Posts Tagged ‘video’


Friday, April 17th, 2009

 When I received an email from Tim M. regarding the large rat looking object on gourd #11, I had to admit it looked odd. For the people who look in on my colony, to see the large black ‘thing’ clinging to the side of the gourd, I apologize if I frightened any of you. It does look like a rat hanging on the side but alas it is just a few socks with rocks inside. The added weight of the web camera housing had the gourd leaning over to the side. Not that the Purple Martins minded this at all. BUT the eggs and now nestlings, kept settling just below camera view. Every time I did a nest check I had to move the nest over so that the nestcamcaught a better view of the action. I had tried multiple times to adjust the camera, to no avail. Finally, at my wits end, I zip tied the rocks as a counter weight the gourd. With one egg left in the gourd I hope to catch a better view of the babies now that they are being fed.

 I am not sure about the remaining egg on the nestcam. Whether or not it will eventually hatch. I had counted 4 eggs multiple times on previous nest checks. And though it is probably a case of me missing the 5th egg (several times) it could also be an egg that it was dumped by another female. Well, it could happen. Though eggs can hatch up to 48 hours apart, the window is closing fast and if the egg has not hatched by the morning, I am afraid its chances are slim. Mom and dad are busy feeding the 4 nestlings, so incubation of the final egg is dwindling. After the pipping egg death, I am hesitant to handle the egg. If it is still unhatched in another day I will look at it closer.

The male ASY martin is being very enthusiastic about feeding his nestlings. I watched him bring in a small dragonfly that appeared way to large for the little nestling and try for some time to stuff it down one of the babies. The little nestling had wings sticking out of his mouth and I watched as he was apparently trying to pull the wings off of it. It was comical but this sort of thing can be dangerous.


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Todays nest check are as follows:

Total eggs:  61            Total young:   32             Total nests:   22 

The numbered gourd rack (the birdcam) is now officially 100% occupied with eggs and/or young.

Another nest check will be done Sunday afternoon.

June 29, 2008 Roost Video

Sunday, June 29th, 2008

I said I was going to video tape the roost and by GOD I did. I am a woman of my word.

8 or so Martins visiting on the housing. Seems like small family groups. I have noticed that the fledglings seem to enter the compartments whereas the adults will only peer in. I took down the barn and gave it a quick cleaning. I will give it a more intensive cleaning perhaps tomorrow. It was pretty thick with filth. Ah, the things we do for love.

June 16, 2008

Monday, June 16th, 2008

Happy belated Fathers day.

I did not get to go to the roost. The weather has been questionable. Not that the Martins care if it is raining, no need to ruin my nice Nikon D50 and telephoto lens in the rain though! I will make it within the week though.

I had some website issues on Saturday, which I had quickly resolved. I also uploaded a new video to YouTube. “Basic Purple Martin Nest Change” My husband laughed hysterically at me when he saw it. He is not a Martin “nut” like myself. Now if I did a video on the Celtics and the Lakers, he would light a candle or something. I tried to explain to him that many people are visual. So I made a real basic video so people could get an idea of what to do. I THOUGHT it was a good idea… Here it is anyway.

As you may or may not know. I also have a video on a Basic nest check. I have fun doing them anyway. I should make a video at seasons end on how to clean the housing! HA! Now that would be funny. Me trying to get that thing hosed off and cleaned without dousing myself.

I counted another 50 or so yesterday for about an hour. The landed only briefly and a few new fledglings were in the bunch…and they were not mine. They must have been getting the grand tour.

Nest Change Video

Monday, March 10th, 2008

Basic information for Purple Martin Landlords who wish to do nest changes on their Martins. A simple why and how.

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Being a Purple Martin Landlord

Sunday, March 9th, 2008

A short video on why I love being a Purple Martin Landlord.

Video courtesy of the Palm Beach Post.

I know my hair was horrid. And I didn’t even have one of my Purple Martin T-shirts on…bummer.

Basic Purple Martin Nest Check

Sunday, March 9th, 2008

Basic information on how to do a nest check to check on your Purple Martin nests.

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