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by Chuck4
Thu May 12, 2016 8:40 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Small Colony Update
Replies: 48
Views: 9260

Re: Small Colony Update

I wanted to wish all of you a prosperous season! SHARON! I hope you pull in some nesters.
by Chuck4
Thu May 12, 2016 1:28 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Small Colony Update
Replies: 48
Views: 9260

Re: Small Colony Update

Here is a shot a ran across of one of the males in my colony. This was taken a couple of weeks ago. He was perched on my fence watching his partner gather some nesting material. https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7605/26309831643_486869d17a_o.jpg A male Purple Martin by Chuck Rose , on Flickr
by Chuck4
Mon May 02, 2016 3:35 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Small Colony Update
Replies: 48
Views: 9260

Re: Small Colony Update

I did another nest check yesterday, and I am up to seven nests with eggs! I counted a total of thirty six eggs so far. Yay! I have twelve completed nests, so hopefully next check will reveal more eggs in new nests! Wishing everyone a successful season this year. 8)
by Chuck4
Wed Apr 27, 2016 12:32 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Small Colony Update
Replies: 48
Views: 9260

Re: Small Colony Update

Thanks for the kind words everyone! I did a nest check on Sunday, and I have twelve nests so far! Gourd A has 6 eggs. Gourd J had 1! I hope I fill up this year!
by Chuck4
Sat Apr 23, 2016 2:50 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Small Colony Update
Replies: 48
Views: 9260

Re: Small Colony Update

And a few more! :grin:


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by Chuck4
Sat Apr 23, 2016 2:45 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Small Colony Update
Replies: 48
Views: 9260

Re: Small Colony Update

Here are a few more images:

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by Chuck4
Sat Apr 23, 2016 2:42 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Small Colony Update
Replies: 48
Views: 9260

Small Colony Update

Hi Everyone! I had the chance to get out and get some decent photos of the Purple Martin activity at my colony this morning. Nest building is actively under way right now! It is funny watching the females try to stuff the huge sticks into the small gourd openings. They manage to get it done though! ...
by Chuck4
Tue Apr 19, 2016 12:36 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Male HOSP
Replies: 8
Views: 1324

Re: Male HOSP

I don't know if you have a repeating trap, like the Blaine's trap, or not, but I used some of their nesting material as bait. I put some of it in the trap, and below it, too. I placed the trap down below the gourd rack, where they could see it! I had them, the male and female, trying to build in two...
by Chuck4
Tue Apr 19, 2016 9:53 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Is there still any hope for this year for me?
Replies: 4
Views: 950

Re: Is there still any hope for this year for me?

Yes, you still have time! I am in north Mississippi, and I got my first nesting pair in May of 2013. But regardless of whether or not you get a nesting pair this year, leave up your housing. Martins in your area will check it out when they start moving south again. Have you used the dawn song record...
by Chuck4
Mon Apr 18, 2016 3:39 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: I'm ready for Fred bird!
Replies: 35
Views: 5740

Re: I'm ready for Fred bird!

Sharon,

I want you to know I am pulling for you to get your first nesting martins this season! Best of luck to you. I have a ton of photos from this season that I need to sit down and go through.
by Chuck4
Mon Apr 18, 2016 3:32 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Got eggs!!!
Replies: 2
Views: 746

Re: Got eggs!!!

That's great about the eggs! I also did a check yesterday, and one of my gourds had 4 eggs already!!! I was completely surprised by that finding. It is the earliest I have ever had eggs. I have had to be active with controlling HOSP this year. Fortunately, I have been winning the battle. :grin:
by Chuck4
Fri Mar 11, 2016 4:25 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: .............and 2 more pics
Replies: 6
Views: 2112

Re: .............and 2 more pics

Nice photos! I am starting to forget what the sunshine looks like here! We've had clouds and rain all week. At least there have been enough breaks in the rain for my martins to get out and feed! I am looking forward to getting out and also taking some photos soon I hope.
by Chuck4
Wed Mar 02, 2016 12:01 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: 2016 Season Underway
Replies: 5
Views: 1289

Re: 2016 Season Underway

Chuck --- I'm sure you were surprised,,,,,, two weeks early.... That's wild.. Have a good day.. :wink: Dave I had a feeling I would get some early this year. We've had a lot of bugs so far, and it has been a mild winter in my area. It looks like the milder weather is going to last through mid March...
by Chuck4
Tue Mar 01, 2016 4:40 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Photos Of My 2016 Purple Martin Colony
Replies: 17
Views: 4690

Re: Photos Of My 2016 Purple Martin Colony

Beautiful Steve! You have done the Purple Martin species a great service! 8)
by Chuck4
Tue Mar 01, 2016 1:44 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: 2016 Season Underway
Replies: 5
Views: 1289

Re: 2016 Season Underway

taxidermy lady wrote:Super Duper! Love your photos too! :grin:

Hi Sharon! Thank you! I wish you great success this year.
by Chuck4
Tue Mar 01, 2016 11:07 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: 2016 Season Underway
Replies: 5
Views: 1289

2016 Season Underway

The first ASY male showed up at my site on Saturday Feb 27th of this year. That is a full two weeks earlier than last year! He has since paired up with an ASY female, and they have been staying in Gourd D. I am pleased the Purple Martins are back. :grin: I wish all of you a prosperous year! I'll pos...
by Chuck4
Thu Feb 25, 2016 11:18 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: The Martins have Landed!
Replies: 7
Views: 1032

Re: The Martins have Landed!

Yay! Glad to hear your martins finally arrived!
by Chuck4
Wed Feb 17, 2016 1:44 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Slow arrivals
Replies: 7
Views: 2235

Re: Slow arrivals

It seems like it depends on where you look. I've seen several reports of martins a week or two earlier than last season too. Either way, I think many will arrive this week with the southerly flow and warmer temps. Here in N. MS, I'm already seeing a bunch of flying insect activity too (flies, bees, ...
by Chuck4
Tue Feb 16, 2016 4:32 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Loosing my colony
Replies: 10
Views: 3763

Re: Loosing my colony

I wish you the best at the new location, Tony. I was just wondering if you had gotten any returning martins yet.
by Chuck4
Tue Feb 16, 2016 10:34 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: This new forum format is frustrating..
Replies: 35
Views: 7743

Re: This new forum format is frustrating..

Yes, I actually like the look and feel of the new format more than the previous one. In the meantime, I am now in "eyes to the sky" mode looking for that first Purple Martin to arrive here at my site!