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by Sharon - Central TX
Sat Feb 20, 2021 12:43 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Five Martins Confirmed Dead - Starting Over
Replies: 14
Views: 1463

Re: Five Martins Confirmed Dead - Starting Over

I’m so sorry and sad to hear of all the poor martins that did what comes naturally and died during this unprecedented winter storm. We only had one beautiful male arrive at the start but by then our entire rack was so frozen over he couldn’t get in and we couldn’t even lower it. He finally just sat ...
by Sharon - Central TX
Fri Feb 12, 2021 6:36 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Strong south winds
Replies: 11
Views: 2618

Re: Strong south winds

Whippy that’s probably a good idea. Our weather will be getting even colder the next few days. My neighbor said she thought she saw a couple of martins two days ago. I didn’t. If you can safely climb up on a ladder, go for it. We learned a hard lesson and probably should have lowered them some becau...
by Sharon - Central TX
Fri Feb 12, 2021 3:06 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Strong south winds
Replies: 11
Views: 2618

Re: Strong south winds, frozen gourds

We had a bad day yesterday and last night with icy conditions which has damaged a lot of trees in our neighborhood. It also froze our poles, winches and gourds which have ice sickles hanging off of them. Wouldn’t you know it our first Martin showed up today and couldn’t get into a gourd due to the i...
by Sharon - Central TX
Thu Feb 11, 2021 3:13 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Strong south winds
Replies: 11
Views: 2618

Re: Strong south winds

I’m with you Whippy. Today’s temps brought ice cycles hanging off my gourds. It is expected to get worse, especially on Monday with a low predicted of 6 degrees. I’m praying my martins hang back until next week when it warms up a bit. Some arrived on February 10 last year but I haven’t seen any so f...
by Sharon - Central TX
Wed Feb 10, 2021 4:46 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: How do Texas martins know where Interstate 35 is?
Replies: 3
Views: 1629

Re: How do Texas martins know where Interstate 35 is?

I’m seeing reports west of I-35 now. My martins arrived on today’s date last year. I’m hoping they’ll hold off a week since we have unusually cold and frigid weather predicted in a few days. Right now Monday’s high is supposed to be 22, low 6. I’ve lived in TX 30 years and have never known it to get...
by Sharon - Central TX
Thu Jul 09, 2020 4:22 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Plugging Martin Entrances Early
Replies: 2
Views: 763

Re: Plugging Martin Entrances Early

Thanks Whippy. Why we didn’t think about that at the time I’m not sure. We do have the um tool to take them out and live in a somewhat rural area with no one behind us. Chalk it up to brain fog as we just returned from a several day’s stressful trip and are both tired. Plus we’re getting older so th...
by Sharon - Central TX
Thu Jul 09, 2020 1:45 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Plugging Martin Entrances Early
Replies: 2
Views: 763

Plugging Martin Entrances Early

All of our martins have fledged. We had one late nest that fledged a week ago. Not once during the season did we see any House Sparrows. We do regular nest checks. Today a pair of HS started building a nest in one of the gourds. Hubby decided to pull out nest and plug all the gourds. When the HS’s c...
by Sharon - Central TX
Sun Jun 14, 2020 11:59 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Southern Landlords?
Replies: 6
Views: 1360

Re: Southern Landlords?

We can’t do anything about the hawks except try to scare them off when one makes routine stops. We did that for several evenings when one kept coming at dusk right when the last couple of martins returned. We used air horns as soon as we saw him. He was fast, smart and never came from the same direc...
by Sharon - Central TX
Fri Jun 12, 2020 2:37 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Southern Landlords?
Replies: 6
Views: 1360

Re: Southern Landlords?

Our martins usually hang around for a few days after they fledge. It’s comical to watch the parents trying to round them up in the evening and get them into the correct gourd. Some will try to go into the wrong one and get kicked out. What has always amazed us is that when there is only one nest lef...
by Sharon - Central TX
Tue Jun 09, 2020 9:50 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Baby on the ground
Replies: 9
Views: 1508

Re: Baby on the ground

If you have other chicks his size I would watch to see when they fledge.
Good thinking to leave the light on overnight. Yes, I’d call that a miracle too :grin:
by Sharon - Central TX
Mon Jun 08, 2020 7:58 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Baby on the ground
Replies: 9
Views: 1508

Re: Baby on the ground

Brent,
I did a search and found this topic. Hope it helps. It does mention cat food.

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by Sharon - Central TX
Mon Jun 08, 2020 7:00 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Baby on the ground
Replies: 9
Views: 1508

Re: Baby on the ground

Brent, Is there any chance you can continue hand feeding him? It sounds like he is doing well under your care. 26 days is the earliest they supposedly can fledge but in my experience the parents wait until they are about 30 days depending on how late it is in the season. The only time I’ve ever seen...
by Sharon - Central TX
Mon Jun 08, 2020 12:53 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Baby on the ground
Replies: 9
Views: 1508

Re: Baby on the ground

I think you did the right thing. We also had a baby on the ground not even close to fledgling age. We’re certain an SY pulled him out. We put him in the gourd we were pretty sure he came out of and he has been OK since. We also had a brood of seven with a small runt. He was at the bottom of the pile...
by Sharon - Central TX
Sat Jun 06, 2020 1:35 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: to nest check or not to nest check - old babies
Replies: 4
Views: 1047

Re: to nest check or not to nest check - old babies

Cool whips, Do you know the age of the babies sticking their heads out? If they are 22 days or older you need to plug the entrance to those gourds. We do that by using small old socks with a long string tied to them. You could use other things that are soft enough to be able to pull out. We lower th...
by Sharon - Central TX
Thu Jun 04, 2020 5:05 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Have you had 100% occupancy?
Replies: 16
Views: 2988

Re: Have you had 100% occupancy?

Almost :grin:. We have all but one gourd with nests and young. The one has an SY staying in it. We have 26 Troyer Horizontal gourds. We’ve been checking every five days and at our last nest check we counted 122 young and 2-3 eggs (maybe more because they were buried so well) that had not yet hatched...
by Sharon - Central TX
Thu May 28, 2020 4:13 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Babies being attacked
Replies: 12
Views: 2037

Re: Babies being attacked

Spiderman, That is very sad to lose so many. I’m really sorry to hear that. We only have 28 gourds and all but one have babies or eggs, Most of ours have hatched. Someone is sleeping in the one gourd that doesn’t have a nesting pair so it’s probably a subadult. I noticed more of them visiting today ...
by Sharon - Central TX
Wed May 27, 2020 4:44 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Babies being attacked
Replies: 12
Views: 2037

Re: Babies being attacked

UPDATE: Yesterday’s nest check revealed one of the nestlings that had been attacked was missing. I’m guessing he probably died and was removed by a parent. The other nestling from a different gourd apparently was OK as they were all accounted for and I couldn’t see any difference between them. We do...
by Sharon - Central TX
Sat May 23, 2020 3:49 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Babies being attacked
Replies: 12
Views: 2037

Re: Babies being attacked

Re-read my last post and realized I made it sound like I thought it was a mockingbird. Sorry, that is not what I meant. After reading other’s comments about mockingbirds I DON’T think it was a mockingbird that attacked the young. I DO think it was a male subadult. I have seen them sticking their hea...
by Sharon - Central TX
Fri May 22, 2020 8:14 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Babies being attacked
Replies: 12
Views: 2037

Re: Babies being attacked

Whippy, A male SY was my original thought and after reading these replies about the mockingbirds I feel certain that is who is injuring and tossing out these helpless young. We do not have any HS around. Have not seen one anywhere near our colony. We have a large window in our family room and readin...
by Sharon - Central TX
Fri May 22, 2020 1:54 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Babies being attacked
Replies: 12
Views: 2037

Babies being attacked

We did a nest check yesterday afternoon and found a 2-3 do baby on the ground. He was still alive so he must not have been there long because it was 90 degrees. He had a couple of very small places on his body that looked like he had been pecked. We don’t have any HS around so I attributed it to one...