Another Year Full of HOPE

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BumBee
Posts: 411
Joined: Tue Apr 18, 2006 9:47 am
Location: Sugar Land, Texas

I sent them up hoping for some residents.
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brent
Posts: 315
Joined: Sat Feb 10, 2018 2:43 pm
Location: Raceland, Louisiana

If I were a Martin I'd be there asap.😊
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.

Good luck. It’s like the big lottery jackpots. We can’t win if we don’t play. Haha
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.
Dave Duit
Posts: 1854
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.

Bumbee,
That is a beautiful set up and well thought out. I was happy to see you included owl guards/ cage on the porch sections. Well done my friend.
Mite control, heat venting, predator protection and additional feeding during bad weather add up to success.
BumBee
Posts: 411
Joined: Tue Apr 18, 2006 9:47 am
Location: Sugar Land, Texas

Thanks, The one on the left was built back in 2000, the one on the right is newer.
At one time I had 18 pairs, because of the hawks in my neighborhood, It's
been down to zero occupancy. Amazingly I don't see the starlings nor the
sparrows. It's a little boring sitting behind my blind waiting for something to
shoot at.

Still hoping for them to come back.
Dave Duit
Posts: 1854
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.

Bumbee,
I was happy to see you took up the hobby of target practice on sparrow and starlings. I'm much like you in seeing very few sparrows and starlings in my area since I have rid them of the area.
Mite control, heat venting, predator protection and additional feeding during bad weather add up to success.
RAMSMARTINS
Posts: 13
Joined: Thu Dec 29, 2016 7:22 pm
Location: HOUSTON, TX

Just curious..........why would you want them to come back if they eventually end up as hawk food? Unless the hawks have disappeared, the repeat of your earlier problem seems sadly inevitable.
tor
Posts: 241
Joined: Wed Feb 25, 2009 4:35 pm
Location: Marlboro County, SC
Martin Colony History: Capacity: 72 Troyers on 3 X Super-24 racks

Nice setup. Did you have any visitors last season? Good luck to you. Be patient.
Location: Marlboro County, SC

2021: Capacity: 72 - First Scouts: 2/22
2020: Capacity: 72 - First Scouts: 2/11 - 71 pair - 298 fledged
2019: Capacity: 72 - First Scouts: 2/22 - 70 pair - 315 fledged
2018: Capacity: 70 - First Scouts: 2/18 - 60 pair - 270 fledged
2017: Capacity: 42 - First Scouts: 2/25 - 39 pair
2016: Capacity: 42 - First Scouts: 3/10 - 32 pair
2015: Capacity: 24 - First Scouts: 3/23 - 4 pair

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BumBee
Posts: 411
Joined: Tue Apr 18, 2006 9:47 am
Location: Sugar Land, Texas

None, so far. I have not seen any flying around in my area.
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