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by tlragsdale
Tue Jul 21, 2015 10:44 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: For us "Wannabe" landlords
Replies: 168
Views: 37785

Thanks, everyone, for the encouragement…..and Tim, I'm already thinking "gee, if I moved that house, or whacked that tree, or……".

Wonderful "sport", these PM's are :grin:
by tlragsdale
Mon Jul 20, 2015 9:29 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: For us "Wannabe" landlords
Replies: 168
Views: 37785

Finishing up 2015 with (finally) some good news. Had 2 pair nest, each produced 6 eggs, and all 12 hatched and fledged. Sat out on the lawn tonight, taking in what will likely be the last fews days of watching/listening to the martins. Now, if they'll just come back next year and bring several frien...
by tlragsdale
Tue Jul 14, 2015 2:17 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Keeping things cool
Replies: 2
Views: 1763

Louise, the shades look great. What did you fabricate them from, and how are they secured?
by tlragsdale
Sun Jul 12, 2015 1:03 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Any big roosts yet?
Replies: 9
Views: 2980

And, to think our nestlings haven't even ventured out on to the porch of their respective gourds yet☺️
by tlragsdale
Tue Jul 07, 2015 1:08 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Wisconsin Purple Martin Association - Martinfest 2015
Replies: 1
Views: 1011

Wish it was closer, AND we didn't have to work.

Maybe next year!!
by tlragsdale
Thu Jul 02, 2015 8:35 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: After Trying for 15 Years - Finally Two Nesting Pairs!
Replies: 28
Views: 15854

Congrats, Daryl. Not sure what your previous site looked like, but this wide-open-beauty will likely do wonders for multiplying the size of your just-started-colony.

Again, congratulations.
by tlragsdale
Wed Jul 01, 2015 8:42 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: nest check Wisconsin
Replies: 1
Views: 735

Sounds like quite-a-year. Congrats!!
by tlragsdale
Tue Jun 30, 2015 11:08 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: For us "Wannabe" landlords
Replies: 168
Views: 37785

Tim….we did a partial nest change in both gourds this morning, due to the honkin' rain storm from yesterday. Entrance tunnel and a bit of the nest was wet (it's not wet now) :grin: Checked over all the gourds/no signs of anyone else setting-up shop. Had 4 or 5 more martins flying/landing/checking ou...
by tlragsdale
Mon Jun 29, 2015 1:20 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: For us "Wannabe" landlords
Replies: 168
Views: 37785

Thanks for the note, Tim. All eggs hatched (each pair had six); we did check the other gourds, as we've had some other visitors. We did find some with green leaves, but no eggs.

Best of luck/hope they all hatch & fledge!!

Terry
by tlragsdale
Sun Jun 28, 2015 7:36 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: For us "Wannabe" landlords
Replies: 168
Views: 37785

Keeping our fingers crossed; have two pair that have each hatched 6 eggs. First pairs eggs hatched 10 days ago, and the second bunch is 7 days old. Both pair have been busy carrying bugs in (the size of some of the dragon-flies seem larger than the hatchlings). No sign of mites/weather is cooperatin...
by tlragsdale
Tue Jun 23, 2015 3:23 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Pellet Recommendations
Replies: 11
Views: 2611

Have all kinds of unpleasantries planned for the starlings this fall/winter😉
by tlragsdale
Mon Jun 22, 2015 5:46 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Pellet Recommendations
Replies: 11
Views: 2611

I second what Emil suggested. I ordered several different types of pellets, and found one particular type shot more accurately than the others. Good luck with your new rig. My experience has been really odd; after whacking a dozen-or-so starlings, it seems the others quickly figure out where not to ...
by tlragsdale
Fri Jun 19, 2015 8:34 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Capped eggs
Replies: 5
Views: 973

Nice job, Ed! Your note, however, is a little concerning. After quite-a-few years of experiencing the high's and low's of trying to establish a viable colony, we have two pair nesting in the Gemini rack. Both pair are sitting on 6 eggs, and the projected hatch date for the first pair is today (day a...
by tlragsdale
Sun Jun 14, 2015 2:38 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: For us "Wannabe" landlords
Replies: 168
Views: 37785

Yep, Mary, we are really tickled. The fact PM's actually came & stayed was really cool. First pair was comprised of obviously ASY birds; the second pair's female is a SY Martin. The fact they stayed, and she layed six eggs, was a wonderful surprise. 4 or 5 days away from projected hatch- date. Keepi...
by tlragsdale
Sat Jun 13, 2015 2:45 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Nest Replacements or Lack Thereof and mites.
Replies: 21
Views: 7255

Hey, Mike---

We have 24 Troyer gourds on our Gemini. You let me know how much $$, and where to mail it----I would run (OK, drive at the top-end of the speed limit) to the post-office.

What a kind and generous act.....
by tlragsdale
Sat Jun 13, 2015 9:12 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: For us "Wannabe" landlords
Replies: 168
Views: 37785

2 pair, 12 eggs….first pair's first egg was May 30th, and the second pair laid their first two days later. If Murphy doesn't intervene, hatching should begin in about a week.

Sign us….hopeful in WI.
by tlragsdale
Sat Jun 13, 2015 8:55 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Nest Replacements or Lack Thereof and mites.
Replies: 21
Views: 7255

Hey Mike….interesting reading. Of a different note, did you fashion (or purchase) the owl guard-arms, seen on your Gemini rack? Don't currently have any such protection on our Gemini, and need to add something.
by tlragsdale
Thu Jun 11, 2015 10:03 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Better than The Blue Angels !
Replies: 5
Views: 1288

Henry….it's very encouraging to have PM's checking out your place. Even if they are from a neighboring colony, if you provide a more attractive home, they may relocate.

Stay positive, keep the pests away, and hopefully your efforts will soon reap dividends :) .
by tlragsdale
Tue Jun 09, 2015 11:12 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: A failed attempt at a cross-country martin house transect
Replies: 29
Views: 9323

Congrats, Mike, on a wonderful journey. Have any close-calls with vehicles? My better-half wants to ride cross-country (you know, the old "dip your rear wheel in the Pacific, then dip the front in the Atlantic at the end of the adventure"). We enjoy biking, but I am borderline paranoid of vehicular ...
by tlragsdale
Tue Jun 09, 2015 10:52 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Better than The Blue Angels !
Replies: 5
Views: 1288

What a great aerial show it is! Best wishes on some of those visitors setting up a permanent residence!