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by BigT
Wed Mar 27, 2019 7:41 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: First Arrival, Grove City, Ohio
Replies: 5
Views: 1535

First Arrival, Grove City, Ohio

First one arrived today 3/27/2019!
by BigT
Wed May 10, 2017 10:22 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Finally.....back to normal today.
Replies: 4
Views: 808

Re: Finally.....back to normal today.

It is actually going to hit 70 today in Columbus. First day in the last 10 that is a decent temperature and not crazy windy. We also only have a few nests started. Funny, I was feeding my fish at the pond last evening and the Martins were diving on me thinking I was throwing scrambled eggs. So back ...
by BigT
Mon May 08, 2017 9:04 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Rain & Feeding
Replies: 14
Views: 2381

Re: Rain & Feeding

I fed my birds a total of three dozen scrambled eggs over the weekend. They seem to prefer the eggs over crickets. I have also read that the calorie and protein count is much higher with the eggs than crickets if you can train them to eat them. Problem is it gives the birds the runs and things get a...
by BigT
Fri Apr 28, 2017 2:59 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Apparently I live near a colony! Got some questions...
Replies: 6
Views: 1399

Re: Apparently I live near a colony! Got some questions...

I always tell newbies to consider the function of a Martin House to be like an Aircraft Carrier and not a Heli-pad. As they leave their compartments they loose a little altitude before accelerating to altitude. They need room to do this. Good Luck!
by BigT
Thu Apr 27, 2017 2:08 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Buckeye State Migration
Replies: 12
Views: 2102

Re: Buckeye State Migration

Good luck to you. It took two years for us to attract any. Had one nesting pair the first year any showed up.
by BigT
Thu Apr 27, 2017 7:47 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Buckeye State Migration
Replies: 12
Views: 2102

Re: Buckeye State Migration

I had another half dozen or so show up myself yesterday. The pace is finally picking up. They must love that strong South wind.
by BigT
Wed Apr 26, 2017 1:06 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Buckeye State Migration
Replies: 12
Views: 2102

Re: Buckeye State Migration

Congrats!!
by BigT
Wed Apr 26, 2017 12:43 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Buckeye State Migration
Replies: 12
Views: 2102

Re: Buckeye State Migration

That's the best news I have heard in awhile! It's been a really weird year. My birds arrived two weeks late, but but arrived in a group of seven. Have only gotten five more since. Had 48 pair last year and fledged 205. Looking forward to the influx for sure. Thank you for the update!
by BigT
Wed Apr 26, 2017 10:11 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Buckeye State Migration
Replies: 12
Views: 2102

Re: Buckeye State Migration

The sub-adult females seem to really like the ASY males. Hopefully he will find a girlfriend soon. We've got lots of tree swallows but no barnies as of yet.
by BigT
Wed Apr 26, 2017 9:14 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Buckeye State Migration
Replies: 12
Views: 2102

Buckeye State Migration

How is everyone's Martin return going so far in Ohio? Were at only about 50% of our typical numbers for this time of year, and even though the weather hasn't been all that bad, the numbers are not growing. Haven't seen a single barn swallow either which is pretty strange. Just curious how everyone's...
by BigT
Mon May 23, 2016 1:36 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: No Eggs
Replies: 9
Views: 1088

Re: No Eggs

Lots of nest building started this weekend here in Central Ohio. No eggs as of yet but they will be here shortly. Do have baby Blue Birds and tree swallows, so it won't be long.
by BigT
Thu Apr 14, 2016 10:53 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: The bugs are back in Central Ohio!
Replies: 0
Views: 7776

The bugs are back in Central Ohio!

My Martins have been eating between six and twelve scrambled eggs per day for the last two weeks. Last night they took a couple bites only. Finally they are getting some proper nourishment. Hope the warmer weather sticks around!
by BigT
Sun Jun 28, 2015 11:04 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Cool Rainy and windy weather starting to take it's toll
Replies: 3
Views: 1171

Cool Rainy and windy weather starting to take it's toll

Did my fifth nest check of the season today and we have lost a dozen little ones in the last week of varying ages. By the looks of the deceased, most have died within the last 24 hours. Have a nest cam in one gourd, all were alive this morning and lost one this afternoon. We have had over 4 inches o...
by BigT
Wed Mar 25, 2015 5:11 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: First one in Grove City, Ohio
Replies: 3
Views: 737

First one in Grove City, Ohio

Had a beautiful Male show up today and he really made his presence known. Have to get those scrambled eggs ready for the weekend!
by BigT
Sun Mar 30, 2014 7:43 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: to be or not to be
Replies: 2
Views: 814

Had five show up in Cenrtal Ohio today. Can't believe they traveled through that miserable day yesterday. Glad they are back!
by BigT
Mon Dec 17, 2012 6:09 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: What was the highlight of your 2012 martin season?
Replies: 45
Views: 12839

My highlight was getting my once in a lifetime photo published on the cover of the Purple Martin Update Magazine!
by BigT
Tue Apr 03, 2012 7:19 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Attention Central Ohio Landlords!
Replies: 3
Views: 1297

Dave, glad you are in. Should be a fun day. We all talk and comment in this forum, will be nice to put faces with the names and visit a few colonies. If we could get at least four or five landlords to participate, it will be great. So come on folks, jump in here. Looking forward to the new aquainten...
by BigT
Mon Apr 02, 2012 8:32 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Attention Central Ohio Landlords!
Replies: 3
Views: 1297

Attention Central Ohio Landlords!

Anybody interested in a Central Ohio Martin tour? My thought is we could pick a Saturday, have six or so landlords be involved, and travel from colony to colony during the day, and see all the different sites. Probably lots of ideas the us as individuals never thought of or tips that may help us all...
by BigT
Tue Jun 28, 2011 7:52 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: what a year
Replies: 8
Views: 3064

Re: what a year

everything has looked great for me this year. i got 22 pair like 105 eggs. then things took a turn for the worst.in a week their was not a day i was not going out and finding a baby missing or dead on the ground. i had one pair with 7 eggs all 7 hatched. then i found one inside the bo11 close to th...
by BigT
Wed Jun 08, 2011 12:11 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: THANK YOU PMCA - 2011 FIRST OFFICIAL NEST CHECK!
Replies: 7
Views: 1949

Funny you should ask. The couple across the street had Martins for years, then their colony slowly dwindled to nothing. At the time of the Buckeye fest, they hadn't had Martins for two years. They took Mary's advice on enlarging the compartments, and moved the houses to a more open ''flyway" in thei...