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by paule
Mon Apr 06, 2020 4:30 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: The Lewis Mod
Replies: 21
Views: 264

Re: The Lewis Mod

I thought I'd post it in a new thread in hopes more people would see this important tool. Brad, Years ago I read about the "Lewis Mod". I can not remember if I first read it here or on the Purple Martin Update. I must say I was skeptical. I had 6 Troyer vertical gourds hanging under a housing compl...
by paule
Fri Apr 03, 2020 11:19 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Birds are TUFF
Replies: 4
Views: 144

Re: Birds are TUFF

In Iowa and tuffer than me! I saw my first ASY male on the porch of a Trio today. He had not triggered the camera due to all the ice. I went out to remove the plugs. This took a long time as the pole on the Trio Grampa had Ice on it that needed to be removed so I could lower the house. As he patient...
by paule
Thu Aug 29, 2019 10:31 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: He's Really Gonna miss Me !!
Replies: 7
Views: 4040

Re: He's Really Gonna miss Me !!

:| Back to the title of this post, In ALL my landlording years, I've Never had a P.M who would wait for me to dive directly at my face & get closer Every Day, Like this ASY Male P.M who perched on top of pole #1. The last time he did it I could have reached out & grabbed Him ! I've never seen an ope...
by paule
Fri May 24, 2019 3:46 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Starlings are discouraging us
Replies: 12
Views: 8980

Re: Starlings are discouraging us

My husband has an air rifle, Gamo, single cock, pellet gun. We can't seem to hit the broadside of a barn at this point. We have him in the scope (had it professional calibrated) and we just can't get him. I tried with my little BB gun, and I did nick him last night, but they were back with a vengea...
by paule
Tue May 07, 2019 5:52 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Colony Being Destroyed
Replies: 95
Views: 42704

Re: Colony Being Destroyed

I now have four mother birds killed on their nest, totally eaten up stomachs, no idea what’s going on. This is just crazy, all my birds being killed and house is covered in martins. Can’t solve the problem if I don’t know what’s happening. rrmartins I feel your pain and the solutions can be complic...
by paule
Thu Apr 04, 2019 8:21 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Report in Western PA
Replies: 3
Views: 1058

Re: Report in Western PA

Doug I have had a bird for 5 years that would hover in front of my face and "chortle" upon returning and just hover in my face whenever food was in short supply. That bird probably had more to do with teaching the rest of the flock to feed than I did. Your statement about your hen, "she turned into ...
by paule
Wed Apr 03, 2019 4:26 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Alpha Male Has Returned!
Replies: 3
Views: 1228

Alpha Male Has Returned!

At 8:30 this morning I went outside and spotted a Purple Martin sitting on the top bar of a lowered Trio Grampa. I removed the pool noodles from the crescents and raised the house. Went inside to grab crickets and eggs. Back out and started flipping. He would not take any crickets but immediately to...
by paule
Fri Mar 15, 2019 4:20 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: 2019 Migration
Replies: 5
Views: 2892

Re: 2019 Migration

Looks like their off and running, to put it in horse racing terms. I just noticed there are to 2 scout reports for Iowa, and 1 is almost clear to I-80. I guess I'll do my best to get my site put together and erected tomorrow. I just new this is what would happen. Our weather is so strange anymore. ...
by paule
Wed Mar 06, 2019 2:53 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Hand Warmers
Replies: 29
Views: 7392

Re: Hand Warmers

So thankful this is over. Gives me an appreciation of what all you folks up north go through. Sharon Sharon congrats on doing a good job and thank you! Some of those birds could end up at our colony. Many of the birds I supply heat and food for are traveling north of me. I'm no scientist but common...
by paule
Tue Mar 05, 2019 9:00 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Better throw another log on the fire.
Replies: 7
Views: 3966

Re: Better throw another log on the fire.

Bob Flam
I found the clip...enjoy. :wink:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d_R6qyOM5a8

Paule
by paule
Tue Mar 05, 2019 5:01 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Better throw another log on the fire.
Replies: 7
Views: 3966

Re: Better throw another log on the fire.



I was wondering if that groundhog saw it's shadow back at the beginning of February :lol: :lol:
I saw on the news they arrested that ground hog and toted it off to jail! :lol:
by paule
Thu Feb 07, 2019 2:34 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Making a new PM house more inviting - odors?
Replies: 12
Views: 2137

Re: Making a new PM house more inviting - odors?

Hey Birdguy, I tried this back in the day. A pinch of Sevin and installed complete old nest into several cavities. I had a friend do the very same thing last year. I can still remember his call that morning describing how disgusting it was! :shock: Last year he got more visitors but no nesting. Hope...
by paule
Fri Feb 01, 2019 2:28 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: A new twist to supplemental feeding.
Replies: 10
Views: 1821

Re: A new twist to supplemental feeding.

Below picture shows a cold, windy and snowy April 15th 2018. Three birds waiting to be fed. One decoy used mainly as my early warning system and to give Martins a chance to escape from danger above. Ed's comment was interesting to me. As I remember, I didn't have much luck getting the martins to use...
by paule
Thu May 10, 2018 5:21 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Iowa Martin Migration Status Inquiry
Replies: 9
Views: 1665

Re: Iowa Martin Migration Status Inquiry

We observed two SY-M's at 1:30 pm in Grundy Center, Iowa today. Three days earlier than last year. Had to get going shortly after so didn't observe how much chaos they may have caused at our site. :)
Paul
by paule
Mon May 07, 2018 9:41 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Iowa Martin Migration Status Inquiry
Replies: 9
Views: 1665

Re: Iowa Martin Migration Status Inquiry

Tim, I'm staying around 30 - 35. Two days ago (Sat) my numbers were up but a group moved on. A friend north of me got birds the same day. His first this year. Now back to about 33. A guess is 60% M 40% F also. Two SYF, zero SYM's so far. They have been using our colony as a stop over this year more ...
by paule
Sun May 06, 2018 11:30 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Another question on sparrow control
Replies: 3
Views: 425

Re: Another question on sparrow control

Lancaster House,
I totally agree with what flyin-lowe recommended. Trying to follow that plan should lead to success.
Paul
by paule
Sun May 06, 2018 11:14 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: What’s going on with this?
Replies: 5
Views: 1131

Re: What’s going on with this?

Otee977, I have two hens that take the ride down and back up when they have eggs. This year I noticed one hen doing this and no eggs yet. As far as the spread wings, this sounds like bird behavior of being overheated. This could be from fighting. I used to see this after capturing a caged bird or so...
by paule
Sun May 06, 2018 10:52 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: No tail feathers
Replies: 5
Views: 659

Re: No tail feathers

Used to raise and show different grass keets originating from Australia. Part of their defense in the wild was loosing their tail from various attacks preserving their life. If the martins hold true to them, his tail should be complete in a month.
by paule
Sat May 05, 2018 9:33 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Nest Check 8 1/2.
Replies: 1
Views: 351

Re: Nest Check 8 1/2.

Mike,
Just a guess but if you have any SY males around one could be the culprit of the chick removal. Personally not witnessed this but heard of it. No nighthawks here yet but local hospital roof produces quite a few chicks.
Here's to a good year.
Paul
by paule
Sat May 05, 2018 9:08 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Evening Entertainment and New Nest Materials
Replies: 1
Views: 354

Re: Evening Entertainment and New Nest Materials

wmfamily, ours seem to prefer the courser material also. Some of the bean straw they are using looks more like sticks. If gathered after a rain the experienced form them in a good looking nest. The inexperienced not so much. I am using oat straw at the moment. Enjoy them gathering the stuff you prov...

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