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by flmike
Wed Mar 31, 2021 6:59 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: When do I open the houses?
Replies: 9
Views: 521

Re: When do I open the houses?

The asy showed again this evening, he easily bested two Bluebirds and now occupies the same compartment they raised in last year! He is an exceptional bird, wise enough to settle here in the sweet Virgina breeze and strong enough to fight for his property rights lol!

Thanks for all the advice.
by flmike
Wed Mar 31, 2021 12:04 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: When do I open the houses?
Replies: 9
Views: 521

Re: When do I open the houses?

It’s a t-12 style house... I opened the top left hole (where they raised last year) and the bottom right on the same side. I have another t-12 style house with double compartments. Last year a second male started a nest, in this second house, and hung around for a couple weeks competing for the fema...
by flmike
Wed Mar 31, 2021 7:39 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: When do I open the houses?
Replies: 9
Views: 521

When do I open the houses?

We had our first pair of Martins last year, 5 babies fledged. (They arrived June 1st). At 6:45am today, an a2y male landed on the house and perched for 45 minutes in front of the compartment they raised in last year. We have Tree Swallows and Bluebirds that compete for the Martin houses... The Blueb...
by flmike
Sat Jul 18, 2020 9:29 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: My Martins just vanished!!!
Replies: 4
Views: 1494

Re: My Martins just vanished!!!

I see you’re in Radford, Va. a short hop from my home on SML in Moneta! I’ve been trying for years and finally have a breeding pair. They showed up in June, laid five eggs, four hatched. A hawk reached in and snagged two of the babies before I could run it off. My two remaining babies are poking the...
by flmike
Tue Jul 14, 2020 7:11 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Hawk attack
Replies: 11
Views: 1680

Re: Hawk attack

flmike, Do you have any hawk distractions in place? Many of us use Martin decoys strategically placed around our housing to attract the hawks attention when busting in. There are many threads related to this with a lot of great ideas. I've not lost a Martin to a hawk all season. My decoys are set 1...
by flmike
Mon Jul 13, 2020 8:42 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Hawk attack
Replies: 11
Views: 1680

Re: Hawk attack

You can’t move anything now it could completely stop the parents from recognizing their nest. Best to wait until next season. Their behavior is simply keeping the remaining babies safe and when they fledge they’ll likely not return to sleep either but that’s ok. Towards the end of my season the few...
by flmike
Mon Jul 13, 2020 7:36 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Hawk attack
Replies: 11
Views: 1680

Re: Hawk attack

Are the compartments like 6”x6”? If this is the case the hawk simply reached in and dragged them out. This is why it is recommended to expand those into a neighboring room so the parents can place the babies out of reach. Maybe this is something you can do for next season. Martins will visit other ...
by flmike
Sun Jul 12, 2020 11:07 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Hawk attack
Replies: 11
Views: 1680

Re: Hawk attack

SSMartin... you were right, the parents have returned and are busy feeding the two hatchlings!

I feel soooo much better, my blood pressure is returning to its normal range!
by flmike
Sun Jul 12, 2020 10:31 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Hawk attack
Replies: 11
Views: 1680

Re: Hawk attack

The house is a trio t-12 I think. I never saw the hawk reach into the house, I just saw him hovering/flying closely around the house then lit on the top perch... I yelled, it flew off with a couple of pm’s chasing. I actually only had four babies, one of the eggs didn’t hatch. So the hawk only got t...
by flmike
Sun Jul 12, 2020 10:05 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Hawk attack
Replies: 11
Views: 1680

Re: Hawk attack

Thank you for the quick response.
Is it normal for the babies to be listless when I’m checking them?
If I need to feed them; what and how?
by flmike
Sun Jul 12, 2020 9:47 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Hawk attack
Replies: 11
Views: 1680

Hawk attack

This morning I saw a Cooper’s hawk around my pm house... I didn’t see it at the opening, but it landed on the top perch. I stomped and yelled and he left. The parents have not returned to the nest since. I had 5 babies, now there are only 2. When I lowered the house the two remaining babies are aliv...
by flmike
Tue Jun 30, 2020 4:49 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: The Babe lives
Replies: 4
Views: 1057

Re: The Babe lives

Ms Porter, that’s a mighty nice lookin’ bird you’ve got there!
by flmike
Mon Jun 29, 2020 4:14 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Wait of 18 years is finally over
Replies: 4
Views: 1019

Re: Wait of 18 years is finally over

I’m digging the nest cam photo!!
by flmike
Mon Jun 29, 2020 4:10 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Four babies, one egg
Replies: 1
Views: 552

Four babies, one egg

I have my first ever pair.
A nest check last Monday the 22nd had one hatchling, today I have four hatchlings and one egg remains. I checked it for being capped.
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by flmike
Thu Jun 25, 2020 8:40 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: First gourd fledged and new eggs
Replies: 6
Views: 1033

Re: First gourd fledged and new eggs

So when they leave the nest the first time, they don’t return to the nest?
by flmike
Thu Jun 25, 2020 5:55 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: First ever hatchling!
Replies: 5
Views: 1040

Re: First ever hatchling!

Thanks for all the good advice! I didn’t know to not do the nest checks after the 20 days... great info. I had a half dozen or more visitors yesterday, flying around and perching on the house... greeting the newbie, I guess. They didn’t seem to mind when I lowered the house, but I was walking throug...
by flmike
Wed Jun 24, 2020 10:48 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: First ever hatchling!
Replies: 5
Views: 1040

First ever hatchling!

I did a nest check, sprinkled a pinch of Sevin dust around the nest edges and installed a snake guard of netting on the pole. I wasn’t expecting the baby. I’m pretty sure the last egg was laid on the 11th, so I was figuring the 25th-27th for a hatchling. If I’d known they had a baby, I wouldn’t have...
by flmike
Fri Jun 19, 2020 6:05 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Males left during rain event
Replies: 2
Views: 632

Males left during rain event

I had one nesting pair in the “love shack” house and one lonely male in the “empty arms” house. We’ve had heavy rains for the last four days. The female is spending most of her time sitting on her five eggs, leaving the nest occasionally during breaks in the weather to feed. It didn’t rain all day y...
by flmike
Tue Jun 16, 2020 10:55 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Feeding during rain events
Replies: 5
Views: 1043

Re: Feeding during rain events

The good news is we’ve had a break in the rain all morning.
The bad news is I haven’t seen any of my pm’s all day... they usually come out around 6:30-7am, and hang around the house all morning. I’ve been watching closely and haven’t seen a single pm.
I’m going to do a nest check after lunch.
by flmike
Tue Jun 16, 2020 6:34 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Feeding during rain events
Replies: 5
Views: 1043

Feeding during rain events

Continuous rain expected for 3-4 days. High temperatures of 60-62f. The insects have gone to ground.
Should I be looking for meal worms or something else to feed the pm’s?
Can I place a container of food on their porches?