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by Archer
Wed May 20, 2020 6:56 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Finally!
Replies: 15
Views: 610

Re: Finally!

That's a great start. Next step is to protect that investment and success with a predictor guard and some snake netting. People lose colonies every year to these predators. Have a great year.
by Archer
Wed May 20, 2020 6:52 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Success under the porch of the ranch house
Replies: 7
Views: 383

Re: Success under the porch of the ranch house

Are they the same bird as the Turkey Vulture. I watched one fly straight into a 30 mph headwind yesterday. Amazing flyer that hardly had to flap his wings into that wind. He would carve back and forth into that wind while making headway.
by Archer
Sun May 17, 2020 7:15 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: We had 30 martins, now have 3
Replies: 11
Views: 395

Re: We had 30 martins, now have 3

I have seen it where birds will move to a different location where they can find food during tough times. Usually a large body of water will still produce flying insects when the weather is bad. When the weather improves and flying insects are available again, they head back to their home location. ...
by Archer
Tue May 12, 2020 7:10 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Southern landlords, check your nests ASAP!
Replies: 22
Views: 801

Re: Southern landlords, check your nests ASAP!

Thanks. Were your renesting failures due to time constraints? If so, then if mine attempt to renest, I see no reason they won't be successful. Most of the nests don't even contain eggs yet. It's just the earliest arrivals that were well ahead of the others. I'm not crystal clear on the renesting fa...
by Archer
Sun May 10, 2020 9:37 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: MN/WI Landlords
Replies: 5
Views: 272

Re: MN/WI Landlords

In Manitoba, I have about a third of my colony home, lots more come hopefully.
by Archer
Sun May 10, 2020 9:33 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Southern landlords, check your nests ASAP!
Replies: 22
Views: 801

Re: Southern landlords, check your nests ASAP!

Oh man, that's awefull. Sorry that happened to them. In Canada we are still waiting for more birds. None of mine have started nest building yet. I have had a few re nest attempts, most are not very successful.
by Archer
Sun May 10, 2020 9:19 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Cricket questions
Replies: 6
Views: 183

Re: Cricket questions

I got a few tips for you that might help for flipping crickets. When you flip, get as close to the house as they will let you. Also if you can get a little higher like standing on a picnic table will help. What you do is scare them off of the house, then just as they start to come back down to land ...
by Archer
Sun May 10, 2020 9:07 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Even the best efforts in supplement feeding are not enough
Replies: 3
Views: 214

Re: Even the best efforts in supplement feeding are not enough

I have been feeding here too in Manitoba, that darn wind just keeps blowing. On one hand we need it to dry out our fields, but is makes life miserable for the martins. Thing is there are new martins in a colony every year and it takes them some time to catch on. I am no where near full as I have onl...
by Archer
Sun May 03, 2020 11:03 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Badly Injured Martin
Replies: 1
Views: 145

Re: Badly Injured Martin

I would just keep him in a box covered with a towel covering the box for a few hours. A quiet place. Give him time to recover and then see if he will fly off. If he does not go, bring him to a local wildlife rehabber, they would know best how to proceed.
by Archer
Sun May 03, 2020 8:48 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: How do I discourage Starlings
Replies: 50
Views: 1659

Re: How do I discourage Starlings

Looks great, just make sure that silicone is dry before the birds get a chance to get it on them. If the half inch doesn't keep them out, you know what to do.
by Archer
Sun May 03, 2020 8:45 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Dead chicks and wondering why??
Replies: 8
Views: 331

Re: Dead chicks and wondering why??

Have you done a nest check for parasites? Blowfly Larvae can suck the life out of nestlings if they are present in large numbers. A nest change would eliminate that problem.
by Archer
Fri May 01, 2020 7:32 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: How do I discourage Starlings
Replies: 50
Views: 1659

Re: How do I discourage Starlings

You can easily make your own. Take a 3 inch abs pipe, cut of a 3/4 inch slice of the end, then cut that circle in half, you then have two arches.
by Archer
Mon Apr 20, 2020 7:53 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Third year return dates
Replies: 3
Views: 215

Re: Third year return dates

Looking at my arrival dates. The first year I had an Asy return was 2015, on May 1st. In 2014 the first sub-adult arrived May 23rd, so that would be 22 days. I did have Six pairs of SY in 2014.
by Archer
Sat Apr 18, 2020 8:07 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: 43 degrees
Replies: 3
Views: 202

Re: 43 degrees

I notice on those questionable days, my birds fly off in a south easterly direction. They return from that direction as well. I had a sneaky suspicion what they were up to. I went to investigate, the local waste treatment lagoon was teaming with life. Barn Swallows, Tree Swallows and yes, Martins sk...
by Archer
Thu Apr 16, 2020 10:16 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Supplemental Feeding With "Cicadas"
Replies: 4
Views: 183

Re: Supplemental Feeding With "Cicadas"

Good Job, you should get some crickets now and slip them in between the cicadas. Or try some microwaved eggs. One egg per cup, smash up the yoke, cook for one minute, Let cool and cut up. Leave the leftovers on a platform close to where you are flipping, they will learn after a while to eat of the p...
by Archer
Fri Apr 10, 2020 9:23 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: ASY male showed up today...
Replies: 50
Views: 1438

Re: ASY male showed up today...

The Dawnsong happens once the first arriving pairs have laid eggs and the females are incubating. The males fly up early in the mornng, before sunrise, as this is the time of day when sounds travels the farthest. He is trying to recruit more martins to the colony so that he can mate with the hens, f...
by Archer
Wed Apr 08, 2020 10:55 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Newbie from NC
Replies: 12
Views: 445

Re: Newbie from NC

You are off to a good start. I considered myself having a pair when they start nest building, which should happen for you in a week or two, Once they are committed, you need to protect their efforts with a predator guard and some snake netting above the guard. Happy for you.
by Archer
Mon Apr 06, 2020 2:20 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: 2nd year and trying
Replies: 10
Views: 281

Re: 2nd year and trying

So you have 3 martin houses and no martins. lol, sounds a lot like me. I had 3 houses too before I got martins. Its good the give them options.The nearness of your barn should not matter as long as you have some clear flight paths for them. Why not open a house and get good at eliminating sparrows a...
by Archer
Mon Apr 06, 2020 8:53 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Hello......again
Replies: 9
Views: 332

Re: Hello......again

How could I forget Gobler T. You probably don't remember me, as I didn't post much, as I was just getting started. But I do remember cheering for you along the way. Nice to see your post and that you have martins again.
by Archer
Thu Apr 02, 2020 5:26 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Just a couple pictures
Replies: 13
Views: 450

Re: Just a couple pictures

Hey Fuzz, that's fantastic! Good to know you can keep them alive. After I had mine trained, I put the leftovers on an elevated tray. They soon found them. After I ran out of Crickets, microwaved eggs were the next trick. I had to flip them to get them started, and as before left the leftovers on the...