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 Forum: Iowa Purple Martin Discussion   Topic: Satellite Site Banding & Update

Posted: Sat Jun 23, 2018 12:05 pm 

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Hello- At Purple Martin Lake Water Resource Area in West DM, 28 martins were banded. See link below for some footage taken by WHO-TV. Also below is data from most recent nest check. We should be seeing our first martins to fledge this season around the middle of next week. Have a great season everyo...

 Forum: Iowa Purple Martin Discussion   Topic: 2018 Martin Season Status and Commentary

Posted: Sun May 27, 2018 6:48 am 

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I will keep trying. An equal factor is that my area is overall what I call a "martin deficit" area meaning Very few martins and colonies to draw from. I have had one successful nest iin the past and this keeps me hopeful that martins will eventually take hold. Patience is a virtue, possess...

 Forum: Iowa Purple Martin Discussion   Topic: 2018 Martin Season Status and Commentary

Posted: Wed May 23, 2018 7:50 am 

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Good day everyone. The 2018 Martin season is going well at the satellite site I manage here in West Des Moines. As of this date we have 27 eggs in eight nests. Lots of other nests are well developed. I added one additional T14 house with for gourds beneath for this season. I have a total of 52 cavit...

 Forum: Iowa Purple Martin Discussion   Topic: Iowa unconfirmed martin roosts

Posted: Thu May 10, 2018 6:03 am 

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Dave: I couldn't get the link to respond. Wanted to add though that I searched for one of the unconfirmed roots two seasons ago and know I was real close as there were martins everywhere staged on power lines etc. I'm thinking of trying again this season to find the exact roost site. It would be nea...

 Forum: Iowa Purple Martin Discussion   Topic: Eggs

 Post subject: Re: Eggs
Posted: Thu May 10, 2018 5:53 am 

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Those martins are not wasting any time! Thinking Lynn must have some eggs already too. Hope all your eggs hatch everyone!

 Forum: Iowa Purple Martin Discussion   Topic: Purple Martins Return to West Des Moines Public Site

Posted: Mon Apr 09, 2018 8:01 pm 

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A male and female came in at sunset to the Purple Martin Lake public site. Hopefully they'll find some bugs to eat over the next few days with warmer temps in the forecast. Best of season to everyone!
TimG

 Forum: Iowa Purple Martin Discussion   Topic: Congrats Dave Duit!

 Post subject: Congrats Dave Duit!
Posted: Wed Mar 21, 2018 8:33 am 

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On your first 2018 martin arrival! Have a blessed season!

 Forum: Iowa Purple Martin Discussion   Topic: West Des Moines Purple Martin Lake Update

Posted: Mon Jun 19, 2017 7:52 pm 

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I so regret being unable to visit SMJs colony at the Purple Martin festival last weekend; I just could not get away from the busy state park in which I work :( I am the only full time employee at the park and it's tough to get away. Hope the event went well and I plan to sneak down there at some poi...

 Forum: Iowa Purple Martin Discussion   Topic: Site updates West Des Moines

Posted: Thu Jun 15, 2017 7:43 pm 

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Just when I was at an all time low, I had a half hour visit from a sy female this morning. It was the shot in the arm I needed. She put on a real show before she left. pHL Dave those martin visits are very significant and mean that IT'S ONLY A MATTER OF TIME!! While "how much time" is the...

 Forum: Iowa Purple Martin Discussion   Topic: Ada Hayden purple martin site has two SY nests.

Posted: Thu Jun 15, 2017 6:41 pm 

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Hooray Dave! That is outstanding news! I know you've got to be extremely excited about this. How is the pair doing of late? Best of luck! I will continue prayers for the site! The Purple Martin Lake public site I'm managing also began with 2 sy pair (one of the females was asy to be exact). I can't ...
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