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by dsonyay
Thu Feb 18, 2021 10:52 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Lone male survived a COLD night
Replies: 6
Views: 236

Re: Lone male survived a COLD night

Can’t do it unfortunately. Away from home at the moment. Saw him hanging outside for a bit Monday, then I had to go to work for a few days. I’m not expecting much good news. My buddy down the road has lost a few already. As of yesterday, he’s got about a dozen still alive. They are in two groups hud...
by dsonyay
Tue Feb 16, 2021 9:26 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Lone male survived a COLD night
Replies: 6
Views: 236

Re: Lone male survived a COLD night

Yeah I was very relieved. He must have fed today somewhere (it was about 35 by later afternoon and very sunny. My buddy down the road had a dead PM on the ground. He has about 8 or 9 now. This afternoon they were all on his roof soaking up the reflected from the shingles. He sent me a pick.. it was ...
by dsonyay
Tue Feb 16, 2021 6:38 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Lone male survived a COLD night
Replies: 6
Views: 236

Re: Lone male survived a COLD night

I put a link to a short video of the brave guy in original post
by dsonyay
Tue Feb 16, 2021 6:22 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Lone male survived a COLD night
Replies: 6
Views: 236

Lone male survived a COLD night

South Louisiana.. Broussard La. we were below freezing since yesterday evening.. with freezing rain and sleet- maybe a bit of snow.. this morning in in the teens w/ blue skies. I lowered gourds around 2 pm ( 34f and Sunny) to check for bodies.. no dead martins. Around 4pm my male martin was perched ...
by dsonyay
Tue Feb 09, 2021 10:21 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Very cold weather for the south next weekend?
Replies: 18
Views: 1210

Re: Very cold weather for the south next weekend?

I’m pretty sure they’ll survive below freezing temps for short periods. These birds have survived hundreds of years of this kinda thing.. the string make it through,, the weak and frail get sifted out. Nature seems cruel. Long periods of below freezing with rain.. and or snow is probably the thing t...
by dsonyay
Tue Feb 09, 2021 10:15 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Covington La Arrivals
Replies: 7
Views: 535

Re: Covington La Arrivals

Roy.. that was probably me (I’m David). His name was Bo. Can’t remember his last name. But he was the guy that managed the houses and I had heard about it and helped him out. Lotta work. I seriously doubt if those houses are out there anymore. If you ever drive along the lake see if they're still ou...
by dsonyay
Mon Feb 08, 2021 6:42 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Conflicting weather forecast- louisiana
Replies: 9
Views: 508

Re: Conflicting weather forecast- louisiana

Checked weather this morning... keeps getting modified on the long range forecasts. Sat Sun will be pretty cold in the A.m. even lafayette area will get the chills. By wed.. the weekend forecast should be pretty firm
by dsonyay
Mon Feb 08, 2021 6:39 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: 2021 season starting earlier than I thought
Replies: 5
Views: 356

Re: 2021 season starting earlier than I thought

PMDavid wrote:
Sun Feb 07, 2021 5:08 pm
Sorry sonnier, I just noticed how I spelled it last time :oops: I wouldn’t want that either. I really knew it was sonnier from the spelling of Sonyay .......only a native louisianaian would. All out friends up north would have that all messed up!
Hahahah.. no worries at all :)
by dsonyay
Sun Feb 07, 2021 1:53 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Conflicting weather forecast- louisiana
Replies: 9
Views: 508

Re: Conflicting weather forecast- louisiana

Fingers crossed. Now that I’m retired, I don't pay much attention to the weather. For a while I’d download my own data, analyze everything then figure out the weather myself.. but that got kind of old, especially when I’m not getting paid to do it anymore lol You guys up in N La will likely get some...
by dsonyay
Sun Feb 07, 2021 1:45 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: 2021 season starting earlier than I thought
Replies: 5
Views: 356

Re: 2021 season starting earlier than I thought

Call me David :)


My last name is Sonnier (sonyay)


Thanks very much... hoping so too.

I had the gourd rack down earlier this morning checking a few things out and lubricating the pulleys ... two more began circling and yelling at me for waiting til the last minute to do all this stuff.
by dsonyay
Sun Feb 07, 2021 12:26 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Conflicting weather forecast- louisiana
Replies: 9
Views: 508

Re: Conflicting weather forecast- louisiana

It appears the really cold weather won’t happen in the Lafayette area. I live in Broussard and the forecasted 20 degree weather and snow for Saturday has been replaced with typical mid 30s temps for lows and low 50s for highs I’m a retired weather forecaster and was quite surprised to see those type...
by dsonyay
Sun Feb 07, 2021 12:08 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Covington La Arrivals
Replies: 7
Views: 535

Re: Covington La Arrivals

Is someone still maintaining the PM houses that were located on the lake? When I lived in Slidell I had helped the Doctor who was spearheading the project. He had to move away and so did I later on, so I thought the houses may be doomed.
by dsonyay
Sun Feb 07, 2021 12:02 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: 2021 season starting earlier than I thought
Replies: 5
Views: 356

2021 season starting earlier than I thought

3 martins arrived last weekend which is the earliest I’ve ever had returning martins arrive. Usually it’s been March. 2 males and a female. Didn’t see much of them this weekend.. very cold and rainy. This morning i heard some PM chatter and there’s one male buzzing the gourd rack. Peeking inside the...
by dsonyay
Wed Jul 22, 2020 6:00 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: The Lone Chick seems to be pulling through.
Replies: 11
Views: 2374

Re: The Lone Chick seems to be pulling through.

I'm really happy to hear he did ok. You did a superb job. That's such a good pic too. That little guy had terrible odds against him but you certainly fudged the odds back towards him. Really puts a smile on my face. He's got a lot more dangers left but he sure got off to a healthy start. Great going...
by dsonyay
Tue Jul 14, 2020 3:23 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: The Lone Chick seems to be pulling through.
Replies: 11
Views: 2374

Re: The Lone Chick seems to be pulling through.

How's the lone chick?
by dsonyay
Sat Jul 11, 2020 1:22 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: New Bo Nine Plus Gourds
Replies: 10
Views: 1709

Re: New Bo Nine Plus Gourds

Yep, i put tunnels on every BO type gourd.. they are great for hawks and an easy modification
by dsonyay
Sat Jul 11, 2020 8:00 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: New Bo Nine Plus Gourds
Replies: 10
Views: 1709

Re: New Bo Nine Plus Gourds

I have 2 bo11s, 6 Big Bos, and 8 Bo9s. The Bo11s and Big BOs are always selected first.

I wish the BO11 didn't weigh so much. They arenreally nice. I'm considering buying the newer BO9 Plus, martins seem to like that darkness the inner layer provides
by dsonyay
Sat Jul 11, 2020 7:53 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: The Lone Chick seems to be pulling through.
Replies: 11
Views: 2374

Re: The Lone Chick seems to be pulling through.

Yeah, he looks very healthy and ready to take on the world. Good job!

David
by dsonyay
Tue Jun 30, 2020 11:11 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: The Babe lives
Replies: 4
Views: 870

Re: The Babe lives

Good to hear. Poor lil fella has many obstacles in his path over the next few months. It's amazing how in just a few more weeks he'll be in South America (if all goes well). Amazing stuff in nature.
by dsonyay
Sat Jun 27, 2020 6:24 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: MY BRUTAL 2020 SEASON
Replies: 11
Views: 2183

Re: MY BRUTAL 2020 SEASON

Second thought.. after googling Buffalo Gnat.. don't think that was it at all. Pretty sure it was mites. I did see adults feeding on tiny "no see-ums" while perching and on the porches, but these were very small insects. Not the size of the flies. And I did see a gourd crawling with very tiny bugs.....