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Old 05-25-2010, 06:33 AM   #11
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I don't know if I dare try Purple martins, I'm just starting to be successful with bluebirds! I do remember people in my neighborhood growing up who had houses for them and was always facinated by them.

My second nest fledged yesterday so I'm happy. I'll be watching for renesting now. I love seeing so many babies around.
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Old 05-25-2010, 09:37 AM   #12
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I like the tiny mirror mounted above the nest idea.... They don't mind it?
Could I install one above the phoebes nest between broods? Maybe it would be better to put it up after shes left for the year...
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Old 05-25-2010, 07:35 PM   #13
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I like the tiny mirror mounted above the nest idea.... They don't mind it?
Could I install one above the phoebes nest between broods? Maybe it would be better to put it up after shes left for the year...
I read somewhere about using a mirror on a stick to observe bluebird nests. Last year I found one on a retractable pole at huge flea market. I think it is used by mechanics. I bought one, but misplaced it, so I haven't been able to use it to observe my pheobe's nest.
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Old 05-25-2010, 08:15 PM   #14
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I have two purple martin nests with eggs, as of today. One has three and one has two. I believe that I will have about 30 active nests this year.

I volunteer at the Refuge where we monitor quite a few gourds and two sets of condos. We still do not have any eggs, so I am a little nervous.
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Old 05-25-2010, 08:46 PM   #15
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I read somewhere about using a mirror on a stick to observe bluebird nests. Last year I found one on a retractable pole at huge flea market.
Yup, it's called an inspection mirror. We use them at work and I have several at home. The one I use is here. I like the round, larger mirror for taking photos.

If you wanted to go whole hog, you could try one of these for minimal nest disturbance:

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Yup, it's called an inspection mirror. We use them at work and I have several at home. The one I use is here. I like the round, larger lmirror for taking photos.

If you wanted to go whole hog, you could try one of these for minimal nest disturbance:

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Cool! That second one looks kind of amazing. Can you take pictures with it? Who knows what technological advances we'll see in the future.

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Old 05-26-2010, 06:12 AM   #17
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I volunteer at the Refuge where we monitor quite a few gourds and two sets of condos. We still do not have any eggs, so I am a little nervous.
Two of my 30+ nests had eggs on Sunday. They started laying eggs on Friday in mid-Michigan, at my site. You should see green leaves in the nests soon and eggs shortly after.
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Old 05-26-2010, 08:06 AM   #18
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So Quietmans mirror is not permanently mounted above the nest then......
That makes more sense...as I was wondering how the birds had gotten used to movement so close to their nest....
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So Quietmans mirror is not permanently mounted above the nest then......
That makes more sense...as I was wondering how the birds had gotten used to movement so close to their nest....
I'm guessing that it is not, but you'd have to ask him.

I hope I find mine soon!
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Nope, not mounted in the box. But I've read posts where folks had mounted a small mirror or camera in the box.

You can get an inspection mirror at any auto parts store, Sears, maybe even Walmart.

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