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jeff
Posts: 11
Joined: Wed Jul 08, 2020 9:43 am
Location: cincinnati ohio

Hello - I have had my house up for 3 years and there are plenty of PM that fly around the area and will occasionally land on my house but do not nest.
It is now July 10th and I am close to Cincinnati Ohio . I have read putting white pine needles in the house compartment might help but is it too late?
the house is probably closer to trees than I have read that it should be but they do land on it quite a few times a year.
Any suggestions?

thanks Jeff
Ed Svetich-WI
Posts: 798
Joined: Tue Jan 13, 2004 10:05 pm
Location: Brooks, Wi (McGinnis Lake)
Martin Colony History: 24 Super and Excluder Gourds on two gourd racks, all SREH. Full occupancy. My philosophy is to maximize fledge % with existing cavities rather than adding gourds to grow colony, thus providing opportunities for new colony expansion. Fledge over 100 nestlings yearly from 24 gourds. Band nestlings in cooperation with state university. 2019 Adendum: Reduced colony size to 12 gourds to focus on more intensive management regimen.

Jeff,

Too late this year for nesting but you can still attract some as northern martins and this years' young begin exploring and heading south in the next 6 to 8 weeks. Over the next several weeks or months, I suggest searching thru the contents of this Forum as well as the information in the banner across the top of the page. Educate yourself about martins and what the basics are to successfully attract and then keep them.

Good luck in the future.

Ed
flyin-lowe
Posts: 2962
Joined: Wed Mar 29, 2006 8:49 am
Location: Indiana/Henry Co.

One good thing you can do is post some pictures of your housing as well as an overhead picture of your yard/property from Google earth. We will be able to help you determine if it is in a good location or needs to possibly be moved. I am about an hour and a half from Cincy but there are plenty of martins in this part of the country. I have started 2 colonies and both times it took 5 years to get established. Both locations that I had were basically in ideal locations. Open yards and flyways, no close trees, quality housing, and large water sources very close. It still took 5 years, so don't get discouraged yet. Leave your housing up this year until September or so, you never know when martins from further north might stop by on their way south and decide they like your place for next year. Most of the martins hatched this year will be looking for a new place to next when they return next year.
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.
flyin-lowe
Posts: 2962
Joined: Wed Mar 29, 2006 8:49 am
Location: Indiana/Henry Co.

Also based on your thread title, typically martins only nest once per year. Sometimes if they have a nest destroyed very early in the season they will try again but they are not a breed of bird that usually nests more then once.
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.
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