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by The Olsons
Thu May 05, 2011 7:51 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: In the news: Austin, MN landlords flipping crickets
Replies: 1
Views: 924

John,

Thank you for sharing the link. It seems Texas is not a good place for the martins this year. I am feeding most of the time as well....I am not going to watch my martins starve. Maybe someone can talk to Mother Nature ....:-)
by The Olsons
Thu May 05, 2011 7:50 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: cold weather is central Texas, no food for babies
Replies: 7
Views: 2097

I will feed my martins through this crazy weather and drought as long as I can....I am not going to watch the martins I invite in my backyard die as long as I can do something about it. I might not be able to save them all, but I will certainly try my very best. That is just my opinion and what I am...
by The Olsons
Thu May 05, 2011 7:42 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Crickets -- success again!!
Replies: 9
Views: 1966

Great job Sue, it is such a good feeling to know we were able to help and they readily accept our help. I hope your weather conditions improve sooooon :-)
by The Olsons
Thu May 05, 2011 7:41 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Catastrophic Nest Check
Replies: 18
Views: 8256

Dick, I am so sorry for your sad nest check. I think Texas overall is in bad shape this year for hosting martins. Many people have laughed about me trying to feed my martins as often and as much as I can since our temps were high. But like at your place the winds have been so very high, and the drou...
by The Olsons
Tue Mar 29, 2011 6:11 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: feeding tray height
Replies: 6
Views: 2684

Mine feed of a sail boat which no hawk or other aerial predators can access!!!
by The Olsons
Tue Mar 29, 2011 6:10 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: :( So bummed
Replies: 8
Views: 2154

We have been landlords for 8 years now, but it seems that the sparrows are especially bad this year. Usually, we shoot them but this year they go to the gourds that are not very accessible with a pellet gun. We put the PMCA trap out again and put crickets, worms and bread in them. Since yesterday we...
by The Olsons
Mon Mar 28, 2011 6:51 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Unusual arrival going on
Replies: 26
Views: 9135

Louise, we now have at least 150 migrating birds in our yard....no problem we are prepared... This has been the biggest migration wave in 2011 so far...maybe I want to keep them all....:-) Just kidding northern Landlords., they are coming right back at ya...full and fat :-)
by The Olsons
Mon Mar 28, 2011 6:26 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Unusual arrival going on
Replies: 26
Views: 9135

Louise, we now have more than 100 martins in our yard.....some of them are SYs. They are all eating off the boat and I posted a lot of Pics on CH and Facebook. It is wild out there but fortunately they know how to take care of my offers and should be fine whether they stay or move on north...I so lo...
by The Olsons
Mon Mar 28, 2011 4:26 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Supplemental Feeding
Replies: 1
Views: 624

Supplemental Feeding

Even though it is not very cold in Corpus Christi, South Texas, it is a very windy and very hazy day. Not a good weather for bug hunting for the martins :cry: Since I have all kind of crickets and worms in the freezer and the martins are used to eat off the boat, I put some food out for them thinkin...
by The Olsons
Mon Mar 28, 2011 8:59 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Different Season....
Replies: 4
Views: 1483

Tangula, Thank you for your kind words :grin: I missed being on the Forum but the past few months were very stressful and trying. Hopefully, things will be better as they always are when the martins are around. Wishing you a very happy 2011 Martin Season and I am looking forward to your updates. Ast...
by The Olsons
Sun Mar 27, 2011 6:36 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Different Season....
Replies: 4
Views: 1483

Bill,
I am sorry for the delayed response....but yes the Osprey is back as well and taking care of my martins...It is wonderful to see how they coexist.....Wiushing you a happy 2011 martin season 8)
by The Olsons
Sun Mar 27, 2011 6:34 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Snake attack already! :( aftermath advice?
Replies: 11
Views: 4196

I am so sorry to hear about your snake attack; most people are in denial that these rat snakes are around but they are...I always think better safe than sorry and I have snake guards up..... Wishing you a great 2011 martin season 8)
by The Olsons
Sun Mar 27, 2011 6:30 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Ky Supplemental Feeding
Replies: 9
Views: 3094

I am so happy to hear that you are going out of your way to help the martins survive. It is not easy to get them to eat supplemental food, but with lots of patience and lots of love we all will succeed. It is an awesome feeling to see how they trust us and know we are helping them. Keep up the great...
by The Olsons
Sun Mar 27, 2011 6:28 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Supplemental feeding disadvantages...?
Replies: 27
Views: 8267

I will always try to save a martin, no matter what it takes. I will not watch a martin or more starve to death. I know it is a heated subject, but I do not think it should be...If you invite the martins to your backyard then you should treat them like guests and take care of them ALL the way...just ...
by The Olsons
Sun Mar 27, 2011 6:25 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: crickets
Replies: 4
Views: 1568

Like Louise we use 1 inch crickets and we order them online from Reptile Foods.com who gives some of the profit to the PMCA for research.....:grin:
by The Olsons
Sun Mar 27, 2011 6:22 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Martins are now taking supplemental food from my rooftop!
Replies: 13
Views: 3204

You go girl, you are doing great. These martins are very hungry and you are saving them.....Kudos to you :grin:
by The Olsons
Sun Mar 27, 2011 6:20 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: A Rehabber's Perspective for martin survival
Replies: 9
Views: 17591

Penny, you are THE BEST, and for you to offer all the help and advice is just awesome....Thank you for all you do for the birds and the landlords :grin:
by The Olsons
Tue Mar 22, 2011 6:25 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Different Season....
Replies: 4
Views: 1483

Different Season....

I really do not have much to report for this season so far..... A) First the martins were late B) Then there were more martins than ever around this time... C) They are more social and stay more "at home" than usual... D) Other than two "batches" of migrating martins (each around 20 birds or so) no ...
by The Olsons
Fri Mar 04, 2011 7:58 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Collecting pine needles -- maybe too nice (grin).
Replies: 9
Views: 3518

You are such a nice guy John and I am sure that Jake helped you with the chores :-)
by The Olsons
Fri Feb 25, 2011 9:13 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Then there were 10....
Replies: 1
Views: 899

Then there were 10....

The southerly winds brought more martins in and they are wild~~we went from 4 on Tuesday to 10 this morning. I took pictures and will post tonight~~~It is so much fun when they come down and check you out and we talk. Of course the neighbors are shaking their heads already...lol. Happy Friday friend...

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