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by Dave Duit
Sat Mar 28, 2020 9:43 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: New Landlord
Replies: 4
Views: 55

Re: New Landlord

Hi Ryan,
Congrats on getting your first martin. SY are usually the martins that will start your new colony. I encourage you to read everything you can on martins and how to be a great responsible landlord. Thank you for picking up the hobby of martins.
by Dave Duit
Fri Mar 27, 2020 11:55 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Owl Cage Inquiry
Replies: 6
Views: 88

Re: Owl Cage Inquiry

Hey there Tim, I added perches where I cut out each wire to make the 4 x 4-inch openings. I used the smallest diameter PEX tubing, cut a split in the pex, filled it with an exterior caulk, silicone or lexel and then snaped the split over the horizontal wire in the 4 x 4-inch openings. Since that tim...
by Dave Duit
Wed Mar 25, 2020 7:44 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Once again, adhesive confused.
Replies: 9
Views: 198

Re: Once again, adhesive confused.

Here is an image of what you need. It is a great product that I use on all my purple martin gourd stuff like porches, etc...You don't need to caulk over it. Lexel is like caulk and silicone and adhesive all in one. It has qualities that are unique, it is extremely flexible and it acts as a strong ad...
by Dave Duit
Tue Mar 24, 2020 8:10 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Purple Martin South Central Iowa
Replies: 6
Views: 204

Re: Purple Martin South Central Iowa

Hi Tim,
If he is looking in rough shape, you might want to consider placing the crickets right on his tunnel porches or just inside the entrance. Keep up the good fight.
by Dave Duit
Tue Mar 24, 2020 8:08 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: A newbie with calendar and ID questions
Replies: 9
Views: 142

Re: A newbie with calendar and ID questions

If you google video a search for "purple martin life by Dave Duit" and fast forward the video to 8:37 you will see a picture of a tree swallow. I hope this will assist you in Identifications.
by Dave Duit
Mon Mar 23, 2020 10:20 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Purple Martin South Central Iowa
Replies: 6
Views: 204

Re: Purple Martin South Central Iowa

Three reports in Iowa as of March 23rd. West Des Moines, New Sharon and Lockridge. It appears as if they are about one weeks earlier than last year according to our data.
by Dave Duit
Mon Mar 23, 2020 7:00 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: New hobby I picked up for the martins when they arrive.
Replies: 3
Views: 192

Re: New hobby I picked up for the martins when they arrive.

Thanks guys,
It is a real workout stretching for all those string, horn and buttons. lol. In the old days, before I had a colony. I did the same in opening my windows to play the dawnsong.
by Dave Duit
Sun Mar 22, 2020 4:09 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: New hobby I picked up for the martins when they arrive.
Replies: 3
Views: 192

New hobby I picked up for the martins when they arrive.

These are hard times for us all being stuck inside during the Covid 19. So, I decided to pick up this hobby and practice just for the arrival of my martins. I will open my windows and let them hear my beautiful music, sort of a warm welcome for our purple friends. Just kidding, but it does help us w...
by Dave Duit
Fri Mar 20, 2020 10:55 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Purple Martin South Central Iowa
Replies: 6
Views: 204

Re: Purple Martin South Central Iowa

Thank you Tim for the update. They sure did come in early to Iowa.
by Dave Duit
Fri Mar 20, 2020 8:00 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Purple Martins are already in central Iowa.
Replies: 0
Views: 122

Purple Martins are already in central Iowa.

Hey everyone,
Just a heads up to be ready for the early arrivers. There have already been reports of martins in Iowa and as far north as Des Moines.
by Dave Duit
Tue Mar 17, 2020 11:19 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Kalona, Iowa Purple Martin workshop INDEFINITELY POSTPONED
Replies: 5
Views: 314

Re: Kalona, Iowa Purple Martin workshop INDEFINITELY POSTPONED

Just bumping up since the original date is nearing.
Reminder: KALONA, IOWA PURPLE MARTIN WORKSHOP INDEFINITELY POSTPONED
Dave Duit
by Dave Duit
Thu Mar 12, 2020 2:24 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Kalona, Iowa Purple Martin workshop INDEFINITELY POSTPONED
Replies: 5
Views: 314

Re: Kalona, Iowa Purple Martin workshop INDEFINITELY POSTPONED

2020 Kalona, Iowa Purple Martin Workshop and Seminar has been INDEFINITELY POSTPONED.
by Dave Duit
Wed Mar 11, 2020 10:14 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Kalona, Iowa Purple Martin workshop INDEFINITELY POSTPONED
Replies: 5
Views: 314

Re: Purple Martin Workshop and Seminar Kalona, Iowa March 21

Thanks Jennie.
10 days until the big event !!!!!!
by Dave Duit
Mon Mar 09, 2020 8:48 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Distance between racks
Replies: 8
Views: 219

Re: Distance between racks

Good insight John. As for me, I'm restricted to yard space. You are right, any large congregation of birds is a dinner bell for hawks and owls.
by Dave Duit
Mon Mar 09, 2020 8:45 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Answers to the decline of the Purple Martin
Replies: 23
Views: 689

Re: Answers to the decline of the Purple Martin

Gary,
Thank you. I enjoyed reading your perspective and great positivity and all the mentoring. You gave us a breath of fresh air in inspiring our future with martins. Thanks again.
by Dave Duit
Sat Mar 07, 2020 9:26 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Distance between racks
Replies: 8
Views: 219

Re: Distance between racks

Hi jpp77,
My racks are 5 feet apart at their closest points. The martins seem to be unaffected by the distance.
by Dave Duit
Sat Mar 07, 2020 9:24 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Answers to the decline of the Purple Martin
Replies: 23
Views: 689

Re: Answers to the decline of the Purple Martin

The troubling sparrows are a tuff bunch. The downfall of sparrow nest removal is the "sparrow revenge" that occurs when nests are removed. They will go to nearby compartments and kill babies and other adult martins. It is sometimes unseen by landlords, but it occurs during sparrow nest removal. Kill...
by Dave Duit
Fri Mar 06, 2020 10:11 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Answers to the decline of the Purple Martin
Replies: 23
Views: 689

Re: Answers to the decline of the Purple Martin

randy M, Excellent observations about unmanaged colonies. My Iowa organizations mentors are responsible for teaching new landlords of the importance to maintain colonies and follow protocol. Good landlords are good mentors. After we initially assist new landlords to get established, we follow up in ...
by Dave Duit
Thu Mar 05, 2020 10:14 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Frustrating year
Replies: 36
Views: 1017

Re: Frustrating year

Just curious as to the size of your colony in the past years. Sometimes, survival rate affects the colony's success or failure. Another possibility could be that there may have been a massive mite infestation, owl predation or bad continuous hawk attacks.
by Dave Duit
Thu Mar 05, 2020 10:05 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Multiple states two weeks ahead of schedule!
Replies: 17
Views: 576

Re: Multiple states two weeks ahead of schedule!

Thanks Louise,
I always look forward to your input and background. Much appreciated.

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