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by Hanover Bill
Mon May 03, 2010 10:13 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: He is as loyal as my dog. Much more patient then I am.
Replies: 3
Views: 1462

Good You Are Seeing Martins

Doug; Good to hear you are seeing some Martins. At least we know they can find their way to Beaver County, I was beginning to wonder about that. I'm hoping some of them fly over my site on their way north. I have had to shut my housing down temporarily due to the Tree Swallow dilemna. I have erected...
by Hanover Bill
Sun May 02, 2010 4:42 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Too many martins!
Replies: 7
Views: 3195

Send Them North

linsue; Give those Martins a road map to Western Pennsylvania, the vacancy sign is out and the accomodations are free. Seriously, it is a shame that we can't re-distribute some Martins from areas like yours to areas where they are scarce, like where I am located. Hopefully your predicament is a good...
by Hanover Bill
Sun May 02, 2010 8:13 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: According to the Book
Replies: 4
Views: 1718

According to the Book

After having a pair of Tree Swallows showing immense interest in my Martin housing I have now done everything according to the book and am hoping everything works out. I placed a Bluebird box about 40-50 feet from my Martin House for the Tree Swallows, they immediately showed an interest. The follow...
by Hanover Bill
Fri Apr 30, 2010 1:32 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Tree Swallow Diversion
Replies: 6
Views: 2552

Thanks For All The Good Advice

Thanks for all the good responses and advice. I just came in from following everyones advice. I took a Bluebird box, fastened it to about a 10 ft. piece of pipe and installed it about 40 ft. from my housing. I no sooner walked away from the project than the Tree Swallows were all over it, investigat...
by Hanover Bill
Fri Apr 30, 2010 7:12 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Tree Swallow Diversion
Replies: 6
Views: 2552

Tree Swallow Diversion

I have a pair of Tree Swallows showing immense interest in two gourds which I had just installed below my 12 compartment house. I temporarily took the gourds down this morning and I intend to put up some diversionary housing for the Tree Swallows as this seems to be the recommended procedure. I was ...
by Hanover Bill
Thu Apr 29, 2010 8:45 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Sparrows With Memories
Replies: 1
Views: 1080

Sparrows With Memories

Here's a side note to my recent post about Tree Swallows. I have had absolutely no problem with sparrows this year at all, even though there are an abundance of them around. Not one has tried to build a nest and they are showing absolutely no interest in my housing. I haven't even seen one land on t...
by Hanover Bill
Thu Apr 29, 2010 8:16 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Warm weather returns and so does ASY Male
Replies: 3
Views: 1405

Good News

Doug; Glad to hear your tennant has returned. Hopefully this weather will stay a little nicer now, and there will be more coming. Your Tree Swallow story sounds familiar to me, I just posted my own story about what happened to me today when I put a couple of gourds up on my existing housing, check m...
by Hanover Bill
Thu Apr 29, 2010 4:11 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Tree Swallow Interest
Replies: 3
Views: 1270

Tree Swallow Interest

A curious thing has happened to me. I am just starting my second season of trying to attract Martins. Last year, and up until today, I have just had a 12 compartment S&K house, and during this time I have had some passing interest from one or two tree swallows, at no time have any of them attempted ...
by Hanover Bill
Tue Apr 27, 2010 8:15 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Open for business.
Replies: 6
Views: 1899

No Interest From Tree Swallows

I am in my second year of trying to establish a colony here in Western Pa., no luck yet, haven't even seen a Purple Martin, but I do have regular visits by a Tree Swallow for two years now. He circles my house, lands on it, peers in the compartments, and yet he has never attempted to build a nest in...
by Hanover Bill
Tue Apr 27, 2010 8:07 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: The Street Colonies: A sadly remarkable nest
Replies: 13
Views: 4767

What a Shame

Mike; What a shame that the Martins in your area are going begging for housing and up here in my area we have trouble attracting Martins to perfectly good available housing, just the quirks of geography I guess. Too bad we can't redistribute and spread out the population a little. If any of them hap...
by Hanover Bill
Mon Apr 26, 2010 7:50 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: He's home!!!!!!!
Replies: 8
Views: 2722

Good News

Doug;
Glad to hear your good news, you are giving me a glimmer of hope down here in Hanover. Here's hoping there are more on the way.

Hanover Bill.
by Hanover Bill
Sun Apr 25, 2010 4:41 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: ASY Male brief visit this AM
Replies: 2
Views: 1284

Good News For Pa.

RD; I'm glad to hear there is at least one Purple Martin in our area, gives me a little hope. I have been checking the Independence Wetlands every couple of days since it seems to be ideal Martin habitat, but so far nothing but Tree Swallows and of course Starlings and Sparrows. I figure the month o...
by Hanover Bill
Thu Apr 22, 2010 8:29 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Migration Routes
Replies: 2
Views: 1417

Migration Routes

I was wondering if there have been any migration studies done to indicate the route of Martins that end up in certain parts of the northern United States? In other words, where do Martins that end up in my area of Western Pa. migrate through, do they come through Texas or Florida or some other route...
by Hanover Bill
Wed Apr 21, 2010 4:32 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Pennsylvania report. & Gulf will open to migration.
Replies: 5
Views: 2220

Encouraging for Pa.

RD; Good to hear an encouraging report coming from a fellow Pennsylvanian. Here's hoping we in Pa. benefit from the influx that's coming. How is your site in Beaver County doing, any sitings there yet? I stopped yesterday to check on the Independence Wetlands housing and no Martins, just a few Tree ...
by Hanover Bill
Tue Apr 20, 2010 8:05 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Tree Swallows Provide Excitement
Replies: 1
Views: 1059

Tree Swallows Provide Excitement

Several recent mornings I have looked out my kitchen window to see one or two birds circling my Martin house. My eyes not being what they used to be I ran for my binoculars and out the back door I went, only to have my excitement squashed as I realized they were Tree Swallows. The same thing happene...
by Hanover Bill
Mon Apr 19, 2010 8:51 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: slum lords
Replies: 17
Views: 5238

Martin Scarcity

Jeremy; Don't feel bad, at least you live in an area where there are Martins, I'm sure they will find you sooner rather than later. I on the other hand am beginning to realize that I live in one of the most Martin barren areas in the country, in Southwestern Pa. In fact the county I live in has had ...
by Hanover Bill
Sat Apr 17, 2010 11:37 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: 2010 Site pictures
Replies: 19
Views: 6353

Wow!!!!!

Wow!!!! Birdy Girl, thats all I can say about those pictures and your set up. No wonder I can't get any Martins up here in Pa. If I were a Purple Martin and flew over your place, thats as far north as I would want to go too. No need to go further with those accomodations. Great set up, continued suc...
by Hanover Bill
Sat Apr 17, 2010 11:26 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Ready to Throw In Towel
Replies: 16
Views: 4885

Don't Give Up The Ship

C'mon now Delma you aren't going to give up that easily. At least you are in a part of the country where there is a pretty good population of Martins. I, on the other hand have learned through my exhaustive research that I live in a county in Western Pa. where there is virtually no Martin population...
by Hanover Bill
Wed Apr 14, 2010 9:19 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: waiting
Replies: 3
Views: 1822

Hello Canada

Rempel; Sounds like you are doing very well. I am in my second season in Western Pa. and have learned that Martins are quite rare in my area, so to me yours sounds like quite a success story. I have yet to even spot a Martin. It seems like geography plays a very important part in success and failure...
by Hanover Bill
Tue Apr 13, 2010 8:17 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Have Martins in central PA :)
Replies: 2
Views: 1532

Pennsylvania Hope

Toyin; So glad to hear about the activity at your site, you are giving we Pennsylvanians some hope. I am down here in the southwestern part of the state waiting for some activity of my own. As I educate myself about Martins I have learned that Pennsylvania populations are not that good so it is grea...