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by Hanover Bill
Sat Jun 15, 2019 6:37 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: martins in garden!
Replies: 8
Views: 186

Re: martins in garden!

I also used to think the Martins never went to ground except to gather nesting material, but the longer I am at this the more I realize that their behavior is adapted to conditions. I see them in my garden and mulch pile pretty often. Also always thought of them as high flyers and feeders, but I not...
by Hanover Bill
Fri Jun 14, 2019 6:45 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Rain, cold...update in central PA
Replies: 7
Views: 173

Re: Rain, cold...update in central PA

Hi Toy; The weather hasn't been quite as bad over here as what you are dealing with, but it is still chilly and wet enough for me to be concerned about hypothermia. I have a lot of just newly hatched chicks out there, so the timing of the weather isn't good. Supposed to be decent today and tomorrow ...
by Hanover Bill
Sun Jun 09, 2019 6:15 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Extra Large Egg Clutch ??
Replies: 4
Views: 106

Re: Extra Large Egg Clutch ??

Thanks Toy and Spiderman;

I will take your advice, wait and see how many hatch, and then take action if necessary.

Hanover Bill.
by Hanover Bill
Sat Jun 08, 2019 6:34 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Extra Large Egg Clutch ??
Replies: 4
Views: 106

Extra Large Egg Clutch ??

During my nest check yesterday I found one nest with 9 eggs. I have real concerns about this pair being able to feed that many babies. Would I be wise to move a couple of those eggs into another nest with fewer eggs, that is due to hatch around the same date? Are Martins aware of the number of eggs ...
by Hanover Bill
Sat Jun 01, 2019 6:46 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: New SY Males in central PA
Replies: 12
Views: 756

Re: New SY Males in central PA

Hi Toy; I think we can add a third certainty in life; death, taxes, and crazy weather. LOL. Sorry to hear about your Alpha male, hopefully he will find his way back to the colony. Things are going well over here, weather hasn't been too much of a factor, except for too much rain. I am due for a nest...
by Hanover Bill
Sat Jun 01, 2019 6:36 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Big Box Stores and HOSP ??
Replies: 2
Views: 425

Big Box Stores and HOSP ??

While shopping at a big box store garden center recently, I was reminded of how they contribute to the HOSP population and problem. They are a virtual breeding ground for HOSP. I would venture to say that the majority of the HOSP population in a given area were hatched and fledged from a big box sto...
by Hanover Bill
Mon May 20, 2019 6:28 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Third Year...NO Luck!
Replies: 30
Views: 2486

Re: Third Year...NO Luck!

Best advise anyone can give you is hang in there. It took me 5 years to attract my first nesting pair, and there are lots of people out there who have waited a lot longer than that. Keep playing the Dawn Song and keep visiting the Forum for lots of good advise on how to attract Martins. Since you ha...
by Hanover Bill
Tue May 14, 2019 9:39 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Starlings & help with Troyer Vertical Gourds and Wing Entrapment Protectors
Replies: 13
Views: 530

Re: Starlings & help with Troyer Vertical Gourds and Wing Entrapment Protectors

Hi mechling family; Welcome to the life of a Purple Martin Landlord. It is a constant battle to keep the HOSP and Starlings out of the Martin housing, it seems like it never ends, probably because it doesn't. If you are using the Troyer Gourds with Conley II entrances, I have found that the Haskel T...
by Hanover Bill
Tue May 07, 2019 7:06 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: 17 Yr. Cicadas As A Food Source ??
Replies: 2
Views: 197

17 Yr. Cicadas As A Food Source ??

The 17 year Cicadas are due to make a return to my area this summer, which brings to mind an interesting question. Will the Martins feed on them? If so there will be plenty of food for this summer. Also, will they present a choking hazard if fed to the smaller babies? I remember the last time the 17...
by Hanover Bill
Sun May 05, 2019 12:20 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Nest on ledge in shed, HOSP or not ??
Replies: 3
Views: 283

Re: Nest on ledge in shed, HOSP or not ??

Thanks for the reponses guys. Turns out you are right JoeD, it is a Carolina Wren. I got a good look at Mama on the nest this morning. I'm sure glad I got a look at her before tearing the nest out. I would caution other Landlords of the possibility of being fooled into thinking it is a HOSP nest. Ve...
by Hanover Bill
Fri May 03, 2019 5:30 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Nest on ledge in shed, HOSP or not ??
Replies: 3
Views: 283

Nest on ledge in shed, HOSP or not ??

I have a bit of a quandary. I found a nest on a ledge in my shed. I had no idea it was being built, I haven't caught a glimpse of the intruder yet. It has the look of a typical HOSP nest, tunnel, grasses, paper, plastic wrapper pieces, and 5 speckled eggs. My problem is I want to be sure it is a HOS...
by Hanover Bill
Mon Apr 29, 2019 4:17 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: House Sparrow problems
Replies: 5
Views: 1068

Re: House Sparrow problems

Hi Kelly; Usually HOSP nests are easy to differentiate from Martin nests. The HOSP will usually "fill" a compartment with grass, feathers, and any junk they can find. They usually shape their nest into a bowl shape. On the other hand the Martins usually build a very inconspicuous nest, sometimes bar...
by Hanover Bill
Mon Apr 29, 2019 7:14 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Why do I not have martins
Replies: 55
Views: 4948

Re: Why do I not have martins

Bird: Patience is the keyword. It took me 5 years of playing the Dawn Song continually during Martin season, before I attracted my first nesting pair. As they say, anything worth having is worth working for, and this goes double for being a Purple Martin Landlord. So hang in there, your patience wil...
by Hanover Bill
Fri Apr 26, 2019 6:51 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Dead Martin Mystery ??
Replies: 7
Views: 1890

Dead Martin Mystery ??

I have found two dead Martins in the last couple of days. One ASY male lying on the ground, wings open, with no visible signs of trauma, and one ASY female in a gourd, also with no visible signs of trauma.

Any ideas on a cause of death?

Hanover Bill.
by Hanover Bill
Fri Apr 19, 2019 1:23 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Besieged by Smaller Starlings !!
Replies: 9
Views: 3192

Besieged by Smaller Starlings !!

Count me in the group who believes that Starlings are evolving into a smaller size or sub-species. I had never had a breach of an SREH until last year when a Starling breached an Excluder II entrance. I was fortunate to find her still in the gourd when I lowered it one day, and she was dispatched. T...
by Hanover Bill
Thu Apr 18, 2019 6:37 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Storm damage in NE states & update
Replies: 5
Views: 2971

Re: Storm damage in NE states & update

Hi Toy; Sorry to hear about your illness and the bad weather up there. You just can't seem to catch a break. I lucked out with the storms, just a big blow for a short time and then it moved on, no damage. When your luck finally turns around I think you are due to win the lottery. LOL. Hope you make ...
by Hanover Bill
Sat Mar 30, 2019 7:12 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: I believe I lost my Alpha Male Waldo.
Replies: 19
Views: 2466

Re: I believe I lost my Alpha Male Waldo.

Great News Doug !!
by Hanover Bill
Fri Mar 29, 2019 7:30 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: I believe I lost my Alpha Male Waldo.
Replies: 19
Views: 2466

Re: I beleive I lost my Alpha Male Waldo.

Sorry to hear that Doug. I had the one show up on Monday, didn't see him Tuesday, and then saw one again on Wednesday, and not on Thursday. So I'm not sure if these are my birds or if they are passing through on their way to your site, or others to the North of me.

Hanover Bill.
by Hanover Bill
Mon Mar 25, 2019 11:38 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: First ASY Male - Beaver County, Pa.
Replies: 2
Views: 494

First ASY Male - Beaver County, Pa.

My first ASY male showed up today in a cold steady rain. He is a full 10 days earlier than my first arrival last year. He went right to an active compartment from last year so he knew where he was going. Hopefully the weather will turn nicer for him later in the week, that's the forecast. Best wishe...
by Hanover Bill
Mon Mar 11, 2019 4:33 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Freeze Dried Insect Shelf Life ??
Replies: 1
Views: 547

Freeze Dried Insect Shelf Life ??

Does anyone know the shelf life of freeze dried crickets and meal worms?

Thanks;
Hanover Bill.

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