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by Mike Mack
Sun Aug 09, 2020 10:11 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Martins drinking.
Replies: 3
Views: 125

Martins drinking.

Hi All, wondering if anybody ever sees martins drinking from a water source to small to drink from while on the fly? I've watched martins gather mud from around mud holes but can't remember seeing them drink except on the fly. Dont know if they can drink when not flying. Have read about them drinkin...
by Mike Mack
Wed Jul 29, 2020 12:24 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: THOUGHTS ABOUT ROOSTS & FALL MIGRATION==TX
Replies: 8
Views: 334

Re: THOUGHTS ABOUT ROOSTS & FALL MIGRATION==TX

Hi John, good hearing from you and thanks for the good info on the roost migrations. Most all my martins are I guess gathered with the big roost in Round Rock about 30 miles away. Had been getting 50 to 100 visitors around midday but that slowed down just a few days ago. Now the visits are much earl...
by Mike Mack
Sun Jul 19, 2020 12:46 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Central Texas Martin Rehab/Sanctuary??
Replies: 6
Views: 348

Re: Central Texas Martin Rehab/Sanctuary??

Hi Sky, sorry about your bird. There will allways be little bits of heartbreak with all the joy and rewards of hosting martins. Sometimes the parents will discard babies that they know have a deformity. It's their way. If their old enough its allways best to put them in their original nest, if not p...
by Mike Mack
Thu Jul 09, 2020 11:49 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Removing concrete or cutting off ground stakes
Replies: 4
Views: 215

Re: Removing concrete or cutting off ground stakes

Hi Louise, just about any contractor should have whats called a "saws all" with a metal cutting blade. Real quick buck, just tell em cash.
by Mike Mack
Sat Jul 04, 2020 6:14 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Is something eating this baby's feathers?
Replies: 8
Views: 318

Re: Is something eating this baby's feathers?

Go ahead and use 1/2 to 1 teaspoon of sevin a 1/8 may just not be enough.
by Mike Mack
Wed Jun 24, 2020 10:30 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: jumpers and it's not hot
Replies: 5
Views: 262

Re: jumpers and it's not hot

A few mites allways turn out to be a bunch pretty quick. If your not against it please consider the use of 7 dust, been useing for years. It works.
by Mike Mack
Wed Jun 24, 2020 2:00 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Long season for central texas
Replies: 2
Views: 129

Long season for central texas

Still have a lot of martins in their nests but way more than half have fledged. Nest checking on the 22nd found 2 clutches still hatching out, and 19 nests with 79 babies that are less than 10 days old. Hope the weather holds out and we stay away from the 100 plus temps for a few more weeks. Would l...
by Mike Mack
Mon Jun 22, 2020 12:08 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Early evening greatness
Replies: 3
Views: 209

Re: Early evening greatness

Congrats on the colony whips. After a days work it is very relaxing just to kick back watch them, and take it all in.
by Mike Mack
Fri May 29, 2020 12:15 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: 15 eggs on ground in 3 days
Replies: 3
Views: 247

Re: 15 eggs on ground in 3 days

That many in one area would make me say starling. Seams like they get a little more aggressive this time in the season exspecially if you have few vacancies. Watched one empty out a nest and a half in less than a minuet. Every time i think I've got em all here comes one or two more. Thats my take on...
by Mike Mack
Tue May 19, 2020 2:22 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: 6-17-2020 update..Nest check 5-19-2020
Replies: 21
Views: 894

Re: Nest check 5-19-2020

Sounds like your doing pretty good so far. You ended up in a great place here on the forum for spot on info. Hope you get that sparrow quickly they can be a pain.
by Mike Mack
Mon May 04, 2020 10:58 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Cen Tex Martin Ranch Report
Replies: 1
Views: 143

Cen Tex Martin Ranch Report

Hello all. Hope everyone is having a great martin season. Just finished adding it all up. On the 3rd and 4th checked and dusted 720 open cavitys, with 576 more ready to open if and when needed. Have 456 completed mud dam nests with less than half having eggs. Might of had a few with babies, but did ...
by Mike Mack
Wed Apr 29, 2020 10:32 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: This is first for my Colony
Replies: 8
Views: 445

Re: This is first for my Colony

Hi Whippy,
That line of storms hit us at around 3 this morning and passed through fairly quick. Same thing happened here was loaded down with new arrivals this morning but most must of moved on later in the day. Mabe they will show up at your house tomorrow morning. Mike.
by Mike Mack
Sun Apr 26, 2020 11:55 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: How do I discourage Starlings
Replies: 50
Views: 2390

Re: How do I discourage Starlings

Hi Alan,
Best of luck dealing with the starlings. Hopefully with your entrance modifications they will be discouraged enough to move on. No matter what don't give up. There is still plenty enough time to attract martins this season in central texas. Keep us posted. Mike.
by Mike Mack
Mon Mar 30, 2020 12:02 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Just had a PM killed by starling...
Replies: 16
Views: 1061

Re: Just had a PM killed by starling...

About three days ago I watched a starling pull a martin out of his cavity causing a badly broke wing. All happened so quick caught me off guard. That bugged me all day. In fact it still be buggin me.
by Mike Mack
Sun Mar 22, 2020 9:22 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Texas Arrivals
Replies: 13
Views: 1472

Re: Texas Arrivals

Hi Rodger Yes its alot of cavities. I use to be able to do a complete nest check of all in two days but that was a long time ago back in 09. I had over 700 pair back then. The drought to end all droughts of 2010 and 2011in central texas was a major setback that took years to recover from. The last t...
by Mike Mack
Wed Mar 18, 2020 8:14 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Fight to the death of both
Replies: 2
Views: 651

Re: Fight to the death of both

Hi Rodger
I allways have a very big step ladder close by. It was just a quick easy way to see what the problem was.
by Mike Mack
Wed Mar 18, 2020 1:53 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Is it too late?
Replies: 14
Views: 960

Re: Is it too late?

Still plenty time left
by Mike Mack
Wed Mar 18, 2020 1:50 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Fight to the death of both
Replies: 2
Views: 651

Fight to the death of both

This morning early all martins were acting like a hawk was watching them. So I made my normal walk around and they never setteled down. Couldn't figure what was up. Later around noon about my 4th or 5th round i seen a martin land at a cavity look in and fly off like a snake had got past my netting. ...
by Mike Mack
Tue Mar 17, 2020 2:32 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Texas Arrivals
Replies: 13
Views: 1472

Re: Texas Arrivals

Hi Whippy, Yes, the last two weeks with this mild weather has been a martin blessing. Starting to see what I think are a few sy, that hardheaded young and dumb behavior. We should still see a lot of asy comeing in for a few more weeks. I am running about half occupancy on 714 open and ready cavitys,...
by Mike Mack
Wed Mar 11, 2020 12:14 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Cool picture I took. Add yours.
Replies: 29
Views: 3469

Re: Cool picture I took. Add yours.

2nd and last attempt