Finally! We have Martins at long last.

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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

Seriously! After seeing reports of Purple Martin sightings all around Texas but our back yard, these last three weeks have been long. But our wait is over.

When we got home from work yesterday evening, the unmistakable sound of Purple Martins greeted us. Three Purple Martins were flying above our house. At dusk, they flew in and out of gourds. The gourds facing North were their picks last night. This morning, we saw the three together flying fairly high. I feel incredibly at peace and so very happy today.

We started out in year 2002 with a couple of Coates metal houses. They were a birthday gift to my husband from me. We didn't know much about being good landlords, but we had full occupancy that first year. That year was the beginning of a life changing and rewarding hobby.

These days, we are Troyer gourd lovers. And our Summers are filled with sparrow/starling trapping, nest checks, hawk watching, baby bird rescues, nest changes, and just kicking back watching them in the evenings with a glass of merlot. Oh, and let's not forget the joy of pre dawn chatter and a fresh cup of coffee. Well I've gone on too long about the gratefulness I feel, and if you read this far, thanks for sharing my happiness.
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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
apundt-TX
Posts: 983
Joined: Thu Jan 22, 2004 7:34 pm
Location: Dripping Springs, Texas
Martin Colony History: :
Starting over in 2018
9 pair 2017
17 pair 2015
12 pair 2014
8 pair 2013
5 pair 2012
2 pair 2011

That's a beautiful backyard. I hope you continue to share pictures as the season goes on.

A.P.
PMCA member
racks:CUE AAA-16, PMCA Multipurpose pole , S&K EZ-Lift, Lonestar/Songbird Essentials, CUE 12 gourd rack
gourds: S&K gourds, Supergourds, Troyer horizontals, Naturalines, few naturals
housing: S&K great 8, TRIO M12K, Coates/BirdsChoice 8 room wateresdge
Michael N
Posts: 48
Joined: Sun Jul 11, 2004 12:39 pm
Location: KS/Wichita

My gosh that is a sweet setup. How many pairs do you expect?
2013 - Several Visitors
2014 - 3 pair (12 fledged)
2015 - 4 pair (15 fledged)
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

Thank you A.P. and Michael.

We have 64 gourds and usually about 60 are occupied. My husband, Bert, is the brain of our operation. I'm his number one helper.
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
Mitch Booth
Posts: 480
Joined: Tue Jun 03, 2008 6:23 am
Location: Akron, OH
Martin Colony History: 2012 - 0
2013 - 1 pair, 4 eggs, 2 fledged
2014 - 0
2015 - 1 pair, 5 died during week of rain
2016 - 0
2017 - 1 pair, 4 eggs, 4 fledged
2018 - 4 pair, 19 eggs, 19 fledged
2019 - 7 pair
2020 - 17 pair

Jeans,

What is the name of your gourd rack and how many does each hold? Are you at full capacity? What are those black boxes that extend skyward from the top of each rack?

Mitch
2020 - 17 pair 77 eggs 69 fledged
2019 - 7 pair
2018 - 4 pair 19 eggs, 19 fledged
2017 - 1 pair 4 eggs, 4 fledged
2016 - 0 only visits
2015 - 1 pair 5 eggs, 5 hatched, 5 dead on days 6-7
2014 - 0 only visits
2013 - 1 pair 3 eggs, 2 hatched, 2 fledged
2012 - 0
Anthony Neira
Posts: 1317
Joined: Wed Jan 15, 2014 1:12 pm
Location: San Antonio /Texas
Martin Colony History: Started in 1992 From neighbors old 1950-60's colonies. Have 8 Trio 6 Room Houses, 4 MPP Poles, 1 Heath Deluxe Gourd with Troyer Porch, 8 NatureLine Gourds with Troyer Porches, 5 Troyer Horizontals ,& 2 S&K 11" WITH Troyer Porches ready for 2019 Season !

Congrats Jean & to your husband, super clean setup ! I hope you all have much success ! Good luck!
PMCA Member, 8 Trio 6 Room Houses, 1 Heath Deluxe Gourd with Troyer Porch, 8 NatureLine Gourds with Troyer Porches, 5 Troyer Horizontals + Tunnels, & 2 S&K Bo 11"s WITH Troyer Porches ! 4 MPPs, For 2019 Season !! :grin: Started in 1992 from Older '50-'60s Colonies.
pmartinlover2
Posts: 521
Joined: Mon Mar 24, 2014 6:37 pm
Location: IL/Hillsboro
Martin Colony History: 2011 Home site--1 SY pair--2 fledged
2016 Satellite Site---4 pair--19 eggs laid--17 hatched--16 fledged
2017 Satellite Site--8 pair--37 eggs laid--34 hatched--34 fledged
2018 11 pair--fledged 60
2019 20 pair-fledged 94
2020 23pair-fledged 108

Jean you and your husband have a beautiful backyard! Happy to hear that your martins have arrived. You have a great spot to observe all their antics. Please send us some pictures when they all return.
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Jody💝
Bulldog1
Posts: 700
Joined: Fri Apr 08, 2011 8:33 am
Location: Mississippi/Hamilton

With that view, I wouldn't be surprised if you have to hang out a No Vacancy sign this year. But what is that in the chair?
PMCA member
2015 - 18 Gourds offered - 12 active nests, 62 eggs, 51 fledged
2014 - 18 gourds offered - 12 active nests, 52 eggs, 48 fledged
2013 - 12 gourds offered - 9 pairs, 56 eggs, 52 hatched, 49 fledged
2012 - 12 gourds offered -4 pairs, 20 eggs, 19 fledged
2011 - 6 gourds offered -1 pair, 5 eggs, 5 hatched, 5 fledged !!!!
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

Congrats, happy for you. We have about 12 here now
PMCA Member, 250 gourds, 6 poles, 2traps
taxidermy lady
Posts: 2989
Joined: Sun Mar 02, 2014 10:21 am
Location: IL/Ellis Grove
Martin Colony History: Started trying to attract purple martins in 2012! It's finally happened in 2017! 5 years!!! ASY male and SY female came May 1st, fledged 5 babies!

Beautiful, looks like a postcard picture! Good luck! :grin:
Sharon from southern Illinois
rrmartins
Posts: 1435
Joined: Tue Oct 19, 2010 8:04 am
Location: Round Rock, TX

I'm curious also, as to what the little black boxes are on the rods, on top of the racks.
2020
T14
7 pair
25 fledged
apundt-TX
Posts: 983
Joined: Thu Jan 22, 2004 7:34 pm
Location: Dripping Springs, Texas
Martin Colony History: :
Starting over in 2018
9 pair 2017
17 pair 2015
12 pair 2014
8 pair 2013
5 pair 2012
2 pair 2011

Those black boxes are called Night Guard Protectors.
They are suppose to simulate an eye and makes a predator nervous about being watched so they leave the area.

Jean,
Do these things actually work? From the information I have gathered it seems split in half if they work or not.



A.P.
PMCA member
racks:CUE AAA-16, PMCA Multipurpose pole , S&K EZ-Lift, Lonestar/Songbird Essentials, CUE 12 gourd rack
gourds: S&K gourds, Supergourds, Troyer horizontals, Naturalines, few naturals
housing: S&K great 8, TRIO M12K, Coates/BirdsChoice 8 room wateresdge
Bill Pec
Posts: 540
Joined: Tue Apr 27, 2010 9:21 am
Location: Smith Mountain Lake, Moneta, Virginia
Martin Colony History: 2010- 2 pr. Many visitors. Fledged 6
2011- 20 pr. Fledged 75
2012- 35 pr. Fledged 143
2013- 37 pr. Fledged 153
2014- 40 pr. Fledged 198
2015- 40 pr. Fledged 183
2016- 42 pr. Fledged 189
2017- 42 pr. Fledged 168
2018- 43 pr. Fledged 172
2019- 43 pr. Fledged 193
2020 -44 pr. Fledged 181

JeanS,

Thanks you for sharing your view and feelings with us. You summed up our lives with Purple Martins perfectly.

My best to you,

Bill
THE MORE ONE LEARNS THE MORE ONE SEES! While the ignorant person sees only a blackbird the enlightened person sees a Purple Martin.

2010- 2 pr. 6 fledged, + many visitors
2011- 20 pr. 75 fledged,
2012- 35 pr. 143 fledged
2013- 37 pr. 153 fledged
2014- 40 pr. 198 fledged
2015- 40 pr. 183 fledged
2016- 42 pr. 189 Fledged
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

apundt-TX wrote:Those black boxes are called Night Guard Protectors.
They are suppose to simulate an eye and makes a predator nervous about being watched so they leave the area.

Jean,
Do these things actually work? From the information I have gathered it seems split in half if they work or not.



A.P.
A.P., thank you for sharing your knowledge about the Night Guard Protectors. I didn't know what they are called and Bert didn't have time last night to log on and explain.

We had a great horned owl that visited at night quite often. It would hang from a gourd flap like crazy to try to make a P.M. fly out. So Bert did a lot of reading to find out how to deter Owl predation.

For 3 or 4 years, he put speakers on the tops of the racks and played the radio between stations to make a White Noise. The thought was that the White Noise made it hard for owls to locate the Purple Martins. That seemed to help a lot, as we had less owl attacks. But Bert kept researching.

Then he found the Night Guard Protectors. They are solar powered and each side of the little black box has a tiny red light that starts blinking at dusk. It is inconspicuous, but it seems to work because I don't think we have had an owl on the gourd racks since installation. We have seen the owl in the tree and on top of our house, but not on the rack for at least 4 years. Sadly, I can't remember exactly what year they were installed.

When neighbors or friends ask about the blinking lights, we like to joke that it is so airplanes see the racks and not accidentally fly into them. I've been trying to come up with a funnier line. They already think we are half crazy, so maybe I will start saying we are trying to communicate with life on other planets.
:lol:
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
Bill Pec
Posts: 540
Joined: Tue Apr 27, 2010 9:21 am
Location: Smith Mountain Lake, Moneta, Virginia
Martin Colony History: 2010- 2 pr. Many visitors. Fledged 6
2011- 20 pr. Fledged 75
2012- 35 pr. Fledged 143
2013- 37 pr. Fledged 153
2014- 40 pr. Fledged 198
2015- 40 pr. Fledged 183
2016- 42 pr. Fledged 189
2017- 42 pr. Fledged 168
2018- 43 pr. Fledged 172
2019- 43 pr. Fledged 193
2020 -44 pr. Fledged 181

Jean,

During the Christmas Season the red light will attract Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer to ensure Santa is guided to your neighborhood with a sleigh full of gifts. :-)
THE MORE ONE LEARNS THE MORE ONE SEES! While the ignorant person sees only a blackbird the enlightened person sees a Purple Martin.

2010- 2 pr. 6 fledged, + many visitors
2011- 20 pr. 75 fledged,
2012- 35 pr. 143 fledged
2013- 37 pr. 153 fledged
2014- 40 pr. 198 fledged
2015- 40 pr. 183 fledged
2016- 42 pr. 189 Fledged
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

Mitch Booth wrote:Jeans,

What is the name of your gourd rack and how many does each hold? Are you at full capacity? What are those black boxes that extend skyward from the top of each rack?

Mitch
I found out that it is a Gemini gourd rack that can handle up to 32 gourds. Here is a very good link to a previous discussion started by Steve Kroenke in year 2003. http://www.purplemartin.org/forum/viewt ... highlight=

The discussion answers a lot of questions and you may find it very helpful if you are looking for a new setup. :-)
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
Dave Duit
Posts: 1854
Joined: Tue Nov 25, 2003 2:02 pm
Location: Iowa / Nevada
Martin Colony History: In 2020, 60 pair with 285 fledged youngsters. 83 total cavities available, 58 Troyer Horizontal gourds and 4 modified deep trio metal house units, 1 fallout shelter, owl cages around all units. Martin educator and speaker. President and founder of the Iowa Purple Martin Organization. Please visit www.iamartin.org and join.

Congrats. I agree a hot cup of coffee makes the morning martin watching a treat. I hope you have a great season.
Mite control, heat venting, predator protection and additional feeding during bad weather add up to success.
Carlton
Posts: 1931
Joined: Tue May 17, 2005 6:42 pm
Location: Florida/Pompano Beach
Martin Colony History: I moved to South Florida, from Delaware, in August of 2015.

I will have 2 MSS-8 houses, with Excluder entrances, here on my condo grounds. This season I will also have two Deluxe Gourd Racks with 24 Excluder Gourds with Modified Excluder entrances. In our condo development, along the lake in a different section, I have 8 Excluder Gourds hanging from 84 inch Shepherd's Hooks with predator guards.

At Quiet Waters Park, nearby in Deerfield Beach, I care for a Deluxe Gourd Rack with 12 TVG's. I also care for a Deluxe Gourd rack with 12 Excluder gourds with Modified Excluder entrances.

At another local park, Tradewinds Park at Coconut Creek, care for a Trendsetter 12, 5 gourds rack with 60 Excluder gourds with Modified Excluder Entrances and 1 Deluxe Gourd Rack with 12 Troyer Vertical Gourds with wing guards over the Conley II to keep out smaller starlings.

Beautiful setup and location!

I know exactly what you mean about this "purple passion". So rewarding and fun.
beverly burton 18
Posts: 4
Joined: Mon Feb 16, 2015 5:19 pm
Location: KY/Stanford

Wow what an awesome set up seems that they should be quiet happy there. We are in Ky and praying fervently that they will not come our way for several more weeks. We are having the worst weather we have had in years. blizzard conditions. I too am so ready to hear that morning chatter. but will wait patiently as timing not good here. We usally do not see our first until about 2nd week of March maybe by then more spring like weather will be our way.
Dave Reynolds
Posts: 1921
Joined: Mon Jan 31, 2011 4:35 pm
Location: Little Hocking, Oh.
Martin Colony History: 2018 Success at my Satellite Site “Oxbow Golf Course”.
2019 Success at my home Site "Little Hocking, Ohio".

Beverly --- Welcome to the Forum.... It won't be long before the chatter is in the air... Just keep them warm and fed if you can, good luck :lol:

Dave
Home Site “Little Hocking, Ohio”
2010 / 2018 -- Lots of Visitors
2019 — 1 Pair, 5 Eggs, 5 Babies, 5 fledged. :wink:
2020 — 1 Pair, 4 Eggs, 4 Babies, 4 fledged. :wink:
2021 — Waiting on March 2021

Satellite Site “Oxbow Golf Course”
2018 -- 15 Pair, 58 Eggs, 38 Hatched and 36 Fledged :wink:
2019 — 26 Pair, 128 Eggs, 99 Babies and 97 Fledged. :wink:
2020 — 30 Pair, 156 Eggs, 137 Babies and 137 Fledged. :wink:
2021 — Waiting on March 2021

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