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by Hanover Bill
Tue Aug 14, 2018 7:18 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: When you clean out your gourds
Replies: 4
Views: 255

Re: When you clean out your gourds

Ray;
Looks like the future of Purple Martins is in good hands there.

Hanover Bill.
by Hanover Bill
Tue Aug 14, 2018 7:13 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Central PA end of season report....
Replies: 8
Views: 259

Re: Central PA end of season report....

Hi Toy; You certainly did the best you could for your Martins. You are overdue for a good break, hopefully it will come in the form of a great Martin season next year. Weather is a strange phenomenon. I seem to sit in a pocket here where a lot of the rain and bad storms miss us completely, passing e...
by Hanover Bill
Sat Aug 04, 2018 6:48 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Lawn mower
Replies: 4
Views: 260

Re: Lawn mower

I always have a large following of Barn Swallows following me when I am mowing my big field behind the housing, it is a feeding frenzy. From time to time the Martins will join in on the action.

Hanover Bill.
by Hanover Bill
Thu Aug 02, 2018 6:46 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: 1 Nest to go
Replies: 3
Views: 183

Re: 1 Nest to go

As usual Toy you are doing Yoeman's duty tending to your Martins. I agree with Buckeyefarmer, you are due some good luck with your Colony, hopefully it comes next season. Things are wrapping up over here, just a few visitors returning occasionally to check things out. I ended up taking just one to a...
by Hanover Bill
Sat Jul 21, 2018 5:04 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Fleglings
Replies: 3
Views: 277

Re: Fleglings

Mine usually return with the fledglings for a couple of weeks after they fledge. They are gone all day feeding, and return right at dusk. that usually amounts to a pretty good show as they all circle the housing and jockey for position entering the housing. The numbers slowly diminish as time goes b...
by Hanover Bill
Tue Jul 17, 2018 7:19 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Moisture Needs Of Fledges ??
Replies: 3
Views: 247

Re: Moisture Needs Of Fledges ??

Thanks for the well wishes Billie, and thanks for the advice Toy. I will try to feed him well and hopefully he will gain enough strength to join the others. Still a few to fledge so I have some time. If I can't get him going I will take him to the rehabber.

Thanks;
Hanover Bill.
by Hanover Bill
Mon Jul 16, 2018 12:20 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Moisture Needs Of Fledges ??
Replies: 3
Views: 247

Moisture Needs Of Fledges ??

I am trying to strengthen a fledge I found on the ground unable to fly. He seems fully developed, wings and feathers all look good, he just can't maintain flight. I am feeding him crickets and meal worms soaked in water. My question is, is this enough moisture for him or do I need to supplement this...
by Hanover Bill
Sun Jul 15, 2018 6:49 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Egg shells for Martins
Replies: 19
Views: 888

Re: Egg shells for Martins

Mine love the egg shells taken off my bed & breakfast platform, and I am hoping it will help to train them to take supplemental feeding as well. So far I have had no luck with supplemental feeding, but they readily take the egg shells.

Hanover Bill.
by Hanover Bill
Mon Jul 09, 2018 7:06 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Diving Purple martins
Replies: 11
Views: 512

Re: Diving Purple martins

I haven't had any trouble with that in the past. Most of mine just keep an eye on me from perches or fly off for a minute or two. This year I do have one aggressive ASY male that gives me the business any time he gets a chance. I've actually been surprised by his aggressiveness, and on more than one...
by Hanover Bill
Mon Jul 02, 2018 6:54 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Martins flying to fire pit
Replies: 3
Views: 258

Re: Martins flying to fire pit

I wonder if they may have been after some grit. For the first time ever I noticed my Martins landing under my neighbors bird feeder and picking something up this season, and thought maybe they were looking for grit. I have never seen this before.


Hanover Bill.
by Hanover Bill
Tue Jun 26, 2018 7:28 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Fombell PA Report 6/25/2018
Replies: 3
Views: 230

Re: Fombell PA Report 6/25/2018

Hi Doug;

Good report for Western Pa., Doug. Pretty much parallels what is going on here, just on a slightly smaller scale. I'm a little concerned about this heat wave coming for the weekend, with it being close to fledge time for some. Hopefully it won't cause any to jump.

Hanover Bill.
by Hanover Bill
Tue Jun 19, 2018 6:40 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Central PA Update
Replies: 3
Views: 232

Re: Central PA Update

Keep the faith Toy, you are too good of a landlord to not bounce back. I guess it's good years, bad years, just like good days, bad days. I'm sure you have many good Martin seasons ahead.

Hanover Bill.
by Hanover Bill
Thu Jun 14, 2018 6:52 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Where's Toy ??
Replies: 12
Views: 499

Re: Where's Toy ??

Good to hear from you Toy. Hoping for the best for your Colony.

Hanover Bill.
by Hanover Bill
Wed Jun 13, 2018 7:07 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Where's Toy ??
Replies: 12
Views: 499

Where's Toy ??

Has anyone seen any posts or responses from Toy in Eastern Pa. lately? I haven't noticed any myself, and it is unusual for her not to post or comment for this long. Hope everything is ok with her. I know she was in the middle of the second rough year in a row for her colony with weather issues, etc....
by Hanover Bill
Thu May 31, 2018 6:37 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Elongated Eggs ??
Replies: 1
Views: 153

Elongated Eggs ??

During my recent nest checks I have noticed an anomaly. I am noticing some elongated eggs, which I have never seen before in my nests. Any ideas on what may cause this?

Hanover Bill.
by Hanover Bill
Sat May 26, 2018 6:37 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: No more gourds for me
Replies: 20
Views: 1318

Re: No more gourds for me

It seems in my area of Western Pa. gourds are now the preferred housing for the Martins. It seems like it has been a gradual transition from a preference for houses like the T-14, which used to be preferred, to a preference for gourds. This is the second year in a row in which the gourds have vastly...
by Hanover Bill
Tue May 22, 2018 7:08 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: 2nd Starling Attack tonight!
Replies: 15
Views: 672

Re: 2nd Starling Attack tonight!

Hi Toy; Good work on the Starling. I had a smallish Starling breech an Excluder II Entrance for the first time ever this year. I was able to trap him in the gourd and dispose of him. It seems that this smaller variety is expanding their range, much to the detriment of other cavity nesters. It seems ...
by Hanover Bill
Sat May 12, 2018 5:04 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Central PA update
Replies: 9
Views: 315

Re: Central PA update

Hi Toy; Sorry to hear you are off to a bad start for this season. A good landlord such as yourself certainly deserves better. Hopefully you will get a good number of SY's to help you recover. I have pretty good numbers over here. My two gourd racks are pretty full, and my T-14 is about half full. St...
by Hanover Bill
Thu May 10, 2018 7:07 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: New to Martin ? visiting birds
Replies: 3
Views: 173

Re: New to Martin ? visiting birds

Very normal behavior for the Martins. They will often check the housing out many times. Be patient, obviously they are interested. You are very fortunate to have that kind of activity this soon.

Good Luck;
Hanover Bill.
by Hanover Bill
Tue May 08, 2018 6:45 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Hawks are disrupting nesting.
Replies: 8
Views: 331

Re: Hawks are disrupting nesting.

Sorry to hear about your hawk problems, Doug. Bill had mentioned to me that you were having a problem with them. Hopefully they are migrating through and will be leaving soon. Since you have never had that problem before it seems as if that might be the case. I have my one Coopers or Sharp Shin, I'm...

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