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by ToyinPA
Fri Mar 20, 2020 1:03 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: First Arrivals Today.
Replies: 4
Views: 306

Re: First Arrivals Today.

Congrats Doug. I hope you have a great season. I'm opening a few rooms today, since it's been warmer & many are arriving earlier than past years. My earliest was March 23rd back in 2005? I just hope I get some back this year. Loosing 10 pair in 2018 was rough. No idea why they never returned. Weathe...
by ToyinPA
Mon Mar 16, 2020 2:15 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Martins on offense - Hawk
Replies: 10
Views: 472

Re: Martins on offense - Hawk

Joe: Yes it's common behavior. When martins see a potential threat (most often hawks), within a certain distance of their nest site, they will put the alarm call out, then gang up & try to chase the intruder away. Grackles will also chase hawks & crows in a similar fashion. Hawks & crows like to rai...
by ToyinPA
Thu Mar 05, 2020 3:20 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Multiple states two weeks ahead of schedule!
Replies: 17
Views: 584

Re: Multiple states two weeks ahead of schedule!

I've had martins return & a few days later have a snow storm & freezing temps that can last for days. Other times it's days of cold rain. I've had martins arrive that look like they've been thru a major battle. Wings drooped, thin, feathers in bad shape. Some survive, others do not. Those that are j...
by ToyinPA
Sat Feb 15, 2020 10:33 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: I’ve inherited Martins! How to do the right thing?
Replies: 32
Views: 4136

Re: I’ve inherited Martins! How to do the right thing?

Thanks so much for that info. I appreciate everyone’s concern. Financially, I can swing a house if I need to. Unfortunately my nephew’s wife had some health issues that have delayed his visit and I worry martins will arrive before he does. It is quite warm here. I have the old house semi-disassembl...
by ToyinPA
Tue Feb 04, 2020 3:19 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: House Sparrow Lookalike?
Replies: 8
Views: 416

Re: House Sparrow Lookalike?

We’ve never had too many problems with house sparrows over the years we’ve been landlords. We’ve only fed safflower and nyger feed to the songbirds for about sixteen years now. House sparrows have never been interested in it. However this winter we have seen what looks like HS at the safflower feed...
by ToyinPA
Thu Jan 30, 2020 4:53 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: I’ve inherited Martins! How to do the right thing?
Replies: 32
Views: 4136

Re: I’ve inherited Martins! How to do the right thing?

Thanks, Toy. We were posting together. I will reduce the 24 to a 12. This will give room for the nine pairs who made nests last year, plus 3 more units. I put a pack of louvered blanks in my cart, plus a pack of crescent doors. I was thinking I would swap only half the doors for crescent the first ...
by ToyinPA
Thu Jan 30, 2020 1:46 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: I’ve inherited Martins! How to do the right thing?
Replies: 32
Views: 4136

Re: I’ve inherited Martins! How to do the right thing?

I am thinking the a Trio Castle system with winch will be my best deal. I wish it was all white to keep the heat down and look less glaring, but it can be adjusted to 12 large cabins. Can’t tell if it comes with plugs for the other 12 holes or not. I have an email in to my nephew to see if he think...
by ToyinPA
Thu Jan 30, 2020 4:31 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: I’ve inherited Martins! How to do the right thing?
Replies: 32
Views: 4136

Re: I’ve inherited Martins! How to do the right thing?

Guys....appreciate your suggestions.....however....she's a lady, up in her years, with physical limits. She stated that in her first post. So she needs it to be as simple as possible. I think gourds would be too much for her to deal with & she can't build a house. What would be ideal for her would b...
by ToyinPA
Wed Jan 29, 2020 7:08 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: I’ve inherited Martins! How to do the right thing?
Replies: 32
Views: 4136

Re: I’ve inherited Martins! How to do the right thing?

Susan: It's hard to tell if the martins were killed by starlings. Some just die due to age, illness, etc. Martin males sing beautifully. Starlings do not. So if the birds were singing a pretty song you had martins. Martin use twigs in their nests. The nest is usually dried material like grass, straw...
by ToyinPA
Wed Jan 29, 2020 2:46 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: I’ve inherited Martins! How to do the right thing?
Replies: 32
Views: 4136

Re: I’ve inherited Martins! How to do the right thing?

Susan: It sounds like you inherited a well established colony. Many martin landlords try for years to get them. Many martin landlords are middle age & up, even into their 80's or 90's. I'm now disabled, have major balance issues, but I keep caring for my colony & will as long as I can. It's a job th...
by ToyinPA
Sun Jan 26, 2020 12:04 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: How Far Away Should Martin Housing Be From Power Lines?
Replies: 9
Views: 691

Re: How Far Away Should Martin Housing Be From Power Lines?

I have power lines only 3-5 feet from my martin houses. They love them. I live in town & my yard is pretty much surrounded by power lines. The martins sit on them a lot. They like to sit at a distance & watch the houses. One of my neighbors upgraded his electric service & they took down the one powe...
by ToyinPA
Tue Oct 15, 2019 9:55 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Interesting article on pesticide...
Replies: 3
Views: 1234

Re: Interesting article on pesticide...

Hi Tony, Dave Duit here. Thank you for the great article. I work at Ames High School in central Iowa and I shared the link with all of our biology, animal science, environmental science classes. teachers will most likely turn this web link into a class project / lesson plan. Literally hundreds of s...
by ToyinPA
Sun Oct 13, 2019 3:48 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Interesting article on pesticide...
Replies: 3
Views: 1234

Interesting article on pesticide...

Study shows the world's most popular insecticide is causing weight loss, problems surviving & reproducing in migrating song birds in North America:

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/envi ... se-weight/
by ToyinPA
Sun Oct 06, 2019 11:14 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: One Martin still returning to roost
Replies: 12
Views: 3214

Re: One Martin still returning to roost

I would guess it's a HY. Some get left behind by their parents. I had one stay late one year & worried we'd have to catch it & feed it all winter, which isn't usually possible. It finally left. Eventually yours should head south. This year I had a chick that got left behind. Parents didn't come back...
by ToyinPA
Sat Aug 24, 2019 8:35 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Lifting cable
Replies: 3
Views: 3417

Re: Lifting cable

We used 3/16 stainless steel cable. Got it at Lowe's. It's in the aisle where they have all the nuts, bolts, screws, etc. Look on the bottom shelf. They cut it to size. You will also need crimp ends.

Toy in PA
by ToyinPA
Thu Aug 15, 2019 12:00 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Chicadee Interference
Replies: 39
Views: 20674

Re: Chicadee Interference

Gotham: I think you pretty much have it all covered :). I gather dried white pine needles late October here in central PA. You want the fresh fallen ones, which will be brown in color, but still very flexible. If they are wet lay them on a tarp or something to dry & then put them in plastic grocery ...
by ToyinPA
Tue Aug 13, 2019 1:10 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Farewell Tour 2019 ??
Replies: 5
Views: 2044

Re: Farewell Tour 2019 ??

Bill: Yes. When you see this activity you can guarantee they will soon be gone until next spring. Pretty much every year they all come in for one last night. Then I may have a couple come in for one night, depending on how late they fledged. Then they are gone. Nothing for a few days. Then I usually...
by ToyinPA
Fri Aug 02, 2019 4:46 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: One nestling
Replies: 6
Views: 4140

Re: One nestling

I had one chick that had 2 siblings. One died. The other chick fledged & the parents left with it for 11 days. They did not come back to fed him at all or even check on him. They pretty much abandoned him for 11 whole days. He tried to fledge, but couldn't fly, ended up on the ground. He was very th...
by ToyinPA
Thu Aug 01, 2019 4:04 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: What a season, central PA
Replies: 7
Views: 4543

Re: What a season, central PA

:shock: Way to Go ! Toy ! Talk about "being in the Trenches" !! May you & your husband have a restful Fall & Winter & may you have a much better season next year ! Bless you Both !!, Anthony Thanks Anthony. I may struggle each year, but I never give up. They chose me to care for them & that's what ...
by ToyinPA
Thu Aug 01, 2019 4:03 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: 'scuse me while I kiss the sky !
Replies: 1
Views: 3314

Re: 'scuse me while I kiss the sky !

So high you can't see them, but you can hear them calling to each other. They disappear out of sight in a clear blue sky, then drop down & suddenly there they are again flying across the sky like a jet. I love watching them. I've seen parents fly up to the balcony, hover, fed a chick & back away, th...

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