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by SSMartin
Thu Apr 15, 2021 8:25 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: TO PLAY OR NOT
Replies: 7
Views: 153

Re: TO PLAY OR NOT

My opinion will be continue to play until you get 8 or 10 birds by then they’ll do the work for you. I know everybody talks about the dawn song that the birds do early in the morning but I have never witnessed it at my colony. I’ve been out early in the mornings and never hear a peep out of mine. M...
by SSMartin
Wed Apr 14, 2021 9:50 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: TO PLAY OR NOT
Replies: 7
Views: 153

Re: TO PLAY OR NOT

Keep it playing! It can’t and won’t hurt. It will draw birds in while your pair is off feeding. Your pair will also draw in new birds. Once you have a handful of birds you likely won’t need it anymore.
by SSMartin
Wed Apr 14, 2021 9:45 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Good season
Replies: 10
Views: 137

Re: Good season

Looking good. More pictures please
by SSMartin
Wed Apr 14, 2021 8:02 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: First bird of the season
Replies: 22
Views: 1052

Re: First bird of the season

Fingers crossed she stays.
by SSMartin
Wed Apr 14, 2021 8:00 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: 7 Birds
Replies: 2
Views: 104

Re: 7 Birds

Mr Bond,

Great news! You have such a nice setup I am glad the birds have returned.
by SSMartin
Wed Apr 14, 2021 7:58 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Year 2 still no martins
Replies: 10
Views: 174

Re: Year 2 still no martins

Are you playing dawnsong recording?
by SSMartin
Tue Apr 13, 2021 12:19 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: BO11 plus with clinger entrances
Replies: 4
Views: 113

Re: BO11 plus with clinger entrances

Can’t go wrong with a clinger or crescent. Conley II is for sure the easiest of three for them to use I would say but as you found some starlings figure it out.
by SSMartin
Tue Apr 13, 2021 12:15 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Illuminating a scarecrow to ward off owls.
Replies: 11
Views: 181

Re: Illuminating a scarecrow to ward off owls.

daveh wrote:
Fri Jan 22, 2021 9:45 am
I've done motion detector lights on top of poles, scarecrows, bird spikes, radio noise, flood lights shining on the houses and gourds, and wire cages. Nothing works well for me. Barred owls are usually the problem but last season it was the great horned owl.

Dave
From a previous post
by SSMartin
Mon Apr 12, 2021 9:52 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: BO11 plus with clinger entrances
Replies: 4
Views: 113

Re: BO11 plus with clinger entrances

I have clinger entrances and they fit no problem. That bird is just being shy give him some time.
by SSMartin
Sun Apr 11, 2021 4:15 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: ASY MALE
Replies: 5
Views: 85

Re: ASY MALE

If you have an asy returning you have a very high chance of at least getting him to find a mate and nest.
by SSMartin
Fri Apr 09, 2021 5:40 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: New hopeful landlord
Replies: 10
Views: 209

Re: New hopeful landlord

If they spend the night consistently they have chosen your site and will nest. Keep them safe from sparrows, starlings, and snakes and you're sure to be successful. They'll also attract more martins to your site as the season progresses.
by SSMartin
Fri Apr 09, 2021 7:47 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: My Jangles T-14 and my Trio getting some love this week
Replies: 6
Views: 203

Re: My Jangles T-14 and my Trio getting some love this week

Looking good except those round holes. :shock:

The day a starling shows up you’ll be as surprised as I was. Never saw a starling out here ever then one day two land on the gourd rack I was in shock. I see you have the simple plug and switch tunnels so you’re all prepared. Enjoy the birds!
by SSMartin
Fri Apr 09, 2021 12:29 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: First pairs to arrive
Replies: 1
Views: 115

Re: First pairs to arrive

Sounds like you’re off to a great start this season. Those modifications will surely lead to an even more attractive successful colony. Best of luck to you and the birds!
by SSMartin
Thu Apr 08, 2021 3:42 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: .
Replies: 4
Views: 146

Re: .

That is his signature. I believe he edited it blank since he couldn't delete it the post.
by SSMartin
Thu Apr 08, 2021 3:36 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Starling resistant hole
Replies: 16
Views: 1405

Re: Starling resistant hole

How long do the Purple Martins stay? Is it too late for them to make a nest now? They stay at your site until a week or two after the young fledge then they begin to join migrating flocks and start heading South. I have had martins with babies in July. So I would say you have a few more months. Wor...
by SSMartin
Wed Apr 07, 2021 8:13 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: New
Replies: 1
Views: 162

Re: New

Maybe your birds are just running late. I do not think you expanding and upgrading would scare them off.
by SSMartin
Wed Apr 07, 2021 8:12 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Is It Unusual For ASY Males To Pair With SY Females
Replies: 2
Views: 135

Re: Is It Unusual For ASY Males To Pair With SY Females

They usually pair with the first females that arrive, but will pair with a SY female if they haven't found a mate. They always will get a SY female it is the SY males who really have the uphill battle getting a female. A lot of new colonies will have the one SY male working hard but fail to get a fe...
by SSMartin
Wed Apr 07, 2021 8:08 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Just in time for Easter
Replies: 12
Views: 844

Re: Just in time for Easter

Not too late you have plenty of time!
by SSMartin
Tue Apr 06, 2021 9:09 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: First bird of the season
Replies: 22
Views: 1052

Re: First bird of the season

Laura,

Has he brought anymore visitors to your site yet?
by SSMartin
Tue Apr 06, 2021 8:47 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: RaIsed a T 8
Replies: 5
Views: 433

Re: RaIsed a T 8

What a nice site you have. Any birds yet?