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by John Evans
Fri Jan 15, 2021 2:25 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: First Arrival
Replies: 13
Views: 1500

Re: First Arrival

Excellent post Mike!! I'm glad I don't have to deal with those Ohio winters and trying to keep my early arriving martins alive anymore. Unless you've lived up north with a martin colony it's tough to comprehend the emotional roller coaster early spring weather brings us for our martins. Take care my...
by John Evans
Fri Jan 15, 2021 10:01 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: First Arrival
Replies: 13
Views: 1500

Re: First Arrival

Ahhh, Sorry to hear.. Sad when they perish after that long journey home..
Best of luck.

John
by John Evans
Sun Jan 03, 2021 2:50 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Two December arrivals, LA and FL
Replies: 13
Views: 1048

Re: Two December arrivals, LA and FL

Hi Mjfog, I saw a female yesterday casually flying out over the fairway yesterday morning but didn't report because she showed no interest.. Didn't circle or get anywhere near our housing. We're located in Cocoa Beach right across the Banana River from Cocoa which already had a scout report. Ours sh...
by John Evans
Thu Jun 11, 2020 9:05 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Southern Landlords?
Replies: 6
Views: 1044

Re: Southern Landlords?

Here in Cocoa Beach Florida, we've got 2 nests to fledge out of 19. They should all be gone by early July. Good thing, cause it's Hurricane season!

John
by John Evans
Thu Apr 23, 2020 10:52 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: The Unluckiest Purple Martin Decoy In Our Two Colonies!
Replies: 2
Views: 686

Re: The Unluckiest Purple Martin Decoy In Our Two Colonies!

Steve, Thanks for sharing.. Great story! Ed, we had dozen Dove decoys when we lived in Ohio placed in various spots, some on a fence line, a couple in small trees. I picked a known hawk flyway out of our back woods put a few and some out in the open along the fencing. My strategy only worked at best...
by John Evans
Mon Mar 16, 2020 12:42 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Back in time for cool weather!
Replies: 3
Views: 749

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: 1318

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: 4433

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: 5907

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: 1487

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: 4640

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: 4640

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: 1324

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: 1829

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: 2042

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: 2600

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: 1717

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: 1717

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: 1717

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: 2630

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