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by Steve Kroenke
Sat Mar 28, 2020 5:20 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Bird’s, Bird’s, and more Bird’s...!
Replies: 5
Views: 79

Re: Bird’s, Bird’s, and more Bird’s...!

Hey Rodger, Looks like your own purple martin wave is now roaring through! South winds bringing them in! Our martin wave seems to have subsided some now as March is coming to a close. Most of the ASY martins that nested in our colonies and survived migration are probably here though I am still seein...
by Steve Kroenke
Fri Mar 27, 2020 5:20 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Raptor 12 o’clock.
Replies: 4
Views: 94

Re: Raptor 12 o’clock.

Duke,

Sometime ago I posted an article about a 12 O'Clock high raptor. And this one was after my martins. Here is a link to it and you might find it interesting:

https://www.purplemartin.org/forum/view ... 12#p264547
by Steve Kroenke
Fri Mar 27, 2020 1:35 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Smart or Stupid Hawk
Replies: 3
Views: 68

Re: Smart or Stupid Hawk

Sharon, I have seen this happen a number of times in my various martin colonies and what I have observed is that the hawk either caught a martin and briefly pinned it to the ground or barely missed a martin that bolted downward from his nest and the hawk struck the ground instead. Another possibilit...
by Steve Kroenke
Wed Mar 25, 2020 6:59 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Gemini Gourd Rack Photos And A Short Update
Replies: 15
Views: 261

Re: Gemini Gourd Rack Photos And A Short Update

Hey Spiderman, If someone can implement a strong trapping program and can do it daily, then yes, I believe some folks can control starlings even in urban areas where starlings are abundant. But you gotta to stick with the program! I knew a lady who lived in downtown Shreveport which is infested with...
by Steve Kroenke
Tue Mar 24, 2020 8:43 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Gemini Gourd Rack Photos And A Short Update
Replies: 15
Views: 261

Re: Gemini Gourd Rack Photos And A Short Update

Hey Terri, You still have plenty of time to attract some purple martins this year. We still have bunches of ASYs coming in and I haven't seen any SYs yet. Yes, Bob is the one and only Trucker Bob! Never be another one! He retired from trucking years ago. Between deer hunting and the martins, he keep...
by Steve Kroenke
Mon Mar 23, 2020 3:43 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Gemini Gourd Rack Photos And A Short Update
Replies: 15
Views: 261

Re: Gemini Gourd Rack Photos And A Short Update

Whippy, I am glad you are seeing more martins in your colony. Round holes are easier for martins to enter and as long as you don't have major starling issues and you can control the starlings, then your colony should do just fine. If starlings do become more of an issue, then you can always change b...
by Steve Kroenke
Mon Mar 23, 2020 6:30 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Gemini Gourd Rack Photos And A Short Update
Replies: 15
Views: 261

Re: Gemini Gourd Rack Photos And A Short Update

I’ve used round holes in my current starling and sparrow free purple martin colony since I started this colony in 2005. We have few starlings that investigate our two colonies and all are either shot or trapped and some leave on their own accord. So there are martin landlords who have minor starling...
by Steve Kroenke
Sun Mar 22, 2020 8:28 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Gemini Gourd Rack Photos And A Short Update
Replies: 15
Views: 261

Gemini Gourd Rack Photos And A Short Update

Gemini Gourd Rack Photos And A Short Update The other day I took a few photos of my purple martin colony and here are three of my Gemini gourd racks. For some reason, the Forum will not allow me to post more than three photos at a time. I remember under the old system I could post more photos. I lin...
by Steve Kroenke
Thu Mar 19, 2020 8:20 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: ASY Male is Here
Replies: 8
Views: 279

Re: ASY Male is Here

James,
Great news! Thanks for sharing this with us!

Soon more martins will be arriving at your colony and please keep us updated!

Steve
by Steve Kroenke
Tue Mar 17, 2020 1:00 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Purple Martins Active Nearly All Day Long At Our Colonies
Replies: 7
Views: 204

Re: Purple Martins Active Nearly All Day Long At Our Colonies

More and more purple martins are arriving at our two personal colonies in northwest Louisiana and we are approaching an INFESTATION I believe! My good friend Johnny Gerber from north central Louisiana tells me he has more martins that ever and he is concerned about the SYs and what they will do! Eac...
by Steve Kroenke
Sat Mar 14, 2020 8:49 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Purple Martins Active Nearly All Day Long At Our Colonies
Replies: 7
Views: 204

Purple Martins Active Nearly All Day Long At Our Colonies

Purple Martins Active Nearly All Day Long At Our Colonies Today March 14, 2020 our purple martin colonies, mine and my neighbor Bob’s site, were active almost all day long! This behavior typically occurs when many new martins are arriving and the current residents remain at their nests to defend the...
by Steve Kroenke
Sat Mar 14, 2020 11:14 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Cool picture I took. Add yours.
Replies: 29
Views: 989

Re: Cool picture I took. Add yours.

Here's my favorite purple martin roost photo in my colony. Just a portion of my colony is all I could get!

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by Steve Kroenke
Fri Mar 13, 2020 8:57 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Purple Martin Update…March 12, 2020
Replies: 5
Views: 204

Re: Purple Martin Update…March 12, 2020

Hey Coolwhips, I am glad you like the photos. I try to post photos on a regular basis showing my purple martin colony. We use all round holes in our two personal martin colonies and all crescents in our five satellite sites. We have a rather minor starling problem at our personal colonies and so far...
by Steve Kroenke
Thu Mar 12, 2020 10:47 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Purple Martin Update…March 12, 2020
Replies: 5
Views: 204

Purple Martin Update…March 12, 2020

Purple Martin Update…March 12, 2020 Purple martins are POURING into our two personal colonies in northwest Louisiana, mine and my neighbor Bob’s site. We had brisk south winds today, March 12, 2020 with warm temperatures and many martins rode the winds to our colonies! All 17 of my systems, 15 gourd...
by Steve Kroenke
Tue Mar 10, 2020 5:55 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Purple Martin’s and Starlings
Replies: 15
Views: 416

Re: Purple Martin’s and Starlings

Hey Rodger, Great news that your purple martins are coming home! Soon your colony will be filled with martins! So far this year, I have seen fewer starlings than ever before. I have only trapped/shot 6 starlings and all these except one were eliminated BEFORE any martins arrived. I'm sure a few more...
by Steve Kroenke
Sun Mar 08, 2020 2:09 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Several Hundred Purple Martins Now In Our Colonies
Replies: 4
Views: 180

Re: Several Hundred Purple Martins Now In Our Colonies

Rafke77, I have never video taped my purple martin colony, so nothing on YouTube. I am thinking about doing something like that this year. I have posted many photos of my colony on the Forum. Steve Short update... Bob and I visited four of our satellite martin colonies this morning, March 8 and all ...
by Steve Kroenke
Sat Mar 07, 2020 10:11 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Several Hundred Purple Martins Now In Our Colonies
Replies: 4
Views: 180

Several Hundred Purple Martins Now In Our Colonies

Today March 7 with south winds our two personal purple martin colonies, mine and my neighbor Bob, in northwest Louisiana had a HUGE increase in numbers. This evening the sky above each of our colonies was full of martins as they arrived to roost. Then in successive waves the martins dived down on bo...
by Steve Kroenke
Fri Mar 06, 2020 3:20 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Frustrating year
Replies: 36
Views: 971

Re: Frustrating year

Steve, I remember you have always had a successful martin colony and usually posted some of the earliest scout reports from your area in Florida. I know it is frustrating trying to understand what may be happening when your once thriving martin colony seems to be no more. From what I have observed o...
by Steve Kroenke
Fri Mar 06, 2020 1:55 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Getting close to doubling colony size!
Replies: 18
Views: 350

Re: Getting close to doubling colony size!

David, Wow! Your martin colony is doing well! Now I'm gonna let you get away with stealing some of my martins this time! :lol: For your area, you may even have all of April and maybe early May to still attract breeding martins. So a lot of time let for your colony to grow. Martins are pouring into o...
by Steve Kroenke
Thu Mar 05, 2020 4:01 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: The March Purple Martin Tsunami Has Begun
Replies: 4
Views: 242

Re: The March Purple Martin Tsunami Has Begun

Yesterday, March 4, we had a monsoon! Endless rain and cool temperatures. But the martins did just fine. Today, March 5, much better weather with sunshine and warmer temperatures. Saw many martins in both our colonies, mine and my neighbor Bob. I believe more did arrive today. Lots of fighting betwe...

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