1st Scout report in western Canada yesterday!

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Bob Buskas
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Joined: Sat Nov 15, 2003 8:08 pm
Location: Wetaskiwin Alberta, Canada

Hi Folks, I see we have a Scout report in southern Manitoba today. If it is accurate our season here in western Canada is about to begin. Hope everybody has their housing ready. Be sure to check and lubricate your winch and cable systems, (safety first) also any door hinges. Keep those S&S out. Good Luck! :lol: :lol:
Bob Buskas, Alberta, Canada (The Northern Sky's Colony) Supplimental feeding is the key during bad weather, but you must train them to feed ahead of time.
4th Gen Martin Fan
Posts: 1497
Joined: Thu Jul 04, 2013 1:19 pm
Location: TN/Collierville
Martin Colony History: I have been exposed to purple martin sounds in utero when my mother went out to get my father away from his martin colony.
I played around the martin colony every summer and watched as my father maintained his colony. In the late 50's until the 70's he did not notice European Starlings in south Texas.
When old enough, I helped maintain his colony. My primary task was eliminating English House Sparrows with a 1956 Benjamin 317 .177 air rifle.
When I settled into my own home, I started my first colony with an original Trio Castle and Trio Grandpa. When I moved again, I did not put up any martin houses. Frustration with European Starlings in the Southeast US was overwhelming.
Found PMCA Forum and learned about modern enlarged compartments and SREHs.
Inherited my father's last martin house, a Trio Grandma, modified it to modern specifications and have had good results since then.

Bob,
Thank you for your words of encouragement and wisdom.
I have been very interested in your North Star house and Buskas Bungalows. Last year, my experience with a late cold snap in which the majority of eggs were lost in an aluminum house made me acutely aware of the circumstances you must deal with in the northern latitudes.
All of the wooden houses in this area had an exceptional year in spite of the cold snap because of the insulating abilities of the 3/4" wood.
I want to thank you for your contributions to northern latitude landlords.
Mark.
Mark.
Firm believer in HOSP/EUST Control, Enlarged Compartments, SREHs, Pole Predator Guards, Owl/Hawk Guards, Mite/Parasite Control, Housing Insulation, and Vents for Compartment Cooling.
PMCA Member.
madattiver
Posts: 263
Joined: Tue Nov 11, 2003 8:44 pm
Location: SK/Saskatoon
Martin Colony History: 12 unit North Star + 4 gourds
2014 - 1 pair
2015 - 1 pair
2016 - 1 pair + 1 sub male (until my female died)
2017 - 6 pair

I saw that last night too Bob and was Google mapping the distance to my house.... 675km to go.. Lol
Adam
Fifth Year Landlord
Archer
Posts: 776
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.

He's about 2 hours west of me, must have got his directions of a bit, lol.. Not expecting any here till early May. Somehow he snuck threw North Dakota undetected.
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.
Bob Buskas
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Joined: Sat Nov 15, 2003 8:08 pm
Location: Wetaskiwin Alberta, Canada

Thanks Mark, yes when it comes to wooden houses in the north, the fledging numbers speak for them selves. Nice to hear from all of you guys too. Hopefully a few more northerners will post this year on the forum.
Bob Buskas, Alberta, Canada (The Northern Sky's Colony) Supplimental feeding is the key during bad weather, but you must train them to feed ahead of time.
Dave Duit
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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.

Good news for our neighbors up north. Bob, thanks for the robin proof oyster bar idea. I will be making my own based on your concept. very creative and I'll save some money by not feeding the robins so many scrambled eggs.
Mite control, heat venting, predator protection and additional feeding during bad weather add up to success.
Bob Buskas
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Joined: Sat Nov 15, 2003 8:08 pm
Location: Wetaskiwin Alberta, Canada

I think I have plans for the Oysterbar somewhere on my computer, I can look them up and email them if you want.
Bob Buskas, Alberta, Canada (The Northern Sky's Colony) Supplimental feeding is the key during bad weather, but you must train them to feed ahead of time.
Bob Buskas
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Joined: Sat Nov 15, 2003 8:08 pm
Location: Wetaskiwin Alberta, Canada

Just wondering if this one sighting in Manitoba is real. Anne Johnson emailed me today and she is doubtful as this was sighted at a young colony. Never the less, things should start happening very soon.
Bob Buskas, Alberta, Canada (The Northern Sky's Colony) Supplimental feeding is the key during bad weather, but you must train them to feed ahead of time.
Archer
Posts: 776
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 Bob, just wondering, what makes Anne Johnson think this report was from a young colony? The same person made a report in 2012.
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.
Bob Buskas
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Joined: Sat Nov 15, 2003 8:08 pm
Location: Wetaskiwin Alberta, Canada

I"m not sure on that
Bob Buskas, Alberta, Canada (The Northern Sky's Colony) Supplimental feeding is the key during bad weather, but you must train them to feed ahead of time.
AllenH
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Joined: Wed Aug 20, 2008 11:37 am
Location: Minnesota/Crookston
Martin Colony History: 2008 2 pair, 2009 22 pair, 2010 39 pair, 2011 51 pair
2012 66 pair, 2013 65 pair, 2014, 59 pair, 2015 67 pair

2016 78 pair, 108 nest cavities

Just a note my 1st ASYM arrived yesterday at 2:30 pm on the strong south winds. It is the same male that was 1st last year. Wanted me to open same hole claimed last year. 4 days earlier than last year which was terrible. He checked out the compartment and spent the rest of the day trying to find bugs and came in for the night and stayed in at 6:45 pm. He looked good waiting on the wire till I raised the opened house.

I am 90 miles south of the border just east of ND border.

Al
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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.

Thanks Al, that's great news. As my pairs were all sy last year, I don't expect any early arrivals. With the southerly gale we have blowing today you may be filled up by the end of the day, lol. Have a great year and keep us informed.
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.
Bob Buskas
Posts: 600
Joined: Sat Nov 15, 2003 8:08 pm
Location: Wetaskiwin Alberta, Canada

Allen,Thanks so much for your report, also for telling us up here where your colony is located. It really gives us a better understanding of what's happening with the migration.
Bob Buskas, Alberta, Canada (The Northern Sky's Colony) Supplimental feeding is the key during bad weather, but you must train them to feed ahead of time.
madattiver
Posts: 263
Joined: Tue Nov 11, 2003 8:44 pm
Location: SK/Saskatoon
Martin Colony History: 12 unit North Star + 4 gourds
2014 - 1 pair
2015 - 1 pair
2016 - 1 pair + 1 sub male (until my female died)
2017 - 6 pair

And there we have the first scout report for Saskatchewan.... My mentor.. Jerry Parent. Congrats Jerry!
Adam
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Matt F.
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Location: Houston, TX

Getting close Adam!
You're subbie male from last year, is in route to your place right now - in his handsome, new purple suit!
madattiver
Posts: 263
Joined: Tue Nov 11, 2003 8:44 pm
Location: SK/Saskatoon
Martin Colony History: 12 unit North Star + 4 gourds
2014 - 1 pair
2015 - 1 pair
2016 - 1 pair + 1 sub male (until my female died)
2017 - 6 pair

Ohh I know it. Jerry lives about a 10-15 minute drive from my place. Looking forward to seeing my pair come back being ASY birds and a great run of SY birds mid May. I am going to have to check my live video feed more often as I am away until the 20th and my family won't be giving me updates like the video shows.
Adam
Fifth Year Landlord
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