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MNguy
Posts: 33
Joined: Mon Mar 06, 2017 2:58 pm
Location: Dakota Cty, MN
Martin Colony History: 2014 - first year, zero activity
2015 - Nothing
2016 - SY male visited and stayed a few weeks, unable to attract a mate
2017 - SY pair arrived June 6 - 3 eggs laid, 2 hatched, 1 fledged.
2018 - ASY male, SY female - 5 eggs, 5 hatched, lost all 5 prematurely
2019 - SY male hungout for a month, no mate, several visitors
2020 - Hopeful....

7th year trying and we've got a very dutiful pair of SY martins. 4 healthy babies. 1st nest replacement today and the kids got to hold the babies. They were pumped. The two year old didn't like the "scratchy claws", so no pic of him. :grin: Just thought I'd share....
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Dave Duit
Posts: 1802
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.

Nce work and pics MNguy. Congrats on the baby martins. It is always great to see kids involved with martins.
Mite control, heat venting, predator protection and additional feeding during bad weather add up to success.
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