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by Sharon - Central TX
Wed Feb 12, 2020 11:56 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: First arrival here in...
Replies: 7
Views: 2318

Re: First arrival here in...

I hope it is the same pair. We all know a lot of the birds perish once they leave the nest. It’s sad that so many don’t make it, either to their winter home or back to the states and further north. I’m choosing to believe this is the same pair. More came in yesterday so we (hubby did which means WE ...
by Sharon - Central TX
Tue Feb 11, 2020 1:10 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: First arrival here in...
Replies: 7
Views: 2318

Re: First arrival here in...

Tom, Congratulations on your first arrival. We too had some come in sometime yesterday. A pair and one single. We noticed them come out of their gourds early this morning. Last year the same exact thing happened. One pair, one single. I can’t help but wonder if they are the same birds. A cute story ...
by Sharon - Central TX
Tue Feb 11, 2020 12:46 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: 4 ASY males today
Replies: 4
Views: 1813

Re: 4 ASY males today

C.C. Congratulations! I am happy to report we had arrivals yesterday as well. One pair and a single male. Same as last year’s first arrivals. There could be more staying in gourds because our weather is cold, dreary and a little rainy. I sent Hubs to get some crickets. Was watching out the window at...
by Sharon - Central TX
Thu Feb 06, 2020 8:25 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: The winds are favorable for Texas but...
Replies: 6
Views: 1270

Re: The winds are favorable for Texas but...

Last year three martins returned to our colony on Feb. 2, the earliest ever. Once I heard about the weather forecast for Wednesday night, Thursday morning I was so very glad they had not yet returned. Our temperature in Georgetown got down to 26 deg early this morning! And we had snow. Of course it ...
by Sharon - Central TX
Thu Feb 06, 2020 2:34 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: house sparrows on outer farms
Replies: 9
Views: 1385

Re: house sparrows on outer farms

We live on over 2 acres. Both of my neighbors to the right of us have bluebird houses as we do. We have a bluebird trail along with a couple of other neighbors. However the two neighbors to the right of us also put out millet, which house sparrows love, to attract the painted buntings who also like ...
by Sharon - Central TX
Wed Feb 05, 2020 10:56 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: House Sparrow Lookalike?
Replies: 8
Views: 919

Re: House Sparrow Lookalike?

I’ll be sure to check out the Harris sparrow. Hopefully that may be the one!
by Sharon - Central TX
Wed Feb 05, 2020 10:44 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: House Sparrow Lookalike?
Replies: 8
Views: 919

Re: House Sparrow Lookalike?

Thank you Randy, I will definitely look for pics of the Harris sparrow. Hopefully that is what we are seeing.
by Sharon - Central TX
Tue Feb 04, 2020 4:00 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: House Sparrow Lookalike?
Replies: 8
Views: 919

Re: House Sparrow Lookalike?

Thanks Tony and Whippy. That link to sparrows is very helpful Tony. We have a birdbath right outside a window. I saw one there earlier and he sure looked like a male house sparrow. I’m just going to have to keep watching and try to get a good picture when he comes back. I’ve seen the white crowned a...
by Sharon - Central TX
Tue Feb 04, 2020 2:50 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: House Sparrow Lookalike?
Replies: 8
Views: 919

Re: House Sparrow Lookalike?

Whippy, Thanks for the link. We have a lot of house finches with various shades of red on them. I don’t think that’s what these are. My heart is telling me they are HS’s. I just don’t understand why they are now eating the safflower. That is one type of seed that is supposed to deter them. Maybe som...
by Sharon - Central TX
Tue Feb 04, 2020 1:47 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: House Sparrow Lookalike?
Replies: 8
Views: 919

House Sparrow Lookalike?

We’ve never had too many problems with house sparrows over the years we’ve been landlords. We’ve only fed safflower and nyger feed to the songbirds for about sixteen years now. House sparrows have never been interested in it. However this winter we have seen what looks like HS at the safflower feede...
by Sharon - Central TX
Tue Aug 06, 2019 10:41 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: When do Martins leave Central Texas
Replies: 17
Views: 16790

Re: When do Martins leave Central Texas

Was just outside and heard that sweet sound. Only a few martins but they brought a smile along with some sadness that our little friends are just about all gone until next season.
Soon hubby will start the job of cleaning out all the gourds. Oh how he loves that :roll:
by Sharon - Central TX
Tue Aug 06, 2019 9:50 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: When do Martins leave Central Texas
Replies: 17
Views: 16790

Re: When do Martins leave Central Texas

Yesterday morning we still had a few visitors to our housing but nothing compared to the usual. Then they were flying over the pond behind our property. I’m sad to see them go but glad they’re on their way with the upcoming heat.
by Sharon - Central TX
Tue Jul 30, 2019 7:56 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: When do Martins leave Central Texas
Replies: 17
Views: 16790

Re: When do Martins leave Central Texas

I live in Georgetown. I wasn’t suggesting they moved to Round Rock because of you or anything you did :lol:. Last year when the Travis Audubon people were trying to find where the roost had moved to, I thought you may have been one of the individuals that notified them since you live in Round Rock a...
by Sharon - Central TX
Tue Jul 30, 2019 2:24 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: When do Martins leave Central Texas
Replies: 17
Views: 16790

Re: When do Martins leave Central Texas

RR,
There is definitely a problem with the written word :). I give. I think you and I are having a hard time understanding each other :lol: .
by Sharon - Central TX
Mon Jul 29, 2019 8:03 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: When do Martins leave Central Texas
Replies: 17
Views: 16790

Re: When do Martins leave Central Texas

RR, I’ve been to the roost by Sam’s Club and know they haven’t left yet. I am aware they moved from Austin to RR last year. What I was wondering is why we are seeing so many more this year at OUR place, far far more than we saw last year. It seems for days our neighborhood was invaded by them. So mu...
by Sharon - Central TX
Sun Jul 28, 2019 7:55 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Temple, Texas
Replies: 2
Views: 3695

Re: Temple, Texas

Could be a rest stop but more likely this year’s youngsters from around your area checking out housing for next year. I wouldn’t take it down just yet or you might miss the opportunity of a houseful next season :grin: .
by Sharon - Central TX
Sun Jul 28, 2019 7:07 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: When do Martins leave Central Texas
Replies: 17
Views: 16790

Re: When do Martins leave Central Texas

Wow, I got confused as to why a ten year old post made it back here until I noticed someone found it and replied yesterday. Our last nest this year fledged two days ago and a parent brought at least one back last night to their gourd. The most interesting thing that has happened in the past week is ...
by Sharon - Central TX
Sat Jun 22, 2019 8:45 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: HELP
Replies: 11
Views: 7569

Re: HELP

RR, We had a late nest last year that we helped through the month of July. It was brutally hot with temps of 108 some days. So you know the “feels like” temps were even higher. We put ice packs under the nest 2-3 times a day and my husband made a large shade cloth to put over the top. The parents we...
by Sharon - Central TX
Mon Apr 22, 2019 10:30 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: T14 Full
Replies: 16
Views: 6749

Re: T14 Full

We had a pair of SY’s lay eggs really late in the season last year. Don’t know if you remember how hot it was in July, like 106+ some days. We helped them by putting ice packs in the gourd, sometimes up to three times a day. Even though ALL the other martins left for the roost, the SY pair stayed an...
by Sharon - Central TX
Mon Apr 22, 2019 7:12 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: T14 Full
Replies: 16
Views: 6749

Re: T14 Full

RR, We were very surprised to find a nest with 5 martin eggs in one of our gourds 8 days ago ago. Interesting it is the same gourd that was the first with 5 eggs last year and they hatched on 4/29. We don’t know when the first egg was laid this year but it was at least 13 days ago so the timing will...