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by Chuck4
Thu Jun 25, 2015 3:04 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Nite Guard Solar LED light
Replies: 19
Views: 3283

I use them with success, but there are others who have not had success with them. I have four rigged at the top of my martin rack pointing n, s, e and w. You can see them in the video link in my sig. I live in a suburb, and owls aren't as prevalent as they would be farther out in the rural areas (I ...
by Chuck4
Wed Jun 24, 2015 12:18 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Purple Martins Morning Chatter
Replies: 1
Views: 791

As of today I have four left to fledge. That's a total of 32 this year (between 8 pairs). I figure I have about two more weeks, and I'll be done for the season. 8)
by Chuck4
Tue Jun 23, 2015 9:36 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Folks around here say fewer Martins this year
Replies: 3
Views: 1397

In my area, the numbers seem to be roughly the same. I have many more in my immediate area though, due to my colony. 8)
by Chuck4
Sat Jun 20, 2015 10:55 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Martins - a study in flight video
Replies: 1
Views: 967

Great video work Henry! It emphasizes how large the wings of the purple martin are (and swallows in general) relative to the rest of the body of the bird. The tail seems to be de-emphasized, but yet it still offers good counter balancing. I love the overall build of swallows. They are such magnifice...
by Chuck4
Sat Jun 20, 2015 10:12 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Purple Martins Morning Chatter
Replies: 1
Views: 791

Purple Martins Morning Chatter

I got up at 7 am this morning to see how things were going with my colony. Fledging has been in progress for the past two weeks. So far 20 have fledged, and there are still 15 or so left to fledge. It has been very active lately at my little colony. I was blessed to be able to record a little video ...
by Chuck4
Wed Jun 10, 2015 10:15 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Busy Martins
Replies: 13
Views: 2477

Mary and Tim, Thanks so much for the compliments. I was happy to have gotten the image of a momma bringing in a cicada. The martins in gourd J (the earliest fledges) have fledged their babies, so it's pretty much down hill from here now. I plan to be done by the first week of July. I will post a few...
by Chuck4
Tue Jun 09, 2015 9:33 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Take down unoccupied houses now?
Replies: 18
Views: 4056

Hi Jody, Generally speaking, the first week in June is the last window in NC to attract a new pair to nest. That being said, if you can control the sparrows, I don't see any harm in leaving your house up until migration is complete. There is a chance that HY (hatch-year, or fledgling) martins from ...
by Chuck4
Mon Jun 08, 2015 2:06 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Take down unoccupied houses now?
Replies: 18
Views: 4056

Yes, leave them up! It's too early to take them down yet. I'd leave housing up until the end of August at the very least. I don't take my down until September for the season. I had a pair that didn't fledge babies until early August last year.
by Chuck4
Mon Jun 08, 2015 12:05 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Busy Martins
Replies: 13
Views: 2477

Jose Rodriguez wrote:Nice!, Nice!, Nice! Lighting does play a big roll. Something I struggle with due to the large trees close by. Good job Chuck!
Hi there Jose! thanks very much. I enjoy your photos too. 8)
by Chuck4
Fri Jun 05, 2015 12:11 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: New SY's arriving June 5 in PA
Replies: 8
Views: 2049

You know, I saw several new SY birds at my housing this morning. It looked like one was going through nest build motions too. Interesting. I'll have to keep an eye out. I have some birds ready to fledge, and that seems to pull in a bunch of investigators too.
by Chuck4
Fri Jun 05, 2015 10:15 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Busy Martins
Replies: 13
Views: 2477

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by Chuck4
Fri Jun 05, 2015 10:04 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Busy Martins
Replies: 13
Views: 2477

Chuck…as many have doubtless commented before, the quality/clarity of your photos is worthy of National Geographic. I enjoy photography (and martins), but still fall into the rank-amateur category, when compared to your postings. What the heck are your shooting these photos with, and at what kind o...
by Chuck4
Thu Jun 04, 2015 7:45 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Busy Martins
Replies: 13
Views: 2477

Oh Chuck those are beautiful as always! Thanks for sharing. I needed that! Good luck with the rest of your colony! :grin: Thanks Sharon! This season seems to have gone by so fast! My martins have been busy, but they seem content! They are very focused birds. It's hard to explain why, but I feel a s...
by Chuck4
Thu Jun 04, 2015 6:14 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Busy Martins
Replies: 13
Views: 2477

Busy Martins

I had some time today to get out and watch my martins working hard feeding their young. I know my season is going to quickly be coming to an end (five weeks or so), and I am feel a little sad about it. The martins in gourd J will have fledglings within the week, and their babies are poking their hea...
by Chuck4
Wed Jun 03, 2015 3:48 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Suppose to be hatch day
Replies: 4
Views: 993

Re: Suppose to be hatch day

I have a ASY pair that layed 3 eggs 16 days ago, did a nest check today and found the 3 eggs burried under about 1" of green leaves. No way the female could incubate those eggs. The pair continue to guard the gourd and she stays in gourd like she is incubating. Could something be wrong with those e...
by Chuck4
Wed Jun 03, 2015 2:18 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Missing eggs?
Replies: 7
Views: 1894

Based on everything I've seen posted here, it sounds like a snake may have gotten the eggs. I had a pair last year that had a batch of eggs which didn't hatch. They moved over to the next gourd and built a new nest and had a second clutch.
by Chuck4
Wed Jun 03, 2015 12:49 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: speckled Martins
Replies: 3
Views: 718

Or possibly a partially leucistic bird.
by Chuck4
Wed Jun 03, 2015 10:04 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: west nile virus
Replies: 4
Views: 1181

West Nile Spraying to my understanding does not kill the Mosquito. It will make the Mosquito's sterile so they will not be able to reproduce. I believe the spray is mainly intended for the Mosquito Larvae but I may be wrong. Your Martins should be fine to my knowledge. Brad I am pretty certain they...
by Chuck4
Wed Jun 03, 2015 9:05 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: west nile virus
Replies: 4
Views: 1181

I think they will be spraying to kill the mosquitos. Odds are it won't harm the young martins, unless they are really close to the spray source. I've never noticed a real decrease in mosquito activity after they have sprayed in my area. It makes me wonder just how effective spraying really is.
by Chuck4
Tue Jun 02, 2015 10:19 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Small Colony Status (with pics)
Replies: 4
Views: 1080

Beautiful photos as usual! :grin: But when I saw that black bumpy material in the gourd, my first thought was, "What is that black snake doing in there?" Whew, glad it was just traction stuff! (I think) Thanks MB, the black stuff is an insulation boundary. It is a mat like material which is acting ...