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by Hanover Bill
Fri May 08, 2020 8:05 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Cold Weather Feeding ??
Replies: 5
Views: 1238

Cold Weather Feeding ??

I usually see 50 degrees as the make or break temp for flying insects, and for the Martins' ability to find them and feed. I am wondering how much that temp varies if there is a large body of water nearby where they can feed. It is my understanding that there would be flying insects available at low...
by Hanover Bill
Sat May 02, 2020 8:01 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Newbie question; When is best time of day for visits to New Housing startup?
Replies: 2
Views: 622

Re: Newbie question; When is best time of day for visits to New Housing startup?

I agree that mid morning was always the time I would see visitors when I was trying to establish a colony. To narrow it down a little I would say 10AM till Noon. I also agree that you will almost always hear them before you see them.

Hanover Bill.
by Hanover Bill
Thu Apr 16, 2020 9:14 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Supplemental Feeding With "Cicadas"
Replies: 4
Views: 1211

Supplemental Feeding With "Cicadas"

After 7 yrs. of trying I finally have had some success with supplemental feeding my Martins. What finally did the trick for me are "cicadas", those nasty insects that drove us crazy clinging to everything last summer. I gathered and froze several coffee cans full of them last summer. A messy job whi...
by Hanover Bill
Wed Apr 01, 2020 9:09 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Martins back in central PA
Replies: 3
Views: 901

Re: Martins back in central PA

Hi Toy;

Great news. I have 5 here right now. Weather is supposed to improve tomorrow, hopefully Phil was right about an early spring.
Best of luck to you this season.

Hanover Bill.
by Hanover Bill
Sat Sep 21, 2019 7:05 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Does Offering Different Types Of Cavities Help Attract Martins ?
Replies: 11
Views: 7839

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

I would say yes. Especially when trying to attract your first nesters. In my own case I started with a plastic house, added gourds, Troyer horizontal and verticle, and finally found success when I also put up a T-14. The T-14 seemed to put me over the finish line. Of course all of this took 5 years ...
by Hanover Bill
Wed Aug 28, 2019 6:51 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: My Purple Martins Obviously Like Gourds!
Replies: 10
Views: 7371

Re: My Purple Martins Obviously Like Gourds!

Steve; My colony kind of evolved a little differently. I started off with a plastic house, then a house and some gourds. I only got nesters when I added a T-14 to the mix. It seemed to be the deal maker in attracting my first nesting pairs. However, after those first nesters the gourds won out in a ...
by Hanover Bill
Thu Aug 22, 2019 3:24 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Forest fires in Brazil's Amazon rain forest
Replies: 19
Views: 11454

Re: Forest fires in Brazil's Amazon rain forest

No lack of things to worry about when you are a Purple Martin Landlord. Add another one to the list with this news. Martins are very adaptable as are all of God's creatures, so hopefully they will navigate this issue as they have many others over the years.

Hanover Bill.
by Hanover Bill
Tue Aug 13, 2019 4:05 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Farewell Tour 2019 ??
Replies: 5
Views: 2901

Re: Farewell Tour 2019 ??

Well said Toy. I'm already missing them.

Bill.
by Hanover Bill
Tue Aug 13, 2019 7:21 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Farewell Tour 2019 ??
Replies: 5
Views: 2901

Farewell Tour 2019 ??

It seems like every year I am privileged to get a "farewell tour" from my Martins. Even though most had fledged weeks ago and there has been very little activity around my housing, yesterday I was treated to what I call the "farewell tour". At least 50 Martins circling the housing, chirping away, al...
by Hanover Bill
Thu Aug 08, 2019 4:35 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: How Many Gourds on 2" Pole ??
Replies: 11
Views: 9370

How Many Gourds on 2" Pole ??

Anyone out there have any experience with 18 gourds hung on a 2" square aluminum pole? Right now I have two 2" aluminum poles with 12 gourds a piece on them. No issues at all with the wind with this set up. I am thinking about possible expansion next year to 18 gourds on one or both of them . They s...
by Hanover Bill
Wed Aug 07, 2019 8:15 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Owl Predation
Replies: 17
Views: 12926

Re: Owl Predation

Hi Dave; Nature indeed can fully test our resilience. I know mine has been tested quite a few times as a Purple Martin Landlord. Just last night I heard a GHO hooting away in my back lot. Fortunately all of my Martins have fledged, but it sure gives me something to worry about for next season. I don...
by Hanover Bill
Tue Aug 06, 2019 7:33 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Pole for T-14
Replies: 11
Views: 7692

Re: Pole for T-14

I used a two inch square highway sign post, the kind with holes about an inch or two apart on all four sides. It has been up for 6 years and no issues yet. It has survived some pretty good Western Pa. severe thunderstorms. You are right about the weight of the T-14, it is a heavy one. Probably the b...
by Hanover Bill
Tue Aug 06, 2019 7:22 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: My Last Three August Late Purple Martin Broods Have Finally Fledged
Replies: 6
Views: 7093

Re: My Last Three August Late Purple Martin Broods Have Finally Fledged

I'm a long way from Louisiana here in Western Pa. but I also have had a couple of later than normal nests and fledges. I got confused on my nest checks but I assume they are re-nests. I still have two to go. All of my others fledged weeks ago. Whatever the reason for these late nests it seems to be ...
by Hanover Bill
Mon Jul 29, 2019 5:39 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Gourd racks and gourds - Going out of business
Replies: 9
Views: 7426

Re: Gourd racks and gourds - Going out of business

Hi Trishy; I'm sorry to hear that you are closing down your site. On the other hand, I understand that being a landlord can be heart breaking at times. Nature can be cruel, and dealing with some of the problems a landlord encounters can push us to the limits of our patience, I know, I've been there....
by Hanover Bill
Fri Jul 26, 2019 7:41 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: What a season, central PA
Replies: 7
Views: 5660

Re: What a season, central PA

Sounds like another rough year over that way Toy. You can take comfort in the fact that you are doing everything possible for your Martins. Hopefully you have a string of good seasons ahead, you certainly deserve it.

Hanover Bill.
by Hanover Bill
Sat Jul 20, 2019 7:31 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Three puzzles
Replies: 4
Views: 2405

Re: Three puzzles

Thanks for the responses, I think I'll have to go back over my records and see if I missed something. Maybe I had a senior moment when recording the information, it's been known to happen before. LOL.

Hanover Bill.
by Hanover Bill
Fri Jul 19, 2019 6:01 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Slow Fledgers ??
Replies: 1
Views: 1482

Slow Fledgers ??

I am finding fledges that should have fledged days ago, still in the gourd. They appear healthy, just haven't fledged yet. I never remember that happening before. Are there any stats out there on what is the longest period a fledge has gone from hatch to fledge? I know the accepted time frame is 26-...
by Hanover Bill
Fri Jul 19, 2019 6:53 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Three puzzles
Replies: 4
Views: 2405

Re: Three puzzles

I have had some strange happenings at my site this year also. I have a gourd which I had scheduled to fledge 5 Martins on Jul. 6th. I assumed all had fledged successfully. While walking under the housing yesterday I noticed a female carrying a bug go into this gourd. I lowered the housing and much t...
by Hanover Bill
Sun Jun 23, 2019 6:39 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Handling of Runts ??
Replies: 3
Views: 5673

Handling of Runts ??

Just looking for suggestions and advise on the handling of runts in order to give them the best chance for survival. During a nest check yesterday I noticed one baby probably half the size of his clutch mates.

Thanks in advance;
Hanover Bill.
by Hanover Bill
Fri Jun 21, 2019 8:37 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Oyster Shells ??
Replies: 3
Views: 4480

Oyster Shells ??

Are the Manna Pro Oyster Shells available at Tractor Supply alright for Purple Martins? Reading the label, it sounds like they are mainly for chickens, but I was wondering if they are safe for the Martins? If not where do you get crushed oyster shells for Martins?

Thanks;
Hanover Bill.