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by clivia98
Tue Mar 12, 2019 9:47 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Hawk
Replies: 56
Views: 16744

Re: Hawk

Hi rrmartins, I had 4 attacks today alone. I have either a sharp shinned or coopers hawk in the neighborhood or both. I did put up, on a separate pole made of bamboo, 3 decoys. So far he has attacked the decoys several times giving the martins a chance to escape. The martins will protect themselves,...
by clivia98
Wed Mar 06, 2019 1:51 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Mockingbird
Replies: 5
Views: 3379

Re: Mockingbird

My martins have returned and I have a mocking bird but he does not bother them. He does chase the blue birds but they tolerate him and actually dive bombed him the other day. Funny as can be.
by clivia98
Sat Mar 02, 2019 7:34 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Small bugs in pine needles
Replies: 3
Views: 2980

Small bugs in pine needles

Hi Everyone, I used pine needles this year for the first time. I picked them up under the trees next to my house earlier this year. They were dry. I noticed today, when I added some sevin (for the first time, too) and additional pine needles, that the needles I picked contained some small bugs. Are ...
by clivia98
Fri Mar 01, 2019 7:31 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Pesty dangerous hawk...
Replies: 1
Views: 2182

Pesty dangerous hawk...

Hi Everyone, I have a hawk attacking for several days now. He has hit my decoys 3-4 times now and luckily, from what I have witnessed, he has not taken any birds. I was just out (sun set) and the birds were in a frantic mood flying high and chirping. I went near the houses and did not see the hawk b...
by clivia98
Thu Feb 28, 2019 9:06 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: EFFECTS OF SUPPLEMENTAL CALCIUM ON THE GROWTH RATE OF AN INSECTIVOROUS BIRD: THE PURPLE MARTIN (Progne subis)
Replies: 15
Views: 7519

Re: EFFECTS OF SUPPLEMENTAL CALCIUM ON THE GROWTH RATE OF AN INSECTIVOROUS BIRD: THE PURPLE MARTIN (Progne subis)

I have crushed oyster shells. Where can I put them for the birds. I remember a post suggesting to put eggshells and crushed oyster shells on the porches. Will that work? Or should I scatter them on the ground beneath the houses?
by clivia98
Sat Feb 23, 2019 7:23 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Purple Martin and Blue Birds
Replies: 8
Views: 4287

Re: Purple Martin and Blue Birds

JHunter, welcome. I had that happen to me last year and so I put up a blue bird nest box (bought it at Walmart) and within 3 days the blue birds were investigating the house. They took to the nest box and had 3 broods. All chicks fledged, too. Today, I still have the blue bird house up and have a lo...
by clivia98
Fri Feb 22, 2019 4:55 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Can it be that I have a sub-adult already??
Replies: 3
Views: 1311

Re: Can it be that I have a sub-adult already??

Thanks Dave. I look at her again and again and I am positive it is a sub adult female. She is so much lighter that the other females and the white under her tail really stands out. I'm going to date it as a sub adult female on my record keeping form.
by clivia98
Tue Feb 19, 2019 1:23 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: First scout of the year
Replies: 7
Views: 2006

Re: First scout of the year

Congratulations!! Wishing you a great season.
by clivia98
Mon Feb 18, 2019 6:59 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Should I lower my houses since severe weather is predicted for south Louisiana
Replies: 6
Views: 1953

Should I lower my houses since severe weather is predicted for south Louisiana

Hi everyone, There is a possibility of severe weather with strong winds Wednesday for south Louisiana. My houses are on 16 ft. 3 inch square poles. I also have returning martins. I was thinking about lowering the houses about 4 feet just to be safe. What do you think? Do you think the birds will be ...
by clivia98
Sun Feb 17, 2019 8:22 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: nest trays
Replies: 9
Views: 2430

Re: nest trays

Flyin-lowe...thanks for the great ideas. The nest trays I have are the ones I bought from the PMCA shop. They are specifically for the Trendsetter houses that I have. I will be extra careful, thanks to you, that when I put the trays back in, to make sure all the chicks are where they're suppose to b...
by clivia98
Sun Feb 17, 2019 7:55 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Can it be that I have a sub-adult already??
Replies: 3
Views: 1311

Can it be that I have a sub-adult already??

Hi everyone, Attached is a picture of martins staying at their house that I took this evening. Do you think the female on the left is a sub-adult? She appears to be lighter in markings than the female on the right. Your thoughts? I know the SYs usually arrive later in the season. Let me know. Thanks...
by clivia98
Sun Feb 17, 2019 2:53 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: nest trays
Replies: 9
Views: 2430

Re: nest trays

Hi everyone,

I have to say thank you, first of all, for all the responses and reassurances. I am happy to report that I had a pair stay over last night and they went in and out of compartment #2 with ease. I am extremely excited to say the least!! Happy season. :grin:

Jerry
by clivia98
Sat Feb 16, 2019 8:21 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: nest trays
Replies: 9
Views: 2430

nest trays

Hi everyone, This year I added nest trays to my houses to make nest checks easier and to add additional protection for the birds. Do the martins take readily to them? I'm still waiting for them to start staying in the house. Today I had a pair come in late in the evening but did not see them enter. ...
by clivia98
Fri Feb 15, 2019 11:51 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Written Notes
Replies: 7
Views: 1909

Re: Written Notes

Funny you posted this because I was saying the same thing this morning. I took notes last year (as I am doing this year) and I wrote last year that I had a pair staying over night at this time. Because, so far, I have had visitors and fly overs but none staying I am concerned, too. But I will be pat...
by clivia98
Mon Feb 11, 2019 8:42 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Covington La
Replies: 3
Views: 1100

Re: Covington La

Awesome!! Same with me here in Raceland, La. Spotted my first ones a few days ago but they have not stayed. Everyday, however, martins are visiting and circling around. Soon they will stay. I am so excited that I get up extra early just to sit and watch while the morning wakes and I sip my coffee.
by clivia98
Sat Feb 09, 2019 6:18 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Louisiana!!!!!!
Replies: 35
Views: 10251

Re: Louisiana!!!!!!

That is too bad. Doesn't he know how to manage his martin houses? I'm worried sick about sparrows taking over so I'm out there the minute I see one land any where near the martin houses. It's to the point that when those sparrows hear my door open they fly so fast they're gone by the time I get out.
by clivia98
Sat Feb 09, 2019 2:16 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Are Southern States Too Hot for Metal Houses ?
Replies: 8
Views: 3308

Re: Are Southern States Too Hot for Metal Houses ?

Hi, I have a trendsetter aluminum house that has an insulated roof and a ventilation system. Last year all 8 compartments were occupied and all but 4 birds fledged. I simply opened the vents when it started to get warm/hot. All seemed to work OK. In Louisiana we go from winter to summer, it seems, s...
by clivia98
Fri Feb 08, 2019 12:22 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Visitors but none have stayed. What's up with that?
Replies: 9
Views: 2890

Re: Visitors but none have stayed. What's up with that?

Thanks everyone. Very relieved. :grin: