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by BrendaVR
Sun Apr 15, 2018 9:36 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: I found a dead female who had been attacked. What happens to her hatchlings?
Replies: 8
Views: 1374

Re: I found a dead female who had been attacked. What happens to her hatchlings?

If you know for sure what nest is hers and that they are not being fed I think I would move the young to other nests of the same age. Spread them out so not to overwhelm the other parents. (But I'm not an experienced landlord so hopefully others will speak up). Without intervention they would likely...
by BrendaVR
Fri Jul 28, 2017 9:08 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Ontario - Houses for sale
Replies: 0
Views: 1936

Ontario - Houses for sale

Hey all, Sadly I am giving up hope and am selling the houses I have. I had planned to use them on conservation lands, and don't own property myself that could house martins, but the last of my hope has died (and even the bluebird boxes will be coming down). Located in Cambridge, Ontario But I can dr...
by BrendaVR
Fri Nov 18, 2016 10:48 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Hawk Eye HD Camera
Replies: 44
Views: 9848

Re: Hawk Eye HD Cameria

I have used the hawk eye with the cord in my birdhouse (no purple martins for me yet) and it does not seem to bother the birds at all. I believe the infra red is a light that they cannot see. I know a lot of people are using this (or similar) cameras in Purple Martin (and other birdhouses) for many ...
by BrendaVR
Thu Oct 27, 2016 12:41 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Photos Of My Starling Trap Pole
Replies: 19
Views: 5943

Re: Photos Of My Starling Trap Pole

You can build your own. 12.35 for the plans
https://www.purplemartin.org/shop/produ ... ler-plans/
by BrendaVR
Thu Oct 20, 2016 1:10 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Updated Purple Martin Prognosticator
Replies: 3
Views: 1539

Re: Updated Purple Martin Prognosticator

Thanks for this!
Very cool handy tool. It looks like it took quite a bit of time and thought to put together. Thanks for sharing!
by BrendaVR
Wed Oct 12, 2016 8:56 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Bait Sparrow Trap
Replies: 6
Views: 1834

Re: Bait Sparrow Trap

I would highly recommend Uncle Blain's Sparrow Trap over the Songbird Essentials. Blain's is automatically self resetting so you can catch many birds with no need for you to intervene. Its silent so will not scare the rest of the flock and can keep trapping, the birds in the trap attract more TO the...
by BrendaVR
Fri Oct 07, 2016 9:02 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Gourds are looking good!
Replies: 17
Views: 3039

Re: Gourds are looking good!

Awesome!
Those look wonderful, and large!!!
by BrendaVR
Fri Sep 23, 2016 2:55 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: PMCA's new blog is up!
Replies: 1
Views: 1189

Re: PMCA's new blog is up!

Wonderful blog, well done!
Also very interesting dispersal study referenced. Well done to Kathy for all that mentoring. Wow.
by BrendaVR
Mon Jul 18, 2016 11:32 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Attracting Bluebirds!
Replies: 51
Views: 6819

Re: Attracting Bluebirds!

If the wrens have still been putting sticks in the box then its not far enough from the trees/shrubs. I would move it further away from the shrubs if possible. In the photos it does look a bit too close to the shrubs behind it. Moving it closer to the marten set up should not have a negative effect ...
by BrendaVR
Wed Jul 06, 2016 10:30 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Attracting Bluebirds!
Replies: 51
Views: 6819

Re: Attracting Bluebirds!

PS: size of box: I always like bigger better. My EABL have chosen the larger boxes when they had a choice. Most of mine are 5 or 6 inches across the bottom and 8 inches deep to the entrance hole. Most EABL house plans call for a 4 inch floor which can be ok for Eastern Bluebirds but is far to small ...
by BrendaVR
Wed Jul 06, 2016 10:19 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Attracting Bluebirds!
Replies: 51
Views: 6819

Re: Attracting Bluebirds!

There is a website dedicated entirely to bluebirds to: sialis.org For House Wrens they like nesting in shruby areas. Just place your box more than 30 meters away from any shrubs and you should not have wrens. For attracting Eastern Bluebirds you want to place the box in a nice open area free of tree...
by BrendaVR
Wed May 04, 2016 9:22 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: HOSP Egg Substitution ??
Replies: 14
Views: 2837

Re: HOSP Egg Substitution ??

Rendering eggs in-viable is only a delay tactic. Sometimes the HOSP will go on a 'rampage' for no apparent reason whatsoever. I second the in house trap. Once they have eggs in a nest they are super easy to catch in the in house traps. Mess with their nest and they just HAVE to go in and check on th...
by BrendaVR
Wed May 04, 2016 8:37 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Off Topic question for BB experts... ?nest abandonment?
Replies: 10
Views: 2185

Re: Off Topic question for BB experts... ?nest abandonment?

I tend to let things be and wait things out with BB. I'm not sure how cold you felt but Momma does not need to keep them toasty hot constantly, she will leave the nest and they will cool slightly without getting totally chilled. If the eggs all looked intact I would leave them be and just see what h...
by BrendaVR
Thu Apr 28, 2016 3:16 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: DRST repeater trap
Replies: 7
Views: 1518

Re: DRST repeater trap

Breaking the neck is called 'cervical dislocation'.
I use a plastic bag and CO2 from a small 'bike tire inflater'.
(both are veterinary accepted 'humane', drowning is not....but it is hugely better than NOT dealing with them)
by BrendaVR
Mon Apr 25, 2016 11:25 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: My high-rise Blaine's repeating trap
Replies: 11
Views: 1783

Re: My high-rise Blaine's repeating trap

May be no need to worry about wet vs dry. Depends on when you bought the trap. The one I bought a few years ago had a non-wood arm and it is not affected by rain at all. I think only the much older ones have the wooden arm that is affected by rain, the newer models he solved that by making the arm o...
by BrendaVR
Tue Apr 19, 2016 12:07 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Caught a Bluebird in my Trap!
Replies: 19
Views: 3668

Re: Caught a Bluebird in my Trap!

Male Bluebirds will defend 100 yards around their nestbox so you will not get more bluebirds by adding houses closer than (at least) 100 yards apart. I recommend to always pair boxes. Place two nestboxes 5 to 10 feet from each other; a Bluebird can nest in one a TRES in the other (if you only have o...
by BrendaVR
Wed Apr 06, 2016 1:48 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Purple Martins in Ontario, Canada
Replies: 11
Views: 2319

Re: Purple Martins in Ontario, Canada

Seconded. I would be feeding like mad. It's been super cold and the snow is thick...(hopefully you haven't lost some already). The sumac here is half stripped of its seeds just from the cold snap this week (over 20 robins on it today), the birds are hungry! PS: Glad to see another Ontario poster! (I...
by BrendaVR
Wed Apr 06, 2016 1:46 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Sparrow Trap
Replies: 4
Views: 1324

Re: Sparrow Trap

Ya, it takes patience at first. If you can catch a "bait bird" in a in-house trap and put a bird into the repeater then that helps. Once you have a bait bird in there that will draw in the rest. To start(without a bait bird) I will sometimes scatter millet around the area, if you do it a few days be...
by BrendaVR
Wed Mar 30, 2016 11:30 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Trapped sparrows
Replies: 9
Views: 2876

Re: Trapped sparrows

Euthanasia is the only real solution. I agree with Elijah, Sialis has some great information. Releasing is just moving the problem (and it may come right back)....at a big box store may be the only spot they are not causing major damage to our native birds but even then they will likely just leave a...
by BrendaVR
Wed Mar 23, 2016 3:44 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Are egg shells really necessary?
Replies: 40
Views: 22495

Re: Are egg shells really necessary?

Very appropriate. I offer egg shells around as soon as the birds return, and have seen the Barn Swallows eating them in past years but also think the other swallows and blues partake (I don't have martins yet). One note of caution though; I have discovered that products sold here in Ontario (at feed...