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by Hanover Bill
Wed Sep 23, 2020 5:28 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Closing our site
Replies: 9
Views: 331

Re: Closing our site

Larry & Judy; It's always sad to learn of a colony closing, but such is life. This is one of the things that is so fascinating about our Martins, and for that matter, other wildlife. They teach us valuable life lessons. When met with unexpected hardships, like a closed colony, they adapt, no time is...
by Hanover Bill
Mon Sep 07, 2020 8:18 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Gourd Limit for 2" Square Aluminum Pole
Replies: 4
Views: 250

Gourd Limit for 2" Square Aluminum Pole

Does anyone have experience with having 18 gourds hanging on a 2" square aluminum pole. This would mean 3 levels with 6 gourds a piece. The catalog says it will support the weight, but they suggest adding a 2 ft. section to the pole which is currently 14 ft. I suppose that is for more ground clearan...
by Hanover Bill
Thu Sep 03, 2020 9:36 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Too many unhatched eggs
Replies: 9
Views: 726

Re: Too many unhatched eggs

I would blame it on the SY parents. I have a feeling the loss of ASY birds due to the weather in the beginning of May was far worse than we may have thought. I know I had far more SY nests this season than usual, due to those losses. If we could only postpone the migration by a few weeks it would be...
by Hanover Bill
Wed Aug 26, 2020 7:00 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Second Clutch Possibilities ?
Replies: 4
Views: 185

Re: Second Clutch Possibilities ?

Ed;

I did read your post on the possibility of this happening. At this point I really believe that was the case with my pair.

Bill.
by Hanover Bill
Tue Aug 25, 2020 12:21 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Second Clutch Possibilities ?
Replies: 4
Views: 185

Second Clutch Possibilities ?

I posted earlier on the Forum about what I thought was a re-nest. A pair that fledged 4 in mid-July, ending up with 3 more, the last of which fledged just yesterday, Aug. 24th. I figured that something must have happened to the first nest, but the more I think about it, the more I think they may hav...
by Hanover Bill
Sat Aug 22, 2020 7:25 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Just when you think all your young have fledged .
Replies: 3
Views: 644

Re: Just when you think all your young have fledged .

Hi Rick; I usually get tricked at least once a year with a late nest or re-nest. This year, thinking that all were fledged I discover that a pair had sneaked in for a very late nest or a re-nest. 3 babies which they have been trying to coax out of the gourd now for about a week. I just checked this ...
by Hanover Bill
Mon Aug 17, 2020 8:04 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Second nest?
Replies: 4
Views: 397

Re: Second nest?

Seems like I get crossed up at least once every season. This year it was to discover 3 ready to fledge babies this weekend, in a gourd that should have fledged in the middle of July. Obviously this was a re-nest, but don't ask me how this all happened without me knowing it. After I was sure all had ...
by Hanover Bill
Wed Jul 29, 2020 11:34 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: THOUGHTS ABOUT ROOSTS & FALL MIGRATION==TX
Replies: 10
Views: 727

Re: THOUGHTS ABOUT ROOSTS & FALL MIGRATION==TX

Great post John, very informative. I always wondered what they do between leaving the colony, and showing up at the large pre-migratory roost. The mini roost makes perfect sense. Up where I am located in South Western Pa. the general consensus is that our Martins actually travel North to the large p...
by Hanover Bill
Wed Jul 29, 2020 7:49 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Bluebirds and tree swallows
Replies: 5
Views: 492

Re: Bluebirds and tree swallows

I think the individual bird has a lot to do with this problem. Over the years I have dealt with both aggressive and non- aggressive TS and Blusbirds. Same with the Martins, some are more willing to defend their housing than others. When it comes down to it they belong to a species of birds, but they...
by Hanover Bill
Wed Jul 29, 2020 7:38 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: From Colony to Roost, What do they do ??
Replies: 1
Views: 289

From Colony to Roost, What do they do ??

I am curious as to what the Martins do from the time they leave the colony housing until they show up at the pre-migratory roost. Fewer and fewer are returning to my site every night now, but I'm thinking that it is a little early to be headed for the roost. Where do they spend their time during thi...
by Hanover Bill
Mon Jul 27, 2020 7:36 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Successful Year
Replies: 7
Views: 762

Re: Successful Year

Thanks for all of the responses to my post. I always rely on the good advise I get on the Forum.
by Hanover Bill
Wed Jul 22, 2020 10:53 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Successful Year
Replies: 7
Views: 762

Successful Year

This is shaping up like a very successful year here. Should fledge 120, most are already fledged and enjoying their new found freedom. My last nest is due to fledge on the 29th., with a couple others before that date. We have had extremely dry conditions in my area throughout the Martin season. We h...
by Hanover Bill
Mon Jul 06, 2020 2:09 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Jumpers ???
Replies: 2
Views: 246

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: 5
Views: 370

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: 320

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: 320

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: 730

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: 292

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: 268

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: 238

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.