Archive for December, 2009

2009 Going Out as Purple Martins Come Home!

Wednesday, December 30th, 2009

Scout reports are popping up on the west and also the east coast of Florida as the last few days of 2009 brings in the first of the purple martins for the 2010 season. As I read M.Dingman’s report of a ASY male purple martin singing over his empty backyard, I was reminded as I have reminded others via Twitter to get your housing up early. I will be working on my housing this weekend and heading my own advice, but one never knows how early the martins will come.

As of today there have been 6 reported purple martins returning home. All 6 in Florida from Naples to Punta Gorda, from Melbourne to Okeechobee (which is a stones throw from myself) So, the reality that I may be caught with my “houses down” is a real possibility. This also means that the live Birdcam will be going up very soon.

So get them houses and gourd racks up!!

In closing I want to thank all of you for continuing to follow this blog and reading about my colony. I hope 2010 brings you peace, prosperity and many many martins!

2010 Purple Martin Season ALMOST Here!

Friday, December 18th, 2009

We are entering the weeks where the first arriving purple martin sightings are made. Though only a few birds trickle in at first, these few birds serve the great purpose of getting us off our rear ends and away from all the holiday food and out in the back yard scrambling to ready our purple martin houses.

Like many landlords, I have a few plans swirling in my head. A new gourd rack has been sitting in my garage for about 10 months awaiting its christening. (A sprinkle of water as the concrete cures) New gourds sit waiting eagerly to fill up the racks and the brand new 2010 Troyer VERTICAL Gourds will be in stock before the new year and are available for preorder now. Though photos of this new gourd are not available yet, they will be up ASAP.

Troyer Vertical Gourds ?

Yes, you heard right! Andrew Troyer, the Amish gentleman who revolutionized plastic purple martin bird houses by making the T-14 (T is for Troyer) and gourds with the introduction of the Troyer Horizontal Gourd, is introducing a NEW gourd. The Troyer Vertical Gourd is brand new for 2010 and should be available within the next few weeks. It is so new that pictures are not available yet but as soon as they arrive I will be taking photos and posting them up on the website,

From what Mr.Troyer tells me they will feature a standard built in SREH tunnel to give the same protection of the deep 13 ” nesting area AND they will be able to be hung on standard vertical gourd arms.

It’s going to be a VERY Merry Christmas!

I Can Almost Hear My Martins…

Saturday, December 5th, 2009

I know, I know. It is only December and I am already starting to prepare for the influx of birds. Christmas is just around the corner and I am fooling with my gourds. Perhaps getting into my martins is a way to take a break from the food and festivities of the holiday season. Not that I can eat any of the food. A strict diet has me doing what I never have done before…actually LOSE weight during the holidays. Yep, all those pumpkin pies and sugar cookies I have baked don’t even get tasted. All the brownies and cake don’t get a second look. Only a few more days of this…(ahem) “program” and then I can once again partake…in a much more controlled manner, the holidays tastes that surround me. I consider it the payback for the last year of sedentary life in front of the computer. Eating and typing and eating some more.

Oh well, my martins won’t recognize me when they return. They will be here soon though. Another few weeks and they will be making it into Florida. A few weeks after that they will be present South of me and North of me. Perhaps this year I will get them even earlier. I can’t wait. Tomorrow I will start to rake pine needles and my neighbors will start to talk…again.