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by Mary Wilson-SW Ont
Tue Mar 04, 2008 3:33 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Abandoned nests
Replies: 8
Views: 9937

...test ... haven't been able to log on for a long time.... so, it works now 8)
by Mary Wilson-SW Ont
Fri Apr 27, 2007 7:46 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Nest Check When Young are Close to Fledging
Replies: 7
Views: 9208

Marsha, try this way, it has worked very well for us. Plug the holes with cups before lowering the housing at all. We use one of those telescoping poles that are for painting, with metal bar for the paint roller. We hang a cup on this metal bar, then, we direct the cup right into the hole and "tap" ...
by Mary Wilson-SW Ont
Wed Apr 18, 2007 5:58 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: ...They're back, and a thank you !
Replies: 5
Views: 7043

...They're back, and a thank you !

They’re back! This morning at 9:30 I saw two ASY males sitting on one of our gourd racks in the backyard. Their wings were a little droopy. I quickly thawed a couple dozen crickets and walked slowly towards them, but they flew off as I approached. They sang and seemed to be flying strong. I had an a...
by Mary Wilson-SW Ont
Fri Apr 13, 2007 7:29 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Porky update
Replies: 12
Views: 13653

Tim, this is a heartwarming story. I hope your "Porky" makes it through, she certainly was one lucky bird to end up at your site. How wonderful it is to read of all the efforts made by so many this year to offer supplemental food. Every year more and more learn about it, and it is surely saving many...
by Mary Wilson-SW Ont
Fri Apr 06, 2007 8:59 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Lowest temp for feeding
Replies: 15
Views: 18647

Sue, your weather sounds a lot like ours. I'm so happy your birds are eating the crickets, and I hope they all make it through this. And they will remember and let you know the next time they need help.
by Mary Wilson-SW Ont
Fri Apr 06, 2007 8:47 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Starving Martin
Replies: 9
Views: 15052

Please reconsider putting it in a regular bird cage with a perch. He will probably fly against the cage trying to escape and damage himself. A container like a deep bucket is best, or even a cardboard box, if you use a cardboard box you can poke a dowel through it for a perch. Put a piece of screen ...
by Mary Wilson-SW Ont
Fri Feb 16, 2007 7:40 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: What to Do with 1000 Crickets?
Replies: 15
Views: 16812

Sparky, I put the box that they were delivered in right into the freezer for a couple of hours. Then, I repackage them into clean plastic containers like margarine or sour cream containers. They keep real well that way, into the summer, but I wouldn't recommend using them beyond the season, since th...
by Mary Wilson-SW Ont
Tue Jan 30, 2007 8:39 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Temperatures for insects to fly........
Replies: 7
Views: 10801

Anne, I know what you mean about being glued to the weather forecast. When the martins arrive I am constantly keeping a watch on temps, and the other things I mentioned. Better to be safe than sorry, I agree with you, I was a sorry mess that weekend when we lost them and I vowed I would never go thr...
by Mary Wilson-SW Ont
Mon Jan 29, 2007 3:59 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: how to plug crescent supergourd holes?
Replies: 10
Views: 15266

I used clothespins for the first time last year, and for our WDC entries they were very effective but it took 2 clothespins for each one - sparrows could still squeeze by with only one clothespin in the middle. I would use them again.
by Mary Wilson-SW Ont
Mon Jan 29, 2007 3:29 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: NOT A BAD WAY TO START THE MORNING!
Replies: 8
Views: 12259

The best coffee is enjoyed while watching martins, for sure. Bailey, I made a separate post about temperature, because there are a lot of variables attached to it. You might want to get a few crickets on hand, just in case.
by Mary Wilson-SW Ont
Mon Jan 29, 2007 3:18 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Temperatures for insects to fly........
Replies: 7
Views: 10801

Temperatures for insects to fly........

This is in response to Bailey, but thought it might also be useful for others as a separate post. 50 degrees, sunny, no wind = bugs. 50 degrees, overcast, strong wind = no bugs (or very few) Many people now are aware of the need, and are willing to provide supplemental feeding, but something that ma...
by Mary Wilson-SW Ont
Sat Jan 13, 2007 8:23 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Permanent cap liner in less than a minute
Replies: 6
Views: 10061

hmmmmmmm....I have a couple of CD's that I think I might try this with. They're not scratched, but it seems appropriate to me that these particular artists should be in such close proximity to bird droppings 8) Dick, that's a pretty neat idea, seriously I will try it, especially since it sounds like...
by Mary Wilson-SW Ont
Thu Jan 11, 2007 7:14 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: What do you do????????
Replies: 23
Views: 39493

I wish we had "pine" straw. The pine needles we get here are like a pincushion - I hate picking them up and I can't imagine the martins would like them. We just get a bale of straw, and using shears, I cut it into pieces. It does not hold any moisture. If I can collect some, I get some oak leaves as...
by Mary Wilson-SW Ont
Thu Jan 11, 2007 7:05 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Cap liners
Replies: 11
Views: 13237

Hi Dick, how's that knee coming along? Dick, the reason I ended up using cardboard and foil both is because the cardboard wouldn't stay in without glue, and I didn't want to glue them in - I want them removable because I know how mites hide under the loose edges of the cap liners, which is why I (an...
by Mary Wilson-SW Ont
Wed Jan 10, 2007 6:30 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Cap liners
Replies: 11
Views: 13237

Dave, I use foil wrapped around a poster-board circle. It is double protection, I know, but the reason I did it is because I began by cutting poster-board circles. I then found they didn't stay in very well without using glue. I didn't want to use glue, so I wrapped the circle in very lightweight ti...
by Mary Wilson-SW Ont
Mon Nov 27, 2006 3:20 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: First attempt Trio raised nest platform
Replies: 11
Views: 14024

I like it, RC. One of the problems with the Trio sub-floors, I feel, is the fact that they bow down in the middle when there is the weight of a nest/birds on top of it, and then they "wick" up any water that happens to have run in under the door. I personally would be a little concerned about the PM...
by Mary Wilson-SW Ont
Sat Nov 25, 2006 2:52 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Is there a preferred color,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
Replies: 3
Views: 5860

Dick, personally, I wouldn't paint the trays if there is any possibility the paint might flake under the stresses of weather exposure and bird feet. Ed Donath, who I believe is the pioneer, or one of the pioneers, of supplemental feeding, made the "star-feeder" out of wood and painted it orange. I t...
by Mary Wilson-SW Ont
Mon Jul 31, 2006 7:02 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: What a hush has fallen ........
Replies: 13
Views: 13580

Al, did you get to see your babies fledge?
by Mary Wilson-SW Ont
Mon Jul 31, 2006 1:27 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: HELP off topic, barnie on the ground
Replies: 3
Views: 5299

I don't blame you for not wanting to root around in the shrubbery :) . Can you put the barn swallow up into the nest again? Maybe he won't stay now, but that is what I would try - get him up onto a rafter or something close to where the nest was. Good luck.
by Mary Wilson-SW Ont
Sun Jul 30, 2006 9:05 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: What a hush has fallen ........
Replies: 13
Views: 13580

Hi Yves, yes it was fun, as always ! I wish you lots of luck for next year- I know you have put a lot of effort into making your site good for martins, and I know you will be a wonderful landlord. This year seems to be very successful for northern landlords, so hopefully we've put a few more birds i...