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by Sharon - Central TX
Sun Feb 03, 2019 5:30 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Demanding Martins
Replies: 4
Views: 1082

Demanding Martins

We have two poles set up with Troyer gourds. Yesterday morning our first martin of the season arrived and wanted in one of the gourds on Pole 2. We had yet to open the entrances so hubby rushed out and opened three entrances including the one the martin seemed to want. She, yes a female, flew off an...
by Sharon - Central TX
Thu Jan 24, 2019 8:59 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Scout Arrival Study Question
Replies: 8
Views: 2874

Re: Scout Arrival Study Question

BioJoe,
Thanks for the update. Google maps can be frustrating at times and I know y’all are doing the best you can to keep this website working at its best. We appreciate your hard work.
Sharon
by Sharon - Central TX
Wed Jan 23, 2019 8:58 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Scout Arrival Study Question
Replies: 8
Views: 2874

Scout Arrival Study Question

For the past two days when I enter my state to check the scout arrival the following pops up: “Geocode was not successful for the following reason: REQUEST_DENIED” Is anyone else experiencing this? And what would cause it? Thanks for any help. This has never happened before and it has me baffled (hm...
by Sharon - Central TX
Fri Jan 18, 2019 2:04 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Central texas
Replies: 7
Views: 2964

Re: Central texas

Our first martins returned on February 5th last year, the earliest in our fifteen years. Usually they return on Valentine’s Day. We are ready and waiting although I always hope they hold off until the worst of winter is over.
by Sharon - Central TX
Tue Jul 31, 2018 10:19 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Heat and Late Nest in TX
Replies: 12
Views: 3647

Re: Heat and Late Nest in TX

Tom, Thank you for the compliments. Yes the heat was brutal. We lost about three birds a few weeks prio to this. It appeared something happened to the parents. We did a nest check just two days before and all appeared OK. Two days later I noticed I hadn’t seen the parents but it was too late. They w...
by Sharon - Central TX
Mon Jul 30, 2018 1:51 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Late Leavers??
Replies: 4
Views: 1333

Re: Late Leavers??

Lisa, Our last nest just fledged yesterday. We’ve had several visiting martins every day. You can read about our efforts to keep our three babies alive during the hot weather in “Late Nest in TX”. We have a large pond behind our property that would be “spitting distance” for a martin :grin:. We saw ...
by Sharon - Central TX
Mon Jul 30, 2018 1:22 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Heat and Late Nest in TX
Replies: 12
Views: 3647

Our late nest fledged!!!

They fledged yesterday at 27 days. Hallelujah! We watched into the evening as mom and dad tried to coax the last one out. This morning they were all gone. Fortunately the roost is only about twelve miles away as the martin flies. Thanks to my wonderful hubby who put his heart into first making a lar...
by Sharon - Central TX
Mon Jul 23, 2018 4:11 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Heat and Late Nest in TX
Replies: 12
Views: 3647

Hit 111deg. Today

Got up to 111 deg. today. Our three little babies are hanging in there even in this heat. Besides the shade cloth and fan, we are supplementing with crickets and meal worms. Someone is eating them. Hubby, the great guy that he is, has been changing out dual ice packs four times a day. If we can get ...
by Sharon - Central TX
Thu Jul 19, 2018 7:07 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: There is a need for netting....let there be no doubt
Replies: 8
Views: 2604

Re: There is a need for netting....let there be no doubt

PMS in Virginia,
I’m sorry I haven’t gotten back to you on the fence charger. I will take a picture of it for you then have my husband explain exactly what and how. That is his baby. I just try to not get electrocuted :lol: .
Sharon
by Sharon - Central TX
Thu Jul 19, 2018 4:26 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Heat and Late Nest in TX
Replies: 12
Views: 3647

Re: Heat and Late Nest in TX

We’re putting ice packs in a sock in there now. It’s just too hot. They are pushing up against where the sock is. It’s 104 deg. right now, feels like 110 :|. Plan to change them out at least twice daily.
by Sharon - Central TX
Wed Jul 18, 2018 9:37 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Heat and Late Nest in TX
Replies: 12
Views: 3647

Re: Heat and Late Nest in TX

It’s really encouraging to hear you had birds fledge so late last year. I’m hoping we can get them through to about July 29 which should be their earliest fledge date. I’m thinking the parents will want to get them out of here as soon as possible. Monday’s temperature is forecast to be 107! We’re st...
by Sharon - Central TX
Wed Jul 18, 2018 4:25 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: roost in Round Rock, texas this year
Replies: 5
Views: 2515

Re: roost in Round Rock, texas this year

Travis Audubon posted today they have received permission to hold the martin parties at the new roost location. The roost is by the Applebee’s at La Frontera in Round Rock. Participants have been asked to park behind the bank, to go early to shop and enjoy the restaurants at the center. For years th...
by Sharon - Central TX
Wed Jul 18, 2018 4:04 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Heat and Late Nest in TX
Replies: 12
Views: 3647

105 deg. Heat and Late Nest in TX

Today it has hit 105 deg. and “feels like” 109 deg. according to our acurite temperature reading. Hubby has been changing the battery daily on the fan (picture above) he inserted into the cap ventilator and checking to make sure babies are alive. So far the battery has still been working from the da...
by Sharon - Central TX
Mon Jul 16, 2018 10:34 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: There is a need for netting....let there be no doubt
Replies: 8
Views: 2604

Re: There is a need for netting....let there be no doubt

I agree there is a definite need for netting in addition to a baffle. Years ago when we got our very first pair of martins, we thought because we had a baffle that all would be OK. Sadly a rat snake got past it and devoured all five of the twelve day old babies plus the adult female. It was a very s...
by Sharon - Central TX
Mon Jul 16, 2018 1:38 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Heat and Late Nest in TX
Replies: 12
Views: 3647

Re: Heat and Late Nest in TX

Here is the other picture. It didn’t post originally.
by Sharon - Central TX
Mon Jul 16, 2018 1:36 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Heat and Late Nest in TX
Replies: 12
Views: 3647

Heat and Late Nest in TX

Temps are scheduled to be above 100 deg. the next few days and “feels like” temps even higher. We had a very late nest of four young but have already lost one since Friday. They are about 13 days old and not scheduled to fledge until the end of July. Thankfully parents are still feeding. All of our ...
by Sharon - Central TX
Mon Jul 09, 2018 6:59 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: roost in Round Rock, texas this year
Replies: 5
Views: 2515

Re: roost in Round Rock, texas this year

Apparently it has been posted on the FB page the Austin roost has been found in RR. Gary, you’re the man :lol:
by Sharon - Central TX
Fri Jul 06, 2018 7:23 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: roost in Round Rock, texas this year
Replies: 5
Views: 2515

Re: roost in Round Rock, texas this year

I just checked the Travis Audubon website about the roost. I wonder if the birds that normally go to Austin have moved to Round Rock this year because so far no one has found it! It would be so cool to have them closer to all of us :grin: This is what they wrote: Purple Martin Parties 2018 Dates: Ju...
by Sharon - Central TX
Fri Jun 29, 2018 1:12 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Heat Index
Replies: 25
Views: 5041

Re: Heat Index

Thank you for answering this question. We have all Troyer gourds with tunnels. Maybe we could stick an ice pack under the nest if needed. I don’t think there is room in the bowl anywhere else. All your suggestions have been very helpful and I appreciate you taking the time to help. We’ve been landlo...
by Sharon - Central TX
Thu Jun 28, 2018 6:17 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Heat Index
Replies: 25
Views: 5041

Re: Heat Index

Where do you put the ice packs? What do you cover them with?