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by Hanover Bill
Sun May 30, 2021 9:54 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Smaller Subbies ??
Replies: 3
Views: 167

Smaller Subbies ??

A pretty good wave of Subbies arrived here in Western Pa. in the last few days. One thing I noticed is that they appear noticeably smaller than the Subbies of previous years. Has anyone else noticed this or is it just my old senior eyes playing tricks on me? Would appreciate other opinions on this. ...
by Hanover Bill
Fri May 28, 2021 8:39 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: How in the world do you guys count Martins?
Replies: 21
Views: 737

Re: How in the world do you guys count Martins?

I think about the only way to get a close to accurate count is to wait until they lay eggs, then figure you have a pair of Martins for each nest with eggs in it. Add a few to the count for non-nesting SY birds and you probably have a close estimate. Trying to count in any other way just leads to fru...
by Hanover Bill
Thu May 27, 2021 9:49 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: All my martins are dying. Any advice?
Replies: 15
Views: 960

Re: All my martins are dying. Any advice?

Patience, patience, patience. Just keep flipping as others here have said. It took me several years before I got the firs one to take my offering, then you're off to the races. Now if they are hungry they come at me when I go out the back door. Now I have them trained to go down to the bed and break...
by Hanover Bill
Sat May 22, 2021 6:17 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Cicadas?
Replies: 3
Views: 964

Re: Cicadas?

If you have the Cicadas in your area, and you normally have to supplemental feed in the spring, I would recommend that you catch and freeze as many as you can. I did this a couple of years ago when they came out in my area. I used them for supplemental feeding the next spring, and the Martins loved ...
by Hanover Bill
Thu May 13, 2021 7:13 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Difficult to Tally Losses
Replies: 3
Views: 587

Re: Difficult to Tally Losses

Toy & Dave; Thanks for the words of encouragement. The losses make me more determined to help the ones I can, so it's full speed ahead for the rest of the season.
by Hanover Bill
Wed May 12, 2021 5:49 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Difficult to Tally Losses
Replies: 3
Views: 587

Difficult to Tally Losses

After suffering substantial losses due to the weather this season, one is left to wonder exactly how many birds were lost as I'm sure some just drop out of the air and never make it back to the housing. I have found several just laying on the ground, apparently just dropping in mid flight, so we can...
by Hanover Bill
Mon May 10, 2021 5:17 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Nightmare Day
Replies: 4
Views: 749

Nightmare Day

Well I just suffered the worse day since I became a Landlord. I've had my ups and downs, but nothing like this. I noticed a dead Martin on the ground so I figured I better look into it. Next were 2 more on the ground which led to a whole house inspection at which time I found ,6 in my gourds and 2 m...
by Hanover Bill
Mon May 10, 2021 2:56 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Another killing May in PA
Replies: 7
Views: 1117

Re: Another killing May in PA

Hi Doug; I was just getting ready to e-mail you to see if you have lost any birds. I lost "11" so far. Just noticed one on the ground this afternoon and figured I better do a better inspection. Found 2 more on the ground, 6 in gourds, and 2 in my T-14. All of this even though I have been feeding. Yo...
by Hanover Bill
Fri Apr 30, 2021 1:52 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Disappearing Martins
Replies: 6
Views: 1705

Re: Disappearing Martins

Thanks to all for the good responses. Glad to say Martins are back as of this morning. To answer some of the questions I have never had a problem with predators other than this resident hawk. I have good predator guards on all of my housing, and have never had evidence of night time predation, owl f...
by Hanover Bill
Fri Apr 30, 2021 7:56 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Disappearing Martins
Replies: 6
Views: 1705

Disappearing Martins

I have seen this before but not to the extent that it is happening now. Three days ago my sky was full of Martins. For the last three days you wouldn't know there was an active site here. This coincides with two possible causes, the arrival of some wet windy weather, and the arrival of a persistent ...
by Hanover Bill
Sun Apr 04, 2021 5:57 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Cicada's this year in my area
Replies: 8
Views: 2551

Re: Cicada's this year in my area

Two years ago when we had our outbreak I froze about three coffee cans full of them and used them to supplemental feed the following spring. Worked out great, the Martins loved them, saved me money, and just maybe I cut down on the future outbreaks. If you are due for an outbreak this summer, and yo...
by Hanover Bill
Sun Feb 21, 2021 11:28 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Training Martin's to take food...how?
Replies: 15
Views: 3100

Re: Training Martin's to take food...how?

Brent; Patience, patience, patience. I didn't think I would ever get my Martins to take supplemental feeding, but patience finally paid off. Just keep trying, as others have mentioned it just takes that first brave soul to make the first move and you're on your way. What a great feeling it is when t...
by Hanover Bill
Wed Sep 23, 2020 5:28 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Closing our site
Replies: 14
Views: 4970

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: 5
Views: 2651

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: 10
Views: 4123

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: 2225

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: 2225

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: 2002

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: 1825

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: 12
Views: 4466

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...