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by G Saner
Tue Oct 05, 2021 12:01 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Texas hummingbird migration 2021
Replies: 7
Views: 776

Re: Texas hummingbird migration 2021

Starting to see a hummingbird or two on the plants and the feeder. The prior two weeks were almost totally devoid of hummers. Still this migration has been a down year. I really enjoy those years where dozens visit the feeders at the same time.
by G Saner
Wed Sep 29, 2021 2:46 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Purple Martin roost in Vandalia Illinois
Replies: 2
Views: 280

Re: Purple Martin roost in Vandalia Illinois

Chuck,

That sounds like chimney swifts. Their bodies and wings are slimmer than those of martins. However, I do not know when chimney swifts migrate.
by G Saner
Fri Sep 17, 2021 4:47 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Texas hummingbird migration 2021
Replies: 7
Views: 776

Re: Texas hummingbird migration 2021

Yes, I see more hummingbirds on my plants than at the feeders. Amazing how they can work over an entire salvia greggii and remember which flowers they have already visited. I did see two monarch butterflies today.
by G Saner
Thu Sep 16, 2021 3:53 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Texas hummingbird migration 2021
Replies: 7
Views: 776

Re: Texas hummingbird migration 2021

Unfortunately, this is turning out to be a poor year for hummingbirds at least at our house. I haven't seen nearly the numbers I hoped for. This happened one other year about 3-4 years ago. It's not over but we are a little disappointed. In the 8 years we have been here, we had two great years and n...
by G Saner
Tue Sep 07, 2021 8:51 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Texas hummingbird migration 2021
Replies: 7
Views: 776

Texas hummingbird migration 2021

I started seeing a ruby-throat about a week ago but usually just one at a time. Yesterday, I started seeing 3-4 at the feeders and even more this morning. It looks like the migration is picking up. In a good year, we have hummers hovering behind the feeders waiting for a port. Out resident black-chi...
by G Saner
Sun Sep 05, 2021 1:37 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: My bird joke
Replies: 3
Views: 565

Re: My bird joke

Very good Tom. Yes I started it but you replied. Here is another silly bird joke. I know parrots are smart but probably not this smart. A man takes his homely wife to eat at a nice restaurant. Just inside the front door is a parrot inside a cage. As the man and his wife walk by, the parrot tells the...
by G Saner
Sat Sep 04, 2021 2:38 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: My bird joke
Replies: 3
Views: 565

My bird joke

Like many presenters, if I give a martin talk, I like to start with a joke. I don't have a martin joke or even a songbird joke. The best I can do is a chicken joke and here it is. I am warning you, the only reason it is funny is that it is silly. A man has a sister that gets herself into financial p...
by G Saner
Sun Aug 29, 2021 8:34 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Year-end clean-out evolution
Replies: 4
Views: 789

Re: Year-end clean-out evolution

Thanks Tom. I should do the clean-out later in September but get the bug to get it over with. I could at least start earlier in the day because I can only fit 12 gourds in the trunk and must make 2 trips to get them home. I didn't finish until noon. You are right about the residents having a prior c...
by G Saner
Sat Aug 28, 2021 5:51 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Year-end clean-out evolution
Replies: 4
Views: 789

Year-end clean-out evolution

I have a satellite colony located about 5 miles away from my home. As you can guess, their are pluses and minuses to a satellite colony. The biggest minus is that you don't get to observe the martins as much as you would like but year-end clean-out is not as easy as doing it in your backyard either....
by G Saner
Fri Aug 27, 2021 3:15 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Going Down After 22 Years
Replies: 9
Views: 1374

Re: Going Down After 22 Years

BumBee, Sorry to hear about your hawk problem. I had the same issue at my last colony. I didn't get down to zero but did get down to 3 pair. When I retired, our new backyard is poor martin habitat so I moved my gourds and set up a satellite colony. This is my current colony. My gourds are at an Assi...
by G Saner
Mon Aug 16, 2021 2:19 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Martins confused?
Replies: 5
Views: 8994

Re: Martins confused?

PMF6, They will return. I have had martins return to the site many times in August only to find just the poles since I had cleaned the gourds and removed them. It never made a difference the following year. I was debating when to clean my gourds last week. When I went to the site on Sunday, 15 marti...
by G Saner
Mon Aug 02, 2021 9:29 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: PM and their man - video
Replies: 3
Views: 1793

Re: PM and their man - video

I enjoyed your video very much.
by G Saner
Sun Jul 11, 2021 2:20 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Bouncing back in Texas
Replies: 20
Views: 6804

Re: Bouncing back in Texas

As of yesterday's nest check, all 24 gourds are empty. They raised 98 babies this year. I was grateful that all gourds were occupied for the second straight year. I was worried back in February that the colony would take a step backward after losing 8 birds to the freeze. This year, one nest raised ...
by G Saner
Sat Jul 03, 2021 2:14 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Spare o door question
Replies: 4
Views: 841

Re: Spare o door question

Rob, This trap is highly effective. It is especially good at eliminating the smartest of problem male sparrows in Trio housing. The cone and clear plastic bag are the best way to remove the trapped sparrow. The plastic bag attaches to the cone (about 3 inches long) with a rubber band. The cone has a...
by G Saner
Fri Jun 25, 2021 10:16 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Crow steals egg
Replies: 4
Views: 1101

Re: Crow steals egg

Rob, Good idea to protect your martins before you have a problem. At our former home, we attached wooden nesting shelves for doves under the eaves of our home. The doves raised many babies for many years until a crow found them. The crow would eat the eggs and come back for the second attempt eggs a...
by G Saner
Sun Jun 20, 2021 10:54 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Bouncing back in Texas
Replies: 20
Views: 6804

Re: Bouncing back in Texas

Yesterday's nest check showed that our first nest had fledged three babies. The other 23 gourds have 102 babies. The weather seems to be holding without temperatures in the high nineties. This year, 11 pair are scheduled to fledge their young in a two day period next weekend. That should be a real c...
by G Saner
Mon Jun 07, 2021 5:10 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Landlord dive bombing
Replies: 8
Views: 1709

Re: Landlord dive bombing

My martins recognize me. My site is at an Assisted Living Center so I drive there and park about 100 feet away from the poles. I take a short aluminum ladder to check the upper gourds and a orange 5 gallon pail to keep my nest check notebook off the ground. When I pull those two out of the trunk, th...
by G Saner
Mon Jun 07, 2021 8:54 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Nest Check today 6-6-21
Replies: 3
Views: 1083

Re: Nest Check today 6-6-21

Whippy,

Congratulations. I have enjoyed hearing about your Trio Wade and T-14 transfers into your colony.

I was waiting for your update and glad to hear about your success. Looking forward to your next nest check and those numbers. Gary
by G Saner
Thu May 27, 2021 3:26 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Bouncing back in Texas
Replies: 20
Views: 6804

Re: Bouncing back in Texas

This morning's nest check showed eggs or young in all 24 gourds. Even though I lost 8 martins to the freeze and found one female dead in a gourd a few weeks ago, I have matched last year's occupancy. The reason for this is that SY martins took advantage of the vacancies. Last year, I had 1 SY pair a...
by G Saner
Fri May 21, 2021 11:31 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Sevin 5% dust treatments
Replies: 8
Views: 2941

Re: Sevin 5% dust treatments

As stated above, you will get different opinions on this. Here is what I do for my SuperGourds. I use a manual pump powder mister. The action is similar to a hand bicycle pump and I think used mainly for roses. The mister sprays a small amount into a tiny cloud. After the eggs have been laid, I cove...