Martins back in central PA

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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.

Had a lone ASY Male arrive at 12:15PM. He flew around overhead. I whistled to him & he called back. Finally he landed on House #1. He flew off & came in several times. I didn't get a close up look at him, because my husband had me helping him wrench coil tower bolts on his truck at the time.

While he was flying overhead, way above him, was an eagle circling. We have a Bald Eagle nest about a mile south of us.

We have total cloud cover, possible passing rain showers, temp 53, light breeze. It's supposed to be in the 40's tomorrow, so I'll supplement feed him.

Toy in PA
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Dan G
Posts: 403
Joined: Thu Jun 12, 2014 7:52 pm
Location: PA/Bellefonte
Martin Colony History: Trying since 2014. Visitors, but no nests. Several colonies with in 6 mile radius.
2020- An SY male built a nest but could not attract a mate.

Great news Toy!! Get him through the next few days and looks like a warming trend on Friday. The next several days with highs approaching 60 degrees.
Bellefonte PA
2014, 1st year-a few lookers, no nests
2015, 'Spot' SY male, here every day from 5-28 to 6-23
2016 added a perch wire between house and gourd rack
offering 22 cavities, T-14 plus 8 gourds
2016, multiple visitors from 6-20 on. Almost daily
2017- Lots of visitors late in season.
2018- Adding another T-14. Few visitors
2019- Hopeful but stopped holding my breath
2020-SY male built a nest.
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

Hi Toy;

Great news. I have 5 here right now. Weather is supposed to improve tomorrow, hopefully Phil was right about an early spring.
Best of luck to you this season.

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.

Thanks Dan & Bill.

So far he's the only one here. He looks good. He leaves by 9AM & sneaks in before dark. So far the weather has been good enough for him to go find food. I haven't had to supplement feed him yet.

The weather looks good for above normal temps, but we need those south winds to push more of them north.

Have a great season.

Stay safe,

Toy in PA
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