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by jhcox
Sun May 09, 2021 8:16 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Subadults in northern Illinois near Lake Michigan?
Replies: 3
Views: 89

Re: Subadults in northern Illinois near Lake Michigan?

My colony was started by ASY birds several years ago. You never know when a colony is taken down or are ran out by predators or just over populated and need a place to go. Make the site look lived in pre nest the cavities with pine needles smear a little mud on the landing and on the entrances. I fo...
by jhcox
Sun May 09, 2021 8:08 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Getting them to Stay?
Replies: 6
Views: 294

Re: Getting them to Stay?

Put the bird magnet on a timer to run from 2 hours before dawn to dusk. This way you don't have to worry about turning it on or off or forgetting. Once you get a few more martins you will not need it. The martins will do all the calling and attracting. good luck.
by jhcox
Fri Apr 30, 2021 11:15 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Tips on attracting Martins to my house.....HELP
Replies: 23
Views: 1599

Re: Tips on attracting Martins to my house.....HELP

Hey TN22 I hadn't heard any up date from you lately. Have you had any visitors.
by jhcox
Wed Apr 28, 2021 11:27 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Nest building is under way
Replies: 4
Views: 337

Re: Nest building is under way

I agree the more the better. Those are just the 4 small rack I started out with. The are 4 more racks in the from yard that hold 24 gourds on each of them. Last year was the first year that they were up. So it will take some tome to get enough Martins to fill them.
by jhcox
Wed Apr 28, 2021 7:09 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Nest building is under way
Replies: 4
Views: 337

Re: Nest building is under way

Yes they do and the mamas and the papas are pretty fond of them too. The sun in the mornings touches the wires way up above the PM houses way before it gets to the PM houses. So on a cold morning they will all fly up there and huddle together to sook up the rays. I'm assuming my numbers are around 4...
by jhcox
Tue Apr 27, 2021 10:46 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Banded martins
Replies: 2
Views: 354

Re: Banded martins

I felt very privileged to have one of only about 100 hummingbird banders in the US which to my understanding is the most difficult banding permits that you can be certified for. He banded young Martins last year here at my place in East Tennessee. He banded 30 to 50 birds. It was a great filling to ...
by jhcox
Tue Apr 27, 2021 8:37 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Nest building is under way
Replies: 4
Views: 337

Nest building is under way

The martin for the last couple of days have been stilling leaves off of my peach tree to line there nest. It very busy this morning. Still no subadults.
by jhcox
Sat Apr 24, 2021 10:09 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Tips on attracting Martins to my house.....HELP
Replies: 23
Views: 1599

Re: Tips on attracting Martins to my house.....HELP

No not unless you have neighbors that might get upset.
by jhcox
Sat Apr 24, 2021 5:33 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Tips on attracting Martins to my house.....HELP
Replies: 23
Views: 1599

Re: Tips on attracting Martins to my house.....HELP

The tree swallows will Readily use the bluebird house. I would suggest putting another bluebird house on the other side of your purple Martin house that way the tree swallows and the bluebird will have a place to nest and hopefully they will keep any other bluebirds or tree swallows from attempting ...
by jhcox
Fri Apr 23, 2021 3:23 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Tips on attracting Martins to my house.....HELP
Replies: 23
Views: 1599

Re: Tips on attracting Martins to my house.....HELP

Yes that’s correct and you can order tunnels and porches for them from Amazon.
by jhcox
Fri Apr 23, 2021 1:59 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Tips on attracting Martins to my house.....HELP
Replies: 23
Views: 1599

Re: Tips on attracting Martins to my house.....HELP

Tractor supply usually cares the Bo9 style gourds the are good for getting started. I think you get 6 in a box for like 40$ or less.
by jhcox
Fri Apr 23, 2021 12:38 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Tips on attracting Martins to my house.....HELP
Replies: 23
Views: 1599

Re: Tips on attracting Martins to my house.....HELP

The bird magnet will fit in the attic of the S&K and then close the roof back. That will put the Martins Dawn Song a little higher up in the air. Also it will make the Martins think that there are Martins somewhere in the house. Yes put a hand full of pine straw in each compartment. Have found some ...
by jhcox
Wed Apr 21, 2021 1:59 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Tips on attracting Martins to my house.....HELP
Replies: 23
Views: 1599

Re: Tips on attracting Martins to my house.....HELP

If you look inside the compartments there are perforated lines you cut them out so you can see through to the other compartment on the other side Then you plug the entrance on one side or the other. When you are done you will have 6 larger compartments. And the attic area is closed off. The reason t...
by jhcox
Wed Apr 21, 2021 12:56 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Tips on attracting Martins to my house.....HELP
Replies: 23
Views: 1599

Re: Tips on attracting Martins to my house.....HELP

You can buy a green box that is called the bird magnet and it has a setting in it for the purple Martin Dawn song. You can get a timer and plug in it into it. I set mine for two hours before dawn and sunset. I also have the S&K barn You should modify the rooms to make them bigger and close the attic...
by jhcox
Wed Apr 21, 2021 11:05 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: I think i'm getting close!!
Replies: 19
Views: 2997

Re: I think i'm getting close!!

I noticed that you said lots of pine straw under the House hopefully they will find it ?? Make sure you have put plenty of pine straw in the compartments as well. One it will helps attract them and it gives them a head start on nest building. Put mud on the entrance and porch. Blast the dawn song as...
by jhcox
Wed Apr 21, 2021 10:52 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Tips on attracting Martins to my house.....HELP
Replies: 23
Views: 1599

Re: Tips on attracting Martins to my house.....HELP

Hey TN22 (Go Vols !!) I looked up you zip code it appears that you are in or near the Strawberry Plains area which is about 35 min from me. I live in the Heiskell community 15 min north of Knoxville TN. If there's anything that I can do to help don't Hesitate to ask. My opinion PM mentors in the eas...
by jhcox
Wed Apr 21, 2021 8:47 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: 1st year....no martins.....too late now?
Replies: 6
Views: 1058

Re: 1st year....no martins.....too late now?

That is correct I have not seen a single SY which is what will be starting your new colony. My Martins are very use to me now walking under the racks so I am able to get very close to them. And like I have sad I haven’t seen one yet. Also when you can get that close if you have a bird that you think...
by jhcox
Mon Apr 19, 2021 3:00 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Sub Adults
Replies: 4
Views: 1307

Re: Sub Adults

I’m in East Tennessee and have not seen a single SY at my site or any of my neighbors sites. Will report as sone as I find one.
by jhcox
Mon Apr 19, 2021 2:55 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: unusual to me
Replies: 9
Views: 1439

Re: unusual to me

I have noticed that a lot here lately I was outside working in the yard the other day and they were two Martin’s on the ground fighting. And a third would get into the from time to time. They finally broke it up when I got within 10 feet or so and they flew off. Had I not been there it could have en...
by jhcox
Sat Apr 17, 2021 10:18 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Where’s the SY’s
Replies: 3
Views: 943

Re: Where’s the SY’s

ASY,s arrived at on 3/18/2021.