Tree Swallows in Central KY... Means about 2 Weeks for Martins

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Joined: Mon May 24, 2021 7:41 am
Location: Lexington, KY

Confirmed a pair of tree swallows today, drinking out of my pond and hanging out on my fence. I have a tree swallow roost in the fall right by my house (I know, sounds silly but just like a Martin roost for about 4-5 days there are thousands of them). I've posted some pictures in the past. Anyway- almost without fail for the past 3 years the martins show up about 2 weeks behind the tree swallows. Here they come!
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Location: Scott County Kentucky
Martin Colony History: 2020- Visitors
2021- 1 pair, 5 fledged
2022- 11 pair, 36 fledged

Nice! I've been watching for tree swallows to arrive at our place, but none yet. Glad to know they are getting close. I've been watching the purple dots on the scout arrival report this year- everything sure seems early. Be sure to post when 'your' martins return :)
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Location: Lexington, KY

No Martins yet Birdie but saw some dots north of us... which I'm not sure are really martin sightings given how early it is. If they are martins... well they're probably done for with freezing temps coming next week even this far south. Hopefully they hole up somewhere!

The old-timers around me aren't even putting their houses out yet. I asked one guy with 9 huge gourd racks that lives down the street from me when he's putting his houses out- and he said "when the bids show up and tell me to". lol. It's so funny to me how some people play songs, put out decoys, warmers, etc. and then this guy with hundreds of birds doesn;t even put the houses out at all until they are sitting on his poles!
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Location: Hartford CT

East has been having Mar/Apr in Feb/Mar so possible they're early.
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Location: 139 John Deere Rd.

I have always had tree swallows a wk. or so before I get Martins but this yr. the Martin came first. What's up doc? I do not know.
Dave Reynolds
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Joined: Mon Jan 31, 2011 4:35 pm
Location: Little Hocking, Oh.
Martin Colony History: 2017 Visitors
Satellite Site “Oxbow Golf Course”..
2018 - 15 Pair, 58 Eggs, 36 Fledged
2019 - 26 Pair, 128 Eggs, 97 Fledged
2020 - 30 Pair, 156 Eggs, 137 Fledged
2021 - 30 Pair, 162 Eggs, 144 Fledged
2022 - 27 Pair, 146 Eggs, 125 Fledged
.. 2023 ??

Home Site "Little Hocking, Ohio".
2019 - 1 Pair, 5 Eggs, 5 Fledged
2020 - 1 Pair, 4 Eggs, 4 Fledged
2021 - 8 Pair, 39 Eggs, 36 Fledged
2022 - 13 pair 64 Eggs, 46 Fledged
.. 2023 ??

,,, MJM ,,, That’s good news for ya... That’s some good observations. The same thing happens here too,, Tree Swallows always arrive 10 to 14 days ahead of my Martins...

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Location: Rocky Mount VA
Martin Colony History: 54 cavities; 1 barn, 1 house, 42 gourds
2020- visitors
2021- 1 pair 3 fledged
2022- 5 pair 20 fledged

I'm on par with you all too. March 2 first TS's show up...16 days later 1st PM shows up this year. Good luck everyone and rooting for everyone's first arrival that's patiently waiting.
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