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by Don Troha
Tue Sep 07, 2021 4:59 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Texas hummingbird migration 2021
Replies: 7
Views: 772

Re: Texas hummingbird migration 2021

Mini peak here in Ft Bend County following an early morning storm yesterday with about 15-20 Ruby-throats chasing around. This has slacked off a bit today with clear skies and northeast winds, good migrating weather. One or two recent Rufous appearances were brief with the mob of Ruby-throats quickl...
by Don Troha
Wed Aug 25, 2021 12:42 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Houston Roost
Replies: 3
Views: 4886

Re: Houston Roost

Yes they are still there & making an impressive roost ring in the morning. They tend to move around in a 2-3 block area. At the time of my last visit two weeks ago the roost was located in the trees between At Home and Car Toys, 12605 N Gessner Dr.
by Don Troha
Mon Aug 09, 2021 10:53 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Houston Roost
Replies: 3
Views: 4886

Houston Roost

In recent years the Martins here have been alternating between Willowbrook on the northwest side and Stafford on the southwest side for their roost site. This year the roost is back at Willowbrook. Here's about three and a half minutes of video footage from last Saturday. https://rumble.com/vkuv1b-p...
by Don Troha
Sun Aug 01, 2021 3:45 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Nashville fall roost
Replies: 4
Views: 2241

Re: Nashville fall roost

Saw this report on iNaturalist. Also several eBird reports at the same location.
https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/89423094
by Don Troha
Thu Jul 08, 2021 5:42 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Two roost rings at Austin/Round Rock
Replies: 0
Views: 8883

Two roost rings at Austin/Round Rock

There are currently two roost rings in the Austin area. One at Round Rock and another in Austin in the vicinity of I35@290. I have informed Travis Audubon of the second possible roost site. Their website only lists the Round Rock site for watch parties. Radar from this morning showing two rings: htt...
by Don Troha
Tue Feb 23, 2021 10:15 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Purple Martins
Replies: 4
Views: 1489

Re: Purple Martins

Good news, three here first thing this morning, singing and checking out the housing. New arrivals I suppose. Hopefully more are showing up at other sites across the area.
by Don Troha
Mon Feb 22, 2021 7:44 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Purple Martins
Replies: 4
Views: 1489

Re: Purple Martins

Two residents here before the freeze, nothing now and none flying. I visited two nearby parks today where Martins typically hang out and none there either. However there are several area reports on eBird after Feb 20 so this is promising. Houston west side.
by Don Troha
Thu Feb 18, 2021 5:29 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Updates from everyone?
Replies: 42
Views: 9317

Re: Updates from everyone?

Two Martins here thru 2/15. I attempted to feed them scrambled eggs by flipping and placing some inside the cavity entrance & they ignored it. Two males were huddled together in the same compartment at night to keep warm so I put hand warmers under the nest for them at night and that worked out okay...
by Don Troha
Thu Aug 29, 2019 5:03 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Purple Martins Roost-Stafford TX at the Fountains-2019 VIDEO
Replies: 1
Views: 6548

Re: Purple Martins Roost-Stafford TX at the Fountains-2019 VIDEO

KHOU was there last night to film the birds. Here's the short news clip that was aired:
https://www.khou.com/video/life/animals ... Kt5bvjjBN8
by Don Troha
Sun Sep 09, 2018 9:23 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Nylon Push Pins, where else to find them ?
Replies: 6
Views: 6874

Re: Nylon Push Pins, where else to find them ?

Do a web search for "auto panel retainers". No guarantees on where they are made. These screw/rivet type retainers work better in my opinion for quickly swapping out a porch with a trap: https://store.skmfg.com/House-Gourd-Snap-_Screws/productinfo/PMDHS/ I found some of those locally at Lowes or Hom...
by Don Troha
Wed Aug 29, 2018 1:02 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Project MartinRoost
Replies: 12
Views: 7167

Re: Project MartinRoost

lynnh, there's a roost ring in the vicinity of Fremont. I think this is one that Tim tried to track down a couple of years ago. It was still there this morning but it's getting late in the season & I would not expect it to be there much longer. Also the roost is far from the radar station making it ...
by Don Troha
Tue Aug 21, 2018 5:11 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Project MartinRoost
Replies: 12
Views: 7167

Re: Project MartinRoost

Setting up a map/database like this in Google Maps is not a big deal. I received a request to set one up for roosts for the current season, so I did. I've populated it with some of the roosts I've been following in various forums. Still some missing points to add but it's a start. If you have one yo...
by Don Troha
Sat Aug 18, 2018 12:54 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Project MartinRoost
Replies: 12
Views: 7167

Project MartinRoost

Roost data base has not been updated in years. Austin roost is still showing Highland Mall as the location but it has moved four times since then. Checked a few other well known roosts and those are not up to date either. I've submitted nine reports for the Houston area over the past three seasons a...
by Don Troha
Thu Aug 09, 2018 5:01 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Wichita Ks Roost
Replies: 3
Views: 3130

Re: Wichita Ks Roost

btw, there is a roost ring at Wichita but it's difficult to pick up because it's very close to the radar station.
http://vortex.plymouth.edu/cgi-bin/rad/ ... %2C-97.345
by Don Troha
Tue Aug 07, 2018 1:58 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Wichita Ks Roost
Replies: 3
Views: 3130

Re: Wichita Ks Roost

Found this eBird post from 3 weeks ago. https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S47307796
by Don Troha
Thu Aug 02, 2018 9:43 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Tulsa Roost 2018 located at Tulsa Airport again
Replies: 10
Views: 6599

Re: Tulsa Roost 2018 located at Tulsa Airport again

There's an update regarding the Tulsa roost on the Tulsa Audubon website. http://www.tulsaaudubon.org/
by Don Troha
Thu Jul 12, 2018 4:11 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Martin Roost W.KY.
Replies: 12
Views: 5432

Re: Martin Roost W.KY.

Open up the Plymouth radar site at http://vortex.plymouth.edu/myo/rad/nids.html
Fill in all of the blanks including the lat/long location as I did in the attachment. This should get you started.
After dawn on the 12th you can change the date to 12.
Paducah_20180711_menu.JPG
(40.03 KiB) Not downloaded yet
by Don Troha
Thu Jul 12, 2018 2:37 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Martin Roost W.KY.
Replies: 12
Views: 5432

Re: Martin Roost W.KY.

Did I read the time lapse stamp incorrectly? The roost didn't disperse until 10 am? I've been checking the radar 4 – 5 am as I thought they normally dispersed shortly before sunrise. You are correct, the roost disperses around sunrise. That radar web sites reports Z time (GMT). You have to subtract...
by Don Troha
Wed Jul 11, 2018 5:03 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Martin Roost W.KY.
Replies: 12
Views: 5432

Re: Martin Roost W.KY.

There's an expanding blob of activity on the river NNW of the radar station. Hope this helps.
http://vortex.plymouth.edu/cgi-bin/rad/ ... %2C-88.846