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Old 05-19-2010, 01:36 PM   #1
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Success with one of my three boxes, the 5 babies have fledged! I haven't been to visit the other two yet. I know one had eggs laid about a week later than the first so they should be just about to go if they haven't already. The third remained empty last time I checked. I'll go check on the others later today. I'm just so happy that after several years of predator attacks the babies have finally flown the nest. I saw a couple on the wires, I don't know if they were babies or the mom and dad. I'm hoping for another nesting. I did remove the old nest, but they do have another box to choose if they wish. I hope this means more nesting pairs next year.
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Old 05-20-2010, 03:46 AM   #2
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Congratulations!

My first five fledged last week, so I cleaned out the nest boxes over the weekend. To my surprise, just a few days later (yesterday) there was a complete new nest.

One interesting side note: After I had cleaned out the nest boxes, I "pinned" the doors open so the boxes could dry out. I had two bluebirds that would land on the raised, open door, and stare into the box confused. I could have swore I saw them hopping on the door in effort to close it!

Let's hope for continued success for the balance of the season!

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Old 05-20-2010, 07:34 PM   #3
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Very cool about the bluebirds! Congratulations to you both! Does anybody on here do purple martins?
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Old 05-20-2010, 10:09 PM   #4
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Wow - that's exciting. To know your babies made it!
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Old 05-21-2010, 03:22 AM   #5
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Does anybody on here do purple martins?
I'm surrounded by Amish that do, and I want to host a colony myself. I'm trying to figure out how to do it with a budget. (like, something below $200)

I started with Bluebirds & Tree Swallows several years ago as they are cavity dwellers too, and I know the PM's need our help. Might be another year before I get started.

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Old 05-21-2010, 08:34 AM   #6
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Great news! Congratulations!
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Old 05-23-2010, 04:29 PM   #7
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Very cool about the bluebirds! Congratulations to you both! Does anybody on here do purple martins?
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.
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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.
Congratulations! I bet a lot of readers are jealous.
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Old 05-24-2010, 06:52 AM   #9
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Thanks! I certainly wish that it was easier to establish new colonies. I had to adopt mine from a World War II vet that needed assistance.
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Old 05-25-2010, 01:41 AM   #10
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It took us 5 years before we were successful in attracting them. We needed to keep the condo down on the ground until the scouts arrived. If we set it up too early in the year the swallows or starlings filled it before the martins were able to. Some say to dip a cotton ball in vanilla and set it in one of the cubbyholes before you raise it. They use it every spring now that they've found it.
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