Pennsylvania report. & Gulf will open to migration.

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Doug Martin - PA
Posts: 1936
Joined: Thu Mar 25, 2004 10:47 am
Location: Pennsylvania/Fombell
Martin Colony History: First pair in 2009 after 28 years of trying. 3 pairs 2010, 17 pairs 2011 and 35-45 pairs since. Many additional colonies are now springing up around mine in an area once completely void of Martins. I offer 50 compartments at my site consisting of primarily Excluder II gourds on Gemini racks. Also a wooden T-14. I utilize electric fence type predator guards on the base of the poles. Supplemental feeding is crucial in maintaining my colony. I platform feed throughout the season as needed. My site tends to be a stop over point for additional birds as they migrate further north.

For those still waiting on birds i thought an update on my area may help with where we are at on the migration end.

I visited a local large established colony and a newer neighboring one in the area. Here is what I found.

Mostly all males have arrived so far. 25 birds at a site where 40 pairs nested. Only a few of these were females. Some of these birds are believed to be transients. A nearby site only had a few birds. Typical of early-mid April.

Some sites in northern PA have just seen their 1st Martins. Migration has been pretty slow. No major influx yet. This will be changing.

The weather map shows the 1st really great migrating conditions as of late setting up, with a strong southerly flow across the gulf of Mexico. This should really bring them in strong the next few days.

However this will also lead to very strong storms developing across the midwest region. So watch out for them.

Forecast is for strong storms and lots of Martins.
Supplemental feeding plays a major role in western Pennsylvania. Finally got my 1st pair in 2009 after 28 years of effort. 3 pairs in 2010. 17 pairs in 2011. 35 pairs and 150 young in 2012 & 2013. Plus a new 22 pair colony right down the road from me.
Junior07
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Location: Illinois/Mahomet

rdfalk,

Give me light on the Strong storms and heavy on the lots of Martins!!! 8)
Kevin
2014 - Added 12 more Gourds to existing Gourd pole, 34 Pair, 134 Fledged
2013 - Replaced Best Nest with T-14, Added additional T-14 93 fledglings, 27 pair
2012 - Added Trio Castle, 23 pair, banded 48 out of 85 fledglings

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Jeff Robinson
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Location: Rogersville, Missouri
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Yeah, what Kevin said!!!

Rdfalk...Wishing you the best for a great Martin season!!
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Hanover Bill
Posts: 617
Joined: Thu May 14, 2009 3:10 pm
Location: Pennsylvania/Hanover Township
Martin Colony History: 2009 & 10 - 0
2011 & 12 - Visitors
2013 - 2 pr. fledged 9
2014 - 3 pr. fledged 13
2015 - 7 pr. fledged 27
2016 - 15 pr. fledged 72

RD;
Good to hear an encouraging report coming from a fellow Pennsylvanian. Here's hoping we in Pa. benefit from the influx that's coming. How is your site in Beaver County doing, any sitings there yet? I stopped yesterday to check on the Independence Wetlands housing and no Martins, just a few Tree Swallows flying around. Nothing happening at my place yet either, but I guess it's a little early for the SYs which I am looking for. I'm ready for them if they show up.

Hanover Bill.
2009 & 10 - 0
2011 & 12 - Visitors
2013 - 2 pr. fledged 9
2014 - 3 pr. fledged 13
2015 - 7 pr. fledged 27
2016 - 15 pr. fledged 72
ToyinPA
Posts: 2149
Joined: Mon Apr 10, 2006 6:07 pm
Location: PA/Avis
Martin Colony History: The 1972 St. Agnes flood wiped out all the Martins in my area. One day, in 1997-98, 5 or 6 Martins landed on the power wires crossing my back yard. I had no house for them. They kept coming back day after day. We got a martin house a few weeks later & they have been coming back every year since. I average 12-15 pair per year.

I'll take a few more here in central PA :).

As of today I have 7 ASY males & 3 ASY females. Had another ASY male, but I lost him on Sunday. Think he was attacked by a hawk. I tried to catch him, but lost sight of him & he didn't come back. He couldn't fly well, kept landing & flopping on the ground.

Last year I had 12 nesting pair, which was the most I ever had. I'm hoping for as many or more this year, but I'll take what I can get.

Those of you in western PA check out the "Mercer" area. I doubt the Amish are reporting their colonies.

ToyinPA
Doug Martin - PA
Posts: 1936
Joined: Thu Mar 25, 2004 10:47 am
Location: Pennsylvania/Fombell
Martin Colony History: First pair in 2009 after 28 years of trying. 3 pairs 2010, 17 pairs 2011 and 35-45 pairs since. Many additional colonies are now springing up around mine in an area once completely void of Martins. I offer 50 compartments at my site consisting of primarily Excluder II gourds on Gemini racks. Also a wooden T-14. I utilize electric fence type predator guards on the base of the poles. Supplemental feeding is crucial in maintaining my colony. I platform feed throughout the season as needed. My site tends to be a stop over point for additional birds as they migrate further north.

Thanks for the positive wishes. I will need them.

Nothing at my site yet but as I said only a few of the old timers back at established colonies as of right now.

I got my t-14 painted up real nice with white and purple two-tone today. My new troyer horzontal rack is also up. I am ready when they show.

I expect to see something by the 28th. The 2-3 year olds may even be a bit later than that.
Supplemental feeding plays a major role in western Pennsylvania. Finally got my 1st pair in 2009 after 28 years of effort. 3 pairs in 2010. 17 pairs in 2011. 35 pairs and 150 young in 2012 & 2013. Plus a new 22 pair colony right down the road from me.
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