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by dsonyay
Fri May 07, 2021 7:31 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Why the fighting?
Replies: 5
Views: 206

Re: Why the fighting?

This year I’ve got quite a few SY males.. 5 SY males and 4 ASY males. I probably have one or two SY females as well, but I don’t usually try to ID them. I’m surprised to not see much fighting this year... maybe because they’re all paired up and content. Lol. Usually the fighting seems to be when an ...
by dsonyay
Fri May 07, 2021 7:23 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Good nest check
Replies: 4
Views: 154

Re: Good nest check

Great news David! Lost all mine with the mid Feb freezes, but have a bunch now and at least five new hatchlings this week (watched them hatch on TV). Probably have more, but this rain needs to stop so I can check the other nests. Todd Good to hear from you Todd! Been a while. I still work in Port A...
by dsonyay
Mon May 03, 2021 3:21 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Good nest check
Replies: 4
Views: 154

Good nest check

Yesterday evening I was able to get a good nest check done. Total nests 8 Nests with eggs: 5 Total eggs 17 This is the best year I’ve had and very excited to see. Three of the nests have 2 or 3 eggs , only one nest has 5 eggs.. and one nest has 4. So I expect more laying over the next few days. The ...
by dsonyay
Sat May 01, 2021 6:52 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Tips on attracting Martins to my house.....HELP
Replies: 23
Views: 1502

Re: Tips on attracting Martins to my house.....HELP

Wow.. Tree Swallows! Not a bad option to have in your BB boxes. Tree swallows are great to have.

Add another BB house somewhere to get a BB.


are you playing dawn song yet? Also, put up a couple of PM decoys on the housing.
by dsonyay
Thu Apr 29, 2021 9:41 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Slow Motion Video
Replies: 3
Views: 396

Re: Slow Motion Video

Yes definitely.. the Lafayette area seems to be business as usual. I’ve got more pairs building nests at this time than last year.
by dsonyay
Sun Apr 25, 2021 11:40 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Bo nine gourd. Trapped pair.
Replies: 4
Views: 787

Re: Bo nine gourd. Trapped pair.

That’s a rare event right there. Have never had any issues like that. Good thing you noticed.

Things like that (freak accidents) can happen any time.

Ds
by dsonyay
Sun Apr 25, 2021 11:36 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Four PMs Landing (slow motion)
Replies: 1
Views: 273

Four PMs Landing (slow motion)

Four PMs returning to housing .. slow motion:

https://youtu.be/uHmper1-Zl4
by dsonyay
Sun Apr 25, 2021 10:23 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Slow Motion Video
Replies: 3
Views: 396

Slow Motion Video

Here’s a slow motion video of a female bringing in nesting material. She can’t get it in first time and has to abandon the attempt. Second try is successful :) Edited the video into two shorter segments: Female Attempt 1: https://youtu.be/YCXFubucxgE Female Attempt 2: https://youtu.be/gvOtC5wJ6Zk
by dsonyay
Sat Apr 03, 2021 6:13 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: When they appear out of nowhere
Replies: 5
Views: 1305

Re: When they appear out of nowhere

If you really want to have fun, add flipping meal worms to your morning or afternoon "meeting" with your martins as you walk around your colony. Bird That’s a great idea.. I love when they fly in when I appear to get close to gourd rack and they stay around the whole time (most of them) so it would...
by dsonyay
Fri Apr 02, 2021 8:48 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: When they appear out of nowhere
Replies: 5
Views: 1305

When they appear out of nowhere

I think I’ve posted about this before.. Sometimes I’ll walk out in the back yard and it’s very quiet.. I look up and around and see nothing. But as I walk under the gourd rack.. a bunch of martins seem to appear out of nowhere,, it’s really interesting to me how they’ll spot something around the gou...
by dsonyay
Fri Apr 02, 2021 8:39 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Up to 5 pairs now.. video
Replies: 11
Views: 2350

Re: Up to 5 pairs now.. video

The Chirpy Nests are occupied now. The martins seem to love them (especially me). But the house and gourds are still loved by martins lol Shot this video around noon today: https://youtu.be/1GnKrXPWK90 Did you use the mulched pine needles in the Chirpy Nests? I would love to have that many this yea...
by dsonyay
Sun Mar 28, 2021 3:57 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Cheap Plastic House- My Soap Box Rant.
Replies: 34
Views: 10705

Re: Cheap Plastic House- My Soap Box Rant.

Yep I have the SK barn... blocked the attic openings and modified it to make the large cavities. Martins love it. I hung it from an arm of my gourd rack and it worked like a charm after about 4 seasons of no martins at a new location. My first two pairs last year picked the house over gourds. LoL I ...
by dsonyay
Sun Mar 28, 2021 3:50 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Earliest SY male I’ve ever had
Replies: 4
Views: 1322

Re: Earliest SY male I’ve ever had

Habsboy wrote:
Sun Mar 28, 2021 11:30 am
We're are you located? I'm in extreme SW Ontario. Got my eyes to the skies and gourds up

I’m in Broussard Louisiana
Ive got 5 maybe 6 pairs it looks like.. one of those is an SY male. I think he may behave since he appears to have a mate
by dsonyay
Sun Mar 28, 2021 10:52 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Earliest SY male I’ve ever had
Replies: 4
Views: 1322

Earliest SY male I’ve ever had

Have an SY male here. Earliest ever. It’s always hard to tell, but the tell-tale male croaking gave him away
by dsonyay
Sat Mar 27, 2021 1:39 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Up to 5 pairs now.. video
Replies: 11
Views: 2350

Re: Up to 5 pairs now.. video

Great video! That was a gorgeous shot of them all cupping in to land on the rack. I wonder if the Chirpy Nest maker has ever considered making a multi-compartment Chirpy Nest house? Using the same great features of the current, individual units, and incorporating those into a large, multi-compartme...
by dsonyay
Sat Mar 27, 2021 1:36 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Up to 5 pairs now.. video
Replies: 11
Views: 2350

Re: Up to 5 pairs now.. video

Great video! That was a gorgeous shot of them all cupping in to land on the rack. I wonder if the Chirpy Nest maker has ever considered making a multi-compartment Chirpy Nest house? Using the same great features of the current, individual units, and incorporating those into a large, multi-compartme...
by dsonyay
Sat Mar 27, 2021 12:43 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Up to 5 pairs now.. video
Replies: 11
Views: 2350

Up to 5 pairs now.. video

The Chirpy Nests are occupied now. The martins seem to love them (especially me).

But the house and gourds are still loved by martins lol

Shot this video around noon today:

https://youtu.be/1GnKrXPWK90
by dsonyay
Wed Mar 17, 2021 11:13 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: ASY Female question
Replies: 3
Views: 911

Re: ASY Female question

They don’t always sleep together early on. But once nest building begins and eggs are being laid, they will
by dsonyay
Sun Mar 14, 2021 11:44 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Banded SY Pair
Replies: 19
Views: 6006

Re: Banded SY Pair

I have two banded SY martins that have apparently paired up and for the past two days have been trying to fight their way into a vacant cavity that has been dominated by an adult pair. I have been watching this pair of SY's very close the past couple of days. The auxiliary band number of the SY mal...
by dsonyay
Sun Mar 14, 2021 11:40 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Nest building has begun
Replies: 3
Views: 767

Re: Nest building has begun

Males are so good at supervising. Lol


Congrats!!