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by Bob Buskas
Thu May 29, 2014 10:42 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Any harm in playing the Dawnsong loud?
Replies: 9
Views: 2990

In the real PM world the ASY males only dawn sing for several hours at dawn, here in Alberta 4 or 5 am. If you want to keep them coming after 7am then switch to the day time chatter CD which is just the sound of an active daytime colony. And then, not too loud.
by Bob Buskas
Thu May 29, 2014 7:42 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: first time poster... hopeful landlord
Replies: 62
Views: 19133

Looks like they , going to stick around, congrats :wink:
by Bob Buskas
Thu May 29, 2014 7:35 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Holy Hanna!!!
Replies: 2
Views: 1416

Right on! my friend. As I said many times....Martins will find the well managed colony sites. (And good housing) Grin. This big low pressure system is really drawing them up. Enjoy.
by Bob Buskas
Thu May 29, 2014 7:29 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Any harm in playing the Dawnsong loud?
Replies: 9
Views: 2990

Yes, you can play it too loud, it not only annoys the neighbors, but can actually scare off the more timid Martins. If they are circling turn it way down, or turn it off completely.
by Bob Buskas
Thu May 29, 2014 7:24 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: oyster shells
Replies: 14
Views: 3505

Yes, all thread, you can use 3/4 or 1 inch diameter, I taped up the ends for handles
by Bob Buskas
Thu May 29, 2014 7:23 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: oyster shells
Replies: 14
Views: 3505

Yes, all thread, you can use 3/4 or 1 inch diameter, I taped up the ends for handles
by Bob Buskas
Thu May 29, 2014 8:31 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: oyster shells
Replies: 14
Views: 3505

Yes, they are crushed but many pieces are larger than 1/4 inch. That is too big for Martins, so I crush them down to about 1/8 inch with the ready rod. In July, the parents will feed the fine crushed shell to their nestlings as well. I also put scrambled egg and meal worms in a plate or Frisbie duri...
by Bob Buskas
Wed May 28, 2014 8:48 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Colony Explosion
Replies: 16
Views: 6118

Con grats "D" Lady! Isnt it Fun? You deserve IT!
by Bob Buskas
Wed May 28, 2014 8:42 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: first time poster... hopeful landlord
Replies: 62
Views: 19133

Nice Job on the North Star house, always makes me feel good when a new colony is started with one. Sure wish you would have went with the Starling resistant entrance holes. If the Starlings find it, you can always convert later. Where are you located in Sask exactly? Say Hi to Jerry for me, you have...
by Bob Buskas
Wed May 28, 2014 8:34 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: oyster shells
Replies: 14
Views: 3505

Martins love Oyster shell but they are too big of pieces. I use a 1" diameter ready rod as a rolling pin on a piece of plywood to crush the Oyster Shell finer. Works great as the threads of the rod are the key to crushing.
by Bob Buskas
Sat May 10, 2014 11:38 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Giving advice to a Newbie
Replies: 10
Views: 3414

In my early days in this hobby I tried to give advice and got no where. Now I wait for people to ask. They can see the success that I have and they ask for advice. Its the only way it works. The Martins will find the well managed sites on their own. Not a problem. Curtis :)
by Bob Buskas
Thu May 08, 2014 7:54 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: fiberglass perch rods
Replies: 16
Views: 4982

I give my fiberglass rods a good coat of latex paint, that solves the sliver problem.
by Bob Buskas
Tue May 06, 2014 10:33 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Arrived at last!
Replies: 5
Views: 2262

Good to hear Curtis, I think they have timed it perfectly as the weather is suppose to warm up. I had a good migration here today as well, but they look fairly stressed from the cold weather, only 4C here today, hopefully they can get a good feed in tomorrow. They haven't landed on my feeder yet, I ...
by Bob Buskas
Sat Mar 01, 2014 8:31 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Geo-martin #2 today
Replies: 3
Views: 959

Glad your getting them back Louise, hope our returns are better this year as well. All though they better hold back for a while it's -37c here this morning with a 15 km per hour wind. = -43degrees C. Crazy cold! :cry:
by Bob Buskas
Thu Feb 27, 2014 9:48 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Alberta Martins
Replies: 2
Views: 948

Well isn't that interesting, as usual Louise, you are a wealth of information. Just so happens, Irene and I visited the Sonora desert museum just last month, we are practicing to be " Snow Birds" as Phoenix area is only a 3 hour flight south from Alberta. We visited Tuscon and enjoyed it very much. ...
by Bob Buskas
Thu Feb 27, 2014 7:12 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Alberta Martins
Replies: 2
Views: 948

Alberta Martins

Hi, guys and Gals, been a while since I have posted here on the forum. it's been a long winter here in Alberta so plenty of time for me to build more North Star houses. Always enjoy building them, sure was nice to see the article in the PMCA update on the Martins here in Alberta. it takes a great te...
by Bob Buskas
Thu Dec 26, 2013 11:55 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: SPOTTING SCOPES
Replies: 5
Views: 1426

Try bushnell.com web site. Their sportview model 15x45x50 is what I use, should buy it for around $199. I can read bands with it real nice, I've had mine for years now, works great.
by Bob Buskas
Thu Dec 12, 2013 3:52 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Good update on martins in British Columbia
Replies: 7
Views: 1757

950 pairs! Wow, they have really recovered well. Seems only a few years ago when I visited my sister on the Island and the numbers were way lower. good job out there ...just goes to show how much the proper housing does for Starling control.
by Bob Buskas
Mon Aug 26, 2013 9:31 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Hey you...you guys clear up north
Replies: 25
Views: 10861

Same here as Curtis, August 17th was the last night I had any return, they moved out the next morning, then had 2 make a fly by on the 19th but all quiet now :cry: :cry: We ended up with a pretty good year this season, despite the slow start, they all left strong and healthy.
by Bob Buskas
Mon Jul 29, 2013 9:14 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Northern Canada Martins everywhere
Replies: 1
Views: 1113

Hi April, yes the summer has been a bit cooler than normal, but from our banding travels this year, the HY birds have done very well, most are fledged by now with just the late nesting subadults left in the nest. Always sad to see them go, but that's the way it is. Glad to hear you had a good year!