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by The Olsons
Wed Mar 07, 2007 10:29 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: nesting instructions?
Replies: 7
Views: 7868

Sparky,
That is exactly what they do. THEY come back fresh from Brazil and thell you "I do not need this or that" and throw it out. I oove it!!!!!
Astrid
by The Olsons
Wed Mar 07, 2007 10:09 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: First subadult female
Replies: 8
Views: 6168

Bob, Maybe it was a hawk thing; I thought that as well. Maybe it is a voice thing. However, when I heard him this morning he sounded really c o o l. Maybe there is something wrong with her. Anyway, I will keep you posted and I hope he finds a girl soon. I think he is very, very sweet. I love your hu...
by The Olsons
Wed Mar 07, 2007 8:44 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: First subadult female
Replies: 8
Views: 6168

I'll sure let you know. :grin: :grin: :grin:
Astrid
by The Olsons
Wed Mar 07, 2007 8:38 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: First subadult female
Replies: 8
Views: 6168

Bob, Thank you for your response. It is very interesting what you observed with the "girls and the guys". To answer your question, the ASY male was here before. Actually, now thinking back I think this little subadult female was the one here Sunday night when they almost got snatched by the hawk. He...
by The Olsons
Wed Mar 07, 2007 8:11 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: First subadult female
Replies: 8
Views: 6168

First subadult female

Since there is no report for subadult females I thought I post it on the Forum that we have our first subadult female. Yesterday afternoon one of our ASY males broughjt in a cute little subadult female. He invited her into the Goliad house where they spent the night. However, she must have changed h...
by The Olsons
Wed Mar 07, 2007 3:06 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: nesting instructions?
Replies: 7
Views: 7868

I personally do, just to make sure that there is no bugs or mites in the nest. Some of the old nests are pretty messy at the end of the season, others are not that bad. I know there is landlords who also remove the entire old nest and then others leave the old nests in. I guess you need to see what ...
by The Olsons
Wed Mar 07, 2007 12:51 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: nesting instructions?
Replies: 7
Views: 7868

hen we first started John Barrow (our mentor) told us to put some nesting material in the gourds and he gave us some pine needles. The following year I ordered the pine straw and the corn fodder from the PMCA. I always order in the middle of December because it can take 3-4 weeks before it arrives. ...
by The Olsons
Wed Mar 07, 2007 12:15 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Purple Martin Update...March 6, 2007
Replies: 14
Views: 10871

Steve, Thank you for your information on the gourd rack; I will have Lynn take a look at it. I cannot even imagine how much work it is to protect your colonies, and your love and care for the martins is very obvious. It makes me feel good to know that there is people like you; it makes the world a b...
by The Olsons
Wed Mar 07, 2007 12:10 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Happy Newbie in Pembroke Pines Florida :)
Replies: 13
Views: 10619

Julio, Welcome to the world of martin lovers and the Forum. Great people and great information and we all share the same love -The love for the Purple Martins. :grin: :grin: :grin: Congratulations on having martins in your housing that quick. They will get more martins in for you, especially when la...
by The Olsons
Wed Mar 07, 2007 11:14 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Hawks 101
Replies: 1
Views: 3008

Snakebird, Thank you for your great post. We are one of the many people that had to witness a hawk attack and one of our birds being taking off the perch right in front of us. It was a Sharp-shinned Hawk. At that time we did not know what kind of hawk it was, but since he kept coming back and we cou...
by The Olsons
Wed Mar 07, 2007 10:27 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Purple Martin Update...March 6, 2007
Replies: 14
Views: 10871

Steve, These pictures are awesome; thank you for sharing them with us. Your set up looks very sturdy. Maybe you can email or PM me a little more information. It iis always very windy where we are at so the sturdier the better :wink: I have been reading your "hawk attack" posts. It is remarkable how ...
by The Olsons
Tue Mar 06, 2007 8:20 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Cooper's Hawk Problems!
Replies: 3
Views: 2817

Tigerpitt, Indeed, it seems that people have more hawk attacks this year; we did ourselves and since are "patrolling" every morning and every evening. Just like you, we did not have any problems the first 3 years, last year was our 4th year and we had an attack we could never figure out by what, but...
by The Olsons
Mon Mar 05, 2007 4:10 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Shifting Nesting Material Syndrome In Plastic Gourds
Replies: 35
Views: 46324

Steve, As always, great article and very helpful information. I always dremmel the inside of the Troyer gourds all the way to the bottom and also on the walls, trying to rough it up as much as I can. Then I put the nesting material in; I call it the "nesting material lasagne" since I do different la...
by The Olsons
Mon Mar 05, 2007 2:22 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Hawk question
Replies: 22
Views: 24059

Birdy Girl, I am sorry to hear about the hawk; you must be very stressed having two encounters with him in such a short time. However, you were successful to distract him by clapping your hands. Obviously this hawk still responds to noise and you showing up. With that in mind, you should be able to ...
by The Olsons
Mon Mar 05, 2007 1:49 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Decoy cause of PM death?
Replies: 14
Views: 10652

Hello FlaSpartan, I am so sorry to hear what happened to your ASY; we had the same experience 2 weeks ago. We saw the hawk snatch one of our first birds right of the perch in front of our eyes. I will never forget this picture or experience and that is why I can so understand how you feel. It is ver...
by The Olsons
Mon Mar 05, 2007 12:44 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Hawk question
Replies: 22
Views: 24059

Sarah, I read your post reply with lots of interest. That you actually saw a change some ten years ago in the hawk's behavior is fascinating. We have had a lot of trouble with a Sharp-shinned hawk since the first martins came back. Never had a problem before (that we know off), and now this guy is n...
by The Olsons
Mon Mar 05, 2007 12:32 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: The "Sharpie" was back
Replies: 10
Views: 6608

Good Morning, Thank you again for "being there for us" with your concern, comforting words and ideas :idea: Bob, We do have a loud whistle to scare the hawk off and to possibly alert the martins, but we will defnitely get also an airhorn. Thank you. M.H.McCormick, The mirror sounds also like a good ...
by The Olsons
Sun Mar 04, 2007 8:43 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: The "Sharpie" was back
Replies: 10
Views: 6608

The "Sharpie" was back

Tonight, Lynn and I were both outside and saw the sharp-shinned hawk sitting on the roof of a house across the canal. Totally different area than from where he usually comes from. He sat there for 30 minutes. Lynn thought he might be "full". I thought "he is going to come at some point". When the ma...
by The Olsons
Sun Mar 04, 2007 5:19 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: They're back in Plantation Florida
Replies: 7
Views: 13185

We had this happen here as well. It must be the young ones from last year the way they did not hesitate and went straight for that particular gourd and have been in there for more than a week now, defending it towards "newcomers". We had one of them named "Freckles" because he had all these little b...
by The Olsons
Sun Mar 04, 2007 2:30 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Right on schedule
Replies: 6
Views: 8920

Linsue,

Congratulations to you and the lonely ASY male on your
latest arrival. :grin: :grin: :grin: Wishing you a great martin
season with lots of HAPPY days and HAPPY birds :!:
Astrid and Lynn

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