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by ~Patrick~
Sun Dec 26, 2010 9:21 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Purple martins in Austin, TX...
Replies: 16
Views: 6244

People get so touchy. No need to worry about me...I won't be posting again.
by ~Patrick~
Sun Dec 26, 2010 6:39 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Purple martins in Austin, TX...
Replies: 16
Views: 6244

Purple martins in Austin, TX...

This report is from Texbirds. Two purple martins, one an adult male, were seen on a "green and white metal house" in Austin, Texas today. Perhaps the unseasonably warm weather has brought a few birds in early.

Patrick
by ~Patrick~
Sat Jul 10, 2010 11:42 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: any cliff swallow 'landlords' out there?
Replies: 29
Views: 12251

Williamburg bird bottles would be ideal for cliff swallows. You could mount several together to give them the "colony" feel. You can do a google search and find them. There are 18th century reports of martins nesting in them also. They sometimes referred to them as "martin pots".

Patrick
by ~Patrick~
Wed Jul 07, 2010 9:36 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Trio with tunnels
Replies: 4
Views: 1717

I'm going to use industrial velcro to attach tunnels to the front doors so they can be removed for nest checks. I'll remove the railings and add porches to all the tunnels. I hope to have it all done by Christmas so next year will be different for my colony.

Patrick
by ~Patrick~
Sat Jun 19, 2010 10:19 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: sold lot behind house
Replies: 7
Views: 2184

Just make sure you keep the orientation of the house the same. Don't change directions of the compartments. That will cause confusion and possible abandonment.
by ~Patrick~
Fri Jun 18, 2010 4:46 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Attn: sparrow trappers...
Replies: 18
Views: 5498

jasmemphis,

Whatever.
by ~Patrick~
Thu Jun 17, 2010 3:30 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: They are Fledging but flying into their Doom?
Replies: 4
Views: 1658

You didn't make a mistake by trying to replace them. The problem is, once they jump, they rarely stay put. Unfortunately, grounded babies are usually doomed, unless you want to try to hand feed for a couple of days. Some landlords have used a "halfway house" with success. That is a gourd with the fr...
by ~Patrick~
Tue Jun 15, 2010 8:21 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Attn: sparrow trappers...
Replies: 18
Views: 5498

Yes, I "dispatch" all of the sparrows I catch. They are aggressive non-natives and displace and/or kill countless native songbirds. There is no place for them in our environment.

Patrick
by ~Patrick~
Mon Jun 14, 2010 8:40 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Attn: sparrow trappers...
Replies: 18
Views: 5498

Anna, I place mine in the open underneath my houses. The advice from the manufacturer is that it seems to work better elevated, like on a picnic table, a box, or something. I'm not sure why that is. I have the Uncle Blaine's repeating bait trap. It really works best with a bait bird and that first b...
by ~Patrick~
Sun Jun 13, 2010 1:21 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Attn: sparrow trappers...
Replies: 18
Views: 5498

Attn: sparrow trappers...

For those of you with repeating bait traps (such as Uncle Blaine's), post nesting is an excellent time to get even with house sparrows. I've trapped in excess of 30 in the last 2 days. Granted, they aren't the adults that are nesting in one of my gourds, but these young, inexperienced house sparrows...
by ~Patrick~
Thu Jun 10, 2010 5:26 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: 41 house sparrows in 6 days
Replies: 7
Views: 2519

On house sparrow fledglings, the black of the male's bib starts to appear right under the beak on the chin. I caught one the other day that was just starting to turn. The young ones are easy to catch at this time of year so get out those repeating traps and let 'em have it. I think I hate sparrows m...
by ~Patrick~
Thu Jun 10, 2010 5:21 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Baby Blue Birds
Replies: 1
Views: 1071

Delma,

I'd leave the old martin nest in the house so it will look used and "successful" to any martins investigating next year. I envy you with the bluebirds. I wish I could get them here in Fort Worth.

Patrick
by ~Patrick~
Fri May 07, 2010 4:55 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Bird identity help
Replies: 11
Views: 3494

Check online or a birdbook to see if it is a marsh hawk. The males are grey and the females are brown. It could have been a male marsh hawk, also known as a northern harrier.

Patrick
by ~Patrick~
Wed Mar 10, 2010 11:23 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: After last year......
Replies: 8
Views: 2312

I finally saw 2 martins on my houses today, almost a full month later than last year. I'm not sure how many will come but I would suspect more will be on the way with temps in the mid 70s this week. So metroplex landlords, eyes to the skies.

Patrick
by ~Patrick~
Sat Mar 06, 2010 9:52 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: No Martins ...
Replies: 21
Views: 6647

Well, I finally did see some martins today but they didn't stop on my housing. They must be arriving in the area, considerably late. Though I would miss them, if they choose not to nest here this year I'm okay with that, too. After 2 conecutive years of high nestling losses, I don't need the stress....
by ~Patrick~
Fri Mar 05, 2010 10:52 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: No Martins ...
Replies: 21
Views: 6647

None here at my site in Fort Worth either. I had about 22-25 pairs last year. I haven't even seen a martin this year. I think last year's high nestling mortality combined with this year's cold weather has slowed or maybe even stopped my colony. I've gotten to where I don't even watch for them anymore.
by ~Patrick~
Thu Feb 04, 2010 11:44 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: unusual ducks in N. Alabama
Replies: 3
Views: 1707

Buffleheads are incredibly beautiful. We have them here, right in town. They are one of my favorites.

Patrick
by ~Patrick~
Sat Jul 18, 2009 3:12 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: The Heat Made 'Em Jump and Die
Replies: 12
Views: 7305

I had the same problem here. As far as I know, I lost every fledgling except for 2 that I raised and released. After the last nest jumped and/or died, all the adults abandoned the site. In general the young ones were thin and poor. I guess the parents just stopped feeding. I'm not 100% sure but I th...
by ~Patrick~
Fri Jul 03, 2009 4:05 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Season ends on sad note...more dead but a few fly
Replies: 5
Views: 4424

My lone surviving nestling died today. There had to have been something else going on besides the heat and dehydration. No matter how many crickets he ate, he stayed thin and lethargic. He finally just wasted away to nothing. I'm sorry he didn't make it but I'm glad it's all over. My colony has been...
by ~Patrick~
Mon Jun 29, 2009 9:16 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: a gruesome scene...
Replies: 15
Views: 9761

Yes, it is a disheartening situation. I guess what makes it such a bitter pill to swallow is that we do all the right things. I'm almost positive the parents just stopped feeding when the heat hit. The babies were thin and poor and some had diarrhea. Even when first rescued their appetites were poor...