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by ToyinPA
Thu Apr 01, 2021 10:13 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Cicada's this year in my area
Replies: 8
Views: 2587

Re: Cicada's this year in my area

Some adults do try to feed them to their chicks. I have removed a few that were stuck in chicks throats. The same goes with the Great Black Wasp. They have big pincers & latch on to the chicks beak, tongue & throat. I'd suggest if you have the cicadas in your area do more frequent nest checks. Toy i...
by ToyinPA
Wed Mar 31, 2021 6:50 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: A visit to my Amish friend
Replies: 17
Views: 3758

Re: A visit to my Amish friend

C.C.Martins wrote:
Wed Mar 31, 2021 6:38 pm
yeah wow, looks like the needles! Think Toy has that one sewn up. Get it? Sorry.
That would speak to the route that bird took. I trust your going to keep it?
HaHa...I am a sewist & quilter....so yeah i got it sewn up :lol:

Toy in PA
by ToyinPA
Wed Mar 31, 2021 4:26 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: A visit to my Amish friend
Replies: 17
Views: 3758

Re: A visit to my Amish friend

Is it metal? If not is it plant, dried pine needles? They look like some type of pine needle. There are 2 types of pine trees that grow in Mexico with long needles. The needles grow 7-15 inches in length & in clusters of 5. The needles are used to weave baskets. The trees are called: pinus michoacan...
by ToyinPA
Tue Mar 30, 2021 3:07 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Held an ASY Male in/on my hand today
Replies: 6
Views: 2304

Re: Held an ASY Male in/on my hand today

Hi ToyinPA, You mentioned hummingbirds and that got me to thinking about an aspect of hummingbirds some people are not aware. To help save hummingbirds in the future here is a tid bit of info: Hummingbirds may fall into a state of stupor, seeming unconciousness on the ground during cold mornings an...
by ToyinPA
Tue Mar 30, 2021 2:27 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Held an ASY Male in/on my hand today
Replies: 6
Views: 2304

Re: Held an ASY Male in/on my hand today

Yep it's a great feeling when you can rescue a martin & get it back in the air. Been there done it many times over the years. I was lucky to be able to hold hummingbirds as they were being banded. Now those are tiny feet. If you think those little feet grasp try having a Macaw grip your fingers dail...
by ToyinPA
Thu Mar 25, 2021 9:20 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: They are coming in here in pa.
Replies: 1
Views: 1065

Re: They are coming in here in pa.

Southerly winds should push many northward. We'll be watching & waiting here in central PA. Houses are ready & I have lots of crickets for them. Mine usually show up in bad weather, rain, snow, cold, etc. Temps look pretty good for migration, but we do have some rain in the forecast.

Toy in PA
by ToyinPA
Fri Mar 19, 2021 6:40 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Solitary confinement about over...finally.
Replies: 4
Views: 1594

Re: Solitary confinement about over...finally.

Last year was the first year I've ever had returns in March, I average the 2nd week of April or so. Curious to see when the roll in this year. Toy, have you seen any hawk attacks from the neighbors trees? I've seen, and read on here that an established colony will tolerate trees as long as they are...
by ToyinPA
Fri Mar 19, 2021 4:53 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Solitary confinement about over...finally.
Replies: 4
Views: 1594

Re: Solitary confinement about over...finally.

I'm sure your lone male would enjoy some feathered company. They've been kind of stalled due to the weather. Looks like temps will increase as will the southern winds. That should push them northward. Mine don't normally arrive until late March early April. My colony has greatly decreased in size in...
by ToyinPA
Wed Mar 10, 2021 1:08 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Early Bird In PA
Replies: 11
Views: 2376

Re: Early Bird In PA

Congrats Doug.

We're getting houses ready today. It's 60 here in central PA already. Saturday it'll be back in the 40's again. I'm sure we'll see more snow tho, before winter finally ends. I have lots of crickets, so bring them on.

Best wishes for a great season.

Toy in PA
by ToyinPA
Sat Mar 06, 2021 10:10 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Nest material
Replies: 7
Views: 1420

Re: Nest material

Hello ToyinPA A exultant post well described with a lot of input. Very informational. Plan to save this. Thanks for sharing. [ Later Unk Bond, do you plan on mulching the pine needles and the cedar shavings together in one pile? Whoa....mulching??? They should not be mulched. In nature they would n...
by ToyinPA
Sat Mar 06, 2021 6:04 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Nest material
Replies: 7
Views: 1420

Re: Nest material

I put a small amount, just enough to cover the bottom of the nest tray, of cedar shavings in first, then a big hand full of white pine needles (pine straw). The cedar shavings will get wet if your houses/gourds let rain in. If you use cedar shaving it's best to do nest checks after a good rain. That...
by ToyinPA
Thu Mar 04, 2021 5:39 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: T-14 venting......
Replies: 15
Views: 2121

Re: T-14 venting......

The round vents just push in. They have tiny knobs on them to hold them in place. You'll need a hole saw to cut all the holes. We made a jig from cardboard to cut them all in the same location. I have 2 vents in each cavity on my houses. Holes are best cut towards the top back sidewall of each cavit...
by ToyinPA
Sat Feb 27, 2021 7:39 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Questions For Steve Kroenke
Replies: 5
Views: 1737

Re: Questions For Steve Kroenke

Steve posts on the PMCA FB page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/Prognesubis/

He posted that he & his neighbor Bob lost all their early arrivals. I think it was around 30 total. Haven't seen a post from him since.

Toy in PA
by ToyinPA
Fri Feb 26, 2021 12:48 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Weat Straw
Replies: 3
Views: 941

Re: Weat Straw

Unk: It can be confusing depending on what part of the country you live. I'm north (central PA), so we usually say "pine needles", while others call it pine straw. Pine straw (dried white pine needles) is best as it doesn't absorb water like wheat straw does & it dries quickly. The best time of the ...
by ToyinPA
Thu Feb 25, 2021 8:10 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Start a new adult arrival report ?
Replies: 11
Views: 2063

Re: Start a new adult arrival report ?

With all of my birds dead and/or gone, I was just wondering if I should report an arrival sighting if I see one? I am hoping no one else has lost all of their birds, but maybe we should start a new list of NEW arrivals? I would think since you had birds arrive & reported them that is the report the...
by ToyinPA
Sat Feb 20, 2021 7:47 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Training Martin's to take food...how?
Replies: 15
Views: 3124

Re: Training Martin's to take food...how?

It looks like I'll lose many of my birds to this cold. Found 3 dead in cavities and observed many weak ones. Still two more cold days ahead. I tried and tried to flip crickets, meal worms and eggs to no no success. I want to train them to retrieve the food I flick to them. How do you do it? Tell me...
by ToyinPA
Sat Feb 13, 2021 1:23 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Pre Nesting Question
Replies: 2
Views: 1133

Re: Pre Nesting Question

I'm in central PA. I pre-nest with white pine needles. Best time to gather is late October/early November. You want the recent drop, as they will stay soft. So just rake up the very top layer. When I gather them I try to also gather dried leaves (oak is best) & some small twigs. I mix them in. Later...
by ToyinPA
Sat Feb 06, 2021 11:25 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: COLD WEATHER ALERT-LOUISIANA!!
Replies: 6
Views: 1971

Re: COLD WEATHER ALERT-LOUISIANA!!

Also check for martins stuck in cramped compartments. They will often huddle together & get stuck inside.

Toy in PA
by ToyinPA
Fri Feb 05, 2021 9:59 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Very cold weather for the south next weekend?
Replies: 18
Views: 3913

Re: Very cold weather for the south next weekend?

I end up feeding every spring when they arrive. They normally show up exhausted & hungry. Weather always turns cold, we have freezing rain or snow. I've had to feed for 11 days in a row due to bad weather. I go thru 5000-6000, 3/4-1 inch size crickets a year. You should expect each martin to eat 10-...
by ToyinPA
Tue Jan 26, 2021 2:53 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: The Disappearing Culture of Purple Martin Landlords | JSTOR Daily
Replies: 22
Views: 5887

Re: The Disappearing Culture of Purple Martin Landlords | JSTOR Daily

The "article" doesn't seem like it's much more than copied & pasted info from various articles & posts written over time. No mention of depleting habitat in both their summer & winter areas, major lack of insects due to over use of pesticides & the constant attack from non-native birds. The "capital...