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by dsonyay
Sat Jun 27, 2020 6:24 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: MY BRUTAL 2020 SEASON
Replies: 11
Views: 2514

Re: MY BRUTAL 2020 SEASON

Second thought.. after googling Buffalo Gnat.. don't think that was it at all. Pretty sure it was mites. I did see adults feeding on tiny "no see-ums" while perching and on the porches, but these were very small insects. Not the size of the flies. And I did see a gourd crawling with very tiny bugs.....
by dsonyay
Sat Jun 27, 2020 6:19 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: MY BRUTAL 2020 SEASON
Replies: 11
Views: 2514

Re: MY BRUTAL 2020 SEASON

Thanks for all the tips.. next season I'll use Sevin regularly. I've used it every year Inhad martins. I don't know why, but decided not to use it.. didn't seem like It woukd be that critical. Apparently so. People around here tell me to use it often,na tsp on inside porch so parents track it in, or...
by dsonyay
Sat Jun 27, 2020 6:15 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: MY BRUTAL 2020 SEASON
Replies: 11
Views: 2514

Re: MY BRUTAL 2020 SEASON

My notes on the 2020 season. Sorry for being long but maybe people can learn from this and spot something to help me out. After a long 6 years of nothing (at a new location), this season was a giant “180”. 4 nests, 22 eggs, 15 hatchlings. I think the biggest reason for finally getting PMs to stay a...
by dsonyay
Tue Jun 23, 2020 8:18 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Help! Help! Babies gone. Just one left.
Replies: 12
Views: 2056

Re: Help! Help! Babies gone. Just one left.

Be on the lookoit for an SY male. They have been know to drag babies out (I've experienced it muself) and dump them nearby to try and break up a pair.

Another possibility is the others died and the mama pulled them out??
by dsonyay
Mon Jun 22, 2020 10:38 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: MY BRUTAL 2020 SEASON
Replies: 11
Views: 2514

Re: MY BRUTAL 2020 SEASON

I lost several just a week or so from fledging. The nests were infested with mites. The mites killed them. It was a real shame. I treated all the gourds and houses and that solved it. Many re nested and fledged successful after treatment. All we can do is learn and better our management for next ye...
by dsonyay
Sat Jun 20, 2020 8:23 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: MY BRUTAL 2020 SEASON
Replies: 11
Views: 2514

Re: MY BRUTAL 2020 SEASON

Does your housing have extra ventilation such as PVC elbows? Your first year means they probably got a late start which means more heat, especially in Louisiana. That many dead birds sounds like heat related illness to me. I have 2 PCV elbows on each gourd and I drilled extra holes in the bottom of...
by dsonyay
Sat Jun 20, 2020 6:18 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: MY BRUTAL 2020 SEASON
Replies: 11
Views: 2514

Re: MY BRUTAL 2020 SEASON

yeah I was checking twice a week. Well, basically on Thursday and Sunday afternoon.... Such a frustrating year for having so much activity after a long draught of nothing. I can't help but think I let these guys down. I have plenty of Sevon dust but didnt really think I was needing any til very late...
by dsonyay
Sat Jun 20, 2020 11:22 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: MY BRUTAL 2020 SEASON
Replies: 11
Views: 2514

MY BRUTAL 2020 SEASON

My notes on the 2020 season. Sorry for being long but maybe people can learn from this and spot something to help me out. After a long 6 years of nothing (at a new location), this season was a giant “180”. 4 nests, 22 eggs, 15 hatchlings. I think the biggest reason for finally getting PMs to stay an...
by dsonyay
Fri May 22, 2020 8:21 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Little Martins and eggs.. and a bad SY male
Replies: 4
Views: 1036

Re: Little Martins and eggs.. and a bad SY male

Spoke too soon!!! this morning the pair that had their babes killed was back... As well as the male SY, who able to lure the female into his apartment. She popped into the compartment with him and seems to have settled on him,, the male ASY seems perplexed. Nature is harsh. Gonna have a late batch o...
by dsonyay
Fri May 22, 2020 7:57 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Little Martins and eggs.. and a bad SY male
Replies: 4
Views: 1036

Re: Little Martins and eggs.. and a bad SY male

Well, the two survivors were found dead in their nest when I returned home after three days away. Not sure if the male SY did this or possibly a male HS. There is a male HS hanging around now and he placed little pieces of grass in three empty gourds. And Good news, another batch of eggs hatched. 5 ...
by dsonyay
Tue May 19, 2020 6:24 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Little Martins and eggs.. and a bad SY male
Replies: 4
Views: 1036

Re: Little Martins and eggs.. and a bad SY male

Thanks Mike— Yeah, I dont plan to do anything , and just go with nature. I’m away from the house Mon-Thurs and usually arrive home but evening time on Thurs, so most things are forced to be left alone. I do worry a bit about wing entrapment and other things that would require my help while away, but...
by dsonyay
Mon May 18, 2020 11:05 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Little Martins and eggs.. and a bad SY male
Replies: 4
Views: 1036

Little Martins and eggs.. and a bad SY male

One of my SY males has reduced a nest with 4 hatchlings down to two , but I think the mama and papa has him under control. He was really determined to break up that pair but things have calmed down quite a bit. Ive got two more nests with eggs scheduled to hatch any moment, so he may be causing more...
by dsonyay
Sun May 10, 2020 4:40 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Babies
Replies: 0
Views: 1485

Babies

My first batch has started to hatch... three other nests to go!!

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by dsonyay
Sun May 10, 2020 12:51 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Kingbirds... fiesty little guys
Replies: 2
Views: 672

Re: Kingbirds... fiesty little guys

I have eastern kingbirds in my yard. pretty birds. Have never seen them fight with the martins. They ignore each other. dave They are very pretty and fun to watch them hover. I’ve never seen them mess with martins either, but the martins seem to like to start the tussle. Lol. I keep thinking “Hey g...
by dsonyay
Sun May 10, 2020 10:18 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Kingbirds... fiesty little guys
Replies: 2
Views: 672

Kingbirds... fiesty little guys

I’ve got Kingbirds around. They’re probably nesting in the wooded area back behind my house. About 60 yards away. Lately, one of them has been perching on my gourd rack. He or she doesn’t seem to do anything but use it as a spot to look for bugs below. But now and then one of my martins takes a dive...
by dsonyay
Sun May 10, 2020 10:11 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Update on my site
Replies: 1
Views: 387

Update on my site

As of today, I have Four nests and 23 eggs. Should be hatching any day now. 2 nests are in the gourds. Each with 6 eggs. 2 nests are in the SK Barn. One has 5 eggs, the other 6. The barn has been modified to 6 spaces and the attic holes are plugged for now. Not bad at all after a 5 year drought at m...
by dsonyay
Sun May 10, 2020 10:01 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: S&K barn 12 room modified to 6 large rooms
Replies: 7
Views: 1009

Re: S&K barn 12 room modified to 6 large rooms

Oddly enough, it was the opposite for me. I was having the hardest time attracting martins to a new site with perfect layout. After 5 years of zero nesting I added a SK barn to the mix. I had all gourds. Immediately I had visitors, and as of today I have four neats, all with 5 or 6 eggs. 2 nests are...
by dsonyay
Mon Apr 27, 2020 7:56 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Nest pics
Replies: 7
Views: 920

Re: Nest pics

awwwww! Cute lil nuggets.. Lol
by dsonyay
Mon Apr 27, 2020 12:41 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Nest pics
Replies: 7
Views: 920

Re: Nest pics

That's great! You're off to a really good start
by dsonyay
Sun Apr 26, 2020 3:23 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Nest pics
Replies: 7
Views: 920

Nest pics

This is a nest with 5 eggs in my bo11... ASY male / ASY female https://i.ibb.co/5sPY4zn/0426201452.jpg This is a nest in my SK barn.. 6 eggs!.. ASY male / SY female https://i.ibb.co/5YybWNR/0426201451-HDR.jpg I have another full nest, no eggs (in the barn) (ASY male / SY female) Also, an SY male and...