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Old 05-16-2016, 06:18 PM   #51
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Very nice hava. I have never had anything visit the orange that i put out
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Old 04-06-2017, 12:43 PM   #52
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The scouts arrived this morning. Almost a whole week earlier than last year!
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The scouts arrived this morning. Almost a whole week earlier than last year!
I am so happy for you.

I know how it feels when the bluebirds arrive and begin nesting in our yard--the nestbox had three eggs last time I checked. I expect a fourth today. The tree swallows arrived a few days ago and are actively house hunting.

I would love to have purple martins too--although, I've never seen one in real life (at least not to my knowledge). There is a Deaf couple that lives maybe ten miles or so down the road--we don't know them very well...but I noticed a purple martin house last time we drove down that way. Eventually, we'll run into them, and I'll have to ask if they have a colony.

If so, could we have a chance too?

Only thing is, I find martin houses kind of unsightly (well, unnatural, would be a better word).
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Old 04-17-2017, 04:27 PM   #54
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I am so happy for you.

I know how it feels when the bluebirds arrive and begin nesting in our yard--the nestbox had three eggs last time I checked. I expect a fourth today. The tree swallows arrived a few days ago and are actively house hunting.

I would love to have purple martins too--although, I've never seen one in real life (at least not to my knowledge). There is a Deaf couple that lives maybe ten miles or so down the road--we don't know them very well...but I noticed a purple martin house last time we drove down that way. Eventually, we'll run into them, and I'll have to ask if they have a colony.

If so, could we have a chance too?

Only thing is, I find martin houses kind of unsightly (well, unnatural, would be a better word).
When I first moved here in my place in Northern Mass, I put up a purple martin house, as the wildlife refuge nearby has houses that are occupied by them. Within a couple of weeks, I had house sparrows in abundance. Needless to say, that house didn't stay up for long...
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Sometimes the I think it is...the starlings try to move in if you put them up too soon. If that happens, there's time to take them down and clear them out as the rest of the martins take a while to arrive.
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Sometimes the I think it is...the starlings try to move in if you put them up too soon. If that happens, there's time to take them down and clear them out as the rest of the martins take a while to arrive.
Two reasons that discourage me.
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