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by deancamp
Sat May 08, 2021 9:12 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: 2nd strait day ASY Male Visit--Question could he be starting my colony?
Replies: 24
Views: 3498

Re: 2nd strait day ASY Male Visit--Question could he be starting my colony?

Jones, it is not uncommon at all for an asy to start a colony. I asked the question last year to successful landlords which started their colony and asy was 4 to 1 over sy birds. ASY birds will get displaced by housing being removed by someone moving or predators got to their nest and they move on. ...
by deancamp
Sat May 08, 2021 8:58 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Almost gave up...ASY Male showed up today....Then I killed 3 HSP's
Replies: 3
Views: 1157

Re: Almost gave up...ASY Male showed up today....Then I killed 3 HSP's

I sure hope he stays, I don't think an asy male would have trouble finding a mate. Are you playing the dawnsong?Regardless if he stays or not leave your housing up all season long. Martins will see it throughout the year and this years fledglings might zone in on it to come back to next year. Think ...
by deancamp
Fri May 07, 2021 7:20 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Trio mini castle turning
Replies: 5
Views: 1327

Re: Trio mini castle turning

Mine has a notch on the carriage at the top that fits into a roll pin going through the pole when completly raised and holds tight. When lowering for storms I run a small piece of wooden shim inside the carriage to wedge it to the pole. Works for me although I do have to use a ladder when doing so.
by deancamp
Fri May 07, 2021 6:28 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Quiet Martins
Replies: 4
Views: 1407

Re: Quiet Martins

If they are coming and going to the nests keep an eye on them. It sounds like nest building has started. Watch to see if the are carrying nest materials. It quiets down alot when they get busy building nest and feeding hatchlings. Also you could lower your housing mid afternoon and look to see if th...
by deancamp
Thu May 06, 2021 4:09 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Help! Should I Put A Second House Up?
Replies: 5
Views: 1527

Re: Help! Should I Put A Second House Up?

I don't think the birds you have now will mind a bit but don't expect it to stop the fighting, that's what they do. When I put my second gourd rack up all the new birds still wanted in the first rack until a few decided to nest in it and then it became more appealing to the others.
by deancamp
Thu May 06, 2021 3:29 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: I think i'm getting close!!
Replies: 22
Views: 6495

Re: I think i'm getting close!!

I would recommend to keep playing it and helping your existing pair draw in more birds. I believe it is said you need 6 pair to "guarantee" some will make the return migration trip so the more the better. Keep doing everything you can to grow your numbers.
by deancamp
Thu May 06, 2021 3:14 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Can't believe it, but I have one hanging around
Replies: 58
Views: 37360

Re: Can't believe it, but I have one hanging around

Very good news Ryan. I am really hoping he stays and finds a mate. Keep us posted.
by deancamp
Thu May 06, 2021 3:11 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Hoping to be a new Landlord
Replies: 33
Views: 9772

Re: Hoping to be a new Landlord

Congratulations, that's a pretty sight. I would suggest sprinkling the sevin dust around the perimeter of the nest a couple days before eggs hatch. That will give you longer coverage after the babies have hatched.
by deancamp
Tue May 04, 2021 9:02 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Martins Predawn Song Queston.
Replies: 7
Views: 2261

Re: Martins Predawn Song Queston.

I have heard mine singing the dawnsong last year and again this year. Last year I heard a few of them overhead at dawn. This year I have heard a single male the last 2 mornings at dawn singing from the gourd racks. I would imagine when they're up high singing it would carry for some distance.
by deancamp
Tue May 04, 2021 2:39 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Repeating trap at work
Replies: 9
Views: 3780

Re: Repeating trap at work

I can now report that the trap has caught it's first sparrow.
by deancamp
Tue May 04, 2021 2:26 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Owls at Night
Replies: 9
Views: 2463

Re: Owls at Night

Spiderman, thanks for sharing your experience. I have not had an owl issue, but at some point I figure I will as owls set and hunt near my colony. I often ponder what approach I will take when it happens. This sounds like a good option.
by deancamp
Tue May 04, 2021 2:19 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: PM’s still in the area
Replies: 14
Views: 3942

Re: PM’s still in the area

The rule of thumb is for sy birds to show up 4 to 6 weeks after the asy birds. Your asy birds will probably draw some in. Not odd for the male without a female, sometimes they find a mate very quickly and sometimes it takes awhile. There house selection is interesting and different at each site. Min...
by deancamp
Tue May 04, 2021 2:09 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: No Martins Yet here in Central Indiana
Replies: 4
Views: 1566

Re: No Martins Yet here in Central Indiana

The dawnsong is a song that the male Martin will sing at dawn to attract other Martins to the colony. A recording is very effective anytime of the day to draw in Martins to have a look. The more visitors you get the more likely one will stay and want to take up housekeeping. There are different opti...
by deancamp
Mon May 03, 2021 9:14 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Why the fighting?
Replies: 26
Views: 4050

Re: Why the fighting?

It's not uncommon for them to dominate more than one gourd. Hopefully the new birds will want to nest bad enough to fight there way in. Do you think the bigger purple bird was an asy male?
by deancamp
Mon May 03, 2021 6:01 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: No Martins Yet here in Central Indiana
Replies: 4
Views: 1566

Re: No Martins Yet here in Central Indiana

Is your housing in the open clear of trees and obstructions, they need open flyways. The number one attraction tool is the dawnsong, you should be playing it from predawn until dark. Prenesting with pine needles will not only help them get a headstart on th here nest but will make your housing look ...
by deancamp
Mon May 03, 2021 5:54 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Returning?
Replies: 5
Views: 1708

Re: Returning?

If you only had one pair last year, I would be playing the dawnsong, decoy, prenesting, etc. as if you are starting from scratch in case your pair did not survive their migration journey. You need to be drawing in more birds regardless. My 2 cents.
by deancamp
Mon May 03, 2021 5:50 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Purple Martins laying eggs in Central Virginia
Replies: 6
Views: 1817

Re: Purple Martins laying eggs in Central Virginia

You can be assured you will not run them off by lowering your housing. If you watch them they will carry nesting material in such as small twigs, leaves, weed stems or the like before they start laying, but it's not a problem to lower and keep track of progress. Good Luck
by deancamp
Mon May 03, 2021 5:45 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: First birds
Replies: 5
Views: 1874

Re: First birds

It's not too late to prenest, pine needles might be your best ootion as they will dry out if they get wet. Are you using any other attractants such as dawnsong or decoys? A predator guard should be something you add. It would be a shame if you got some to nest and then a snake ate eggs or hatchlings...
by deancamp
Sun May 02, 2021 7:22 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Getting them to Stay?
Replies: 10
Views: 2694

Re: Getting them to Stay?

Now you have opened a can of worms. :) Different people have had success by turning the dawnsong off after they have attracted their first Martin. Others have had success by continuing to play it ( as long as you can't see it affecting the Martins negatively) to help draw in more potential birds for...
by deancamp
Sun May 02, 2021 1:08 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Getting them to Stay?
Replies: 10
Views: 2694

Re: Getting them to Stay?

So you have 2 dawnsong devices playing now? I don't have experience with that and haven't heard anyone else mention it either. Maybe that is a little too much??? Everything else sounds like you've done your job. It's time to set back be patient and let your ASY male do his job now. Watch and enjoy, ...