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by Mary Wilson-SW Ont
Tue Jun 26, 2018 1:10 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Ontario Purple Martin Festival
Replies: 0
Views: 1912

Ontario Purple Martin Festival

The Ontario Purple Martin Association is hosting the first ever Ontario Purple MartinFest !!!! :grin: We are excited to be having our first (of many, we hope!) Purple Martin Festival! Saturday, July 7, 2018, from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM . (Rain or Shine) Colchester Harbour Park, 100 Jackson Street, Colc...
by Mary Wilson-SW Ont
Wed May 30, 2012 12:34 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Quad Pod owners ....
Replies: 2
Views: 1354

Quad Pod owners ....

Our Quad Pod has been up for about 5 years at a local golf course. Today when nest checking I found a female martin, dead, hanging by her leg which was caught in the narrow space that runs vertically on each side of the porch where it adjoins the pod. I had difficulty getting her out - her leg was q...
by Mary Wilson-SW Ont
Mon Mar 19, 2012 9:04 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Wasp nests in trio attic
Replies: 6
Views: 2241

What I used to glue the screen in place was an outside caulking called Mono Ultra, for outdoor applications - windows, doors, etc. Now it is probably 3 or 4 years since I did it, and I haven't made a point of looking to see if it is all still in place, but I haven't seen any wasps at all either. Thi...
by Mary Wilson-SW Ont
Sun Mar 18, 2012 2:25 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Wasp nests in trio attic
Replies: 6
Views: 2241

We acquired 6 Trio Grandpa houses a few years ago from an old fellow who tried so hard to get martins but never did. He had these up on 2 separate poles, 3 houses on each, at about 16' in the air. He had seen wasps flying around, but didn't think too much of it until they took the structures down (b...
by Mary Wilson-SW Ont
Mon Aug 29, 2011 3:49 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Video Example of End of Season Nest Clean Out.
Replies: 16
Views: 5980

This is a good demo, and I wish all our colonies were close enough to a hose that we could use it to spray them out really well. (Our backyard colony is the only one where we can do that). I usually never wear a mask, but at the very least, from now on will take a spray bottle with me to dampen thin...
by Mary Wilson-SW Ont
Sun May 22, 2011 4:30 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Update at Robbo's. Leduc, Alberta.
Replies: 1
Views: 1045

Hey Robbo, That's a great advertisement for a T14 that it is filled up already ! I know they are a wise housing choice in northern climates. Down here in SW Ontario we can still use the aluminum housing with pretty good success. Tearing out HOSP nests is OK until the martins have eggs, then retaliat...
by Mary Wilson-SW Ont
Sun May 22, 2011 4:21 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: missing asy female found ran over with mower
Replies: 6
Views: 1984

Hi Chickadee. It is sad to find one that didn't make it despite our best efforts, but there are factors we can't know. Perhaps she was older; perhaps just was exhausted after migration, and couldn't regain strength. We lost several for that very reason, as far as I can guess. I know they starved, be...
by Mary Wilson-SW Ont
Sun May 22, 2011 4:08 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Martins having a Picnic...Not
Replies: 7
Views: 2811

Hi Carlton, I have not tried that, although I think several landlords from Alberta have done so. To me, scrambling in the microwave would be much quicker and easier than boiling eggs, espeically if having to cook up 2 or 3 dozen per day. But the nutrient value would be the same, I suppose. Perhaps s...
by Mary Wilson-SW Ont
Sun May 22, 2011 3:39 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Ants in nest
Replies: 15
Views: 3588

Hi, greasing the pole with vaseline or automotive grease will keep the ants out. But wanted to mention a caution about changing the nest. Mother bird makes a "nest bowl", the purpose of which is to keep eggs/nestlings confined to an area which she can cover and keep warm with her body. When we chang...
by Mary Wilson-SW Ont
Sun May 22, 2011 2:13 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Martins having a Picnic...Not
Replies: 7
Views: 2811

Hey John, Congratulations on getting your martins to accept eggs from the feeder tray. This is a major step and accomplishment. I agree with you that it is the worst spring since 2002, when all of our returning martins died from a May long-weekend cold snap. I vowed then that I would never go throug...
by Mary Wilson-SW Ont
Mon Mar 28, 2011 6:16 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Make old house into sparrow trap
Replies: 8
Views: 2285

Martins definitely will consider nesting sites lower to the ground. One year we had two martin pairs in shepherd hooks which were situated below and between our gourd racks.
by Mary Wilson-SW Ont
Mon Mar 28, 2011 5:52 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Gourd Caps
Replies: 1
Views: 1486

Gourd Caps

Know anyone with a hot tub? I was reminded of this several days ago when cleaning out a drawer. I found one of several lids I obtained a couple of years ago from someone with a hot tub. This lid EXACTLY fits a Big-Bo gourd (S&K). It is strong, opaque, and "free". Worth checking into if you know some...
by Mary Wilson-SW Ont
Mon Mar 28, 2011 7:23 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Ky Supplemental Feeding
Replies: 9
Views: 3299

Congratulations! Now you never need worry again - well, we always worry - but you know that you can help them survive and that they'll remember it now from year to year. That's pretty quick - 10 tosses ! With more and more people getting their birds onto supplemental feeding every year, I always tel...
by Mary Wilson-SW Ont
Sat Mar 26, 2011 8:16 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Ontario, Canada Martin Help Please
Replies: 3
Views: 2171

Hi Matthew. Whereabouts in Ontario are you located ? I am from Essex County .... SW Ontario, close to Windsor. Have you checked the scout report in the last several years to see when anyone close to your location has posted scout arrivals? This may be helpful. We have an active purple martin club wh...
by Mary Wilson-SW Ont
Sat Mar 26, 2011 7:47 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Tree Swallows
Replies: 2
Views: 1315

Hi Mitch. As Ed replied, tree swallows can eat a variety of berries as well as insects, so are not as vulnerable as martins when the weather is bad. We have had TS in our backyard almost as long as we've had martins, and after we had trained our martins to accept supplemental food, I began putting s...
by Mary Wilson-SW Ont
Sat Mar 26, 2011 7:38 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Supplemental feeding disadvantages...?
Replies: 27
Views: 8753

The way I see it, it isn't much different from the millions of people that feed backyard birds with sunflower seeds and bird feeders. These birds have not, through decades of "supplemental feeding", changed their migration habits. Why would martins? But more to the point, I think, is the fact that m...
by Mary Wilson-SW Ont
Sat Mar 26, 2011 7:29 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: YAY! Supplemental feeding in little old Licking, MO!!
Replies: 42
Views: 10641

Hi Kathy and everyone. I have been away from forum activity for quite some time, but have been a "lurker", and so have kept up with what is going on. I am so impressed with your efforts on behalf of our precious martins, and am SO SO happy that you have jumped that first hurdle of getting them to fl...
by Mary Wilson-SW Ont
Sun Mar 16, 2008 1:57 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Our Lowes Satellite Martin Colony Destroyed
Replies: 58
Views: 53720

Steve and Bob, I am so sorry to hear this - it is so disheartening. Why some people have so little regard, or I should say none, for wild creatures is beyond me. We SHARE this world, and as it goes, so will we. But thankfully, most people are not that way (I still have to believe that!) and so many ...
by Mary Wilson-SW Ont
Sun Mar 09, 2008 5:18 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: More photos of the Alley Colony
Replies: 22
Views: 24307

Hi John, thanks. I too am intrigued by this other possibility. The goal, I guess, in lieu of trapping, is to prevent the sparrows from breeding, with as little potential of retaliation as possible. I had heard of ‘addling’, but never by means of a cooking oil. (I know too of the powerful beak of the...
by Mary Wilson-SW Ont
Sun Mar 09, 2008 4:00 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: More photos of the Alley Colony
Replies: 22
Views: 24307

Hi Mike and John, and everyone, congratulations to all who have martins returning, it is such an exciting time of year! I’ve just recently been able to sign on to the forum again, and would like to clarify our “passive sparrow control”. In the past, I know that many times, the reaction has been that...