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by Veronica G
Fri Jun 27, 2014 10:48 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: putting up housing at a nature center - questions
Replies: 8
Views: 2351

Thanks for your replies everyone! We had a meeting yesterday, and my suggestion for placement was vetoed. But, we discussed it, and some trees will be cut down to place the housing in an area that will be accessible to the public and near our new entrance fee booth. That makes me breathe a little ea...
by Veronica G
Mon Jun 23, 2014 8:49 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: putting up housing at a nature center - questions
Replies: 8
Views: 2351

Thanks John and G for the encouragement. I've never used gourds - are they easy/quick to remove from the rack? Will I need to take tools out with me? One of the best options for placement of the PM housing is beyond a barrier at the edge of a pond. The public won't be able to walk up to the housing,...
by Veronica G
Fri Jun 20, 2014 5:34 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: putting up housing at a nature center - questions
Replies: 8
Views: 2351

putting up housing at a nature center - questions

Hi everyone. I recently started working at a nature park in south Texas and was given permission to put up some PM housing :grin: I've had a colony at my house for several years, and I've been participating in Project MartinWatch for 4 or 5 years now. I'm very excited about this opportunity, but I'v...
by Veronica G
Thu Aug 01, 2013 6:11 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Another martin roost to check out - Pharr, TX
Replies: 3
Views: 2396

Gary, You and your mom will love it! Viewing is best between 8:15ish to about 9 pm. The parrot roost is awesome too! They've been using the same stretch of road as a roost site for as long as I can remember. Sadly, they were hit hard by a hail storm last year, but their numbers are coming back. Vero...
by Veronica G
Wed Jul 31, 2013 7:52 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: do all roost sites move around as much as ours?
Replies: 4
Views: 2680

Thanks for your replies. We finally found the roost about two weeks ago. It was only about a mile (as the crow flies) from last year's site! I can't believe it was so close yet it took us so long to find it :???: It's in a very quiet area of town. Very different from all previous sites. We kept look...
by Veronica G
Wed Jul 31, 2013 7:40 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Another martin roost to check out - Pharr, TX
Replies: 3
Views: 2396

We drove around for weeks trying to find this roost. It wasn't at last year's site, or any of the sites from previous years. This roost moves around a lot - it pretty much moves every year. We finally found it about two weeks ago but just got around to submitting a roost report last night :oops: I l...
by Veronica G
Mon Jul 15, 2013 10:49 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: do all roost sites move around as much as ours?
Replies: 4
Views: 2680

do all roost sites move around as much as ours?

Hi everyone. My husband and I have been very frustrated trying to find our local martin roost this year. It has been at 3 different locations in the past 4 years, and this year, we just can't find it! The roost site has moved around, but it's always been within about a mile or two of the previous ye...
by Veronica G
Fri Apr 26, 2013 4:59 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Miserable day for martins in south Texas
Replies: 26
Views: 7953

Boy am I glad that weather is over! My martins looked so sad all huddled together. They didn't leave the housing for two days straight. And I really missed having them wake me at 5:30 am. They are very loud, but they didn't make a peep Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday mornings. They have been out all ...
by Veronica G
Fri Mar 29, 2013 3:29 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Cornell Lab of Ornithology Nest Watch
Replies: 0
Views: 2065

Cornell Lab of Ornithology Nest Watch

Thought I'd pass this along for anyone who wants to participate: Watch a Nest to Help the Birds Scientists ask for your help to understand why some birds are declining For release: March 28, 2013 Ithaca, N.Y.--Over the past 30 years, Tree Swallows, Barn Swallows, Violet-green Swallows, Purple Martin...
by Veronica G
Mon Jan 07, 2013 8:03 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: TX and LA
Replies: 11
Views: 3573

Gonna start adding pine straw to my housing this week. It's gonna be a busy week, but hopefully I can get at least one house up. My martins don't usually return until early February, but I'll be ready in case someone shows up early!

Veronica
by Veronica G
Fri Sep 07, 2012 5:53 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: New items to help promote martins - what would you like?
Replies: 31
Views: 10083

I would buy a bumper sticker :grin:
by Veronica G
Thu Jul 19, 2012 3:37 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: need advice for sick nestling
Replies: 6
Views: 3596

Penny was very helpful. She thinks his symptoms are a result of dehydration. She gave us very detailed instructions on how to help him before putting him back in his nest. ToyinPA: Geez, I sure hope it's not aspergillus. That sounds pretty bad. We're gonna try what Penny suggested. Hopefully it's ju...
by Veronica G
Wed Jul 18, 2012 6:52 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: need advice for sick nestling
Replies: 6
Views: 3596

need advice for sick nestling

Hi everyone. Late yesterday afternoon we found a nestling on the ground under one of our housing systems. He looks to be about 13 days old. He seemed a bit skinny, so we decide to put him in a box and feed him some crickets all day today before putting him back in his nest tomorrow. He's eating pret...
by Veronica G
Tue Jul 17, 2012 9:59 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: McAllen, TX roost
Replies: 0
Views: 2287

McAllen, TX roost

Hi everyone. The McAllen, TX, roost is active again (it has been for several weeks). Once again, it has moved. These birds sure do like to move around. They always stay in the general vicinity so it's not hard to find. The new location is at the Las Tiendas Shopping Center at Expressway 83 and McCol...
by Veronica G
Tue Apr 10, 2012 1:25 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Our Lowe’s Satellite Martin Colony Wiped Out Again
Replies: 120
Views: 53465

It may be more productive to call Lowe's central customer service line at 1-800-445-6937. Press 5, then 2 and wait for someone to come on the line. I just called to voice my anger and was promised that it would be logged and sent to the manager of the store. I left them my name and number. I can on...
by Veronica G
Wed Apr 04, 2012 10:48 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: off topic: Scott's birdseed bad for birds
Replies: 6
Views: 2166

How awful! Thanks for letting us know Louise! I volunteer at a local state park to fill the bird feeders, and I think this is what they use :-(

Veronica
by Veronica G
Tue Mar 06, 2012 8:38 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: info on open pipes that kill birds
Replies: 5
Views: 1925

Thanks for posting this Tim. I will be adding vent caps this weekend.

Veronica
by Veronica G
Wed Feb 15, 2012 8:32 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Wow! Happy Valentine's Day!
Replies: 6
Views: 2310

Best Valentine's Day present EVER!! I saw 6 circling overhead when I got home from work. Three finally settled in for the night :grin:

Veronica
by Veronica G
Thu Jan 26, 2012 8:10 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: 2 words we haven't seen for a while.
Replies: 11
Views: 3145

Not a single drop in the Rio Grande Valley of deep south Texas :cry: but I'm so glad you guys further north got some much needed rain! Next time, how 'bout sharing some with us too :wink:

Veronica
by Veronica G
Fri Jan 20, 2012 8:25 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: traction strips
Replies: 10
Views: 3731

Has anyone ever used traction strips on the roofs of their housing? I have three Trio castles, and the martins are always trying to land on the roof but just end up sliding all the way down. These strips would be exposed to the harsh south Texas sun. I'm concerned the strips would start to peel and ...