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by TomBrake
Sat Jan 30, 2021 7:19 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: 2 Dead adults - crescent entrances
Replies: 8
Views: 2374

Re: 2 Dead adults - crescent entrances

This is another reason to do frequent nest checks. It would be much easier to formulate a reason for the death of these two without so much time between discovery. Fighting over mates often occurs inside cavities. extreme weather incidents, resulting in starvation due to lack of flying insects, that...
by TomBrake
Sun Sep 13, 2020 2:05 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Gourd Limit for 2" Square Aluminum Pole
Replies: 5
Views: 2381

Re: Gourd Limit for 2" Square Aluminum Pole

I’ve had 18 gourds on a 2 inch pole for years. Converted it to all ChirpyNest houses four years ago. Picture shows 20 ChirpyNest cavities. 12 singles and 2- 4 compartment houses. It’s been through many storms at full mast. However I do try to lower it about three feet if I know a storm is on its way...
by TomBrake
Thu Jan 30, 2020 10:24 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: East Tennessee Landlords
Replies: 11
Views: 3756

Re: East Tennessee Landlords

You aren’t too far from me in Abingdon VA if I can help you in any way feel free to contact me. I manage several sites including one on the campus of Virginia Highlands Community College. Tom you’re awesome. We might take a fun trip one weekend and come up your way. I think I’d just be totally over...
by TomBrake
Sun Jan 26, 2020 8:54 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: East Tennessee Landlords
Replies: 11
Views: 3756

Re: East Tennessee Landlords

You aren’t too far from me in Abingdon VA if I can help you in any way feel free to contact me. I manage several sites including one on the campus of Virginia Highlands Community College.
by TomBrake
Sun Jan 26, 2020 8:51 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: East Tennessee Landlords
Replies: 11
Views: 3756

Re: East Tennessee Landlords

I’m looking for E Tn Landlords to connect with for information and perhaps an opportunity for helpful hints with PM setups. I think it would be such a great thing and might encourage others to startup their own colonies with support. Jhcox I’d love to come visit your site...you’re not too far from ...
by TomBrake
Sat Jan 25, 2020 10:16 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Removed 60 Foot Tree for 2020. Before and After Pics
Replies: 16
Views: 6408

Re: Removed 60 Foot Tree for 2020. Before and After Pics

4'th year coming up trying to get that first pair. Finally decided to cut down the largest tree in my yard. The tree was 40 feet from martin pole but was 60 feet tall and 50 feet wide. It was definitely a hawk magnet. I watched a hawk launch from this tree once and hit a decoy. I cut this tree down...
by TomBrake
Sat Jan 25, 2020 10:14 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Removed 60 Foot Tree for 2020. Before and After Pics
Replies: 16
Views: 6408

Re: Removed 60 Foot Tree for 2020. Before and After Pics

steve r wrote:
Sun Jan 19, 2020 8:28 am
What are the boxes on the pole with the gourds?
Steve
Those are ChirpyNest houses.
by TomBrake
Tue Nov 26, 2019 9:22 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Does Offering Different Types Of Cavities Help Attract Martins ?
Replies: 11
Views: 7536

Re: Does Offering Different Types Of Cavities Help Attract Martins ?

I believe offering variety would help in attracting that first pair but make sure the site meets the recommended criteria. Open flyways mainly and distance from trees. If you haven’t tried the dawn song I would highly recommend trying it, especially if you haven’t seen martins investigating. Number ...
by TomBrake
Fri Oct 11, 2019 3:06 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: One Martin still returning to roost
Replies: 12
Views: 4872

Re: One Martin still returning to roost

September 27 and this martin, a female or HY young has been returning each night since July 31 when my last birds fledged. I’ve never heard it vocalize. Comes in right at sunset , circles once or twice and tucks into one of the three top ChirpyNest cavities on this pole. I’ve watched every night an...
by TomBrake
Mon Oct 07, 2019 7:44 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: One Martin still returning to roost
Replies: 12
Views: 4872

Re: One Martin still returning to roost

I would guess it's a HY. Some get left behind by their parents. I had one stay late one year & worried we'd have to catch it & feed it all winter, which isn't usually possible. It finally left. Eventually yours should head south. This year I had a chick that got left behind. Parents didn't come bac...
by TomBrake
Sat Oct 05, 2019 8:00 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: One Martin still returning to roost
Replies: 12
Views: 4872

Re: One Martin still returning to roost

Tom that is strange, the urge to migrate is a strong one; wonder why the heck she/he keeps coming back? looks like your area temps will be in for a change. I hope that Martin takes the hint and heads south for it's own sake. We will see. I thought she had moved on as I did not see her return Thursd...
by TomBrake
Tue Oct 01, 2019 8:15 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: One Martin still returning to roost
Replies: 12
Views: 4872

Re: One Martin still returning to roost

October 1st and again this martin returns to spend the night. I’m wondering if she will ever leave.
by TomBrake
Fri Sep 27, 2019 6:55 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: One Martin still returning to roost
Replies: 12
Views: 4872

One Martin still returning to roost

September 27 and this martin, a female or HY young has been returning each night since July 31 when my last birds fledged. I’ve never heard it vocalize. Comes in right at sunset , circles once or twice and tucks into one of the three top ChirpyNest cavities on this pole. I’ve watched every night and...
by TomBrake
Fri Feb 01, 2019 7:25 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Martin site fidelity
Replies: 16
Views: 4016

Re: Martin site fidelity

I think you will have good luck increasing the colony this year. Sounds like you are ready to go. I’m not too far from you , in in Abingdon va. Second and third year went from three to eleven pairs then grew steadily after that. Good luck. I’m looking for my first birds to arrive around March 10 but...
by TomBrake
Fri Feb 01, 2019 1:01 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Martin site fidelity
Replies: 16
Views: 4016

Re: Martin site fidelity

Chances are excellent provided the birds survive the migration. Even though they will be adult birds they probably won’t be among the first to arrive in your area so if you see scout reports popping up around you. Don’t panic.
by TomBrake
Wed Mar 30, 2016 11:12 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Compartment ID system
Replies: 5
Views: 1504

Re: Compartment ID system

I have seven poles and trying to come up with a numbering system. Thinking of giving each pole a letter A thru G then each compartment a consecutive number starting with 1 such as A1, A2...B1,B2... And so on. Any better suggestions? Each pole has some gourds and some house compartments. Past years ...
by TomBrake
Tue Mar 29, 2016 6:22 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Compartment ID system
Replies: 5
Views: 1504

Compartment ID system

I have seven poles and trying to come up with a numbering system. Thinking of giving each pole a letter A thru G then each compartment a consecutive number starting with 1 such as A1, A2...B1,B2... And so on. Any better suggestions? Each pole has some gourds and some house compartments. Past years I...
by TomBrake
Sat Jun 27, 2015 7:24 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Headless Martin
Replies: 3
Views: 1462

Headless Martin

Today when checking a tree swallow box I found the resident dead in the box and its head was gone. I suspect a predator reached in and grabbed the bird by the head and couldnt get it out so it ended with only the head. I have had this same thing happen with a couple of martin gourds in the past. I s...
by TomBrake
Mon May 04, 2015 8:38 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Altitude of flight
Replies: 3
Views: 1090

Thanks Louise.
Kathy. Very interesting article. The natural world is always fascinating. I never realized the diversity of "Martin food" and the height which it is found.
by TomBrake
Sun May 03, 2015 6:12 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Altitude of flight
Replies: 3
Views: 1090

Altitude of flight

I am lying here in my hammock watching the Martin's soar enjoying the sunny evening. It got me wondering what is the altitude that martins are at when they feed and fly in this leisurely way. I know it varies but at times they are a barely visible speck.