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by CAK
Thu Jun 10, 2021 11:18 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Female abandonment - ?
Replies: 3
Views: 107

Re: Female abandonment - ?

That’s interesting. Do you know if they have laid eggs yet? I had my first SY pair last year plus one extra SY male and these three birds were the only ones I had at the house. It gave me an opportunity to observe their behavior a little more closely. I noticed that they would meet at the house in t...
by CAK
Wed Jun 09, 2021 11:06 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Rolling eggs and pine needles
Replies: 7
Views: 149

Re: Rolling eggs and pine needles

Thanks for the comments. Did a nest check just before sundown and that compartment still just had the 2 eggs where I placed them - appears there has not been any activity in that compartment. One other nest where I added pine straw had 2 new eggs. Did not see many of the SYs coming in for the night ...
by CAK
Tue Jun 08, 2021 9:58 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Rolling eggs and pine needles
Replies: 7
Views: 149

Rolling eggs and pine needles

At last next check I had a compartment that previously had 5 eggs and it was down to 2 eggs. SY pair. The house is a Trendsetter and it was in a compartment with a wire mesh liner. The nest was pretty thinly made and the 2 eggs were not in the center of the nest like you would normally expect and ap...
by CAK
Fri May 21, 2021 10:48 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Fire
Replies: 4
Views: 988

Re: Fire

I have a burn pile as well about 100’ from 2 houses. Haven’t had martins very long but they seem to ignore it.
by CAK
Fri Apr 23, 2021 7:02 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Starlings!
Replies: 8
Views: 1683

Re: Starlings!

Thanks. I have to order or make some for the new house. Old house has them on as of today. Appreciate the advice. Insert trap did it’s thing and caught 2 starlings right off the bat. We’ll hope they figure it out.
by CAK
Fri Apr 23, 2021 4:19 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Starlings!
Replies: 8
Views: 1683

Re: Starlings!

Start of the weekend and just put in SREHs on the older house. They were the snap in kind that was part of the design. Also plugged 15 of 16 holes on the new house and set an insert trap in the open one. Game on! I am pretty sure the pair from last year is back. Lots of visitors each day with the da...
by CAK
Thu Apr 22, 2021 10:26 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Starlings!
Replies: 8
Views: 1683

Re: Starlings!

Thanks. Any concerns on installing SREH before the martins are established? Only had 1 pair last year so still trying to attract.
by CAK
Wed Apr 21, 2021 10:52 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Starlings!
Replies: 8
Views: 1683

Starlings!

I put up a new Trendsetter martin house and within a day had several starlings checking it out and some began building nests. Fortunately it was before the SY were here and I put it down for a week and most went away. After raising again I still have 1 pair of pesky starlings there. Does anyone know...
by CAK
Wed Apr 14, 2021 10:41 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: TO PLAY OR NOT
Replies: 7
Views: 1546

Re: TO PLAY OR NOT

I had one pair last year plus an extra SY male. This year I was worried when they didn’t show up...was wondering if I had lost them. They eventually started showing back up in March but were not staying the night. At the advice of others I began playing the dawn song and no doubt they stayed around ...
by CAK
Wed Mar 31, 2021 10:04 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: New colony 2020 - but not staying in 2021
Replies: 12
Views: 2966

Re: New colony 2020 - but not staying in 2021

For sure easier to see activity. They are interesting birds. Same thing again tonight. Female tucks in and the ASY male flies away. Guessing it’s good that the female is the one that stays...as she ultimately gets to decide where the eggs are laid!
by CAK
Tue Mar 30, 2021 9:48 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: New colony 2020 - but not staying in 2021
Replies: 12
Views: 2966

Re: New colony 2020 - but not staying in 2021

Update - I believe all three birds that I had last year have returned, the ASY pair and an ASY male. I see them daily. One of the ASY males is paired with the female and the other ASY male appears at times. Interesting that initially one of the ASY males stayed the night upon arrival and now doesn’t...
by CAK
Sun Mar 14, 2021 9:21 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: New colony 2020 - but not staying in 2021
Replies: 12
Views: 2966

Re: New colony 2020 - but not staying in 2021

Thanks for the encouragement and advice. I will put my decoys back up and play the dawn song again. That worked last year and the pair I had showed up late so maybe they are still on the way. The ASY male is still here and was alone all day. The ASY pair I saw must have been visitors. I am fortunate...
by CAK
Sat Mar 13, 2021 10:14 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: New colony 2020 - but not staying in 2021
Replies: 12
Views: 2966

Re: New colony 2020 - but not staying in 2021

Will do. They are great to listen to!!
by CAK
Sat Mar 13, 2021 10:05 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: New colony 2020 - but not staying in 2021
Replies: 12
Views: 2966

Re: New colony 2020 - but not staying in 2021

Thanks. I have seen them a few times last weekend. I was traveling all week and not home but was around the yard yesterday and today and didn’t see them. Hopefully they will be back soon. Good to know it takes them a while to stay. I can imagine if there is a big colony nearby that would be quite a ...
by CAK
Sat Mar 13, 2021 9:43 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: New colony 2020 - but not staying in 2021
Replies: 12
Views: 2966

New colony 2020 - but not staying in 2021

I am a new purple martin landlord and started in 2020 with a pair of SY birds and single SY male stayed with them and help raise the chicks all season. Successfully fledged three. This year I have seen an ASY males arrive March 7 and ASY pair arrived March 8 but the only bird that stays the night is...