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by Black Jack
Sat Jun 29, 2019 4:45 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: A gang of martins?
Replies: 15
Views: 5406

Re: A gang of martins?

Let me add this question... So at my place thee are maybe 250 birds in the civil twilight evening swirling around. I think all have fledged and maybe the older pro's are going for clutch #2. Where do the first round of fledglings hang out at night? Do they stay in the gourd they were raised in, hop...
by Black Jack
Fri Jun 28, 2019 12:30 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: A gang of martins?
Replies: 15
Views: 5406

Re: A gang of martins?

It may be too early for this in your area but it could possibly be a family group of Martins. I see them very often in June. A pair of Martins with their fledglings our flying around. Adults will often take fledglings to other colony sites in the area. I guess they’re showing them around the neighb...
by Black Jack
Tue Jun 25, 2019 9:34 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Tough Season
Replies: 9
Views: 5123

Re: Tough Season

You might want to set up a yard feeder for songbirds. Let them be the cannon fodder. Unless you have a lot of sparrows. A red shoulder hawk or red tail will not bother martins. I have seen martins beat up on them. Cooper hawks and sharp shinned will usually take the easiest prey sick or dumb like do...
by Black Jack
Sat Jun 15, 2019 4:09 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Opinions please
Replies: 9
Views: 4254

Re: Opinions please

I doubt it.
by Black Jack
Sat Jun 15, 2019 11:52 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Red Winged Blackbirds
Replies: 2
Views: 1330

Re: Red Winged Blackbirds

No, they will move on. I see no reason not to let them chill for awhile. :mrgreen:
by Black Jack
Fri Jun 14, 2019 10:13 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: First time landlord
Replies: 32
Views: 5524

Re: First time landlord

I always leave them up thru last of August. You might have some flying thru going back to S.A. and will see your set up and maybe check em out for next year first thing.
by Black Jack
Wed Jun 12, 2019 3:46 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: First time landlord
Replies: 32
Views: 5524

Re: First time landlord

Your situation sounds just like mine did 2 yrs ago. I put up gourds in late may and had several martins appear. Never did nest. Fellow across the field has tons of martins. Last year I had 2 sub adults come in late may. Stayed and raised 2 babies. This year the male adult came in early March and the...
by Black Jack
Sun Jun 09, 2019 7:59 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: my neighbor doesn't like my birds
Replies: 15
Views: 6617

Re: my neighbor doesn't like my birds

Do not let any one bully you. You have done nothing wrong. You really must have a terrible next door neighbor to cause all this pain for you. You have done the right thing. Hang tough. Never let another human dictate how you choose to engage your time with such a loving bird.
by Black Jack
Thu Jun 06, 2019 12:59 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Eggs and babies vanishing and dead babies dead
Replies: 6
Views: 2518

Re: Eggs and babies vanishing and dead babies dead

I have one dedicated pr. of mature martins that are always being harassed by a sub adult male. When my male sees him he shoos the female inside and stands guard. The sub adult always tries to bully his way in and the male knocks him off the hole. He comes every few days. He knows the female has babi...
by Black Jack
Mon Jun 03, 2019 10:53 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Question about bluebirds
Replies: 4
Views: 2624

Re: Question about bluebirds

Just leave it.
by Black Jack
Sun Jun 02, 2019 3:35 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Hail Storm
Replies: 4
Views: 3671

Re: Hail Storm

Baseball sized hail sounds scary. Glad it wasn't worse than it was. I think it was 11 or 12 years ago, we got 3 hail storms in one week. None of them had over ping pong sized hail though. I still lost some porches and lids on my gourds. I wished I had taken some pics or put one in the freezer but I...
by Black Jack
Sat Jun 01, 2019 12:35 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: my neighbor doesn't like my birds
Replies: 15
Views: 6617

Re: my neighbor doesn't like my birds

I live far away from my next door neighbor. This is something I would never tolerate once I have proof. Hope justice is served if found guilty. As far as trying to get along with folks, sometimes you just cannot make it work.
by Black Jack
Sat Jun 01, 2019 12:32 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Hail Storm
Replies: 4
Views: 3671

Hail Storm

Had a terrible Hail storm late evening yesterday. Near baseball size . Hit a B10 Gourd and punched a hole in it and knocked it off the rack. Had another get broke at the 3/8" dowel holding a Heath gourd. I have 1pr. of SY. w/babies. I was in agony watching ice balls playing Russian roulette. Will ne...
by Black Jack
Tue May 28, 2019 4:03 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: New landlord survey
Replies: 42
Views: 26064

Re: New landlord survey

I started 2 yrs ago and have had one pair the first year.SY fledged 2. This year I have 1 pair ASY feeding babies now. I do believe the male is my returnee from last year.
by Black Jack
Tue May 28, 2019 4:00 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Third Year...NO Luck!
Replies: 30
Views: 12334

Re: Third Year...NO Luck!

I live outside of town about 2 miles from a friend who lives in town which is small in population. He has a small back yard with trees and so forth around it and he has had a colony established for 20 yrs. I started 2 years ago and have had 1pr each year. I know some one who lives across the field f...
by Black Jack
Wed May 22, 2019 2:21 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: No Martin’s staying with me this year
Replies: 6
Views: 3580

Re: No Martin’s staying with me this year

Only thing I would assume was a predator did some continuous damage.
by Black Jack
Tue May 14, 2019 9:30 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Gourd seed needed
Replies: 20
Views: 5631

Re: Gourd seed needed

Good seeds are white in the middle when you cut it into 2 pieces, a bad seed is brown in the center. Its much too late to plant gourds in much of the southern states, they will not have enough time to mature My Martin Gourd seed takes 90 to 110 days to mature. So if you plant mid May even you have ...
by Black Jack
Tue May 07, 2019 4:26 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Colony Being Destroyed
Replies: 95
Views: 42708

Re: Colony Being Destroyed

I sure would borrow some ones trail camera just to see exactly what you are up against. If you could not afford one.

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