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by Dave Duit
Sat May 16, 2020 5:35 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Association of the Dakotas Forum
Topic: 2020 Scouts
Replies: 8
Views: 96

Re: 2020 Scouts

The SYs are just starting to come into Iowa at a slow pace, but the week of may 16th will warm nicely to increase the migration north.
by Dave Duit
Sat Apr 25, 2020 8:28 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Association of the Dakotas Forum
Topic: First 2020 arrivals in Larimore
Replies: 2
Views: 36

Re: First 2020 arrivals in Larimore

Caroline,
It is good to hear that they have arrived at your location. I see they have also moved into Canada.
by Dave Duit
Sat Apr 25, 2020 8:26 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Association of the Dakotas Forum
Topic: PMOD SITE
Replies: 8
Views: 87

Re: PMOD SITE

I'm suprised to hear no martins at your location. We do have a few TS. No Orioles or hummers.
by Dave Duit
Fri Apr 24, 2020 11:03 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Association of the Dakotas Forum
Topic: PMOD SITE
Replies: 8
Views: 87

Re: PMOD SITE

With the cold weather a thing of the past, a wide variety of bird species are moving into the state. I live on a small lake in central Iowa and we now have American coots, northern shovelers, white egrets, fish hawks, pipers, wood ducks, red winged blackbirds. Interestingly, here in Iowa we do not h...
by Dave Duit
Fri Apr 24, 2020 10:59 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Association of the Dakotas Forum
Topic: 2020
Replies: 15
Views: 1196

Re: 2020

My trio housing all have homemade pull out trays. The T14 at the satelite site in Ames, Iowa was made on pine with a very heavy coating of white paint. I repaint as needed to protect the wood. Cedar is best when building wood houses, but it runs very high priced.
by Dave Duit
Fri Apr 24, 2020 10:55 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Association of the Dakotas Forum
Topic: Pre-nest material
Replies: 10
Views: 113

Re: Pre-nest material

Most use soft white pine needles in Iowa, due to the abundance and it has a great wicking effect from moisture. Once they start adding to their prenest material, dried corn husks are popular with the martins. Not suprising coming from a huge corn state. lol. I have heard that the cedar has does have...
by Dave Duit
Fri Apr 24, 2020 10:49 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Association of the Dakotas Forum
Topic: 2020 Scouts
Replies: 8
Views: 96

Re: 2020 Scouts

Across the state of Iowa, our ASY reports have been roughly one week earlier than 2019 migration. So, I'm assuming that this will hold true for the states to the north.
by Dave Duit
Wed Apr 01, 2020 10:40 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Association of the Dakotas Forum
Topic: 2020
Replies: 15
Views: 1196

Re: 2020

I built my own wooden trays for the T14 as well as the metal houses. I used cedar to build the T14, costly but will last forever with minimal upkeep. The martins are pushing north. I have 5 at my home site as of April 1st. Tomorrows weather will be 65 and a little rain. But, I see that South Dakota ...
by Dave Duit
Mon Mar 23, 2020 7:10 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Association of the Dakotas Forum
Topic: 2020
Replies: 15
Views: 1196

Re: 2020

I have wood slide out trays for my satelite T14 as well as my metal grandpas modified deep compartment houses. We used cedar for the T14, more expensive with cedar but worth the value.
by Dave Duit
Mon Mar 23, 2020 7:07 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Association of the Dakotas Forum
Topic: PMOD SITE
Replies: 8
Views: 87

Re: PMOD SITE

ASYs are one week early here in Iowa. Across the board with our members in comparison to last years arrival dates it is one week difference. If things go as they are right now, I expect martins will also arrive about one week early in the Dakotas. Best of luck everyone.