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by Mary Wilson-SW Ont
Sat May 20, 2006 3:13 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: The aftermath of the 5 day cold weather & subbies
Replies: 2
Views: 2084

Glen, that is good news that you didn't find any more casualties. Martineering has its heartbreaks, that's for sure, but the joy of a thriving happy colony is what we all do it for. I hope the rest of your season is joyful :grin: .
by Mary Wilson-SW Ont
Sat May 20, 2006 3:06 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Our first babies!!!
Replies: 3
Views: 2570

There's nothing quite like that first ever nest and young !! Congratulations; you will have lots of enjoyment watching your martins raise their babies, and seeing your colony grow.
by Mary Wilson-SW Ont
Sat May 20, 2006 3:00 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Tail-clipping Sparrows: 10 for 10 success rate thus far.
Replies: 29
Views: 22190

Mike, I am totally behind your philosophy on S+S control in your particular situation. Each landlord should choose the greater good for the future of their martin colony, and I believe, as you do, that your martins will not be helped by you insisting that the public accept the killing of one bird in...
by Mary Wilson-SW Ont
Sat May 20, 2006 2:31 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: I'm smitten
Replies: 5
Views: 5074

Jeanne, I just have to say, that was a really enjoyable post to read. It put a smile on my face. Its too bad all SY males are not such good boys! Have a great martin year!
by Mary Wilson-SW Ont
Fri Apr 21, 2006 6:36 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: PMCA - there's a problem with ordering
Replies: 1
Views: 2432

PMCA - there's a problem with ordering

There is a security certificate warning that comes up when I try to place an order at the PMCA shop.
by Mary Wilson-SW Ont
Sun Apr 16, 2006 5:33 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Critique of new house please
Replies: 23
Views: 21027

That is a really nice looking house. How big are the compartments inside? I see you are using a variety of openings as well - what all do you have?
by Mary Wilson-SW Ont
Sun Apr 16, 2006 5:10 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: PMCA shop ? - Supergourd insert traps
Replies: 5
Views: 3997

Thanks so much Louise ! How is Texas suiting you .... I know you're seeing a lot more martins !!!
by Mary Wilson-SW Ont
Sun Apr 16, 2006 5:08 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: smart sparrow update
Replies: 5
Views: 4036

That is a good solution. I have wondered about that camouflage material that you can buy - just a little square of it, thrown over the wire mechanism, might look kind of "natural" ? Never tried it yet, but I may have to. One thing I've done at a location where we have about 40 nest boxes (the wooode...
by Mary Wilson-SW Ont
Sun Apr 16, 2006 4:58 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: PMCA shop ? - Supergourd insert traps
Replies: 5
Views: 3997

PMCA shop ? - Supergourd insert traps

Are these still available? If so, where ..... thanks.
by Mary Wilson-SW Ont
Sun Apr 16, 2006 4:56 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Killer Sparrows on Rampage Today
Replies: 22
Views: 19143

Hi Sharon, I just looked as well and cannot see them! It was several years ago that we ordered our second set, but I would think they would still be available. I looked in bird traps and online-shop bird traps - can't think of any other place they'd be. I'll post a question about where they are, hop...
by Mary Wilson-SW Ont
Sun Apr 16, 2006 4:33 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Good quality Martin Poop?
Replies: 4
Views: 3160

Hi Mary! Ours took some crickets today, which I took out when I saw them perched on the B+B. But they are not overly hungry; a few look a little stressed and I assume they must have just come in .... I flung a few, and put some in the feeder tray. We're all finally having a decent spring (so far) .....
by Mary Wilson-SW Ont
Sun Apr 16, 2006 4:31 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Good quality Martin Poop?
Replies: 4
Views: 3160

How funny .... never thought I'd be reading and discussing about bird poop :lol: But for sure, when they're wiping their beak, its like us using a napkin - they've just finished a meal. The weather in our area, and yours I guess too has been pretty decent for a change. It sounds like you have the st...
by Mary Wilson-SW Ont
Sun Apr 16, 2006 4:24 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: The Easter Martin Payed a Visit
Replies: 3
Views: 2727

The Easter egg hunt paid off !!!!! Hope you also got some chocolate ones you can eat .....
by Mary Wilson-SW Ont
Sun Apr 16, 2006 3:45 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Killer Sparrows on Rampage Today
Replies: 22
Views: 19143

Sharon, we have round holed SGs and I can recommend their insert trap. It is very sturdy, I believe it comes three to a package. We have trapped many starlings and sparrows with them over the years and like them so much that we bought an extra pack for 6 all together - we can now put traps in one en...
by Mary Wilson-SW Ont
Sun Apr 16, 2006 2:31 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Good Friday has been good to me! News Flash...He's Banded!
Replies: 29
Views: 32472

Fred, I am sincerely hoping this is the start of a brand-new colony for you ..... I know they'll be given the best of accommodations and care !
by Mary Wilson-SW Ont
Sun Apr 16, 2006 2:21 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Killer Sparrows on Rampage Today
Replies: 22
Views: 19143

Sharon, please don't take down your nestboxes. Patrick is right ... you (a caring bird person) will eventually provide habitat and nesting sites that are very safe for your native birds. If you take down your boxes, those birds must go elsewhere, perhaps to someone who doesn't care as you do. Any ef...
by Mary Wilson-SW Ont
Sun Apr 16, 2006 2:13 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Northern Range Martins
Replies: 7
Views: 5520

Ryan, we have had three successive bad martin-killing springs in the northern part of the martins range. Starting in May of 2002, many martins have perished during persistent cold/rainy or just marginal weather patterns that covered a large area of the northern states and into southern Canada. It wi...
by Mary Wilson-SW Ont
Sun Apr 16, 2006 2:08 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: "A Sight For Sore Eyes"
Replies: 18
Views: 25439

Al, this is very exciting ..... I hope, hope, hope they return and start your colony. Al "landlord" Denton has a nice ring to it :grin:
by Mary Wilson-SW Ont
Sun Feb 19, 2006 7:04 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Successful cricket tossing in South Texas
Replies: 12
Views: 7984

John, that is a great report .. its always thrilling to hear of success in feeding. Few things give such satisfaction as getting our birds trained, and knowing we can help them ride out the weather. I also believe they remember from year-to-year. Supplemental feeding is probably the single most impo...
by Mary Wilson-SW Ont
Sat Feb 18, 2006 6:04 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Cold, buy out!!
Replies: 30
Views: 22985

Meem, your martins have been back since the 3rd - that's 2 weeks and if the weather was good in those two weeks then your birds should be strong. If your bad weather breaks in several days, they'll be fine, but crickets in the freezer are always good peace of mind. If you don't need to use them righ...