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Insectivore Villa
Posts: 131
Joined: Thu Jan 14, 2016 4:55 pm
Location: Blenheim, Ontario

Fifty eight cavities ready, forty more to go. Going to need a few more days just like this one to get my act together. That gives me time for one cavity per day until that first martin finally shows up. Hoping these two house get some SYA's.
Need you southern folks to send some of that warm air north please and thanks.
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Henry W.
2015, 28 pair, 102 fledged
2016, 39 pair, 154 fledged
2017, 44 pair, 164 fledged
2018, 68 pair, 218 fledged
Archer
Posts: 778
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.

Interesting picture, how is that working out for you? I did something similar putting a house up on my barn, so far it been a great social gathering point, the martins like to sun themselves up there early in the morning as its the first place that gets sun. No nesting to date, but I have a young colony and as numbers grow I am wondering if they will accept this housing.
Insectivore Villa
Posts: 131
Joined: Thu Jan 14, 2016 4:55 pm
Location: Blenheim, Ontario

I have, or I should say will have, four houses on poles seventy five feet from this barn that will definitely get birds this spring. I am hoping that those four houses fill up with ASY pairs first, then when the SYA birds come, usually early/mid May, they will not get hounded by the adults and move into these two new houses. I have had an old gourd rack in the same location on that barn, and we did get four pairs nest in it one year, I am just not a gourd person,yet...I like the wooden houses for those first two or three weeks in April when it is still cold up here.
I will post pics on how my success goes on those two houses as well as the other houses as well. We are hoping to increase from 28 nesting pairs in 2015 to lots more...meaning I should have 90 plus cavities available by mid May and have set our goals high.
Henry W.
2015, 28 pair, 102 fledged
2016, 39 pair, 154 fledged
2017, 44 pair, 164 fledged
2018, 68 pair, 218 fledged
Archer
Posts: 778
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.

I will look forward to your reports. Have you considered any predator guards for those on the barn houses. I see that you have steel siding, that might be enough if your barn is far enough away from overhanging trees.
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.
Insectivore Villa
Posts: 131
Joined: Thu Jan 14, 2016 4:55 pm
Location: Blenheim, Ontario

Altona Manitoba????
You are way up there!! Lotsa good eats for your birds once those dragonflies show up in droves to eat all those crazy Manitoba bugs I bet. I thought I was a frost bitten Canadian but you have me beat. Ahhhh Manitoba...eight months of winter and four months of bad snowmobiling. :)
Believe it or not,we have zero predator problems...knock on wood. There may be a couple of contributing factors but this is just my views, by no means scientific.
1) redwing blackbirds...got lots and they are great spotters and they get up and go at first sight of any hawk
2) eastern kingbirds, had a pair last year even fledged three young and they hate hawks and defend ferociously
3) killdeers..got lots of them too and they take the brunt of my hawks hunger attacks, and they are slow and dumb, deadly combo when you are low on the food chain
4). Two Rottweiler mastiffs that free roam the three acres where the PM housing is...so no cats, no raccoons, no snakes, no possums, and no salesmen for that matter.
All the best to you this year.
Henry W.
2015, 28 pair, 102 fledged
2016, 39 pair, 154 fledged
2017, 44 pair, 164 fledged
2018, 68 pair, 218 fledged
Archer
Posts: 778
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.

ha ha, you're a funny Guy :lol: We like to call it eight months of winter and 4 months of construction, lol. Fishing is good though.
No shortage of bugs except when it snows in May. If I could ever figure out the picture thing on here, I would post it. Good to hear of a successful colony out your way, I hear its touch and go for Martins in Ontario.
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.
Insectivore Villa
Posts: 131
Joined: Thu Jan 14, 2016 4:55 pm
Location: Blenheim, Ontario

If you wish I can call you tomorrow and walk you through the process from iPad or PC, I am reasonably familiar with both. You can text or call me at 519 809 1094 my cell and I can call you back at whatever number from my desk. I forget our 1800 number at Coke, sorry.
Fishing is good here too..lake Erie nine miles from our house and lake st Clair, Lake Huron, Lake Ontario, Niagara river, all within two hour drive from home.
Musky, pike, smallmouth and largemouth, trout all awesome...salmon and walleye have diminished a bit but still good. My bucket list is Manitoba fishing, like walleye in the fall on lake Manitoba, maybe some spring pike on some lakes up there. Going to have to wait a bit though, first kid to university this fall, second one goes next year, guessing we will drop some coin on them with tuition being 25K for year one...
Attached a shot of where the other houses will go up on their poles on April two or three...
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Henry W.
2015, 28 pair, 102 fledged
2016, 39 pair, 154 fledged
2017, 44 pair, 164 fledged
2018, 68 pair, 218 fledged
Archer
Posts: 778
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.

I will definitely call you tomorrow. A personal tutorial, that's what I call service. Manitoba has a good thing going with Lake Winnipeg, lots of big Walleye come out through the ice. Not sure what effect Zebra muscles will have but apparently we have those too.

Allan
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.
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 like your set up! Post as many pictures as you can as we all enjoy looking at how other people set up their colonies.

It's good to see another Canadian on board. and Altona.. way up there??? Allan is basically at the border.. that is south for me. hehehehe. Hope everyones colonies can grow this year.. best of luck!!
Adam
Fifth Year Landlord
Insectivore Villa
Posts: 131
Joined: Thu Jan 14, 2016 4:55 pm
Location: Blenheim, Ontario

Saskatoon? That's like the arctic circle to us down here in Canada's "banana belt"...our American friends in the south would be amazed. Just googled the distance and pasted it below... I ill try and keep touch with you fellow Canuck's.


10,220 km, 6388 miles

Distance from São Paulo to Saskatoon, SK
Henry W.
2015, 28 pair, 102 fledged
2016, 39 pair, 154 fledged
2017, 44 pair, 164 fledged
2018, 68 pair, 218 fledged
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

Ya, it sure is surprising how far these birds will fly to their breeding grounds. Luckily they make it up to me and even extend farther into Alberta.

When do you normally get your birds back to your colony? We normally get our first birds back in the tail end of April.
Adam
Fifth Year Landlord
Matt F.
Posts: 3922
Joined: Mon Feb 28, 2005 9:48 am
Location: Houston, TX

Great looking Martin houses!
Looks like Rondeau style houses.
What's that white stuff on the ground? :mrgreen:
Archer
Posts: 778
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.

Snow in may.
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.
Insectivore Villa
Posts: 131
Joined: Thu Jan 14, 2016 4:55 pm
Location: Blenheim, Ontario

Archer...going to try from my desk at work to see if I can figure this out for you...
Henry W.
2015, 28 pair, 102 fledged
2016, 39 pair, 154 fledged
2017, 44 pair, 164 fledged
2018, 68 pair, 218 fledged
Insectivore Villa
Posts: 131
Joined: Thu Jan 14, 2016 4:55 pm
Location: Blenheim, Ontario

So...total failure from my pc and my Samsung...could not attach files.from either device. Will email Louise and see if it is me or the system on attaching pics.
Sorry Archer I thought I could figure it out. Weird the ipad works so well and not regular devices.
Take care and talk to you later.
Henry W.
2015, 28 pair, 102 fledged
2016, 39 pair, 154 fledged
2017, 44 pair, 164 fledged
2018, 68 pair, 218 fledged
Insectivore Villa
Posts: 131
Joined: Thu Jan 14, 2016 4:55 pm
Location: Blenheim, Ontario

Matt F...rondeau styles house mean only one thing to me, and that is Rondeau Provincial Park and if you have visited that park, that would make this a small world...it is eight miles from my house. I know that is a stretch, but it would be cool...

Great looking Martin houses!
Looks like Rondeau style houses.
What's that white stuff on the ground?
PMCA Member and Trio/Nature House fanatic
Henry W.
2015, 28 pair, 102 fledged
2016, 39 pair, 154 fledged
2017, 44 pair, 164 fledged
2018, 68 pair, 218 fledged
Matt F.
Posts: 3922
Joined: Mon Feb 28, 2005 9:48 am
Location: Houston, TX

Insectivore Villa wrote:Matt F...rondeau styles house mean only one thing to me, and that is Rondeau Provincial Park and if you have visited that park, that would make this a small world...it is eight miles from my house. I know that is a stretch, but it would be cool...
I wish I cold say I've been there! I would love to visit Canada someday.
I'm glad you mentioned about the Rondeau Provincial Park.
I'm a big fan of Canadian Martin landlord, and skilled Martin house fabricator, John Balga.
John also happens to be the webmaster, and one of the directors, of the Ontario Purple Martin Association.
Here's their website:
http://essexpurplemartins.ca
I've frequented that website many times, and for years have always loved some of the more popular Canadian Martin house designs, such as the beautiful Taverner houses.
One of the other good looking Canadian-style houses shown on that site, are the "Rondeau houses".
I recognized your houses as being the Rondeau style, however, I never knew why they where called Rondeau houses (it did not explain it either on the OPMA site).
When you mentioned Rondeau Provincial Park in your post, I decided to do a Google search for "Rondeau Provincial Park Purple Martins", and sure enough, I saw more photos of that style house located in that park.
You were key in solving the Rondeau house name mystery!
Insectivore Villa
Posts: 131
Joined: Thu Jan 14, 2016 4:55 pm
Location: Blenheim, Ontario

I know John Balga quite well, I joined the OPMCA last year and he has been more of a mentor to me than anyone. He introduced me to fellow Ontario "martineers", two just a few miles away, they are the reason that I have birds, period... He gave a lot of input on the new houses I was going to make this year, and I have tried some weird things on 30 of the new rooms I am putting up this year. Kind of like R&D...
1) 8 of the T-18 doors I put the hole up 6 inches from the floor, have a regular porch outside and a smaller porch inside, like a lot of gourds do
2) made a four foot circular house with a wedge shaped rooms and the hole is located back 12 inches from the front of the room, so it is a large "tunnel", perfect predator guard. These rooms will have the nest located right in your face when you lower the house and open each door.

I guess I am just screwing around to see if those fill up first or the traditional rooms fill up first. I have two more ideas, but have run out of time for this year, and will need the help of my carpenter nephew because he can do magic with wood, and I just suck in comparison...

Rondeau Park is just awesome...from Labour Day to June 20 there are times when my wife and I are there all alone, just a totally under utilized park. We Canadian's just take nature for granted, well most do, nature just seems to be everywhere anyways. 3.4 people per square kilometer in Canada, USA is like 33 people per square km.
Henry W.
2015, 28 pair, 102 fledged
2016, 39 pair, 154 fledged
2017, 44 pair, 164 fledged
2018, 68 pair, 218 fledged
Insectivore Villa
Posts: 131
Joined: Thu Jan 14, 2016 4:55 pm
Location: Blenheim, Ontario

39 days to go until Ted, the mighty defender of my colony, goes back on duty.
Just look at the eagerness in those eyes to get off his long eight month term of unemployment. Don't worry, he filled those two hundred plus days by couch surfing,naps, but now it's back to working dog status. Maybe he can drop down to 140 lbs when he goes back to work...this brute can take laziness and lack of motivation to all new heights, but no raccoons,cats, snakes, possums,so I guess he earns his 8-10 cups of food per day.
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Henry W.
2015, 28 pair, 102 fledged
2016, 39 pair, 154 fledged
2017, 44 pair, 164 fledged
2018, 68 pair, 218 fledged
JudyA
Posts: 94
Joined: Sun Jan 10, 2016 4:54 pm
Location: Clermont, FL

That's a nice looking predator guard you have!
2016 - 4 Pairs with 16 fledged
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