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by The Olsons
Thu Feb 22, 2007 5:41 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: The nightmare happened....
Replies: 15
Views: 13451

Sheryle,

I also wanted to tell you that this is exactly how I feel....the martins fly all these thousands of miles just to be eaten by a hawk...while there is enough S&S around...I know it is Mother Nature but still it seems so unfair :-(
Astrid
by The Olsons
Thu Feb 22, 2007 5:29 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: The nightmare happened....
Replies: 15
Views: 13451

Sheryle, Yes it was horrible and sickening. I think it is very sad and terrible when you find a dead martin, but to actually witness it is just....there is really no words...I was going to take the systems down that night I and give up was so upset. I appreciate your concern and input very much; it ...
by The Olsons
Thu Feb 22, 2007 3:32 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Thank you
Replies: 6
Views: 2991

Holly, Thank you very much for your kind and comforting email; we appreciate your concern and words very much. I have read about your special bird "Blue" before but did not know what he died off. It is very upsetting to see any martin being snatched right before your eyes, but when you have a specia...
by The Olsons
Thu Feb 22, 2007 1:19 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Neglected Martin Housing in the Neighborhood. Suggestions?
Replies: 9
Views: 6478

Sue, I have tried it myself before and was asked "what did the martins do before you showed up". I was very upset about the carelessness and rudeness I had experienced. The last time I tried was last year here on the Island at a small park that has a martin house. No lowering system, a crooked pole,...
by The Olsons
Thu Feb 22, 2007 10:28 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: this is not happening
Replies: 4
Views: 4522

Emil, Good idea with your "noisemaker". I also thought that ove time tha hawks might get used to a certain noise and you are right a variety would probably be the best. Since I have am obsessive anyway about doing things right (especially when it comes to the martins) :wink: I will probably "stock u...
by The Olsons
Thu Feb 22, 2007 9:38 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Fatality so soon in Katy, TX
Replies: 17
Views: 17691

Sparky, Your info on the battery powered "Scarecrow" sprinklers really caught my interest. I googled it right away and it looks like a very good solution to get rid of some possible predators. The site I looked up even has a little video showing how it works. Do you think this is something you could...
by The Olsons
Thu Feb 22, 2007 9:25 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: this is not happening
Replies: 4
Views: 4522

I feel for you having to go through the anxiety and fear and witnessing a Sharpie getting a bird. We just went through this two days ago with one of our first martins being scooped up right of the perch in front of our eyes. It was a horrible experience and I think this image will stay with us forev...
by The Olsons
Wed Feb 21, 2007 4:47 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Thank you
Replies: 6
Views: 2991

Dick,

Thans for the info. I think I might have to order more decoys....Other than that the decoys look they might have been hit, do you ever see any hawks or other predators in your area?
Astrid
by The Olsons
Wed Feb 21, 2007 4:18 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Thank you
Replies: 6
Views: 2991

Thank you

Thank you everyone from the bottom of our hearts for your warm and kind responses to our tragic experience. Thank you also for the hugs and the friendship and your greatly appreciated advises. It is a blessing to be part of the Forum and be able to share the good times and the "not so good times" wi...
by The Olsons
Wed Feb 21, 2007 4:17 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: The nightmare happened....
Replies: 15
Views: 13451

Thank you

Thank you everyone from the bottom of our hearts for your warm and kind responses to our tragic experience. Thank you also for the hugs and the friendship and your greatly appreciated advises. It is a blessing to be part of the Forum and be able to share the good times and the "not so good times" wi...
by The Olsons
Tue Feb 20, 2007 10:21 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Danger screach
Replies: 5
Views: 4370

Danger screach

Change, as needed. Astrid has described the disturbing hawk attack that we just endured; it's troubling when you consider how far the Martin had traveled to be swooped away when it appeared, and we hoped, it had found a home. Whatever the lesson, it's not apparent to me at this moment. The "ifs" bog...
by The Olsons
Tue Feb 20, 2007 7:38 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: The nightmare happened....
Replies: 15
Views: 13451

The nightmare happened....

I was thinking about Holly and her posts how much she is hoping for the martins to arrive when our first martins arrived today at about 4.00 pm. I was very. very happy for about one hour. We had a female come and check things out for about 30 minutes and then she brought 2 males. I took lots of pict...
by The Olsons
Tue Feb 20, 2007 8:50 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: How about a John Barrow migration update???
Replies: 9
Views: 6833

The NOAA website that A.P. mentioned is really very neat. Other than getting the 7 day forecast you can also see when a front is coming for up to 7 days in advance. When you enter the site you will see on the left side "Storm watch". When you click on that, the page that comes has two rows of images...
by The Olsons
Mon Feb 19, 2007 11:27 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: The Mocky and the dawnsong
Replies: 3
Views: 4982

Since our Mocker is a new young male as well, I will keep an eye on him. So far he lives in a big Ficus Tree between two martin systems. He ate a few crickets from the feeder that is attached to one of the systems. We have no martins yet but put out some crickets when it was so cold Thursday and Fri...
by The Olsons
Mon Feb 19, 2007 10:35 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: WOW!!!!! the cover light leak thru
Replies: 10
Views: 5776

Dick,

Stomach virus does not sound like fun :-( hope you feel better soon.
Astrid
by The Olsons
Mon Feb 19, 2007 8:55 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: The Mocky and the dawnsong
Replies: 3
Views: 4982

The Mocky and the dawnsong

Good Morning Martin Friends, We have been playing the dawnsong the last few days to remind our martins where we/they live.... :lol: :lol: We have this cute Mockingbird living in our yard since about a month and whenever we get the "boom box" to play the dawnsong he gets very excited. He gets very cl...
by The Olsons
Mon Feb 19, 2007 8:46 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Twelve Martins Roosting In Troyer Horizontal Gourd
Replies: 23
Views: 19108

Good Morning Steve,

Thank you for your replies; they are greatly appreciated. I think I am going to switch from the garden hose to the power washer....one can never be too careful :lol: Best of luck to you and your martin friends for the 2007 season and I will be in touch.
Astrid
by The Olsons
Sun Feb 18, 2007 6:15 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Twelve Martins Roosting In Troyer Horizontal Gourd
Replies: 23
Views: 19108

Steve,

I am sorry that was supposed to be Goliad house and not Colead (I did not invent a new housing, yeth :wink:
Astrid
by The Olsons
Sun Feb 18, 2007 6:14 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Twelve Martins Roosting In Troyer Horizontal Gourd
Replies: 23
Views: 19108

Steve, I do not know where those sea gulls got the martins. Were the martins injured or dead on the ground before the gulls got them, or did the gulls scoop them off the perches? All our housing consists of Troyer Horizontal Gourds with Crescent entrances and one Colead House with Crescent entrances...
by The Olsons
Sun Feb 18, 2007 5:34 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Twelve Martins Roosting In Troyer Horizontal Gourd
Replies: 23
Views: 19108

Thank you for your comment Sue. I remember those big moths; we had them out here as well. Some of the martins actually had a problem getting them into the gourds and had to try several times. Those seagulls are something else....bless your heart for dragging that power washer all the way to the 3rd ...

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