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by deancamp
Thu Apr 25, 2019 4:07 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Hello
Replies: 27
Views: 5105

Re: Hello

Great set up Rob. You are lucky to have Martin action so quick. My take on the dawn song is to play it until it is apparent they are going to stay or you can see they are uncomfortable with it or turn it off when they're there and back on when they leave. It looks like they might stay, but if they d...
by deancamp
Wed Apr 24, 2019 9:03 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Opinions on my setup
Replies: 26
Views: 6279

Re: Opinions on my setup

Sounds promising, going into the gourd late evening leads me to believe it is looking for a home not just passing by. I would think of the chatter as keeping them company after they show up, maybe as they get more comfortable they won't need it as much??? Keep tinkering with them, you'll figure them...
by deancamp
Wed Apr 24, 2019 1:09 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Opinions on my setup
Replies: 26
Views: 6279

Re: Opinions on my setup

Wow, that's great. Your housing situation is similar to what happened to me. I got a Trio Castle from my Mom when she passed away, but the Martins payed no attention to it and went for the gourds. As my colony grows I think it will force them into the Trio Castle. As you are able to watch them more ...
by deancamp
Tue Apr 23, 2019 7:01 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: SREHs do appear to work
Replies: 25
Views: 8444

Re: SREHs do appear to work

Great camara shot. Others have mentioned them being breached from time to time.I like the SREHs to keep the starlings at bay until I can trap or shoot them. It might be a good idea to try and eliminate them before Martins come.
by deancamp
Tue Apr 23, 2019 4:56 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Opinions on my setup
Replies: 26
Views: 6279

Re: Opinions on my setup

Looks good with a very open setup, yet a good distance from your house. I would think your chances are good since Martins are the best attractant for Martins. If it were me, I would leave your poles as they are and let the Martins decide which they like best. After you have some nest for a year move...
by deancamp
Tue Apr 23, 2019 10:03 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Dawn song questions
Replies: 10
Views: 2703

Re: Dawn song questions

I would play the dawn song as much of the day as you can. Some put it on the housing, I played mine close to the housing. If it's drawing them in to have a look it's doing it's job. It could be birds that already have a site and just coming in to see what's going on. Keep playing it until you finall...
by deancamp
Mon Apr 22, 2019 8:59 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Martin Nests not very good quality
Replies: 7
Views: 2236

Re: Martin Nests not very good quality

I like to pre-nest with pine needles because it makes me feel better and gives them a little warmth for the cold nights when they first return. I think for the most part they would be just fine without any help. Some pairs will bring a lot of additional nesting material and some very little. I don't...
by deancamp
Mon Apr 22, 2019 8:05 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Subies?
Replies: 18
Views: 6647

Re: Subies?

I've been watching here and nothing yet just South of Kansas City, MO. I'll be sure and post when I see one.
by deancamp
Sun Apr 21, 2019 8:43 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Overnight Stay (Pictures and Video)
Replies: 4
Views: 2793

Re: Overnight Stay (Pictures and Video)

Great, sounds very promising.
by deancamp
Wed Apr 17, 2019 7:22 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: 2 of first 4 returning are banded
Replies: 4
Views: 2046

Re: 2 of first 4 returning are banded

Ed, I'm not aware of anyone banding in my area. Is there anyway to see all the locations that banding is taking place?
by deancamp
Wed Apr 17, 2019 9:53 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: A lot of visitors
Replies: 3
Views: 2312

Re: A lot of visitors

Excellent, are they going in out of your housing or just flyovers? It only takes a couple to like what they see.
by deancamp
Wed Apr 17, 2019 6:04 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: New landlord survey
Replies: 42
Views: 14398

Re: New landlord survey

Bird Brain are you playing the dawn song with decoys as well. You should at a minimum be seeing visitors.
by deancamp
Tue Apr 16, 2019 7:40 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: New PM landlord - help choose placement
Replies: 13
Views: 3585

Re: New PM landlord - help choose placement

I think that will be a good placement, leaving flyways beside and behind your house. Good luck.
by deancamp
Tue Apr 16, 2019 6:49 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: New landlord survey
Replies: 42
Views: 14398

Re: New landlord survey

Good news Buckdog! It was most likely a female, the scout map is not showing any sy birds that far North yet. Keep us posted, I would love to hear that she brought a mate back with her.
by deancamp
Mon Apr 15, 2019 7:38 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Visitors Question
Replies: 16
Views: 4343

Re: Visitors Question

I agree with Archer's statement about them being individuals and that they react differently. Obseve their behavior and be ready to adapt. I am always learning.
by deancamp
Sun Apr 14, 2019 11:37 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Pics of my piebald female
Replies: 5
Views: 2190

Re: Pics of my piebald female

That's neat, no mistaking her from the others.
by deancamp
Sun Apr 14, 2019 7:20 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Visitors Question
Replies: 16
Views: 4343

Re: Visitors Question

If they spend the night, you have a good start. Then you will see them start bringing a potential mate back with them trying to entice them into the nest. I think the pine straw (needles) help make the setup look used which is more inviting.
by deancamp
Sat Apr 13, 2019 5:59 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Hello all. New member. Here are the houses I made.
Replies: 41
Views: 12196

Re: Hello all. New member. Here are the houses I made.

Those are cool, very well thought out and constructed. As far as I'm concerned if the Martins like them they are "correct". Job well done.
by deancamp
Sat Apr 13, 2019 2:58 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Entrance covers for modified houses
Replies: 8
Views: 3050

Re: Entrance covers for modified houses

Any pictures of your house? What material or make is it? Entrance shape?There are premade plugs for round metal housing entrances. Tape would might work for a short term fix, but won't stand the test of time.I think gourds under it is a good option for this year. Some Martins might prefer the gourd ...
by deancamp
Thu Apr 11, 2019 2:19 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: New houses
Replies: 10
Views: 1926

Re: New houses

I understand if a sparrow starts a nest in my Purple Martin housing it's not the end of the world. What I don't understand is why I would let them to continue to build without trying to trap or stop them in some manner. I have read on this forum reports of sparrows being detrimental in one way or an...

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