the 3 racks in my colony and here are the totals. Rack 1 (6 gourds) produced 31 eggs, 4 fledglings and has 20 chicks. Rack 2 (24 gourds) produced 97 eggs, 66 fledglings and has 10 chicks. Rack 3 (24 gourds) has produced 80 eggs, 42 fledglings and has 18 chicks. So 208 i...
by mjfog
Mon May 24, 2021 6:28 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Nest Check 11
Replies: 1
Views: 719

Nest Check 11

The 3 racks in my colony are rounding third and heading home. Rack 1 now has 19 young and 1 egg. Rack 2 has 21 young, 10 eggs, 1 dead chick and has 18 fledged since previous check (5/18). Rack 3 has 23 young, 4 eggs, 2 dead young and has 13 more fledged since 5/18. Totals are 63 young, 15 eggs, 3 de...
by mjfog
Wed May 19, 2021 10:18 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Nest checks 9 and 10
Replies: 0
Views: 1352

Nest checks 9 and 10

Checked the gourds on my 3 racks on 5/11 and 5/18. Got out of my weekend sequence because I attended my grandson's graduation ceremony from LSU. Stayed in Slidell and filled up on oyster po-boys, boiled crabs, crawfish, shrimp and gumbo. Had lunch Sunday at Commanders Palace in New Orleans. Yummy! C...
by mjfog
Tue May 18, 2021 12:06 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Crow attack
Replies: 2
Views: 813

Crow attack

My cycling buddy has a 3-rack colony. He noticed a crow carrying a martin. About 12 martins ganged up on the crow, forcing it toward the ground and when about 4 feet up, the crow dropped the martin. As Ken walked toward the fledgling, the crow returned and began pecking the youngster. Ken flushed th...
by mjfog
Tue May 11, 2021 12:34 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Nest material carrying- is this a good sign?
Replies: 8
Views: 882

Re: Nest material carrying- is this a good sign?

Janell, What kind of set-up do you have (gourds, house, etc.) and when have you scheduled your first nest check? Can't start too early. Yes, martins can really "get a hold of you." Becoming a land lord (weekly nest checks, etc.) is a responsibility but being able to witness the "process" - nest buil...
by mjfog
Fri May 07, 2021 12:15 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Nest Check 8 - 5/6/21
Replies: 0
Views: 1710

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: 2092

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: 1850

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: 1122

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: 1428

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: 2402

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: 1791

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: 954

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: 954

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...