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by Ed Svetich-WI
Tue May 04, 2021 6:38 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: COLD in Mn
Replies: 7
Views: 141

Re: COLD in Mn

Mark, Good suggestions regarding crippling crickets and heat packs. Our temps are up and down. 90 degrees Saturday and FROST tonight. Lows in the upper 30s and low 40s. Sun came out today with temp about 55. Swarms of small insects. Highs for the rest of the week in the 50s and lows near freezing to...
by Ed Svetich-WI
Mon May 03, 2021 6:07 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: COLD in Mn
Replies: 7
Views: 141

Re: COLD in Mn

Mark, I have been in similar situations here in Wisconsin. If the martins are gone during the day and returning at night, they have been out feeding.I had them survive three days with a high of 42° this spring. They were gone all day and back at dusk every day. 50° is not freezing and insects are ou...
by Ed Svetich-WI
Mon Apr 26, 2021 5:09 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: After 50 years no Martin's yet
Replies: 8
Views: 591

Re: After 50 years no Martin's yet

Strong SE winds today brought a big influx of newly arriving martins ,barn swallows and rough wing swallows. Hopefully, those further North will experience the same thing. Mother nature knows best. The noise from all the new arrivals trying to find cavities is nice to hear. Raise a lot of fledglings...
by Ed Svetich-WI
Sun Apr 25, 2021 5:11 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: After 50 years no Martin's yet
Replies: 8
Views: 591

Re: After 50 years no Martin's yet

Joy, I'm in south central Wisconsin. I am also slow filling up. My first martin was 10 days later than last year. Others around Wisconsin are seeing a slow spring. I had two ASY show up today with SE winds. Our high temps have been in the 40s. It may be to our( and their) advantage if they are late....
by Ed Svetich-WI
Sun Apr 25, 2021 8:58 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Banded martins
Replies: 2
Views: 228

Banded martins

Keep your eyes on your resident martins. There are two here in Wisconsin using auxilary colored red bands in addition to federal bands. We coordinated the numbers on the red bands to prevent the same numbers being used. I just observed a red banded ASY male here at my small colony with my binoculars...
by Ed Svetich-WI
Thu Apr 22, 2021 5:14 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Nest checks 4-22-21
Replies: 3
Views: 337

Re: Nest checks 4-22-21

Just curious, how often do you do nest replacements?

Ed
by Ed Svetich-WI
Thu Apr 22, 2021 8:57 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: A high temperature of 42° for three days
Replies: 1
Views: 343

A high temperature of 42° for three days

Martins continue to amaze me with their resilience. With lows in the 20s and 19° overnight last night, my martins have survived and are just now leaving for the day. They are out feeding all day over the past three days only to return just before dark. We are rural and I have observed early martins ...
by Ed Svetich-WI
Tue Mar 30, 2021 1:35 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Tree swallows checking gourds
Replies: 5
Views: 1087

Re: Tree swallows checking gourds

Go to the PMCA main page. Under Education, find Download. Under Download, find TreeSwallow Emergency. Tree swallows are not your friend if you are trying to attract martins and a poor substitute for martins. If they claim your site, they will aggressively drive off investigating martins. Follow the ...
by Ed Svetich-WI
Tue Aug 25, 2020 3:35 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Second Clutch Possibilities ?
Replies: 4
Views: 1881

Re: Second Clutch Possibilities ?

Bill, I documented one such occurence in 2017, as you may have read in the earlier Forum post. I nest check religiously. Plenty of nest checks and nest replacements made it possible to verify that two full nesting cycles occurred. From the first egg in the first nest to the fledging of the young on ...
by Ed Svetich-WI
Mon Aug 10, 2020 7:10 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Second nest?
Replies: 4
Views: 1537

Re: Second nest?

I have only had one experience with a second nest by the same pair of martins. In 2017, I had an ASY pair lay their first egg on May 18 and fledge 3 nestlings on schedule on July 5th. On July 17, with fledglings still appearing at this nest and after wondering why this adult pair was still active in...
by Ed Svetich-WI
Fri Jul 24, 2020 8:23 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Cresent Versus Modified Excluder Entrances?
Replies: 6
Views: 1939

Re: Cresent Versus Modified Excluder Entrances?

I have both entrances and have never had a starling breach. Starlings try both early in the season, give up and never bother all season. I think that the Modified Excluder would be more difficult for even a smaller starling to enter based on their larger sternum. Others will chime in. All are occupi...
by Ed Svetich-WI
Fri Jul 24, 2020 12:26 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: I'm going to need bigger gourds- 10 nestlings in one.
Replies: 6
Views: 2210

Re: I'm going to need bigger gourds- 10 nestlings in one.

Final nest completed fledging 7 nestlings this morning. Checked all gourds as it was the first time In months with all martins out flying. No dead found. 67 nestlings successfully fledged out of 67 eggs that hatched. Successful year. They should still be around for another week or ten days or so bef...
by Ed Svetich-WI
Mon Jul 20, 2020 11:06 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: The Lone Chick seems to be pulling through.
Replies: 11
Views: 3298

Re: The Lone Chick seems to be pulling through.

I suggest watching the nest he is in closely, if you can. If you observe adults bringing insects within a half hour or so, I would not necessarily worry. One chick does not require as many visits as a nest full. Are you saying there were two chicks in the nest yesterday? That would be a concern. A n...
by Ed Svetich-WI
Thu Jul 16, 2020 10:06 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: The Lone Chick seems to be pulling through.
Replies: 11
Views: 3298

Re: The Lone Chick seems to be pulling through.

This one could not have made it without you. Quality is better than quantity. One martin at a time. Fortunately, it is usually not this involved.

Good job.

Ed
by Ed Svetich-WI
Tue Jul 14, 2020 6:53 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: I'm going to need bigger gourds- 10 nestlings in one.
Replies: 6
Views: 2210

Re: I'm going to need bigger gourds- 10 nestlings in one.

Just completed the last of the nest replacements on my gourds. All 67 (100%) of the nestlings that hatched were still alive and well during the last of three nest replacements. The 4 nestlings transfered from the nest of 10 nestlings all survived as did the 6 remaning in the original nest. The oldes...
by Ed Svetich-WI
Mon Jul 13, 2020 6:57 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Had Martins again but no breeding. Looking for some advice
Replies: 8
Views: 2450

Re: Had Martins again but no breeding. Looking for some advice

Google the Wisconsin Purple Martin Association and you will find some groups to contact. Realistically, it can take a long time to attract martins. Location is the most important criteria. There are quite a few martin colonies within a short drive from you. Being between Lake Michigan and Lake Winne...
by Ed Svetich-WI
Sun Jul 12, 2020 1:57 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: At what age do the babies fly out of the gourds?
Replies: 4
Views: 1206

Re: At what age do the babies fly out of the gourds?

It varies from as early as 26 days to 33 days at my colony. How old are your nestlings? How many do you have this year? Not all nestlings in a nest are the same age or size. Hatching can take two days and I had a nest that hatched over three days this year. One nest here began fledgling yesterday at...
by Ed Svetich-WI
Fri Jul 10, 2020 3:16 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: how many broods?
Replies: 3
Views: 1018

Re: how many broods?

Jeff, Too late this year for nesting but you can still attract some as northern martins and this years' young begin exploring and heading south in the next 6 to 8 weeks. Over the next several weeks or months, I suggest searching thru the contents of this Forum as well as the information in the banne...
by Ed Svetich-WI
Wed Jul 08, 2020 10:51 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Advice for 2021 improvements?
Replies: 4
Views: 1327

Re: Advice for 2021 improvements?

I concur with the previous advice. A housing upgrade is needed. Check out the many options available on the PMCA shop. Individual gourds or multifamily housing of quality will be less expensive in the long run. Explore your area for existing martin colonies to see what appeals to you. Keep in mind w...
by Ed Svetich-WI
Tue Jul 07, 2020 8:15 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Martinwatch nest data sheet, fledged?
Replies: 9
Views: 2199

Re: Martinwatch nest data sheet, fledged?

Dave, Another good question. I guess I just used an "F" to indicate fledged without really thinking about it. The list on the bottom of the sheet only gives an"X" to indicate an empty cavity. I know my yearly data has been accepted as I get my yearly magnet in return.Maybe the PMCA will respond. I d...