How new martins act sometimes

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Emil Pampell-Tx
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Location: Tx, Richmond (SW of Houston)
Martin Colony History: First started in Gretna, La in 1969 with a small homemade house, have had martins ever since at 2 different homes in Texas

We have one martin but he did entertain me today.

What tickled me, I walked into the back yard about 10:30 AM, and that martin dive-bombed me, like they do when they have newly hatched babies. . I thought he may be upset because I had 3 of the gourd racks up, and 3 down. Instead of flying away, he tried to scare me away. Of course, I had on a fur cap, a heavy coat, and maybe he did not recognize me.....anyway, I thought it was funny.
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Stephen Cruse
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Location: Texas, Hitchcock and Rocksprings

That is funny and congrats on the new arrival.
2014 - 72 pairs
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apundt-TX
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Location: Dripping Springs, Texas
Martin Colony History: :
Starting over in 2018
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2 pair 2011

You must have looked like the wooly bugger to him
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racks:CUE AAA-16, PMCA Multipurpose pole , S&K EZ-Lift, Lonestar/Songbird Essentials, CUE 12 gourd rack
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TONY FREDERICKSON - TEXAS
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Way to go Emil!!Keep up the great work :)

Tony
TONY FREDERICKSON
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JeanS
Posts: 115
Joined: Sun Jan 14, 2007 9:08 pm
Location: Sugar Land, TX
Martin Colony History: 2002 -Coates metal houses- about 18 pairs
2005 - Added a gourd rack- many more pairs
2007 - Added another gourd rack, gave the Coates houses away
2008-2015 - Experimented with many gourds & a few racks (its a sickness) fledged over 200 chicks/year. Hubby keeps records, not me. :-)
2016 - 64 gourds and expect most will be occupied

Bert and I think that's funny too.

By the way, we are still Martinless. Yesterday My mind played tricks on me and kept turning other birds into Martins. :x Maybe today we will see one for realz!
Jean S
2002 - Coates metal houses- about 18 pairs
2005-2007 - added a gourd rack, then another gourd rack = many more pairs
2008-2015 - Experimented with many gourds & a few racks (its a sickness) fledged over 200 chicks/year
2016 - 64 gourds and expect most will be occupied
Emil Pampell-Tx
Posts: 6743
Joined: Tue Nov 11, 2003 1:26 pm
Location: Tx, Richmond (SW of Houston)
Martin Colony History: First started in Gretna, La in 1969 with a small homemade house, have had martins ever since at 2 different homes in Texas

Thanks to all.. Jean, you should be getting some very shortly, we have a pair as of Saturday. They are staying out till nearly dark, they must be hungry
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Matt F.
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Location: Houston, TX

I agree Emil - I'll bet he didn't recognize you since you were all bundled up.
You've got yourself a good "guard Martin" there.
Emil Pampell-Tx
Posts: 6743
Joined: Tue Nov 11, 2003 1:26 pm
Location: Tx, Richmond (SW of Houston)
Martin Colony History: First started in Gretna, La in 1969 with a small homemade house, have had martins ever since at 2 different homes in Texas

We are back to 3 martins, I thought that 2 left, but maybe they were here all the time. They are sitting out in the sun, but windy temps in the low 40s and its supposed to rain tomorrow, so I hope that they find some bugs.
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JeanS
Posts: 115
Joined: Sun Jan 14, 2007 9:08 pm
Location: Sugar Land, TX
Martin Colony History: 2002 -Coates metal houses- about 18 pairs
2005 - Added a gourd rack- many more pairs
2007 - Added another gourd rack, gave the Coates houses away
2008-2015 - Experimented with many gourds & a few racks (its a sickness) fledged over 200 chicks/year. Hubby keeps records, not me. :-)
2016 - 64 gourds and expect most will be occupied

We watched for them until dark last night. Nada. Ha ha! Obviously, year 2015 obsession with Purple has begun. Now all we need is the purple. I'm not complaining. Anticipation is part of the fun.
Jean S
2002 - Coates metal houses- about 18 pairs
2005-2007 - added a gourd rack, then another gourd rack = many more pairs
2008-2015 - Experimented with many gourds & a few racks (its a sickness) fledged over 200 chicks/year
2016 - 64 gourds and expect most will be occupied
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