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by phldave
Thu Dec 26, 2019 4:46 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Predictions
Replies: 12
Views: 4100

Re: Predictions

Mike, There are several of us up here in Iowa doing well, it's just that the area around Des Moines was pretty sparse until the past few years. With that being said, we are slowly increasing the population in this area, and I hope it will eventually pay off for me soon. I helped another landlord who...
by phldave
Thu Dec 26, 2019 3:05 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Predictions
Replies: 12
Views: 4100

Re: Predictions

The waterfowl were sure milling around up here in Iowa on Christmas day with the 60 degree weather we had. They were all confused. I was thinking to myself, come on look at the height of the sun, its not even January yet. It will be interesting to see what the martins do down south.
by phldave
Thu Dec 26, 2019 2:51 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Need ideas on modifying a new enclosed purple martin feeding platform
Replies: 6
Views: 3258

Re: Need ideas on modifying a new enclosed purple martin feeding platform

Dave, like you mentioned, so long as the starlings don't figure out how to go in sideways it should keep them out. You also know with their long legs they have trouble squatting, so the lower level entrance would give the startling's more trouble. They would have an easier time getting in the 2nd le...
by phldave
Tue Dec 03, 2019 2:33 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Does Offering Different Types Of Cavities Help Attract Martins ?
Replies: 11
Views: 6649

Re: Does Offering Different Types Of Cavities Help Attract Martins ?

On a similar note. There was a particular interesting behavior I noted at my site this past year. I decided to place a couple decoys with their heads in the tunnel of a couple compartments with their tails sticking out of the openings a couple inches. This caught the attention of one SY male. I obse...
by phldave
Mon Nov 25, 2019 3:15 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: New member needing advise
Replies: 13
Views: 4211

Re: New member needing advise

They've discovered why waste your time catching little teeny skeeters, when you can have big plump dragonfly's. No brainer there!
by phldave
Wed Jun 19, 2019 2:20 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: HELP
Replies: 11
Views: 7585

Re: HELP

Sure wish I had them up here at my place. Mama's warm tummy would feel pretty good to them at night. It's still comfortable here, almost cool.

Dave
by phldave
Tue Jun 11, 2019 1:14 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Porch sitters
Replies: 7
Views: 3824

Re: Porch sitters

sure wish we could come up with a way of redistributing these birds that don't know where there are available vacancies.
by phldave
Sat Jun 01, 2019 6:00 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Vacation and Purple Martin’s
Replies: 1
Views: 2893

Vacation and Purple Martin’s

Eating at a rooftop restaurant in San Juan PR and there are Purple Martin’s soaring and gurgling overhead.
Dave
by phldave
Wed May 22, 2019 10:10 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Possible New Colony for West Des Moines, Iowa
Replies: 8
Views: 4678

Re: Possible New Colony for West Des Moines, Iowa

Great news Tim, l’m happy for you. Unfortunately it has been uneventful around here. I have seen next to nothing this year so far. This is year 8 for me.
Dave
by phldave
Sat May 11, 2019 11:53 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Subies?
Replies: 18
Views: 10743

Re: Subies?

Finally observed some Martin activity overhead between 7 and 8pm on the 8th of May in Pleasant Hill. If they heard the vocals they ignored them.
by phldave
Mon May 06, 2019 4:43 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Subies?
Replies: 18
Views: 10743

Re: Subies?

Well it looks like they (SY) finally showed up in West Des Moines and Slater, Iowa. Now I'm really gonna go nuts with uncontrollable anticipation. Aint spring migration in the Midwest marvelous.
by phldave
Tue Apr 30, 2019 11:48 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Subadult females
Replies: 11
Views: 3313

Re: Subadult females

Sounds like a good plan to me. I wonder what the experts would think? It makes good sense to me as a way to help nature out in keeping your colony viable and healthy. Kind of like how hunting helps keep some species thinned out.
by phldave
Tue Apr 30, 2019 3:47 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Subadult females
Replies: 11
Views: 3313

Re: Subadult females

Lynn, Another way to look at, it’s also our job as conservationists to spread their territory and density elsewhere. So, when the asy birds drive off the sy birds the youngsters will have more of a chance to make their way to we folks still trying to do our part. So, for our sake please don’t hog AL...
by phldave
Sat Apr 27, 2019 10:46 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Best way to dispatch a sparrow?
Replies: 15
Views: 6751

Re: Best way to dispatch a sparrow?

Just one of those unpleasantries we have to deal with. Living in the city like I do, I discreetly take them to the garden shed where I quickly and forcefully wrap their noggin on whatever is available. One of the wall studs of the shed or the lawnmower handle work well. A broken neck or fractured sk...
by phldave
Fri Apr 26, 2019 9:20 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Subies?
Replies: 18
Views: 10743

Re: Subies?

I see there’s a sy report half way across Iowa today. Maybe they’re finally starting to move again. I’m home this week maybe I’ll get lucky.
by phldave
Mon Apr 22, 2019 10:47 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Subies?
Replies: 18
Views: 10743

Subies?

Attention landlords: Please take a few moments and report your subadults, for those of us sitting on pins and needles STILL hoping to start a colony. Haven't seen a darn thing, and once again I'm beginning to wonder what the hay! Believe me, the only thing I haven't done is place a vacancy add on he...
by phldave
Sun Apr 14, 2019 12:39 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Pics of my piebald female
Replies: 5
Views: 3108

Re: Pics of my piebald female

Let us know how their young turn out.
by phldave
Fri Mar 29, 2019 7:41 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: First Arrival West Des Moines, IA
Replies: 11
Views: 3000

Re: First Arrival West Des Moines, IA

Tim,
I’ve been on pins and needles for the past two weeks since they entered the state. Have a great year.
Dave
by phldave
Tue Mar 19, 2019 9:15 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: A look at migration this week.
Replies: 12
Views: 3492

Re: A look at migration this week.

You don't suppose the Martin's prefer being here in North America where "we" do all we can to care for them, and they only go to South America to keep from starving and freezing to death. Between the driving force to breed and our companionship, I think they can't wait to be back in the good old US ...
by phldave
Fri Mar 15, 2019 3:45 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: SY Male?
Replies: 18
Views: 5118

Re: SY Male?

That one is difficult, looking at the tail chevrons and the blotchy breast I would almost vote SY male. Have you heard it's call yet?