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by flyin-lowe
Mon Jul 19, 2021 11:09 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Why would they leave?
Replies: 5
Views: 200

Re: Why would they leave?

Usually the only reason a nesting pair would not complete the nesting cycle is because of a predator. I would guess either something got into the nest and got one or both of them (snake, owl, raccoon, etc.). It is possible something got one or both of them while they were out feeding but the odds of...
by flyin-lowe
Tue Jul 13, 2021 9:50 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Finding a few on the ground
Replies: 6
Views: 210

Re: Finding a few on the ground

I usually can tell if some are not at all ready to fly and some are close. I had two this afternoon that could not get off the ground but I gave them a lite toss in the air and both took off. If they can keep themselves air born and not just glide right back down to the ground I don't worry about th...
by flyin-lowe
Tue Jul 13, 2021 10:19 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Finding a few on the ground
Replies: 6
Views: 210

Finding a few on the ground

This week I have found a few more young on the ground than normal. The total number is higher but percentage wise it is probably about the same due to the higher number of fledges I will have this year. Last count I did there were over 250 babies total and a few eggs hadn't hatched yet. I didn't get...
by flyin-lowe
Tue Jul 13, 2021 10:07 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: YELLOW RAT SNAKE ATTACK
Replies: 7
Views: 368

Re: YELLOW RAT SNAKE ATTACK

As I look at it more I wander if you could hang a few layers of bird netting from the bottom of the house almost like curtains hanging down all the way around. You would not want it all the way out by the porches edge as the martins could get their toes caught in it. But if you hung some down about ...
by flyin-lowe
Tue Jul 13, 2021 10:03 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: YELLOW RAT SNAKE ATTACK
Replies: 7
Views: 368

Re: YELLOW RAT SNAKE ATTACK

I'm not sure the best way to protect that house but I can assure you a rat snake can get right up that pole, and the seems and nail heads will only give them something to grip. I am not sure if any other climbing predators would go into the water to get up the pole, I think probably not. I would add...
by flyin-lowe
Tue Jul 13, 2021 10:00 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Questions from a PM nube
Replies: 7
Views: 232

Re: Questions from a PM nube

My first few years I pre nested every cavity thinking I was saving them some energy from not having to gather as much when they arrive. I noticed a few martins would remove all of the pine straw I provided. I figured at that point they were burning more energy because of me so now I pre nest 80% or ...
by flyin-lowe
Tue Jul 13, 2021 9:57 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Hundreds of Martins?
Replies: 11
Views: 346

Re: Hundreds of Martins?

The color of the pictures make it hard to say. My first thought was for sure Tree Swallows because of the snow white color on their breast. But the rest of the color in the picture doesn't look just right, probably from sizing it to fit the forum. If in person, the birds are snow white from their ne...
by flyin-lowe
Thu Jul 08, 2021 9:21 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Hundreds of Martins?
Replies: 11
Views: 346

Re: Hundreds of Martins?

I'm in the same basic part of the country as you and it is a little early for this years birds to be flocking/roosting together to start the migration. This is the earliest in the year I have ever had martins and still don't have any that have fledged yet. I have a ton of tree swallows in my area bu...
by flyin-lowe
Thu Jul 08, 2021 9:18 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: High death rates
Replies: 13
Views: 421

Re: High death rates

When you say three days of rain what type of rainfall exactly are you talking about? If it is raining from sun up to sun down that is a problem. 4-5 hours of rain in a day is a lot but that still leave 9 or so hours of daylight to feed. They obviously need to find more food in a rain shortened day b...
by flyin-lowe
Mon Jul 05, 2021 5:41 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Advice on new set up for 2022
Replies: 6
Views: 302

Re: Advice on new set up for 2022

I too have had bad luck with S&K products unfortunately. I really like the idea of having a lower priced option but in this case, and my experience has shown, they are not always safe products. I have had a couple of their poles bend. When I started my colony it was all S&K but now I have phased all...
by flyin-lowe
Sat Jul 03, 2021 4:55 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: YELLOW RAT SNAKE ATTACK
Replies: 7
Views: 368

Re: YELLOW RAT SNAKE ATTACK

Any pictures of the predator guard you describe? I am having a hard time envisioning it from the description.
by flyin-lowe
Sat Jul 03, 2021 8:14 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: New Avian Disease ??
Replies: 6
Views: 368

Re: New Avian Disease ??

Our local DNR is saying to take the feeders down to keep the birds from gathering in high numbers. They are not mentioning the seeds, just trying to stop the spread.
by flyin-lowe
Fri Jul 02, 2021 8:06 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: New Avian Disease ??
Replies: 6
Views: 368

Re: New Avian Disease ??

Its spreading into my area. I was a little concerned because the local news chose to show a picture of purple martins on their website for the image of the article. I haven't heard any reports of PM having issues yet.
by flyin-lowe
Fri Jun 25, 2021 8:22 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Year round starling trap
Replies: 6
Views: 761

Re: Year round starling trap

It is possible to get a few martins to nest in smaller colonies. There are a few things to consider. An older study showed you should have at least 6 pair to "insure" you have some martins that make it back from the migration each year, based on the number of martins that don't make it back. It is a...
by flyin-lowe
Tue Jun 22, 2021 7:52 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Luring sparrows with sparrow chick calls
Replies: 7
Views: 793

Re: Luring sparrows with sparrow chick calls

The best day I ever had trapping sparrows was using a baby sparrow in the trap as bait. I found it fluttering in the yard as it fledged a day or two early. I put it in my repeating trap and it caught 11 that day. I baby sparrow in distress call would probably be great.
by flyin-lowe
Tue Jun 22, 2021 7:46 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Year round starling trap
Replies: 6
Views: 761

Re: Year round starling trap

Troyers V-Trap can trap thousands of starlings in a year. The issue is it can catch native birds too so you have to release those. I spoke to Andy Troyer a few years ago about his V Trap as I was thinking about building one half size, as the trap is large. Andy said his studies showed the size of th...
by flyin-lowe
Sat Jun 19, 2021 10:40 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: 360 video
Replies: 3
Views: 313

Re: 360 video

Very nice colony you have. Wide open, quality housing, looks very good.
by flyin-lowe
Sat Jun 19, 2021 10:37 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Hawk Attack-It never ends
Replies: 8
Views: 826

Re: Hawk Attack-It never ends

I can remember the first 5 years I was trying to start a colony. Always worried about trees, dawn song, trapping, hosp, watching for visitors etc. etc. etc. I always thought if I could just get a colony established I wouldn't have to worry any more. Than comes predators, mites, storms........it's gr...
by flyin-lowe
Thu Jun 17, 2021 9:10 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Egg Count + babies.
Replies: 1
Views: 201

Re: Egg Count + babies.

Congrats.....There is no better feeling then finally getting over that jump of only having a pair or two and getting an active colony. Now that you have that many martins you can grow your colony as large as you feel you can handle.
by flyin-lowe
Wed Jun 16, 2021 10:42 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Wooden House Observations
Replies: 2
Views: 312

Re: Wooden House Observations

I have multiple T14's with no drainage. I have never had issues with wet nests and not sure the martins drag in enough water on their bodies to get a nest soaked, I could be wrong on that though.