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by Andrew Smith
Tue Sep 10, 2019 5:08 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Essex ASY's and Juveniles Still Returning 8/24/2019
Replies: 7
Views: 4106

Re: Essex ASY's and Juveniles Still Returning 8/24/2019

I also had martins today! About 20 birds here in Burford, Ontario. I haven't seen any of them land on my housing lately though. Regardless, it's really nice to watch them soaring through the sky. After seeing so many in the last month and a half I'm really excited about next spring. Going to be a lo...
by Andrew Smith
Sun Sep 08, 2019 4:22 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Advice for wanna be landlord
Replies: 21
Views: 13062

Re: Advice for wanna be landlord

Took a video today. New record of birds for me. Pretty cool to see this many martins at once. Sorry the quality is not so great, doesn't do it justice. https://youtu.be/1blFFPOQF5w
by Andrew Smith
Fri Sep 06, 2019 4:21 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Video Of Savage Battle Between Northern Flicker And European Starling Inside A Bird House
Replies: 3
Views: 2964

Re: Video Of Savage Battle Between Northern Flicker And European Starling Inside A Bird House

That's a crazy video. Makes me dislike European Starlings even more! I will continue to do my best to get rid of this bird, I had no idea how aggressive they were.
by Andrew Smith
Wed Sep 04, 2019 3:39 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Barn Owls
Replies: 7
Views: 4332

Re: Barn Owls

I have set up nesting boxes for Northern Saw Whet owls, Eastern Screech owls and American Kestrels. As far as I am aware, none of these predators are a threat to the martins. Has anyone out there had history with these three species? If so good or bad?
by Andrew Smith
Tue Sep 03, 2019 5:08 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Advice for wanna be landlord
Replies: 21
Views: 13062

Re: Advice for wanna be landlord

Crazy afternoon here today (Burford, Ontario, Canada). I played "morning chatter" around 5pm and had around 20 martin's flying around for about 30 minutes! Most I've seen yet. Is this late in the season to see this many birds? I'm not complaining, just surprised thats all. Any thoughts?
by Andrew Smith
Sat Aug 31, 2019 9:39 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Advice for wanna be landlord
Replies: 21
Views: 13062

Re: Advice for wanna be landlord

I will keep playing morning chatter for a few more weeks. I am going to trim back as many limbs as possible this fall to open up the yard a bit more. As for next spring I will play dawn song as soon as I see scout reports near me. Now that I know birds have seen my set up I have more optimism for ne...
by Andrew Smith
Thu Aug 29, 2019 5:08 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Advice for wanna be landlord
Replies: 21
Views: 13062

Re: Advice for wanna be landlord

Good news. I have been lucky the entire month of August. I have been playing"morning chatter" and had dozens of birds circling. Some landing on my T14. I had one a few minutes ago... picture shows the four decoys and one visitor. Pretty bad I'm already excited about spring of 2020!
by Andrew Smith
Sun Aug 25, 2019 6:48 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Forest fires in Brazil's Amazon rain forest
Replies: 19
Views: 8064

Re: Forest fires in Brazil's Amazon rain forest

So we all have met people who are very close minded with regards to their environment. I live in Ontario, Canada and see it here as well. The best advice I can give is to use you democratic rights. Vote in the politicians that put climate change at the top of their agenda. Sometimes I think people d...
by Andrew Smith
Fri Aug 09, 2019 8:14 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Updates from north of Toronto, Canada
Replies: 9
Views: 4854

Re: Updates from north of Toronto, Canada

My last martin sighting was August 5th. I also had some on the 4th and July 28th. Pretty sure a few were different birds, some definitely asy males as they were dark purple from head to tail. Question I have is it a bad idea for me to be out near the housing while they are checking out my area? One ...
by Andrew Smith
Tue Aug 06, 2019 4:32 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Updates from north of Toronto, Canada
Replies: 9
Views: 4854

Re: Updates from north of Toronto, Canada

Thanks for the response Randy. I had a few more flyovers yesterday. I still have yet to have a bird land on the housing (T14) though. I will take your advice and continue to play the morning chatter through mid September. Do you play dawn song in the early morning hours this late also? Since I have ...
by Andrew Smith
Sun Aug 04, 2019 12:47 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Updates from north of Toronto, Canada
Replies: 9
Views: 4854

Updates from north of Toronto, Canada

Good day all: I have had a few fly overs lately and am hoping for some more. My question is directed to any landlords north of me (southwest Ontario, Canada). I am curious as to the current state of your colonies. Who still has martins hanging around? Please reply as I am still playing dawn song and...
by Andrew Smith
Sun Jul 14, 2019 6:10 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Decoy slipping
Replies: 8
Views: 2238

Decoy slipping

I am looking for a better way to hold a decoy securely to a perch. I have tried enlarging the diameter with tape and also small zip ties. Both hold up for a while but slip after a few days. Any tips out there?
by Andrew Smith
Fri Jun 28, 2019 7:51 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Tough Season
Replies: 9
Views: 5098

Re: Tough Season

Well put. It's the circle of life. I try to convince my wife every time we loose some goldfish to herons or king fishers. Like you said...everything has to eat to survive.
by Andrew Smith
Mon Jun 24, 2019 6:39 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Advice for wanna be landlord
Replies: 21
Views: 13062

Re: Advice for wanna be landlord

Cool drone video. I will take your advice on the blue bird box placement. However I was thinking about putting two boxes out, one for tree swallows and one for blue birds. I have read that you should place them side by side and as close as 5 feet apart. Lastly any ideas for keeping house wrens from ...
by Andrew Smith
Sun Jun 23, 2019 4:39 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Can't believe it, but I have one hanging around
Replies: 35
Views: 21834

Re: Can't believe it, but I have one hanging around

Congratulations Ryan. I think I speak for everyone on this site when I say we've all got our fingers crossed! I am going to play the dawn song as soon as I get back from Toronto. Still am holding on to a bit of hope that I can lure a bird to my place this year. Keep us posted on your situation. Agai...
by Andrew Smith
Sat Jun 22, 2019 5:34 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Advice for wanna be landlord
Replies: 21
Views: 13062

Re: Advice for wanna be landlord

I will take your advice on the tree swallow situation next spring. Does anyone know if barn swallows can cause issues with attracting and/or keeping martins? Or vice versa for that matter. Also I now have nine separate nest boxes with house wren. I am a bit concerned about what this will mean for me...
by Andrew Smith
Fri Jun 21, 2019 5:47 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Advice for wanna be landlord
Replies: 21
Views: 13062

Re: Advice for wanna be landlord

I made a small detour yesterday after dinner to check out the closest sighting from 2015. Unfortunately I don't see any signs of a colony, house, etc. I may stop by another time when the weather is a bit better, as it was raining pretty hard at the time. I will continue to play Dawn Song and Morning...
by Andrew Smith
Thu Jun 20, 2019 3:42 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Advice for wanna be landlord
Replies: 21
Views: 13062

Re: Advice for wanna be landlord

That website is great! Gotta love technology being used for the right reasons. I forgot to ask you what part of the province you reside? Do you have any other bird houses up?I failed to mention that one of Health's has a pair of tree swallows. I was going to set up another box for them, but time got...
by Andrew Smith
Thu Jun 20, 2019 1:10 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Advice for wanna be landlord
Replies: 21
Views: 13062

Re: Advice for wanna be landlord

Thank you for your response Ryan. To recap so far: I put my T14 up in late March. I have been playing the Dawn Song every morning around 4-5am. Lately multiple times daily and mixing in some Morning Chatter also. Preped the box with pine needles months ago also. Two weeks ago I put up four decoys as...
by Andrew Smith
Thu Jun 20, 2019 9:53 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Advice for wanna be landlord
Replies: 21
Views: 13062

Advice for wanna be landlord

Hello to all. This is my first post. I am curious if this year is a wash for me? Has anyone had martins arrive this late (or later) in previous seasons? I am located in south western Ontario. Any feedback is welcomed. Thanks.

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