Search found 378 matches

by Chris B
Wed Jul 02, 2014 9:43 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Year not over quick enough
Replies: 2
Views: 974

Not trying to gloat or rub it in but I am seeing a ton of Martins at my place. Had to hang around on the front porch this morning watching the Martins swirl around the gourd rack. I think a gourd is about to have some babies fly out of it. LOL, made me late for work. So hang in there!! Also the Barn...
by Chris B
Tue Jul 01, 2014 2:39 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: What is going on? Video
Replies: 4
Views: 1634

At least a bunch of PMs know where your site is! That is a good sign for next year.
by Chris B
Tue Jul 01, 2014 1:44 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Feeding Pattern 2014
Replies: 4
Views: 1067

Jap beetles are eating up the fruit trees I have near the gourds but the Martins ignore them. I wonder why.
by Chris B
Tue Jun 24, 2014 12:14 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Starlings And Woodpeckers: Eternal Enemies
Replies: 21
Views: 63312

I have a pair of red headed woodpeckers actively pecking away at my utility poles now. There are a ton of starlings around here. So far everybody seems to be minding their own business. The poor woodpeckers started on the wrong pole and had to quit their hole twice when they ran into a thru bolt hol...
by Chris B
Tue Jun 24, 2014 10:16 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Wow, I think they are using my yard to meet for happy hour
Replies: 0
Views: 1541

Wow, I think they are using my yard to meet for happy hour

I have some woods in back of my property and my dogs will sometimes go back there as I drive the PU truck. This is their "walk". In the evenings this place is thick with skeeters, almost to the point that you do not want to be there. Yesterday evening about 7:30 I was taking Shasta for a "walk" and ...
by Chris B
Tue Jun 24, 2014 10:07 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Encouragement to leave the nest video
Replies: 2
Views: 1410

I knew it. The Barn Swallows on my porch both fledged this morning.

We'll see if the parents try for another batch since they only had 2 this year.
by Chris B
Mon Jun 23, 2014 10:36 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Encouragement to leave the nest video
Replies: 2
Views: 1410

You certainly have a bunch of PMs flying around the yard! I also have PMs but this AM the highlite was the two Barn Swallows in the nest on my front porch are about ready to fledge. There were over 15 BSs flying through the open porch and hovering in front of the nest. Some landed on the lip where t...
by Chris B
Wed Jun 18, 2014 10:29 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: I think I may have fledging going on
Replies: 1
Views: 766

The ground has dried up so I could get my PU truck over to the rack and check the gourds with a ladder in the bed. I was surprised to find 6 of the 8 gourds are empty. One had the remnants of a nest with a nice big mud interior step to the hole. These are smallish natural gourds with a 2" hole only....
by Chris B
Tue Jun 17, 2014 11:00 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Starlings raising martin babies!
Replies: 16
Views: 5546

Wow. I have seen Starlings come out of my gourds once and the Martins kept using the gourd. No nest check yet cause my gourds are up on a PVC rack that doesn't lower and I would have to use a ladder in the back of my PU truck and the ground has been wet from all the rain. A friend says he has starli...
by Chris B
Tue Jun 17, 2014 10:08 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: I think I may have fledging going on
Replies: 1
Views: 766

I think I may have fledging going on

Yesterday evening after watching my buddy's gourds and his colony gliding over it I returned home and the dawgs wanted to go for a walk back to the woods. That means I drive the PU and they go alongside. On the way as I passed the gourd rack I saw a small black bird in the grass. No white chest but ...
by Chris B
Mon Jun 16, 2014 3:11 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Empty Nest?
Replies: 8
Views: 1979

You aren't the only "empty nester".

http://newyorkwild.org/martin/martin_video.htm
by Chris B
Mon Jun 16, 2014 3:08 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Snakes Snakes Snakes
Replies: 16
Views: 3927

What about charcoal remains?

I mentioned to the guy who started me on Martins about seeing a snake in my tractor shed basking in the sun. He said I could dump the ashes from charcoal around the place and a snake will not crawl over the ashes cause it doesn't like the stuff getting into its skin. Can anybody verify if that is tr...
by Chris B
Tue Jun 10, 2014 11:36 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Glad I lowered my gourd rack - Video
Replies: 8
Views: 2166

We have had some serious storms every day here in N. Alabama the last week. Gonna get hit again this afternoon. I think some of my birds may have flown away or worse. Where I used to have about 10 birds when they were active I only see 5-6 now. I have 8 small basic gourds up this year and I am not s...
by Chris B
Fri Jun 06, 2014 10:43 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Wind and storms tonite
Replies: 4
Views: 1314

That same storm that blew through NE and AR hit north AL yesterday - twice. I had to dodge fallen trees and power poles coming home but the gourds were still there when I got home. Where are the birds? Didn't see any PMs all the way to dark but this morning they are there! AM I sure glad I have enou...
by Chris B
Thu Jun 05, 2014 4:16 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Suggestions on type of gourd seeds or plants
Replies: 7
Views: 2150

I am also trying to grow my own gourds. The first seeds I planted were not mature enough (didn't have all three crown tips). I replanted with seeds from another gourd last Saturday. With 4 months left in the growing season hopefully they will come up and cure out. I sent a pack of the new seeds to a...
by Chris B
Wed Jun 04, 2014 12:46 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: I love this bird!
Replies: 15
Views: 3883

Re: I love this bird!

I am so proud of Fred he is still trying! What a wonderful experience I have had with him. He trust me, I can tell! thought I would share my only bird I have with everyone while he is still here! ( can't believe he is still here). I know if he doesn't find a gal he will be back next year with more ...
by Chris B
Wed Jun 04, 2014 12:44 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Conflicted
Replies: 4
Views: 1099

Conflicted

As I sat and watched the 8 birds that have taken to my newly erected tee with 8 undersized natural gourds I wondered: What about the bugs? My place has a swampy area next to the pond that attracts lots of Dragonflys as well as birds to eat the bugs. Martins and Swallows come every Summer to feast wh...
by Chris B
Mon Jun 02, 2014 11:45 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Hello from North Alabama - new landlord / member
Replies: 3
Views: 1759

Hello from North Alabama - new landlord / member

Hello everybody! I have a little land with a pond and lots of open grassy / water space as well as lotsa trees. I have had Barn Swallows nesting on my porch and have had Martins eating the bugs over my swampy pond in years before. I decided last winter to put up 8 natural (painted white) gourdes tha...