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by PMDavid
Sun May 30, 2021 9:18 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Expecting an early departure this year
Replies: 4
Views: 389

Re: Expecting an early departure this year

Thanks Dean, the hot rod has gotten a little harder to spot at times.with 25-26 pairs of birds now feeding young there is an awful lot of coming and going. Although if you sit long enough his antics tell him and he can be picked out of all those birds! He’s still flies with full vigor and love of hi...
by PMDavid
Fri May 28, 2021 7:59 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Expecting an early departure this year
Replies: 4
Views: 389

Re: Expecting an early departure this year

Hi there Brent . No I don’t know who will be moving here. One lady that looked asked if I would be leaving some Martin stuff and I told her I would leave her 2 houses and nine gourds,however she is a widow lady and 71 and I don’t think she can go up a ladder to clean out houses as they don’t lower. ...
by PMDavid
Wed May 26, 2021 12:59 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Expecting an early departure this year
Replies: 4
Views: 389

Expecting an early departure this year

Well guys and gals it’s been quite a while since I made an entry here. It’s called life can be busy! At present best I can tell,I have 26 nesting pairs. That’s up 8-10 pr from last season. No sparrows,no starlings. Popped off a couple early on and that was that. The ever popular hot rod has a mate t...
by PMDavid
Sat Apr 10, 2021 7:44 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: New hopeful landlord
Replies: 10
Views: 1477

Re: New hopeful landlord

Mary welcome and good luck! I’m gonna second mr.toms opinion. If you are seeing them that early in the morning then I’m gonna gamble you’ve simply been missing them come in to roost at night . I feel like they are staying. They get out and visit other birds but usually a bit later in the morning. Si...
by PMDavid
Sat Apr 10, 2021 6:38 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Altering gourds
Replies: 10
Views: 2115

Re: Altering gourds

Hi there hobbie ,the rain will follow the wires down to the hole and then weep into the gourd dripping on the birds. Boy are they gonna be mad! I don’t have all the pics anymore. But if you will look at the top of the page and then go to page 8 you will find a complete process of how to “rain proof”...
by PMDavid
Mon Apr 05, 2021 3:23 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: First bird of the season
Replies: 26
Views: 5950

Re: First bird of the season

Laura ,that is a sy male. Note the couple of feathers on the breast. Sy males will have one ,two,three single male feathers of the purple color. Sometimes down low towards the tail,sometimes a couple scattered on the breast,the rest of the body looking like a female. When he returns next year he sho...
by PMDavid
Tue Mar 30, 2021 8:39 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: A visit to my Amish friend
Replies: 17
Views: 3652

Re: A visit to my Amish friend

Got my attention too. Cant wait to know what it was.
by PMDavid
Mon Mar 29, 2021 7:07 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Low temps that they can surivive
Replies: 6
Views: 2091

Re: Low temps that they can surivive

Hey there Lowe. For my 2cents also....... I’m with randy on his opinion. Your birds have been feeding well and they have somewhere to escape direct elements. In times of really cold they will bundle together several in the same gourd,etc....for warmth. I witnessed that here in the south during our r...
by PMDavid
Sun Mar 21, 2021 1:53 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: First Martin of the year
Replies: 20
Views: 5200

Re: First Martin of the year

Good luck jh......best of wishes for ya
by PMDavid
Sun Mar 21, 2021 1:50 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: And there they were
Replies: 2
Views: 1025

Re: And there they were

Good for you Dean! I know ur glad to em after all that’s gone on this year . Good wishes to ya for this season
David
by PMDavid
Sun Mar 21, 2021 7:36 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Early Dawn Activity
Replies: 21
Views: 3806

Re: Early Dawn Activity

Itwalsh ,I get up and am out in the dark everyday seven days a week. I hear my martins every morning. Yes you are without doubt hearing martins doing their little morning chirping wake up talk in the houses. They are sneaking in at dark and you just been missing them. Go watch the sky from an hour b...
by PMDavid
Sat Mar 13, 2021 8:04 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Central louisiana
Replies: 6
Views: 1337

Re: Central louisiana

Good idea whippy. Some of em just seem to do their own thing . Some are in resting before the main flurry.some evenings you see em all and some not. I’ll try that in the next few days if I can catch em when they all seem to be out at the same time. So if I’ve got 4-6 weeks left for arrivals and I wo...
by PMDavid
Sat Mar 13, 2021 5:12 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Central louisiana
Replies: 6
Views: 1337

Re: Central louisiana

At this point all the birds I see seem to be ASY birds . I was thinking I remember last season SY birds arriving all the way into and beyond the middle of April. I should’ve had more gourds done. I have 32. We’ll just have to wing it this year and I’ll have another satellite rack for next season and...
by PMDavid
Fri Mar 12, 2021 8:06 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Central louisiana
Replies: 6
Views: 1337

Central louisiana

Well it seems my bird count is slowly climbing! It seems that my attempts to count is telling me something around 30-33 birds . I can’t be sure it’s such a flurry when they all dive in,and goog luck trying to count em all swirling around overhead just prior to coming in also. But I do think I’m righ...
by PMDavid
Mon Mar 08, 2021 4:11 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: How do I discourage Starlings
Replies: 53
Views: 11435

Re: How do I discourage Starlings

Alan sorry to see you having a time with the starlings. I only have to discourage mine once,when that .22cal hollow point touches em they don’t like it anymore.
by PMDavid
Sun Mar 07, 2021 8:39 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Rusted pulleys - help!
Replies: 8
Views: 1466

Re: Rusted pulleys - help!

Hey Gregory, X2. With Conrad on the kroil ....good penetrating stuff will loosen anything! I would if you can as someone else said try to get the rack down checking the travel of the hub,apply the krill and try to force a dab of grease into the pulley on the axle. That oil is in an orangish looking ...
by PMDavid
Sun Mar 07, 2021 8:30 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: New arrivals in CENTRAL LOUISIANA. !
Replies: 21
Views: 3442

Re: New arrivals in CENTRAL LOUISIANA. !

After ice update........so after the ice I think I started out with like 6 birds,then all of a sudden there were 9. That rolled on a few days and for the last few days there has been 13-14 . So this evening I went out to sit and watch and my best guess is 20-24,at least 20 no less. The weather is go...
by PMDavid
Fri Mar 05, 2021 6:50 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: New arrivals in CENTRAL LOUISIANA. !
Replies: 21
Views: 3442

Re: New arrivals in CENTRAL LOUISIANA. !

Hey there bird....I was so saddened by joes injury so early on in his career. He’s a once in a blue moon athlete man! Please do give us the details of recovery and any tidbits you hear.
by PMDavid
Wed Mar 03, 2021 8:06 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: New satellite rack with naturals all prenested and painted
Replies: 10
Views: 2125

Re: New satellite rack with naturals all prenested and painted

A while back ,like 5 pages of posts ago I posted pics of my new satellite rack and the gourds I had put up inside the rack. I had some question as to how that would work out. Well as it turns out martins being the master fliers they are,they have easily adjusted and quickly learned to swoop right in...