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by Bob Buskas
Thu Jan 26, 2006 8:50 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Can I use SREH entry holes and still attract SYs?
Replies: 13
Views: 10601

Definitely go with SREH on your houses and /or gourds. Do it right the first time. Your Martins will love you for it. I have started dozens of new colony's up here in Alberta Canada using crescent SREH. The subadults have no problem what so ever entering them and actually prefer them over round entr...
by Bob Buskas
Sun Dec 11, 2005 6:30 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Grey Breasted Martins
Replies: 5
Views: 5117

Victor, the last 2 years I have been fortunate to vacation on the west coast of Mexico in January/February and on both occasions I have watched roosting Grey Breasted Martins come into trees very close to my Hotel Room about 6pm. One even bomb dived me as I was watching them from my balcony. Sometim...
by Bob Buskas
Sun Nov 20, 2005 10:06 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Interesting web site on an Alberta Peregrine Falcon
Replies: 0
Views: 2398

Interesting web site on an Alberta Peregrine Falcon

Hi folks , this is not Martin related but I have always been curious about how fast migrating birds can reach their southern wintering grounds. This peregrine falcon made it from Edmonton Alberta to Columbia south America in just 16 days. You can check out the web site @ http://www.falconcam.med.ual...
by Bob Buskas
Tue Sep 06, 2005 11:04 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: SREH: is there a best type
Replies: 16
Views: 24774

I agree with Thurmans post 100%. I too have used nothing but SREH of all styles and have never ever had a Martin get stuck. I also can say that I have never lost a Martin to a Starling since using SREH. I am 100% SREH at my colony sites and will never go back to round entrances, I love my Martins to...
by Bob Buskas
Thu Sep 01, 2005 5:15 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Only a Few Martins Left at Tulsa Roost
Replies: 5
Views: 4337

Thanks a bunch for this report Louise, maybe if you see more Martins passing through in the weeks ahead it could be western Canadian Martins. Please keep us posted. My good friend and bander Hardy Pletze, banded a record 1956 HY Martins this year, so keep an eye out for a silver wildlife band on the...
by Bob Buskas
Thu Sep 01, 2005 1:51 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Only a Few Martins Left at Tulsa Roost
Replies: 5
Views: 4337

Louise, I have always been curious about the migration of the Ruby Throat Hummers and the Purple Martins. I am no expert on this by any means, but it seems to me that both species must migrate into and out of Alberta on the same route and at very much the same time using weather patterns to their ad...
by Bob Buskas
Thu Aug 18, 2005 10:43 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: My final Supplimental feed for 2005
Replies: 1
Views: 4160

My final Supplimental feed for 2005

Hi folks, just thought I would let you all know whats been happinin in Alberta. The past 4 or 5 days a cold low moved in. We had 2 inches of rain and some very cool or cold temps. The highs only about 10 or 12 C and lows down to 3 C, a risk of frost tonight. I sure hope not, as our crops need anothe...
by Bob Buskas
Fri Aug 05, 2005 12:45 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Styrofoam Gourds/Chalets Also Work Great For Martins
Replies: 6
Views: 7728

Bernie gave me one of his Styrofoam chalets to try this season. I fastened it to a power pole stationary using a 2x2 on the bottom. The few SY birds that returned this year showed a great deal of interest in it. More interest than the 12 horizontal gourds I have on a rack only 50 feet away. I think ...
by Bob Buskas
Wed Aug 03, 2005 12:30 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: How many can you count?
Replies: 2
Views: 4576

How many can you count?

This is a picture of about 1/3rd of my Martin harvest this year in Alberta. How many do you see :?:
by Bob Buskas
Thu Jul 14, 2005 4:59 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Flinging Crickets
Replies: 11
Views: 12449

iluvbirds, your Martins will eat from a raised feeder if you quit feeding them Oystershell on the ground. Feed them only on the feeder and they will quickly learn. My birds eat from my feeder steady. Good Luck!
by Bob Buskas
Fri Jul 08, 2005 12:27 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: A visit to Salt Spring Island British Columbia Canada
Replies: 0
Views: 5242

A visit to Salt Spring Island British Columbia Canada

I finally got to see one of two active colonies on Salt Spring Island. I contacted Cam Finlay and he gave me Bruce Cousins phone number. This colony is in Fulford Harbor in south Salt Spring Island. It had one pair of SY birds nesting as far as I could tell. There is a second colony of 3 or 4 pair a...
by Bob Buskas
Fri Jun 24, 2005 5:22 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Alberta Nest Check Report
Replies: 2
Views: 11635

John, there has been Martins in Alberta long before I was born in 1957. Many of our Grand parents talked about housing Martins years ago (1920's & 30's), then many people sort of forgot about them for a number of years. But for the last 10 to 15 years many have picked up the Martin hobby again and w...
by Bob Buskas
Thu Jun 23, 2005 10:30 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Alberta Nest Check Report
Replies: 2
Views: 11635

Alberta Nest Check Report

Hi folks, well after last years disastrous season losing so many nestlings to the cold weather, I thought I would post what the results are this year. I was very worried after losing so many clutches to the cold that the parents would not return to my colony sites to nest again this year. The result...
by Bob Buskas
Sat Jun 18, 2005 10:20 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Hooray for Mary Dawnsong!
Replies: 5
Views: 19809

I also would like to give Mary a Canadian thankyou. You give wonderful advice to all Northern Landlords.
by Bob Buskas
Sat Jun 18, 2005 10:16 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: When to stop Daytime Chatter/Dawnsong music
Replies: 1
Views: 13421

Susan, my advice would be to stop the dawnsong. It may be scaring the young SY females away. If you want to play the chatter tape to keep the male company, play it at a low volume. Good Luck! :wink: