Search found 124 matches

by wbmiller3
Sun Apr 14, 2013 8:37 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Huge flock in bad weather
Replies: 1
Views: 923

Huge flock in bad weather

My little colony is hanging at 5 or 6 pairs as usual, and we're happy to have them back again. Last week just after major thunderstorms rolled through, I went out to check on them, and there were at least a hundred martins flying in patterns over the yard. It was kind of eerie to see them wheeling s...
by wbmiller3
Sun Jun 10, 2012 7:32 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: First Jumper Ever
Replies: 0
Views: 1892

First Jumper Ever

Yesterday I lowered the Quad Pod for a check and had my first jumper. He made it to the fence line but fortunately didn't go over into the neighbor's yard with all their dogs. I caught him in my hat pretty quickly and replaced him in the nest, everything seems fine. I was surprised how loud their al...
by wbmiller3
Sat Jun 02, 2012 12:25 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Mom in nest when lowered
Replies: 7
Views: 2137

Great picture. This happens with mine occasionally.
by wbmiller3
Sat Jun 02, 2012 12:24 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Quad Pod owners ....
Replies: 2
Views: 1374

Thanks for the heads-up. I will look at mine and see what can be done.
by wbmiller3
Sat Jun 02, 2012 12:21 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Lost two eggs because of telescoping pole and bad judgement
Replies: 17
Views: 3862

I have one telescoping pole. The chance of this happening has always worried me too. Every year I paint the junctions of the poles up and down several inches with green paint so I know when I am getting close to the joint. The paint on the lower joint usually wears off and I have to re-mark with a s...
by wbmiller3
Sat May 26, 2012 3:19 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Widest spread in age of babies ever
Replies: 2
Views: 870

Widest spread in age of babies ever

My little colony has its most nests ever at five. Most years we have four. In the past the babies in all nests have been pretty much the same age. Not this year! I have two nests with pinfeathers just starting to show, one nest with naked pink chicks, one nest with the chicks completely covered with...
by wbmiller3
Sun Apr 22, 2012 5:51 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Close approach worries me
Replies: 4
Views: 1208

No, the photo is not cropped. He let me get so close I could use the 'super macro' feature on my camera - that is only a couple of inches from the lens. When I checked back a couple of hours later, he was not there. But, it is not normal for wild creatures to let us approach them that closely. I am ...
by wbmiller3
Sun Apr 22, 2012 10:51 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Close approach worries me
Replies: 4
Views: 1208

Close approach worries me

This guy was sitting on the edge of our garden's raised bed six inches above the ground. He let me get so close I could have touched him. Surely that is not normal? Hope he's OK.

Image
by wbmiller3
Tue Jun 28, 2011 4:29 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: First time to have a 2nd wave of nests
Replies: 2
Views: 1368

Matt, Sorry to hear about your colony. It has been a very tough, dry and hot year. Yes, I initially only had 2 nests (maybe a 3rd that was destroyed by starlings before I got them) instead of my usual 4-5. Both those initial nests have successfully fledged, and now I have 2 more with nestlings in th...
by wbmiller3
Sun Jun 26, 2011 11:51 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: First time to have a 2nd wave of nests
Replies: 2
Views: 1368

First time to have a 2nd wave of nests

All previous years, all our nestlings have fledged the same week. This is the first year that we have had a second wave of nests. I've been out of town for a while but on my nest check today I see that both nests in the 2nd wave have hatched. One set of babies looks quite a bit older than the other.
by wbmiller3
Fri Jun 10, 2011 10:21 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Streetlight nesting PUMAs
Replies: 3
Views: 1357

Thanks for posting those.
by wbmiller3
Wed Jun 08, 2011 7:54 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: 2nd clutches?
Replies: 5
Views: 1487

I am happy to have two of these new clutches in our little colony. This may end up being our most productive year ever.
by wbmiller3
Thu Jun 02, 2011 9:20 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: "Hit or miss" nesting is common with Martins.
Replies: 5
Views: 1549

My late nesting pair built a full nest in the leftmost compartment of a house that is three compartments wide, 90% of a nest in the middle compartment, and threw a few sticks in the rightmost compartment for good measure. Seems like a lot of extra work!
by wbmiller3
Thu Jun 02, 2011 8:20 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Cooper's Hawks in Central Texas
Replies: 2
Views: 1168

A pair of Cooper's hawks are nesting at the far edge of our neighborhood. It is fun to check on them during our nightly walks....but I hope they stay far from our little colony. Here's mama by the nest.
by wbmiller3
Thu Jun 02, 2011 8:14 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Help with bird ID
Replies: 14
Views: 3440

We have been lucky enough to hear and see the 'boom' display here and in Yellowstone park. Sounds more like a ripping or sizzling sound to me than a boom but very cool to see and hear.
by wbmiller3
Mon May 30, 2011 8:24 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Help with bird ID
Replies: 14
Views: 3440

Great picture. Yes all those birds are in the nightjar aka 'goatsucker' family. Weird name but interesting birds.
by wbmiller3
Sun May 29, 2011 7:14 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: do all martins use same nest material
Replies: 10
Views: 2418

Oak leaves and twigs are the favorite here, but one pair has built with only twigs, all about the same diameter, and all about five inches long. It looks like they ordered them from a supply house!
by wbmiller3
Sat May 07, 2011 9:32 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: My numbers are down
Replies: 9
Views: 2823

Small colony, but I only have about half my usual number of nests this year.
by wbmiller3
Sat May 07, 2011 9:29 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Starling Trap Placement
Replies: 4
Views: 1509

The starlings here ignore the nice round holes in my cheap house and go for the SREH in the Quad Pod. Go figure. However, they are loyal to one particular 'pod' in it for some reason, and that big ol' Victor rat trap I put in there gets 'em every time.
by wbmiller3
Thu Feb 24, 2011 7:51 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Houstonians Please Reply
Replies: 10
Views: 4040

I saw and heard my first 3 today. This is quite late for my little colony. Fortunately they are already going into the houses.

I am in the Clear Lake area.