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by Archer
Sun Apr 21, 2019 8:11 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Tough couple days of poor weather.
Replies: 10
Views: 4137

Re: Tough couple days of poor weather.

Fantastic news! Reinforce that learned behaviour when you get a chance. Sometimes early in the season mine will ask for food early in the mornings when no bugs are out. Watch for them to fly to you and hover near you, that's the sign they want food.
by Archer
Sat Apr 20, 2019 1:32 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Hello all. New member. Here are the houses I made.
Replies: 41
Views: 18341

Re: Hello all. New member. Here are the houses I made.

Archer Good for you! I have only had martins for one year but that is one of my goals to get some banded some day and watch and wait for one to come back, that is amazing for them to pin point exact locations, I just hope my birds never got hit by a 747 passenger jet. Good luck in the days to come....
by Archer
Sat Apr 20, 2019 6:54 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: T14 Full
Replies: 16
Views: 6758

Re: T14 Full

T14's are prone to domination issues where pairs will defend more than one cavity. I changed my opening on my T14 this winter to have alternate opening on the front and the side. We will see if that helps. Another strategy I used last summer was to extend the porch out temporarily. I staple some car...
by Archer
Sat Apr 20, 2019 6:47 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Tough couple days of poor weather.
Replies: 10
Views: 4137

Re: Tough couple days of poor weather.

Its worth a shot Flyin, and Toy has some good advice in her reply. If you have a feeding platform or area where you supply calcium or nesting material, its good to flip from that area provided it is close enough to their housing. Leave a few leftovers on the platform. Martins are curious and they wi...
by Archer
Sat Apr 20, 2019 6:35 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Hello all. New member. Here are the houses I made.
Replies: 41
Views: 18341

Re: Hello all. New member. Here are the houses I made.

Archer Just trying to have some fun, I know there is lots of time and those who have colony’s for 10 years will always have there early birds come home first. Every year is different when you look at the stats on the scout report, I didn’t get any martins till the 27 of April last year so all I can...
by Archer
Fri Apr 19, 2019 2:02 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Hello all. New member. Here are the houses I made.
Replies: 41
Views: 18341

Re: Hello all. New member. Here are the houses I made.

How am I supposed to make a living without rent money, iam going to have to apply for welfare now that I don’t have any renters, my house hasn’t seen a purple Martin yet this year!! I don’t know what’s going on, the scout map shows they are all the way up in northern Alberta, I may have to sell my ...
by Archer
Wed Apr 17, 2019 11:01 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Migrating Martins
Replies: 12
Views: 4481

Re: Migrating Martins

She is still here, belongs here.
by Archer
Wed Apr 17, 2019 5:56 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Migrating Martins
Replies: 12
Views: 4481

Re: Migrating Martins

Fuzzmeister wrote:
Sun Apr 14, 2019 3:27 pm
Sounds good Allan I will be watching, shouldn’t be long
Hey Fuzz, I had a martins show up yesterday.
by Archer
Mon Apr 15, 2019 6:03 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: ? Which oil for braking winch ?
Replies: 2
Views: 2053

Re: ? Which oil for braking winch ?

Don't put oil on the brake pad, you will loose the friction you need to lift. If anything grease or oil be bearing the center shaft turns on. I have had a brake winch for 5 years and never oiled or greased anything and it works well.
by Archer
Mon Apr 15, 2019 12:41 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Entrance covers for modified houses
Replies: 8
Views: 4567

Re: Entrance covers for modified houses

Please do not use duct tape or any tape, I had a disaster at my site because of it. A portion of the tape let go and got into a martins wing. Had to cut feathers to release it. He could fly, but not very well.
by Archer
Mon Apr 15, 2019 5:54 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Visitors Question
Replies: 16
Views: 6511

Re: Visitors Question

Another observation comes to mind. My colony was started by an SY female. She stayed the night without a mate while I was playing the Dawnsong, Daytime Chatter. It only took her 2 days after that first night and she was paired up in the same cavity where she stayed the first night. Leads me to beli...
by Archer
Sun Apr 14, 2019 2:03 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Visitors Question
Replies: 16
Views: 6511

Re: Visitors Question

Another observation comes to mind. My colony was started by an SY female. She stayed the night without a mate while I was playing the Dawnsong, Daytime Chatter. It only took her 2 days after that first night and she was paired up in the same cavity where she stayed the first night. Leads me to belie...
by Archer
Sun Apr 14, 2019 1:53 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Hello all. New member. Here are the houses I made.
Replies: 41
Views: 18341

Re: Hello all. New member. Here are the houses I made.

Let me introduce you to nest checks. Everyone can manage their colony as they know best and see fit. Information is usefull in making decisions. https://www.purplemartin.org/uploads/media/17-2-nestcheckguide-331.pdf Also did you know to keep the sparrows alive in the trap, they are the best decoys f...
by Archer
Sun Apr 14, 2019 1:39 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Migrating Martins
Replies: 12
Views: 4481

Re: Migrating Martins

Archer Let us know when your martins arrive, I’m just across the way to the west of you, so I can have my house ready. I’ve been keeping my eyes to the sky last couple days watching for them but it’s still gets cool at night so it might be a week or so yet. I report on the scout report as Allan fro...
by Archer
Sun Apr 14, 2019 9:40 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Visitors Question
Replies: 16
Views: 6511

Re: Visitors Question

Me and John Miller never agree on this subject,lol My perspective is that Martins are social birds and that playing the Dawnsong and Daytime Chatter, help them feel at ease, after all, Martins like to be around Martins. Besides, there are more martins out there to attract. I kept playing the Dawnson...
by Archer
Sun Apr 14, 2019 5:38 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Visitors Question
Replies: 16
Views: 6511

Re: Visitors Question

Staying for night, is a good sign, In my opinion nest building is the clincher. Then you know they have committed to your house. People add pine straw or other straw as it is an insulating factor. Early migrants are often fight with cold and lack of food. It is not necessary to attract martins, but ...
by Archer
Sun Apr 14, 2019 5:30 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Hello all. New member. Here are the houses I made.
Replies: 41
Views: 18341

Re: Hello all. New member. Here are the houses I made.

Greetings to you I Curumba. Welcome to the forum. Its is exciting to see another successful landlord from Canada, I am from Southern Manitoba, whereabouts are you from? Your house looks excellent. Wood is a good insulator and martins this far north need protection from the cold. The starling resista...
by Archer
Sun Apr 14, 2019 5:12 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Martins and Blue Birds
Replies: 4
Views: 2450

Re: Martins and Blue Birds

Hey Jerry, The above post is good advice, except that you allready have martins in residence. I would take that "trap gourd" down and put it on a shepards hook, about 5 feet off the ground. If the Bluebirds accept it at that height, you can slowly move the gourd a few feet a day, away from the gourd...
by Archer
Sun Apr 14, 2019 5:04 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Migrating Martins
Replies: 12
Views: 4481

Re: Migrating Martins

Do you see a Canadian Flag on their passports? Our Canadian birds are tough we are expecting some by the end of the week!
Open Skies!
by Archer
Sat Apr 13, 2019 6:55 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: So what kind of green leaves do your PMs like?
Replies: 7
Views: 3103

Re: So what kind of green leaves do your PMs like?

Mostly Poplar, but the stems are so tough they never get the whole leaf, just tear of a piece.