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by flyin-lowe
Sun May 09, 2021 2:19 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Almost gave up...ASY Male showed up today....Then I killed 3 HSP's
Replies: 3
Views: 117

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

I would leave the tree swallows where they are as it appears to be working. Right now the tree swallows will not allow other tree swallows in the immediate area. If you moved your TS much further away then another pair of tree swallows will move into your martin housing. Congrats on the ASY, hoe he ...
by flyin-lowe
Thu May 06, 2021 3:20 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Can't believe it, but I have one hanging around
Replies: 58
Views: 32626

Re: Can't believe it, but I have one hanging around

Thats awesome and I hope he stays around and attracts some others. As far as your question I would think it is just luck that this martin was on the same part of the housing as the SY 2 years ago. Anything could happen but it seems unlikely an SY would spend the summer, then choose another location ...
by flyin-lowe
Wed May 05, 2021 10:03 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: COLD in Mn
Replies: 7
Views: 264

Re: COLD in Mn

I know each area of the country is different when it comes to good sources etc. Where I am from if the highs get into the mid to high 40's they will feed and low overnight temps in the 30's are not enough by itself to harm them. If your highs are in the 50's and it's raining all day for two or three...
by flyin-lowe
Wed May 05, 2021 9:58 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Question
Replies: 8
Views: 274

Re: Question

Never thought much about the "American" bird aspect. Are they American birds that over winter in the south or are they South American birds that migrate north to bread?... You never know what the future will bring. I can remember as a child in the 70's and 80's you would see huge flocks of "Canadian...
by flyin-lowe
Sun May 02, 2021 7:13 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Help with house design
Replies: 8
Views: 319

Re: Help with house design

Even in ideal conditions with ideal housing it often times takes several years to get a colony established. Usually the further north you are the less likely you are to get martins staying the first year or two. Martins love to nest in colonies and they have strong site fidelity. So barring somethin...
by flyin-lowe
Sat May 01, 2021 9:42 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: First birds
Replies: 5
Views: 259

Re: First birds

Do you have starlings in your area? The round holes can be a magnet for them and they will cause problems. You might look into starling resistant entry holes (SREH). Starlings are thick where I live and would not try to have a colony without them.
by flyin-lowe
Sat May 01, 2021 9:39 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: PM’s still in the area
Replies: 14
Views: 1771

Re: PM’s still in the area

I would confirm what you "think" he is doing. It is commonly advised that when starting a new colony it is often times SY martins, which due tend to arrive 4 weeks or so after the older martins (scouts), that start a new colony. So people are often advise when starting a new colony to open their hou...
by flyin-lowe
Fri Apr 30, 2021 10:04 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Disappearing Martins
Replies: 6
Views: 359

Re: Disappearing Martins

My experience has been that when bad weather arrives at the start of the season the martins might disappear for a day or two, but it is usually only the martins that are arriving or due to arrive. Once they have been there for a week or two, and then we get bad weather they stick around and try to r...
by flyin-lowe
Thu Apr 29, 2021 8:32 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Strange
Replies: 5
Views: 310

Re: Strange

How were your temps during the cold spell. I am in the midwest too and we had the cold front come through and snow as well. It was 60 one day, 30 with three inches of snow the next, and more snow the following day but it got up to 45 later that afternoon. So the martins in my area only went about 36...
by flyin-lowe
Thu Apr 29, 2021 5:42 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Feeding other type birds.
Replies: 6
Views: 275

Re: Feeding other type birds.

Oops, it duplicated for some reason.
by flyin-lowe
Thu Apr 29, 2021 5:41 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Feeding other type birds.
Replies: 6
Views: 275

Re: Feeding other type birds.

When I first got started with martins I didn't because I didn't want to draw in hawks. Not that I have a decent sized martin colony I know they will draw more attention then a feeder would. Once you get 5-10 pair, there is more activity around a martin colony then most bird feeders have. I usually h...
by flyin-lowe
Sat Apr 24, 2021 10:35 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: shooting sparrow with shotgun?
Replies: 10
Views: 781

Re: shooting sparrow with shotgun?

I have shot more sparrows than I can count with a shotgun. My housing is too far from my house to be able to hit with a pellet rifle. In the beginning the martins will flush but quickly come back. Depending on how often you shoot, sometimes I've had martins that dont fly off and some that would foll...
by flyin-lowe
Fri Apr 23, 2021 11:01 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: After 50 years no Martin's yet
Replies: 8
Views: 960

Re: After 50 years no Martin's yet

How many pairs have you had each year the last few years? Usually predators are the main reason a large established colony goes to zero in a a year.
by flyin-lowe
Fri Apr 23, 2021 4:47 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Starlings!
Replies: 8
Views: 832

Re: Starlings!

If you have an ASY pair staying the night more than a day or two that is a very good sign. Sometimes one will stay the night on its way further north. But after a couple days that’s probably not the case. A big percentage of martins these days fledged from SREH so they have no problems at all. I wou...
by flyin-lowe
Thu Apr 22, 2021 8:51 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: I Haven't said much ....but!!!
Replies: 9
Views: 925

Re: I Haven't said much ....but!!!

Congrats. Did you have martins last year or is this your first year?
by flyin-lowe
Thu Apr 22, 2021 8:27 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Starlings!
Replies: 8
Views: 832

Re: Starlings!

If you have very much of a starling population you should get some SREH and not worry about them. If you want to continue to try to trap/shoot them you can. They are so thick around here you could never make a dent in the population. Sometimes I will see thousands of them at a time in my yard and on...
by flyin-lowe
Mon Apr 19, 2021 9:25 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: unusual to me
Replies: 9
Views: 1439

Re: unusual to me

I've also noticed that all types of wildlife will attack the injured and week. Could it be that the martin was on the ground for some other reason (flew into a window, lack of food, etc.) and the other martins were then attacking it. Plenty of times I have had a sparrow sitting on housing amongst th...
by flyin-lowe
Sat Apr 17, 2021 6:58 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: A little late to the party!
Replies: 4
Views: 1094

Re: A little late to the party!

Congrats on the martins and the haul...
by flyin-lowe
Sat Apr 17, 2021 6:56 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Pole Guard
Replies: 3
Views: 863

Re: Pole Guard

No reason not to put it in now. Definitely once you have martins staying. A snake or raccoon could get right up without it.
by flyin-lowe
Wed Apr 14, 2021 7:52 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: FIRST STEP TO NEW COLONy
Replies: 3
Views: 608

Re: FIRST STEP TO NEW COLONy

Awesome news, chances are they will draw in some more. Especially once the SY’s flow in.