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by flyin-lowe
Sun May 02, 2021 7:13 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Help with house design
Replies: 8
Views: 177

Re: Help with house design

Even in ideal conditions with ideal housing it often times takes several years to get a colony established. Usually the further north you are the less likely you are to get martins staying the first year or two. Martins love to nest in colonies and they have strong site fidelity. So barring somethin...
by flyin-lowe
Sat May 01, 2021 9:42 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: First birds
Replies: 5
Views: 149

Re: First birds

Do you have starlings in your area? The round holes can be a magnet for them and they will cause problems. You might look into starling resistant entry holes (SREH). Starlings are thick where I live and would not try to have a colony without them.
by flyin-lowe
Sat May 01, 2021 9:39 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: PM’s still in the area
Replies: 14
Views: 1572

Re: PM’s still in the area

I would confirm what you "think" he is doing. It is commonly advised that when starting a new colony it is often times SY martins, which due tend to arrive 4 weeks or so after the older martins (scouts), that start a new colony. So people are often advise when starting a new colony to open their hou...
by flyin-lowe
Fri Apr 30, 2021 10:04 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Disappearing Martins
Replies: 6
Views: 214

Re: Disappearing Martins

My experience has been that when bad weather arrives at the start of the season the martins might disappear for a day or two, but it is usually only the martins that are arriving or due to arrive. Once they have been there for a week or two, and then we get bad weather they stick around and try to r...
by flyin-lowe
Thu Apr 29, 2021 8:32 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Strange
Replies: 5
Views: 158

Re: Strange

How were your temps during the cold spell. I am in the midwest too and we had the cold front come through and snow as well. It was 60 one day, 30 with three inches of snow the next, and more snow the following day but it got up to 45 later that afternoon. So the martins in my area only went about 36...
by flyin-lowe
Thu Apr 29, 2021 5:42 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Feeding other type birds.
Replies: 6
Views: 131

Re: Feeding other type birds.

Oops, it duplicated for some reason.
by flyin-lowe
Thu Apr 29, 2021 5:41 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Feeding other type birds.
Replies: 6
Views: 131

Re: Feeding other type birds.

When I first got started with martins I didn't because I didn't want to draw in hawks. Not that I have a decent sized martin colony I know they will draw more attention then a feeder would. Once you get 5-10 pair, there is more activity around a martin colony then most bird feeders have. I usually h...
by flyin-lowe
Sat Apr 24, 2021 10:35 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: shooting sparrow with shotgun?
Replies: 10
Views: 445

Re: shooting sparrow with shotgun?

I have shot more sparrows than I can count with a shotgun. My housing is too far from my house to be able to hit with a pellet rifle. In the beginning the martins will flush but quickly come back. Depending on how often you shoot, sometimes I've had martins that dont fly off and some that would foll...
by flyin-lowe
Fri Apr 23, 2021 11:01 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: After 50 years no Martin's yet
Replies: 8
Views: 562

Re: After 50 years no Martin's yet

How many pairs have you had each year the last few years? Usually predators are the main reason a large established colony goes to zero in a a year.
by flyin-lowe
Fri Apr 23, 2021 4:47 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Starlings!
Replies: 8
Views: 493

Re: Starlings!

If you have an ASY pair staying the night more than a day or two that is a very good sign. Sometimes one will stay the night on its way further north. But after a couple days that’s probably not the case. A big percentage of martins these days fledged from SREH so they have no problems at all. I wou...
by flyin-lowe
Thu Apr 22, 2021 8:51 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: I Haven't said much ....but!!!
Replies: 9
Views: 562

Re: I Haven't said much ....but!!!

Congrats. Did you have martins last year or is this your first year?
by flyin-lowe
Thu Apr 22, 2021 8:27 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Starlings!
Replies: 8
Views: 493

Re: Starlings!

If you have very much of a starling population you should get some SREH and not worry about them. If you want to continue to try to trap/shoot them you can. They are so thick around here you could never make a dent in the population. Sometimes I will see thousands of them at a time in my yard and on...
by flyin-lowe
Mon Apr 19, 2021 9:25 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: unusual to me
Replies: 9
Views: 1024

Re: unusual to me

I've also noticed that all types of wildlife will attack the injured and week. Could it be that the martin was on the ground for some other reason (flew into a window, lack of food, etc.) and the other martins were then attacking it. Plenty of times I have had a sparrow sitting on housing amongst th...
by flyin-lowe
Sat Apr 17, 2021 6:58 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: A little late to the party!
Replies: 4
Views: 808

Re: A little late to the party!

Congrats on the martins and the haul...
by flyin-lowe
Sat Apr 17, 2021 6:56 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Pole Guard
Replies: 3
Views: 643

Re: Pole Guard

No reason not to put it in now. Definitely once you have martins staying. A snake or raccoon could get right up without it.
by flyin-lowe
Wed Apr 14, 2021 7:52 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: FIRST STEP TO NEW COLONy
Replies: 3
Views: 509

Re: FIRST STEP TO NEW COLONy

Awesome news, chances are they will draw in some more. Especially once the SY’s flow in.
by flyin-lowe
Wed Apr 14, 2021 7:50 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: TO PLAY OR NOT
Replies: 7
Views: 890

Re: TO PLAY OR NOT

My opinion is once you have martins staying the dawnsong has done it’s job. The martins you have will do a better job of getting the attention of others than the player will. I am one who saw a martin have an adverse reaction to the dawnsong so I would turn mine off once I noticed visitors. As you k...
by flyin-lowe
Tue Apr 13, 2021 12:30 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Making Sure
Replies: 4
Views: 575

Re: Making Sure

If your TS are going to fight off the PM's it will be obvious. They will flock and "click" at them when they buzz by them, until the martins leave. If they are not actively chasing the martins off then I would assume the TS have their own place and are not concerned by the martins. When I was trying...
by flyin-lowe
Sun Apr 11, 2021 7:15 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: adding decoys, + or -
Replies: 7
Views: 656

Re: adding decoys, + or -

My experience has been that occasionally you will have a martin that doesn't like the decoys, so I don't think they hurt things very often. I have seen live and in person a hawk swoop in and hit a decoy giving the martins time to escape. I have also came home many times finding my decoys knocked ove...
by flyin-lowe
Sun Apr 11, 2021 7:08 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Getting a little worried
Replies: 7
Views: 781

Re: Getting a little worried

If you look at the geo locator studies it typically doesn't take very long from when the martins leave South America until they arrive at their colony. Even the ones going to the northern ranges cross the gulf and arrive at their colony in around a week, sometimes less. A majority of the martins com...