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by Dave Duit
Tue Jun 25, 2019 1:45 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Midseason report. Southern Iowa.
Replies: 2
Views: 200

Re: Midseason report. Southern Iowa.

Congrats Hershbergers. Those are some great stats/ Banner year/
by Dave Duit
Fri May 24, 2019 8:21 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Hanging by its foot
Replies: 3
Views: 2362

Re: Hanging by its foot

Hi Ed,
Good to hear that martin appears to be doing fine. After think more about your concern, I do feel it is in fact a rare event.
by Dave Duit
Fri May 24, 2019 8:18 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Wind question?
Replies: 17
Views: 5026

Re: Wind question?

As Brad mentioned and is very important; do not lower a martin house at night.
by Dave Duit
Thu May 23, 2019 9:16 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Possible New Colony for West Des Moines, Iowa
Replies: 8
Views: 2821

Re: Possible New Colony for West Des Moines, Iowa

Hang in there BillyJR. Good to see everyone is on top of the supplement feeding. This week will be another trying week with forecast rain rain rain.
by Dave Duit
Thu May 23, 2019 9:05 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: No Martin’s staying with me this year
Replies: 6
Views: 2705

Re: No Martin’s staying with me this year

I'm leaning toward great horned owl attacks.
by Dave Duit
Thu May 23, 2019 8:44 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: what is a capped egg
Replies: 3
Views: 2336

Re: what is a capped egg

Hi Dick, A capped egg is when the babies start to hatch the half egg shell may flip over on top of another unhatched egg, therefore capping that unhatched egg. When you do nest checks, look for these capped eggs and if you find one, carefully remove the half spent eggs shell from the unhatched egg. ...
by Dave Duit
Thu May 23, 2019 8:39 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Minnesota Martins: How to guarantee (almost) new colony success?
Replies: 11
Views: 4594

Re: Minnesota Martins: How to guarantee (almost) new colony success?

P.S. He is in the Mille Lac Lake area with the Ogibwa Tribe.
by Dave Duit
Thu May 23, 2019 8:37 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Minnesota Martins: How to guarantee (almost) new colony success?
Replies: 11
Views: 4594

Re: Minnesota Martins: How to guarantee (almost) new colony success?

If you can contact Kelly Applegate, president of the Minnesota Purple Martin Working Group, you can get some great information and insight into this specific area of concern.
by Dave Duit
Wed May 22, 2019 10:59 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: What to expect?
Replies: 2
Views: 1624

Re: What to expect?

At your location, the SY subbies have plenty of time to continue showing up. I wish you the best in growing a huge colony.
by Dave Duit
Wed May 22, 2019 10:56 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Capped Egg rescue
Replies: 7
Views: 4930

Re: Capped Egg rescue

This is a prime example of why we should all do nest checks. Another baby martin saved by a vigilant landlord. Congrats . : )
by Dave Duit
Wed May 22, 2019 8:41 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Hanging by its foot
Replies: 3
Views: 2362

Re: Hanging by its foot

Hi Ed, I have never had this problem at my location in 14 years. But I can see how a martin can get itself in trouble with these rare unseen areas. No product it perfect and suspect that this will probably never occur again. I think it is a good idea for all landlords to check treads every year for ...
by Dave Duit
Tue May 21, 2019 12:33 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Insect chasing tree swallows
Replies: 4
Views: 1577

Re: Insect chasing tree swallows

Another long shot guess is possibly a small hummingbird that might be misidentified as an insect.
by Dave Duit
Tue May 21, 2019 12:29 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Three Photos Of Some Of My Gourd Racks
Replies: 9
Views: 3255

Re: Three Photos Of Some Of My Gourd Racks

Steve, Do you have any metal chirpy nest boxes and if so, do you like them or not ?
by Dave Duit
Tue May 21, 2019 12:28 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: History of Starling resistant entrances.
Replies: 2
Views: 1159

Re: History of Starling resistant entrances.

Thanks Archer, It was interesting looking over the progression of the SREH. I use the Conley 2 entrance and have had excellent results here in Iowa. There is an ongoing discussion throughout the US about starling sizes from southern states to northern states and their ability or inability to breach ...
by Dave Duit
Tue May 21, 2019 8:07 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: New to this!
Replies: 12
Views: 2750

Re: New to this!

Go ahead and shoot the starling and keep your martin housing up.
by Dave Duit
Tue May 21, 2019 7:53 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: First pm!!!
Replies: 9
Views: 2448

Re: First pm!!!

Hi Mike, Congrats and yes it is waiting for a mate or other martins to come around. If you have a feeding platform or a raised platform it is good to place no oil prepared used small pieces of scrambled eggs during cold wet weather; supplement feeding. Or frozen and then thawed crickets. Cleaned cru...
by Dave Duit
Mon May 20, 2019 2:18 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Insect chasing tree swallows
Replies: 4
Views: 1577

Re: Insect chasing tree swallows

I have never seen this before, but my guess is it may be dragonflies since their quick mimicking flight matches that of a dragonfly chasing another dragonfly. If this is indeed the case, I have a feeling the dragonflies days are numbered.
by Dave Duit
Mon May 20, 2019 2:15 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Possible New Colony for West Des Moines, Iowa
Replies: 8
Views: 2821

Re: Possible New Colony for West Des Moines, Iowa

Hi Tim, This is great news after all those years of trying for a new colony at your home location. Hopefully they will have a successful fledge rate and all survive their first year. As you know it is a numbers game the first few years of starting a new colony and we need all we can get from your ne...
by Dave Duit
Mon May 20, 2019 7:43 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Eggs with no green leaves
Replies: 4
Views: 580

Re: Eggs with no green leaves

The only time see a sparse nest is when there are SY pairs. SY pairs sometimes have poorly built nests and only an egg or two.
by Dave Duit
Sun May 19, 2019 6:00 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: New to this!
Replies: 12
Views: 2750

Re: New to this!

Starling on the left, but unsure of the bird on the right. Starlings have long pointy beaks. Martins have short black beaks.

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