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Kyler
Posts: 894
Joined: Mon Apr 11, 2016 10:15 pm
Location: Colby, Kansas
Martin Colony History: PMCA Member - Project MartinWatch - Enlarged Compartments - SREH - S&S Control - Mite Control - Predator Guards - Heat Control ( Vents and Insulation ) - Supplemental Feeding -

Manage 7 different colonies in Colby Kansas.

Definitely a few more starting to make it home. I think we’re up to six at my main colony. Probably close to 6-8 at the other big colony. Then the other colonies are definitely starting to have some a activity. Been a little slow for them.

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Kyler,
Purple Martin Landlords of Northwest KS
https://m.youtube.com/channel/UC9HDLGlbCmSYcSExIySwUQA

2013 & 2015 - 0 Pair -
2014 - 1 Pair - 4 Eggs - 3 Hatched - 3 Fledged -
2016 - 5 Pair - 27 Eggs - 24 Hatched - 13 Fledged -
2017 - 18 Pair - 102 Eggs - 78 Hatched - 69 Fledged -
2018 - 22 Pair - 115 Eggs - 92 Hatched - 86 Fledged -
2019 - 28 Pair - 144 Eggs - 131 Hatched - 125 Fledged -
2020 - 40 Pair - 190 Eggs - 136 Hatched - 131 Fledged -
2021 - ??
flyin-lowe
Posts: 3074
Joined: Wed Mar 29, 2006 8:49 am
Location: Indiana/Henry Co.

Looks good Kyler. I sighted my first PM this past Saturday it was a female. She hung around for a little bit and then a couple males showed up later that day. I've had 3 males since but haven't seen the female again. She must have been passing through.
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.
randy741985
Posts: 163
Joined: Wed Apr 04, 2018 5:08 pm
Location: NE Alabama
Martin Colony History: 2018-First Year 0 Martins
2019- Lots Lookers
2020- TBD

Very good pictures Kyler.
2018-14 Gourds First Year 0 Martins
2019- 14 Gourds Lots Lookers
2020- 6 Gourds had one male stay 3 weeks.
2021- TBD
Whippy
Posts: 816
Joined: Thu Jan 19, 2017 11:15 pm
Location: Plano, Texas
Martin Colony History: See Signature

Thanks for the photos. Always good to see the Martins hanging out.

Hope you have a great season.

Coolwhips
2016 - late to put up, many visitors
2017 - 1 pair, 3 fledged
2018- 2 pair, 12 fledged
2019 - 4 pair, 21 fledged
2020 - 15 pair, 67 fledged
Brad Biddle
Posts: 523
Joined: Wed Feb 17, 2016 6:22 pm
Location: Marshall County AL

Beautiful.
Martin landlord since 2003. Currently offering 162 plastic gourds with tunnels, all with Conley II entrances with the Lewis modification. I have 24 Supergourds and the rest are Troyer Horizontals.
Kegger
Posts: 178
Joined: Sun Sep 15, 2019 8:58 am
Location: Awesome Florida
Martin Colony History: Newbie in 2020: 2 pair of SY with 4 eggs each in Troyer Horizontals
fledged a total of 7 Martins

nice pictures!!
Dave Duit
Posts: 1890
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.

Great pics Kyler. Also, a great job on closing up the round holes and modifying for crescent shaped entrances.
Mite control, heat venting, predator protection and additional feeding during bad weather add up to success.
Archer
Posts: 766
Joined: Fri Mar 11, 2011 1:09 pm
Location: Manitoba/Altona
Martin Colony History: six pair in 2014, have grown to 52 pairs in 2017.

Boy that looks nice! Did you get all your nest bowls done. They will sure like them. A couple of weeks for me to wait yet.
2011- first year trying, a few visitors.
2012-One ASY pair, raised two young, lots of subby visitors. So thankfull.
2013-daily subby visits.
2014-Six SY pairs
2015-18 pair, 83 fledglings
2016-36 pair, 147 fledglings
2017-52 pairs, 192 fledglings.
2018-60 pair, 246 fledglings.
2019-59 pair, 238 fledglings.
2020-62 pair.
Fuzzmeister
Posts: 178
Joined: Mon Sep 25, 2017 9:02 pm
Location: Saskatchewan Canada

Nice pictures Kyler I’m really getting excited about mine returning, but it will be at least 2 weeks also I’m hoping mine come this year before archers do,😀his came before mine did last year! It is very cold here for this time of year.
Kyler
Posts: 894
Joined: Mon Apr 11, 2016 10:15 pm
Location: Colby, Kansas
Martin Colony History: PMCA Member - Project MartinWatch - Enlarged Compartments - SREH - S&S Control - Mite Control - Predator Guards - Heat Control ( Vents and Insulation ) - Supplemental Feeding -

Manage 7 different colonies in Colby Kansas.

Thanks everyone for all the kind words.

Flyin-Lowe,
That’s awesome. I hope you have a good season!

Archer,
Yes there in and ready to go. I guess we will see what happens! Thanks for the ideas!

Fuzzmeister,
That’s funny. It’s always a competition here as well. Good luck and have a good season.

Kyler,
Purple Martin Landlords of Northwest KS
https://m.youtube.com/channel/UC9HDLGlbCmSYcSExIySwUQA

2013 & 2015 - 0 Pair -
2014 - 1 Pair - 4 Eggs - 3 Hatched - 3 Fledged -
2016 - 5 Pair - 27 Eggs - 24 Hatched - 13 Fledged -
2017 - 18 Pair - 102 Eggs - 78 Hatched - 69 Fledged -
2018 - 22 Pair - 115 Eggs - 92 Hatched - 86 Fledged -
2019 - 28 Pair - 144 Eggs - 131 Hatched - 125 Fledged -
2020 - 40 Pair - 190 Eggs - 136 Hatched - 131 Fledged -
2021 - ??
Archer
Posts: 766
Joined: Fri Mar 11, 2011 1:09 pm
Location: Manitoba/Altona
Martin Colony History: six pair in 2014, have grown to 52 pairs in 2017.

Fuzzmeister wrote:
Wed Apr 01, 2020 11:20 am
Nice pictures Kyler I’m really getting excited about mine returning, but it will be at least 2 weeks also I’m hoping mine come this year before archers do,😀his came before mine did last year! It is very cold here for this time of year.
Hey Fuzz, I hope yours come first too, give you a chance to train them to take flipped crickets! Mine allready know that trick :wink:
2011- first year trying, a few visitors.
2012-One ASY pair, raised two young, lots of subby visitors. So thankfull.
2013-daily subby visits.
2014-Six SY pairs
2015-18 pair, 83 fledglings
2016-36 pair, 147 fledglings
2017-52 pairs, 192 fledglings.
2018-60 pair, 246 fledglings.
2019-59 pair, 238 fledglings.
2020-62 pair.
Fuzzmeister
Posts: 178
Joined: Mon Sep 25, 2017 9:02 pm
Location: Saskatchewan Canada

Hi Archer
Nice to hear from you again! You can tell it’s getting to be Martin season again here we are discussing when there going to arrive! I believe I told you last year that I thought my colony got hit by a 747 jet but they came back right after that, but I sure hope it warms up real fast because it is dam cold here the last 2 nights wind chill - 22 and the long range doesn’t look all that promising. Oh and by the way my martins are trained! Not for crickets I flip them grasshoppers, I tried crickets and they grabbed them and then spit them out!😅
Cheers
Archer
Posts: 766
Joined: Fri Mar 11, 2011 1:09 pm
Location: Manitoba/Altona
Martin Colony History: six pair in 2014, have grown to 52 pairs in 2017.

Hey Fuzz, that's fantastic! Good to know you can keep them alive. After I had mine trained, I put the leftovers on an elevated tray. They soon found them. After I ran out of Crickets, microwaved eggs were the next trick. I had to flip them to get them started, and as before left the leftovers on the tray. Not too long and they had that figured out too. They now have a messenger that swoops at me every time I come out of the deck. He'll even come at me when I am standing in my kitchen and looking through the doors. They let me know when the are hungry, amazing birds. I am hoping my messenger makes it back again. Have a great season and let us know how its going.
2011- first year trying, a few visitors.
2012-One ASY pair, raised two young, lots of subby visitors. So thankfull.
2013-daily subby visits.
2014-Six SY pairs
2015-18 pair, 83 fledglings
2016-36 pair, 147 fledglings
2017-52 pairs, 192 fledglings.
2018-60 pair, 246 fledglings.
2019-59 pair, 238 fledglings.
2020-62 pair.
Fuzzmeister
Posts: 178
Joined: Mon Sep 25, 2017 9:02 pm
Location: Saskatchewan Canada

Archer
When the martins arrived back here in the last 2 years that I have been a landlord the weather has been fairly warm and they were able to look after themselves, but every year is different from the next and maybe this year might be one that I will have to feed them. We live in a farming community where grasshoppers are abundant and are easy to collect and freeze for that purpose to feed the martins in the event of a cold spring, crickets are scarce and can only be purchased from pet stores. I know what you mean by them swooping at you I have a garden right beside my houses and when the babies hatch they scare the you know what out of you! Anyway I will let you know when and if they return and I wish you a good season and lots of enjoyment with your birds this year.
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