Farewell Tour 2019 ??

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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

It seems like every year I am privileged to get a "farewell tour" from my Martins. Even though most had fledged weeks ago and there has been very little activity around my housing, yesterday I was treated to what I call the "farewell tour". At least 50 Martins circling the housing, chirping away, almost as if to bid their summer homes a fond farewell. It usually just happens the one day. Only the Martins know what they are thinking, but I take it as a compliment that I have provided a good home for the summer, and they kind of hate to leave. LOL.

Anyone else noticing this behavior?

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.

Bill:

Yes. When you see this activity you can guarantee they will soon be gone until next spring.

Pretty much every year they all come in for one last night. Then I may have a couple come in for one night, depending on how late they fledged. Then they are gone. Nothing for a few days. Then I usually have one circle, calling, to see if any are left & off he/she goes. End of season.

I think the colony joins up for one last greeting. Parents bring fledged chicks in. Could be it's their way of showing them how to get to the houses one last time, before they all head to roost together.

Then the deafening silence begins. My houses will remain up & uncleaned into October, for any in need of stopping over on their way south. Then we lower the houses, clean them out & cover them for the long winter. Then it's time to order crickets & go gather dry white pine needles for the next season. We watch the calendar & the scout report map. Mid-March we uncover the houses, load the trays & wait. Once they get close we raise the houses & I usually open 4-6 rooms at first. As a few arrive I open more rooms, always having more than needed open. Then the fun begins....cricket flipping bundled in layers of winter clothing, hoodie & blanket over my legs, feeding them 3-4 times a day & putting hand warmers in the houses, if needed, so they can survive the cold. Soon more arrive & their beautiful sights & sounds fill the air once more. Ahh life is good :).

Toy in PA
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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

Well said Toy. I'm already missing them.

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
flyin-lowe
Posts: 3074
Joined: Wed Mar 29, 2006 8:49 am
Location: Indiana/Henry Co.

My last ones left town about a week or so ago. I did see a martin flying over my kids high school yesterday afternoon. I'm hoping to get my housing down, cleaned, and stored in the next week or so.
2021.................HOSP count-5
2020 Currently 42 nest, 110 babies, 64 eggs left to hatch(6-22-20) HOSP count-8
2019- 31 Pair over 100 fledged
2018- 15 pair last count 49 fledged
2017 3 SY pair nested, 12 eggs total, fledged 10. 4 additional SY's stayed all summer but never paired/nested.
2016 1 pair fledged 4
2015 Visitors
2014 Visitors
2013 Moved 6 miles away, 1 pair fledged 2.
2012 30 pair fledged 100.
2011 12 pair (11 that nested), 43 fledged.
2010 5 pair, 21 eggs, 16 hatched, 14 fledged.
C.C.Martins
Posts: 964
Joined: Fri Apr 14, 2017 11:15 am
Location: Corpus Christi Tx
Martin Colony History: 2016- didnt know anything about martins, put up an all wrong house in 2016 and had two come by and inspect all the cavities. Left soon after not to return. Learned what i could on PMCA made adjustments and next year was successful.
2017- 5 pair. 15 fledged
2018- 18 pair. 85 fledged
2019- 17 pair. 81 fledged
2020- 25 pair. 111 fledged
2021:
Home colony: mix natural gourds, enlarged compartment house. All SREH.
Satelite colony: Oso Bay Preserve: 12 gourds: PMCA excluder gourds, 6 room trio mino castle with enlarged compartments.
2019: Visitors
2020: 3 pair, 11 fledged
2021:
PMCA member

Deafening silence. yep. that about sums it up. and life is good.
Tom
PMCA member, believer in nest checks, venting, SREH and pest/predator protection.
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.

I still have one young yet to fledge. Named him Z. Some days there are many birds visiting but today there are no birds in site. Z is finally sticking his head out of the gourd directly across from my porch. I don’t see the subadult male but the female is usually up calling out above. Not today yet. Having a late nest has made things more interesting this year. Doug
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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