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by deancamp
Sun Mar 24, 2019 6:13 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Housing questions
Replies: 23
Views: 4802

Re: Housing questions

That's what this forum is for, asking questions and learning from each other. I would recommend playing the dawn song near the housing, this will draw in Martins in the area to check out your housing. Prenesting the nest compartments with soft pine needles or the like, it helps them start their nest...
by deancamp
Sun Mar 24, 2019 4:32 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Hawk
Replies: 56
Views: 16164

Re: Hawk

Mine are on an old style tv antenna that I have put up by my housing for Martin perches. I have thought about mounting some on the top of a 10' to 12' 2x4 stood on end. Then I could fasten the 2x4 to a near by fence. I could then go out and move them up and down the fence line to change it up a litt...
by deancamp
Sun Mar 24, 2019 8:44 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Another newbie question
Replies: 4
Views: 1284

Re: Another newbie question

It may not be as likely to attract an ASY bird to start your colony, but it definitely does happen. When trying to attract your first birds, try everything possible. You never know what circumstances will cause them to come to your site. The only thing your out is your effort. Even though the Dawn S...
by deancamp
Sat Mar 23, 2019 8:53 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Louisiana-maybe a first pair
Replies: 62
Views: 19657

Re: Louisiana-maybe a first pair

I would guess your colony has started. The Nut is going to make it happen for you. Fingers crossed.
Jeff
by deancamp
Sat Mar 23, 2019 8:06 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Housing questions
Replies: 23
Views: 4802

Re: Housing questions

Hopefully others will respond with their setup that they have had sucess with as well. I have a large open area to the South of my house, so I put my housing approximately 90 foot from the trees around my house. My trees are within 15 to 20 feet of my house, so we're talking 100 to 110 feet from my ...
by deancamp
Sat Mar 23, 2019 5:07 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Housing questions
Replies: 23
Views: 4802

Re: Housing questions

Birds,
How far is your martin house from your house. It looks a long way from any buildings etc.. I'm definitely not an expert, but they do like to be near human activity and feel safe near human houses.
Jeff
by deancamp
Tue Mar 19, 2019 7:51 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: 2nd year noobie needs an opinion please
Replies: 14
Views: 2667

Re: 2nd year noobie needs an opinion please

I'm pulling for ya!
Jeff
by deancamp
Tue Mar 19, 2019 7:07 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: 2nd year noobie needs an opinion please
Replies: 14
Views: 2667

Re: 2nd year noobie needs an opinion please

It runs off of electricity. The bird magnet, decoys and prenested gourds is what I believe got my first birds.
Jeff
by deancamp
Tue Mar 19, 2019 6:48 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: 2nd year noobie needs an opinion please
Replies: 14
Views: 2667

Re: 2nd year noobie needs an opinion please

I would if it were me. I used the bird magnet because it was easy to set up by my housing, but the dawn song CD sounds much better. Either one will definitely pull them in to investigate your housing if they're in the area.
Jeff
by deancamp
Tue Mar 19, 2019 6:37 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Hawk
Replies: 56
Views: 16164

Re: Hawk

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Well, I think it's on there, but it got turned side ways somehow.
Jeff
by deancamp
Tue Mar 19, 2019 5:37 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Hawk
Replies: 56
Views: 16164

Re: Hawk

I thought i could just attach a picture from my phone gallery, but it does not show up when I preview my reply. Any ideas what I need to do?

Jeff
by deancamp
Tue Mar 19, 2019 4:16 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Hawk
Replies: 56
Views: 16164

Re: Hawk

In previous years I would find my decoys on the ground some distance from where I had them setting, so I know a hawk or owl had hit them. Someone on this forum was talking about mounting the decoy on a spring. I got a short spring at the locol hardware store and turned the spring up into the bottom ...
by deancamp
Sat Mar 16, 2019 8:49 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Louisiana-maybe a first pair
Replies: 62
Views: 19657

Re: Louisiana-maybe a first pair

I agree and have heard others say that if you attract an ASY male, he will start your colony. Give him time and hang in there.

Jeff
by deancamp
Sat Mar 16, 2019 12:14 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Why some Martins don't make it home.
Replies: 6
Views: 2009

Re: Why some Martins don't make it home.

As for a lot of things, timing is everything. In some instances like this it's life or death.

Jeff
by deancamp
Fri Mar 15, 2019 6:08 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: SY Male?
Replies: 18
Views: 5263

Re: SY Male?

Very interesting, do the sy birds continue to gain more color throughout the season or does that only happen with another molt?

Jeff
by deancamp
Thu Mar 14, 2019 3:41 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: SY Male?
Replies: 18
Views: 5263

Re: SY Male?

Can some of the experienced landlords use this bird as an example and explain what characteristics you are looking at the most for identification?

Jeff
by deancamp
Wed Mar 13, 2019 7:28 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: SY Male?
Replies: 18
Views: 5263

Re: SY Male?

The part I am focused on is the purple feathers below its leg...

Jeff
by deancamp
Mon Mar 11, 2019 2:55 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Very Eager
Replies: 6
Views: 2024

Re: Very Eager

If you don't have a decoy, you might give that a try also. After over 10 yrs of trying, l got my first Martins a couple years ago. I was playing the dawn song and had a decoy sitting on an antenna a short distance from my gourds and housing. An asy male was first seen setting by the decoy as if it w...
by deancamp
Sat Apr 21, 2018 9:14 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Playing dawn song with one pair
Replies: 8
Views: 2021

Re: Playing dawn song with one pair

Nothing scientific here, but this will be my second year as a landlord. I set up my dawnsong incase no birds returned and I needed to play it. I had one ASY male return and was here for awhile by himself. I decided to play the dawnsong in the morning to attract more attention. The ASY male did not s...
by deancamp
Sat Apr 21, 2018 8:58 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Wanna be landlord
Replies: 13
Views: 2756

Re: Wanna be landlord

Don't fret the SREH's. When I got my first birds to stay last year, they would ignore my Trio Castle with round holes. They went directly to my gourd rack which has Conley 11 entrances. They struggled to get in, but kept trying until they figured it out. Jeff