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by Bob Buskas
Thu Apr 05, 2007 10:33 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Hello and Update from central Arkansas (Faulkner county)
Replies: 3
Views: 3397

Kent, so nice to hear from you again. Please post your comments more often. For those of you that are fairly new to the forum, Kent was the founder of this "Purple Martin Forum". Then finding it a bit too much to handle with his personal life, he decided to turn the forum over to the PMCA. I'm very ...
by Bob Buskas
Tue Apr 03, 2007 12:17 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Great arrival in South Texas tonight
Replies: 11
Views: 6927

Thanks for the update John, I suspect many of these birds are heading north to Alberta and western Canada :lol: They are due here in about 4 to 6 weeks.
by Bob Buskas
Sat Mar 31, 2007 9:30 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Sorry another question
Replies: 11
Views: 6086

"NOW........ THATS FUNNY"
by Bob Buskas
Fri Mar 30, 2007 9:02 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: First Time Martins and SREH
Replies: 17
Views: 13939

I agree with Thurman, SREH are very attractive to the females especially. I start new colonies up here in Alberta using total SREH all the time. Round holes are a thing of the past with me. Large established colonies tend to have less Starling problems because the ASY male Martins will drive them of...
by Bob Buskas
Tue Mar 27, 2007 4:55 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: BBC Purple Martin Documentary
Replies: 20
Views: 25621

Sounds great Kelly, I am now making my prebuilt nests using a Styrofoam subfloor 1/2" thick, in the rear of the nest tray and then painting the styrofoam as well as the nest tray walls with mud. Then ad a handful of straw. The styrofoam worked really well last year. Give it a try.
by Bob Buskas
Mon Mar 26, 2007 7:34 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: BBC Purple Martin Documentary
Replies: 20
Views: 25621

Thanks for the post Kelly. Really makes me home sick for my Martins. By the way, have you got your North Star house that you won at last years Martin Fest up and ready?
by Bob Buskas
Wed Feb 14, 2007 10:18 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Starlings Are Getting Past My New WC SREH's!
Replies: 30
Views: 49343

IMHO any SREH should be backed up with a repeating Starling trap of some kind. Your SREH will then become Starling proof!
by Bob Buskas
Fri Feb 09, 2007 12:32 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: crickets & meal worms
Replies: 5
Views: 5135

Meal worms will survive in the fridge for at least 2 or 3 months. It is best to remove them every 10 days or so, warm them a bit and feed them a carrot or potato then place them back in the fridge. I have kept mine all winter at the back of my shop, it's 50 degrees F. they still feed a bit at that t...
by Bob Buskas
Thu Feb 08, 2007 10:40 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: FFirst PM the year at my site!!
Replies: 7
Views: 5356

Good Luck this year Jack, I have the same hawk and Merlin problems up here in Alberta. They can do alot of damage. Hopefully you can make some adjustments to your colony site and they will leave. There are things that can be done to discourage them.
by Bob Buskas
Thu Feb 08, 2007 10:34 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: crickets & meal worms
Replies: 5
Views: 5135

Good advice Bob, I like the meal worms myself, as they can be kept in my beer fridge for many months. Meal worms are easily controlled with temperature. You can even grow them yourself if you want. The Martins love them. Check out Google on meal worms you will get lots of info.
by Bob Buskas
Wed Jan 31, 2007 12:23 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Temperatures for insects to fly........
Replies: 7
Views: 11631

Great post Mary, you have it 100% right! :wink:
by Bob Buskas
Sun Jan 28, 2007 3:18 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Far North Migration question
Replies: 11
Views: 7046

Hi AJ, I had my best year ever at both my colonies. Can't remember the exact numbers but I had 42 pair here and 31 at the Golf course. Fledged well over 300 nestlings. Plus I look after several other smaller colonies that are coming along well. Sounds like you will be in for some good numbers this s...
by Bob Buskas
Fri Jan 26, 2007 10:07 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Far North Migration question
Replies: 11
Views: 7046

Hi AJ, are you the Annne that I have conversed with last year? I think so. You are right AJ, I think all of our birds are still well south enjoying the mild weather. Our Western Canadian Martins probably migrate North with the Martins that nest in the Northern States . So they won't suffer, from thi...
by Bob Buskas
Thu Jan 25, 2007 7:25 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Feeding martins and bluebirds?
Replies: 7
Views: 9283

Steven, don't forget to keep a good supply of Oyster or egg Shell on that feeder all season long. The Martins will find it.
by Bob Buskas
Wed Jan 24, 2007 5:41 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Feeding martins and bluebirds?
Replies: 7
Views: 9283

Thanks Jeff, Good Luck with your styro foam houses. The Martins should love them. I know they will love the design as my NOrth Stars work wonderfully and I'm getting 100% occupancy.
by Bob Buskas
Wed Jan 24, 2007 5:15 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Feeding martins and bluebirds?
Replies: 7
Views: 9283

Steven, I feed my Martins on a platform feeder much like what you describe. I don't have Blue Birds in my yard but I do have Robins. I have had to build a Robin Proof feeder to keep them from stealing all the meal worms. But I have seen the Adult Martins chase the Much larger Robins away from the me...
by Bob Buskas
Mon Jan 22, 2007 11:51 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Do you keep a journal?
Replies: 17
Views: 15539

I have since I started and I go back to reading it every year. A journal is a must. I have one all year around now. You will learn so much from it!
by Bob Buskas
Fri Jan 19, 2007 11:59 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Best choice in a pellet gun
Replies: 24
Views: 30670

From my experience the brand doesn't mean that much but you get what you pay for. Go to a good gun shop and let them advise you. Conrad makes some very good points, Gamo is an excellent Gun.
by Bob Buskas
Fri Dec 15, 2006 2:34 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Preparing for the 2007 (+ 2008!) seasons
Replies: 16
Views: 16763

Mike, this is why it is so important to get the birds at your colony use to a feeding platform in ones yard. When my older birds return early in the spring, they roost in the houses and go directly to the Oysterbar for food in cold snowy weather. They remember well from previous years. Most all of u...
by Bob Buskas
Tue Dec 12, 2006 7:01 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Preparing for the 2007 (+ 2008!) seasons
Replies: 16
Views: 16763

EH...... this post is getting me excited already. Thanks Louise and Linda. You two Ladies are the best! Many passive landlords just don't know what their missing, the more we check on them the more success you will have and the tamer they get. My Martins just love it when I lower my Oyster Bar and f...