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by Hanover Bill
Wed Jun 03, 2020 4:35 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Egg Size ??
Replies: 4
Views: 671

Re: Egg Size ??

Hi Toy;

Yes, I am offering both egg shells and crushed oyster shells. They are liberal with the word "crushed", as they are pretty big pellets. I am trying to crush them into smaller pieces before feeding, but they are very hard.

Hope things are going well at your site.

Hanover Bill.
by Hanover Bill
Wed Jun 03, 2020 6:35 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Egg Size ??
Replies: 4
Views: 671

Egg Size ??

Is there any correlation between egg size and age of the female? I notice, what I would call, a lot of smaller than usual eggs this year. I know I have more SY Martins nesting than usual, due to early spring losses of my older birds. Would this explain the smaller eggs?

Thanks;
Hanover Bill.
by Hanover Bill
Tue Jun 02, 2020 7:46 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Late laying eggs
Replies: 5
Views: 846

Re: Late laying eggs

I can't speak to Delaware, but here in Southwestern Pa. they are very late laying. We had a terrible spell of weather early in May and a lot of Martins perished. The remainder seem to be way behind in nest building, and egg laying.

Good Luck for the remainder of the season.

Hanover Bill.
by Hanover Bill
Thu May 28, 2020 7:34 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Spring Losses !!
Replies: 6
Views: 1003

Re: Spring Losses !!

Mike; Great job saving that ASY bird. That takes real dedication. This certainly has been a difficult spring. Like you this is my first experience dealing with "killing" spring weather at my site. Surprisingly sites to the north seem to have weathered it better than down around my area. The only goo...
by Hanover Bill
Wed May 27, 2020 5:36 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Spring Losses !!
Replies: 6
Views: 1003

Re: Spring Losses !!

Hi Toy; I know you have had a rough go of it the last few years with the weather. This is my first real experience with "killing" spring weather. Previous years losses have been one or two, but I fear this year I have taken a more substantial hit. Hopefully the SY birds will take up the slack, I see...
by Hanover Bill
Wed May 27, 2020 7:30 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Spring Losses !!
Replies: 6
Views: 1003

Spring Losses !!

Just making my own amateur observation based on what I see at my site it appears that the ASY males took the biggest hit from the cold, wet, windy early spring in my area. I lost 3 ASY males that I know of but I fear the total is probably quite a bit higher than that. I base this on the fact that as...
by Hanover Bill
Mon May 25, 2020 7:03 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Crushed Oyster Shells ??
Replies: 5
Views: 746

Crushed Oyster Shells ??

I don't eat a lot of eggs, so thus I am short on egg shells to place on the bed & breakfast for the Martins. I picked up some crushed oyster shells the other day, but they use the word "crushed" pretty liberally. They are quite large pieces. I'm not sure if the Martins will be able to ingest them or...
by Hanover Bill
Thu May 14, 2020 12:52 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: "5" Lost Due To Weather
Replies: 2
Views: 524

"5" Lost Due To Weather

I have lost five Martins due to the recent cold snap, despite supplemental feeding. 3 ASY males, 1 ASY female, and 1 SY female. Yesterday and the day before I had several laying on the ground but able to fly when approached. The dead birds were all nothing but bones, no flesh on them at all. It seem...
by Hanover Bill
Thu May 14, 2020 7:18 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Red Tail Hawk Question ??
Replies: 13
Views: 2091

Red Tail Hawk Question ??

How concerned should I be over the occasional visit of a huge Red Tail Hawk? He perches on top of my T-14 pole searching for prey on the ground in the big field behind my housing. He shows little or no interest in my Martins, and they show little or no interest in him. Nothing like the response from...
by Hanover Bill
Fri May 08, 2020 8:05 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Cold Weather Feeding ??
Replies: 5
Views: 819

Cold Weather Feeding ??

I usually see 50 degrees as the make or break temp for flying insects, and for the Martins' ability to find them and feed. I am wondering how much that temp varies if there is a large body of water nearby where they can feed. It is my understanding that there would be flying insects available at low...
by Hanover Bill
Sat May 02, 2020 8:01 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Newbie question; When is best time of day for visits to New Housing startup?
Replies: 2
Views: 461

Re: Newbie question; When is best time of day for visits to New Housing startup?

I agree that mid morning was always the time I would see visitors when I was trying to establish a colony. To narrow it down a little I would say 10AM till Noon. I also agree that you will almost always hear them before you see them.

Hanover Bill.
by Hanover Bill
Thu Apr 16, 2020 9:14 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Supplemental Feeding With "Cicadas"
Replies: 4
Views: 706

Supplemental Feeding With "Cicadas"

After 7 yrs. of trying I finally have had some success with supplemental feeding my Martins. What finally did the trick for me are "cicadas", those nasty insects that drove us crazy clinging to everything last summer. I gathered and froze several coffee cans full of them last summer. A messy job whi...
by Hanover Bill
Wed Apr 01, 2020 9:09 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Martins back in central PA
Replies: 3
Views: 521

Re: Martins back in central PA

Hi Toy;

Great news. I have 5 here right now. Weather is supposed to improve tomorrow, hopefully Phil was right about an early spring.
Best of luck to you this season.

Hanover Bill.
by Hanover Bill
Sat Sep 21, 2019 7:05 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Does Offering Different Types Of Cavities Help Attract Martins ?
Replies: 11
Views: 6993

Re: Does Offering Different Types Of Cavities Help Attract Martins ?

I would say yes. Especially when trying to attract your first nesters. In my own case I started with a plastic house, added gourds, Troyer horizontal and verticle, and finally found success when I also put up a T-14. The T-14 seemed to put me over the finish line. Of course all of this took 5 years ...
by Hanover Bill
Wed Aug 28, 2019 6:51 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: My Purple Martins Obviously Like Gourds!
Replies: 10
Views: 6472

Re: My Purple Martins Obviously Like Gourds!

Steve; My colony kind of evolved a little differently. I started off with a plastic house, then a house and some gourds. I only got nesters when I added a T-14 to the mix. It seemed to be the deal maker in attracting my first nesting pairs. However, after those first nesters the gourds won out in a ...
by Hanover Bill
Thu Aug 22, 2019 3:24 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Forest fires in Brazil's Amazon rain forest
Replies: 19
Views: 9980

Re: Forest fires in Brazil's Amazon rain forest

No lack of things to worry about when you are a Purple Martin Landlord. Add another one to the list with this news. Martins are very adaptable as are all of God's creatures, so hopefully they will navigate this issue as they have many others over the years.

Hanover Bill.
by Hanover Bill
Tue Aug 13, 2019 4:05 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Farewell Tour 2019 ??
Replies: 5
Views: 2545

Re: Farewell Tour 2019 ??

Well said Toy. I'm already missing them.

Bill.
by Hanover Bill
Tue Aug 13, 2019 7:21 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Farewell Tour 2019 ??
Replies: 5
Views: 2545

Farewell Tour 2019 ??

It seems like every year I am privileged to get a "farewell tour" from my Martins. Even though most had fledged weeks ago and there has been very little activity around my housing, yesterday I was treated to what I call the "farewell tour". At least 50 Martins circling the housing, chirping away, al...
by Hanover Bill
Thu Aug 08, 2019 4:35 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: How Many Gourds on 2" Pole ??
Replies: 11
Views: 8385

How Many Gourds on 2" Pole ??

Anyone out there have any experience with 18 gourds hung on a 2" square aluminum pole? Right now I have two 2" aluminum poles with 12 gourds a piece on them. No issues at all with the wind with this set up. I am thinking about possible expansion next year to 18 gourds on one or both of them . They s...
by Hanover Bill
Wed Aug 07, 2019 8:15 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Owl Predation
Replies: 17
Views: 11343

Re: Owl Predation

Hi Dave; Nature indeed can fully test our resilience. I know mine has been tested quite a few times as a Purple Martin Landlord. Just last night I heard a GHO hooting away in my back lot. Fortunately all of my Martins have fledged, but it sure gives me something to worry about for next season. I don...