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by mwren
Thu Mar 05, 2020 1:20 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Multiple states two weeks ahead of schedule!
Replies: 17
Views: 1896

Re: Multiple states two weeks ahead of schedule!

Louise, Thank you for your input on this topic, and more importantly thanks for all that you have done over the the years for the Purple Martin. I agree with you 100% that there are not enough landlords who are supplemental feeding that would impact or change the colonies in a negative way. It can b...
by mwren
Thu Mar 05, 2020 12:35 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Timing
Replies: 16
Views: 2327

Re: Timing

TNMartin,
If Martins have been seen in your area, get your housing up Yesterday! Be ready to deal with starlings and house sparrows as you wait for the martins!

Bird
by mwren
Thu Mar 05, 2020 9:18 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Multiple states two weeks ahead of schedule!
Replies: 17
Views: 1896

Re: Multiple states two weeks ahead of schedule!

jhcox, It takes the martins very little time to understand that the insects are flying again and they return to their instinctive feeding patterns. As the weather warms, it is a matter of a day, or maybe even hours and our birds are airborne and hunting down food as it is available to birds still st...
by mwren
Wed Mar 04, 2020 8:56 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Multiple states two weeks ahead of schedule!
Replies: 17
Views: 1896

Re: Multiple states two weeks ahead of schedule!

Doug, as you already know, I am with you 100% on the importance of supplemental feeding when and where needed. I had one serious "die-off" a number of years ago before I learned that it was possible to intervene. The one thing that you failed to mention was how much fun it is to have your birds figu...
by mwren
Sun Mar 01, 2020 10:36 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: SW Missouri on the Map
Replies: 6
Views: 812

Re: SW Missouri on the Map

Actually, I woudn't mind seeing the martins slow down their advance north! Here in Ohio we see some nasty winter like conditions sometime in March almost every year which can be a disaster for our birds. It appears that our birds are significantly ahead of averaged arrival dates across the mid-south...
by mwren
Sun Feb 23, 2020 6:41 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Excluder porch location
Replies: 8
Views: 753

Re: Excluder porch location

Brad, The entrances that I am working with are the modified excluders. Thank you for the recomendation of making sure the porch is no lower than 1/8" from the entrance levels. With everyone's help I think we are on the right track with the modifications we are making on the 18 Excluder gourds. This ...
by mwren
Sat Feb 22, 2020 6:18 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Excluder porch location
Replies: 8
Views: 753

Excluder porch location

I have a question for someone who has experience with Excluder gourds. My home colony, and other satelites colonies that I have worked with have all been T-14's along with Troyer horizontal and verticle gourds. I have had very good success with this approach and continue to reccomend this lineup. I ...
by mwren
Sat Feb 22, 2020 3:45 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Awesome Sharp-shinned Hawk Attack On Female Purple Martin…And Guess What Probably Saved Her Life?
Replies: 12
Views: 1362

Re: Awesome Sharp-shinned Hawk Attack On Female Purple Martin…And Guess What Probably Saved Her Life?

One of the problems of having a large colony is the reality that you and your birds are ringing the dinner bell for a number of predators. The attacks by Sharp Shinns and Coopers are spectacular but frightening to witness up close and personal. I have had one of these hawks launch an attack while I ...
by mwren
Tue Feb 18, 2020 10:43 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Multiple states two weeks ahead of schedule!
Replies: 17
Views: 1896

Multiple states two weeks ahead of schedule!

After reviewing the map of historical arrival dates, it surely appears that we are 10 days to two weeks early across the mid south states and west into Oklahoma. Hopefully they will slow down before they get too far north in early March when Ohio weather can be deadly to insectivores. Better be prep...
by mwren
Thu Feb 13, 2020 9:50 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: First starlings
Replies: 7
Views: 2156

Re: First starlings

SSMartin, I agree with the suggestion that you should trap the starlings if you do not have an accurate air rifle handy. There are many types of traps out there made for specific brands of gourds. I would not try to peacefully co-exist with these aggressive, invasive species, especially if you have ...
by mwren
Sun Feb 02, 2020 11:01 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: OFF TOPIC/ Superbowl
Replies: 15
Views: 1279

Re: OFF TOPIC/ Superbowl

You are right about someone dropped the ball up here in Ohio, but I can guarrantee you that it was not anyone around Athens who have been following Geaux Burreaux since he was in the 9th grade! That mistake was made approx.80 miles up the highway by the Suckeyes. Urban wanted to try to keep both Joe...
by mwren
Sat Feb 01, 2020 11:11 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: OFF TOPIC/ Superbowl
Replies: 15
Views: 1279

Re: OFF TOPIC/ Superbowl

I like both of these teams in the Super Bowl so it will be a stress free game to watch for me. Enough stress and excitement this college football season following our home town hero lead the LSU Tigers to the national championship and the Heisman.
Enjoy the last football game of the year!
by mwren
Sat Jan 18, 2020 1:10 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Opinions on "crescent openings" for Gourds
Replies: 8
Views: 5313

Re: Opinions on "crescent openings" for Gourds

I have tried just about all types of gourd openings, and I agree with the reccomendations you are getting for both Excluders and Conleys.

"Bird"
by mwren
Mon Jan 06, 2020 9:57 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: New to Martins and Forum....
Replies: 83
Views: 27798

Re: New to Martins and Forum....

T-bird, Welcome aboard! You are off to a good start from what I am reading. In your questions about type of boxes, locations, etc, I didnt see much discussion about the importance of the proper type of pole equipped with a hoisting sytem to make nest checks easy to perform on a routine basis. Make s...
by mwren
Wed Nov 13, 2019 9:08 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: PM house question
Replies: 10
Views: 3553

Re: PM house question

kegger, I will "second" the advice from "cc" when he suggests that you expand your cavities from 6x6 to at least 6x12. Martins are the largest swallows, and they need the room raise their young. The deeper nest cavity also provides protection from the reach of predators. Larger, and fewer cavities c...
by mwren
Wed Aug 07, 2019 8:41 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Pole for T-14
Replies: 11
Views: 6524

Re: Pole for T-14

Buckdog......I noticed your location as southeastern Ohio. I can reccomend a source close by for pole and winch set-up for T-14's. Near Jackson, Ohio is a large greenhouse southeast of town called Four Mile Greenhouse. Robert Miller is the owner of this wonderful greenhouse and also has a thriving m...
by mwren
Mon Apr 01, 2019 8:32 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Banded purple martins
Replies: 10
Views: 2616

Re: Banded purple martins

Fuzzmiester, Purple Martins are a bird species that has been banded in many locations over the years. For this reason, it is possible to observe martins and possibly see a banded bird. Even though a lot of birds have been banded, it is still a somewhat rare experience. Your chances increase if you a...
by mwren
Tue Mar 26, 2019 8:42 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Bristol Ridge Colony New Lexington,Ohio Dave Woofter
Replies: 4
Views: 1382

Re: Bristol Ridge Colony New Lexington,Ohio Dave Woofter

Bluetick, What a great picture of your colony! We are starting to worry about the fate of our birds down here in Athens county. Not a bird so far. We have an established colony, but I worry about the amount of avian predators that these birds have to deal with all spring and summer long while they a...
by mwren
Tue Mar 26, 2019 8:34 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Martins arrive in New Concord,oh
Replies: 7
Views: 1879

Re: Martins arrive in New Concord,oh

No birds reported in Athens county as yet. We are looking at a couple of good weather days coming up so hopefully we will get some birds....and soon! I am not giving up, but I am starting to worry about all the bad things that can happen to our birds on their amazing journey.
Bird
by mwren
Mon Mar 25, 2019 8:05 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: T-14 & New Nitro-D
Replies: 7
Views: 1961

Re: T-14 & New Nitro-D

Roger, I do follow up my power spray washing of my T-14's with a chlorox wipe down of the compartments and nest trays. I currently have three T-14's along with my gourd racks in my home colony. I also have 5 other T-14's that we have installed at friends homes and at public accessible parks for othe...