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by Ryan
Thu Jun 18, 2020 6:35 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Introductory literature/video for proposing new martin sites
Replies: 1
Views: 124

Introductory literature/video for proposing new martin sites

I'm planning on adding some housing again in strategic locations that are at minimum 9 out of 10s on the purple martin site rating system. I've been trying for 10 years and I cant take 10 more so instead of waiting for Martin's, I'm going to add one or two more setups that are closer to an existing ...
by Ryan
Tue Jun 16, 2020 10:01 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: ID Help
Replies: 5
Views: 303

Re: ID Help

Thanks for the ID help. Mine last year was much more dotted on the chest and dark overall. This one is weird this year. I saw it again this morning which makes back to back days and I think four days overall since the 9th. I'm not around the housing other than maybe 40 mins total a day, but I've nev...
by Ryan
Mon Jun 15, 2020 9:39 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: ID Help
Replies: 5
Views: 303

ID Help

So I saw a SY martin last week and thought it was a male. Didn't think twice actually because I've only seen males. I didn't have my good camera on me then, but I saw another one this morning, which acted like the one last week so I'm assuming the same one. I figured another SY male, but I grabbed m...
by Ryan
Fri Jun 12, 2020 2:37 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Can't believe it, but I have one hanging around
Replies: 52
Views: 23743

Re: Can't believe it, but I have one hanging around

Any action at your site this year Ryan? Also any idea what the numbers are like for the older fellow with the active colony closest to you? The older guy has about 12 martins back he says. Same as last year. They're in a large house with round holes and small 6x6 compartments and nesting with starl...
by Ryan
Fri Jun 12, 2020 2:32 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Can't believe it, but I have one hanging around
Replies: 52
Views: 23743

Re: Can't believe it, but I have one hanging around

So the SY from last year isn't back. That one hurt for sure but I guess I'm back to square one. I was so looking forward to seeing an ASY bird, something that I've never seen before at my site, but it's too late in the year and there's no chance of that happening now. Back looking for SY's to be dra...
by Ryan
Thu Jun 11, 2020 9:45 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Is it over?
Replies: 3
Views: 266

Re: Is it over?

If he was locked into your housing you may have a chance for him next year. The good thing about being late in the season for you is that if your SY took off it's better late in the season as the odds he's shacked up elsewhere are more slim in June. So it was only 10 days, but he may just be floatin...
by Ryan
Sat Jun 06, 2020 8:03 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: How late is to late?
Replies: 1
Views: 115

Re: How late is to late?

You have the month of June with your northern range location.
by Ryan
Fri Jun 05, 2020 1:57 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Will My Unsuccessful SY Male Return Next Year?
Replies: 4
Views: 142

Re: Will My Unsuccessful SY Male Return Next Year?

Everything that I've read says yes, he will be back for you, if he survives. It's a long wait though, as I'm living it this year. And those 50-50 odds aren't great as I'm also dealing with the coin flip odds this summer. It's a long off season. The last couple weeks become painful as the window star...
by Ryan
Wed Jun 03, 2020 8:15 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Too late for martins in Kentucky?
Replies: 10
Views: 382

Re: Too late for martins in Kentucky?

If you have that many visits you could play the dawn song really low in volume or totally off when you're there and see visitors. You'll have to watch the situation. Martin's bring in more Martin's better than any audio track, but certainly play it as much of the day if your aren't seeing visitors. ...
by Ryan
Wed Jun 03, 2020 3:35 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Can't believe it, but I have one hanging around
Replies: 52
Views: 23743

Re: Can't believe it, but I have one hanging around

Uh, still waiting here. It's painful, I will say. I'm starting to not like my odds as the SY showed up here June 7th last year. I really thought he would be back by now if he survived the season. There's some hope reading a couple threads lately about how late migration is and egg laying and all thi...
by Ryan
Mon Jun 01, 2020 1:30 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Paint options
Replies: 2
Views: 138

Re: Paint options

Not sure if the auto paint will move as much as acrylic latex. The metal on cars doesn't move much with temp or moisture changes, but your T14 really will. I think I read that you built it out of Cedar? There's so much movement in wood from the dry winter to the humid summers, that I'd say some of y...
by Ryan
Sat May 23, 2020 9:21 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Can't believe it, but I have one hanging around
Replies: 52
Views: 23743

Re: Can't believe it, but I have one hanging around

As the martins age, they do tend to arrive earlier in the season. I would think a third year bird would likely show up in May at your location. Probably not early May, more like May 15th to the end of May. Hope he comes back for you. Well, it's been a long 10 months and I will say I'm getting into ...
by Ryan
Sat May 23, 2020 8:06 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: My first pair....and....drama.......Virginia
Replies: 20
Views: 1186

Re: My first pair....and....drama.......Virginia

Looks clear, even near dark.
by Ryan
Fri May 15, 2020 7:41 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: My first pair....and....drama.......Virginia
Replies: 20
Views: 1186

Re: My first pair....and....drama.......Virginia

Sounds like you're in pretty good shape. Good work putting the time in, hoping this is your year.
by Ryan
Wed May 13, 2020 8:51 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Cold/Cool weather questions.
Replies: 30
Views: 1390

Re: Cold/Cool weather questions.

That's a great write up on feeding, Paule.
by Ryan
Tue May 12, 2020 1:17 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Newbie/Wannabe Landlord - Questions
Replies: 10
Views: 422

Re: Newbie/Wannabe Landlord - Questions

I'm no martin professional, but I'm unfortunately becoming a professional for waiting for martins. I think you're in good shape, don't sweat the birds that left, there will be more. Be patient, it takes time. I'm in year 10 and you've already seen more martins than I have in 10 years. You're lucky y...
by Ryan
Mon Apr 27, 2020 2:28 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Frustrated PM Landlord Looking for Tenants
Replies: 43
Views: 1436

Re: Frustrated PM Landlord Looking for Tenants

Great stuff. Chop some trees, pre-nest compartments with some white pine needles and mud and keep that dawnsong going. Having a colony that close is an advantage. If it's not a well maintained colony it may not be full which is harder to pull birds from than a full house with no vacancy. However, Se...
by Ryan
Mon Apr 27, 2020 11:38 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Frustrated PM Landlord Looking for Tenants
Replies: 43
Views: 1436

Re: Frustrated PM Landlord Looking for Tenants

Get that dawnsong running and pointed to the colony next to you. I'd be interested to see if you'd have any visitors quickly searching for the sounds.
by Ryan
Sun Apr 26, 2020 8:46 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Frustrated PM Landlord Looking for Tenants
Replies: 43
Views: 1436

Re: Frustrated PM Landlord Looking for Tenants

Been trying for 10 years here so dont give up. With a colony a mile away you should get them soon if you make a few changes. My closest colony is 27 miles so you're in good shape stay positive, it gets frustrating but dont let it bother you. So I think you're too close to that tree as well. That Goo...
by Ryan
Sun Apr 26, 2020 6:14 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Third year return dates
Replies: 3
Views: 280

Re: Third year return dates

Thanks. The wait is long.