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by deancamp
Thu May 13, 2021 10:32 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Too late?
Replies: 12
Views: 192

Re: Too late?

That's odd for them to start building a nest and then quit. Any insight into issues?
by deancamp
Thu May 13, 2021 9:53 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Why the fighting?
Replies: 9
Views: 331

Re: Why the fighting?

Could be, but they will need to continue adding to that for their nest. They will use all kinds of different materials leaves, weed stems, straw, small twigs, maple seeds, etc.. They will make a small bowl in the back of the nest where they will lay their eggs. That being said I have seen material l...
by deancamp
Wed May 12, 2021 5:45 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Why the fighting?
Replies: 9
Views: 331

Re: Why the fighting?

DML, I am unclear what you are wanting advice about.
by deancamp
Wed May 12, 2021 10:02 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Still hoping for success!
Replies: 3
Views: 79

Re: Still hoping for success!

Is it possible for you to turn it off when he is there and then back on when he leaves? Each bird might react differently so try some different things and see. I think it's best to play as much as you can without having that negative effect on him.
by deancamp
Mon May 10, 2021 3:20 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Another killing May in PA
Replies: 7
Views: 187

Re: Another killing May in PA

Sorry to hear, weather sure has taken it's toll this year. Glad you were able to save the birds you have trained. Good Luck going forward.
by deancamp
Mon May 10, 2021 3:17 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Nest material carrying- is this a good sign?
Replies: 8
Views: 112

Re: Nest material carrying- is this a good sign?

Sounds like you have a pair. After pairing up and settling in for awhile, they will start bringing in nesting material just prior to laying eggs. The sy birds don't settle in as long as the asy birds because of their later arrival and the need to start the nesting season. Congratulations!
by deancamp
Mon May 10, 2021 2:34 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Another new landlord (hopefully!)
Replies: 6
Views: 695

Re: Another new landlord (hopefully!)

That is great. It will be fun to watch the progress as you do nest checks. Enjoy!!
by deancamp
Sun May 09, 2021 7:14 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: 1st full nest check in Whippy Casa de Plano
Replies: 4
Views: 71

Re: 1st full nest check in Whippy Casa de Plano

Wow whip, appears to be yet another large increase in numbers for you this year. Glad you are being able to achieve your goals because I know a lot of hard work and problem solving has played into your success.
by deancamp
Sun May 09, 2021 8:59 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Today’s nest check
Replies: 3
Views: 212

Re: Today’s nest check

Always amazes me when I read how much earlier your season is compared to further North.
by deancamp
Sun May 09, 2021 8:22 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Back at last
Replies: 2
Views: 95

Re: Back at last

I think that's a good example of keep doing the right things to attract them and be patient. A double congratulations to you on your retirement and the start of your colony.
by deancamp
Sat May 08, 2021 7:01 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Subadults in northern Illinois near Lake Michigan?
Replies: 5
Views: 134

Re: Subadults in northern Illinois near Lake Michigan?

Stuart, don't wait for the subadults to open your housing. It is not uncommon for asy (after second year) birds to start a colony. If they are back in your area and you don't have issues with starlings and sparrows I would open them all up.
by deancamp
Sat May 08, 2021 4:32 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: MY FIRST EGG!!
Replies: 5
Views: 54

Re: MY FIRST EGG!!

Prettiest little egg anyone ever did see. :grin: How many pair do you have now Garry?
by deancamp
Sat May 08, 2021 1:26 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Training Martin's to take food...how?
Replies: 15
Views: 1594

Re: Training Martin's to take food...how?

Good to hear your having good luck. There is a lot of good information on this thread.
by deancamp
Sat May 08, 2021 9:43 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Too late?
Replies: 12
Views: 192

Re: Too late?

Congratulations on your pair starting to build a nest. Hopefully they will attract some more pairs as well.
by deancamp
Sat May 08, 2021 9:12 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: 2nd strait day ASY Male Visit--Question could he be starting my colony?
Replies: 2
Views: 51

Re: 2nd strait day ASY Male Visit--Question could he be starting my colony?

Jones, it is not uncommon at all for an asy to start a colony. I asked the question last year to successful landlords which started their colony and asy was 4 to 1 over sy birds. ASY birds will get displaced by housing being removed by someone moving or predators got to their nest and they move on. ...
by deancamp
Sat May 08, 2021 8:58 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Almost gave up...ASY Male showed up today....Then I killed 3 HSP's
Replies: 3
Views: 132

Re: Almost gave up...ASY Male showed up today....Then I killed 3 HSP's

I sure hope he stays, I don't think an asy male would have trouble finding a mate. Are you playing the dawnsong?Regardless if he stays or not leave your housing up all season long. Martins will see it throughout the year and this years fledglings might zone in on it to come back to next year. Think ...
by deancamp
Fri May 07, 2021 7:20 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Trio mini castle turning
Replies: 5
Views: 90

Re: Trio mini castle turning

Mine has a notch on the carriage at the top that fits into a roll pin going through the pole when completly raised and holds tight. When lowering for storms I run a small piece of wooden shim inside the carriage to wedge it to the pole. Works for me although I do have to use a ladder when doing so.
by deancamp
Fri May 07, 2021 6:28 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Quiet Martins
Replies: 4
Views: 159

Re: Quiet Martins

If they are coming and going to the nests keep an eye on them. It sounds like nest building has started. Watch to see if the are carrying nest materials. It quiets down alot when they get busy building nest and feeding hatchlings. Also you could lower your housing mid afternoon and look to see if th...
by deancamp
Thu May 06, 2021 4:09 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Help! Should I Put A Second House Up?
Replies: 5
Views: 151

Re: Help! Should I Put A Second House Up?

I don't think the birds you have now will mind a bit but don't expect it to stop the fighting, that's what they do. When I put my second gourd rack up all the new birds still wanted in the first rack until a few decided to nest in it and then it became more appealing to the others.
by deancamp
Thu May 06, 2021 3:29 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: I think i'm getting close!!
Replies: 19
Views: 3195

Re: I think i'm getting close!!

I would recommend to keep playing it and helping your existing pair draw in more birds. I believe it is said you need 6 pair to "guarantee" some will make the return migration trip so the more the better. Keep doing everything you can to grow your numbers.