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by gmmajor
Sun May 09, 2021 9:54 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Hawk Attack Question
Replies: 1
Views: 67

Hawk Attack Question

Will the martins return after a hawk attack? The whole colony left immediately after the attack at about 730pm today and did not return before dusk as far as I can tell.
by gmmajor
Tue Mar 16, 2021 8:28 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Our Small Colony Wiped Out
Replies: 11
Views: 2202

Re: Our Small Colony Wiped Out

Fledging rate has never been very high. Last year a thunder storm destroyed one bird house. Only two pair from that house started over. We replaced the house this winter. We also lose some fledglings in the bay as all our houses are adjacent to water or over water.
by gmmajor
Mon Mar 15, 2021 12:06 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Our Small Colony Wiped Out
Replies: 11
Views: 2202

Re: Our Small Colony Wiped Out

Could be that a pair of red tail hawks have been hunting along the shore line. Frankly, the sparrows and starling are pretty scarce although the white wings and mexican doves are still plentiful and I know hawks prefer doves in this area.
by gmmajor
Mon Mar 15, 2021 10:26 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Our Small Colony Wiped Out
Replies: 11
Views: 2202

Our Small Colony Wiped Out

We have had a small colony of 14 pairs of PMs here at our home on Galveston Bay for over 20 years. Not a single bird returned this year. No clue if from the deep freeze or if they just moved some place else this year. I'm still shooting sparrows and starlings out of habit.
by gmmajor
Sun May 31, 2020 2:24 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Late Nesting
Replies: 0
Views: 3543

Late Nesting

We had a violent thunder storm last week that blew down trees, power lines and my neighbors PM houses. There were dead baby PMs all over his yard. Now it seems that all his homeless PMs are moving into empty cavities in my PM houses. Several pair seem to be re-mating and starting over. Since they us...
by gmmajor
Fri May 08, 2020 2:22 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: 4th Year Trying
Replies: 10
Views: 1904

Re: 4th Year Trying

I tried something like that once atop a boat house. Failure. Also, it would be difficult to enjoy your PMs as the viewing angle is too steep. Better to put the house in the yard away from trees and buildings.
by gmmajor
Tue Jun 25, 2019 4:43 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Scrambled eggs
Replies: 10
Views: 9073

Re: Scrambled eggs

Now Now To each his own. If he wants to be a PM rancher it doesn't hurt at thing. I simply wonder what happens to colonies that have been pampered when the highly motivated humans move on?!?!?!?!?
by gmmajor
Mon Jun 24, 2019 9:27 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Scrambled eggs
Replies: 10
Views: 9073

Re: Scrambled eggs

None of us who live along this part of the bay do anything more than provide housing. I am the only one that bothers to shoot a few sparrows and starlings. To each his own.
by gmmajor
Sun Jun 23, 2019 1:41 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: martins in garden!
Replies: 6
Views: 6778

Re: martins in garden!

Fledglings can do the dumbest things. They often try to land on the side of our boat houses I guess because they look like giant PM houses?
by gmmajor
Sun Jun 23, 2019 1:32 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: When to expect migration south?
Replies: 8
Views: 7667

Re: When to expect migration south?

Here in Galveston we get waves of birds coming from up north that stop and visit with our PMs and fuss about the few that are fledging late. The visiting females really get alarmed about seeing babies still being fed. The males just sit and rest. Our PMs are usually all gone by mid to late July. The...
by gmmajor
Sun Jun 23, 2019 1:23 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Scrambled eggs
Replies: 10
Views: 9073

Re: Scrambled eggs

That is different. Our back yard is a dragon fly paradise. There are at least a hundred over the lawn every day. The PMs just swoop out of their houses, nab a dragon fly and zip right back to the babies. The only safe dragon flies are the 2 dozen or so that hug our house and the nearby trees. It mak...
by gmmajor
Sat Jun 22, 2019 6:57 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Scrambled eggs
Replies: 10
Views: 9073

Re: Scrambled eggs

Jeepers !!! We are PM landlords, not PM ranchers. We provide housing only. Everything else is up to nature for our colony. (I do shoot a few sparrows and starlings every year - mostly for fun)
by gmmajor
Sat Jun 22, 2019 6:53 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: East Texas Landlords - Anyone still have active nests?
Replies: 5
Views: 5694

Re: East Texas Landlords - Anyone still have active nests?

Our neighbors PMs in Galveston County have fledged a half dozen. In our yard, we still have a clutch of three and another of two being fed by their parents. Another week to 10 days for these to fledge IMHO.
by gmmajor
Fri May 31, 2019 5:33 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: PMs Thirsty ?!??!?!
Replies: 1
Views: 3279

Re: PMs Thirsty ?!??!?!

I looked it up. PMs drink by skimming the surface of rivers or lakes. Our house is on a bay and the water is mostly salty sea water. I suppose it could be brackish on top after some rain we had yesterday. Interesting.
by gmmajor
Fri May 31, 2019 3:41 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: PMs Thirsty ?!??!?!
Replies: 1
Views: 3279

PMs Thirsty ?!??!?!

Today several of the PMs are skimming the water around our boat house. I don't remember seeing this before. They look like they are fresh out of the nest. I usually find one or two drowned PMs around the boat dock every year, but did not know they did such risky behavior until just now.
by gmmajor
Wed May 29, 2019 9:40 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Third Year...NO Luck!
Replies: 30
Views: 15648

Re: Third Year...NO Luck!

We have a small PM colony in pole houses next to a lake. Last year I put up a large PM house on the side of our boat house. The PMs, sparrows and starlings inspect it but have never taken up residence. They all prefer the pole houses.
by gmmajor
Thu May 09, 2019 9:40 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Good riddens muahahaaa!
Replies: 3
Views: 1999

Re: Good riddens muahahaaa!

Doesn't shooting around the PM houses disturb the PMs?
by gmmajor
Thu May 09, 2019 9:38 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Can martins and barn swallows coexist?
Replies: 4
Views: 1744

Re: Can martins and barn swallows coexist?

We have barn swallows nesting inside our boat houses and purple martin boxes along the piers leading out from our back yards to the boat houses.
by gmmajor
Fri Apr 26, 2019 6:56 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Tree swallows in Southern Indiana
Replies: 4
Views: 2976

Re: Tree swallows in Southern Indiana

I would have thought that nesting up north would be later than here in the south? Ours are nest building as we speak here in Texas. Also, we replaced our old PM houses this year and the number of PMs increased.

I would not evict swallows. We have dozens of barns swallows in or boat house.
by gmmajor
Wed Mar 20, 2019 9:37 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Where are they going?
Replies: 14
Views: 4343

Re: Where are they going?

These late northers are definitely making it difficult for the birds to feed especially over the open water where our PM houses are located. The birds are gone all day long and we have not seen much nest building yet.