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by Bob Buskas
Mon Jul 29, 2013 8:58 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: "I'm a Landlord"
Replies: 14
Views: 5084

Congratulations Bill, your fun is just beginning ! It took me 5 years as well to get my first 2 successful pair so I know what you went through. Bet you can't wait for next year already.
by Bob Buskas
Sun Jul 21, 2013 12:30 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: MERLIN CONTROL
Replies: 4
Views: 1472

Barry, reading here that you did a nest change at 6 days old, not good from my experiences. 6 days is too young and sometimes causes abandonment, I don't do nest changes until 10 to 12 days. Once they begin developing feathers. The nestlings are bigger and more aggressive at begging for food. I also...
by Bob Buskas
Fri May 31, 2013 9:23 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Good Number Of Peregrine Falcons This Year
Replies: 8
Views: 3092

Check out Island Girl, she is getting closer to her nesting site.
by Bob Buskas
Mon May 27, 2013 11:29 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Martin/sparrow cohabitation question
Replies: 8
Views: 3324

Good advice here, I like leandortree's advice the best, but what ever you decide the HOSParrow will take revenge. If nothing else take the eggs out and drop them in boiling water, then place them back. But dont remove them or there will be hell to pay.
by Bob Buskas
Wed May 22, 2013 12:06 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Platform feeder
Replies: 2
Views: 1410

You must remember that at this time of year they are only feeding them selves. I find that they don't accept Supplimental feeding as often for that reason. But still good for you to try. Once they have nestlings, then they really appreciate your feeding, as they need to feed their nestllings.
by Bob Buskas
Tue May 21, 2013 11:41 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Where did all my birds go? Northern Canada
Replies: 6
Views: 3052

This time of year they go out to feed over open water and socialize with other Martins from other colonies in late afternoon. Don't worry they come back to their colony site before dark. Your housing is only the nesting site, thats all, they have a life away from your housing all year long. :) :)
by Bob Buskas
Mon May 20, 2013 8:48 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Good Number Of Peregrine Falcons This Year
Replies: 8
Views: 3092

Your very welcome Steve, Island girl has quite a history, amazing that her radio has lasted so many years, when others fail so quickly. here is another site of our local Peregrins nesting in the city of Edmonton about 1 hour drive north of me. http://www.ab-conservation.com/go/default/index.cfm/medi...
by Bob Buskas
Mon May 20, 2013 12:40 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Good Number Of Peregrine Falcons This Year
Replies: 8
Views: 3092

interesting Steve, have you checked out this site? http://www.frg.org/SC_PEFA.htm check out" Island Girl"
by Bob Buskas
Sun May 19, 2013 11:14 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Update to the SREH change over
Replies: 8
Views: 2633

Ok, just leave them on their own now and they will be fine
by Bob Buskas
Sun May 19, 2013 11:05 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Help Please !!!!!
Replies: 30
Views: 11612

[quote="D&DRichardson"]Hello everyone! I am new to the forum, but have been educating myself using this forum for about 2 years. The shared knowledge of the experienced martin landlords on this site is very much appreciated. My questions about using crescent openings are: Should they be used on sing...
by Bob Buskas
Sun May 19, 2013 9:34 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Help Please !!!!!
Replies: 30
Views: 11612

Yvonne, when you changed to the Crescents, are they mounted low to the porch, 1/4" or less is very important.
by Bob Buskas
Sat May 18, 2013 11:03 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Help Please !!!!!
Replies: 30
Views: 11612

Yvonne, I think you'll be okay, those SY males will learn to get inside, and sleeping out at night - that's what they do most of the year. Wait till they have a female they want to court - they'll be in like they are greased! "In like they are greased" ....Thats funny.........they are typical males ...
by Bob Buskas
Fri May 17, 2013 11:56 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Help Please !!!!!
Replies: 30
Views: 11612

I agree totaly with Emils comments regarding SREH, especially with the young Sy's. They will enter easily when they decide to. If they are not entering it is only because they are scared to death of the Starling that raided the nest earlier. Had you gone totally SREH this would not have happened. Ro...
by Bob Buskas
Fri May 17, 2013 11:43 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: My boy Roscoe came home last night
Replies: 12
Views: 4220

Thanks Matt, will always remember MR.T The story tells it just as it happened. :)
by Bob Buskas
Fri May 17, 2013 4:40 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: My boy Roscoe came home last night
Replies: 12
Views: 4220

Yes, maybe change out one entrance to a crescent for now
by Bob Buskas
Fri May 17, 2013 1:11 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: My boy Roscoe came home last night
Replies: 12
Views: 4220

I have never used the excluders so can't give any advice on that.
by Bob Buskas
Fri May 17, 2013 12:58 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: My boy Roscoe came home last night
Replies: 12
Views: 4220

Barry, take a look at my web site, (MR T) you are on your way to a very large colony if you wish.
by Bob Buskas
Fri May 17, 2013 12:49 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Subbies are here!
Replies: 3
Views: 1074

Great post Dakota Lady, I thought yesterday I had a Subby Male but not sure.They are a pain in the butt, but I still look forward to their arrival. They bring action to the colony and they are your next year birds so try to enjoy them. Remember when you were young? :lol:
by Bob Buskas
Tue May 14, 2013 8:36 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Heads Up - More migrants
Replies: 12
Views: 3340

I can't find Tolar TX on my little map, what part of Texas do you live?
by Bob Buskas
Tue May 14, 2013 8:31 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Heads Up - More migrants
Replies: 12
Views: 3340

Nice to hear Peggy, cause we are way down in numbers here in Alberta. Thanks for the report, anyone else seeing migrating Martins lately?