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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.

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I know this is the martin forum, and i am a wannabee. But we had these birds show up 11-16-20. I guessed by the beaks that they were a grosbeak, but had never seen them. We reside in central PA and thought i would share. I guess they come farther south during an irruption year when there food sources in Canada are scarce.
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.
yomamab
Posts: 1
Joined: Mon Feb 17, 2020 4:59 am
Location: PA

Wow, lucky you to get to see them at your place! We've had Evening Grosbeaks here several times over the years, but I'd say that they haven't been here in about 20 years. They're a very impressive looking bird!
Cathy
Dave Duit
Posts: 1822
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.

Beautiful birds and great pic. I have seen a few here in Iowa in the past. Thanks for sharing the pic.
Mite control, heat venting, predator protection and additional feeding during bad weather add up to success.
MartinBoy14012
Posts: 26
Joined: Wed Jan 15, 2020 4:18 pm
Location: Barker,NY

Beautiful birds! We had a group of Evening Grosbeaks hanging out at our bird feeder back in October.
Kegger
Posts: 128
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

cool looking bird!
is this a baby owl of some kind?

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Hanaho01
Posts: 19
Joined: Thu Jul 30, 2020 2:54 pm
Location: Central Tennessee

Awesome........just put out tray feeder... hoping. A few reports in Tennessee so far. Number of Siskin's crazy this year. Over 30 this morning at my feeders
C.C.Martins
Posts: 835
Joined: Fri Apr 14, 2017 11:15 am
Location: Corpus Christi Tx
Martin Colony History: 2016- didnt know anything about martins, put up an all wrong house in 2016 and had two come by and inspect all the cavities. Left soon after not to return. Learned what i could on PMCA made adjustments and next year was successful.
2017- 5 pair. 15 fledged
2018- 18 pair. 85 fledged
2019- 17 pair. 81 fledged
2020- 25 pair. 111 fledged
2021:
Home colony: mix natural gourds, enlarged compartment house. All SREH.
Satelite colony: Oso Bay Preserve: 12 gourds: PMCA excluder gourds, 6 room trio mino castle with enlarged compartments.
2019: Visitors
2020: 3 pair, 11 fledged
2021:
PMCA member

Kegger,
Neat bird but tough to tell, dont see ear tufts. Looks kinda like a burrowing owl, but id guess a hawk of some kind? Do you see it around often? Owls are dangerous towards martins.
Tom
PMCA member, believer in nest checks, venting, SREH and pest/predator protection.
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.

I would guess a coopers or sharpshinned hawk. The head resembles them as well as the steely blue color. But not sure
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.
tboydshirt
Posts: 69
Joined: Sun Feb 04, 2018 1:42 pm
Location: sugarcreek,ohio
Martin Colony History: new in 2017, but ready for lots of birds. 44 gourds and 40 t14 style holes
2019 more visitors than in the past and a long suffering SY male. each year enhancing the site and hoping for the future.

hi dan. your history looks the same as mine one state west. i've been trying or 6 years and have been teased every year with lookers and loners. i hope we both strike gold, no, wait, purple next year. one thing we are getting are loads of tree swallows. we also are getting more rose breasted grosbeaks to our feeders every year.
Dave Duit
Posts: 1822
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.

Hi Dan,
The person to identify these birds would be Tim G. His online name is avesrun. He is an avid birder and conservation officer in Polk County Iowa and one of my members in the Iowa Purple Martin Organization. Send him a PM with the attached pic and he will be a great resource in helping you out with the id. Tell him Duit said to get in contact with you. In my educated opinion, I'm 95% sure they are Evening Grosbeaks.
Mite control, heat venting, predator protection and additional feeding during bad weather add up to success.
philsand
Posts: 74
Joined: Mon May 18, 2015 9:54 am
Location: Eastern nc

I am wondering if there is any correlation between having bird feeding stations and having difficulty attracting nesting purple martins. Bird feeders attract sparrows and starlings. And the birds and squirrels attract hawks to the area.
It would be interesting to hear from people as to their experiences.
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.

I’m not sure if feeding them is detrimental to my attempts to be a Martin landlord, but i have read that house sparrows do not travel too far. The ones that visit my feeder only travel about five more feet as they fall to the ground. Same with the starlings. So that may be an advantage of feeding them but who knows. I have few squirrel or hawk sightings.

I have seen a larger # of sparrows this winter and have attributed that to my neighbors not feeding this year as the pandemic has taken a toll financially on so many.
So maybe I will have fewer issues in the spring. We are fortunate to live in a rural area where shooting is an option.
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.
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