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by ldskidmore
Mon May 20, 2019 8:22 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Insect chasing tree swallows
Replies: 4
Views: 2604

Re: Insect chasing tree swallows

Dave, thank you for your reply. This critter is big enough for me to see it from approx. 20' away. It looks more like a bumblebee, but I don't think it is. It's a mystery to me.
by ldskidmore
Mon May 20, 2019 11:07 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Insect chasing tree swallows
Replies: 4
Views: 2604

Insect chasing tree swallows

I sometimes see an insect chasing or following Tree swallows. It stays about a foot behind them and makes each twist and turn they do.
Has anyone else seen this and if so do you have any idea what it is or why it's following them?
by ldskidmore
Wed May 30, 2018 7:47 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Staying in nest during nest check.
Replies: 9
Views: 1909

Re: Staying in nest during nest check.

Thank you all for your comments. They have eased my mind. I was concerned that it was stuck and couldn't get out
by ldskidmore
Tue May 29, 2018 4:16 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Staying in nest during nest check.
Replies: 9
Views: 1909

Re: Staying in nest during nest check.

Thank you for the advice I will wait and check again on 6/2.
Larry
by ldskidmore
Tue May 29, 2018 3:16 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Staying in nest during nest check.
Replies: 9
Views: 1909

Staying in nest during nest check.

Is it unusual for a martin to stay in the nest during a nest check. This happened yesterday while I was checking a Trio house. I am now thinking I should go back and check to see if it is trapped in some way. Or should I wait until my next nest check which is due 6/2.
Thanks
by ldskidmore
Mon May 26, 2014 8:09 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: A good sign
Replies: 1
Views: 740

A good sign

I had a visitor this morning that acted a little different than all the others, and I am taking this as a good sign. He chased away a pair of mocking birds that were landing on the gourd rack. He wouldn't tolerate them being there. I am thinking that this was a sub adult male, but it sure did look l...
by ldskidmore
Fri May 23, 2014 5:33 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Finally a subbie
Replies: 2
Views: 1159

Finally a subbie

Had lots of visitors today and one sub adult landed and checked out a gourd. I did enter it on the scout report. Hope to see more entries in my area, and more birds visiting my gourds. One thing I noticed, all but the one that landed came close, then banked away like they saw something they didn't l...
by ldskidmore
Fri May 23, 2014 6:59 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Abandon all hope all who want Purple martins
Replies: 8
Views: 2142

Thanks for the encouragement and sorry to be so negative. Last year by this time I had already reported a sub adult on the scout report and had some visitors after that. I had high hopes for this year, but so far I have seen far fewer birds. I did have visitors last year on up into the first week of...
by ldskidmore
Thu May 22, 2014 1:21 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Abandon all hope all who want Purple martins
Replies: 8
Views: 2142

Abandon all hope all who want Purple martins

That's what it seems like to me. I am seeing nothing, nooothing. Well almost nothing. Had a few flyovers but no landers. last year I saw my first subbie on May 14 and had lots of visitors after that. What's going on? Any new landlords in East Tennessee seeing any subbies. I have been watching the sc...
by ldskidmore
Sat Apr 26, 2014 4:00 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: First visitor
Replies: 0
Views: 1029

First visitor

Saw my first visitor today. I didn't see it land on the housing. The tree swallows harassed it and it didn't hang around. They have their own gourd about 50' away from the martin pole and are building a nest. Hope to have some martins move in this year.
by ldskidmore
Wed Apr 23, 2014 11:06 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Sub Adult Arrival?
Replies: 3
Views: 1155

Only 2 SY have been reported on the scout report for Tennessee. Looks like they should be coming soon. I didn't see one until May 15th last year. Was hoping to see them earlier this year.
by ldskidmore
Sun Feb 02, 2014 3:38 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Pulling out all the stops
Replies: 10
Views: 1989

I didn't have a problem with starlings or sparrows last year, but one pair tree swallows tried to take over and harassed the martins that did show up. I moved their nest to 35" away from the housing, and that helped. I am going to 50' away this year and try to wait until they are committed to their ...
by ldskidmore
Fri Jan 31, 2014 10:45 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Pulling out all the stops
Replies: 10
Views: 1989

Pulling out all the stops

Yes, I'm pulling out all the stops. I've got super gourds, natural gourds crescent entrances, round entrances. pine needles for nests, mud on entrances and inside gourds, I'm going to play the dawnsong, daytime chatter. Put mirrows on gourds. Use decoys. I have gourds with porches gourds without por...
by ldskidmore
Thu Jun 13, 2013 8:48 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: tennessee feedback
Replies: 4
Views: 1335

Thanks for the encouragement and congratulations on your pair and their hatchlings. I saw at least 3 today circling so they are still checking things out. I'll keep on trying.
Larry
by ldskidmore
Wed Jun 12, 2013 2:59 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: tennessee feedback
Replies: 4
Views: 1335

tennessee feedback

Is there still hope for new sites in Tn. I'm still hanging in there ,but starting to get worried. I haven't seen any visitors lately. I am hoping that all the available nesting sites are taken and that we will still have a few sy birds coming in that need a home. I've got just the place for them.
by ldskidmore
Sat Jun 08, 2013 3:20 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Visitors in Greenback Tn
Replies: 7
Views: 2349

I have wondered if it's too late to add porches for this year. I think I will go ahead and order them, put them on and see what happens.
Thanks everyone for the advice
by ldskidmore
Fri Jun 07, 2013 2:43 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Visitors in Greenback Tn
Replies: 7
Views: 2349

Maybe I should add porches to those crescent entrances. Would that help?
by ldskidmore
Fri Jun 07, 2013 2:33 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Visitors in Greenback Tn
Replies: 7
Views: 2349

Us new kids on the block have got to hang in there. I read on here that we should keep trying until the end of June, and then leave our housing up til the end of the season.. Oh well at least I haven't had to battle starlings and hosp. I am also thinking about next year and what I can do to improve ...
by ldskidmore
Thu Jun 06, 2013 6:22 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Visitors in Greenback Tn
Replies: 7
Views: 2349

Visitors in Greenback Tn

I'm still playing the dawnsong and daytime chatter cd's, but I had almost given up hope until today. I had visitors, 1 adult male with a sy female and a subadult male along for company. The ts chased the sy male but left the others alone. They looked things over really good, but I never saw them ent...
by ldskidmore
Fri May 31, 2013 9:44 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Here's my story
Replies: 19
Views: 6977

Had another visitor today. Flying around looking in but not entering the gourds. I was really hoping to get at least 1 pair this year. I did a nest check on the TS and they have 2 babies that they are feeding. I don't know if that will keep them busy enough to leave the martins alone or if it will m...