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by SMJohnson
Sat Dec 19, 2020 10:20 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Any bets on the first arrival southern tip of Texas or Florida ?
Replies: 18
Views: 870

Re: Any bets on the first arrival southern tip of Texas or Florida ?

My prediction is that Mike Dingman of Melbourne Florida
will be the first to report a Martin sighting on the
Continental United States on January 3rd 2021.
by SMJohnson
Mon Nov 02, 2020 8:42 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Best poop cleaner for gourds / metal houses
Replies: 2
Views: 1467

Re: Best poop cleaner for gourds / metal houses

I soak mine in 55 gallon barrels. Eight at a time.
For 3 to 6 gours. Then hose them down with a spray nozzle.
by SMJohnson
Sun Oct 25, 2020 7:30 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: PVC Martin House
Replies: 0
Views: 1215

PVC Martin House

Look under previous post titled
Design and build SMJ8.
by SMJohnson
Sun Oct 25, 2020 7:20 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: First time photo posting. Personal Design and Build SMJ-8
Replies: 14
Views: 4828

Re: First time photo posting. Personal Design and Build SMJ-8

I've used Expanded PVC Foam Board on
3 houses that I've designed and built.
I used 3/4" plywood for the frame and
used the 1/4" Foam Board as a skin.
by SMJohnson
Thu Jun 25, 2020 4:03 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: S.E. Iowa Update
Replies: 4
Views: 631

Re: S.E. Iowa Update

Nest check on June 24th showed 3 additional nests with eggs and 18 more eggs laid. Bringing the total to 107 pairs and 552 eggs laid.
by SMJohnson
Thu Jun 25, 2020 3:37 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: S.E. Iowa Update
Replies: 4
Views: 631

Re: S.E. Iowa Update

Nest check on June 24th showed 3 additional nests with eggs and 18 more eggs laided. Bringing total pairs to 109 and eggs laid 552.
by SMJohnson
Fri Jun 19, 2020 2:09 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Too Late for ASY Male in Central Illinois?
Replies: 3
Views: 625

Re: Too Late for ASY Male in Central Illinois?

What type of openings do you have on your housing? Any tunnels for predator protection?
by SMJohnson
Fri Jun 12, 2020 8:59 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: S.E. Iowa Update
Replies: 4
Views: 631

S.E. Iowa Update

Year number nine shaping up as successful.
Did a nest check on the 148 nesting
compartments on June 11th at the Colony
located 4 miles South of Ottumwa. Found
to have 107 nesting pairs with a total of
534 eggs having been laid. An increase of
5 pair from the 102 in 2019.
by SMJohnson
Wed Apr 15, 2020 7:10 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Are Everyone's Martins Doing OK During the Very Late Cold Snap?
Replies: 17
Views: 1797

Re: Are Everyone's Martins Doing OK During the Very Late Cold Snap?

Hey Paulette My name is Steve Johnson and I'm in my 9th year of hosting Purple Martins. My Colony is located 4 miles South of Ottumwa on Hiway 63. Got up to the low to mid 60's on Sunday where I was. The Martins had 3 or 4 good hours to feed before the storms rolled in around 2:30. Got 6,000 cricket...
by SMJohnson
Fri Mar 27, 2020 12:53 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Raptor 12 o’clock.
Replies: 4
Views: 646

Re: Raptor 12 o’clock.

How low was the Hawk hovering. If it was fairly low it doesn't sound like typical Red tailed behaviour.
Generally speaking Red tailed hawks are no threat to Martins or a colony.
by SMJohnson
Sat Mar 14, 2020 7:04 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Frustrating year
Replies: 36
Views: 4896

Re: Frustrating year

It's a little difficult for me to see very clearly but it appears like 2 of the racks have gourds with round opening and no tunnels. And 1 rack with Troyer Gourds with tunnels. If that's the case the gourds with round holes, no tunnels, no owl guards or cage could be very vulnerable to Great Horned ...
by SMJohnson
Sat Mar 14, 2020 2:53 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Frustrating year
Replies: 36
Views: 4896

Re: Frustrating year

If you don't have Tunnels Guards or Cages on your housing I suspect
your Colony could have been the target of a Great Horned Owl.
by SMJohnson
Sat Mar 14, 2020 2:40 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Frustrating year
Replies: 36
Views: 4896

Re: Frustrating year

What type of openings do you have on your housing? Several years ago I found blood around the Connelly 2 opening on a T14 house. The parents were not to be seen again but the eggs remained in the nest site that was attacked. There were other nests with missing eggs and chicks all from housing that d...
by SMJohnson
Thu Feb 20, 2020 8:42 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: First Year Success Survey. How Many Pair?
Replies: 18
Views: 1825

Re: First Year Success Survey. How Many Pair?

1st 13
2cd 52
3rd 65
by SMJohnson
Fri Dec 20, 2019 7:30 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Predictions
Replies: 12
Views: 4246

Re: Predictions

Ok
I'll take January 2cd.
by SMJohnson
Sun Jun 09, 2019 8:17 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: South East Iowa Colony
Replies: 2
Views: 1777

Re: South East Iowa Colony

My mother is 98 years old and lives two and a half hours from my Colony Site. For safety reasons I need to be with her constantly except for once a week when I'm releaved and able to monitor the Colony. Not able to be there on a regular bases allowed for 2 pair of Starlings and about 8 pair of HOSP'...
by SMJohnson
Sun Jun 09, 2019 7:33 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Southern Iowa Report
Replies: 2
Views: 1532

Re: Southern Iowa Report

Knowing that you now have young chicks and are about to have many more.
How concerned are you about what appears to be a very high concentration
of Buffalo Knats this year. And what are you prepared to do in the event
this becomes a real problem?
by SMJohnson
Fri Jun 07, 2019 10:58 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: South East Iowa Colony
Replies: 2
Views: 1777

South East Iowa Colony

Extremely pleased with what is shaping up to be a banner year.
Based on observations today it appears as though it's very possible to house 110 pair.
Up from 87 pair last year and 93 in 2017.
by SMJohnson
Wed May 01, 2019 10:31 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Subadult females
Replies: 11
Views: 3443

Re: Subadult females

Anyone know the statistics on what percent of surviving
SY birds return to their natal colony?
by SMJohnson
Mon Mar 25, 2019 10:08 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: S.E. Iowa Arrival
Replies: 2
Views: 1019

S.E. Iowa Arrival

First sighting 4 miles South of Ottumwa