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by JeanS
Wed Jan 30, 2008 8:04 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Question about Houston PM Association
Replies: 18
Views: 13452

Bumping this topic to remind Houston area folks that our annual meeting is tonight (see pinned topic above). Please join us if you can, whether you are a member or not. The meeting is very casual and the people are friendly. Best of all, the information sharing is great. Hope to see you tonight!
by JeanS
Tue Jan 29, 2008 1:42 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Martins in Pearland TX
Replies: 25
Views: 16221

wow that is wonderful! We are in Sugar Land and expect ours to arrive in mid Feb. Will we see you tomorrow night at the annual meeing? Sure hope you are there with samples of your nest cameras!
by JeanS
Wed Jan 16, 2008 12:36 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Question about Houston PM Association
Replies: 18
Views: 13452

Rattle my chain too Jean I saw a PM House when on Hiway 6 the other day on the south shore and about 200 yards from Hiway 6 ,is that you by any chance? dick No, sir, that was not me. We are several blocks off of Hwy 6, just inside of Sugar land. The other side of the retention pond my yard backs up...
by JeanS
Sat Jan 12, 2008 10:59 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Marting Arrive
Replies: 4
Views: 5349

:grin: Fantastic news and thanks for sharing. We probably have another month of waiting here in Sugar Land, Texas. But the waiting is a very happy time because I get to read this forum and share in the excitement of arrivals in Florida!
by JeanS
Sat Jan 12, 2008 10:41 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Question about Houston PM Association
Replies: 18
Views: 13452

Question about Houston PM Association

We are gearing up for the return of our PM colony. We'd like to go to the annual Houston PM Association meeting, but I have not seen any announcement about when and where. Has anyone heard anything about a meeting this year? Thanks!! We just don't want to miss it. :)
by JeanS
Sun Nov 11, 2007 9:15 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: 2007 Cricketts
Replies: 10
Views: 7421

Astrid, we love our mockingbirds. Bert, has trained our mockingbird pair to come when he calls them. Everyday when he puts the fruit out, he makes a certain vocalization and the mockers fly in. They land just three feet away and wait for him to step away. As much as you love birds, you should try it...
by JeanS
Sun Nov 11, 2007 8:50 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: 2007 Cricketts
Replies: 10
Views: 7421

We put our left over crickets out for the mocking birds. The mockers have their own feeding station in our yard. We feed them dried fruit and they really enjoyed the crickets. In fact, we gave them the crickets while they had young in the nest. They would stuff as many crickets in their beaks as the...
by JeanS
Wed Jul 04, 2007 6:20 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Coates Waters edge
Replies: 22
Views: 29577

We have the 8 room Coates watersedge and the telescoping pole. Although it is our smallest set up, I cannot handle it. It is too heavy for me. My husband handles raising and lowering the housing. He struggles with it a little bit. Sometimes the telescoping part seems a little sticky. Also, if the po...
by JeanS
Sat Jun 30, 2007 10:22 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: re migration Bill
Replies: 4
Views: 4524

Ohmygosh! You are too funny. Don't hate me, but I'm ready for them to go. My husband is more obsessed with Purple Martins than I am! He even gets up a few times a night to make sure the owl is not pestering them. I'm not signing the petition! If all the PMs end up on the Gulf Coast, I'll never get m...
by JeanS
Sat Jun 30, 2007 10:12 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Des Moines eggciting
Replies: 8
Views: 7981

I'm so happy for you! And I'm here to tell you that the eggcitement will never go away year after year. I eggspect that you are going to be even more eggcited when they hatch! You will be eggsclaiming from the rooftops with joy! Oh! And yes, please keep us posted. We will live vicariously through yo...
by JeanS
Fri Jun 29, 2007 8:15 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Are all of our martins back?!?!?!?!
Replies: 7
Views: 6513

Astrid, We are seeing a lot of extra activity at roosting time too. Bert and I were amazed at the swarming that went on last night. Although we still have a few at the nest being fed by doting parents, I think most of our Martins are anxious to start "staging" in preparation for migration. I imagine...
by JeanS
Wed Jun 27, 2007 11:08 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Fledglings Stay a 4th Night in Gourdcam
Replies: 2
Views: 3901

Who needs TV with the evening entertainment in the back yard! haha! We are also having a few laughs watching the fledglings navigate landings. They are just too cute.
by JeanS
Wed Jun 27, 2007 10:56 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Questions about rehabing / fostering fledglings
Replies: 15
Views: 15709

I really appreciate this important conversation. Every landlord will experience grounded fledglings and it is not an easy thing to deal with. When we see a perfectly healthy, nearly-fledged bird on the ground and we don't know what nest it came out of, and don't know if it's parents got eaten by the...
by JeanS
Tue Jun 26, 2007 9:10 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Questions about rehabing / fostering fledglings
Replies: 15
Views: 15709

Questions about rehabing / fostering fledglings

We have successfully fostered three fledglings that were very healthy but fell out the nest a couple of days too early to fly. After two or three days of hand feeding crickets, they let us know when they were ready to fly and we freed them. It was so wonderful watching their first flights. When we g...
by JeanS
Sun Jun 24, 2007 6:25 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: The Silence was Deafening - Twice today
Replies: 3
Views: 4211

The Silence was Deafening - Twice today

Most of you veterans know what it means when the normal cacophony of the colony goes completely and utterly silent. Bert and I were having coffee on the patio this morning and discussing how this may be the last weekend we will enjoy with babies still in the nest to watch. We have had a wonderful se...
by JeanS
Thu Jun 21, 2007 9:04 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: NEVER MOVE EGGS OR YOUNG TO DIFFERENT NESTS!?
Replies: 6
Views: 6673

We moved a runt that was struggling to survive this year. It was much smaller than its siblings and was thin and getting weak. So we moved it to a nest that it could compete in. We also gave all the babies in that one nest with the introduced chick a supplemental feeding of crickets every day for ab...
by JeanS
Mon Jun 11, 2007 8:28 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Banner year for our colony in Sugar Land, TX
Replies: 3
Views: 4285

Thanks for the kind words. I forgot to mention that we have a pair of sub adults that have suddenly become interested in starting a family. They are just now bringing leaves to a gourd and acting like they might lay eggs. This is very late, I think. All the other nests have well developed babies or ...
by JeanS
Mon Jun 11, 2007 5:23 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Mites in Bird Nest
Replies: 2
Views: 5235

Hi there, Sorry you are having a problem with mites. For the first 4 years of being landlords, we had trouble with them too. This year, we treated nests with Sevins Dust and the results have been fantastic. We will probably treat with Sevin dust from now on. I don't think it is too late to apply the...
by JeanS
Sun Jun 10, 2007 5:30 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Banner year for our colony in Sugar Land, TX
Replies: 3
Views: 4285

Banner year for our colony in Sugar Land, TX

Hi friends, Bert and I are having our best season with our PM colony. We owe it all to the collected wisdom, experience, and encouragement of this forum. As of today's nest check we have the following to report: 100% occupancy in the modified 14 apartments Coates house (was 28 rooms, but Bert modifi...
by JeanS
Mon May 21, 2007 3:08 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Nest replacement due to mite infestation
Replies: 3
Views: 2738

Thanks for the encouragement. We will probably go ahead and treat all nests immediately now that we have the Sevin 5% on hand.

Some of our babies are maturing and we won't be able to lower the poles in the near future without spooking them. So the Sevin treatment must occur now or never for us.