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by mjfog
Mon Apr 12, 2021 11:18 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: 4th nest check - 4/10/21
Replies: 3
Views: 69

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: 69

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: 181

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: 634

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: 634

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: 482

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: 416

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: 587

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: 587

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: 693

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: 693

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: 1944

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: 1440

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
by mjfog
Sat Feb 06, 2021 1:42 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Coopers hawk related post
Replies: 12
Views: 2175

Coopers hawk related post

Please give me patience; I'm gonna ramble. This AM I strolled out to my racks to check my birds. There was a Coopers Hawk perched on a gourd on Rack 1. I had my bike helmet in one had and my wallet in the other. So I flipped my wallet up, flushed the hawk. It flew to an oak on the east side of my pr...
by mjfog
Thu Feb 04, 2021 8:54 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: My friend Mr. Cooper's back
Replies: 3
Views: 1075

My friend Mr. Cooper's back

So, I'm in my chair this evening watching my birds sky-dance before coming into the gourds and Mr. Cooper flies in and lands on the perch above Rack #1!! Can't help but think this is the same bird that made a kill earlier. I leave my chair and approach my colony, walk directly under this rack and th...
by mjfog
Tue Feb 02, 2021 11:06 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Black ops underway tonight!!
Replies: 11
Views: 2340

Re: Black ops underway tonight!!

To you martin crooks, Be on the lookout Steve!!! Those PMCs (purple martin crooks) are on the prowl. You guys are hilarious but I know where you're coming from. I thinks Steve's got 17 racks in his colony and his buddy close by has a bunch more. Those guys are martin-magnets and martin-whisperers. L...
by mjfog
Mon Feb 01, 2021 7:21 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Troyer Gourd inspection cap fail
Replies: 6
Views: 1590

Re: Troyer Gourd inspection cap fail

I've had a similar situation with my horizontals. I have 24 on my latest rack. The caps don't blow off but can be hard to thread onto the gourd. I have caps of 2 markings; one works well, the other I struggle with without "cross-threading." I deal with this and just chalk it up to a simple misery th...
by mjfog
Sun Jan 31, 2021 9:32 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Introduction
Replies: 10
Views: 2720

Re: Introduction

Welcome Austin, I got into this martin thing recently and this season will be my 4th. Be prepared to get "hooked." I raised my 3 racks (54 gourds total) toward the end of December and was as jumpy as a cat on a hot tin roof until I saw my first returns on the 16th of this month. I really enjoy sitti...
by mjfog
Sun Jan 31, 2021 9:06 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: From a tri pole to a round
Replies: 2
Views: 1024

Re: From a tri pole to a round

Lot's of " ifs" here. If the triangular pole is in a sleeve set in concrete, I would check and see that the inside diameter of the round pole is large enough to slide over the triangular pole. If so I would slide the round pole over the triangular pole already set in a sleeve in concrete, drill a ho...
by mjfog
Thu Jan 28, 2021 8:01 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Coopers Hawk kill
Replies: 13
Views: 2345

Re: Coopers Hawk kill

Coolwhips, Dick Doll and flyin-lowe, Should I assume all the hawks you folks refer to are accipiters? A peregrine or merlin could catch a martin; a broad winged hawk, not so much. I have never seen either of the first two over my colonies and the red tails and red shoulders that are very common in m...