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by kborder
Sun Aug 02, 2020 12:16 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Need answers
Replies: 3
Views: 347

Re: Need answers

Thanks!
by kborder
Sun Aug 02, 2020 7:54 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Need answers
Replies: 3
Views: 347

Need answers

We are in southeastern Ohio, and most of my colony has left to migrate. I have three active nests. Two of those have young at least 20 days old, as they are out on the porches begging for food. But I haven't seen young in the third, although the parents are feeding. On July 7, these three nests all ...
by kborder
Thu May 21, 2020 7:00 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Weather
Replies: 7
Views: 508

Weather

Haven't seen much on here about this horrible spring weather and landlords losing Martins We lost 10 that we know of last week and were only able to save one of 3 we gathered from the ground who were close to starvation Today will be day three, consecutively, of little to no feeding and I'm beside m...
by kborder
Thu May 14, 2020 7:52 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Cold/Cool weather questions.
Replies: 30
Views: 1620

Re: Cold/Cool weather questions.

Here in Ohio we had too many cold nights successively with day time temperatures not great for feeding. We lost 10 birds that we know of, 3 died in their boxes and the rest were literally falling out of the sky. We gathered 3 from the ground and kept them inside Tuesday night which dipped to 30 degr...
by kborder
Sat May 09, 2020 1:04 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Behavior?
Replies: 2
Views: 237

Behavior?

We are having terrible weather in Ohio with day two right now with no possibility of feeding. My Martins are landing across the road in horse pasture and lining up on the ground, just sitting there? We have mealworms on bed and breakfast they pay no attention to, they caught crickets last year, but ...
by kborder
Sat Aug 03, 2019 10:24 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: One nestling
Replies: 6
Views: 4319

Re: One nestling

Thanks everyone, I'm feeling a little better. Husband and I sat on porch for an hour this morning and saw no activity anywhere, nor its head sticking out. I was thinking it must have fledged and felt such relief. BUT NO! Just got home from town and his head is out and chirping for food. Don't have m...
by kborder
Fri Aug 02, 2019 1:11 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: One nestling
Replies: 6
Views: 4319

Re: One nestling

Thanks Tom, looks to be about ready to go, but doesn't come clear out on porch Two eggs in that nest on 6-30, so about the right age if it hatched maybe a week or less after. It has made it this far so maybe that's the case with getting its weight down, but I also wonder if the parents are inexperie...
by kborder
Fri Aug 02, 2019 8:42 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: One nestling
Replies: 6
Views: 4319

One nestling

Please help! I have one nestling remaining and it was being fed up until yesterday. I had two nests with young until this morning and remaining two fledged out of one of those nests early today I only have maybe 2 dozen birds still here, and I've watched the one remaining nestling for approximately ...
by kborder
Fri Jul 28, 2017 3:43 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: fledging in new concord,oh
Replies: 11
Views: 1951

Re: fledging in new concord,oh

Hey Dave, it sounds like you had a great year! Was searching the forum for somebody close to us, we're located between Dresden and Zanesville. We have had more jumpers than ever this year, and attributed it to the heat. We did our usual nest check/changes/head counts on July 2nd. Had less than norma...
by kborder
Sat May 06, 2017 6:54 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: witnessed a hawk attack my decoys
Replies: 13
Views: 5213

Re: witnessed a hawk attack my decoys

Thanks everyone. My husband is in town right now getting supplies to make guards, and is going to look for the decoys around home we've never put up. Our birds are already stressed right now because of the rain and cold we've been having. 15 degrees below normal right now, wind chill of 41 and only ...
by kborder
Fri May 05, 2017 2:27 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Hawk!
Replies: 3
Views: 914

Hawk!

I need help....our well established colony is about 18 years old. For the last 2-3 weeks I'll look out at the boxes around dusk and a sharp-shin or cooper's hawk (not sure which) is sitting on one of the boxes! Last night it took an ASY male, and the martin cry was terrible. We can't let our colony ...
by kborder
Wed Aug 12, 2015 12:36 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Some favorite Pictures from years gone by!
Replies: 10
Views: 3667

awesome!
by kborder
Thu Jun 25, 2015 8:10 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Numbers in Ohio
Replies: 5
Views: 1399

No, we have fewer nests as well, several empty compartments. My husband kept saying that he thought we had fewer adults than normal, so we wondered if many of ours died in a storm on their journey or in winter home
by kborder
Thu Jun 25, 2015 7:34 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Numbers in Ohio
Replies: 5
Views: 1399

Numbers in Ohio

We did our nest checks/changes Monday, June 22. Last year we had 330 nestlings when we did nest changes early July. This year we have only 128! Was wondering if anyone else noticed a big drop in numbers. I see that PM Lover in New Concord has great numbers and he is only about 30 minutes from us. An...
by kborder
Thu Jun 18, 2015 3:10 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Bird flu?
Replies: 2
Views: 1316

Bird flu?

I haven't been on here in a while, and getting ready to do nest checks/changes on Saturday if it quits raining long enough! Was wondering if we need to worry about bird flu this season or is it just poultry? We are in Ohio Who can help me with this question? We plan to wear disposable gloves and may...
by kborder
Fri Mar 27, 2015 2:54 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: scrambled eggs
Replies: 6
Views: 2080

scrambled eggs

thanks!
by kborder
Thu Mar 26, 2015 1:11 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: scrambled eggs
Replies: 6
Views: 2080

scrambled eggs

As of sunset last evening, I still had no returnees, but they are all over Ohio, even North of me as reports and posts indicate. I fear there will be 1 or more when I get home from work today, and we're forecasted for highs only in the 30's for Friday and Saturday. I've never had luck supplemental f...
by kborder
Thu Mar 19, 2015 2:42 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: NEW LEXINGTON ---DAVE
Replies: 11
Views: 2349

Have any of you had returnees yet this year? I have not, but it's a little early
by kborder
Thu Mar 19, 2015 2:38 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Tree swallow arrival / Purple Martin arrival
Replies: 9
Views: 2422

yes, my martins are usually about a week behind our tree swallows and I've not seen the TRES yet. I'm happy that ours haven't returned yet, as we have temps forecasted again next week in the 40's for highs.
by kborder
Tue Mar 25, 2014 8:50 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: First egg this year is the largest I have ever seen
Replies: 19
Views: 3951

large egg

Is it a possibility that the egg was laid by a cowbird? I forget what color they are, and didn't get online to check, but if there's any chance it is, GET RID OF IT