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by dsonyay
Wed Jul 22, 2020 6:00 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: The Lone Chick seems to be pulling through.
Replies: 11
Views: 1998

Re: The Lone Chick seems to be pulling through.

I'm really happy to hear he did ok. You did a superb job. That's such a good pic too. That little guy had terrible odds against him but you certainly fudged the odds back towards him. Really puts a smile on my face. He's got a lot more dangers left but he sure got off to a healthy start. Great going...
by dsonyay
Tue Jul 14, 2020 3:23 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: The Lone Chick seems to be pulling through.
Replies: 11
Views: 1998

Re: The Lone Chick seems to be pulling through.

How's the lone chick?
by dsonyay
Sat Jul 11, 2020 1:22 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: New Bo Nine Plus Gourds
Replies: 10
Views: 1416

Re: New Bo Nine Plus Gourds

Yep, i put tunnels on every BO type gourd.. they are great for hawks and an easy modification
by dsonyay
Sat Jul 11, 2020 8:00 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: New Bo Nine Plus Gourds
Replies: 10
Views: 1416

Re: New Bo Nine Plus Gourds

I have 2 bo11s, 6 Big Bos, and 8 Bo9s. The Bo11s and Big BOs are always selected first.

I wish the BO11 didn't weigh so much. They arenreally nice. I'm considering buying the newer BO9 Plus, martins seem to like that darkness the inner layer provides
by dsonyay
Sat Jul 11, 2020 7:53 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: The Lone Chick seems to be pulling through.
Replies: 11
Views: 1998

Re: The Lone Chick seems to be pulling through.

Yeah, he looks very healthy and ready to take on the world. Good job!

David
by dsonyay
Tue Jun 30, 2020 11:11 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: The Babe lives
Replies: 4
Views: 727

Re: The Babe lives

Good to hear. Poor lil fella has many obstacles in his path over the next few months. It's amazing how in just a few more weeks he'll be in South America (if all goes well). Amazing stuff in nature.
by dsonyay
Sat Jun 27, 2020 6:24 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: MY BRUTAL 2020 SEASON
Replies: 11
Views: 1934

Re: MY BRUTAL 2020 SEASON

Second thought.. after googling Buffalo Gnat.. don't think that was it at all. Pretty sure it was mites. I did see adults feeding on tiny "no see-ums" while perching and on the porches, but these were very small insects. Not the size of the flies. And I did see a gourd crawling with very tiny bugs.....
by dsonyay
Sat Jun 27, 2020 6:19 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: MY BRUTAL 2020 SEASON
Replies: 11
Views: 1934

Re: MY BRUTAL 2020 SEASON

Thanks for all the tips.. next season I'll use Sevin regularly. I've used it every year Inhad martins. I don't know why, but decided not to use it.. didn't seem like It woukd be that critical. Apparently so. People around here tell me to use it often,na tsp on inside porch so parents track it in, or...
by dsonyay
Sat Jun 27, 2020 6:15 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: MY BRUTAL 2020 SEASON
Replies: 11
Views: 1934

Re: MY BRUTAL 2020 SEASON

My notes on the 2020 season. Sorry for being long but maybe people can learn from this and spot something to help me out. After a long 6 years of nothing (at a new location), this season was a giant “180”. 4 nests, 22 eggs, 15 hatchlings. I think the biggest reason for finally getting PMs to stay a...
by dsonyay
Tue Jun 23, 2020 8:18 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Help! Help! Babies gone. Just one left.
Replies: 12
Views: 1435

Re: Help! Help! Babies gone. Just one left.

Be on the lookoit for an SY male. They have been know to drag babies out (I've experienced it muself) and dump them nearby to try and break up a pair.

Another possibility is the others died and the mama pulled them out??
by dsonyay
Mon Jun 22, 2020 10:38 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: MY BRUTAL 2020 SEASON
Replies: 11
Views: 1934

Re: MY BRUTAL 2020 SEASON

I lost several just a week or so from fledging. The nests were infested with mites. The mites killed them. It was a real shame. I treated all the gourds and houses and that solved it. Many re nested and fledged successful after treatment. All we can do is learn and better our management for next ye...
by dsonyay
Sat Jun 20, 2020 8:23 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: MY BRUTAL 2020 SEASON
Replies: 11
Views: 1934

Re: MY BRUTAL 2020 SEASON

Does your housing have extra ventilation such as PVC elbows? Your first year means they probably got a late start which means more heat, especially in Louisiana. That many dead birds sounds like heat related illness to me. I have 2 PCV elbows on each gourd and I drilled extra holes in the bottom of...
by dsonyay
Sat Jun 20, 2020 6:18 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: MY BRUTAL 2020 SEASON
Replies: 11
Views: 1934

Re: MY BRUTAL 2020 SEASON

yeah I was checking twice a week. Well, basically on Thursday and Sunday afternoon.... Such a frustrating year for having so much activity after a long draught of nothing. I can't help but think I let these guys down. I have plenty of Sevon dust but didnt really think I was needing any til very late...
by dsonyay
Sat Jun 20, 2020 11:22 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: MY BRUTAL 2020 SEASON
Replies: 11
Views: 1934

MY BRUTAL 2020 SEASON

My notes on the 2020 season. Sorry for being long but maybe people can learn from this and spot something to help me out. After a long 6 years of nothing (at a new location), this season was a giant “180”. 4 nests, 22 eggs, 15 hatchlings. I think the biggest reason for finally getting PMs to stay an...
by dsonyay
Fri May 22, 2020 8:21 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Little Martins and eggs.. and a bad SY male
Replies: 4
Views: 813

Re: Little Martins and eggs.. and a bad SY male

Spoke too soon!!! this morning the pair that had their babes killed was back... As well as the male SY, who able to lure the female into his apartment. She popped into the compartment with him and seems to have settled on him,, the male ASY seems perplexed. Nature is harsh. Gonna have a late batch o...
by dsonyay
Fri May 22, 2020 7:57 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Little Martins and eggs.. and a bad SY male
Replies: 4
Views: 813

Re: Little Martins and eggs.. and a bad SY male

Well, the two survivors were found dead in their nest when I returned home after three days away. Not sure if the male SY did this or possibly a male HS. There is a male HS hanging around now and he placed little pieces of grass in three empty gourds. And Good news, another batch of eggs hatched. 5 ...
by dsonyay
Tue May 19, 2020 6:24 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Little Martins and eggs.. and a bad SY male
Replies: 4
Views: 813

Re: Little Martins and eggs.. and a bad SY male

Thanks Mike— Yeah, I dont plan to do anything , and just go with nature. I’m away from the house Mon-Thurs and usually arrive home but evening time on Thurs, so most things are forced to be left alone. I do worry a bit about wing entrapment and other things that would require my help while away, but...
by dsonyay
Mon May 18, 2020 11:05 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Little Martins and eggs.. and a bad SY male
Replies: 4
Views: 813

Little Martins and eggs.. and a bad SY male

One of my SY males has reduced a nest with 4 hatchlings down to two , but I think the mama and papa has him under control. He was really determined to break up that pair but things have calmed down quite a bit. Ive got two more nests with eggs scheduled to hatch any moment, so he may be causing more...
by dsonyay
Sun May 10, 2020 4:40 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Babies
Replies: 0
Views: 1206

Babies

My first batch has started to hatch... three other nests to go!!

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by dsonyay
Sun May 10, 2020 12:51 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Kingbirds... fiesty little guys
Replies: 2
Views: 461

Re: Kingbirds... fiesty little guys

I have eastern kingbirds in my yard. pretty birds. Have never seen them fight with the martins. They ignore each other. dave They are very pretty and fun to watch them hover. I’ve never seen them mess with martins either, but the martins seem to like to start the tussle. Lol. I keep thinking “Hey g...