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by malachy cleary
Thu May 28, 2015 8:28 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Dead Martin
Replies: 4
Views: 1553

Dead Martin

While doing a walk under of a T-14 next to A grit patch where I spread egg and oyster shells I found a dead Subadult Male. It was intact and seemed to have a bite or peck hole On its right shoulder . It was found also right below an active Stsling nest In a vertical natural gourd that I've been cont...
by malachy cleary
Sun Jun 16, 2013 9:31 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Banded Martin
Replies: 1
Views: 1143

Banded Martin

I noticed a banded sub
adult female at my site today.
It looks like it has two bands on the
Left leg; an orange band closer to the foot
With a yellow band on top. I will try to make
Out any numbers but without a Spotting
Scope I won't have much luck. Any ideas
About where this female could be from?
by malachy cleary
Sat Jun 08, 2013 1:55 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: S & S Controller Vigilance
Replies: 3
Views: 2093

Advice

Thanks Ray. I actually have the trap mounted
Right next to a large barn, but no trees
Hanging over it however . Perhaps it was the
Same male. Hasn't happened until this year
But if it happens again I am definitely going
To move the trap. Thanks for your concern
: ). Malachy
by malachy cleary
Fri Jun 07, 2013 8:40 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: S & S Controller Vigilance
Replies: 3
Views: 2093

S & S Controller Vigilance

I trapped a sub adult male martin in my S&S Controller and he was dead by the time I got to him. I feel awful about it. We have had a lot of rain the last two days and I skipped a day of checking the site because for one reason or another I couldn't get there. I had trapped a sub adult male about 10...
by malachy cleary
Tue May 21, 2013 9:46 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Trapped Martin in S&S Controller
Replies: 4
Views: 1611

Trapped Martin in S&S Controller

I have an S&S Controller mounted right next to a barn that has trapped a modest amount of Starlings, less than I had imagined. Yesterday I found a sub-adult male in the basket, I believe. He was not happy and I released him unharmed. That was a first- trapping a Martin That is.
by malachy cleary
Thu May 09, 2013 5:48 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: S&S Controller Puzzle
Replies: 1
Views: 1582

S&S Controller Puzzle

I have an S&S Controller mounted Right next to a barn. I lowered it to Inspect the pivot mechanism and discovered A large quantity of guano inside the body of the trap around the fulcrum block. I hadn't Lowered the house since last summer and And had simply left the trap door open over The winter. T...
by malachy cleary
Fri Aug 17, 2012 11:36 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: New birds?
Replies: 3
Views: 2372

New birds?

After my breeding martins all
Vanished on the 2nd of August I had five subadults show up
Three days ago and are hanging around. Migrants from further
North?
by malachy cleary
Sat Jul 14, 2012 3:48 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Nest check
Replies: 3
Views: 1489

Nest check

I was doing a nest check on an old redwood House where the roof must be removed To get tO compartments. I was doing all the recommended Precautions for older nestlings when at the last second the Three of them flew out. I managed to grab one On the ground And return to the nest the Other two flew of...
by malachy cleary
Tue May 22, 2012 1:06 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: A Colony at Last
Replies: 3
Views: 1541

PR and sentimental naturalists

Dear Kathy, Thanks for your response. No, it is not my property by any means. I was simply given permission by the overseer of the farm Ken Kleinpeter who is from Louisiana and remembers Martins fondly. He has generously let me mount two houses and even offered help on occasion. The Glynwood Farm is...
by malachy cleary
Mon May 21, 2012 10:45 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: A Colony at Last
Replies: 3
Views: 1541

A Colony at Last

Last year I had two nesting pairs and fledged four martins. I was cautiously optimistic about their return. The first arrivals were six adult males which appeared over a course of about three days. One of them went directly to a compartment in an old style redwood house that had successfully fledged...
by malachy cleary
Sat May 12, 2012 4:39 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: A Puzzle
Replies: 3
Views: 1248

Type of trap

I use the T-14 compartment trap; the cheaper one that is not spring loaded, although that one might have an advantage. I think some starlings have figured out how to lift the door of the gravity trap, because I find it sometimes with the door jammed open against the trip wire trigger. Generally it w...
by malachy cleary
Sat May 12, 2012 2:55 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: A Puzzle
Replies: 3
Views: 1248

A Puzzle

At this point I have 6 adult males and one adult female at my site. I am hoping the arrival of subadults brings a few more females. I had a nest box trap in a compartment of my T-14 and was regularly trapping Starlings. As the Martins took more of an interest in the house and the trap was not catchi...
by malachy cleary
Wed May 02, 2012 11:55 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: An Observation
Replies: 2
Views: 1132

An Observation

I have a T-14 and an old redwood 12 compartment house with 4 gourds attached at my site at a farm in Cold Spring N.Y.. The T-14 has proven to be the Starling magnet while the redwood house which is mounted on a telescoping pole the choice of my martins so far. My theory is that the pole while an inf...
by malachy cleary
Tue May 01, 2012 11:01 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: S&S Controller
Replies: 6
Views: 2295

S&S Controller

I can't figure out why my newly installed S&S Controller and my traps are not working. The controller trapped 4 Starling right away and has now been idle for over 3 weeks. I have checked the mechanism 3 times. It's next to a barn. Any Ideas?
by malachy cleary
Thu Mar 29, 2012 6:07 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Timing
Replies: 1
Views: 992

Timing

I am in the lower Hudson Valley and with all the recent warm weather I was surprised not to have seen even any tree swallows yet. I just mounted a S&S Conrtoller and it seems to work like a charm. Three trapped Starlings already. Any idea when the ASY martins should be flying through? I am 60 miles ...
by malachy cleary
Sat Aug 13, 2011 12:26 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: A bit Soon?
Replies: 0
Views: 1620

A bit Soon?

I had two breeding pairs this year. This was my first year of nesting martins. One nest fledged one and the other two. I had some predation by owls; that's the theory anyway. I haven't seen any in the last three days. I thought they headed south a little later. Are they gone for the season? My site ...
by malachy cleary
Sat Jul 30, 2011 5:06 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: More Subadults Now?!
Replies: 2
Views: 1464

More Subadults Now?!

I have been monitoring a group of subadults at a new site in Cold Spring New York. I had six birds, one was taken by an owl or hawk which left five. Two pairs nesting and I assume a widower, There is a lone unhatched egg in one gourd that I think must have belonged to to unlucky one. I thought it wa...
by malachy cleary
Wed Jul 20, 2011 8:31 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Nest Check Question
Replies: 3
Views: 2233

nest check

Thanks Ed, I have actually been checking the nests. This time I noticed the twine on the fledgling's foot because I changed the nests. I have been told that an owl will just take a head off a bird when food is plentiful. Apparently they do that to the nearby chickens. Yeah, a run of bad luck I guess...
by malachy cleary
Wed Jul 20, 2011 6:48 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Nest Check Question
Replies: 3
Views: 2233

Nest Check Question

I am a first time landlord with my first two pairs of nesting martins. I found a a headless banded sub adult male about 3 weeks ago. Today I did a nest check on a gourd that had hatched 4 fledglings about 12 days ago and found one left. Am I having an owl problem? I looked for any evidence of wing p...
by malachy cleary
Wed Jun 29, 2011 9:52 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Banded Dead Martin
Replies: 3
Views: 1926

Banded Dead Martin

I was doing a nest check yesterday and my son noticed a headless sub-adult male that had been killed probably last thursday by the look of the insects. According to Eric Lind of the Constitution Marsh Audubon Society that is the signature of a Coopers Hawk. It had a silver band on its leg #2501 - 09...