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by gotham
Sun Jun 20, 2021 1:42 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Chicadee Interference Redux
Replies: 27
Views: 2178

Re: Chicadee Interference Redux

June 20 Very unexpectedly my wife's nephew decided not to come to our seasonal home until at least June 25 and we decided to stay, giving us at least another week to try to entice purple martins to settle in! This morning I played the Dawn Song from 6:10 AM on. A single martin landed momentarily on ...
by gotham
Thu Jun 17, 2021 3:44 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Chicadee Interference Redux
Replies: 27
Views: 2178

Re: Chicadee Interference Redux

June 17 Update Yesterday I played the Dawn Song from 6 AM on. Throughout the morning and early afternoon I had the same martin experience as described in my last posting. Single martins repeatedly landed on our martin house roof and balconies. Sometimes the martin just stayed on the balcony awhile a...
by gotham
Mon Jun 14, 2021 5:59 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Chicadee Interference Redux
Replies: 27
Views: 2178

Re: Chicadee Interference Redux

June 14 Thanks for the feedback, Rob and Toy. The pair that left early the morning of June 10 have not returned. Yesterday I played the Dawn Song into the late afternoon. At various times during the morning single martins landed on each of the balconies of the three open compartments with the round ...
by gotham
Sat Jun 12, 2021 11:03 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Chicadee Interference Redux
Replies: 27
Views: 2178

Re: Chicadee Interference Redux

June 12 Update-Sad and disappointing news. I have what, for me, is very disappointing news. "Our" purple martins have gone! On Wednesday, June 9 the martins left in the early afternoon, as they had been doing (presumably, as Toy mentioned, to feed). Unusually, they had not returned by late evening. ...
by gotham
Wed Jun 09, 2021 3:44 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Chicadee Interference Redux
Replies: 27
Views: 2178

Re: Chicadee Interference Redux

Toy, Thank you very much for this information. I was definitely puzzled. This suggests that if this is the situation that applies to this threesome my third guy may just take up a compartment and fail to mate and produce offspring. However, if I am lucky, he may come back next year and mate then. Th...
by gotham
Wed Jun 09, 2021 12:15 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Chicadee Interference Redux
Replies: 27
Views: 2178

Re: Chicadee Interference Redux

JUNE 9 PS: Shortly following the above post I looked out and, to my surprise, saw a threesome on the bottom balcony (see image 3733). I am puzzled as to what the dynamics of this purple martin relationship might be. Why would a pair be this close to a third? If the third stays will he share a single...
by gotham
Wed Jun 09, 2021 11:06 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Chicadee Interference Redux
Replies: 27
Views: 2178

Re: Chicadee Interference Redux

June 9 Update The martins did return. Because of the HOSP threat I have just left 2 compartments open. I have been glad to have done so as yesterday a HOSP landed on the martin house roof and dropped down onto a few of the balconies where the entrances were blocked off. Luckily he didn't check out t...
by gotham
Sun Jun 06, 2021 5:21 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Chicadee Interference Redux
Replies: 27
Views: 2178

Re: Chicadee Interference Redux

June 6 Update On our way back from Toronto yesterday I purchased a Stoeger S3000-C Combo air rifle with a telescopic sight using .177 alloy pellets. I decided I would devote today to getting rid of the HOSP and would postpone trying to attract martins until this accomplished. I therefore left our ma...
by gotham
Thu Jun 03, 2021 3:12 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Persistent sparrows
Replies: 12
Views: 368

Re: Persistent sparrows

Wow! What a problem HOSPs can be! I am trying to start a martin colony. The first year's attempt was sabotaged by a season long battle with a single, believe it or not (as per post "Chicadee Interference") wily and tenacious HOSP. This second attempt has so far been torpedoed by -first a HOSP pair w...
by gotham
Wed Jun 02, 2021 7:14 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Chicadee Interference Redux
Replies: 27
Views: 2178

Re: Chicadee Interference Redux

Hi Jones, Sadly, the final outcome today was what one would have predicted. The HOSP ended up outlasting the martin and being the sole occupant of the one compartment I had left open. Because we have to return to Toronto for the next two days and won't be here to provide oversight, I lowered our mar...
by gotham
Wed Jun 02, 2021 11:27 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Chicadee Interference Redux
Replies: 27
Views: 2178

Re: Chicadee Interference Redux

June 2 Update At 6:30 AM started playing Dawn Song with the 3 compartments with the round holes open. Over next couple of hours Purple Martins repeatedly visiting, at different times entering each of the 3 open compartments, staying for a while and then flying off before later returning (?same guys ...
by gotham
Mon May 31, 2021 4:15 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: And just like that ,they are gone
Replies: 6
Views: 381

Re: And just like that ,they are gone

I'm very sorry to hear that.

I, too, am wondering how long they have been gone.

Are there any colonies near you? If so, it would be interesting to know if they have had any unusual experience.

Gotham
by gotham
Mon May 31, 2021 11:56 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Chicadee Interference Redux
Replies: 27
Views: 2178

Re: Chicadee Interference Redux

Thank you, Jeff and Jones, for your feedback. Later the day of my last posting (Friday, May 28) the SY appeared to have gone. The following day was overcast and rainy and he did not return, making me wonder if, being alone, he had gone to join the colony on the neighboring property. That evening ANO...
by gotham
Fri May 28, 2021 11:48 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Chicadee Interference Redux
Replies: 27
Views: 2178

Re: Chicadee Interference Redux

FINALLY! We can hardly believe it! A Purple Martin has actually landed on, and ENTERED, our Purple Martin house! This morning a male SY landed on the balcony of one of the 3 compartments of our Lonestar Alamo Purple Martin house that have round entrance holes (the other 11 compartments have the SREH...
by gotham
Tue May 25, 2021 9:57 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Chicadee Interference Redux
Replies: 27
Views: 2178

Re: Chicadee Interference Redux

Hi Tom, Thanks for the words of encouragement and for your suggestions. As for the possibility the martins in this area may have never before seen SREH's, I have now reopened the 3 compartments with the round holes (the other 11 compartments having the SREH's). If the starlings return I will try to ...
by gotham
Mon May 24, 2021 4:18 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Chicadee Interference Redux
Replies: 27
Views: 2178

Re: Chicadee Interference Redux-Update

May 24 Update- Despite having the two decoys in place the HOSP returned about two weeks ago (see attached photo"sonofagun")-so much for the naive hope that the use of martin decoys would be a strategy that would deter the HOSP from coming back! I therefore decided to keep our martin house up, but wi...
by gotham
Fri Apr 23, 2021 12:29 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Chicadee Interference Redux
Replies: 27
Views: 2178

Re: Chicadee Interference Redux

Hi Toy, Thank you for the suggestion. When I had the problem 2 years ago, with the martin couple unable to enter our house through the SREH's, you advised me to apply the grit tape and I did (see photo near bottom of page 2 of the "Chicadee Interference" posts at the time). I put the tape on the bal...
by gotham
Fri Apr 23, 2021 8:22 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Chicadee Interference Redux
Replies: 27
Views: 2178

Chicadee Interference Redux

For decades annual martin colony in unsupervised martin house at our seasonal home in Wellington Ontario, Canada, on north east shore of Lake Ontario. About 6 years ago tradition interrupted when house taken over by starlings. 3 years ago, late in season, decided to become active martin landlords an...
by gotham
Sat Feb 20, 2021 1:26 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: lost purple martins
Replies: 4
Views: 1404

Re: lost purple martins

We are in Canada, and our seasonal home is on the northeastern shore of Lake Ontario. The purple martins traditionally reach us April 8-15. Over the last couple of decades their numbers, sadly, have been gradually declining. Upon hearing of the extreme cold in Texas and some parts of the southern US...
by gotham
Sat Aug 22, 2020 11:37 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Has any one experience having a nest with chicks abandoned by parents?
Replies: 9
Views: 2918

Re: Has any one experience having a nest with chicks abandoned by parents?

Just read these posts. Did the 2 surviving nestlings eventually fledge?

gotham