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by mwren
Mon Mar 25, 2019 11:47 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: A look at migration this week.
Replies: 12
Views: 3492

Re: A look at migration this week.

Doug, We are watching anxiously for birds over here in southeastern Ohio. A few scout reports have shown up in Ohio, some north of us, but nothing in the colonies that are established near us. Hopefully some help from the warmer southern winds will help them get here. I have often wondered if our bi...
by mwren
Mon Mar 25, 2019 11:34 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Running late it seems.
Replies: 12
Views: 4042

Re: Running late it seems.

Our area in southern Ohio has a couple of scout reports posted, and their are 3 posts farther north than my colony location, but no birds as yet around Athens. The weather and wind forecasts are indicating that we could see some birds anyday now! Trying not to worry .

Bird
by mwren
Sat Mar 23, 2019 9:18 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: I need advice regarding mealworms
Replies: 5
Views: 1563

Re: I need advice regarding mealworms

Billie, Here are some thoughts on the Meal worms. The easiest, and I feel the most effecient way to provide meal worms for your supplemental feeding is to order the largest size meal worms you can find from a company like Grubco or Fluker, and store them in shallow tupper-ware or Rubbermaid containe...
by mwren
Sat Mar 23, 2019 8:38 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: T-14 & New Nitro-D
Replies: 7
Views: 1987

Re: T-14 & New Nitro-D

Roger, You will love your new composite T-14 from Troyers, and the birds will like it even more than you. I find it interesting that it has taken you such a long time to finally make the serious up-grade to this level of martin housing.! Better late than never. I followed a similar path as you did w...
by mwren
Wed Mar 13, 2019 11:11 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: when to do nest checks
Replies: 7
Views: 3652

Re: when to do nest checks

Great suggestions from everyone concerning nest checks. I would add it is a good idea to execute the nest checks as quickly as possible to limit the time that the martins are exposed, and/or distracted by what you are doing.
"Bird"
by mwren
Wed Mar 13, 2019 10:55 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Hawk
Replies: 56
Views: 15570

Re: Hawk

rrmartins, It certainly is a difficult thing to watch when one of our martins is chased down by an "F-16 fighter jet" of a bird! I have a "love-hate relationship" with our raptors that makes it hard to "love" them when all hell breaks loose at my colony. I got discouraged three seasons ago when my c...
by mwren
Mon Mar 11, 2019 7:30 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Starling house distance from PM house?
Replies: 10
Views: 2816

Re: Starling house distance from PM house?

betaflame, Bad idea for sure. Starlings are the ultimate big time bully of the skys. They will not only kill purple martins, but they will challenge and win against every other cavityty nesting bird you can think of. Help your martin colony, don't do anything to help the starling. Look around and wa...
by mwren
Thu Mar 07, 2019 7:53 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Martins pair for season... or life?
Replies: 17
Views: 9535

Re: Martins pair for season... or life?

The martins select a new mate each season. DNA testing has also shown that all eggs, and babies in a clutch need not be from the same pairing.
Both males and females are known to take advantage of breeding opportunities presented in "colony life'.
by mwren
Wed Mar 06, 2019 11:41 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: NO OIL when preparing scrambled eggs for supplement feeding
Replies: 6
Views: 3308

Re: NO OIL when preparing scrambled eggs for supplement feeding

Dave, Thanks for the tip on the "no oil" in the scrambled eggs. I have been using the microwave method also. My problem is that the only birds that seem to take interest in my bed & breakfeast trays are some sparrows or starlings! Good for target practice though. I plan to continue to try to interes...
by mwren
Sat Mar 02, 2019 9:30 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Upper mid-west facing two cold weeks
Replies: 3
Views: 2784

Upper mid-west facing two cold weeks

Here in the Ohio River Valley, southeastern Ohio, we are hoping that our birds have been checking the weather reports and will be smart enough to stay south for at least ten days to two weeks. Those weather reports do not look good for our martins if they continue to travel north and "out-fly" the i...
by mwren
Fri Feb 08, 2019 10:07 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Making a new PM house more inviting - odors?
Replies: 12
Views: 2858

Re: Making a new PM house more inviting - odors?

Dave,
I should get the mem stick today if you mailed it Wed. Will be watching for it. You should be getting an envelope from me also. Thanks again for your help.

Bird
by mwren
Thu Feb 07, 2019 5:10 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Making a new PM house more inviting - odors?
Replies: 12
Views: 2858

Re: Making a new PM house more inviting - odors?

Birdguy, My first thought about "re-using" last seasons nesting material aligns with Dave's concerns about mites. I was recently doing some "late" cleaning of gourds from one of my racks. I came across some sign of Blow flys. As I looked closer, I actually found some flys that were still alive in a ...
by mwren
Tue Jan 15, 2019 4:36 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Martin colony near Stockport, Ohio
Replies: 3
Views: 2037

Re: Martin colony near Stockport, Ohio

PMdavid, I am doing better with the predator issues since installing hawk/owl guards to make it more difficult for the hawks and owls to get at my cavity entrances. The "Sharpies" and the Coopers hawks have not completely given up as I have witnessed many attacks over the years. Hawks and owls were ...
by mwren
Tue Jan 15, 2019 4:24 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Pine needles, cedar wood shavings or hay??
Replies: 14
Views: 4285

Re: Pine needles, cedar wood shavings or hay??

Jerry, I am in agreement with what you have heard from a couple of other Landlords and am happy with pine needles from white pines. I have tried the others that you mentioned, and I found the cedar shavings seemed to hold the moisture too much, as well as the hay. The pine needles seem to shed the m...
by mwren
Mon Jan 14, 2019 6:11 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Martin colony near Stockport, Ohio
Replies: 3
Views: 2037

Martin colony near Stockport, Ohio

While driving some backroads today in a very rural area in Athens and Morgan counties I saw a very large martin colony on a farm site near Stockport, Ohio. I was not able to count all the poles or houses on the hillside, lets just say that it is a "super colony". I am curious who this martin landlor...
by mwren
Wed Jan 02, 2019 8:58 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Pmca excluder gourds
Replies: 7
Views: 5124

Re: Pmca excluder gourds

Michaelh, I am in the process of installing porches on Excluder gourds with the modified openings for use on a new site here in southestern Ohio. I am not sure if I should align the porch so it is a quarter inch below the entrance as reccomended by some landlords on the forum. This is my first site ...
by mwren
Fri Aug 17, 2018 8:35 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Iowa State Fair Purple Martin Presentation. Aug. 10th @ 2:00 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1658

Re: Iowa State Fair Purple Martin Presentation. Aug. 10th @ 2:00 PM

Dave, Glad to hear that your program at the state fair went well. You mentioned that you had handouts that you made available at your presentation. Would it be possible to get a copy of the handouts that you used? I have been asked to share martin information with a number of groups in my area and a...
by mwren
Fri Aug 17, 2018 8:18 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Mail Box Cavities
Replies: 33
Views: 11078

Re: Mail Box Cavities

Dale D,
I am curious how you are going to mount your mail box cavities, and what type of hoisting method you will be using to raise and lower the boxes.
by mwren
Mon Jul 16, 2018 2:13 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Purple Martins Leaving Study
Replies: 2
Views: 954

Re: Purple Martins Leaving Study

This is a great idea. I would like to see the trends of when birds are beginning their journey south, and when they begin to form the huge flocks and roosts in various parts of the country, and more info on the locations of the roosts.
by mwren
Fri Jul 13, 2018 8:27 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Late babies!!
Replies: 5
Views: 1954

Re: Late babies!!

It is not uncommon to have these "late nesters". I have 4 nests that are way behind in my colony this season. There are different theories or ideas on how or why this happens. The one that seems to make the most sense to me is that you may be seeing a "re-nesting" attempt from a pair that may have l...