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by Chuck4
Tue Jun 02, 2015 10:02 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Small Colony Status (with pics)
Replies: 4
Views: 1083

Thank you very much Jody. I have decided after this season that my goal is 20 or so pairs, and I'll stop there. Otherwise I may drive my neighbors insane. :grin:
by Chuck4
Tue Jun 02, 2015 9:10 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Small Colony Status (with pics)
Replies: 4
Views: 1083

Small Colony Status (with pics)

My little colony of eight pairs seems to be doing well this year! As of last check I had 29 hatchlings/nestlings plus eight unhatched eggs. I have an SY pair that is incubating 5 eggs. My oldest nestlings are about 20 days old, so this week will be the last nest check until they fledge. It is really...
by Chuck4
Tue Jun 02, 2015 10:17 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Been gone a while.
Replies: 12
Views: 3389

Tony, I'm glad to hear you are up to four pairs! That's great. I've been watching my martins recently. All of them are feeding young except for one pair that's still incubating eggs. It is fascinating watching them come and go from the gourds. It is constant activity that is well coordinated too. Th...
by Chuck4
Sun May 31, 2015 7:18 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Baby Martins Have Fledge!
Replies: 12
Views: 3011

Congratulations Jose. I should have some fledging in about two more weeks.
by Chuck4
Thu May 28, 2015 3:04 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: House vs. Gourds
Replies: 14
Views: 6860

8)
by Chuck4
Thu May 28, 2015 2:34 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: House vs. Gourds
Replies: 14
Views: 6860

He he. Believe me, Martins are not that "high classed". If a T-14 is in a good location, it will be used, as will most anything else. Martins mainly want to feel safe. My colony has only been in gourds since day 1. I use Bo-9 and Bo-11 plastic gourds with tunnels and porches and some minor personal ...
by Chuck4
Mon May 25, 2015 10:57 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Birds can alternate sides of brain that sleep
Replies: 3
Views: 687

This photo proves it IMO. This male has two legs, I know because I have proof. But the image shows him on one leg.



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His other leg has been pulled up as he rested.
by Chuck4
Mon May 25, 2015 10:03 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Birds can alternate sides of brain that sleep
Replies: 3
Views: 687

Yes, I have read that they can do what you describe. It aids them at night when they need to sleep, yet be alert, as well. It would be nice to be able to do that as humans. 8)
by Chuck4
Sat May 23, 2015 11:38 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: A Rewarding Nest Check
Replies: 12
Views: 1887

Awwww, that is so beautiful! Tears of JOY for you and your very fortunate Purple Martins! Blessed are you among birders. (And so are your birds) It shocked me to see her there. I had no clue that she was still sitting on her eggs. When I took the cap off, she flinched a little and one of her eggs r...
by Chuck4
Fri May 22, 2015 6:43 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: A Rewarding Nest Check
Replies: 12
Views: 1887

Great photos Chuck. She looks like a pretty old girl? That picture in flight is once-in-a-lifetime! Ed. Ed, yes she is an older female I think. One of my ASY females is even older than her I believe. I call her granny. She's the darkest, and she has a very deep raspy voice. She is always the first ...
by Chuck4
Thu May 21, 2015 9:30 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: A Rewarding Nest Check
Replies: 12
Views: 1887

Thanks you guys! I 've always had the hope of getting to see one of the lady martins on her eggs during a nest check. I'm very happy to have been able to experience it. It was truly unexpected. 8)
by Chuck4
Thu May 21, 2015 6:15 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: A Rewarding Nest Check
Replies: 12
Views: 1887

A Rewarding Nest Check

I did a nest check today. I am officially up to eight pairs this year as my SY pair has three eggs in the nest! So I have 37 eggs between 7 nests. The eighth nest (in gourd J) has 3 hatchlings at one week old. Only three out six eggs hatched. But the three hatchlings all looked healthy. I was reward...
by Chuck4
Thu May 21, 2015 10:14 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Raising' Cane!
Replies: 5
Views: 1534

Nice work Jose! I really like the second shot of SY male.
by Chuck4
Wed May 20, 2015 4:10 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Martin arrivals/wind and weather patterns
Replies: 3
Views: 731

It is a fact, I have observed it myself. For my area in the southern US, it's not just southerly winds in the states, but throughout the Gulf of Mexico too. Sometimes the gulf can be cut off by a northerly flow over the gulf, which can retard northward migration. But it is also dependent on the prev...
by Chuck4
Wed May 20, 2015 10:47 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Flying ants in gourd? Termites?
Replies: 4
Views: 1123

Nice video work there Bulldog1. Watching the female's behavior is very interesting. I think she is aware that the camera is there. She either sees something that is different, or hears it. I wonder if go pros use active autofocusing? I think the camera sends out a signal to stay focused, and she pro...
by Chuck4
Fri May 15, 2015 1:07 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Nice project -public education + Purple Martins
Replies: 3
Views: 707

Thanks for sharing the link Louise. That's unusual that they are saying landlords don't need to do nest checks. I agree with them though if it helps to get landlords to at least put up housing for martins. Nest checks and keeping good records are needed to locate potential problems. I think people ...
by Chuck4
Fri May 15, 2015 12:05 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Three hatchlings, 36 eggs and some Bluebirds
Replies: 3
Views: 581

Anthony Neira wrote:Chuck ! Congrats ! ( clapping in the background ! :grin: ) Bravo !!
Thanks Anthony. I'm glad things seem to be progressing well. 8) I hope they continue to do so.
by Chuck4
Thu May 14, 2015 9:53 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Three hatchlings, 36 eggs and some Bluebirds
Replies: 3
Views: 581

Lady Bluebird!


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by Chuck4
Thu May 14, 2015 8:51 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Three hatchlings, 36 eggs and some Bluebirds
Replies: 3
Views: 581

Three hatchlings, 36 eggs and some Bluebirds

Today's nest check revealed three newly born Purple Martins, plus 36 eggs between 7 nests! There is also a nearly completed nest built by an SY pair! I am very pleased that things seem to be going well for my birds this year. I also have a new Bluebird pair that has taken a keen interest in my unocc...
by Chuck4
Thu May 14, 2015 9:37 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Loosing my colony 1,2 or 8 at a time
Replies: 10
Views: 3007

Tony, it could have been a fight, old age or an accident that killed that ASY male. It amazes me that they don't end up dead more frequently! I have seen them come down so fast and fly into their gourd. If they hit wrong, it could cause some injuries or death easily I'd think. Yes, there's only so m...