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by Mitch Booth
Sun May 31, 2020 11:12 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Dawnsinging
Replies: 4
Views: 191

Re: Dawnsinging

Mitch Sorry I can't answer your question but it is good to hear from you and I am glad to see you finally have an established colony. I would expect your numbers to continue to grow, at least as much as you are willing to provide housing. SY's are really moving in right now. Last Friday I had 32 ne...
by Mitch Booth
Sat May 30, 2020 7:43 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Dawnsinging
Replies: 4
Views: 191

Dawnsinging

At what stage of the nesting cycle do the adult male Martins typically perform the Dawnsong vocalization? I have what appears to be about 12-15 pair here and the first egg was laid yesterday with a few gourds having 1 egg and the other nests all have fresh green leaves in them. I’ve left the window ...
by Mitch Booth
Tue Aug 27, 2019 11:11 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Forest fires in Brazil's Amazon rain forest
Replies: 19
Views: 8567

Re: Forest fires in Brazil's Amazon rain forest

How much of the Amazon (in general) do the martins utilize for over-wintering? I'm not that familiar with Brazil, where I'm guessing, the birds primarily over-winter.

Thanks,

Mitch
by Mitch Booth
Fri Jun 07, 2019 10:09 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Why do I not have martins
Replies: 55
Views: 21648

Re: Why do I not have martins

Birds, Whereabouts in Northeast Ohio are you? Look at my track record and sometimes it just takes persistence. Are you playing the Dawnsong 24/7? Feel free to reach out to me with any questions at three three zero seven zero four five two seven two. I'm in the Akron/Portage Lakes area. As of today I...
by Mitch Booth
Wed May 29, 2019 11:01 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Dawnsong Vocalization
Replies: 1
Views: 3190

Dawnsong Vocalization

I was wondering at what stage of the migration do the adult males begin their Dawnsong? I have maybe approximately 20 -25 birds at the house with 8 active nests but no eggs at this time as of Monday. Do they typically wait to perform the Dawnsong AFTER the first eggs are laid? I've tried leaving my ...
by Mitch Booth
Wed May 22, 2019 10:13 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Bluebird and HOSP
Replies: 3
Views: 2410

Re: Bluebird and HOSP

Yep they are definitely sparrows. I will dispose of the entire nest and place a trap in the bluebird house to eliminate either the female or male who ever visits next. I was surprised how blue they looked prior to getting their feathers. It was definitely a sparrow egg and the nest certainly looked ...
by Mitch Booth
Tue May 21, 2019 6:30 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Bluebird and HOSP
Replies: 3
Views: 2410

Bluebird and HOSP

Is it possible for a bluebird and European house sparrow to nest or breed together? A friend of mine asked me to inspect his bluebird house. I found a HOSP egg and 4 nestlings that look like bluebirds but the nest looks like a mix between a tree swallow and HOSP. Feathers everywhere and the nestling...
by Mitch Booth
Thu May 09, 2019 7:17 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Last arrivals
Replies: 5
Views: 2236

Re: Last arrivals

Rob,

It typically peaks around May 17th in my area of Northeast Ohio and the only reason I pick this date is that it is my wife’s birthday and prior to having a nesting pair, for like three years in a row, would be my first sighting of SY birds and continues up through the middle of June.

Mitch
by Mitch Booth
Thu May 09, 2019 3:22 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: A lot of recent activity
Replies: 6
Views: 1508

Re: A lot of recent activity

Being on the water is not a necessity, especially if you have water near by. Some people wait years and other get martins the first year. I just takes the first couple birds that decide they like your place better then the other places near by. Flyin-lowe, Just wanted to give you an update at my si...
by Mitch Booth
Thu Mar 21, 2019 7:48 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: My Quest for Wannabee of the Year
Replies: 11
Views: 3175

Re: My Quest for Wannabee of the Year

Tim, Great job. My wife also accused myself of being crazy. I have had limited success the past 7 years. I believe last year was my break through year though. I had 4 pair and they fledged all 19 young. I’m completely surrounded by trees but have a 12 acre parcel of land with a 1-1/4 surface area po...
by Mitch Booth
Tue Mar 05, 2019 1:33 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Migration stalls until the 8th
Replies: 8
Views: 4158

Re: Migration stalls until the 8th

With cold weather and north wind most of this week there will be little movement north. Folks in the south need to keep those arrivals healthy. But beginning the 8th the winds will change and by the 10th the Ohio Valley will likely see their first arrivals. Let's hope the weather continues to co-op...
by Mitch Booth
Tue Dec 18, 2018 3:53 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: No Longer a Wannabe Landlord
Replies: 18
Views: 8414

Re: No Longer a Wannabe Landlord

No doubt about that! I struggled for 7 years with limited success and ended moving a few poles and a few trees and everything came together much better. I would love to help anyone that needs it!!

Mitch
by Mitch Booth
Thu Oct 25, 2018 1:16 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: No Longer a Wannabe Landlord
Replies: 18
Views: 8414

Re: No Longer a Wannabe Landlord

Congrats again Mitch. I am hoping you double or more your numbers next year. Yes I'm hoping for 10 pair next year! This year was a thrill having 10-12 birds there at all times. I've only ever had 1 pair the previous times I had them and was able to keep tract of all the activity just having one pai...
by Mitch Booth
Mon Oct 08, 2018 2:03 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: No Longer a Wannabe Landlord
Replies: 18
Views: 8414

Re: No Longer a Wannabe Landlord

Thanks everyone! I can't hardly wait for April 2019 as I'm confident I'll finally get some returning birds with 4 pair all successfully fledgling young.

Hard to believe in about 12 weeks they'll start returning to the US!!

Mitch
by Mitch Booth
Thu Oct 04, 2018 2:05 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: No Longer a Wannabe Landlord
Replies: 18
Views: 8414

No Longer a Wannabe Landlord

Well gang its been a super busy year for me and I haven't had much time to spend on The Forum, but I'm certain I've finally gotten out of the Wannabe Club. It was very exciting having 10-12 martins around at all times this year. I had a few SY males that just couldn't attract a mate but I'm super th...
by Mitch Booth
Tue Jun 12, 2018 12:45 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Hopefully my season is starting.
Replies: 29
Views: 7224

Re: Hopefully my season is starting.

Update: Well as of today I have 3 pair for sure on 10 eggs and 5 nestlings. I have two other completed nests with leaves and 2 single sy males hanging around guarding the same cavities. I'm more than thrilled with (for the first time ever) having more than one pair for a change. Having 10-12 birds t...
by Mitch Booth
Fri Jun 08, 2018 8:09 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Holy cow!
Replies: 32
Views: 9805

Re: Holy cow!

Sharon that is absolutely awesome!!!! Wow!!! How many ASY birds do you have? I had the one pair last year and so far I have 3 pair sitting on 15 eggs (5 each) and a fourth pair getting ready to lay eggs in a leaf filled nest with one additional SY male that has his gourd picked out trying to attract...
by Mitch Booth
Tue May 22, 2018 11:01 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Hopefully my season is starting.
Replies: 29
Views: 7224

Re: Hopefully my season is starting.

Way to go Mitch! I’m glad you have 2 pair now! You should have a chance at sy’s For a few more weeks! I can’t believe what my colony has done! I HAVE 10 PAIR WITH 36 EGGS!! Totally crazy! But I’m loving every minute of it!!! Good luck my friend! Sharon, That is fabulous!!! I had at least 8-10 birds...
by Mitch Booth
Mon May 21, 2018 8:08 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Hopefully my season is starting.
Replies: 29
Views: 7224

Re: Hopefully my season is starting.

Yes, I’m guessing I’ll have some increased activity inth the next two weeks!!! I’d love to have 4-6 pair. I’ll keep post some updates in the next two weeks!!

Mitch
by Mitch Booth
Mon May 21, 2018 3:47 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Hopefully my season is starting.
Replies: 29
Views: 7224

Re: Hopefully my season is starting.

Tom,

I'm certainly hoping so!!

Mitch