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by barbiejoe
Fri Aug 23, 2019 1:11 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: going south for the winter
Replies: 2
Views: 2362

Re: going south for the winter

Thank you Randy M. I will leave the gourds up and go look for my CD of chatter. barbiejoe
by barbiejoe
Tue Aug 20, 2019 3:01 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: going south for the winter
Replies: 2
Views: 2362

going south for the winter

When will all the MN purple martins have flown past South Missouri? I'm ready to take my gourds down, but I want all those martins to see them first. barbiejoe
by barbiejoe
Sat Aug 10, 2019 11:08 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Do SY's return to their birth colony?
Replies: 20
Views: 6599

Re: Do SY's return to their birth colony?

How do you catch an adult banded bird to see where it came from and how old it is? barbiejoe
by barbiejoe
Sat Jun 22, 2019 3:28 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: nestcheck/hawk
Replies: 5
Views: 5079

nestcheck/hawk

can anyone give me a quick, simple answer? A hawk has been bothering my martins for 3 days. Never had this problem before. Should I skip my nest check today, to keep from bothering them any more? Thank you.
barbiejoe
by barbiejoe
Sat Jun 15, 2019 8:17 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Garden interest
Replies: 3
Views: 1941

Re: Garden interest

Thanks for your answers Rafke77 and everyone else. I did notice that at least two of my gourds have a levee in them. I've not see that before. However, it was orange like clay and my garden is black dirt. I guess any smart bird would hunt where there were bugs. By the way, I had a good experience to...
by barbiejoe
Fri Jun 14, 2019 9:48 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: martins in garden!
Replies: 9
Views: 5303

martins in garden!

I don't have a long experience with martins, but maybe 6 years or more. I have never seen them in my garden. A couple of days ago, I had two pairs hanging around in the garden, both on the fences and on the ground. We have had some cool mornings and a cool spring, but it was 50 degrees or more when ...
by barbiejoe
Tue Jun 11, 2019 8:19 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Entire clutch did not hatch
Replies: 17
Views: 5798

Re: Entire clutch did not hatch

Hey, Brent: This year we had a lot of cooler than usual days. I had a nest that I checked and it was a couple of days late. I worried about it, as I have not had that in my short experience. The next week the eggs were hatched. I was thankful and amazed. I figured maybe the consistent colder weather...
by barbiejoe
Sun Mar 31, 2019 12:26 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: McKinnon flasher does it work?
Replies: 6
Views: 1541

Re: McKinnon flasher does it work?

Is the McKinnon flasher the cutout of a bird, from white plastic, like a chlorox container? You hang it from the nest box and it waves and moves with the breeze. Supposed to attract TS. I used one two years ago and had a TS in that nest box. did not put it out last year and a PM nested in that same ...
by barbiejoe
Fri Mar 29, 2019 8:49 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: perches
Replies: 6
Views: 1610

perches

After 3 years of use, my front porches are getting brittle and breaking off. I am wondering. Has anyone ever tried inserting dowels into the two holes that attach the porches? The birds could land and perch on them. I tried this spring, hanging some of my gourds without porches, and the martins seem...
by barbiejoe
Thu Mar 28, 2019 7:27 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Slow start this year at my palce
Replies: 7
Views: 1976

Re: Slow start this year at my palce

My birds are later than last year, but it was so cold this year that I was praying they would hold off. Saw 1 on the 25th, 2 the next day, 5 yesterday the 27th. Two are lighter color. My binoculars don't show enough detail to know if they are male or female. I assume they are male. I think females a...
by barbiejoe
Sat Feb 23, 2019 1:36 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Dangerous cracks in gourds
Replies: 3
Views: 879

Dangerous cracks in gourds

I need advice on an easy caulk to squeeze into the small areas of the entrance of my gourds, so babies and adults don't get their toes caught in the tight areas. Someone recommended Lexel, but I read a comment on it at the Lexel website, and it sounded like it was hard!! to apply. I want something e...
by barbiejoe
Tue Jul 03, 2018 1:53 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Purple Martins in Tree Swallow/Bluebird house
Replies: 8
Views: 3842

Purple Martins in Tree Swallow/Bluebird house

I have 12 gourds, ten have families in them. Two empty. Even so, one pair chose to nest in a gourd that is on a post 5 feet above the ground. It is situated to attract bluebirds or tree swallows so they won't bother the martins. This year it was empty and the PM family used it. It had four eggs and ...
by barbiejoe
Mon May 28, 2018 7:21 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Caulking
Replies: 8
Views: 1205

Re: Caulking

Thank you Spiderman. That sounds pretty easy. I meant to work on the gourds today but it was SO hot, I decided I would wait. Not sure about tomorrow, but I will do something. Soon. Thanks for the advice. barbiejoe
by barbiejoe
Mon May 28, 2018 1:21 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Caulking
Replies: 8
Views: 1205

Re: Caulking

Thank you Brad-AL. I sure wish I had known of this problem Before I set out my gourds this spring. barbiejoe
by barbiejoe
Mon May 28, 2018 12:43 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: house sparrow in "bowl-like" bird nest
Replies: 1
Views: 383

house sparrow in "bowl-like" bird nest

I have a bluebird house with house sparrows in it. I have removed the messy sparrow nest twice this year. Now the female is feeding babies. I was not seeing a male, so was not totally sure it was a house sparrow. We went out to remove the babies, and when I looked into the nest, it was a lovely cup ...
by barbiejoe
Mon May 28, 2018 12:38 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Caulking
Replies: 8
Views: 1205

Re: Caulking

Thank you to both "The Smiths" and Ray Gingerich. Both replies make sense and are helpful. I have two problems. The first was the bird who caught its foot as it left the gourd. The other one was when I read all the comments on splayed legs, and decided I should do something about that. All of my gou...
by barbiejoe
Fri May 11, 2018 10:36 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Caulking
Replies: 8
Views: 1205

Caulking

What kind of caulking is safe to use while the gourds are occupied? Can they get stuck in fresh caulk?
New Subject: If there is enough nest material, will that protect babies from splayed leg syndrome?
I'm a mess this year. Thanks for any help and advice. Barbiejoe
by barbiejoe
Thu May 10, 2018 5:11 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: dead martin
Replies: 8
Views: 1691

Re: dead martin

Chris B: If I discover a crack or place that might catch a toe, can I put white Lexel on it while the gourd is being lived in? Will the caulk get on the birds and mess up their feathers or eyes, etc.? All the glues, caulks, etc. that I looked at take awhile to dry. I sure don't want birds with glue/...
by barbiejoe
Fri May 04, 2018 9:20 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: dead martin
Replies: 8
Views: 1691

Re: dead martin

To "The Smiths:" I cannot figure out how to reply to you. Hope you see this. Thank you for answering my plea for help on a martin caught by the toe. I will begin checking out the gourds. My PMs are eating gravel/oyster shell/eggs. Saw one green leaf go in a gourd Saturday. Good luck to you and thank...
by barbiejoe
Thu May 03, 2018 5:44 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: dead martin
Replies: 8
Views: 1691

dead martin

Sad day today. I went out to ride my bike back and forth on the driveway beside the PM gourds. It began raining again. Rained most of the day till mid afternoon. I tried my bike again, and on the first round noticed something black hanging from a gourd. It did not look like a bird. So I got closer a...

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