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by mwren
Fri Jun 29, 2018 10:22 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Fombell PA Report 6/25/2018
Replies: 3
Views: 1213

Re: Fombell PA Report 6/25/2018

Doug, Thanks for the update on your colony. Sounds like a good year after all in spite of that early cold weather. I am in southeastern Ohio, and we had weather that was similar to yours early. My supplemental feeding success this year saved some birds for sure. I finally stayed with the process of ...
by mwren
Mon Jun 11, 2018 9:42 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Inclement weather and supplemental feeding.
Replies: 4
Views: 1234

Re: Inclement weather and supplemental feeding.

Supplemental Feeding can save your colony if early arrivals run into seriously cold weather in your areal. I was not successful flipping crickets, or eggs for a number of seasons. Finally this season, my efforts were finally recognized by my birds. As my birds began to "catch on" to what I was tryin...
by mwren
Mon Jun 11, 2018 9:19 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: What constitutes "fledged"?
Replies: 8
Views: 1415

Re: What constitutes "fledged"?

Dave, Good question concerning how long do fledged birds "hang around" their colony after fledging. It has been my experience that there is not a set number of days that fledglings will hang around their colony. I have seen birds leave the immediate area of my colony after a few days post fledging, ...
by mwren
Sun Apr 29, 2018 9:02 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: When To Check Gourds??
Replies: 15
Views: 2051

Re: When To Check Gourds??

Purpleman, You are getting good advice from some experienced landlords! It sounds like you are on your way to establishing a colony. An exciting time for sure. My advice would go along with what others have posted so far. There is really no need to be running your nest box up and down as soon as you...
by mwren
Mon Apr 23, 2018 9:10 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Concerned
Replies: 26
Views: 7803

Re: Concerned

phldave, During our very cold weather last week, I finally had success getting my birds "trained" to catch flipped crickets and/or large meal worms, so I understand what you are going through. I have been trying to provide supplemental feeding to distressed early spring arrivals for the last few yea...
by mwren
Tue Apr 17, 2018 9:20 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Concerned
Replies: 26
Views: 7803

Re: Concerned

phdave, I am not having any luck with supplemental feeding either. I have tried flipping crickets, meal worms, and scrambled eggs the past 3 seasons, with very near zero success. I also have B&B trays up in the middle of the colony. On the food trays, the only birds I ever see feeding there are blue...
by mwren
Tue Apr 10, 2018 9:36 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Cold Lethargic Martins perched on their racks are easy pickins for hawks unfortunately
Replies: 5
Views: 1542

Re: Cold Lethargic Martins perched on their racks are easy pickins for hawks unfortunately

pmlover, easier said than done. My cricket flipping , meal worm flipping, and scrambled eggs along with crickets on the B&B have been eaten by blue birds and an occasional starling, but very little luck with the couple of martins that are still alive. Going to try again tomorrow, but am having so li...
by mwren
Tue Apr 10, 2018 9:19 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: crickets and meal worms
Replies: 8
Views: 1662

Re: crickets and meal worms

Tengai, have been flipping crickets, meal worms and scrambled eggs to the couple of birds that I have still alive, with very little luck. I have also tried placing crickets and meal worms in the tunnel intrances to my gourds, as well as placing food in the B & B trays. Blue birds and an early yellow...
by mwren
Wed Apr 04, 2018 10:04 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Fair weather.
Replies: 3
Views: 769

Re: Fair weather.

Frosty, I am down near Athens with zero birds at my colony so far! :-( I had a couple of ASY birds stop in approx. two weeks ago, but they vanished before the weather got really bad. I was going to try to do some supplemental feeding but they didnt stay around long enough for me to even try to train...
by mwren
Fri Mar 30, 2018 11:36 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Iowa weather forecast stinks.
Replies: 8
Views: 1599

Re: Iowa weather forecast stinks.

Doug, Dave We are having the same problems with the weather over here in southern Ohio. I had a few adult birds stop at my colony approx 10 days ago, but they were just passing through. I have zero birds to flip crickets at. This season is shaping up to be the worst since I established the colony. O...
by mwren
Tue Mar 27, 2018 9:54 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Just had success flipping crickets
Replies: 10
Views: 2250

Re: Just had success flipping crickets

SMJohnson, I am beginning to worry that the owl and hawk problem that I have had is going to have an effect on my colony this year. Right now I am placing the blame on the terrible weather we have been experiencing. I have 28 Troyer tunnels, both styles. I also have hawk/owl guards on my two T-14's....
by mwren
Sun Mar 25, 2018 9:43 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Just had success flipping crickets
Replies: 10
Views: 2250

Re: Just had success flipping crickets

Ohio weather is not good start to the season. Temp down in the low 20's last night, currently only 33. My early arrivals last week have dissapeared. I can only hope that they have found another colony that is having luck flipping. I have crickets and meal worms ready, but no birds to try to "train"....
by mwren
Thu Mar 15, 2018 8:30 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Air Rifle .177 Paper Work
Replies: 13
Views: 2520

Re: Air Rifle .177 Paper Work

Curious as to what brand you bought. I am in the market for a new air gun and would be interested to hear from Purple Martin folks who might have some strong reccomendations.
by mwren
Fri Mar 09, 2018 9:34 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Martins get a warm welcome in South Salem, Ohio
Replies: 18
Views: 4536

Re: Martins get a warm welcome in South Salem, Ohio

Wow birdbrat! I am over in Athens, and hope that my birds are still farther south where it is warmer! After seeing your report I traveled over to Jackson, O where there is a "super colony" at Four Mile Greenhouse to see if they have any birds as yet. No birds in Jackson yesterday afternoon. Your bir...
by mwren
Tue Mar 06, 2018 9:12 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Martins get a warm welcome in South Salem, Ohio
Replies: 18
Views: 4536

Re: Martins get a warm welcome in South Salem, Ohio

Mixed feelings about this sighting in South Salem so early. I hope my birds are holding off someplace down south for a couple of weeks !!
by mwren
Tue Mar 06, 2018 9:06 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Re: Disappointed in PM houses and You?
Replies: 27
Views: 7287

Re: Disappointed in PM houses and You?

Martinstudent, your experience is sadly repeated over and over by wannabe landlords from coast to coast. The first mistake is usually purchase of relatively cheap plastic houses that still have round holes, and multiple nest cavities that are way too small. Those houses are usually sold with cheap t...
by mwren
Thu Mar 01, 2018 10:44 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Open some or all cavities
Replies: 7
Views: 1254

Re: Open some or all cavities

The best advice I ever got was from a friend with a succesful colony when he told me to follow arrival information on the Purple Martin Conservation Association website, and open up your nests as birds are getting closeer to your location. The arrival map is awesome, and very accurate! As you are wa...
by mwren
Thu Mar 01, 2018 10:07 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: When to use nesting material
Replies: 6
Views: 1187

Re: When to use nesting material

Amen Louise! I agree with your opinion and findings on providing some pine straw as prenesting material for arriving martins.

Mike Wren
by mwren
Mon Feb 19, 2018 8:20 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Are egg shells really necessary?
Replies: 40
Views: 23328

Re: Are egg shells really necessary?

I am planning to switch from egg shells to crushed oyster shells for convenience sake this year. I am curious to see if I notice any improvement versus the crushing and preparing egg shells!
by mwren
Wed Feb 07, 2018 9:53 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Coconut Creek's Tradewinds Park
Replies: 7
Views: 2102

Re: Coconut Creek's Tradewinds Park

Carlton, this is a great story of major contributions to our P.M's ! I hope your story will encourage others around the country to establish a satellite colony in their area, or encourage experienced landlords to mentor "wannabe's" ! :grin: :grin: