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by Doug Martin - PA
Thu Mar 21, 2019 9:30 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Where are they going?
Replies: 12
Views: 405

Re: Where are they going?

I asked the same question last year when my first one showed up and would disappear in 30 degree weather.

Found out he was begging for food at a neighboring site and they were flipping him crickets. Haha

So the answer is anywhere there is food!!!

Doug
by Doug Martin - PA
Thu Mar 21, 2019 9:27 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: My Quest for Wannabee of the Year
Replies: 8
Views: 133

Re: My Quest for Wannabee of the Year

Excellent!!!
by Doug Martin - PA
Tue Mar 19, 2019 10:24 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: A look at migration this week.
Replies: 8
Views: 312

Re: A look at migration this week.

Glad some of you enjoy the reports. lol Just trying to give you some company for the morning coffee. Weather does change but I find it interesting and thought I would share what I view. If you look at the current map it is not surprising some birds would come into Corpus Christy John. A pretty good ...
by Doug Martin - PA
Mon Mar 18, 2019 4:17 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: A look at migration this week.
Replies: 8
Views: 312

A look at migration this week.

This will be an interesting week of migration. The Gulf will be pretty much closed off to any major influxes until Friday. At that point the Texas coast will benefit first with some good wind flow off the Gulf. There is however some good southerly flow into the Midwest out of Texas and originating i...
by Doug Martin - PA
Sun Mar 17, 2019 10:32 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Think I have decided to build another T14
Replies: 32
Views: 2552

Re: Think I have decided to build another T14

Nice job! Always a bit tricky getting the entrances to align inside and out. I am now using the black wax cardboard trays but of course they are a different thickness than the original trays I built causing an issue of height getting out. I had to shim it on the inside. You pretty much have to know ...
by Doug Martin - PA
Sun Mar 17, 2019 9:56 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Why some Martins don't make it home.
Replies: 6
Views: 369

Re: Why some Martins don't make it home.

Doesn't look like anything big is on the horizon like the last one Dick. But that one was a bit early. The next wave will be a bigger one for us. Things improve next weekend but they will still trickle in the meantime from the south regardless. It's always interesting to see each year. Sorry no MAGI...
by Doug Martin - PA
Fri Mar 15, 2019 10:02 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Why some Martins don't make it home.
Replies: 6
Views: 369

Why some Martins don't make it home.

Crossing the Gulf can be a very difficult task at times. Martins like to use prevailing winds to cross it. Sometimes as they are nearing land in Texas or Louisiana after a long flight they are met with strong wind resistance. Today March 15th the map illustrates a perfect example of a dangerous cros...
by Doug Martin - PA
Thu Mar 14, 2019 12:26 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: The 14th of March could be Magic
Replies: 13
Views: 1617

Re: The 14th of March could be Magic

Nothing has expired PMLOVER. Lol This post was not intended to predict YOUR first arrival first thing this morning. It was merely to alert those anxiously waiting that conditions are fantastic for migration north. If you look at the current wind and temperature map the warmth and southern flow has i...
by Doug Martin - PA
Wed Mar 13, 2019 12:33 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: The 14th of March could be Magic
Replies: 13
Views: 1617

Re: The 14th of March could be Magic

Missouri & Illinois will be a day ahead and the east coast a day behind. Ohio can keep an eye out right on the 14th.

They always seem to straggle in a day or so after these systems across the board. Sometimes showing up in the cold after the front passes.

This system will certain get them moving.
by Doug Martin - PA
Wed Mar 13, 2019 10:19 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: The 14th of March could be Magic
Replies: 13
Views: 1617

Re: The 14th of March could be Magic

Yes DKC the trough will set up right along the Texas coast. Northern Texas and Oklahoma will also be on the backside of this system with strong NW winds. So this event is primarily geared toward the south central, South Eastern and North Eastern US. So just east of you strong south winds across the ...
by Doug Martin - PA
Wed Mar 13, 2019 8:26 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: The 14th of March could be Magic
Replies: 13
Views: 1617

Re: The 14th of March could be Magic

Let the fun begin! The wind forecast was on the money. The southern gates are opening today. Strong winds originating over the Gulf will push way up into the north regions over the next few days. It is possible this will push birds further north earlier than normal. Texas will see super strong winds...
by Doug Martin - PA
Mon Mar 11, 2019 7:13 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Freeze Dried Insect Shelf Life ??
Replies: 1
Views: 80

Re: Freeze Dried Insect Shelf Life ??

Hi Bill.

I have some leftover from last year that I kept in the basement sealed up. I plan to use both crickets and mealworms this season. I will also be adding nektron I for insect eating birds to my freeze dried items. If you want to try some email me. I can get you a sample to try.

Doug
by Doug Martin - PA
Mon Mar 11, 2019 12:01 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Virginia Martins
Replies: 3
Views: 124

Re: Virginia Martins

Thanks for the post Bill!

You always give me a good heads up before they come my way. Enjoy those birds!

Doug
by Doug Martin - PA
Mon Mar 11, 2019 8:31 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: They are back in Ohio!
Replies: 4
Views: 221

Re: They are back in Ohio!

Congrats Brenda!

More coming in this week to the area from the looks of it.

Doug
by Doug Martin - PA
Sun Mar 10, 2019 1:46 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: first bird
Replies: 3
Views: 173

Re: first bird

Super! Thanks for posting Frank!
by Doug Martin - PA
Sun Mar 10, 2019 1:44 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Welcome Home! First 2019 arrivals for Licking, MO!
Replies: 9
Views: 231

Re: Welcome Home! First 2019 arrivals for Licking, MO!

Congrats Kathy it never gets old does it?
by Doug Martin - PA
Sun Mar 10, 2019 1:43 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: First arrival for Holly Springs, NC
Replies: 1
Views: 89

Re: First arrival for Holly Springs, NC

Way to go Courtney!
by Doug Martin - PA
Sat Mar 09, 2019 4:38 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: twice
Replies: 6
Views: 234

Re: twice

The sparrows are the problem. You can't let them nest anywhere near your site. They will kill your Bluebirds and the Martins young when they get the chance. Get rid of the sparrows, get the BB back where they belong and close up the Martin house temporarily until the BB start nesting elsewhere. They...
by Doug Martin - PA
Sat Mar 09, 2019 10:44 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Big week of migration will be followed by cold.
Replies: 4
Views: 218

Re: Big week of migration will be followed by cold.

Dick,

Looks likely it will be. Not quite time up here yet.

Doug
by Doug Martin - PA
Sat Mar 09, 2019 10:40 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Big week of migration will be followed by cold.
Replies: 4
Views: 218

Re: Big week of migration will be followed by cold.

Perhaps Pmlover but temperatures in Ohio and PA will barely get above freezing the 16th 17th and 18th and migration will likely be at a standstill on the 19th. At least that's what it looks like now. lol But you never know. :wink: I can only say it sure looks good to move north this week and very po...

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