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by Sharon - Central TX
Thu May 28, 2020 4:13 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Babies being attacked
Replies: 12
Views: 417

Re: Babies being attacked

Spiderman, That is very sad to lose so many. I’m really sorry to hear that. We only have 28 gourds and all but one have babies or eggs, Most of ours have hatched. Someone is sleeping in the one gourd that doesn’t have a nesting pair so it’s probably a subadult. I noticed more of them visiting today ...
by Sharon - Central TX
Wed May 27, 2020 4:44 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Babies being attacked
Replies: 12
Views: 417

Re: Babies being attacked

UPDATE: Yesterday’s nest check revealed one of the nestlings that had been attacked was missing. I’m guessing he probably died and was removed by a parent. The other nestling from a different gourd apparently was OK as they were all accounted for and I couldn’t see any difference between them. We do...
by Sharon - Central TX
Sat May 23, 2020 3:49 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Babies being attacked
Replies: 12
Views: 417

Re: Babies being attacked

Re-read my last post and realized I made it sound like I thought it was a mockingbird. Sorry, that is not what I meant. After reading other’s comments about mockingbirds I DON’T think it was a mockingbird that attacked the young. I DO think it was a male subadult. I have seen them sticking their hea...
by Sharon - Central TX
Fri May 22, 2020 8:14 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Babies being attacked
Replies: 12
Views: 417

Re: Babies being attacked

Whippy, A male SY was my original thought and after reading these replies about the mockingbirds I feel certain that is who is injuring and tossing out these helpless young. We do not have any HS around. Have not seen one anywhere near our colony. We have a large window in our family room and readin...
by Sharon - Central TX
Fri May 22, 2020 1:54 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Babies being attacked
Replies: 12
Views: 417

Babies being attacked

We did a nest check yesterday afternoon and found a 2-3 do baby on the ground. He was still alive so he must not have been there long because it was 90 degrees. He had a couple of very small places on his body that looked like he had been pecked. We don’t have any HS around so I attributed it to one...
by Sharon - Central TX
Fri May 15, 2020 5:48 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Predator Guards: A Story of Love & Betrayal
Replies: 11
Views: 586

Re: Predator Guards: A Story of Love & Betrayal

Kathy, I too want to thank you for your excellent blog concerning predator guards. We’ve been hosting martins for sixteen years now but didn’t get off to a good start. We are one of those who lost our first nest of six 12 day old martins and the mama to a rat snake. We thought we were safe as we had...
by Sharon - Central TX
Fri May 15, 2020 5:22 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Round Rock, Texas Martiners
Replies: 2
Views: 153

Re: Round Rock, Texas Martiners

I’m in Georgetown but I guess I don’t count even though our two cities are next to each other.
by Sharon - Central TX
Fri May 15, 2020 5:19 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Red Tail Hawk Question ??
Replies: 10
Views: 389

Re: Red Tail Hawk Question ??

Whenever a red tail is nearby I see the martins and other birds dive bombing him. However I would be a little uncomfortable if one was sitting on top of my martin pole. It’s amazing how the martins and other birds recognize a predator bird from one non threatening. We have black bellied whistling du...
by Sharon - Central TX
Sat May 09, 2020 3:08 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Yet another new member with a question (or two)
Replies: 11
Views: 327

Re: Yet another new member with a question (or two)

John, We spend a lot of time in Boerne so I know how beautiful the hill country is. We always go the back way on 281 then hop onto Hwy 46 instead of taking the freeway for that exact reason. We pass a lot of ranches that have exotic animals. Are your blackbuck antelopes considered exotic? Yes, anyti...
by Sharon - Central TX
Fri May 08, 2020 6:26 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Yet another new member with a question (or two)
Replies: 11
Views: 327

Re: Yet another new member with a question (or two)

John, I’m in Texas too. We did a nest check two days ago. It was in the late afternoon. The martins had not left all day so we decided they would just have to deal with it :lol: They weren’t happy, kept flying around and as soon as we finished our first pole of Troyer gourds, they immediately went b...
by Sharon - Central TX
Thu Apr 09, 2020 1:01 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Hawk on the Hunt.
Replies: 5
Views: 272

Re: Hawk on the Hunt.

We had a hawk that was coming in at dusk when the last of the birds came in. Both my husband and I went out with air horns trying to watch every possible way he would come in because it was always different. He came over our roof a couple of times but from different areas. He appeared suddenly from ...
by Sharon - Central TX
Fri Mar 27, 2020 3:26 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Smart or Stupid Hawk
Replies: 3
Views: 187

Re: Smart or Stupid Hawk

Steve and Loco, Thank you to the both of you for your input. We have an air horn but the direction this (these) hawks come from are so hidden by the oak trees we don’t see him/her coming in time to use it. But we’ll take it with us just in case. And Steve you may be right about him grabbing a martin...
by Sharon - Central TX
Fri Mar 27, 2020 12:09 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Smart or Stupid Hawk
Replies: 3
Views: 187

Smart or Stupid Hawk

A hawk has been threatening our martins, especially when they come in for the evening. We have two poles so my husband and I have started going out about ten minutes before they start coming in. We each stay close to a pole. For the first few evenings we didn’t see a hawk but last night that changed...
by Sharon - Central TX
Sat Mar 21, 2020 4:34 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Rant - Cooper's Hawk are killing me!
Replies: 4
Views: 976

Re: Rant - Cooper's Hawk are killing me!

I hear ya Spiderman. Been having the same issues here. It really upsets me :evil: .
by Sharon - Central TX
Wed Mar 18, 2020 5:33 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Texas Arrivals
Replies: 13
Views: 1287

Re: Texas Arrivals

Hi Whippy, The past week has brought an influx of new birds and a lot of fighting going on. I’m not sure yet how many pairs we have although I have seen two enter several gourds in the evening. We checked them today just to see what was going on and it looked like most of the aspen bedding has inden...
by Sharon - Central TX
Wed Mar 18, 2020 3:24 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Martins on offense - Hawk
Replies: 10
Views: 1249

Re: Martins on offense - Hawk

Last night a hawk chased one of our martins in at sunset and I think the martin made it inside the Troyer gourd. The rest were already in. The hawk sat on the porch for some time then flew off. Unfortunately the gourd faced away from where I could see the entrance so I’m not totally sure. I went out...
by Sharon - Central TX
Mon Mar 16, 2020 1:05 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Martins on offense - Hawk
Replies: 10
Views: 1249

Re: Martins on offense - Hawk

Yeah, we’ve already had at least two attacks that we know of. Probably more we haven’t seen. One of them the martins avoided but the other was a surprise attack when a martin was sitting on the porch of his gourd. It was dusk and all the others had gone inside. He was the only one out. This was a la...
by Sharon - Central TX
Sun Mar 15, 2020 3:29 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Texas Landlords. How Many Years Did You Wait For That First Pair
Replies: 17
Views: 5686

Re: Texas Landlords. How Many Years Did You Wait For That First Pair

Is there any way you could add gourds to the bottom of your Grandpa house? I’m not familiar with that type of housing. It sounds like you’ve done all the right things! The winch is a great improvement. I don’t know how people deal with a pulley system and agree it makes it difficult to do nest check...
by Sharon - Central TX
Fri Mar 13, 2020 4:23 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Texas Landlords. How Many Years Did You Wait For That First Pair
Replies: 17
Views: 5686

Re: Texas Landlords. How Many Years Did You Wait For That First Pair

What type of housing do you have? If possible you might want to open a couple of units but only if you are able to check them daily to make sure HS’s don’t move in. It’s possible you might have martins arrive earlier than last year since you had SY’s. Did you do regular nest checks last year? That i...
by Sharon - Central TX
Tue Mar 10, 2020 1:38 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Texas Landlords. How Many Years Did You Wait For That First Pair
Replies: 17
Views: 5686

Re: Texas Landlords. How Many Years Did You Wait For That First Pair

We didn’t get any our first year and were advised by my then mentor to move our pole closer to the house because they like to be around people. That also meant closer to an oak tree but he assured me it wasn’t a problem. We did get one pair that produced six young ones year 2. But we also lost them ...