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by Hanover Bill
Mon Jul 09, 2018 7:06 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Diving Purple martins
Replies: 11
Views: 3552

Re: Diving Purple martins

I haven't had any trouble with that in the past. Most of mine just keep an eye on me from perches or fly off for a minute or two. This year I do have one aggressive ASY male that gives me the business any time he gets a chance. I've actually been surprised by his aggressiveness, and on more than one...
by Hanover Bill
Mon Jul 02, 2018 6:54 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Martins flying to fire pit
Replies: 3
Views: 1268

Re: Martins flying to fire pit

I wonder if they may have been after some grit. For the first time ever I noticed my Martins landing under my neighbors bird feeder and picking something up this season, and thought maybe they were looking for grit. I have never seen this before.


Hanover Bill.
by Hanover Bill
Tue Jun 26, 2018 7:28 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Fombell PA Report 6/25/2018
Replies: 3
Views: 1327

Re: Fombell PA Report 6/25/2018

Hi Doug;

Good report for Western Pa., Doug. Pretty much parallels what is going on here, just on a slightly smaller scale. I'm a little concerned about this heat wave coming for the weekend, with it being close to fledge time for some. Hopefully it won't cause any to jump.

Hanover Bill.
by Hanover Bill
Tue Jun 19, 2018 6:40 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Central PA Update
Replies: 3
Views: 1087

Re: Central PA Update

Keep the faith Toy, you are too good of a landlord to not bounce back. I guess it's good years, bad years, just like good days, bad days. I'm sure you have many good Martin seasons ahead.

Hanover Bill.
by Hanover Bill
Thu Jun 14, 2018 6:52 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Where's Toy ??
Replies: 12
Views: 2558

Re: Where's Toy ??

Good to hear from you Toy. Hoping for the best for your Colony.

Hanover Bill.
by Hanover Bill
Wed Jun 13, 2018 7:07 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Where's Toy ??
Replies: 12
Views: 2558

Where's Toy ??

Has anyone seen any posts or responses from Toy in Eastern Pa. lately? I haven't noticed any myself, and it is unusual for her not to post or comment for this long. Hope everything is ok with her. I know she was in the middle of the second rough year in a row for her colony with weather issues, etc....
by Hanover Bill
Thu May 31, 2018 6:37 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Elongated Eggs ??
Replies: 1
Views: 579

Elongated Eggs ??

During my recent nest checks I have noticed an anomaly. I am noticing some elongated eggs, which I have never seen before in my nests. Any ideas on what may cause this?

Hanover Bill.
by Hanover Bill
Sat May 26, 2018 6:37 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: No more gourds for me
Replies: 20
Views: 8625

Re: No more gourds for me

It seems in my area of Western Pa. gourds are now the preferred housing for the Martins. It seems like it has been a gradual transition from a preference for houses like the T-14, which used to be preferred, to a preference for gourds. This is the second year in a row in which the gourds have vastly...
by Hanover Bill
Tue May 22, 2018 7:08 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: 2nd Starling Attack tonight!
Replies: 15
Views: 4655

Re: 2nd Starling Attack tonight!

Hi Toy; Good work on the Starling. I had a smallish Starling breech an Excluder II Entrance for the first time ever this year. I was able to trap him in the gourd and dispose of him. It seems that this smaller variety is expanding their range, much to the detriment of other cavity nesters. It seems ...
by Hanover Bill
Sat May 12, 2018 5:04 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Central PA update
Replies: 9
Views: 2221

Re: Central PA update

Hi Toy; Sorry to hear you are off to a bad start for this season. A good landlord such as yourself certainly deserves better. Hopefully you will get a good number of SY's to help you recover. I have pretty good numbers over here. My two gourd racks are pretty full, and my T-14 is about half full. St...
by Hanover Bill
Thu May 10, 2018 7:07 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: New to Martin ? visiting birds
Replies: 3
Views: 765

Re: New to Martin ? visiting birds

Very normal behavior for the Martins. They will often check the housing out many times. Be patient, obviously they are interested. You are very fortunate to have that kind of activity this soon.

Good Luck;
Hanover Bill.
by Hanover Bill
Tue May 08, 2018 6:45 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Hawks are disrupting nesting.
Replies: 8
Views: 1512

Re: Hawks are disrupting nesting.

Sorry to hear about your hawk problems, Doug. Bill had mentioned to me that you were having a problem with them. Hopefully they are migrating through and will be leaving soon. Since you have never had that problem before it seems as if that might be the case. I have my one Coopers or Sharp Shin, I'm...
by Hanover Bill
Sun May 06, 2018 5:50 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Discouraged in Newton , North Carolina.
Replies: 16
Views: 3996

Re: Discouraged in Newton , North Carolina.

Best advice we can probably give you is to be patient. It took me 5 years to finally attract a nesting pair of Martins, and that included playing the Dawn Song every morning during Martin season during those 5 years. Actually my wait was not all that bad when you listen to some of the stories about ...
by Hanover Bill
Wed May 02, 2018 7:16 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: SY Females & Chimney Swifts are here.....
Replies: 12
Views: 1572

Re: SY Females & Chimney Swifts are here.....

Keep the faith Toy, hoping for the best for you.

Hanover Bill.
by Hanover Bill
Mon Apr 30, 2018 7:28 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: New Landlord - a question and comment
Replies: 9
Views: 2076

Re: New Landlord - a question and comment

Hi Ele; Welcome to the Forum and the ranks of Purple Martin Landlord. Only Mother Nature really knows when nest building will begin. It no doubt is controlled by a magnitude of variables. The tip off obviously will be when you see them carrying nesting material into their compartments. It is a good ...
by Hanover Bill
Thu Apr 26, 2018 7:16 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Where to find 4 inch mesh welded wire fence for owl cage
Replies: 9
Views: 2652

Re: Where to find 4 inch mesh welded wire fence for owl cage

Dave,
4x4 is probably going to be tough to find, I also looked for it when I was working on my owl cages. I just used the 2x4 and cut out pieces in front of the entrances to make 4x4 openings. This has been working out fine for me. The Martins seem to have adapted very well to it.

Hanover Bill.
by Hanover Bill
Wed Apr 25, 2018 2:43 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: 2 males fighting, 1 dead
Replies: 5
Views: 1505

Re: 2 males fighting, 1 dead

Sorry for your losses Toy. I know what you mean about having so few and then losing some of them, it really stings. I lost two ASY males last year before the season even got underway. Hopefully many more are headed your way.

Hanover Bill.
by Hanover Bill
Sun Apr 22, 2018 7:23 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Air Rifle Scope Upgrade ??
Replies: 13
Views: 3274

Re: Air Rifle Scope Upgrade ??

Thanks for the good advice, I will try to put it to work.

Hanover Bill.
by Hanover Bill
Sat Apr 21, 2018 6:28 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Air Rifle Scope Upgrade ??
Replies: 13
Views: 3274

Air Rifle Scope Upgrade ??

I am looking to upgrade the scope on my Benjamin air rifle, since I can't hit the side of a barn. LOL Any suggestions on a reasonably priced upgrade? I'm not the best shot but I still blame some of it on the scope.

Thanks;
Hanover Bill.
by Hanover Bill
Thu Apr 19, 2018 3:42 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Supplemental Feeding Frustration !!
Replies: 7
Views: 2310

Re: Supplemental Feeding Frustration !!

Thanks to all for the good ideas and suggestions. I will keep trying. Definitely will get some egg shells out there to try to entice them. Thanks again.

Hanover Bill.