My dad

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Posts: 262
Joined: Thu Mar 18, 2010 1:03 pm
Location: Titus County , TX

(((((Deb))))). Lost my Dad to Parkinson's April 28th , 2013 . He gave me my love of Martins . Praying for you and your family .
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2010: 5 pair - raptor attack .
2011 : nada .
2012 : 1 pair - 5 eggs / 5 fledged .
2013: zero
2014: Lots of visitors
2015 : several visitors . Seriously considering purchasing a drone to scare off raptors .
Gobbler T
Posts: 1518
Joined: Tue Mar 31, 2009 8:13 am
Location: Mississippi / Columbus

I too feel for you in this time of loss. It is very obvious what your dad means to you. Being a stepfather myself for the last 21 years, I know what your love mint to him. I just a few years ago adopted my 3 even though they were grown. I can only hope that I might mean to them what your dad mint to you. You will be in our prayers and our hearts.

2007 --- 0 2011---0 2015---4
2008 --- 0 2012---0 16-19—0
2009 --- 0 2013---1 2020—?
2010 --- 0 2014---3
Posts: 262
Joined: Thu Mar 18, 2010 1:03 pm
Location: Titus County , TX

double post
2010: 5 pair - raptor attack .
2011 : nada .
2012 : 1 pair - 5 eggs / 5 fledged .
2013: zero
2014: Lots of visitors
2015 : several visitors . Seriously considering purchasing a drone to scare off raptors .
Dave Duit
Posts: 1854
Joined: Tue Nov 25, 2003 2:02 pm
Location: Iowa / Nevada
Martin Colony History: In 2020, 60 pair with 285 fledged youngsters. 83 total cavities available, 58 Troyer Horizontal gourds and 4 modified deep trio metal house units, 1 fallout shelter, owl cages around all units. Martin educator and speaker. President and founder of the Iowa Purple Martin Organization. Please visit and join.

Sorry to hear about your lose. The martins will be here soon and soften your days.
Mite control, heat venting, predator protection and additional feeding during bad weather add up to success.
Posts: 10
Joined: Wed Feb 19, 2014 11:47 am
Location: MO/Green City


May you be blessed with peace, strength and comfort during this time.

Posts: 654
Joined: Thu Aug 07, 2008 2:06 pm
Location: Bismarck, ND


I am so sorry for the loss of your father. It sounds like you have many fantastic memories you will be cherishing.

2013 - 16 pair, 79 eggs, 71 fledged
2012 - 4 pair, 18 eggs, 18 fledged
Tim Mangan-Kansas
Posts: 1728
Joined: Wed Mar 15, 2006 7:25 am
Location: Kansas, Pittsburg
Martin Colony History: 2016 - 22 Pair

Deb, so sorry to hear about the loss of your dad.

Licensed Bander
2015 - 14 Pair - fledged 68
2014 - Moved to Kansas - 7 Pair, 35 eggs, 28 fledged in first year
2010 Thru 2013 - Moved-Tried to start new colony
2009 - 46 pair, 217 eggs, 178 fledged
Posts: 1466
Joined: Wed Mar 06, 2013 12:21 pm
Location: SW Missouri
Martin Colony History: 2013-2016 Unsuccessful at starting a PM colony. Health problems.
Rehomed all my PM stuff. Good Luck and Best Wishes to All.


My Dear Friend and Martin Mentor, you can see by the outpouring of sympathy and kind words how much your PMCA family loves you! I join them to offer you sympathy, prayers, and kind thoughts until I can see you at a craft show and give you a genuine ((((HUG))))!
Seems that only passing time heals the emptiness and the sorrow. Your Purple Martins should remind you that although they depart and leave emptiness, they are still out there somewhere still soaring the skies. We just can't see them anymore.
That's so right, the real and raw pain will soften with time. You always have those wonderful Dad stories and memories to draw from and hold close to your heart. I know you are a tough little lady and will go on just fine. Remember- you are loved much by all whose lives you touch.
~Mary B~

Lifelong PM Admirer and Nature Enthusiast.
Ruthless trapper of S&S year round.
2013-2016 Unsuccessful at starting a PM colony. Health problems.
Rehomed all my PM stuff. Good Luck and Best Wishes to All.
Posts: 443
Joined: Wed Feb 23, 2011 4:05 pm
Martin Colony History: Had my site up to 22 gourds of which most (+/-3) stayed occupied.
Downsized to 17 gourds due to back surgeries. Had 14 families in 2017 but did not do nest checks due to health. Feeling better in 2018 and hoping for a good year.

I too am so sorry to hear you lost your dad. I remember reading the post you mentioned about helping your mom and dad with their craft shows and I thought at the time it must be nice to spend so much time with your parents. I lost my dad just last week after losing my mom less than 6 months ago. I had no idea it would be so hard and I am sorry you are going through it. It is great you were able to spend so much time with your dad and you will be able to hold tight to those memories. I have always enjoyed your posts and it is obvious you have many many friends here on the forum lifting you up. I am praying for your grief to be overshadowed by your memories. I will whisper in my martins ears to spread the word that you need many martin families this year to help you smile and heal.
Peggy Riley
Posts: 885
Joined: Tue Nov 11, 2003 1:21 pm
Location: TX/Tolar

Deb, I'm sorry you've lost your Dad. Your memories will keep him close.
PMCA Member
2017 101 pair
Posts: 203
Joined: Fri Mar 11, 2011 1:09 pm
Location: Indiana/ Jamestown
Martin Colony History: 2005-2019. Lots lookers, 2 successful nesting's.
2010- 1 pair nested,eggs destroyed(Wren).
2012- 1 pair nested, 4 eggs, 4 fledged
2019- 1 pair nested, 4 eggs, 4 fledged.

Sorry to hear of your Dad's passing. Wonderful that you could share so many beautiful memories together. I know how important that is.
GOD BLESS and Be With YOU. Joanne.
Posts: 806
Joined: Thu Apr 04, 2013 3:30 pm
Location: OH/New Concord

Deb I'm so sorry about your dad My step dad was me dad to me also I lost him when I was 18 I pray for your strength though this. Thank God for the Martins because they will bring some help building you up
Dick Morrow
2015 69 pairs 418 eggs 396 fledged
2019 I have 148 openings now
2016 100 pairs 600 babies fledged added another t-14 and have 126 openings now
2015 Jun 24 360 babies and 58 eggs also found one that had died
2017 632 babies 11died and 20 were killed by hawks
2015 74 pairs and 9 eggs 5/14
2010 3pairss
2018 651 babies 5 hawk kills 11 floater kills 25 died in houses and 610 fledged

2014 80 pairs 283 babies 282 fledged one died
John Barrow
Posts: 948
Joined: Tue Nov 11, 2003 4:12 pm
Location: Corpus Christi / Sandia , Texas

And where the martins soar, may the spirit of your Dad soar with them!!!

As you watch and share the love that the martins bring to your life, may you find that the love of your Dad soars among them.

Sad to hear of your loss, Deb. PEACE be with you and your family.

Member/Mentor-PMCA. I do regular nestchecks and participate in PROJECT MARTINWATCH!! Coordinated 3 geolocator studies-2009, 2010 & 2013. State and Fed licensed bander (retired Jan., 2020)
Posts: 700
Joined: Fri Apr 08, 2011 8:33 am
Location: Mississippi/Hamilton

Thoughts and prayers sent your way.
PMCA member
2015 - 18 Gourds offered - 12 active nests, 62 eggs, 51 fledged
2014 - 18 gourds offered - 12 active nests, 52 eggs, 48 fledged
2013 - 12 gourds offered - 9 pairs, 56 eggs, 52 hatched, 49 fledged
2012 - 12 gourds offered -4 pairs, 20 eggs, 19 fledged
2011 - 6 gourds offered -1 pair, 5 eggs, 5 hatched, 5 fledged !!!!
Posts: 1941
Joined: Tue May 04, 2010 7:43 am
Location: Pratt County/Kansas
Martin Colony History: Start 2009 with one pair. Upgraded from S&K houses to two Trendsetter 12's with gourds beneath in 2013. I have experienced job, pet, and parental losses since '13. The Purple Martins lift my spirits and remind me how life continues forward by flying their little selves from Brazil back to my yard. As one forum person once told me, chin up DebA, look at the martins. Danger all around but yet they soar in the sky without a care in the world.


I need my martins this year more than they need me.


Right now I need all of you more than you could ever need me.

I didn't tell you that I was awake in my hotel about to start the second and final day of the show when dad called me. His usual excited, "How did you do?". Several topics. He said he wasn't doing well that day (in the hospital skilled nursing). He said he was so tired. He said, "I just want you to know how much I love you." With a bit of sarcasm he said, I'm going to hang up, get them in here and find out what's going on.

We talked 9 minutes, 22 seconds. He started a massive stroke and cardiac arrest within 6 to 10 minutes of our hanging up.

I had told him I missed him and he replied he wished he was there. Well he found his way because I swear he was in my ear and my booth the rest of the day. I was four hours from home and opted to stay put. I'll never regret finishing out that show with him

Thank you for each word and thank you for listening.

Much love my bird nerds -
Pratt County, Kansas
2016 34 PAIR
2015 27 PAIR
2014 23 PAIR
2013 13 PAIR
2012 6 PAIR
2011 4 PAIR
2010 2 PAIR
2009 1 PAIR
Hanover Bill
Posts: 616
Joined: Thu May 14, 2009 3:10 pm
Location: Pennsylvania/Hanover Township
Martin Colony History: 2009 & 10 - 0
2011 & 12 - Visitors
2013 - 2 pr. fledged 9
2014 - 3 pr. fledged 13
2015 - 7 pr. fledged 27
2016 - 15 pr. fledged 72


So sorry for your loss. I was my Father's caregiver for the last several years of his life. I retired early to take care of him, and never regretted a moment of it, even though it was the most stressful job I had ever had.

I'm glad you got to spend the extra time with him toward the end. I hope you can find comfort in your memories, and your Purple Martins.

Hanover Bill.
2009 & 10 - 0
2011 & 12 - Visitors
2013 - 2 pr. fledged 9
2014 - 3 pr. fledged 13
2015 - 7 pr. fledged 27
2016 - 15 pr. fledged 72
Posts: 1113
Joined: Tue Apr 30, 2013 1:10 pm
Location: Iowa/West Des Moines
Martin Colony History: Home Site: 2017- 0
2016 - 1st pair, fledged 5
Satellite Site: 2017 (3rd season)
34 pair
Fledged- 102

Hi DebA:

My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. I believe in the soul of every human life and all living creatures, and that the soul never dies but lives on in another higher, and unexplainably wonderful plane of existence.

I lost my father years ago to cancer as well and found out today one of my older brothers at age 52 goes in Thursday for biopsy of lesions on his liver. He has a wife and 7 year old daughter.

I can only think about the Son of the Trinity and his blessed mother at the foot of the cross; the joy of resurrection and knowing that it's all part of the Father's plan this thing called life on earth, and persons in relation to each other and nature.

Take care and peace be with you.

PMCA Member
Home Site: 2012-15 visitors
2016 - 1st pair, fledged 5
2017-18 Zero
2019- 3 Successful Prs.!
Satellite Site: 2014 - visitors
2015 - 2 pair, fledged 9
2016 - 13 pair, fledged 44
2017 - 31 pair, fledged 118
2018 - 44 pair, 163 fledged
2019- 49 or. 219 fledged
Craig Haddox
Posts: 444
Joined: Sun Mar 14, 2004 5:13 pm
Location: Missouri Washington

Deb, sorry for your loss. Hopefully your martins will fill some of the void.
Posts: 79
Joined: Sun May 23, 2004 11:02 am
Location: South Carolina

I'm so sorry for your loss. You wrote such a beautiful tribute to your Dad. It is heartwarming to read every word. Hope your martins come in soon and provide much comfort to you.
Posts: 2135
Joined: Mon Apr 10, 2006 6:07 pm
Location: PA/Avis
Martin Colony History: The 1972 St. Agnes flood wiped out all the Martins in my area. One day, in 1997-98, 5 or 6 Martins landed on the power wires crossing my back yard. I had no house for them. They kept coming back day after day. We got a martin house a few weeks later & they have been coming back every year since. I average 12-15 pair per year.

Sorry for your loss....prayers for you & your family.

Toy in PA
PMCA Member
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