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by Dave Duit
Sat Apr 10, 2021 4:16 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Bird Observation Conference Call Andrew Troyer April 12th Info
Replies: 1
Views: 103

Bird Observation Conference Call Andrew Troyer April 12th Info

Bird Observation Conference Call The second and fourth Monday of each month. Time: 6:00 PM CT Live dial in number: 712-432-8773 ID number IABIRDS# (4224737#) Topic on April 12: "Enjoying Family Birding" Presented by: Andrew Troyer, Conneautville PA Andrew Troyer, also known as Rope Andy, has owed an...
by Dave Duit
Thu Apr 08, 2021 6:56 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: First Ever ASY MALE
Replies: 9
Views: 302

Re: First Ever ASY MALE

Hi glfriend,
Congrats on your first martin. I will pray for a mate to show up and maybe start a colony.
by Dave Duit
Mon Apr 05, 2021 5:53 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: First bird of the season
Replies: 22
Views: 1093

Re: First bird of the season

Hi Laura,
Congrats on your SY male. He sure is handsome.
by Dave Duit
Sun Apr 04, 2021 7:29 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: SE IOWA UPDATE
Replies: 1
Views: 309

Re: SE IOWA UPDATE

Hi Steve,
This is great news. If the weather holds to be cooperative this year and the population appearing to be on an upswing; we may have made a good improvement on the overall population.
by Dave Duit
Sun Apr 04, 2021 4:39 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: last years SY male makes an appearance
Replies: 1
Views: 253

Re: last years SY male makes an appearance

Hi Kegger, Great question. Only about 15% of those babies that hatched out and fledged last season will return to their original colony. Also, This young son would most likely return about 6 weeks after the older parents. The parents are known as ASY or after second year martins. The son or youngste...
by Dave Duit
Fri Apr 02, 2021 7:09 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Just in time for Easter
Replies: 12
Views: 861

Re: Just in time for Easter

Super pic and nice nest. Congrats.
by Dave Duit
Thu Apr 01, 2021 9:54 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: They are here!
Replies: 12
Views: 1051

Re: They are here!

Hi Bret,
Awesome that you are eliminating sparrows and starlings. It is nice to see new landlords like you taking responsibility in their new colony.
by Dave Duit
Wed Mar 31, 2021 1:46 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: When do I open the houses?
Replies: 9
Views: 801

Re: When do I open the houses?

Your other martins will be arriving within a few days, so I would open up.
by Dave Duit
Wed Mar 31, 2021 11:15 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: They are here!
Replies: 12
Views: 1051

Re: They are here!

Congrats Brett. The first few years of being a new landlord are critical. I'm sure you will be fine, but now is when you do everything to make their stay safe and healthy. You will be playing the numbers game in the years ahead. 10-15% of the babies will come back to your new colony each year. Best ...
by Dave Duit
Tue Mar 30, 2021 1:52 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Difference between T51 & T6 tempered aluminum poles
Replies: 2
Views: 543

Re: Difference between T51 & T6 tempered aluminum poles

From what I have gathered, you would be better of with the T6. T51 Temper T51 treatment bakes the casting at a low-temperature to artificial age it. The temperature range is between 440˚F (227°C). The casting is heated in the oven for 3-5 hours and then allowed to cool naturally. The low temperature...
by Dave Duit
Tue Mar 30, 2021 1:43 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Up to 5 pairs now.. video
Replies: 11
Views: 1312

Re: Up to 5 pairs now.. video

Thanks Matt for the update video. Neat to see that great minds think alike. Great design. In the future if I decide to go over the 100 cavity mark, I may buy a few of these.
by Dave Duit
Tue Mar 30, 2021 8:27 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: 2nd nest check
Replies: 4
Views: 723

Re: 2nd nest check

It always blows my mind when I see eggs way down south and ASY martins are just arriving for migration in South Dakota. It shows us how spread out and over time the cycle really takes place.
by Dave Duit
Tue Mar 30, 2021 8:25 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Held an ASY Male in/on my hand today
Replies: 6
Views: 948

Re: Held an ASY Male in/on my hand today

Hi ToyinPA, You mentioned hummingbirds and that got me to thinking about an aspect of hummingbirds some people are not aware. To help save hummingbirds in the future here is a tid bit of info: Hummingbirds may fall into a state of stupor, seeming unconciousness on the ground during cold mornings and...
by Dave Duit
Mon Mar 29, 2021 11:39 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Earliest SY male I’ve ever had
Replies: 3
Views: 725

Re: Earliest SY male I’ve ever had

Hi Habsboy,
The ASY martins will be arriving right now at your location In Ontario according to this years migration map. The SY younger martins will arrive 5-6 weeks later. But this year, it appears everything is about 7-10 early.
by Dave Duit
Sat Mar 27, 2021 2:56 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Up to 5 pairs now.. video
Replies: 11
Views: 1312

Re: Up to 5 pairs now.. video

Nice video dsonyay. The martins look happy and healthy. Matt. F, I was thinking the same thing when you mentioned if Chirpy would ever make a colony style housing using the chirpy compartments.
by Dave Duit
Fri Mar 26, 2021 2:35 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: What next!!!??!!!
Replies: 10
Views: 1351

Re: What next!!!??!!!

Great pictures and it was good to see you had owl guards on the fronts of the porches. Nice work.
by Dave Duit
Thu Mar 25, 2021 11:29 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Birds getting into Purple Martin House
Replies: 5
Views: 893

Re: Birds getting into Purple Martin House

Hi Keith, If the nests you are pulling out are twigs and very little else , it is probably a Wren. If the nest is packed full from the floor to the ceiling and it has a small hole tunnel in the middle of the nest and it has a small pocket of space a few inches inside that hole tunnel it is a sparrow...
by Dave Duit
Thu Mar 25, 2021 8:05 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Why Not
Replies: 6
Views: 1087

Re: Why Not

That is a great price for the plastic sheets.
by Dave Duit
Thu Mar 25, 2021 8:03 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Iowa seeing martins early. New reports
Replies: 6
Views: 1000

Re: Iowa seeing martins early. New reports

Hi mwren, I heard about the terrible weather down south. It has been rainy and cold here in central Iowa for the arrival of my lone ASY male. No others have arrived, but I expect that they will be sure to show up soon. I have been feeding him crickets, like I do every year at the beginning of the se...
by Dave Duit
Wed Mar 24, 2021 4:19 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Iowa seeing martins early. New reports
Replies: 6
Views: 1000

Re: Iowa seeing martins early. New reports

Thanks Tim for the good words. My single ASY male is eating crickets inside compartment #51. This summer I would like to come down to Purple Martin Lake and do some bird watching with you. Best of luck this season.
Dave