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by tor
Sun Jul 07, 2019 4:27 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Need your help asap
Replies: 15
Views: 1821

Re: Need your help asap

Thanks for all you did. Sorry the little one died. As much as I hate to say it, unfortunately, that happens sometimes. We're trying the best we can, and sometimes that's not enough.
by tor
Sat May 25, 2019 12:27 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: First Egg of the Year
Replies: 4
Views: 3274

Re: First Egg of the Year

Great news. Good Luck to you.
by tor
Sun Mar 24, 2019 7:40 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: My Quest for Wannabee of the Year
Replies: 11
Views: 2413

Re: My Quest for Wannabee of the Year

Wow, going all out. Nice work. Keep us posted as to how the season goes.Good Luck to you.
by tor
Sun Mar 03, 2019 11:06 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: PRE NEST MATERIAL
Replies: 5
Views: 3090

Re: PRE NEST MATERIAL

Yeah, I just use pine needles. Just a little bit. If you put a lot in there, they tend to just toss it back out, from what I've seen.
by tor
Fri Feb 22, 2019 5:32 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: A big purple wave is on the way.
Replies: 18
Views: 5835

Re: A big purple wave is on the way.

The wave must have reached all the way into northern SC, because I had my first ones this morning. two males and a female. Actually 4 days later than last year. Let the fun begin.
by tor
Sat Feb 09, 2019 11:57 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Visitors but none have stayed. What's up with that?
Replies: 9
Views: 1698

Re: Visitors but none have stayed. What's up with that?

Jerry,

Early scouts (even returning birds from your colony from last year) can and will leave the site for hours and even days at a time. This is normal behavior. I wouldn't worry too much this early.

Good Luck with your season.
by tor
Wed Feb 06, 2019 5:39 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Martin site fidelity
Replies: 16
Views: 1958

Re: Martin site fidelity

I wish I could find the study, I can't remember if it was in one of the PMCA magazines or somewhere else but it stated that on average you need to have 6 pair to ensure you will have returning birds the next year. As always with mother nature, something drastic could happen and wipe out a whole flo...
by tor
Mon Feb 04, 2019 5:41 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Plugging vent holes. What do you use?
Replies: 10
Views: 1707

Re: Plugging vent holes. What do you use?

I got all my horizontals vented in the back too. Using a 3/4" (outside threads) to 1/2" (slick inside, for 1/2" pipe) PVC elbow for vent. Using two on each gourd. One side of the elbow has 3/4' threads (into the back of the gourd) The 1/2" end fits a 1/2 PVC pipe. So I made 1 1/2 " pipe pieces, stuc...
by tor
Sun Feb 03, 2019 7:17 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Landlord Topic
Replies: 7
Views: 1540

Re: Landlord Topic

Regardless of the Facebook traffic, I think you'll get the answers you're after right here on this fine forum.
by tor
Sun Jan 27, 2019 7:16 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: We just spotted our first returning PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2232

Re: We just spotted our first returning PM

Great News. Let the fun begin :grin:
by tor
Fri Jan 25, 2019 7:52 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: First year Martins after fledging
Replies: 6
Views: 2085

Re: First year Martins after fledging

Robert, When they fledge the parents will take them out to a nearby tree or powerlines away from the housing to feed them but will bring them back to the cavity each night for about a week. They will hang around and preen in the morning with the adults and then the parents take them out. Fun to wat...
by tor
Fri Jan 25, 2019 6:35 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Getting Excited
Replies: 2
Views: 1588

Re: Getting Excited

Yep. the preparation is very exiting. I hung up washed gourds yesterday. Retiring an old T14 and setting up a 3.rd Super 24 rack for a total of 72 gourds. Expecting them between the 15th and 20th of February. We will see what 2019 brings.
by tor
Thu Jan 24, 2019 7:57 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: First pair are here for the night !!
Replies: 5
Views: 1924

Re: First pair are here for the night !!

Thats great news. It'll be another 3 weeks or so before I see them up in the Pee Dee of SC.
by tor
Sat Dec 15, 2018 8:34 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: No Longer a Wannabe Landlord
Replies: 18
Views: 7324

Re: No Longer a Wannabe Landlord

Good news, Mitch. Hopefully your count will increase even more next year :-)
by tor
Mon May 21, 2018 4:00 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Hopefully my season is starting.
Replies: 29
Views: 6038

Re: Hopefully my season is starting.

Mitch, You broke your streak! I think you are in there sir. Yep, I think so too. I'd like for him to see at least 2-3-4 more pair this season, so he'll have a better base for returns. Once he get the returns, he has a better chance of start building. It is amazing how 3-4 pair can pull in new birds...
by tor
Sun May 20, 2018 2:34 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Jumpers
Replies: 12
Views: 1702

Re: Jumpers

From my experience there are basically two reasons why the babies jump prematurely: extreme heat or parasites (mites etc). Make sure to check your gourds for parasites, and if you have them, take measures to get rid of them. How you do that, is up to you. I will not recommend or get into any specifi...
by tor
Sun May 20, 2018 11:58 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Hopefully my season is starting.
Replies: 29
Views: 6038

Re: Hopefully my season is starting.

Mitch,

I don't think you need to run a dawn song as long as you have martins staying. As mentioned, they do a much better job at dawn-singing. Don't settle for two yet! SY's are still on the hunt.
by tor
Sun May 20, 2018 11:41 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: We have eggs for the first time ever
Replies: 10
Views: 1350

Re: We have eggs for the first time ever

Congratulations. Great news for sure. Keep up the good work. It will pay off.
by tor
Sun May 20, 2018 9:50 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: A male and female PM showed up at my house...
Replies: 8
Views: 1395

Re: A male and female PM showed up at my house...

Jason, thats is great news. Keep track of them. Pay attention at sunset, and look for them coming back in for the night. If they do, that's even better news. :grin:
by tor
Sun May 06, 2018 2:11 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Martin collision
Replies: 4
Views: 1021

Re: Martin collision

Wow! I've never thought of the chance that 2 birds could collide. I hope your PM is ok.
He sat in the tree for about an hour before he flew over on one of the racks :grin: .

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