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by Steve Kroenke
Sun Feb 16, 2020 6:12 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Successful Hunt At Several Of Our Satellite Purple Martin Colonies
Replies: 3
Views: 130

Re: Successful Hunt At Several Of Our Satellite Purple Martin Colonies

James, Yes, a good hunt. On one of our visits several years ago, Bob eliminated at least 10 house sparrows and two starlings in one morning! It looked like it was "raining sparrows" off the houses! I think Bob enjoys hunting sparrows and starlings as much as deer hunting! Steve Stan, Bob uses a scop...
by Steve Kroenke
Sun Feb 16, 2020 4:44 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Successful Hunt At Several Of Our Satellite Purple Martin Colonies
Replies: 3
Views: 130

Successful Hunt At Several Of Our Satellite Purple Martin Colonies

Successful Hunt At Several Of Our Satellite Purple Martin Colonies This morning February 16, 2020 Bob and I finished checking on three of five our satellite purple martin colonies in northwest Louisiana. Only a few martins were at two of the sites and none at another. It is still early so more marti...
by Steve Kroenke
Wed Feb 12, 2020 10:54 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: More Purple Martins Arrived February 10, 2020
Replies: 5
Views: 269

Re: More Purple Martins Arrived February 10, 2020

Hey Dave, Our weather for the last two days has been YUCKY with lots of rain and cool temperatures. But the martins are doing fine and even manage to catch a few hardy flying insects, particularly over ponds and pastures. When this weather breaks and we get some more south winds, I believe more mart...
by Steve Kroenke
Tue Feb 11, 2020 11:02 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: More Purple Martins Arrived February 10, 2020
Replies: 5
Views: 269

Re: More Purple Martins Arrived February 10, 2020

Hey Spiderman, It seems that the martin numbers for this time in February are a little higher than normal for our colonies. All my gourds have really good pre-nests of pine straw that I constructed. So the martins really don't have to add a lot more. They will add oak leaves to the nests. I catch mo...
by Steve Kroenke
Tue Feb 11, 2020 4:16 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: More Purple Martins Arrived February 10, 2020
Replies: 5
Views: 269

More Purple Martins Arrived February 10, 2020

More Purple Martins Arrived February 10, 2020 On February 10, 2020, more purple martins arrived at my colony and my neighbor Bob’s site in northwest Louisiana. I enjoyed watching the new martins arrive and dive down to my gourd racks and Trendsetters. It is impossible to count the martins now but I ...
by Steve Kroenke
Sun Feb 09, 2020 10:43 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Purple Martin Update...February 3, 2020
Replies: 17
Views: 570

Re: Purple Martin Update...February 3, 2020

David, I only had banding of some of the martin nestlings done one year and I decided not to do it anymore. But it was an interesting experience, particularly to see if any of the banded martins returned the next year to my colony as SYs. If you can have some of your nestling banded and are interest...
by Steve Kroenke
Fri Feb 07, 2020 7:45 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Purple Martin Update...February 3, 2020
Replies: 17
Views: 570

Re: Purple Martin Update...February 3, 2020

David, Back in 2012 I had 157 (I believe that is correct!) of my martin nestlings banded. All these martin babies were in gourds. The next season we had at least 10 SYs that I saw that had the red and gold bands indicating that at least a few of those banded nestlings returned to my colony and Bob's...
by Steve Kroenke
Thu Feb 06, 2020 11:13 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Purple Martin Update...February 3, 2020
Replies: 17
Views: 570

Re: Purple Martin Update...February 3, 2020

John, I agree with you. Older martins have survived the rigors of multiple migrations and perhaps are genetically predisposed to return earlier to claim their territories. They may inherently "know" the importance of getting back earlier to establish their territory and protect it from other competi...
by Steve Kroenke
Wed Feb 05, 2020 5:26 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Purple Martin Update...February 3, 2020
Replies: 17
Views: 570

Re: Purple Martin Update...February 3, 2020

David, I talked with a friend who has a nice martin colony in Marksville, Louisiana which is below Alexandria. He said he had about 20 martins I believe in. More came in the other day. This cold weather with north winds may keep more martins from moving farther north into our area over the next day ...
by Steve Kroenke
Wed Feb 05, 2020 10:55 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Purple Martin Update...February 3, 2020
Replies: 17
Views: 570

Re: Purple Martin Update...February 3, 2020

Tor, The nasty cold cloudy weather has arrived with cold north winds and we will have this for about 2 days. Probably will get cold rain showers. Then moderation thank goodness! Between my martin colony and my neighbor Bob's site, we probably have 15+ martins here. That is about normal, or maybe jus...
by Steve Kroenke
Tue Feb 04, 2020 3:51 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Purple Martin Update...February 3, 2020
Replies: 17
Views: 570

Re: Purple Martin Update...February 3, 2020

Mike, Glad the information was helpful. The martin and mourning dove decoys can really help to deflect Accipiter hawks and merlins from attacking the real martins. But there can still be successful kills. Just another update... More martins are arriving today and I just watched several new ASY males...
by Steve Kroenke
Mon Feb 03, 2020 9:41 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Purple Martin Update...February 3, 2020
Replies: 17
Views: 570

Purple Martin Update...February 3, 2020

I counted 11 purple martins coming to roost in my colony in northwest Louisiana this evening February 3, 2020. Martins often "ride the south winds" during their migration north and we had these winds today! All martins are selecting Troyer Horizontal Gourds with tunnels/porches or with cling plates....
by Steve Kroenke
Sun Feb 02, 2020 3:51 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Three Purple Martins Arrived At My Colony
Replies: 19
Views: 449

Re: Three Purple Martins Arrived At My Colony

Hey Brent, That is great news! Lots of sunshine today and warmer weather. I believe there may be some more martins that arrived. I will check at roosting time to see who is sleeping here tonight in the colony! Many folks who don't "raise" martins can't understand why we eliminate starlings and sparr...
by Steve Kroenke
Sat Feb 01, 2020 8:13 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Three Purple Martins Arrived At My Colony
Replies: 19
Views: 449

Re: Three Purple Martins Arrived At My Colony

Hey David, Well today was warmer with lots of sunshine! And a few more purple martins arrived at my colony today. I believe I counted around 9 with some new ASY males moving in. All the martins are going in Troyer Horizontal gourds with tunnels/porches or with cling plates. The Troyer Horizontal see...
by Steve Kroenke
Fri Jan 31, 2020 8:22 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Three Purple Martins Arrived At My Colony
Replies: 19
Views: 449

Re: Three Purple Martins Arrived At My Colony

Hey Brent, I'm sure your martins will be home very soon if you are seeing martins flying around. Our weather has been nasty too, but the martins are catching some insects and showing no signs of stress. There is a warming trend coming and we will probably see a few martins coming in. Good luck in 20...
by Steve Kroenke
Thu Jan 30, 2020 7:41 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Three Purple Martins Arrived At My Colony
Replies: 19
Views: 449

Re: Three Purple Martins Arrived At My Colony

Hey David, This evening I had five martins come to roost. There are now two "official" pairs in the gourd rack where the first martins returned on January 28. There is a lone female that seems lost! She goes to multiple gourds before finally settling down to roost. The martins are only entering Troy...
by Steve Kroenke
Thu Jan 30, 2020 2:35 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: I’ve inherited Martins! How to do the right thing?
Replies: 32
Views: 951

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

Susan, I had a Trio Castle in 1965 at my boyhood martin colony in Florida and that house is still there I believe! Trio products are well made and will last many years. My neighbor Bob has a bunch of them in his super martin colony located about a 100 yards from my site.Some of his Castles are proba...
by Steve Kroenke
Thu Jan 30, 2020 1:04 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Three Purple Martins Arrived At My Colony
Replies: 19
Views: 449

Re: Three Purple Martins Arrived At My Colony

Hey David, This morning, January 30, another ASY male martin returned to the same gourd rack where the other one is at. Already started fighting over territory and mates! I have never had this many martins to return in January at my current colony in northwest Louisiana. We usually see one or may be...
by Steve Kroenke
Thu Jan 30, 2020 6:01 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Three Purple Martins Arrived At My Colony
Replies: 19
Views: 449

Re: Three Purple Martins Arrived At My Colony

Hey Rodger, The next morning, January 29, there were four ASY females and one ASY male martin. That male and his territory were getting a lot of attention from those females! In the evening, three females and the male returned, so perhaps one of the females was just visiting that morning and continu...
by Steve Kroenke
Wed Jan 29, 2020 9:54 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Three Purple Martins Arrived At My Colony
Replies: 19
Views: 449

Three Purple Martins Arrived At My Colony

Three Purple Martins Arrived At My Colony Ladies and Gentlemen, three purple martins, one ASY male and two ASY females arrived at around 2:30 pm on January 28, 2020. I am located in northwest Louisiana, about ten miles north of Logansport, close to the Texas state line. Our personal colonies, mine a...

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