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by Hanover Bill
Mon Jul 06, 2020 2:09 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Jumpers ???
Replies: 2
Views: 52

Jumpers ???

I am a week away from fledge date for most of my colony, and we are in the middle of a heat wave, and a drought. Temps in the low to mid nineties for this week. No relief until at least the weekend. I've never had to worry about jumpers before but with the babies close to fledge, and with the extend...
by Hanover Bill
Sun Jul 05, 2020 6:23 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Alpha Male ??
Replies: 3
Views: 60

Alpha Male ??

I have been at this for quite a few years now and figured I had seen about everything. Not so. This season I have an "Alpha Male", that's the best way I can describe him. He is a large, powerful, and aggressive ASY Male. Over the years I have been scolded by a variety of Martins when approaching the...
by Hanover Bill
Wed Jul 01, 2020 6:37 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Nest Changes ?? Or Not ??
Replies: 4
Views: 119

Re: Nest Changes ?? Or Not ??

Thanks for all of the good suggestions. I will probably go ahead and do nest changes for safeties sake.

Thanks Again;
Hanover Bill.
by Hanover Bill
Tue Jun 30, 2020 6:38 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Nest Changes ?? Or Not ??
Replies: 4
Views: 119

Nest Changes ?? Or Not ??

What are the feelings out there on nest changes, are they absolutely necessary? My situation this season is that we haven't had any rain since well before most of my eggs were laid. We are in the middle of a local drought, if there is such a thing. It has rained all around us but not a drop here, an...
by Hanover Bill
Sat Jun 27, 2020 4:15 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: New SY's still arriving
Replies: 3
Views: 579

Re: New SY's still arriving

Hi Toy; I have some late nesters down here. They will be late getting started on their journey.

Hanover Bill.
by Hanover Bill
Tue Jun 16, 2020 6:45 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Feeding during rain events
Replies: 5
Views: 115

Re: Feeding during rain events

Seems like crickets and scrambled eggs are the preferred menu for supplemental feeding. Of course it isn't always easy to get them to accept the offerings. It took me years to succeed at supplemental feeding, then this year, during some horrible weather in early May, they finally accepted my offerin...
by Hanover Bill
Tue Jun 16, 2020 6:35 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Liquid 7 ??
Replies: 2
Views: 141

Liquid 7 ??

Has anyone tried liquid 7 for mite control? Seems like it would be easier to use if it is safe and effective.

Thanks;Hanover Bill.
by Hanover Bill
Wed Jun 03, 2020 4:35 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Egg Size ??
Replies: 4
Views: 136

Re: Egg Size ??

Hi Toy;

Yes, I am offering both egg shells and crushed oyster shells. They are liberal with the word "crushed", as they are pretty big pellets. I am trying to crush them into smaller pieces before feeding, but they are very hard.

Hope things are going well at your site.

Hanover Bill.
by Hanover Bill
Wed Jun 03, 2020 6:35 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Egg Size ??
Replies: 4
Views: 136

Egg Size ??

Is there any correlation between egg size and age of the female? I notice, what I would call, a lot of smaller than usual eggs this year. I know I have more SY Martins nesting than usual, due to early spring losses of my older birds. Would this explain the smaller eggs?

Thanks;
Hanover Bill.
by Hanover Bill
Tue Jun 02, 2020 7:46 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Late laying eggs
Replies: 5
Views: 226

Re: Late laying eggs

I can't speak to Delaware, but here in Southwestern Pa. they are very late laying. We had a terrible spell of weather early in May and a lot of Martins perished. The remainder seem to be way behind in nest building, and egg laying.

Good Luck for the remainder of the season.

Hanover Bill.
by Hanover Bill
Thu May 28, 2020 7:34 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Spring Losses !!
Replies: 6
Views: 319

Re: Spring Losses !!

Mike; Great job saving that ASY bird. That takes real dedication. This certainly has been a difficult spring. Like you this is my first experience dealing with "killing" spring weather at my site. Surprisingly sites to the north seem to have weathered it better than down around my area. The only goo...
by Hanover Bill
Wed May 27, 2020 5:36 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Spring Losses !!
Replies: 6
Views: 319

Re: Spring Losses !!

Hi Toy; I know you have had a rough go of it the last few years with the weather. This is my first real experience with "killing" spring weather. Previous years losses have been one or two, but I fear this year I have taken a more substantial hit. Hopefully the SY birds will take up the slack, I see...
by Hanover Bill
Wed May 27, 2020 7:30 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Spring Losses !!
Replies: 6
Views: 319

Spring Losses !!

Just making my own amateur observation based on what I see at my site it appears that the ASY males took the biggest hit from the cold, wet, windy early spring in my area. I lost 3 ASY males that I know of but I fear the total is probably quite a bit higher than that. I base this on the fact that as...
by Hanover Bill
Mon May 25, 2020 7:03 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Crushed Oyster Shells ??
Replies: 5
Views: 236

Crushed Oyster Shells ??

I don't eat a lot of eggs, so thus I am short on egg shells to place on the bed & breakfast for the Martins. I picked up some crushed oyster shells the other day, but they use the word "crushed" pretty liberally. They are quite large pieces. I'm not sure if the Martins will be able to ingest them or...
by Hanover Bill
Thu May 14, 2020 12:52 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: "5" Lost Due To Weather
Replies: 2
Views: 228

"5" Lost Due To Weather

I have lost five Martins due to the recent cold snap, despite supplemental feeding. 3 ASY males, 1 ASY female, and 1 SY female. Yesterday and the day before I had several laying on the ground but able to fly when approached. The dead birds were all nothing but bones, no flesh on them at all. It seem...
by Hanover Bill
Thu May 14, 2020 7:18 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Red Tail Hawk Question ??
Replies: 13
Views: 751

Red Tail Hawk Question ??

How concerned should I be over the occasional visit of a huge Red Tail Hawk? He perches on top of my T-14 pole searching for prey on the ground in the big field behind my housing. He shows little or no interest in my Martins, and they show little or no interest in him. Nothing like the response from...
by Hanover Bill
Fri May 08, 2020 8:05 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Cold Weather Feeding ??
Replies: 5
Views: 278

Cold Weather Feeding ??

I usually see 50 degrees as the make or break temp for flying insects, and for the Martins' ability to find them and feed. I am wondering how much that temp varies if there is a large body of water nearby where they can feed. It is my understanding that there would be flying insects available at low...
by Hanover Bill
Sat May 02, 2020 8:01 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Newbie question; When is best time of day for visits to New Housing startup?
Replies: 2
Views: 196

Re: Newbie question; When is best time of day for visits to New Housing startup?

I agree that mid morning was always the time I would see visitors when I was trying to establish a colony. To narrow it down a little I would say 10AM till Noon. I also agree that you will almost always hear them before you see them.

Hanover Bill.
by Hanover Bill
Thu Apr 16, 2020 9:14 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Supplemental Feeding With "Cicadas"
Replies: 4
Views: 212

Supplemental Feeding With "Cicadas"

After 7 yrs. of trying I finally have had some success with supplemental feeding my Martins. What finally did the trick for me are "cicadas", those nasty insects that drove us crazy clinging to everything last summer. I gathered and froze several coffee cans full of them last summer. A messy job whi...
by Hanover Bill
Wed Apr 01, 2020 9:09 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Martins back in central PA
Replies: 3
Views: 206

Re: Martins back in central PA

Hi Toy;

Great news. I have 5 here right now. Weather is supposed to improve tomorrow, hopefully Phil was right about an early spring.
Best of luck to you this season.

Hanover Bill.