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by dsonyay
Sat Apr 03, 2021 6:13 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: When they appear out of nowhere
Replies: 5
Views: 412

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: 412

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: 1141

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: 8985

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: 3
Views: 637

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: 3
Views: 637

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: 1141

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: 1141

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: 1141

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: 560

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: 5166

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: 416

Re: Nest building has begun

Males are so good at supervising. Lol


Congrats!!
by dsonyay
Sun Mar 07, 2021 1:23 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Keeping Sparrows Out of Martin Nests
Replies: 17
Views: 1317

Re: Keeping Sparrows Out of Martin Nests

flyin-lowe wrote:
Sat Mar 06, 2021 5:06 pm
I've used glue traps as a last option. I just cut a hole in a plastic lid from a cottage cheese container or something similar and make it small enough so martins cant get in. I put it on and still watch it until I catch the HOSP.
Excellent tip
by dsonyay
Sun Mar 07, 2021 12:10 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: T14 Poly house
Replies: 3
Views: 337

Re: T14 Poly house

Unk Bond wrote:
Sun Mar 07, 2021 11:30 am
Hello All
We just put my new T14 Poly house up. Boy it is still nippy cold here. And that wind added to it. :wink: Later
Poly house? Is it pretty light-weight?

David
by dsonyay
Sun Mar 07, 2021 10:11 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Liquid Sprays for Mite Control
Replies: 11
Views: 1864

Re: Liquid Sprays for Mite Control

flyin-lowe wrote:
Tue Jan 19, 2021 5:33 pm
I just sprinkle the powder Seven under the front of each nest a day or two before eggs are due to hatch. This has always lasted long enough to keep the mites away until they fledge.

Great idea. I’m doing the same this year. I had a terrible mite problem last year. Never again.

David
by dsonyay
Sun Mar 07, 2021 10:08 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Convert regular housing to gourd rack...
Replies: 13
Views: 756

Re: Convert regular housing to gourd rack...

I added two Chirpy Nests a couple of weeks ago.. a pair has taken residence in one already. My pole has a SK house... SK gourds and 2 Chirpy boxes. They have a great selection. The Chirpy box is a superb design.. well made, and easy to hang. The removable nest trays are icing on the cake. I’m going ...
by dsonyay
Sat Mar 06, 2021 8:44 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Ordered some new style PM housing
Replies: 11
Views: 985

Re: Ordered some new style PM housing

I’m sure they’ll be occupied. Keep us updated. Lol... occupied tonight. Saw a male ASY land on porch and scoot in. Its got a nice layer of pine straw, so he’ll enjoy it :) I have a pair in a house compartment, and a male in a gourd.. and then the male that’s in the chirpy nest. There may be a femal...
by dsonyay
Sat Mar 06, 2021 11:36 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Keeping Sparrows Out of Martin Nests
Replies: 17
Views: 1317

Re: Keeping Sparrows Out of Martin Nests

Another thing about glue traps.. agter the martins are gone, HS will continue to nest long after until later summer. Glue trap use then is even safer. No martins will be around at all and you can continue to rid them. My other method is a scoped air rifle. It is by far the most enjoyable of the two....
by dsonyay
Sat Mar 06, 2021 11:28 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Keeping Sparrows Out of Martin Nests
Replies: 17
Views: 1317

Re: Keeping Sparrows Out of Martin Nests

brent wrote:
Sun Feb 28, 2021 9:23 pm
Where do you by glue traps?
Brent
Walmart, Lowes, Home Depot, Ace Hardware. Or Amazon
by dsonyay
Sat Mar 06, 2021 9:56 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Ordered some new style PM housing
Replies: 11
Views: 985

Re: Ordered some new style PM housing

Not yet :( But i have two pair which must be from last year because they went straight to compartments used last year. Unless it’s just something with the particular house compartment that’s very appealing to martins. But .. yesterday I did notice some or them peaking inside the new style and perchi...