Purple Martin house at the Biocore Prairie - 2020
End of April. Richard reports that House Sparrows did not attempt to nest again. We will wait for the Subadult Martins to arrive. The house is ready for them.
April 8. Chuck Henrikson reports "I birded the Preserve today and walked by the PUMA House just to check how many PUMAs had arrived (trying to be positive). To my disappointment no PUMAs had come but guess who is up to no good! Yup, the House Sparrows. I saw males going in and out of #3 and #6, photos attached. I didn't see them carrying nest material but males went in and out of each compartment several times. A female stood watch on a perch above #6."
April 3. Nest boxes are on the ready now
Chuck Henrikson reports: "I put pine needles in the four drawers I had left open earlier - 2,3,5 & 6."
PUMA House is open for occupancy, PUMAs only!!
March 31 – The PUMA house is opened for the season
Chuck Henrikson reports: "I went to the PUMA house brought it down and cleaned all the drawers and the house. I lubricated the wire. I closed all the openings by putting the drawers in backwards except 2 and 3 which face east and 5 and 6 which face south. The are open and ready to accept PUMAs. There is some residue from the tape that will need a solvent to remove it. I did not have any solvent with me. I also need pine needles. The open drawers are empty, without any pine needles".