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by brent
Thu Sep 24, 2020 7:49 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Closing our site
Replies: 9
Views: 331

Re: Closing our site

Hi Larry and Judy, A day will come that I, too, will have to make a decision as the one you have had to make. It takes courage to acknowledge our limits. Thank you for sharing and thank you for taking care of these remarkable birds for as long as you have. I hope my efforts as a landlord will last a...
by brent
Sat Aug 22, 2020 6:19 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Has any one experience having a nest with chicks abandoned by parents?
Replies: 9
Views: 898

Re: Has any one experience having a nest with chicks abandoned by parents?

Sadly no. I tried my best to supplement feeding with crickets and dragon flies but neither survived. The lone parent just stopped coming. A good year though with 84 fledglings. Still very sad to lose just one. It moved me to write this poem I titled "Quietly and Softly". Quietly and softly life left...
by brent
Sat Aug 22, 2020 6:03 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: An Albino!
Replies: 9
Views: 1088

Re: An Albino!

That is beautiful!
by brent
Mon Aug 10, 2020 11:58 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Martins drinking.
Replies: 3
Views: 378

Re: Martins drinking.

Hi Mike. I've seen them drink from a small pond while flying and swooping down and skimming the water surface. The pond is about 100 feet in diameter and is relatively free of trees. I've never,for example, seen them sit at a bird bath and drink.
Brent
by brent
Sat Aug 08, 2020 6:49 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Second nest?
Replies: 4
Views: 400

Re: Second nest?

Jason,
I had a pair lay a clutch. None hatched and another was laid. The newly laid clutch hatched. So from my experience the answer is yes.
Brent
by brent
Sat Aug 08, 2020 10:44 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Any Louisiana Martin roost?
Replies: 1
Views: 650

Any Louisiana Martin roost?

Hi all,
After reading posts on martin roosts I was wondering if any one in Louisiana knows of an observable roost site?
Brent
by brent
Tue Aug 04, 2020 6:34 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Deluxe Universal Sparrow Trap
Replies: 2
Views: 330

Re: Deluxe Universal Sparrow Trap

John, that is funny. The sparrows never returned so I hope my attempts at catching them scared them off for good. Thanks for the reply.
by brent
Sun Aug 02, 2020 11:27 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Deluxe Universal Sparrow Trap
Replies: 2
Views: 330

Deluxe Universal Sparrow Trap

Hi everyone, I had a pair of HOSP that I tried to catch with my trap but was unsuccessful. I tried while they were building but they did not enter so started another nest. I waited until eggs were laid and again they did not enter and started another nest. This last time I had eggs from the earlier ...
by brent
Sat Aug 01, 2020 8:34 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Birds all gone
Replies: 4
Views: 541

Re: Birds all gone

You're welcome Dave.
by brent
Tue Jul 28, 2020 10:06 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Freezing crickets and meal worms
Replies: 2
Views: 225

Re: Freezing crickets and meal worms

Toy,
Thank you. Will do.
Brent
by brent
Tue Jul 28, 2020 9:46 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Freezing crickets and meal worms
Replies: 2
Views: 225

Freezing crickets and meal worms

Hi everyone,
I have live crickets and meal worms left over. Can these be frozen and kept for next season?
Brent
by brent
Mon Jul 27, 2020 11:48 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Birds all gone
Replies: 4
Views: 541

Re: Birds all gone

Soon our Martin's will be gone,
The mornings will seem to linger on.
We'll wait for the day the first one returns,
The chatter, the chirping, the flying, the song.
That will be a pretty morn.
by brent
Sat Jul 25, 2020 2:32 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Has any one experience having a nest with chicks abandoned by parents?
Replies: 9
Views: 898

Re: Has any one experience having a nest with chicks abandoned by parents?

Toy!!! To my great relief I just witnessed a lone SY female feeding the 2 remaining chicks. I counted 8 visits in about a 30 minutes time. I'll keep checking on them. Thanks so much!
Brent
by brent
Sat Jul 25, 2020 1:56 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Has any one experience having a nest with chicks abandoned by parents?
Replies: 9
Views: 898

Re: Has any one experience having a nest with chicks abandoned by parents?

Toy,
I don't know anyone with Martin's. Do you think I could feed them to the point of them flying?
Brent
by brent
Sat Jul 25, 2020 12:21 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Has any one experience having a nest with chicks abandoned by parents?
Replies: 9
Views: 898

Re: Has any one experience having a nest with chicks abandoned by parents?

Toy,
Should I just leave them? They will not live. I checked the nest. One was dead. The parents are not around. All other birds are gone.

Brent
by brent
Fri Jul 24, 2020 6:45 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Has any one experience having a nest with chicks abandoned by parents?
Replies: 9
Views: 898

Has any one experience having a nest with chicks abandoned by parents?

Hi everyone, I have one last nest with 3 chicks that are about 17 days old. There is a lot a food. Weather has been good, no mites, no obvious reason for parents to abandon the nest. I don't see much feeding today. I did a nest check yesterday and they seemed fine but today hardly any, if any, activ...
by brent
Thu Jul 16, 2020 6:26 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: An Albino!
Replies: 9
Views: 1088

Re: An Albino!

Wow! Thanks for the picture. I would have never believed it!
by brent
Sat Jul 11, 2020 8:52 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Moving the Hatchlings
Replies: 5
Views: 299

Re: Moving the Hatchlings

I never heard of this. I will follow this thread to hear what others say. It has been hot here too but I have not witnessed what you've described.
by brent
Fri Jul 10, 2020 8:27 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: The Lone Chick seems to be pulling through.
Replies: 11
Views: 1174

Re: The Lone Chick seems to be pulling through.

Hi Diane! I am so excited and happy. This is the nicest heart warming story. What a healthy looking little chick. And a lucky one to have a caring landlord like you. Keep us posted!

Brent
by brent
Fri Jul 10, 2020 6:27 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Help
Replies: 11
Views: 476

Re: Help

Best news I heard today!! I was worried for them too. Thanks for the update. You're a caring landlord.