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by Dick Sherry
Mon Sep 28, 2020 3:35 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Martins All Gone from Tulsa Roost
Replies: 1
Views: 258

Martins All Gone from Tulsa Roost

Went to the airport Friday evening, Sept. 25th, and found the martins have all moved on in the past ten days. Last saw some there on Sept. 16th. Hope they have a safe migration, and don't run into severe weather along the Gulf coast. So they ended up using the trees at the airport for nearly two and...
by Dick Sherry
Tue Aug 11, 2020 4:51 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Tulsa Roost Watch, Saturday, Aug. 8th at Airport
Replies: 1
Views: 443

Re: Tulsa Roost Watch, Saturday, Aug. 8th at Airport

The Roost Watch event went well. There were around 100 people who came out to see well over 100,000 martins. It was spectacular as always, and everyone seemed to enjoy it. Hard to believe another season is winding down.
by Dick Sherry
Fri Aug 07, 2020 4:08 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Tulsa Roost Watch, Saturday, Aug. 8th at Airport
Replies: 1
Views: 443

Tulsa Roost Watch, Saturday, Aug. 8th at Airport

The Tulsa Audubon Society's annual Roost Watch event will be tomorrow evening beginning around 8 PM in the parking lot of the Hilton Garden Inn, which is on the east side of the entrance road to the airport in northeast Tulsa. There appears to be well over 100,000 martins there, and they start trick...
by Dick Sherry
Thu Apr 16, 2020 3:38 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Are Everyone's Martins Doing OK During the Very Late Cold Snap?
Replies: 17
Views: 1258

Re: Are Everyone's Martins Doing OK During the Very Late Cold Snap?

Thank you all for your replies. I am so glad so many martins have learned to take supplemental feeding. They go through so much after migrating the thousands of miles from South America. Have a great nesting season with your birds!
by Dick Sherry
Mon Apr 13, 2020 10:50 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Are Everyone's Martins Doing OK During the Very Late Cold Snap?
Replies: 17
Views: 1258

Are Everyone's Martins Doing OK During the Very Late Cold Snap?

We don't have any martins at our place yet this year, but I have been concerned about the ones that have already arrived. This has not been good feeding weather for them and I hope they make it OK. They are remarkable birds! Good luck to everyone.
by Dick Sherry
Thu Mar 19, 2020 3:58 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: First Martin sighting in Piedmont, OK
Replies: 2
Views: 881

Re: First Martin sighting in Piedmont, OK

Hi, Ron

Hope you have a real good season in Piedmont! Not seeing many martins around Tulsa, and none at our site yet.

Take care, Dick
by Dick Sherry
Mon Aug 19, 2019 4:23 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Tulsa Roost Watch Went Well
Replies: 1
Views: 2352

Tulsa Roost Watch Went Well

Saturday evening's Roost Watch had about 100 people who came out to see the birds, and between 100,000 and 200,000 martins showed up to see the people! It was a very pleasant evening and gave us a chance to talk to many folks about the martins and their long migration to Brazil.
by Dick Sherry
Sat Aug 17, 2019 2:04 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Tulsa Purple Martin Roost Watch Party
Replies: 1
Views: 2100

Re: Tulsa Purple Martin Roost Watch Party

There were thousands of martins there last night. This is an amazing spectacle of Nature! Please come see it - you will be very glad you did!!
by Dick Sherry
Wed Aug 07, 2019 5:26 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Tulsa Roost
Replies: 2
Views: 3739

Re: Tulsa Roost

On Monday evening, there were probably between 100,000 and 200,000 martins using this roost. They were in trees just east of the two hotels along the entrance road to the terminal and most seemed to come into the trees between 8:30 and 9 PM. The Tulsa Audubon Society is sponsoring a Roost Watch even...
by Dick Sherry
Mon Jul 29, 2019 5:35 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Tulsa Roost
Replies: 2
Views: 3739

Re: Tulsa Roost

The martins are roosting at the airport again this year, but are mostly using trees more to the south of the terminal along the entrance road to the terminal close to the two hotels on either side of the road. I have been out of town and need to check the roost again to see how many birds are there....
by Dick Sherry
Fri Sep 21, 2018 11:37 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: No More Martins at Tulsa Roost
Replies: 2
Views: 1887

Re: No More Martins at Tulsa Roost

Dave, I think the reason our local roosts have had birds for so long is that they have become stopover roosts for birds from farther north. We have had these type of roosts for nearly 30 years. From the early 1990's to around 2003, the martins used an auto bank (square block in size) as a jumbo roos...
by Dick Sherry
Tue Sep 18, 2018 2:03 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: No More Martins at Tulsa Roost
Replies: 2
Views: 1887

No More Martins at Tulsa Roost

Went by the airport last evening, and there were not only no martins there but the starlings had cleared out as well. So they used it as their roost for about two months or a little longer. Hopefully the martins in this area will do better next year.
by Dick Sherry
Wed Sep 05, 2018 4:26 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Still Lots of Martins at Tulsa Airport
Replies: 1
Views: 1712

Still Lots of Martins at Tulsa Airport

Last evening there were still many thousands of martins coming in to roost before dark, if anyone still wants to see them. I had looked at Lake Yahola on my way to the airport, and there were some coming south over the lake, but not very many. Most of the martins seemed to be coming from the west an...
by Dick Sherry
Sat Aug 11, 2018 12:50 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Tulsa Roost 2018 located at Tulsa Airport again
Replies: 10
Views: 3913

Re: Tulsa Roost 2018 located at Tulsa Airport again

Hi, Matt. Thank you for the kind words. The airport has been much more accepting of the martins, and very cooperative with Anita and me and the efforts to protect the martins. We really hope the birds go somewhere else next year, but building a positive relationship with the property owner or manage...
by Dick Sherry
Fri Aug 03, 2018 4:17 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Tulsa Roost 2018 located at Tulsa Airport again
Replies: 10
Views: 3913

Re: Tulsa Roost 2018 located at Tulsa Airport again

We have been in communications with the airport management people, and they have been much more accepting of the martins' presence this year, and have been very helpful by not firing whistling and exploding firework-type devices at the birds. Sound has been used to move the birds away from a baggage...
by Dick Sherry
Thu Oct 05, 2017 11:52 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Just 4 Martins at Tulsa Roost
Replies: 4
Views: 1723

Re: Just 4 Martins at Tulsa Roost

From things I have read over the years, there may be martins along the Gulf coast until well into November. There is the jumbo roost in New Orleans that as it winds down could still have some birds very late. There may not be much of a gap between when the last birds going south leave and when the f...
by Dick Sherry
Thu Oct 05, 2017 11:52 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Just 4 Martins at Tulsa Roost
Replies: 4
Views: 1723

Re: Just 4 Martins at Tulsa Roost

From things I have read over the years, there may be martins along the Gulf coast until well into November. There is the jumbo roost in New Orleans that as it winds down could still have some birds very late. There may not be much of a gap between when the last birds going south leave and when the f...
by Dick Sherry
Wed Oct 04, 2017 10:36 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Just 4 Martins at Tulsa Roost
Replies: 4
Views: 1723

Just 4 Martins at Tulsa Roost

Last evening there were four martins in the air at the airport roost. They came in with a small group of starlings and were later seen flying around with a couple of chimney swifts. I never saw the martins land in the trees that have been used for roosting over the past two and a half months, so not...
by Dick Sherry
Mon Sep 25, 2017 11:17 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: 500 to 600 Still Using Tulsa Airport Roost
Replies: 0
Views: 1734

500 to 600 Still Using Tulsa Airport Roost

Last night about 500 to 600 martins came in to roost at the airport. They seemed to mostly be approaching from the west and south and then sailed around overhead. Many were landing on a communication tower near some of the air freight buildings, and then would have brief fly-offs. Almost all had lig...
by Dick Sherry
Fri Sep 22, 2017 12:42 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Still Martins at Airport Roost - Harrassing Has Stopped
Replies: 5
Views: 2197

Re: Still Martins at Airport Roost - Harrassing Has Stopped

Anita, heard back from the rehabber. One of the birds had to be euthanized, and the other was released at the colony of another rehabber's parents. It apparently did fine. I will be checking again the first of the week to see if there are any martins still roosting at the airport. It is getting very...