Slow start this year at my palce

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Chris B
Posts: 379
Joined: Sun Jun 01, 2014 4:10 pm
Location: AL/Toney

It may be the cool nights keeping bugs down, but my PMs are slow to build up the numbers this year. TS are here but the PMs are just not arriving yet.
2014 8 gourds, 3 pairs nested. Ended w/ 24 total
2015 24 gourds, 22 nests. Lotsa birds!
2016 24 gourds and good activity.
2017 32 SREH gourds. Great activity.
2018 40 SREH gourds. Good finish despite big storm damage. No more dangling gourds.
2019 56+ SREH gourds, all on 3/8 rods. Birds did very well.
2020 56 SREH gourds.
Chris B
Posts: 379
Joined: Sun Jun 01, 2014 4:10 pm
Location: AL/Toney

The adults are here but in much lower numbers. No barnies yet.

Sad, but nature is resilient.
2014 8 gourds, 3 pairs nested. Ended w/ 24 total
2015 24 gourds, 22 nests. Lotsa birds!
2016 24 gourds and good activity.
2017 32 SREH gourds. Great activity.
2018 40 SREH gourds. Good finish despite big storm damage. No more dangling gourds.
2019 56+ SREH gourds, all on 3/8 rods. Birds did very well.
2020 56 SREH gourds.
randy741985
Posts: 160
Joined: Wed Apr 04, 2018 5:08 pm
Location: NE Alabama
Martin Colony History: 2018-First Year 0 Martins
2019- Lots Lookers
2020- TBD

Chris I'm in ider just east of you and I don't have a established colony and today I had a few tree swallows hanging around my gourds haven't seen any Martin's here yet. Last year the tree swallows aggravated me and I shut my gourds up I'm not doing that this year. I have a house up for the tree swallows maybe they will take to it.

Do the tree swallows not cause problems with your Martin's?
2018-14 Gourds First Year 0 Martins
2019- 14 Gourds Lots Lookers
2020- 6 Gourds had one male stay 3 weeks.
2021- TBD
MorganW_AL
Posts: 44
Joined: Wed Aug 08, 2018 11:21 am
Location: Alabama

I'm in Limestone county, and have yet to see in young birds. I have 4 pair and all are ASY. All of them look surprisingly well this year, much better than last year. They showed up a week later than last year, on the 20th...first day of spring.
MorganW_AL
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Joined: Wed Aug 08, 2018 11:21 am
Location: Alabama

I also have two pair of TS. The pair in the box closest to to one of my martin poles appear to believe they are martins! :lol: They spend more time on the top perch than anywhere else, but have never messed with the gourds. They fly with the martins, and seem to get along just fine.
randy741985
Posts: 160
Joined: Wed Apr 04, 2018 5:08 pm
Location: NE Alabama
Martin Colony History: 2018-First Year 0 Martins
2019- Lots Lookers
2020- TBD

MorganW_AL wrote:
Thu Mar 28, 2019 6:54 pm
I also have two pair of TS. The pair in the box closest to to one of my martin poles appear to believe they are martins! :lol: They spend more time on the top perch than anywhere else, but have never messed with the gourds. They fly with the martins, and seem to get along just fine.
Morgan,
That sounds good maybe they will leave the gourds alone, last year I had a pair build a nest in a gourd and would run off the Martin's.
2018-14 Gourds First Year 0 Martins
2019- 14 Gourds Lots Lookers
2020- 6 Gourds had one male stay 3 weeks.
2021- TBD
MorganW_AL
Posts: 44
Joined: Wed Aug 08, 2018 11:21 am
Location: Alabama

I've never had a problem with them wanting to get in the gourds. Though, I do try to time putting my gourds up until after the TS have been here a while. They usually beat the martins here by 2 or 3 weeks and they have been nesting in the same two boxes for a few years now. I love the TS nearly as much as the martins....so much fun to watch.
barbiejoe
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Joined: Tue Jun 16, 2015 10:16 am
Location: Branson MO

My birds are later than last year, but it was so cold this year that I was praying they would hold off. Saw 1 on the 25th, 2 the next day, 5 yesterday the 27th. Two are lighter color. My binoculars don't show enough detail to know if they are male or female. I assume they are male. I think females arrive a little later, right? Good luck to all. Barbiejoe
After 3 years, I gave up and put two gourds out, hoping to get other birds to nest. I did. Had one pair of tree swallows and ONE pair of purple martins. The PM had 4 hatchlings. One died in the nest and one was found on the ground two days running and died that night. Two flew successfully.
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