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by JamesinIA
Fri Mar 15, 2019 6:01 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: 2019 Migration
Replies: 5
Views: 3623

Re: 2019 Migration

That last scout report in Iowa from Evan was 8 days earlier than he ever had. He called me yesterday and said that his son thought that he was going to shoot a starling and when he looked through the scope he saw it was a male martin. I don't know what that martin thinks he is going to eat this earl...
by JamesinIA
Thu Mar 14, 2019 6:17 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: The 14th of March could be Magic
Replies: 13
Views: 5372

Re: The 14th of March could be Magic

Those winds are definitely bringing them north. I heard that a friend of mine in south west Iowa got a martin on the 12th. His earliest arrival ever.
by JamesinIA
Wed Mar 13, 2019 10:12 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: 14th Annual Purple Martin Workshop/Seminar Details & Speakers
Replies: 5
Views: 2118

Re: 14th Annual Purple Martin Workshop/Seminar Details & Speakers

It's almost here Dave. Looking forward to seeing you again.

I heard that Mahlon Gingerich got his first martin down in Bloomington Ia today. Looks like it is his earliest report ever.
by JamesinIA
Mon May 14, 2018 5:42 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Sparrows! Can you shoot the female first?
Replies: 5
Views: 1650

Re: Sparrows! Can you shoot the female first?

The sparrow revenge happens when you take out their nest,not if you shoot one of them. I stop doing nest removals when the martins start laying eggs.
by JamesinIA
Mon May 07, 2018 6:26 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Iowa Martin Migration Status Inquiry
Replies: 9
Views: 2721

Re: Iowa Martin Migration Status Inquiry

Hey Tim I have been seeing a gradual increase every couple of days. Got my first sy male on sat. and have seen a couple of sy females too. I am up to around 30 pair at this time. looks to be a good season around here in south eastern Iowa so far. Hope your numbers start climbing and that you get som...
by JamesinIA
Fri Apr 06, 2018 4:26 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Ordering Crickets & Mealworms?
Replies: 1
Views: 741

Re: Ordering Crickets & Mealworms?

http://www.premiumcrickets.com/Departme ... ipped.aspx

I just received an order and the large crickets were great.
by JamesinIA
Wed Mar 21, 2018 1:30 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: ASY male in central Iowa, earlier than normal.
Replies: 5
Views: 1324

Re: ASY male in central Iowa, earlier than normal.

Happy to hear that you have one back and it sure is a good thing that you have taught them to supplemental feed with the weather that we have coming this weekend.
by JamesinIA
Mon Mar 12, 2018 6:16 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: 2018 Iowa Purple Martin Workshop & Seminar Info
Replies: 8
Views: 2403

Re: 2018 Iowa Purple Martin Workshop & Seminar Info

I am looking forward to our Iowa martin landlord family reunion this Sat. Always a good program and it's great to see each other as a new season is about to begin.
by JamesinIA
Tue May 02, 2017 8:17 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: The bird magnet???
Replies: 22
Views: 5156

Re: The bird magnet???

Regardless of which songs it plays, it does bring them in to check out your site. It worked for me.
by JamesinIA
Fri Mar 31, 2017 3:05 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Iowa Martin Website
Replies: 3
Views: 1140

Re: Iowa Martin Website

Same here
by JamesinIA
Tue Mar 07, 2017 4:44 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Gourd Rack Faceoff, what's your fave?
Replies: 11
Views: 3593

Re: Gourd Rack Faceoff, what's your fave?

I have the AAA16 and the round rack which they do not make anymore that holds 12 gourds. I like working with the round rack the best and the martins seem to like it the most. At the satellite colony that I take care of we have 2 K-12 racks and one K-18. I really like them and if I was to add another...
by JamesinIA
Wed Feb 22, 2017 11:49 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Help - inheriting a colony...
Replies: 13
Views: 3945

Re: Help - inheriting a colony...

Jon, thanks for wanting to put up housing for those martins that will come back and if there is no housing for them they will hover over the spots where their old homes used to be. For me that would be a sad thing to witness. You are on the right track for wanting to put up a gourd rack or two and t...
by JamesinIA
Sun Jul 31, 2016 8:19 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Polywood vs cedar t14
Replies: 14
Views: 4429

Re: Polywood vs cedar t14

Using nest trays and the amount of nesting material brought in by the martins I wouldn't think leg splay would be a problem. My cedar T-14 has been up all year long for 12 years and I have only needed to repaint once. The roof does need to be painted this fall though. I used an oil based primer and ...
by JamesinIA
Fri Jul 22, 2016 12:57 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: New Sharon,colony update.
Replies: 7
Views: 2161

Re: New Sharon,colony update.

Great report, Lynn. Looks like you will still have a few martins hanging out in August. Hope the rest of the young make it in all this heat.
by JamesinIA
Sun May 22, 2016 3:20 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Mud Dams at the Quarry
Replies: 8
Views: 2764

Re: Mud Dams at the Quarry

The Troyer vertical gourds are fairly shallow which leaves the nest somewhat exposed. The martins like to hide their nest bowl as much as possible and that is why they build the mud dams. They do the same thing in the un-modified Trio houses. J L Murray came up with the idea of installing a Super go...
by JamesinIA
Wed Apr 13, 2016 6:24 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Fewer scout reports this season
Replies: 5
Views: 1796

Fewer scout reports this season

I just did a count of the Iowa reports for last season and this season as of the 11th and this year the reports are down by half.
Having to log onto a different place other than the forum seems to have kept a lot of people from reporting.
by JamesinIA
Thu Mar 31, 2016 6:30 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: question on troyer tunnel trap. Starlings breaching the Conely 2 entrances
Replies: 3
Views: 1297

Re: question on troyer tunnel trap. Starlings breaching the Conely 2 entrances

I found out the hard way that sparrows can get through the loop without tripping the trap and that is why the rubber band is there.
by JamesinIA
Wed Mar 16, 2016 6:43 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Earliest arrival ever!!!!
Replies: 6
Views: 2113

Re: Earliest arrival ever!!!!

He knows that there are great accommodations at Lynn's Bed and Breakfast. Congrats!
by JamesinIA
Thu Feb 18, 2016 6:03 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: This new forum format is frustrating..
Replies: 35
Views: 9198

Re: This new forum format is frustrating..

I am just wondering how many people are going to forget their login name and password when they only use this function once a year. Is there a way to recover that information if lost?
by JamesinIA
Wed Dec 30, 2015 2:04 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: ASY female spotted
Replies: 5
Views: 1580

ASY female spotted

Just read on facebook that an ASY F arrived yesterday in Florida. East coast of South Florida. (Loxahatchee)