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by Bob Buskas
Mon Apr 13, 2015 7:26 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: 1st Scout report in western Canada yesterday!
Replies: 15
Views: 3347

Thanks Mark, yes when it comes to wooden houses in the north, the fledging numbers speak for them selves. Nice to hear from all of you guys too. Hopefully a few more northerners will post this year on the forum.
by Bob Buskas
Mon Apr 13, 2015 8:48 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: 1st Scout report in western Canada yesterday!
Replies: 15
Views: 3347

1st Scout report in western Canada yesterday!

Hi Folks, I see we have a Scout report in southern Manitoba today. If it is accurate our season here in western Canada is about to begin. Hope everybody has their housing ready. Be sure to check and lubricate your winch and cable systems, (safety first) also any door hinges. Keep those S&S out. Good...
by Bob Buskas
Wed Feb 04, 2015 11:04 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Chickadee Nesting Box
Replies: 13
Views: 4306

Hi one important thing is to fill the nest box with saw dust or shavings the Chickadees like to remove it to build their own cavity. They are so much fun to have in your yard. :lol:
by Bob Buskas
Tue Jan 13, 2015 1:08 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Question about Conley plate
Replies: 7
Views: 2031

John is right, From my experiences, if any SREH a is placed too high off the porch( more than 1/2 inch,) the Martins will have trouble entering. Their breast hits the bottom of the entrance and they can't enter. I would lower your crescents to about 1/4 inch above the porch and your problems are ove...
by Bob Buskas
Mon Nov 03, 2014 8:51 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Wisconsin Purple Martin Association-Mentor Initiative
Replies: 13
Views: 5327

Hi guys, I just received a nice picture in the mail from Ivan "Ike" Kumrow and several other putting up a North Star 12 house in Harrington Beach state park in Port Washington on the west coast of Lake Michigan. I am so happy that the Wisconsin purple Martins are accepting the North Star with great ...
by Bob Buskas
Thu Oct 23, 2014 10:07 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: 16 foot windmill pond aeration system will it hurt martins?
Replies: 5
Views: 2544

I have a full size windmill, the martins love it, they use it for a perch all the time to socialize. I don't use it for pumping water any more so the brake is on. The hatching year birds really like to perch on it just after they fledge.
by Bob Buskas
Thu Sep 11, 2014 9:43 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Hopefully they moved south in time.
Replies: 1
Views: 1649

Hopefully they moved south in time.

Late nesters and now unusual early cold and SNOW! I just thought I would pass this email onto all of you. From just east of Edmonton Alberta. Hi Bob My Martin's left on August 12th and our place has been dead silent ever since. Yesterday September 7th when I arrived home from work I noticed 150 what...
by Bob Buskas
Fri Sep 05, 2014 7:58 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: PMCA members - thank you
Replies: 10
Views: 3805

Thanks Louise, your always a bundle of information, :wink:
by Bob Buskas
Thu Sep 04, 2014 8:29 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: PMCA members - thank you
Replies: 10
Views: 3805

Hi Louise , I really like the new look of the update magazine.. Really enjoyed it, just wondering when my subscription expires. Can I find that out easily on the pmca web site? Last time I forgot to renew on time.
by Bob Buskas
Thu Sep 04, 2014 9:38 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: September 2nd in Alberta
Replies: 3
Views: 2201

Good to hear Allen, thanks for your reply, glad to hear you had a good start to your colony, this year the weather has been very wet in Manitoba I have heard. Congratulations. Last night only 5 returned to roost, forcasting our first frost. Fortunatly it didn't freeze but came close 4.5 degrees C.
by Bob Buskas
Tue Sep 02, 2014 10:08 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: September 2nd in Alberta
Replies: 3
Views: 2201

September 2nd in Alberta

HI Folks, it is September 2nd 2014, My last pair fledged one week ago. Last night all was quiet so I assumed they had begun their migration south over the long weekend. The weather has been fairly nice, with clouds and showers moving east, a good time weather wise for all migrating birds to move out...
by Bob Buskas
Wed Jul 02, 2014 10:50 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Do SY's return to fidelity site first?
Replies: 12
Views: 2681

I have my nestlings banded every year now for 15 years. I am out in the country with only a few small one house colonies within a few miles. I have probably 50 percent banded birds at my colony. So they did return, but 80 percent of the banded birds are males. Its the Males that tend to return more ...
by Bob Buskas
Sun Jun 29, 2014 6:31 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: How is your summer going?
Replies: 17
Views: 7074

You should be fine, this weather will clear by tomorrow, and all is well again. If the eggs are fertile no problem. good luck!
by Bob Buskas
Sun Jun 29, 2014 2:33 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: How is your summer going?
Replies: 17
Views: 7074

Thanks for understanding that Mark, yes raising Martins up here requires different style housing than further south. It's not that Martins won't use gourds or aluminum houses. They will if that's all available, but after 10 years of using a few gourds in my colony, I found that the mortality rate wa...
by Bob Buskas
Sun Jun 29, 2014 12:16 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: How is your summer going?
Replies: 17
Views: 7074

Good question Mark, the area in central Alberta that Martins are mostly distributed is Aspen Parkland, or agricultural areas. The Martins are found all the way north and west to the edge of the Boreal forest. However, the southern part of Alberta is more open Prairie . Still very suitable for Martin...
by Bob Buskas
Sat Jun 28, 2014 6:13 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: How is your summer going?
Replies: 17
Views: 7074

So happy for ya, Dactalady. We are doing fine up here in Alberta as well. Even a few new colonies getting started in the Calgary area. This is an area void of Martins so far. I have about 90 pair so far and here too some are still beginning to lay eggs. Going to be some later nesters this year, but ...
by Bob Buskas
Wed Jun 18, 2014 10:25 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Mid June visitors in N MN
Replies: 4
Views: 1206

I would suggest switching to a daytime chatter CD, at reasonably low volume. That will keep him company. Good Luck!
by Bob Buskas
Wed Jun 18, 2014 10:20 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Strange, SY martins still coming through here
Replies: 17
Views: 5050

Louise, how are ya doing? Just thought to post that I have not seen this many Sy's arriving in many years at my Northern Sky's site. The Low pressure systems are perfect for migration and many more it appears still arriving. I have an old colony, and many of the older birds did not return this sprin...
by Bob Buskas
Tue Jun 10, 2014 11:00 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Michigan Update.
Replies: 6
Views: 2177

Mitch, I have a large colony in Alberta, the ASY males Dawn sing at dawn, 4:30 to 6am then Quit. I would recommend you to play the dawn song only at dawn. Then switch to a day time chatter after dawn, and only play it at normal kitchen radio volume. Good Luck.
by Bob Buskas
Thu May 29, 2014 10:49 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: first time poster... hopeful landlord
Replies: 62
Views: 17382

Mark , yes by all means when you are starting a colony pre built nest will help get the sub adults interested. Once established a colony then i let them do their own thing.