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by phldave
Mon May 07, 2018 12:53 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Iowa Martin Migration Status Inquiry
Replies: 9
Views: 2288

Re: Iowa Martin Migration Status Inquiry

Tim,
It's been dead around here since the 18th of April. Even though it's only been a couple weeks it seems like an eternity after being treated to a dozen migrants for a week. In that time I have only spotted a pair that appeared to be feeding together. Lynn said their place only had SYF also.
Dave
by phldave
Wed May 02, 2018 11:15 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Please report your Subbies
Replies: 31
Views: 5973

Re: Please report your Subbies

A shout out to PHL Dave , thought I would let you know I have seen a few Subadult females . They got here last night or yesterday sometime I see at least two of them here this a.m. Have not seen any males yet. Thanks Lynn, I see Dave D. reported some too. I'll continue to keep my eyes peeled. Lower...
by phldave
Tue May 01, 2018 2:36 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Subbies still arriving
Replies: 3
Views: 840

Re: Subbies still arriving

I'm finding it very unnerving they haven't crossed over the I-70 corridor yet! :roll:
Dave
by phldave
Fri Apr 27, 2018 10:11 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Southern breezes
Replies: 0
Views: 1685

Southern breezes

I have been looking on windy.com and it looks like the Midwest is forecast to have a good southern flow starting Sunday for a couple days. Hopefully some of our friends will be riding on those breezes. I will be keeping my eyes out for them. Maybe the subbies will start pushing their way north.
Dave
by phldave
Mon Apr 23, 2018 9:14 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Please report your Subbies
Replies: 31
Views: 5973

Please report your Subbies

Everybody, Please check out your birds and report your sub adults just as soon as they show-up. Once again, I'm afraid I have to place my salvation in the hands of these trouble making rabble rousers. The wonderful group of ASY martins I had at my place for almost a week, seem to have migrated on. S...
by phldave
Sun Apr 22, 2018 5:27 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Concerned
Replies: 26
Views: 7856

Re: Concerned

Tim, So good to hear from you. The last I saw of the group that was hanging out here was Thursday just before sunset. I play dawnsong morning, mid day and evening and like you said I think I provided refuge for them when they got trapped by that storm. I’m sure the vocals directed them to safety. Th...
by phldave
Thu Apr 19, 2018 9:21 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Concerned
Replies: 26
Views: 7856

Re: Concerned

After talking to the neighbors, they reported that they saw the Martins yesterday and low and behold they showed up a half hr tonight before sunset. I am almost convinced I may have a start this season. I think I counted 5 asy males and only 1 female. The boys have got some courting to do.
Dave
by phldave
Thu Apr 19, 2018 3:24 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Another reason for nest checks...Rescued a male
Replies: 8
Views: 1634

Re: Another reason for nest checks...Rescued a male

For sure I am going to lower the house when I get home, if there is no activity. Because I have had about a dozen hanging around since Saturday, and I didn't see them at all yesterday. I assumed they were holed up during that storm we had. Sure hope they're back today temp right now is 50 and sunny....
by phldave
Thu Apr 19, 2018 11:23 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Concerned
Replies: 26
Views: 7856

Re: Concerned

Gang, I am a little bummed out today, We had that storm move through yesterday, temp in the 30's with mixed precipitation. I got home after work and kept an eye out up til dark, and never did see any martins. I am hoping they were holed up in my site. Didn't want to disturb them. kept an eye open ti...
by phldave
Tue Apr 17, 2018 7:58 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Concerned
Replies: 26
Views: 7856

Re: Concerned

Well, I had almost given up seeing them today, fearing they had moved on. But they showed up at sundown. Hopefully they got their belly’s full with this 50 degree day, because the forecast is awful tomorrow and the next 2 nights. I never dreamed, whenever I got noticed, that I would have such a grou...
by phldave
Mon Apr 16, 2018 3:45 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Concerned
Replies: 26
Views: 7856

Re: Concerned

Well most of them jammed into one gourd last night, I saw a couple others go in a compartment of the house. Was a cold night 20's and windy. Before leaving for work I whipped up more scrambled eggs and placed them in the elevated tray. One had exited and was sitting on a porch before I left. Went ho...
by phldave
Sun Apr 15, 2018 8:28 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Concerned
Replies: 26
Views: 7856

Re: Concerned

Well gang, they are still here. I think 7 spent the night in one gourd, and another in a compartment in the house. Four of them exited after 7:30 this am flew a little and are now sitting on the house. I think 3 are still in the gourd. It's only 26 deg and we have over an inch of snow, 40 is forecas...
by phldave
Sat Apr 14, 2018 4:24 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Concerned
Replies: 26
Views: 7856

Concerned

Friends, It has been an amazing afternoon. I have literally been swamped by Martins. First there were 3 then a dozen. Right now there are 7. My concern is the temperature is 41 and snow is forecasted. Earlier they were on the roof perches now they are on the porches. I'm guessing maybe it is too ear...
by phldave
Tue Apr 03, 2018 3:24 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Owl
Replies: 9
Views: 1700

Owl

I had just hit the sack last night around 10:30, and as I laid there starting to fall off to sleep, I heard that eerie sound of three short hoots followed by one longer and lower hoooo. The past couple of years, periodically I will hear this haunting sound. Even though at this time of night it wasn'...
by phldave
Tue Apr 03, 2018 9:24 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Sparrow question
Replies: 10
Views: 1803

Re: Sparrow question

Jim,
Is there a trap available that works with your gourds, like the troyer gourds? As aggressively as they are building, sounds like you would catch the male in no time and your problem would be solved. continual nest removal just makes them mad and they may take it out on the martins.
Dave
by phldave
Mon Apr 02, 2018 1:33 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Of 12 years hosting, this is only 2nd year with big arrivals this early in MO
Replies: 22
Views: 6130

Re: Of 12 years hosting, this is only 2nd year with big arrivals this early in MO

Kathy,
It would be my guess, you guys down there in Missouri are seeing a little bit of a traffic jamb starting to form. Because it is not very hospitable up here in Iowa yet.
Dave
by phldave
Mon Apr 02, 2018 1:16 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Will there be new interest in heating elements for martin houses ?
Replies: 25
Views: 4254

Re: Will there be new interest in heating elements for martin houses ?

Dave, Even though I have not had to concern myself with this yet, since I have no martins to worry about. For those of us with a gardening background, I know there are loops of wire available with thermostats incorporated, that are designed to keep containers warm + - 70 deg that are used to start s...
by phldave
Thu Mar 29, 2018 2:32 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Could use some cementing advice
Replies: 15
Views: 2226

Re: Could use some cementing advice

Billie, I am a Senior civil engineering technician by trade and everything I have heard is sound advice. I would recommend a 6 to 8" diameter post hole 30 to 48" inches deep, the deeper the better, to withstand the overturning moment of wind blowing on your setup. If your don't put a cap on the conc...
by phldave
Wed Mar 21, 2018 4:36 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Clipping HSOP wings?
Replies: 10
Views: 3350

Re: Clipping HSOP wings?

Sarah, Not to put too fine of a point on it, and I don't mean to sound too much like a ghoul, but the only good sparrow or starling is a deceased one. There are plenty of articles and pictures of how ruthless these birds are to native birds. So I guess what I'm saying is, once you have one of these,...
by phldave
Fri Mar 16, 2018 1:04 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Heads Up Troyer Tunnel Trappers
Replies: 8
Views: 2002

Re: Heads Up Troyer Tunnel Trappers

I have found the more transparent the bag is the better. I hold the bag around the neck of the gourd. lift the trap door with my finger out side the bag. Rock the gourd and be patient. Oh by the way, did I say be patient, because it wouldn't be the first time they both were in there. Now that I am a...