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by SSMartin
Sun May 09, 2021 10:59 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Today’s nest check
Replies: 3
Views: 143

Re: Today’s nest check

I always assume that martins up North get to business so much faster. Here they arrive and it’s a few months before they even start to build nests sometimes.
by SSMartin
Sat May 08, 2021 7:06 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Today’s nest check
Replies: 3
Views: 143

Re: Today’s nest check

Had the first fledglings leave the nest today great strong flyers and getting attacked by everyone else as usual.
by SSMartin
Wed May 05, 2021 9:14 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Transplanting Martins from one colony to a new one
Replies: 7
Views: 285

Re: Transplanting Martins from one colony to a new one

There has been documented cases where mated pairs with young were captured in gourds and transplanted to another location and the adult pair even leave when they have young, So even the parental responsibility is not strong enough to make them stay. Federal law also prohibits this practice. I too h...
by SSMartin
Wed May 05, 2021 1:12 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Transplanting Martins from one colony to a new one
Replies: 7
Views: 285

Re: Transplanting Martins from one colony to a new one

Capture a pair of martins and release them at another site. They’ll fly up and never be seen there again. If you’re luckily they’ll return to where you captured them.
by SSMartin
Tue May 04, 2021 7:32 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Qestion
Replies: 12
Views: 436

Re: Qestion

They are living in the rain forests over in South America.
by SSMartin
Tue May 04, 2021 5:59 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Qestion
Replies: 12
Views: 436

Re: Qestion

Pennsylvania
by SSMartin
Mon May 03, 2021 10:40 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Question
Replies: 8
Views: 255

Re: Question

Well they obviously come because all the best Martin houses are built in Amish country.
by SSMartin
Mon May 03, 2021 10:34 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Qestion
Replies: 12
Views: 436

Re: Qestion

I’m pretty sure these were PMCA birds from their site in Erie County, Pennsylvania.
by SSMartin
Mon May 03, 2021 10:32 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Today’s nest check
Replies: 3
Views: 143

Today’s nest check

Everything from newly hatched to soon to fledge. I didn’t have time to check all the gourds and houses but here are some photos of nests for those who are interested. So far I have not found any mites.
by SSMartin
Sat May 01, 2021 7:50 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Help with house design
Replies: 8
Views: 294

Re: Help with house design

Great looking house. As stated by Kegger deeper compartments are more attractive to martins, but I see you have gourds too. I would just keep trying are you playing dawnsong?
by SSMartin
Fri Apr 30, 2021 6:04 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Colony Recovery After Owl Attacks
Replies: 1
Views: 174

Re: Colony Recovery After Owl Attacks

I had a colony of 30 gourds all occupied with nests in 2020 at a commercial property this was a 3 year old colony. I cleaned them out and upgraded for 2021 and not a single bird returned this year. I am in FL so they would have all been here by now. Last year I noticed less activity and put up netti...
by SSMartin
Fri Apr 30, 2021 9:52 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Qestion
Replies: 12
Views: 436

Re: Qestion

From the studies done it appears that birds that nest farther North start migrating later then southern nesting birds. Once they go they cover ground pretty quickly but bad weather can clearly slow them down.

Check out this GPS study if you haven’t already.
https://youtu.be/vMPxlXuukIg
by SSMartin
Fri Apr 30, 2021 9:48 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Disappearing Martins
Replies: 6
Views: 337

Re: Disappearing Martins

Any chance you have a nighttime predator as well such as snakes or owls?
by SSMartin
Fri Apr 30, 2021 9:47 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: pink babies!
Replies: 8
Views: 388

Re: pink babies!

Healthy chicks and nice nests. Looking good this season.
by SSMartin
Thu Apr 29, 2021 7:49 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: When the Hawks move on
Replies: 11
Views: 492

Re: When the Hawks move on

Looking good.
Love the rack.
by SSMartin
Thu Apr 29, 2021 7:48 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Slow Motion Video
Replies: 3
Views: 396

Re: Slow Motion Video

Awesome plans to expand next year?
by SSMartin
Thu Apr 29, 2021 7:47 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Today
Replies: 7
Views: 287

Re: Today

It depends on the birds age :lol:

A mail box is a lot of room curious how many eggs in each mailbox. Please let us know if they lay more eggs in the mailbox then other housing.
by SSMartin
Thu Apr 29, 2021 5:04 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Today
Replies: 7
Views: 287

Re: Today

You’ll know they are ready to lay when they line the nest with stamps
by SSMartin
Thu Apr 29, 2021 12:41 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Slow Motion Video
Replies: 3
Views: 396

Re: Slow Motion Video

Have you noticed a population increase from last year?
by SSMartin
Thu Apr 29, 2021 12:28 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: SREH questions
Replies: 7
Views: 352

Re: SREH questions

Go to Amazon and search grip tape
Or anti slip tape.

Can cut it to any size and use on your housing to help martins grip slippery surfaces if you find the need necessary.