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by scottfreidhof
Sun Jul 18, 2021 7:25 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Nashville fall roost
Replies: 3
Views: 189

Re: Nashville fall roost

There was a large roost ring visible this morning on radar at Nashville. The ring appeared to be centered southeast of town.
by scottfreidhof
Fri Jul 16, 2021 5:05 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: What radar is best?
Replies: 1
Views: 179

Re: What radar is best?

I like the Weather Underground website: https://www.wunderground.com/radar/us You can only animate the last hour of radar so it is important to look for roosts between 6:30 and 7:00 in the morning. Another website is from Plymouth State University https://vortex.plymouth.edu/myowxp/rad/nids.html The...
by scottfreidhof
Fri Jul 16, 2021 4:51 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Nashville fall roost
Replies: 3
Views: 189

Re: Nashville fall roost

I noticed on the PMCA facebook page that the roost was around the Nashville Symphony building last summer.
by scottfreidhof
Thu Jul 15, 2021 9:18 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Lycoming County Pennsylvania Colonies
Replies: 0
Views: 135

Lycoming County Pennsylvania Colonies

My brother lives in Hughesville, Pennsylvania east of Williamsport in Lycoming County. He is thinking about setting up some housing to attract martins but has not seen the first purple martin colony in his area. I was wondering if anyone on the forum manages a martin colony in that area?
by scottfreidhof
Fri Jun 04, 2021 7:42 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Introduction
Replies: 9
Views: 986

Re: Introduction

That is good news indeed! The Appalachians need a purple population boost, so thank you for beginning that journey with the birds. Considering your good luck with the martins this spring, did evening grosbeaks grace your bird feeders this past winter?
by scottfreidhof
Mon May 31, 2021 9:25 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Cicadas?
Replies: 3
Views: 1420

Re: Cicadas?

Periodical cicadas emerged in 2008 here in northeast Kentucky. I could pick up a cicada from my lawn, toss it into the air to make it fly, and one of the martins would swoop in and catch it. Of course I observed them catching cicadas without my participation as well. Many times I watched individual ...
by scottfreidhof
Tue May 25, 2021 8:27 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Put up a Martin House for Looks... it's covered in Birds! Now What?
Replies: 9
Views: 1461

Re: Put up a Martin House for Looks... it's covered in Birds! Now What?

MJM it is not too late to change your forum user name to something more appropriate like the "Reluctant Martin Landlord." I am so happy that the martins added function to the form. Good job on moving the tree swallow gourd away from the house. And thank you for increasing the Kentucky purple martin ...
by scottfreidhof
Fri May 14, 2021 7:31 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: No wonder!!! Definitely a rant!!
Replies: 12
Views: 1526

Re: No wonder!!! Definitely a rant!!

Assuming it is safe to shoot maybe ask a family member or friend who is a hunter and can use a shotgun. Hundreds of #7-shot steel BBs increase your odds of hitting the target the first time. There are several perches around my yard (lilac bush, maple tree, juniper) that the house sparrows use away f...
by scottfreidhof
Mon Jan 18, 2021 5:05 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Liquid Sprays for Mite Control
Replies: 13
Views: 4989

Liquid Sprays for Mite Control

Thinking about controlling mites in nests for the first time in 2021. As an alternative to a popular insecticide dust to control mites, I would like to try a liquid spray. To avoid violating forum policy I won't name the product or provide a link. It is an all natural control for mites and bedbugs i...
by scottfreidhof
Wed Aug 19, 2020 8:41 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: New to purple martins
Replies: 10
Views: 3604

Re: New to purple martins

Purple martins love to nest in Texas so that is a big plus for you. First step and I recommend doing it now is to decide what type of housing you want. Start simple with your first housing choice and then add on from there. By simple I mean a gourd rack that can hold 6, 8, or 12 gourds, or a 12-unit...
by scottfreidhof
Sun Jul 19, 2020 11:53 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: roost sites
Replies: 6
Views: 2057

Re: roost sites

https://www.wunderground.com/radar/us I actually prefer this site because it allows me to zoom in on a roost radar image such that I can choose a location within a county where to begin searching for the roost. The drawback is that it only stores the last hour of radar so you have to remember to loo...
by scottfreidhof
Sun Jul 19, 2020 11:24 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: roost sites
Replies: 6
Views: 2057

Re: roost sites

https://vortex.plymouth.edu/myo/rad/nids.html This weather site was shared years ago on the forum - cannot remember who specifically. The nice thing about this radar site is that you can choose a day and time. Instructions: RADAR SITE - choose Spinks AP/Dallas-Ft Worth, TX (FWS) on the drop down men...
by scottfreidhof
Sat Jul 18, 2020 9:35 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: roost sites
Replies: 6
Views: 2057

Re: roost sites

https://www.purplemartin.org/research/1 ... ?roost=458

Link above displays a roost report from 2019 at the Hollywood movie theater in Garland, Texas. Today's radar shows a huge roost near Garland again.
by scottfreidhof
Sat Jul 18, 2020 9:39 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: My Martins just vanished!!!
Replies: 4
Views: 2037

Re: My Martins just vanished!!!

Instead of taking the house down now to check it, you might ask someone with a 12-foot ladder to check the house in its upright position. I have experienced the same thing some years. When the birds fledged, the entire colony moved off to a new location and my yard became very quiet.
by scottfreidhof
Sat Jul 11, 2020 7:18 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Insect Preference Research
Replies: 2
Views: 1228

Insect Preference Research

Maybe two years ago or more there was a request for help on the forum in reference to a research project where cameras would be used to identify insects brought to nestlings. I may have missed the report but does anyone have the results from that study? I think it was conducted in a New England stat...
by scottfreidhof
Tue Jun 09, 2020 6:26 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Tennessee roosting site
Replies: 1
Views: 774

Re: Tennessee roosting site

https://www.purplemartin.org/research/1 ... ?roost=487

Looks like a good roost occurs in Nashville annually. The link above is a 2017 report.
by scottfreidhof
Mon Jun 08, 2020 6:29 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Roost Watch Event - Need Advice
Replies: 0
Views: 4686

Roost Watch Event - Need Advice

A number of you have planned and coordinated roost watch events in past years. The martins are the main attraction of course but I was wondering what additional martin-related activities and/or programs worked best at your roost watch? Anything specific for children? At the last PMCA conference in E...
by scottfreidhof
Tue Jun 02, 2020 5:14 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Too late for martins in Kentucky?
Replies: 10
Views: 2440

Re: Too late for martins in Kentucky?

Well even if martins fail to nest at your site this summer, you can look forward to a fun roost experience in early August - just 2 months away. Last year thousands of martins staged at Lake Reba in Richmond each evening before flying off to the roost site just outside of town. The birds put on quit...
by scottfreidhof
Sat Mar 14, 2020 2:40 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: mosquitoes
Replies: 6
Views: 1511

Re: mosquitoes

Martins eat salt marsh mosquitoes. There are numerous types of salt marsh mosquitoes and some are large, are active during the day, and travel up to 10 miles inland in large groups to feed on cattle and horses. Perfect prey for martins. Dave Duit posted details about the origin of the mosquito story...
by scottfreidhof
Sat Aug 10, 2019 7:15 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: ANY KNOWN ROOSTS INDIANA/NORTH KENTUCKY/SOUTHWEST OHIO
Replies: 7
Views: 5922

Re: ANY KNOWN ROOSTS INDIANA/NORTH KENTUCKY/SOUTHWEST OHIO

Jeff there is a roost at Greensburg, Indiana in Decator County. It was visible on radar this morning possibly on the north side of town. Greensburg looks like a small town where you could find the roost without too much trouble.