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by Mary Wilson-SW Ont
Sun Jul 30, 2006 3:18 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Grounded PM Nestlings
Replies: 22
Views: 26351

Those are great pictures. It truly is remarkable behaviour for purple martins ... I wonder what makes some so dedicated as to do this, and others so undedicated as to leave their young to starve? I pictured the rock differently .... that is quite a small space they crouched in for safety and shelter...
by Mary Wilson-SW Ont
Sun Jul 30, 2006 2:10 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: What a hush has fallen ........
Replies: 13
Views: 13581

What a hush has fallen ........

.... over our backyard. The last two baby purple martins have left us. All day yesterday the adults came back periodically, trying to get these last two to fly. Last evening, around 8:00 pm, I just happened to glance out the window and saw two adults sitting on the overhead wires. I saw a baby leani...
by Mary Wilson-SW Ont
Sun Jul 30, 2006 6:53 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Grounded PM Nestlings
Replies: 22
Views: 26351

Purple martins would ever nest on or near the ground, and it is highly unusual for them to keeping feeding young that are on the ground. I may have misunderstood your post. Do you mean you were watching the parents feed these young in this location, and then they fledged from there? You say during t...
by Mary Wilson-SW Ont
Sun Jul 30, 2006 6:47 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: S.O.S
Replies: 3
Views: 2680

Joe, it can be nerve-wracking to watch, and sometimes some young do get left behind. We're watching one right now in our yard; he's the last one out of a whole busy colony, and it is very quiet during the day - the adults are all out feeding and training their other fledged young. They have been com...
by Mary Wilson-SW Ont
Sun Jul 30, 2006 6:42 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Someone else likes a troyer horizontal gourd .....
Replies: 5
Views: 4310

haha, Fred, maybe that's worth a try - its probably not hard to find possums where you are either ! This guy WAS pretty cozy, so was his buddy - this is the larger of the two we live-trapped and moved, but both were big enough to be on their own. I did a little 'possum research on the web, and they ...
by Mary Wilson-SW Ont
Sat Jul 29, 2006 7:10 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: S.O.S
Replies: 3
Views: 2680

Joe, they might be not feeding the babies to coax them out ... they may have been getting some food just that you haven't seen. But, what you could do, if you have a feeder tray that they go to, is to put some microwaved egg on it. I have a few pairs of birds who would fly back and forth repeatedly ...
by Mary Wilson-SW Ont
Sat Jul 29, 2006 11:09 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: An early morning surprise
Replies: 8
Views: 5082

Tim, congratulations on a great first year !!!! Those are great numbers; your birds found your accommodations very much to their liking. Yes, the winter will seem long, but you will probably start plotting projects and more housing, like we all seem to do !
by Mary Wilson-SW Ont
Wed Jul 26, 2006 6:54 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Update: Well, he's gone.
Replies: 2
Views: 2595

Yes, he is sweet, and I'm so glad you helped him make it out into the big world. I hope they come back for a few nights so you can see him again. Good job! Its a very special experience to become so closely involved with our birds.
by Mary Wilson-SW Ont
Tue Jul 25, 2006 10:13 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Someone else likes a troyer horizontal gourd .....
Replies: 5
Views: 4310

Someone else likes a troyer horizontal gourd .....

Well I sure got a fright. I was moving some stuff around, and had actually moved a gourd away from right in front of this one. As I was walking away I saw this looking at me. When I came back out with my camera, he was curled up, snoozing, and then just about posed for me when I made a noise to take...
by Mary Wilson-SW Ont
Tue Jul 25, 2006 8:42 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Update on baby and pics of reconstruction on martin site
Replies: 3
Views: 3523

That looks like a great site, and they will love the overhead wires to perch on too - that's a big plus in my opinion. I'm glad the little one is doing well, and I hope he makes it. You're certainly doing all you can do to help that happen. At 28 days (fledging day usually), the wing feathers are as...
by Mary Wilson-SW Ont
Tue Jul 25, 2006 8:36 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Birds in Missouri
Replies: 4
Views: 3979

Wow, Cheri, that is a great colony you have there ! How many do you think you have fledged? You have given them lots of protection with the owl guards. Question for you .... it looks like you have added a shade canopy along with the owl guards on one side of the house. Do you have all the entry hole...
by Mary Wilson-SW Ont
Mon Jul 24, 2006 10:23 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Update
Replies: 5
Views: 8366

Peter, we live in Leamington, which is just north of Point Pelee, and about 30 miles west of Windsor. About as far southwest as you can get in Ontario. Our year has been the best since the awful martin-killing spring of 2002, with no severe weather to threaten them, and seemingly an abundance of foo...
by Mary Wilson-SW Ont
Mon Jul 24, 2006 7:27 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Update
Replies: 5
Views: 8366

Wow, congratulations on such a great year, Peter! That's a whole lot of new martins out into the world. It seems like its been a pretty good year for most northern landlords ........ :grin:
by Mary Wilson-SW Ont
Thu Jul 20, 2006 8:03 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Tossing out an idea for a potential hawk deterrent for .....
Replies: 2
Views: 3020

That's the method they use for banding hawks, except with live bait. When I saw it done, they were using a couple of starlings. They put them in a little harness, attached to a lead on a ground stake, and let them flop around on the lawn. The hawk sees this vulnerable or wounded bird from up high, a...
by Mary Wilson-SW Ont
Wed Jul 12, 2006 8:39 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Full Nestbox
Replies: 15
Views: 11582

kbooms, I just checked one of our three gourd racks yesterday since I knew all birds had fledged. Out of 8 gourds, 47 fledged. There were 2 nests of 7, 3 nests of 6, and the rest were 5. I found no dead and only 2 unhatched eggs. We have had nests of 7 before, but I think feeding conditions must be ...
by Mary Wilson-SW Ont
Tue Jul 11, 2006 8:38 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: TO CLOSE? OR NOT!
Replies: 4
Views: 4334

Personally I would leave them open during the southward migration. There's a lot of birds to come through yet. I don't see anything gained by closing them up too early.
by Mary Wilson-SW Ont
Tue Jul 11, 2006 8:35 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: The Quad Pod
Replies: 7
Views: 7114

We have a double level quad pod up at a golf course colony. We don't have martins in it yet, but that doesn't mean anything because the colony is growing and two Trio grandpas were there before the quad pod came. I believe it will attract martins, since it seems to have everything they like. Some th...
by Mary Wilson-SW Ont
Mon Jul 10, 2006 8:28 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: You won't believe what I just heard!!
Replies: 9
Views: 8291

Kelly, that's a good one. Click on the archives tab at top of forum, then go to Topic Overviews - Purple Martin species profile, and you will see a section about diet and feeding. This tells that they eat a whole variety of things, some of which are: ".......... winged ants and wasps, some drone bee...
by Mary Wilson-SW Ont
Mon Jul 10, 2006 7:56 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: New Landlord in Minnesota Needs Help
Replies: 7
Views: 6392

Hi Kelly, welcome to the hobby/obsession 8) of purple martins ! I agree with other posters that you have a house finch. They won't do any harm. You asked some questions about removing this nest. If you're not familiar with the two species of unprotected birds (house sparrows and starlings), you'll w...
by Mary Wilson-SW Ont
Mon Jul 10, 2006 6:48 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: 2006 is my best season ever!
Replies: 13
Views: 11066

Mary, congratulations on reaching that goal. It has been a good year so far, we too are having great weather, apparently loads of insects for them, and the fledglings so far appear strong right out of the nest. I hope martins have a few years like this in a row, and maybe the numbers can rebound a b...