February 16, 2016 at 4:52 pm #924LonesomeDuckParticipant
My name is Lee, my wife and I moved to an old farmhouse near Arcadia, Indiana last year. We are in the process of trying to establish a purple martin colony and bluebird nests on our property, so all the HOSP’s and starlings have to go! Will be a long fight but we are determined. Glad to have found this forum!February 16, 2016 at 7:19 pm #925dogsandbirdsModerator
Welcome, Lee! Glad you found us. Things will get busy pretty soon with the warmer weather on the way.
Atlanta, GAFebruary 17, 2016 at 2:09 pm #927
Hi, Lee. Several of us here also have purple martins. Have you had a purple martin colony before? There’s a good facebook page for that. There are many helpful members. https://www.facebook.com/groups/47364000325/
TammyFebruary 17, 2016 at 5:25 pm #928LonesomeDuckParticipant
As a kid we had a purple martin house with 1 or 2 nesting pairs. I’m a member of the PMCA so I’m trying to get all my ducks in a row and have luck the first year with my new colony. Have a Trendsetter 12 house with the SREH holes so hopefully all goes well there!February 17, 2016 at 8:04 pm #929
Cool. Sounds like you are all set! Let me know how things go. I’ve been doing I for maybe 8 years but keep my colony small. 16 gourds.
TammyFebruary 21, 2016 at 10:41 am #933GamiPamiParticipant
GamiPamifromMissouri is back,I was on the old forum for 3 years, I’m so looking forward to the upcoming nesting season & all the Q&A on this forum. I see Tammy,of course and Carol from mid-mo, I’m sure Gin and the others are here too.
Thanks for this continuing forum,
PamiFebruary 21, 2016 at 12:01 pm #935Carol – Mid-Mo.Participant
Pami, I am SO glad you are here on the new forum, as it is nice to have someone in the same state/weather. This past 3 days were so warm, (actually in the 70’s the past two days at least) that ALL the birds are beginning to think about nesting. My blues pair were checking out their favorite house, and so were the HOSP. I am keeping a close watch today (Sunday) to see if I need to set the Van-Ert trap for those HOSP, as the blues are also investigating a different box. Let the fun begin!!February 21, 2016 at 8:19 pm #936dogsandbirdsModerator
Welcome back, Pami! Good to see you.
Atlanta, GAFebruary 22, 2016 at 9:52 am #945
Hey, Pami. Great to see you here.
TammyFebruary 22, 2016 at 12:16 pm #947February 22, 2016 at 4:47 pm #955lexiluParticipant
Its been a while. I’m Lexi from southern Virginia. I’m VP of the Virginia Bluebird Society and president of our local bird club. I have been loving bluebirds for as long as I can remember. My maternal grandmother and great uncle were bird lovers and started me at a young age. I continue to learn something new from our feathered friends everyday.
VirginiaFebruary 23, 2016 at 10:56 am #965
TammyFebruary 27, 2016 at 11:17 am #1029GamiPamiParticipant
Hi Carol, glad to be back too, my bluebirds have been around all winter, but not eating the re hydrated mealworms ……UNTIL…..this morning, both my boxes are clean & ready for the couple, Papa Mike & Momma Ta to call home.February 27, 2016 at 9:03 pm #1036Carol – Mid-Mo.Participant
Pami, my blues were around all winter, also, parents & 3 from last nesting. They are here every morning & late afternoon to eat my home made peanut butter suet. Also have a seed feeder where LOTS of cardinals come, along with doves, finches, juncos, white-crowned sparrows (these 2 also come to the suet feeder), and of course, those pesky HOSP. Yes, my boxes are ready & waiting, also. I have put out a new modified Gilwood box – had one of them last year and it was popular, lst with the blues and then TRES built a nest. Hope you have a good season.March 8, 2016 at 8:14 pm #1096mullybirdsParticipant
Hello! I’m Lori in Round Rock Texas (Central Texas-near Austin)…new to the Bluebird Cafe and new to bluebird boxes. My husband bought a box for me, which we installed a few weeks ago – using specific instructions on location, predator baffles, etc. Anyway, I am thrilled to announce we have a pair and so far 2 eggs!! This has been more exciting than I could have imagined. Unfortunately, she as chosen a week that has rain and storm predictions all week long. Is there anything I need to do to protect the box or help in some way? The box is new and seems to be leak-proof for the most part…just want to make sure I do what I can.
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