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by ToyinPA
Sat May 15, 2021 10:29 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: On the map
Replies: 3
Views: 99

Re: On the map

Hi Dan:

I hope he stays & you finally get a start. I haven't seen any SY Males yet, but have had SY females here.

Toy in PA
by ToyinPA
Thu May 13, 2021 6:10 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Difficult to Tally Losses
Replies: 3
Views: 130

Re: Difficult to Tally Losses

Yes Bill these cold wet springs are very hard on the martins. They can't feed or stay warm. It's hard to count how many you really have until nest building & egg laying takes place. Some will arrive, stay a day to a few plus days then leave & move on. They are often just stopping over for a rest & t...
by ToyinPA
Mon May 10, 2021 6:41 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Nightmare Day
Replies: 4
Views: 173

Re: Nightmare Day

You tried Bill. You hate to lose any. Cold, wet, windy weather is bad for feeding & even tho you try to supplement you can't force them to do it. Females seem to hang back, as males are more aggressive. I'd guess lack of insects along migrations path. They can't feed much on the way, get here only t...
by ToyinPA
Sat May 08, 2021 4:24 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Training Martin's to take food...how?
Replies: 15
Views: 1649

Re: Training Martin's to take food...how?

As they say, just takes that first one. Made another June bug trap, they really keyed on the spiraling flying motion of those bugs. Yeah the winter lesson and the info here inspired the attempt. Just have to keep it up and train train train. Once you have them trained they do not forget. Each one t...
by ToyinPA
Wed May 05, 2021 4:37 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Question
Replies: 8
Views: 433

Re: Question

[/quote] Taking a stab here at this assumption of mind. That they leave Brazil and the Amazon because they don't furnish breeding houses in Brazil and the Amazon for nesting.So they come to US to find free housing to nest in. Again thanks [/quote] No. Migration has nothing to do with bird houses. Al...
by ToyinPA
Fri Apr 23, 2021 9:11 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Chicadee Interference Redux
Replies: 2
Views: 644

Re: Chicadee Interference Redux

I can't tell by your photos, but adding adhesive grit strip below each entrance, & inside as well, may help them get better traction to get in & out. I'd use 2-3 inch wide/deep strip & it should be as wide as the openings. So I'm guessing at least 2 inches wide/deep x 3 inches wide/across. The name ...
by ToyinPA
Mon Apr 05, 2021 5:56 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Purple Martins are arriving in northwest PA
Replies: 5
Views: 1414

Re: Purple Martins are arriving in northwest PA

It's these darn north winds delaying them. Supposed to get southerly winds mid week for a few days. Hopefully that'll push them northward. Actually we have very few birds here of any kind right now. We've seen several Robins, but only a couple each of HS, Starlings, Crows, Carolina Wrens & one male ...
by ToyinPA
Sat Apr 03, 2021 11:38 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: MARTIN POLE IDEAS
Replies: 11
Views: 2009

Re: MARTIN POLE IDEAS

by ToyinPA
Thu Apr 01, 2021 12:48 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Purple Martins are arriving in northwest PA
Replies: 5
Views: 1414

Re: Purple Martins are arriving in northwest PA

Watching & waiting in central PA. I have a few rooms open, but nothing yet.

Toy in PA
by ToyinPA
Thu Apr 01, 2021 10:13 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Cicada's this year in my area
Replies: 8
Views: 1896

Re: Cicada's this year in my area

Some adults do try to feed them to their chicks. I have removed a few that were stuck in chicks throats. The same goes with the Great Black Wasp. They have big pincers & latch on to the chicks beak, tongue & throat. I'd suggest if you have the cicadas in your area do more frequent nest checks. Toy i...
by ToyinPA
Wed Mar 31, 2021 6:50 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: A visit to my Amish friend
Replies: 17
Views: 2857

Re: A visit to my Amish friend

C.C.Martins wrote:
Wed Mar 31, 2021 6:38 pm
yeah wow, looks like the needles! Think Toy has that one sewn up. Get it? Sorry.
That would speak to the route that bird took. I trust your going to keep it?
HaHa...I am a sewist & quilter....so yeah i got it sewn up :lol:

Toy in PA
by ToyinPA
Wed Mar 31, 2021 4:26 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: A visit to my Amish friend
Replies: 17
Views: 2857

Re: A visit to my Amish friend

Is it metal? If not is it plant, dried pine needles? They look like some type of pine needle. There are 2 types of pine trees that grow in Mexico with long needles. The needles grow 7-15 inches in length & in clusters of 5. The needles are used to weave baskets. The trees are called: pinus michoacan...
by ToyinPA
Tue Mar 30, 2021 3:07 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Held an ASY Male in/on my hand today
Replies: 6
Views: 1897

Re: Held an ASY Male in/on my hand today

Hi ToyinPA, You mentioned hummingbirds and that got me to thinking about an aspect of hummingbirds some people are not aware. To help save hummingbirds in the future here is a tid bit of info: Hummingbirds may fall into a state of stupor, seeming unconciousness on the ground during cold mornings an...
by ToyinPA
Tue Mar 30, 2021 2:27 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Held an ASY Male in/on my hand today
Replies: 6
Views: 1897

Re: Held an ASY Male in/on my hand today

Yep it's a great feeling when you can rescue a martin & get it back in the air. Been there done it many times over the years. I was lucky to be able to hold hummingbirds as they were being banded. Now those are tiny feet. If you think those little feet grasp try having a Macaw grip your fingers dail...
by ToyinPA
Thu Mar 25, 2021 9:20 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: They are coming in here in pa.
Replies: 1
Views: 833

Re: They are coming in here in pa.

Southerly winds should push many northward. We'll be watching & waiting here in central PA. Houses are ready & I have lots of crickets for them. Mine usually show up in bad weather, rain, snow, cold, etc. Temps look pretty good for migration, but we do have some rain in the forecast.

Toy in PA
by ToyinPA
Fri Mar 19, 2021 6:40 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Solitary confinement about over...finally.
Replies: 4
Views: 1241

Re: Solitary confinement about over...finally.

Last year was the first year I've ever had returns in March, I average the 2nd week of April or so. Curious to see when the roll in this year. Toy, have you seen any hawk attacks from the neighbors trees? I've seen, and read on here that an established colony will tolerate trees as long as they are...
by ToyinPA
Fri Mar 19, 2021 4:53 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Solitary confinement about over...finally.
Replies: 4
Views: 1241

Re: Solitary confinement about over...finally.

I'm sure your lone male would enjoy some feathered company. They've been kind of stalled due to the weather. Looks like temps will increase as will the southern winds. That should push them northward. Mine don't normally arrive until late March early April. My colony has greatly decreased in size in...
by ToyinPA
Wed Mar 10, 2021 1:08 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Early Bird In PA
Replies: 11
Views: 1835

Re: Early Bird In PA

Congrats Doug.

We're getting houses ready today. It's 60 here in central PA already. Saturday it'll be back in the 40's again. I'm sure we'll see more snow tho, before winter finally ends. I have lots of crickets, so bring them on.

Best wishes for a great season.

Toy in PA
by ToyinPA
Sat Mar 06, 2021 10:10 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Nest material
Replies: 7
Views: 1108

Re: Nest material

Hello ToyinPA A exultant post well described with a lot of input. Very informational. Plan to save this. Thanks for sharing. [ Later Unk Bond, do you plan on mulching the pine needles and the cedar shavings together in one pile? Whoa....mulching??? They should not be mulched. In nature they would n...
by ToyinPA
Sat Mar 06, 2021 6:04 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Nest material
Replies: 7
Views: 1108

Re: Nest material

I put a small amount, just enough to cover the bottom of the nest tray, of cedar shavings in first, then a big hand full of white pine needles (pine straw). The cedar shavings will get wet if your houses/gourds let rain in. If you use cedar shaving it's best to do nest checks after a good rain. That...