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by Ed Svetich-WI
Tue Jul 30, 2019 8:22 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: How many is enough?
Replies: 6
Views: 5176

Re: How many is enough?

Billie, Here is my experience.It took a while but I persisted. In many cases, one pair of martins is all it takes to make someone happy. I still remember that first SY pair. 12 cavities is a reasonable starting point for a potential martin colony in a good location. We often read here of hopeful mar...
by Ed Svetich-WI
Mon Jul 29, 2019 4:23 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Do SY's return to their birth colony?
Replies: 20
Views: 13223

Re: Do SY's return to their birth colony?

I just checked my records specifically for SY returns. We banded 77 nestlings in 2014. The next year, 5 banded SY birds returned ( 2 female and 3 males.). That is a 6% return of SY from that hatch year. Incidentally, red banded male #05 returned as an SY and returned in 2016, 2017 and 2018. SY femal...
by Ed Svetich-WI
Mon Jul 29, 2019 12:31 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Do SY's return to their birth colony?
Replies: 20
Views: 13223

Re: Do SY's return to their birth colony?

Billie, In the past 6 years, I have had 14 martins banded as nestlings at my colony return to nest here as adults.That is about 5% of the total numbers banded. However, if estimates of high juvenile mortality are as high as even 50%, that percentage could essentially be a 10% return of surviving nes...
by Ed Svetich-WI
Sun Jul 28, 2019 8:51 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Small colony results with active managemen- Best practices
Replies: 3
Views: 3719

Re: Small colony results with active managemen- Best practices

Gotham, Correct on both points. I use pine needles from white pines collected in the Fall when they cover the ground. Make sure they are dry and store them in a trash bag. I placed a good handfull in the cavities after dusting the inside with carbaryl (Sevin), or any dry powder insecticide that is s...
by Ed Svetich-WI
Sun Jul 28, 2019 2:33 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Small colony results with active managemen- Best practices
Replies: 3
Views: 3719

Small colony results with active managemen- Best practices

After 25 years of trying and several years of actually attracting martins and allowing nature to take its' course. I became discouraged that there were relatively few eggs that resulted in fledglings. How many fledged? I have no idea. How could I? No records, few nest checks and haphazard vermin con...
by Ed Svetich-WI
Fri Jul 19, 2019 1:34 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: MITES! I had no idea!
Replies: 13
Views: 5788

Re: MITES! I had no idea!

Additionally, immediate nest replacements will quickly knock down the population as long as the nestlings are not near fledging.. You can then add Sevin(carbaryi) under the new nest material. In future years, at least two nest replacements at day ten and another at day 20 or even more frequently can...
by Ed Svetich-WI
Thu Jul 18, 2019 8:03 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: The Forum vs Facebook
Replies: 10
Views: 4840

Re: The Forum vs Facebook

John,

You ok? I would Facebook you but my wife won't let me near it.😁

Ed
by Ed Svetich-WI
Thu Jul 11, 2019 8:40 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Here is my set up that has martins thriving in a small residential yard.
Replies: 14
Views: 6376

Re: Here is my set up that has martins thriving in a small residential yard.

Apples to oranges. Active compartments actively managed is key. Providing cavities and attracting martins and then providing lilttle oversight does not permit one to document results. If success is defined as having a nesting martins, providing cavities, attracting martins and cleaning out old nests...
by Ed Svetich-WI
Wed Jul 10, 2019 8:21 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Here is my set up that has martins thriving in a small residential yard.
Replies: 14
Views: 6376

Re: Here is my set up that has martins thriving in a small residential yard.

Do you actively manage your colony with nest checks and nest replacements? Your site looks fine. Obviously, the martins accepted it. Especially in areas with lower martin populations, active colony management can significantly increase the local population and produce martins for other potential col...
by Ed Svetich-WI
Sun Jun 30, 2019 11:57 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: What's lurking in that nest?
Replies: 1
Views: 2202

What's lurking in that nest?

I've completed most of my first nest replacements thus far.I did three beginning on day 7, then day 14 and then day 20 last year. I went from two nest replacements to three last year after finding that buffalo gnats had alread attacked two six day old nestlings and they were too near death to save. ...
by Ed Svetich-WI
Fri Jun 28, 2019 1:02 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: A gang of martins?
Replies: 15
Views: 7622

Re: A gang of martins?

Wisconsin's martins are at least a month later in arrival than those in the South. Fledgling will be sometime in mid July and later. I have had parents still feeding young as late as the beginning of September. In this case, it was the result of a second successful nest. That year, the ASY pair rais...
by Ed Svetich-WI
Fri Jun 28, 2019 8:54 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: A gang of martins?
Replies: 15
Views: 7622

Re: A gang of martins?

With the recent storms, it is possible that their colony sustained damage and they are looking for new housing. They would have to be adults as it is too early for any of this year's young to be about. My oldest nestlings are just 9 days old. Coincidentally, I had a new pair of ASY here yesterday af...
by Ed Svetich-WI
Tue Jun 25, 2019 6:37 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Sharing Best Practices
Replies: 0
Views: 5422

Sharing Best Practices

When I joined the PMCA in January 2004, I was an exasperated hopeful martin landlord. I put up a Trio house and waited and waited and waited. Using advice and suggestions from both PMCA research as well as experienced landlords, I modified my housing, I added gourds, attraction recordings as well as...
by Ed Svetich-WI
Tue Jun 25, 2019 4:34 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Handling of Runts ??
Replies: 3
Views: 5674

Re: Handling of Runts ??

Bill, I have run into that situation a few times myself. I did as Anthony did and matched the size of the runt with a nest with similarly sized nestlings. The only caveat would be to pick a nest that does not have a large clutch. I was fortunate and was able to pair them up with 4 healthy nestlings ...
by Ed Svetich-WI
Tue Jun 25, 2019 8:31 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Maxed OUT!!
Replies: 13
Views: 9954

Re: Maxed OUT!!

<t>Interesting philosophy. After years of improvements to martin husbandry such as expanded cavities, various gourds designs and improved martin houses, predator guards, attraction techniques and devices, starling resistant entrances and many efforts to grow the martin population in areas experienci...
by Ed Svetich-WI
Sun Jun 23, 2019 5:54 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Another question about the Dawn Song
Replies: 4
Views: 5231

Re: Another question about the Dawn Song

Billie, Congratulations. The Dawn Song is an attraction device. It has worked for you in that you have an ASY male who apparently likes your set up. Once the recording has done it's job, I suggest it is time to turn it off. A live martin is even better at attracting passing martins, or in going out ...
by Ed Svetich-WI
Sat Jun 22, 2019 6:53 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Are egg shells really necessary?
Replies: 40
Views: 26730

Re:

For those of you who keep back issues of the Purple Martin Update, I suggest that you read the article in Vol.15(2) titled"Calcium Supplementation and Purple Martin Reproduction:..."by James R. Hill lll of the PMCA and Scott Rush of the University of Georgia. I do not know if the article is availab...
by Ed Svetich-WI
Fri Jun 21, 2019 9:28 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Oyster Shells ??
Replies: 3
Views: 4483

Re: Oyster Shells ??

Actually, oyster shells have been shown to produce more martin nestlings than the use of egg shells. The study was done by Jamie Hill of the PMCA a number of years ago. Oyster shells are all that I have used for years. They are clean, readily accepted and a 50# bag will last for years. The cost shou...
by Ed Svetich-WI
Tue Jun 18, 2019 4:27 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Beware the Buffalo Gnats
Replies: 10
Views: 5704

Re: Beware the Buffalo Gnats

Thank you.. You are correct. In fact, I have used the synthetic pyrethrin in powder form from time to time. I was remiss In not discussing it.. It would be impractical to use it on the outside of martin housing. Areosol formulations would be applicable if buffalo gnats are present. As with any pesti...
by Ed Svetich-WI
Mon Jun 17, 2019 8:33 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Beware the Buffalo Gnats
Replies: 10
Views: 5704

Re: Beware the Buffalo Gnats

There are significant differences across the pesticide spectrum. According to the National Pesticide Information Center, malathion is "moderately toxic ....to birds and highly toxic to bees and other beneficial insects" The half life of malathion varies widely depending on the substrate. Its' 1/2 li...