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by John Evans
Mon Mar 16, 2020 12:42 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Back in time for cool weather!
Replies: 3
Views: 168

Re: Back in time for cool weather!

Hi Brenda and Mike. Hope you both have spectacular seasons! Thats the one thing I don't miss a about living in Ohio (well there is more than one actually Lol).. The constant worry about the safety and survival of early Martin returns. Nest building has been going on for a few days here in earnest. O...
by John Evans
Sun Mar 08, 2020 9:28 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Distance between racks
Replies: 8
Views: 216

Re: Distance between racks

In Ohio, I had 4 racks clustered together about 15' apart. The Martins loved the closeness and so did the Coopers Hawks.I seriously contemplated spreading them out at least 100' as we had enough property, to possibly give the martins a better chance to escape attacks. It was pretty easy for the hawk...
by John Evans
Thu Feb 06, 2020 10:03 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Purple Martin Update...February 3, 2020
Replies: 17
Views: 2578

Re: Purple Martin Update...February 3, 2020

Hi PM David, Just my opinion nothing else, but I've often wondered the same thing and I came to a non scientific conclusion, The older more established a colony the older the birds are and I believe the oldest birds show up first, so it could be an age establishment situation. Had a previous older e...
by John Evans
Sun Dec 29, 2019 7:00 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: It Starts
Replies: 18
Views: 4007

Re: It Starts

Exciting times ahead.. just finished prenesting and getting the gourds hung below the house today.. Hope to have ours back late January early Feburary .

Good luck to all in 2020!!!!!!!!!!

John
by John Evans
Tue Oct 08, 2019 11:38 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: House/gourd placement in Florida
Replies: 2
Views: 1147

Re: House/gourd placement in Florida

Hi due to property size I put a house up within 20 ft of our pool cage and about the same distance from our house last year. had 2 pair last year and 6 this year. Our situation is probably unique as we live on a golf course fairway in Cocoa Beach. Wide open flyway,however, many martins would fly ove...
by John Evans
Tue May 22, 2018 3:44 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: 2nd Starling Attack tonight!
Replies: 15
Views: 3296

Re: 2nd Starling Attack tonight!

The southern starlings appear to also have different calls and songs as well.Sub species? Had a smaller starling breach a tunnel gourd Conley2 iat Ohio place 2 years. Unsuccessful finishing their nest.

John
by John Evans
Tue May 22, 2018 9:35 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: 2nd Starling Attack tonight!
Replies: 15
Views: 3296

Re: 2nd Starling Attack tonight!

Toy,
So sorry to se you struggling so much this season.

John
by John Evans
Thu Apr 26, 2018 7:56 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: nearby water and Muskrats
Replies: 4
Views: 863

Re: nearby water and Muskrats

We have muskrats in our 3 ponds Have trapped a few as they cause damage to shore lines and can really damage your dam. Never had a concern with the martins. The gourd racks are very close to the ponds. Going to start trapping again soon.
by John Evans
Thu Apr 19, 2018 3:02 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: 7 " snow, 45°, tree swallows feeding over lake
Replies: 6
Views: 1246

Re: 7 " snow, 45°, tree swallows feeding over lake

Ed, Witness some of our martins exhibiting the behavior you describe the tree swallows doing. The martins flew around the top of our larger pond slowly, then they would hover briefly and pick something off the top of the water.Must have been an insect.Also saw a female fly off the rack to the ground...
by John Evans
Mon Apr 16, 2018 5:08 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: ASY still arriving in Wisconsin
Replies: 8
Views: 1275

Re: ASY still arriving in Wisconsin

Best of luck Ed. We've had losses here. Another big wave of martins late last week and now more cold. Fear it's going to be a tough year for northern landlords.

John
by John Evans
Mon Apr 16, 2018 5:05 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: At what temp do bugs fly?
Replies: 9
Views: 1732

Re: At what temp do bugs fly?

My experience only, We've had martins feeding in the sun on flying insects when the temps are over 45 and it's mostly calm But, thats here in Ohio.
Probably depends on the insect species you have in your area. What I've observed is that the insects are smaller not much nutrition.

Good luck John
by John Evans
Wed Apr 11, 2018 10:04 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Cold Lethargic Martins perched on their racks are easy pickins for hawks unfortunately
Replies: 5
Views: 1136

Re: Cold Lethargic Martins perched on their racks are easy pickins for hawks unfortunately

Mike, been flipping scrambled eggs and also have some put out on the B&B no takers. Crickets arrive by Friday. Today through saturday should be good feeding days here, It's sad believe I've lost several so far.

John
by John Evans
Mon Apr 09, 2018 6:31 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Cold Lethargic Martins perched on their racks are easy pickins for hawks unfortunately
Replies: 5
Views: 1136

Re: Cold Lethargic Martins perched on their racks are easy pickins for hawks unfortunately

Just got home. Haven't had time yet . Today was the first day they didn't go off to feed (that we're aware of). They should be off to feed the rest of the week.
John
by John Evans
Mon Apr 09, 2018 4:52 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Cold Lethargic Martins perched on their racks are easy pickins for hawks unfortunately
Replies: 5
Views: 1136

Cold Lethargic Martins perched on their racks are easy pickins for hawks unfortunately

Another cold spell here has caused us great anguish.We have witnessed 2 males picked off on the top of gourd racks in the last 2 days by Coopers hawks. One right before dusk and the one today mid morning. We just returned from our home in Florida so who knows how many more birds have been lost. The ...
by John Evans
Thu Mar 29, 2018 1:57 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: pms arrive in new concord,oh
Replies: 10
Views: 1746

Re: pms arrive in new concord,oh

Your martins doing ok during the cold period?
Ours, if there are any up there at our place, are on their own this spring. We will find out late next week their fate. Fingers crossed.

John
by John Evans
Wed Mar 21, 2018 5:19 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Southern crow carries off adult martin in its beak?
Replies: 5
Views: 1280

Re: Southern crow carries off adult martin in its beak?

Thanks Brenda, It's a different martin experience for sure. We live on a golf course with lots of open space. Learning to live with grackles both common and boat tail that like to perch on our martin house along with shrikes which are down right mean birds. Seen them attack the couple of martins we ...
by John Evans
Wed Mar 21, 2018 3:40 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Southern crow carries off adult martin in its beak?
Replies: 5
Views: 1280

Re: Southern crow carries off adult martin in its beak?

Thanks Dale, thanks for the reply. I've also heard of the fish crows grabbing babies out of houses. We have a Trendsetter house so not concerned as much about them ever getting babies Right now the crows are trying to clean out the grackle nests in the tops of some palms. They are smart opportunisti...
by John Evans
Wed Mar 21, 2018 1:51 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Southern crow carries off adult martin in its beak?
Replies: 5
Views: 1280

Southern crow carries off adult martin in its beak?

My neighbor came over this afternoon and said she saw( presumably a crow or grackle)carry off in its beak an adult PM and take it to the ground 50 yards away. 2 other martins gave chase and the carried off martin was able to escape. I quizzed her about the possibility of it being a hawk with the mar...
by John Evans
Wed Mar 21, 2018 1:39 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: pms arrive in new concord,oh
Replies: 10
Views: 1746

Re: pms arrive in new concord,oh

Best of luck with your surgery.. Hope some warmer weather returns to Ohio and the midwest in general..

John
by John Evans
Mon Mar 12, 2018 5:14 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Martins get a warm welcome in South Salem, Ohio
Replies: 18
Views: 3485

Re: Martins get a warm welcome in South Salem, Ohio

Brenda, we are going to be spending time in both places We will be back north early April. Luckily my sister is interested in helping manage our Ohio colony which will be a huge help. She lives about 2 hours away and will spend time this summer up at our ranch. Our plan is to eventually live in Flor...

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