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by randyM
Wed Jul 08, 2020 12:13 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Alpha Male ??
Replies: 5
Views: 378

Re: Alpha Male ??

Birds in my colony tend to get more aggressive towards me the closer to fledging their young get. However they settle down after I'm under the housing for a few minutes, but if my dogs walk under the housing, the entire colony will "mob-bomb" them until they are 35 yards from the colony. During egg ...
by randyM
Sat Jun 13, 2020 4:23 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Wood Ducks?
Replies: 2
Views: 205

Re: Wood Ducks?

Good work! Wouldn't it have been easier to just make the hole in the unoccupied attic compartment a little bigger for the hen wood duck to squeeze into rather than building a new house? :lol: If you haven't already, put 3-4 inches of wood chips or shavings in the bottom of the wood duck nest box, as...
by randyM
Wed May 27, 2020 12:38 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Continue Dawn Song?
Replies: 6
Views: 381

Re: Continue Dawn Song?

If your pair of martins seem to be fine with the CD playing, keep playing it, it might help attract another bird or two when your resident pair is away from your site out feeding. I played my martin CDs for the first three years of my colony (up until about July 1 each year). First year I had a SY m...
by randyM
Tue May 19, 2020 10:58 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: SY Has Arrived & TS Wars
Replies: 12
Views: 722

Re: SY Has Arrived & TS Wars

I disagree with those that suggest you stop playing the dawnsong/chatter CD once you have a single martin at your colony. If the SY male at your place has stayed for 2-3 days with the dawnsong playing, he's obviously not bothered by it. When this single bird leaves for the afternoon to feed he may b...
by randyM
Fri Mar 06, 2020 12:35 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Site fidelity
Replies: 11
Views: 823

Re: Site fidelity

I've been working with a local bird bander on my "new" martin colony. I've banded 16 HY martins in 2017, 29 in 2018, and 87 in 2019. I plan to band 100 in 2020. Of the 16 banded in 2017, two males returned in 2018 as SY birds (one successfully nested, the other stayed a few weeks then left the colon...
by randyM
Fri Mar 06, 2020 12:02 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Answers to the decline of the Purple Martin
Replies: 23
Views: 1570

Re: Answers to the decline of the Purple Martin

It would be interesting to know what percentage of existing martin colonies across the country are well managed vs those where the houses are just put up and left alone. In the rural area where I live, I am aware of about a dozen martin colonies, of which only three are actively managed. Most of the...
by randyM
Tue Mar 03, 2020 2:33 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Arrival dates - causes?
Replies: 26
Views: 1672

Re: Arrival dates - causes?

Perhaps you answered your own question by indicating you control starlings at your colony and the others don't. It's possible the first few ASY martins that arrive in your neighborhood stop by their home site from last year but get harassed by starlings at nearby sites and flock to your "starling-fr...
by randyM
Sun Mar 01, 2020 6:27 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Bad luck establishing colony
Replies: 8
Views: 581

Re: Bad luck establishing colony

It's a good sign that you have had visiting martins in the past few years, perhaps some of the second year birds that visited your site last year will visit your site again this year and decide to stay and nest. Many times is seems as though it takes new housing 3-5 years to get the first nesting pa...
by randyM
Sat Feb 29, 2020 11:26 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Where exactly do they come from?
Replies: 3
Views: 342

Re: Where exactly do they come from?

New ASY martins to your colony could come from a few different sources: they could be from a different colony where the bird unsuccessfully nested the previous year, or they could be from another colony where the housing has been removed or destroyed, or they could be SY birds from the previous year...
by randyM
Thu Feb 20, 2020 9:58 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: First Year Success Survey. How Many Pair?
Replies: 18
Views: 935

Re: First Year Success Survey. How Many Pair?

1 ASY/SY pair in 2006
0 pair 2007-2016
1 ASY/SY pair in 2016
4 pair in 2017
10 pair in 2018
32 pair in 2019
Hoping for 50 pair in 2020
by randyM
Wed Feb 19, 2020 8:16 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: SY or ASY
Replies: 37
Views: 2011

Re: SY or ASY

My colony too was "started" by an ASY (if by "started" you mean first nesting attempt with eggs). I believe my colony was actually started by a SY male the year prior to my first nesting pair. I had a SY male stay at my housing for the month of June, but he was unable to attract a female that would ...
by randyM
Tue Feb 04, 2020 8:57 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: House Sparrow Lookalike?
Replies: 8
Views: 723

Re: House Sparrow Lookalike?

Sharon, One sparrow species often misidentified as an English house sparrow is the Harris's sparrow. Both species have a noticeable black bib, however the Harris's sparrow has a more pinkish bill and a blackish crown on the top of it's head, while the male HS has a blackish bill and a gray crown on ...
by randyM
Fri Jan 03, 2020 11:16 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Songbird Magnet - Reviews?
Replies: 7
Views: 4921

Re: Songbird Magnet - Reviews?

The setup I use at my colony to broadcast the martin CDs is an old CD player that has speaker jack connections in the back for 4 external speakers. I just took 4 old car stereo speakers (just the magnet and shell) and connected them to the CD player with speaker wire (you can get 100' of speaker wir...
by randyM
Sat Oct 26, 2019 12:16 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: My Purple Martins Obviously Like Gourds!
Replies: 10
Views: 5741

Re: My Purple Martins Obviously Like Gourds!

The martins at my colony overwhelmingly have chosen wooden houses over plastic gourds over the past 4 years (although I did not have a nesting pair of martins until I added gourds to my setup). Many of the larger colonies within 50 miles of my site offer mostly plastic gourds. I designed and built m...
by randyM
Sat Sep 21, 2019 11:09 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Does Offering Different Types Of Cavities Help Attract Martins ?
Replies: 11
Views: 6241

Re: Does Offering Different Types Of Cavities Help Attract Martins ?

Before you add any additional housing to your site, make sure you have open flyways to your existing housing, with any existing trees in the area as far from your housing as possible. As these variables will likely have more of an effect on birds selecting your site to nest than what type of housing...
by randyM
Thu Sep 05, 2019 11:32 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Advice for wanna be landlord
Replies: 21
Views: 13833

Re: Advice for wanna be landlord

I play my chatter CD until about Sept. 15 each year at my site in northern South Dakota. The latest I've ever seen a martin at my site is Sept. 12. Yesterday I had at least 8 martins visit my site (6 HY and 2 SY birds). I was gone most of the day today, but had the chatter CD playing until I got hom...
by randyM
Tue Aug 27, 2019 4:56 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Numbering Gourds
Replies: 5
Views: 4016

Re: Numbering Gourds

Have you ever thought of just numbering the fixed location from which you hang your gourds? I have a schematic of each combined house and gourd system at my colony for each of 10 house/gourd systems, and that works very well for me. I don't have to physically mark or number each one of my nesting ca...
by randyM
Tue Aug 20, 2019 10:39 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: going south for the winter
Replies: 2
Views: 3156

Re: going south for the winter

I've had migrating birds visit my colony in South Dakota each year until about Sept. 15. I still have a family of 6 hanging around my site that fledged on Aug. 15. I play the daytime chatter CD each day during migration and have about 3-8 visitors each day (including some ASY birds). I'd suggest to ...
by randyM
Tue Aug 13, 2019 10:48 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Any body still have PM to fledge
Replies: 7
Views: 4574

Re: Any body still have PM to fledge

I have one more pair of SY matins that have 4 nestlings that will be 29 days old tomorrow. Two of them fledged today, but it was cold (65 F) and windy (25 mph) all day long. Both sat on a perch on an adjacent martin house for a few hours but flew back into their nest cavity to join their siblings to...
by randyM
Sun Aug 11, 2019 11:03 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Satan's pet bird
Replies: 5
Views: 3628

Re: Satan's pet bird

Nearly every year I have western and eastern kingbirds nest in the trees about 20 yards from my closest martin housing. They seem to get along with other birds unless another birds gets too close to their nest. I've seen feathers fly before when a grackle got too close to a Eastern's nest. This year...