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by Louise Chambers
Wed May 01, 2019 6:26 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Why is N.Y. so sparse?
Replies: 7
Views: 345

Re: Why is N.Y. so sparse?

Like Pennsylvania, a lot of New York is heavily wooded - making it less suitable as habitat for purple martins - I remember breeding bird atlases for both states showing what percentage of each was forested and it was a lot.
by Louise Chambers
Wed Apr 17, 2019 7:52 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: SREHs do appear to work
Replies: 25
Views: 6753

Re: SREHs do appear to work

Yes, tufted titmouse, native bird, cavity nester, harmless to martins. they sometimes nest in bluebird boxes.
by Louise Chambers
Tue Apr 16, 2019 4:12 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Martins killed a snake
Replies: 10
Views: 2156

Re: Martins killed a snake

I wonder if they were mobbing a snake that was already dead, dropped there by a hawk or other predator? Martin beak is just not a killing machine, when it comes to snakes. How long was the snake?
by Louise Chambers
Mon Apr 15, 2019 12:47 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Entrance covers for modified houses
Replies: 8
Views: 2440

Re: Entrance covers for modified houses

swimming pool noodles can be cut with scissors to make crescent plugs. just cut some pieces about 3-4 inches long, then cut those pieces in half, creating crescent plug sections. tape is not safe.
by Louise Chambers
Wed Mar 27, 2019 4:53 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Hawk attack
Replies: 7
Views: 1286

Re: Hawk attack

a nice loud boat horn/air horn can help if you are with martins in morning and evening
by Louise Chambers
Wed Mar 13, 2019 3:13 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Hawk
Replies: 56
Views: 6272

Re: Hawk

It's not legal, and would probably not be effective. Hawks know how to find their way home just like martins do. Using decoys, feeding stations, and other methods can help.
by Louise Chambers
Tue Mar 12, 2019 3:15 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Martins pair for season... or life?
Replies: 17
Views: 4616

Re: Martins pair for season... or life?

Terry! how nice to see you here again! I have not seen either of them post here in years, but they are both on facebook, and PMCA has a martin group there, too. Some other 'old timers' are here, though - Emil of course, to name one. Do you have any martins these days?
by Louise Chambers
Mon Mar 11, 2019 5:53 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Starling house distance from PM house?
Replies: 10
Views: 1123

Re: Starling house distance from PM house?

Not a good idea, as starlings will kill adult martins - even when given a house of their own. There is no safe distance. But there are numerous native species of birds that eat insects, and some will use nest boxes - chickadees, woodpeckers, bluebirds, tree swallows, titmice, flycatchers, warblers t...
by Louise Chambers
Mon Mar 11, 2019 11:02 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Martins pair for season... or life?
Replies: 17
Views: 4616

Re: Martins pair for season... or life?

She returned and nested the following year, too - and then we moved, so had not further knowledge of how she was doing. We also looked into melanistic plumaged birds, meaning birds that were kind of the opposite of leucistic, and appear all dark, but with no color/purple.
by Louise Chambers
Sun Mar 10, 2019 12:01 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Welcome Home! First 2019 arrivals for Licking, MO!
Replies: 9
Views: 1251

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

Hooray! I hope weather is kind and the skies are filled with martins :-)
by Louise Chambers
Sun Mar 10, 2019 10:17 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Identification help needed
Replies: 5
Views: 949

Re: Identification help needed

I think they are some other species of swallow - coloring is not right for barn swallow. They are possibly from europe or africa, no north american swallow looks like those in the painting.
by Louise Chambers
Tue Mar 05, 2019 11:39 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: worried newbe
Replies: 41
Views: 8279

Re: worried newbe

I think you said that bluebirds are using one of the martin houses right now? That could be a problem, as bluebirds will chase martins off if they are allowed to use the house. Best fix is to put up one or two bluebird boxes (tree swallows might want one of them) about 30-40 feet away from martin ho...
by Louise Chambers
Mon Mar 04, 2019 12:07 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Martins @ Disney
Replies: 9
Views: 2979

Re: Martins @ Disney

there are some at Epcot, near the butterfly house & gardens, with monorail swooping by. those young martins get to see some amazing things!
by Louise Chambers
Thu Feb 28, 2019 6:17 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: White Crowned Sparrow? ID help ASAP please...
Replies: 7
Views: 1924

Re: White Crowned Sparrow? ID help ASAP please...

Jim, Texas is loaded with white-crowned sparrows in the winter months, and there will still be some here in April. They are one of the native sparrows most frequently seen at our feeders in winter months. We have a good mix of both adult plumage and immature plumaged birds.
by Louise Chambers
Wed Feb 27, 2019 7:04 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: White Crowned Sparrow? ID help ASAP please...
Replies: 7
Views: 1924

Re: White Crowned Sparrow? ID help ASAP please...

You are right - you had a white-crowned sparrow there, not in adult plumage yet. Good job on your part, you released it quickly and have confirmed ID, too.
by Louise Chambers
Sun Feb 03, 2019 7:05 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: First sighting
Replies: 7
Views: 671

Re: First sighting

Tom, we have two males circling and calling here :-)
by Louise Chambers
Thu Jan 10, 2019 7:13 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: DAVID VAN BOOVEN GOES TO HEAVEN
Replies: 5
Views: 1642

Re: DAVID VAN BOOVEN GOES TO HEAVEN

I am very sorry to hear this, Tony - will remember him and his family when I raise the Goliad house at the botanical gardens here. Dave helped a lot of martins make it into the sky. He came up with a good product, one that helped landlords as well as martins.
by Louise Chambers
Thu Dec 06, 2018 9:40 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Pre nest materials
Replies: 15
Views: 4266

Re: Pre nest materials

Southern landlords will do fine with other types of long-needled pine if soft. Loblolly and Slash pine are two that might be easier to find, also look for Longleaf pine, either growing where you can rake needles or perhaps you can buy as mulch at local garden centers. We have been using Slash pine f...
by Louise Chambers
Mon Nov 19, 2018 10:08 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: where are the martins now
Replies: 4
Views: 3097

Re: where are the martins now

"Geolocator and GPS Data-Loggers Pioneered by PMCA collaborators from York University, the use of geolocator data-loggers to collect information from Purple Martins during the non-breeding season has shed much light on the migratory pathways, important stopover areas, and distribution during their w...
by Louise Chambers
Wed Oct 17, 2018 12:12 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Hummingbird feeding into Fall info.
Replies: 14
Views: 4903

Re: Hummingbird feeding into Fall info.

You could see other species visit in winter months, not reliably but might. We helped a hummingbird bander in Texas do wintertime banding - he had many species, and some individuals as old as 13 years! Once a bird was all processed and ready to release, they would get a quick feeding, by having thei...

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