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by mwren
Sun Jan 21, 2018 10:12 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: I had two martins late today
Replies: 18
Views: 6348

Re: I had two martins late today

Amazing that martins are already arriving at our southern landlords ! We are having a seriously tough winter after 3 very mild winters here in southeastern Ohio. It is exciting to hear about the birds moving into south Texas and south Fla. ! :grin: :grin:
by mwren
Fri Apr 07, 2017 9:11 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Ohio Valley Martins
Replies: 7
Views: 1826

Re: Ohio Valley Martins

Belpre-Gary, I am with you on hoping that these birds can survive the next couple of days. The temps are down into the low 30's last night, and it will be cold and wet again today and tonight. I plan to try to "flip crickets" later today if it quits raining, and tomorrow as it begins to warm up. All...
by mwren
Tue Apr 04, 2017 8:12 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Two ASY Males in Hocking County OH
Replies: 5
Views: 1469

Re: Two ASY Males in Hocking County OH

Strange arrival days in southeastern Ohio, and from what I am hearing, numbers seem to be down in other areas of Ohio also. Only one pair of ASY birds have shown up at this colony near Athens. (36 pairs with successful fledging last summer) Trying hard to "keep the faith" and be patient! Good luck t...
by mwren
Thu Mar 30, 2017 8:49 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: PUZZLED in Oklahoma - Baffled / Looking for Answers
Replies: 30
Views: 7686

Re: PUZZLED in Oklahoma - Baffled / Looking for Answers

Okies and Sooners, we are seeing some of the same issues in southern Ohio with very few birds compared to arrival date history. Trying to stay positive, but it sure seems that something bad is going on!
by mwren
Wed Mar 29, 2017 9:42 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Purple Martin Status Report For March
Replies: 6
Views: 2737

Re: Purple Martin Status Report For March

Steve, Great pics of your super-colony! Your status reports are very interesting so keep them coming! I have a question about your netting to control snakes on your poles. How often do you find a snake in the netting? I realize that you live in "snake territory" down there and am curious how many sn...
by mwren
Wed Mar 29, 2017 9:20 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Two Pair
Replies: 8
Views: 1544

Re: Two Pair

Dave, I agree that there is still plenty of time for birds to return to an established colony, as well as time to attract younger birds . The discussions that I have been having with a number of "veteran" landlords primarily in southern ohio has been them expressing concerns that possibly something ...
by mwren
Tue Mar 28, 2017 8:10 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Two Pair
Replies: 8
Views: 1544

Re: Two Pair

Strange migration as far as southern Ohio is going. This weekend will most likely tell the story if something has gone seriously wrong someplace south of the Ohio river in the past two weeks. Am getting a stiff neck looking up into an empty sky !! Hope something good happens.....and soon ! "Bird"
by mwren
Mon Mar 27, 2017 9:03 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Not many new reports
Replies: 9
Views: 1882

Re: Not many new reports

Big Bob , Very strange time in southern ohio as we wait for our birds to return. The larger, established colonies that I am aware of in southern Ohio do not have birds as yet. There was a report yesterday from Chillicothe but I am not sure of exact location, or number of birds reported. I am concern...
by mwren
Fri Mar 24, 2017 9:02 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Newbie from Ohio
Replies: 38
Views: 6278

Re: Newbie from Ohio

Buckeyefarmer, Great job of changing your "door" openings! This modification should really help you manage your site. I am predicting a great first year for you and your colony. Stay on top of those starlings and sparrows! I am just outside of Athens and we do not have birds as yet. I am expecting t...
by mwren
Wed Mar 22, 2017 12:07 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Missouri Landlords
Replies: 14
Views: 3703

Re: Missouri Landlords

Amy,
It is my experience that "too early" is much better than "too late" ! If you open up too early, you must be able to protect your site from sparrows and starlings. You need to have starling resistent openings, and be ready to "re-locate" both sparrows and starlings !!
Good luck !
by mwren
Sat Mar 18, 2017 8:21 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: photos of my site
Replies: 16
Views: 8091

Re: photos of my site

Ryan,
Your chalet's look awesome ! Can you raise and lower them on a pulley system? I couldnt tell from the pics if you can do nest checks etc.
Great looking site, just looking for tenants ! Good luck.
by mwren
Wed Mar 15, 2017 7:17 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Newbie from Ohio
Replies: 38
Views: 6278

Re: Newbie from Ohio

Newbie, Great job building and going to a T-14. One of the first things I learned some time ago was the importance of giving these birds the type of housing that they like the best. They will choose the larger, safer cavity size the majority of the time. I am curious if you have issues with starling...
by mwren
Tue Mar 14, 2017 6:42 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Newbie from Ohio
Replies: 38
Views: 6278

Re: Newbie from Ohio

Buckeyefarmer, Welcome aboard! We are in southeastern Ohio, just outside of Athens. Our birds have not shown up as yet. Hopefully they have a safe haven someplace to protect them from this seriously bad weather. I wonder how many birds are lost each migration to terrible weather. Good luck, we will ...
by mwren
Sat Mar 11, 2017 10:56 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Martin in Ohio
Replies: 17
Views: 4594

Re: Martin in Ohio

I traveled over to Jackson Ohio to visit the largest colony in southern ohio that I am aware of, and there were no birds at Four Mile Greenhouse outside of Jackson. This site has its T-14's scattered among their huge displays of hanging baskets and all kinds of perennials, annuals, shrubs, trees etc...
by mwren
Wed Mar 08, 2017 12:39 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Tree Swallows arrival
Replies: 3
Views: 1260

Re: Tree Swallows arrival

I saw my first tree swallow this morning down in the field below my martin colony. My martins are usually close behind the swallows! I am in southeastern ohio, right outside of Athens.
by mwren
Mon Mar 06, 2017 5:07 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: 30+ Purple Martins At Our Colonies
Replies: 2
Views: 1521

Re: 30+ Purple Martins At Our Colonies

Steve, The Merlin gives new meaning to "fast". As if the Coopers and SharpShins were not enough to worry about, I had a Merlin that was chasing my martins all spring. I watched two different "fly-downs" where the Merlin dropped in behind fleeing martins and chased them down out over my large open fi...
by mwren
Tue Feb 28, 2017 9:29 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Blue Bird Predator Control Suggestion
Replies: 5
Views: 1345

Re: Blue Bird Predator Control Suggestion

Ed, I have converted my entire bluebird trail to electrical conduit pipe, and my predator problems have been greatly reduced. My original trail is on my farm property, 70 boxes, and I also am building another trail not far away at our country club. We now have at least one bluebird house on every ho...
by mwren
Wed Feb 22, 2017 11:14 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Warm weather early migration north. Be prepared.
Replies: 14
Views: 2828

Re: Warm weather early migration north. Be prepared.

I have a bad feeling about the weather here in southern Ohio come late march and maybe April. This is just too early of a migration for our martins, and we will have some cold weather follow this unseasonable warm weather. I am ordering crickets and meal worms so I will be ready to experiment with s...
by mwren
Fri Feb 10, 2017 9:22 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: supplemental feeding platform placement
Replies: 5
Views: 1190

Re: supplemental feeding platform placement

Henry, Archer, et al, Thank you for the advice and encouragement concerning my supplemental feeding plans for this spring. I got discouraged last spring when my results were less than I had expected. Your words of advice and your positive experiences are encouraging! I am getting ready to order my c...
by mwren
Wed Feb 08, 2017 10:44 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Using Purple Martin Decoys To Minimize Raptor Predation On Purple Martins
Replies: 13
Views: 4179

Re: Using Purple Martin Decoys To Minimize Raptor Predation On Purple Martins

Steve, I am looking forward to trying your approach to decoys in your "fly zones" out in the fields. I have problems with both resident Coopers, Sharpies, and occasional merlins. I do a lot of bird feeding up at my house away from my martin colonies, and I am sure that all the birds I attract play a...