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by Louise Chambers
Fri Mar 06, 2020 8:18 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Site fidelity
Replies: 11
Views: 355

Re: Site fidelity

The PMCA did a banding study that ran for years and covered a pretty big area. Here's link to pdf: https://www.purplemartin.org/uploads/media/bandingpm11-3-372.pdf Here's a snip from conclusions at end of article: Site Fidelity: Adult and subadult breeders have strong site-fidelity and about half of...
by Louise Chambers
Fri Mar 06, 2020 8:15 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: 1000 scout dropoff in 2016
Replies: 5
Views: 186

Re: 1000 scout dropoff in 2016

I think it was due to changes in how scouts are reported online to the PMCA. Before 2016, anyone could report online directly. In 2016 (I think I am remembering this correctly), people had to use a PMCA account log-in, not their forum log-in, to report. That slowed things down a good bit, but it's i...
by Louise Chambers
Thu Mar 05, 2020 9:19 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Multiple states two weeks ahead of schedule!
Replies: 17
Views: 576

Re: Multiple states two weeks ahead of schedule!

This topic is discussed every year, it seems - some think supplemental feeding causes martins to return earlier than they would have returned without feeding, and therefore feeding is not good for martins in the long run. Looking at the bigger picture, long term, too few landlords feed to make any d...
by Louise Chambers
Wed Jan 29, 2020 12:35 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Please help me identify these birds !
Replies: 14
Views: 2810

Re: Please help me identify these birds !

No, you can't shoot any native songbirds, including bluebirds, tree swallows, house wrens, carolina wrens, bewick's wrens, flycatchers - all of which might show an interest in martin houses or gourds. If you go to cornell lab of ornithology's all about birds site, there are photos and range maps for...
by Louise Chambers
Mon Jan 27, 2020 9:31 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: barn owl vs martins
Replies: 10
Views: 606

Re: barn owl vs martins

Rodents would normally be first choice for barn owls - what is the situation? Are the barn owls using a barn that is close to your martins? We have barred, screech, and great horned owls near one of our sites, and I saw a barn owl there just once, roosting down in the woods. We do regular nest check...
by Louise Chambers
Thu Jan 16, 2020 2:33 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Opinions on "crescent openings" for Gourds
Replies: 8
Views: 4541

Re: Opinions on "crescent openings" for Gourds

I had starlings getting into crescents and conleys on gourds, switched to excluder IIs with good results.
by Louise Chambers
Fri Jan 03, 2020 3:43 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Pictures
Replies: 23
Views: 3811

Re: Pictures

Yes, it shows up just fine.
by Louise Chambers
Thu Jan 02, 2020 3:34 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Pictures
Replies: 23
Views: 3811

Re: Pictures

The FAQ button, next to Quick links, has a section on formatting. It covers photos this way: Can I post images? Yes, images can be shown in your posts. If the administrator has allowed attachments, you may be able to upload the image to the board. Otherwise, you must link to an image stored on a pub...
by Louise Chambers
Mon Dec 30, 2019 6:15 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Winter sparrows
Replies: 13
Views: 4645

Re: Winter sparrows

Conrad, no you didn't - all of us assume house sparrows since we're aware. I know one of my favorite winter events here is when all the 'winter' sparrows show up at our feeders: savannah, white-crowned, white-throated, field, lincoln's, vesper, harris', chipping, clay-colored, swamp - nice, huh? :-)...
by Louise Chambers
Mon Dec 30, 2019 5:39 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Winter sparrows
Replies: 13
Views: 4645

Re: Winter sparrows

Since no one has mentioned it yet in this thread, let's help newcomers become aware of the difference between House Sparrows, passer domesticus, the non-native sparrow being discussed here, and the roughly 35 species of native sparrows that do not compete with or harm martins, are protected, and oft...
by Louise Chambers
Wed Jul 31, 2019 12:28 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: tree swallows
Replies: 1
Views: 3136

Re: tree swallows

I doubt it would work - house sparrows are smaller than martins and tree swallows, so how would you keep them out, while still letting swallows in? SREHS work at keeping starlings out of martin compartments/gourds, most of the time, because starling has bigger circumference at breast than martin doe...
by Louise Chambers
Thu Jul 04, 2019 9:47 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Mites???
Replies: 1
Views: 1211

Re: Mites???

Mites will be inside any thin openings - this is not only in Troyer gourds, but the overlap where tunnel fits on, they hide in there. Any gourds with seams, they will be in there, too. Just mentioning this for landlords wiping down gourds or adding sevin - overlaps or seams are a good place to treat...
by Louise Chambers
Thu Jun 20, 2019 6:49 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Jumpers
Replies: 5
Views: 4073

Re: Jumpers

We once returned a downed martin to a house by using a long pole - maybe it was a pool net, can't recall - to lift it up to porch level, and it scrambled off and into the nearest entrance. This was at a site at a senior apartment complex, we were visiting someone there, no way to lower housing, no k...
by Louise Chambers
Mon Jun 17, 2019 3:19 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: HELP
Replies: 11
Views: 6945

Re: HELP

You might want to figure out a way to shade the rooms with the late nests in them - you could shade the roof sections and the side walls that are exposed to sunlight. Shadecloth (screening that can be cut with scissors) can be used, or pieces of plastic signboard. Since those nestlings need 3+ weeks...
by Louise Chambers
Mon Jun 10, 2019 3:42 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Season Four of MartinTV NestCam is live!
Replies: 2
Views: 9593

Re: Season Four of MartinTV NestCam is live!

whoopee! I have been waiting for this - perfect timing since our Texas site is reaching about halfway point in fledging and will be empty soon.
by Louise Chambers
Fri Jun 07, 2019 2:48 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Off topic question about Mockers.
Replies: 3
Views: 1993

Re: Off topic question about Mockers.

Birds use song to define & defend their territory, to attract and keep mates. Mockers just go the extra mile :wink:
by Louise Chambers
Tue May 21, 2019 5:09 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Gourd temperature study
Replies: 4
Views: 3310

Re: Gourd temperature study

There are a lot of variables to be considered - size/dimensions of gourd? exterior color of gourd? If a plastic/manufactured gourd, different gourds have different features, some include ventilation holes or other ventilation options. With plastic gourds and houses, whether or not the walls are opaq...
by Louise Chambers
Wed May 01, 2019 6:26 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Why is N.Y. so sparse?
Replies: 7
Views: 2172

Re: Why is N.Y. so sparse?

Like Pennsylvania, a lot of New York is heavily wooded - making it less suitable as habitat for purple martins - I remember breeding bird atlases for both states showing what percentage of each was forested and it was a lot.
by Louise Chambers
Wed Apr 17, 2019 7:52 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: SREHs do appear to work
Replies: 25
Views: 11105

Re: SREHs do appear to work

Yes, tufted titmouse, native bird, cavity nester, harmless to martins. they sometimes nest in bluebird boxes.
by Louise Chambers
Tue Apr 16, 2019 4:12 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Martins killed a snake
Replies: 10
Views: 4049

Re: Martins killed a snake

I wonder if they were mobbing a snake that was already dead, dropped there by a hawk or other predator? Martin beak is just not a killing machine, when it comes to snakes. How long was the snake?

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