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by dsonyay
Sun May 10, 2020 12:51 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Kingbirds... fiesty little guys
Replies: 2
Views: 538

Re: Kingbirds... fiesty little guys

I have eastern kingbirds in my yard. pretty birds. Have never seen them fight with the martins. They ignore each other. dave They are very pretty and fun to watch them hover. I’ve never seen them mess with martins either, but the martins seem to like to start the tussle. Lol. I keep thinking “Hey g...
by dsonyay
Sun May 10, 2020 10:18 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Kingbirds... fiesty little guys
Replies: 2
Views: 538

Kingbirds... fiesty little guys

I’ve got Kingbirds around. They’re probably nesting in the wooded area back behind my house. About 60 yards away. Lately, one of them has been perching on my gourd rack. He or she doesn’t seem to do anything but use it as a spot to look for bugs below. But now and then one of my martins takes a dive...
by dsonyay
Sun May 10, 2020 10:11 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Update on my site
Replies: 1
Views: 324

Update on my site

As of today, I have Four nests and 23 eggs. Should be hatching any day now. 2 nests are in the gourds. Each with 6 eggs. 2 nests are in the SK Barn. One has 5 eggs, the other 6. The barn has been modified to 6 spaces and the attic holes are plugged for now. Not bad at all after a 5 year drought at m...
by dsonyay
Sun May 10, 2020 10:01 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: S&K barn 12 room modified to 6 large rooms
Replies: 7
Views: 843

Re: S&K barn 12 room modified to 6 large rooms

Oddly enough, it was the opposite for me. I was having the hardest time attracting martins to a new site with perfect layout. After 5 years of zero nesting I added a SK barn to the mix. I had all gourds. Immediately I had visitors, and as of today I have four neats, all with 5 or 6 eggs. 2 nests are...
by dsonyay
Mon Apr 27, 2020 7:56 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Nest pics
Replies: 7
Views: 802

Re: Nest pics

awwwww! Cute lil nuggets.. Lol
by dsonyay
Mon Apr 27, 2020 12:41 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Nest pics
Replies: 7
Views: 802

Re: Nest pics

That's great! You're off to a really good start
by dsonyay
Sun Apr 26, 2020 3:23 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Nest pics
Replies: 7
Views: 802

Nest pics

This is a nest with 5 eggs in my bo11... ASY male / ASY female https://i.ibb.co/5sPY4zn/0426201452.jpg This is a nest in my SK barn.. 6 eggs!.. ASY male / SY female https://i.ibb.co/5YybWNR/0426201451-HDR.jpg I have another full nest, no eggs (in the barn) (ASY male / SY female) Also, an SY male and...
by dsonyay
Sat Apr 25, 2020 8:20 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: My SY male and mate
Replies: 3
Views: 530

My SY male and mate

https://youtu.be/tVhCCH7944k My SY male has found a mate and she's begun her nest this morning. Looks like she chose the BigBo over a Bo9. The BigBo had a little bit of Pine Needles in it already, so maybe that was a clincher. Lol.. Pre-furnished. I have 4 nests now. The other three have eggs. Two n...
by dsonyay
Thu Apr 23, 2020 7:54 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: SY male.. very fiesty!
Replies: 5
Views: 627

Re: SY male.. very fiesty!

I've been gone the past three days and the male SY seems to have found a mate. Both were popping in and out of a gourd this morning. So now it looks like three nests and another one on tje way.. They may have started already. Gonna check later in the afternoon.
by dsonyay
Sat Apr 18, 2020 8:32 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: SY male.. very fiesty!
Replies: 5
Views: 627

Re: SY male.. very fiesty!

deancamp wrote:
Fri Apr 17, 2020 11:40 am
Just when the colony settles in, here comes the sy crowd to stir it up again. I like the activity.

Exactly.. lol
by dsonyay
Sat Apr 18, 2020 8:32 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: SY male.. very fiesty!
Replies: 5
Views: 627

Re: SY male.. very fiesty!

I have seen lots of color variations of SY males over the years. So with no purple at all and others that look like they have some weird disease with random splotches all over them. It's just a good sign when you see them start moving in. The ones I've seen before had those dark splotches.. I'm wat...
by dsonyay
Fri Apr 17, 2020 8:30 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: SY male.. very fiesty!
Replies: 5
Views: 627

SY male.. very fiesty!

I did a nest check yesterday... Was gone for three days.. 2 complete nests, no eggs. 1 nest started.. Also this morning, an SY male is here.. he's a fiesty lil guy. Working very hard to attract a female and seems to like a BO9 gourd.. and bounces over to the lower level of the barn as well. He is lo...
by dsonyay
Sat Apr 11, 2020 12:40 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Video.. nest building
Replies: 6
Views: 882

Re: Video.. nest building

I’m using the attic on my s&k I added porches I just use long 12” tweezers and pull everything out of the hole at the end of the season. That's a good idea too.. but I'd rather be able to access it with my while hand like the gourds.. in case a bird is stuck or to do next checks. But yeah, I bet mo...
by dsonyay
Fri Apr 10, 2020 9:59 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Video.. nest building
Replies: 6
Views: 882

Re: Video.. nest building

I have the entrances plugged too.. I really dont want to deal with those. That barn has 6 compartments total. I done the modification to double the compartment size... They seem to love that. I've got 3 pair in the house and I pair in a gourd. I may have a 2nd pair in a gourd.. noticed a female last...
by dsonyay
Fri Apr 10, 2020 8:45 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Video.. nest building
Replies: 6
Views: 882

Video.. nest building

Short clip of a young female bring in nest material.. looks like I have four.. maybe 5 pairs building nests. One nest looks nearly 100% complete... The other 3 or 4 are in early stages

https://youtu.be/sLYplX7Comg
by dsonyay
Wed Apr 08, 2020 6:23 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: ASY OR BLUEBIRD
Replies: 5
Views: 650

Re: ASY OR BLUEBIRD

Yeah.. maybe a BB.. the image color is seems kinda harsh.. so the feather colors seem off. But definitely not the body of a PM.
by dsonyay
Wed Apr 08, 2020 6:22 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: ASY OR BLUEBIRD
Replies: 5
Views: 650

Re: ASY OR BLUEBIRD

It's not a PM.. doesn't look like a BB either.. maybe a yellow Rumped Warbler.
by dsonyay
Wed Apr 08, 2020 6:20 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: SY females here
Replies: 4
Views: 570

Re: SY females here

You are on your way. I noticed your YouTube it looked like you went from a whole gourd setup to less gourds and a house. Just curious why did you downsize? I just didn't think I needed all the gourds hanging.. since I haven't had a pair to start the year. Also.. hung the SK barn (modded to the doub...
by dsonyay
Mon Apr 06, 2020 9:40 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Hello......again
Replies: 9
Views: 1349

Re: Hello......again

Gobs.. I mentioned your name just a few days ago when I made my first post after a 5 or 6 year hiatus. Prior to that I was in Slidell La developing a colony.. had a couple of pairs going, then we moved to a new town. My new site was even better.. 0 trees, plenty of power lines behind our house.. 2 a...
by dsonyay
Sat Apr 04, 2020 8:41 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: SY females here
Replies: 4
Views: 570

SY females here

I have one, maybe 2 SY females. Using binoculars to ID the telltale features. Pretty sure I have 2 here, but can't get the other one to face me. LoL. Lot's of screeching and hollering around the gourds today... Males keep popping in the compartments and singing away. Romance is in the air. Broussard...