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by tlragsdale
Tue Jun 09, 2015 6:02 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Hatching earlier this year-Wisconsin
Replies: 3
Views: 782

We are excited to finally have ANY Martin activity. Had a ASY pair lay the first of 6 eggs on the 30th. We also have a SY female that paired up with a dark, ASY male....she also has laid 6 eggs, starting a day-or-two after the first pair. Cautiously optimistic for this to be the start of our PM colo...
by tlragsdale
Mon Jun 08, 2015 11:08 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: New martins arriving in Central Wisconsin
Replies: 10
Views: 3148

Looks like our final "egg" count ended-up with both pairs laying 6 eggs. If our prognosticator is accurate, should start hatching around the 19th.

Anxious/excited….and, at the risk of sounding greedy, hoping these two pair attract additional martins.

Good luck to all with the rest of the season.
by tlragsdale
Fri Jun 05, 2015 5:50 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Busy Martins
Replies: 13
Views: 2761

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 of...
by tlragsdale
Fri Jun 05, 2015 1:36 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: New martins arriving in Central Wisconsin
Replies: 10
Views: 3148

Hey Ed….Hope your 2015 season continues to go well. Just a follow-up to my note from a week-or-two back. The 2 pair that seemed to be setting-up-shop in our gourd rack did, indeed, stay. The ASY pair, as of this morning, had 5 eggs in their nest. The other pair, compromised of a ASY male and SY fema...
by tlragsdale
Tue Jun 02, 2015 2:53 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: VS Day 2015...
Replies: 12
Views: 2493

We purchased one of the Blaine's sparrow trap this year, and our grand total is about 40 Redpoll's, and one very mad blue-jay. All were released unharmed (the jay had some crinkled feathers.....still don't know how he managed to even enter the trip-device of this trap). Seems the sparrow numbers aro...
by tlragsdale
Sun May 31, 2015 11:01 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Owl deterrent / guard for Troyer gourds
Replies: 5
Views: 1514

Thanks, John, for the note. Being from the south originally, I'll have to go with some good ol' "southern engineering" to rememdy this one. I have some ideas, and tomorrow afternoon off. Will see what happens :shock: .

Thanks, again, for the note.
by tlragsdale
Sun May 31, 2015 4:50 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Baby Martins Have Fledge!
Replies: 12
Views: 3272

Thanks for sharing your wonderful photos, Jose. Congrats!!
by tlragsdale
Sun May 31, 2015 4:47 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: First egg
Replies: 2
Views: 863

Hey Rob....we, too, had first egg yesterday (2nd today). This is (hopefully) the start of our colony. Have one more pair who have been in/out of the gourds, and left partial green leaves in them. Hope they, too, nest and successfully raise young.

Continued good luck with your booming colony.
by tlragsdale
Sun May 31, 2015 6:26 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Owl deterrent / guard for Troyer gourds
Replies: 5
Views: 1514

Thanks, Matt & Tim, for the info. We're rethinking the whole cage deal, and instead are going to try to buy/fabricate individual hawk/owl guards for the Troyer gourds. Would sure think someone has such a product that will fit the Troyer horizontal and vertical gourds, when affixed to the Gemini moun...
by tlragsdale
Sat May 30, 2015 1:35 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Owl deterrent / guard for Troyer gourds
Replies: 5
Views: 1514

Owl deterrent / guard for Troyer gourds

Promise I'm not being lazy; multiple searches come up with everything except what I am looking for. Where do I find the old post with the plan/photo of a wire cage to install on a Gemini rack to discourage owls from visiting? Have 24 tunneled Troyers (horizontal and vertical), and would like to stac...
by tlragsdale
Sat May 30, 2015 8:49 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: New martins arriving in Central Wisconsin
Replies: 10
Views: 3148

Hey Ed….if they stop by again, send 'em up to our place :grin: . My wife and I've been trying with not-much-success to become successful PM landlords. This year, we have two pair….no eggs yet, but hopefully that will change soon. Continued good luck….sounds as if you may need to add a few more gourds!
by tlragsdale
Tue May 26, 2015 10:33 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: NW Wisc. - have not yet observed a PM in my area
Replies: 14
Views: 3438

Jim----we're just north of Hudson (New Richmond), and have seen more PM's this year than any previous ones. First visitor arrived here on April 20th.

This morning, several subadult males were giving the couple of pair on our Gemini rack a fit. Hope you seen some arrivals, soon.
by tlragsdale
Wed May 20, 2015 9:41 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Cold weather. My purple martins have disappeared.
Replies: 3
Views: 1305

Dan....hope your activity (and temperature) has picked-up. We've warmed back up in western WI, and the martins which seemed to disappear, have reappeared.

Best wishes for the 2015 season.

Terry & Michelle
by tlragsdale
Wed May 20, 2015 9:10 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: For us "Wannabe" landlords
Replies: 168
Views: 37785

Have 2 pair which have been here consistently, and a third which apparently has "set-up shop". One pair flew off the Gemini rack, to the top of a big popular tree, and was pulling off green leaves :grin: :grin: . Can't wait to see what tomorrow brings. Hope everyone is seeing activity at their sites...
by tlragsdale
Tue May 19, 2015 2:31 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: For us "Wannabe" landlords
Replies: 168
Views: 37785

Great news, Mary. Keep your spirits high, and trust your set-up will bring him (and others) back permanently.

Keep us posted.

Terry & Michelle
by tlragsdale
Tue May 19, 2015 2:26 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Cold weather. My purple martins have disappeared.
Replies: 3
Views: 1305

Dan....went from the 70's and a dozen-or-so visitors, to cold, rain and wind. Didn't see a single PM for a couple days. Warming back up, and had a couple pair back this morning.

Hope your weather improves, and PM's return soon.
by tlragsdale
Mon May 18, 2015 8:14 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Western WI/Eastern MN landlords??
Replies: 1
Views: 526

Western WI/Eastern MN landlords??

Wondering how many fellow PM fanatics are in the same general region? Located in western WI (about 10 miles north of Hudson, WI), and am curious about the locale of others afflicted with this passion running rampant in our house (love PM's). Would love to make contact/share info with others in the r...
by tlragsdale
Mon May 18, 2015 8:08 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: For us "Wannabe" landlords
Replies: 168
Views: 37785

Stihl 026 was our "chain saw of choice" :grin:.

Having an open fly-way is definitely one key to having birds come check-out your new offerings (and hopefully setting-up permanent residence there).
by tlragsdale
Sun May 17, 2015 7:17 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: My Sparrow Control = Beeman R7
Replies: 20
Views: 6257

Have the RWS Diana model in .177 caliber. It has proven extremely effective in eliminating starlings. Plenty of knock-down power, and very accurate.
by tlragsdale
Sun May 17, 2015 1:17 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: For us "Wannabe" landlords
Replies: 168
Views: 37785

Stay upbeat....been struggling for the past "bunch of years". Awoke this morning to a ruckus of joyful noise. At one point had 11 martins, all jockeying for position on the Gemini rack. Not sure how this will all play-out, but really excited. Hope everyone else has similar stories. Terry & Michelle ...