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by Dawn~KS
Thu Mar 17, 2011 7:50 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Martin in NE Kansas
Replies: 9
Views: 4524

You are exactly right.............and that first arrival tops the list I think. Then comes the first eggs, baby, etc. Pretty grand hobby if you ask me!! :)

They are coming and with this warm windy day you just might see one. Good luck to you too for a great 2011 season!!

Dawn :grin:
by Dawn~KS
Wed Mar 16, 2011 6:46 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Martin in NE Kansas
Replies: 9
Views: 4524

Two wonderful males soaring here this evening!! Glorious sounds!!! :grin: :grin:
by Dawn~KS
Wed Mar 16, 2011 11:03 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Martin in NE Kansas
Replies: 9
Views: 4524

Thank you, Craig!! You have a great season too! :) Chris, sounds like we are pretty close. I was born and raised in Brown Co. (Horton). I have been in Hiawatha many times. The weather will be bringing in many more I am sure. I love to see them but know that we are not out of the cold weather yet. I ...
by Dawn~KS
Wed Mar 16, 2011 10:03 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Martin in NE Kansas
Replies: 9
Views: 4524

Hi Candace... You are not far at all from me so keep an eye to the sky (like I have to tell a martin nut that). :grin: I am SW of Atchison and only 40 minutes or so from Leavenworth. The sparrows are a pain so good luck on that front. I had a starling here this morning. He will be history soon. Good...
by Dawn~KS
Wed Mar 16, 2011 9:25 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Martin in NE Kansas
Replies: 9
Views: 4524

Martin in NE Kansas

Male martin came in yesterday (March 15th) late evening. Yippie, yahoo, and sooooo nice to see and hear him. This is 8 days earlier than last year and season #5 for me!! :)
by Dawn~KS
Wed Jul 23, 2008 4:13 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Very late nest in St. Louis
Replies: 4
Views: 4619

Hi John,

I discovered a late nest in a Troyer gourd that had nothing all season until I found 4 eggs just a few days ago. It now has 3 babies and 1 egg (probably won't hatch). They should fledge around the 20th to 21st of August. I sure hope the parents see this out.......................


Dawn
by Dawn~KS
Fri Jul 04, 2008 7:58 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Kingbird
Replies: 7
Views: 6210

Those Kingbirds are certainly little terrorists!! Mine have settled waaaaay down now that they have most likely fledged their young!! They do interact with the martins here..................by taking them almost to the ground and chasing them in the sky continually!! :grin: :grin:


Dawn :grin:
by Dawn~KS
Tue Jun 17, 2008 8:47 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: New arrival
Replies: 7
Views: 5335

Have you considered using *in-cavity* traps to try and get rid of the sparrows? Not sure what type of house you have but here is a link to the PMCA shop where you can look around to see if any of them would work for you. The sparrow is persistent and I am never comfortable having them around. http:/...
by Dawn~KS
Tue Jun 17, 2008 8:38 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Missing eggs and babies.
Replies: 8
Views: 6306

It is certainly possible that an unmated SY male could remove babies and/or eggs and drop them far off from under your systems. I have read of this numerous times and believe it happens quite often. Here is a good article that Steve K. wrote that may shed some light on the subject......................
by Dawn~KS
Mon Jun 16, 2008 9:58 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Missing eggs and babies.
Replies: 8
Views: 6306

I would suspect a subbie male. Do you have any hanging around? I know that one got to a nest of mine. Had 6 eggs and 5 were missing the day before they were to hatch. Only one dirty egg left that hatched and then was gone the next day after hatching. I found nothing under the system.

Dawn :)
by Dawn~KS
Thu May 29, 2008 6:59 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Why I Love this Time of Year
Replies: 8
Views: 6750

Beautiful!! :grin: :grin:

Thanks for sharing! I think that house looks *full up*!!! :grin:

Dawn :wink:
by Dawn~KS
Thu May 29, 2008 6:47 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: House Wrens 75 Feet Away - Bad or OK?
Replies: 10
Views: 9613

My first year when the house and gourds were vacant the wren decided to build nests and fill a couple compartments with sticks. I never let him nest there and he had other choices. Having extra, smaller gourds to hang is great as he gets so busy filling them he doesn't have time to go to the martin ...
by Dawn~KS
Thu May 29, 2008 6:40 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Here it is ... their masterpiece
Replies: 10
Views: 7862

Congratulations on getting a pair, Candace!! :grin: Nothing attracts martins like martins so you now have the best thing you could have!! That nest looks pretty much like the majority of mine so it must be a Kansas thing! Not all of mine have mud but probably 4 or so do. Sure hoping this rainy weath...
by Dawn~KS
Fri May 02, 2008 6:20 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: 80 mile winds bent my MSS12 pole
Replies: 8
Views: 6353

Sorry to hear it, Craig. At least it did not hit the ground. Those were some very strong storms. The most severe part with tornado warnings missed us by 15 miles or so. I was up in the wee hours watching the local weather and it was pretty active out there!! Good luck getting this fixed and hope tha...
by Dawn~KS
Sat Apr 26, 2008 6:04 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Can this be a purple martin nest?
Replies: 14
Views: 9760

I think it quite possible to be a Starling nest................but obviously you can't tear it out until sure!! Maybe watch that compartment closely to see if you see the tenants. Before I had martins one season I let a pair of Starlings build a nest and then switched to a crescent to see how bad th...
by Dawn~KS
Sat Apr 26, 2008 5:58 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: ST -1 Trap Works!
Replies: 1
Views: 2182

That trap is awesome and works like a charm!! :) I once caught a male and a female at the same time too! Hope your pair brings in a few more for ya!! :grin: :grin:

Dawn :grin:
by Dawn~KS
Sat Apr 26, 2008 5:52 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: More headed north!
Replies: 3
Views: 2889

Yippie..................I will take as many that want to come!! :grin: :grin: Subbies usually get here the first week in May (NE Kansas)!

Dawn :grin:
by Dawn~KS
Thu Mar 20, 2008 2:18 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Getting the martins to land
Replies: 18
Views: 13506

This was my experience with the Dawnsong. I used it faithfully and the DTChatter for 3 seasons. 2004 was my first year trying. I had lots and lots of visits by mostly males. They would go out and lure a female back and the females rarely ever even landed let alone check any cavities out. There were ...
by Dawn~KS
Wed Mar 19, 2008 2:29 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Martin season begins in Washington Missouri!!!
Replies: 4
Views: 6593

Congratulations, Craig! Wishing you the best this season! May it be a great one for you and the martins! :grin: :grin: :grin:
by Dawn~KS
Mon Mar 10, 2008 8:23 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: My Barn Swallows are back!! Yeah!!
Replies: 25
Views: 15054

Excellent photos.................thanks for posting them!! I absolutely love the Barnies and I can't wait to see some return!! They keep me company when I go fishing.................... :grin: :grin: :grin:

Dawn