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by philsand
Tue Jun 16, 2015 12:23 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Oppressive Heat
Replies: 15
Views: 3085

Oppressive Heat

The adults are hanging around the site, saving energy, like in cold wet weather. Both conditions limit food supply. Soon I will start seeing young ones on the lawn. Totally dehydrated, hopeless. In past years I have lost newly fledged birds, that came back to roost, but could not be fed and became t...
by philsand
Sun Jun 07, 2015 8:03 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Adult Male Stayed - Female Left
Replies: 6
Views: 2428

Can't speak to the SREH issue. As to your martin issue, the male finds the site, the female decides if they will nest. It took me ten years to get my first pair. If they had bonded before they arrived, the male left with the female. If not bonded, the male stayed. The first few years, I saw males lo...
by philsand
Tue May 26, 2015 8:30 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Need advice on stalking cat.
Replies: 24
Views: 8383

Slowly stalk the cat until it thinks you are crazy and it will may stay away. :twisted:
by philsand
Mon May 25, 2015 9:54 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Birds can alternate sides of brain that sleep
Replies: 3
Views: 681

Birds can alternate sides of brain that sleep

I wonder if what I read is true. That birds can have one side of their brains sleep while the other side is awake and on watch. That they can alternately rest sides of the brain while making long migratory trips, enabling them to fly longer trips. Also, when they are roosting, totally asleep, the te...
by philsand
Sun May 24, 2015 5:23 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: No sparrows or starlings this year.
Replies: 2
Views: 832

I think numbers being down is the result of a hard winter.
by philsand
Fri May 22, 2015 5:49 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Help Needed - STARLINGS
Replies: 16
Views: 6307

Tim414 is right. Those unwanted birds are very smart and wary. That is why they are so easily stalked away, as long as they are not already wary of you due to shooting, etc. If so they then fly off as soon as they see you and are not afraid to return.
by philsand
Fri May 22, 2015 11:58 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Martins nesting in the wall
Replies: 11
Views: 2169

I once saw a pair of martins nesting in a green traffic light that had about a six inch, probably aluminum, cone extension at the face of the light. I have often wondered if all the doors were removed from a martin house and if there were no other options, would some martins nest there. I guess they...
by philsand
Thu May 21, 2015 5:39 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Martins acting different this evening
Replies: 6
Views: 1154

Sounds like they are saving energy.
by philsand
Wed May 20, 2015 6:49 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Stalking sparrows and starlings away.
Replies: 0
Views: 1857

Stalking sparrows and starlings away.

I don't think my stalking technique will be very popular in order to control sparrows and starlings. I can not use any type of gun in my neighborhood. I don't like taking the gourds down all the time. I don't like dealing with the trapped birds. I don't mind looking like a nut. Years ago I discovere...