For us "Wannabe" Landlords 2016

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Okie
Posts: 541
Joined: Mon Apr 11, 2016 3:26 pm
Location: Claremore, OK
Martin Colony History: 2016 Informed landlord now Have 2 pair returning from 2015 That is a miracle. Hoping for a very successful year, sparrow population on decline.
First house was plastic with crescent holes Had martins within a few days. Ignorant landlord gradually lost them
Then got Trio House and still lost most of them. Lots of sparrows

Sharon & all, Can you enlighten us on how these bachelor males find a female? I have 2 ASYM & 1 SYM for a couple of weeks & for the most part have not seen many visitors except for today. When I got home lots of PM in air, 1 female landed on perch but did not stay long. Finally I saw the ASYM with his mouth open singing on perch which I read is part of their courting ritual, but have never seen him circling above or singing from compartment. Maybe I am just panicking for him or worrying for my "baby" We really do get attached to them don't we?? :P

Okie
Okie
PMCA member
2016 Started with 2 pair, 1 pair abandoned after HOSP destroyed eggs
1 pair= 6 eggs, 6 fledged
2017 1 pair so far, But they abandoned before nest complete for ?reason? Now Bridless and joined the Wannabes
2018 One pair ASY male SY female 5 eggs, 5 fledged
taxidermy lady
Posts: 2989
Joined: Sun Mar 02, 2014 10:21 am
Location: IL/Ellis Grove
Martin Colony History: Started trying to attract purple martins in 2012! It's finally happened in 2017! 5 years!!! ASY male and SY female came May 1st, fledged 5 babies!

Okie, all I know is they chase them like he!! I've never had a female stick to my sight. They went as far as bringing nesting material then left. The females are picky ones. Good luck! :)
Sharon from southern Illinois
avesrun
Posts: 1120
Joined: Tue Apr 30, 2013 1:10 pm
Location: Iowa/West Des Moines
Martin Colony History: Home Site: 2017- 0
2016 - 1st pair, fledged 5
Satellite Site: 2017 (3rd season)
34 pair
Fledged- 102

I'm getting worried. My pair that's been here 3 days have been a no show all day. They have about 40 min. Of daylight left........
In other better news, an asy female showed up at the quarry site today. Now I'm wondering if the pair at my home belong at the quarry which is only 2.5 miles away...time will tell.
TimG
PMCA Member
Home Site: 2012-15 visitors
2016 - 1st pair, fledged 5
2017-18 Zero
2019- 3 Successful Pr
2020- 21pr, fledged 76
Satellite Site: 2014 - visitors
2015 - 2 pair fledged 9
2016 - 13 pair fledged 44
2017 - 31 pair fledged 118
2018 - 44 pair 163 fledged
2019- 49 pr 219 fledged
2020- 47 pr 209 fledged
taxidermy lady
Posts: 2989
Joined: Sun Mar 02, 2014 10:21 am
Location: IL/Ellis Grove
Martin Colony History: Started trying to attract purple martins in 2012! It's finally happened in 2017! 5 years!!! ASY male and SY female came May 1st, fledged 5 babies!

I'm very puzzled myself Tim. He's brought several females in and they won't even land. What's up with that. The male seems satisfied with the site and that darn female doesn't give it the time of day. He will finally give up if he can't get something to stay with him. Being an ASY he is probably ready to get busy! Ok hope your pair comes in! :)
Sharon from southern Illinois
Okie
Posts: 541
Joined: Mon Apr 11, 2016 3:26 pm
Location: Claremore, OK
Martin Colony History: 2016 Informed landlord now Have 2 pair returning from 2015 That is a miracle. Hoping for a very successful year, sparrow population on decline.
First house was plastic with crescent holes Had martins within a few days. Ignorant landlord gradually lost them
Then got Trio House and still lost most of them. Lots of sparrows

Thanks Sharon That helps
Okie
Okie
PMCA member
2016 Started with 2 pair, 1 pair abandoned after HOSP destroyed eggs
1 pair= 6 eggs, 6 fledged
2017 1 pair so far, But they abandoned before nest complete for ?reason? Now Bridless and joined the Wannabes
2018 One pair ASY male SY female 5 eggs, 5 fledged
pmartinlover2
Posts: 521
Joined: Mon Mar 24, 2014 6:37 pm
Location: IL/Hillsboro
Martin Colony History: 2011 Home site--1 SY pair--2 fledged
2016 Satellite Site---4 pair--19 eggs laid--17 hatched--16 fledged
2017 Satellite Site--8 pair--37 eggs laid--34 hatched--34 fledged
2018 11 pair--fledged 60
2019 20 pair-fledged 94
2020 23pair-fledged 108

Great news Tim! Hoping that pair comes back to your home and your 2 pair from last year finally show up at the quarry! Wouldn't it be fantastic if we all graduated from "the club" this year!!! I'm really hoping our Martin dreams come true. Good luck!
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Jody
Jody in Central Illinois
Landlord in 2016
2016—4 pr fledged 16
2017—8 pr fledged 34
2018—11 pr fledged 60
avesrun
Posts: 1120
Joined: Tue Apr 30, 2013 1:10 pm
Location: Iowa/West Des Moines
Martin Colony History: Home Site: 2017- 0
2016 - 1st pair, fledged 5
Satellite Site: 2017 (3rd season)
34 pair
Fledged- 102

They made it back about 5-10 min.before dark. Better news yet tonight they both went in the same gourd. They must have did some SERIOUS bonding being out all day! I'm really getting excited now. Hope all goes well from here. Tonight I'll probably dream about hawks owls snakes mites storms HIGH HEAT AND HUMIDITY etc.etc.But I'll do everything I can to protect this pair. All gourds are double pvc vented. Predator guard in place.

According to a husband /wife team that helped me at the quarry last season, two females showed up tonight and for sure one of them went in a gourd for the night.

I hope and pray that Everyone gets their well deserved martins. Best of season and thanks so much for the support.
Tim
PMCA Member
Home Site: 2012-15 visitors
2016 - 1st pair, fledged 5
2017-18 Zero
2019- 3 Successful Pr
2020- 21pr, fledged 76
Satellite Site: 2014 - visitors
2015 - 2 pair fledged 9
2016 - 13 pair fledged 44
2017 - 31 pair fledged 118
2018 - 44 pair 163 fledged
2019- 49 pr 219 fledged
2020- 47 pr 209 fledged
taxidermy lady
Posts: 2989
Joined: Sun Mar 02, 2014 10:21 am
Location: IL/Ellis Grove
Martin Colony History: Started trying to attract purple martins in 2012! It's finally happened in 2017! 5 years!!! ASY male and SY female came May 1st, fledged 5 babies!

Good morning Tim, I am wondering did you play a cd to bring the pair in? I was playing mine when the ASY came. I shut it down last Tuesday when he was hanging around. But I watched last night and nothing came in. I'm afraid he will give it up if the females won't even land and show interest. May have to turn it back on if nothing happens after the weekend. I'm so glad your pair is sticking to your site. They were out cruiting yesterday!!!! Goodluck! :)
Sharon from southern Illinois
avesrun
Posts: 1120
Joined: Tue Apr 30, 2013 1:10 pm
Location: Iowa/West Des Moines
Martin Colony History: Home Site: 2017- 0
2016 - 1st pair, fledged 5
Satellite Site: 2017 (3rd season)
34 pair
Fledged- 102

Sharon I had been playing dawn song and chatter on and off (more off than on) since late March but don't think it was a factor bringing in the pair. I had not played anything for at least 3 days prior to their arrival; I was out of town turkey hunting for 2 days before their arrival; I first saw the pair in the early evening when I got home.

My plan for this season was to play both dawn song and chatter whenever I was home but also only when no Martin's were around. I just don't like having it playing with a Martin on site. Just doesn't make sense to me.
So I wouldn't play it with your male there but that's totally an opinion. Best of season; keep up your patience and persistence; it's going to happen!
TimG
PMCA Member
Home Site: 2012-15 visitors
2016 - 1st pair, fledged 5
2017-18 Zero
2019- 3 Successful Pr
2020- 21pr, fledged 76
Satellite Site: 2014 - visitors
2015 - 2 pair fledged 9
2016 - 13 pair fledged 44
2017 - 31 pair fledged 118
2018 - 44 pair 163 fledged
2019- 49 pr 219 fledged
2020- 47 pr 209 fledged
taxidermy lady
Posts: 2989
Joined: Sun Mar 02, 2014 10:21 am
Location: IL/Ellis Grove
Martin Colony History: Started trying to attract purple martins in 2012! It's finally happened in 2017! 5 years!!! ASY male and SY female came May 1st, fledged 5 babies!

Ok thanks Tim, I have it off still. He's been a no show today so far. I have a fish fry to go to this evening, so its good to let it go. I wish I wasn't here all the time watching because it does frustrate me when everything is so good and they still won't have nothing to do with it.
I am just going to use it in the mornings next week Like 4:00a.m. to 6:00. I do not have a chatter. I gave it to my son and his friend has martins now. My son has about 12 at his site this year. They are nest building their he said. I also started that site. I was laying in his pool one day and was like omg look at all the martins. So I told him he needs to put a house up so I gave him a cheap plastic one and the next year he had a pair. But I sure can't get something started here. ButI know it takes a lot of patience. I told Jody in an email last night," I will ever give up even if it takes me the rest of my life to get them! Ok enjoy yours. Mine are on their way!!!! :)
Sharon from southern Illinois
Mitch Booth
Posts: 480
Joined: Tue Jun 03, 2008 6:23 am
Location: Akron, OH
Martin Colony History: 2012 - 0
2013 - 1 pair, 4 eggs, 2 fledged
2014 - 0
2015 - 1 pair, 5 died during week of rain
2016 - 0
2017 - 1 pair, 4 eggs, 4 fledged
2018 - 4 pair, 19 eggs, 19 fledged
2019 - 7 pair
2020 - 17 pair

Update

Well I've had an ASY male and female show up Saturday and Sunday morning. I do not think they are spending the night but are here until 11:30 or noon both days. It's 7:00 am now and only the male is here. Time will tell. It seems to me the male currently likes the site better than female. Not sure if he he'll follow the first available female to another site or if he'll stick around here to attract a female.

Good luck everyone.

Mitch
2020 - 17 pair 77 eggs 69 fledged
2019 - 7 pair
2018 - 4 pair 19 eggs, 19 fledged
2017 - 1 pair 4 eggs, 4 fledged
2016 - 0 only visits
2015 - 1 pair 5 eggs, 5 hatched, 5 dead on days 6-7
2014 - 0 only visits
2013 - 1 pair 3 eggs, 2 hatched, 2 fledged
2012 - 0
sdsteil-IA
Posts: 85
Joined: Sat Nov 29, 2003 7:13 pm
Location: Iowa/Keystone
Martin Colony History: 2020 - First nesting pair.
2002 - 2019 - Trying

I have a ASY Male showing up also (see attached pictures). I first saw him last weekend. He did a very quick fly by. The fly by lasted about 20 seconds. He did two passes of the houses when I was outside. I had to make sure I wasn't seeing things. I am glad he showed up this Saturday and Sunday. On Sunday he showed up two different times during the day (at noon and around 5pm). I hope he finds a lady. They will have their choice of houses. Gourds, T-14, Metal house I have it waiting for them and the best part is that they are starling and sparrow free.

I am playing the Dawnsong and Daytime chatter every day.

Cheers David
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2020 - 1 nesting pair
2012-2019 - 0 nesting pairs
2011 - Bought 18 acre farm with a 1 acre pond
2008-2010 – 0 nesting pairs
2007 – 1 nesting pair. Female died trying to lay 4th egg
2002 - 2006. 0 nesting pairs
taxidermy lady
Posts: 2989
Joined: Sun Mar 02, 2014 10:21 am
Location: IL/Ellis Grove
Martin Colony History: Started trying to attract purple martins in 2012! It's finally happened in 2017! 5 years!!! ASY male and SY female came May 1st, fledged 5 babies!

David good luck to you. You've got some nice cavities for them! :)
Sharon from southern Illinois
sdsteil-IA
Posts: 85
Joined: Sat Nov 29, 2003 7:13 pm
Location: Iowa/Keystone
Martin Colony History: 2020 - First nesting pair.
2002 - 2019 - Trying

Taxidermy Lady

Thanks!

I pray my time has come. The ASY male showed up with two other martins. By the time I got the camera out there were only two left the ASY male and what I believe to be a SY female (see attached pictures). They were busy checking out all the possible housing. I hope they decide to stay. It has been 14 years for me trying. I did have a nesting pair once; but the female died while she was laying the fourth egg. It was a real depressing day for me that day; but today I am happy. I am going to try not to get my hopes up to high because I know they could find a different location. I will keep praying.

Cheers David
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2020 - 1 nesting pair
2012-2019 - 0 nesting pairs
2011 - Bought 18 acre farm with a 1 acre pond
2008-2010 – 0 nesting pairs
2007 – 1 nesting pair. Female died trying to lay 4th egg
2002 - 2006. 0 nesting pairs
avesrun
Posts: 1120
Joined: Tue Apr 30, 2013 1:10 pm
Location: Iowa/West Des Moines
Martin Colony History: Home Site: 2017- 0
2016 - 1st pair, fledged 5
Satellite Site: 2017 (3rd season)
34 pair
Fledged- 102

Oh man David good luck. It sure sounds and looks good for you. The second photo looks asy femalish. But hopefully a more seasoned landlord than me will visit the thread and verify.
I recommend that getting on one's knees and praying is one of the single most effective way of enjoying martins along with a ton of patience , faith, and diligence to the duties of a landlord.
TimG
PMCA Member
Home Site: 2012-15 visitors
2016 - 1st pair, fledged 5
2017-18 Zero
2019- 3 Successful Pr
2020- 21pr, fledged 76
Satellite Site: 2014 - visitors
2015 - 2 pair fledged 9
2016 - 13 pair fledged 44
2017 - 31 pair fledged 118
2018 - 44 pair 163 fledged
2019- 49 pr 219 fledged
2020- 47 pr 209 fledged
taxidermy lady
Posts: 2989
Joined: Sun Mar 02, 2014 10:21 am
Location: IL/Ellis Grove
Martin Colony History: Started trying to attract purple martins in 2012! It's finally happened in 2017! 5 years!!! ASY male and SY female came May 1st, fledged 5 babies!

David that is a beautiful sight. I'm so happy for you 14 years is a long time. I say patience is the key to this hobby! Good luck! :)
Sure looks like ASY female to me!!!!!! Yeah
Did you have the dawn song playing? I have not had mine on! Thanks
Sharon from southern Illinois
sdsteil-IA
Posts: 85
Joined: Sat Nov 29, 2003 7:13 pm
Location: Iowa/Keystone
Martin Colony History: 2020 - First nesting pair.
2002 - 2019 - Trying

Sharon
I have the dawnsong start playing at 4 am to about 7am then the daytime chatter at about 7am until 7pm.

I also have about 5 decoys. Plus something I added last year were two fake nests with 5 white eggs in each. I found some small plastic eggs that I spray painted white then glued them and some plastic green leaves to a small plastic base that I can take out of the house if I need to. I put the fake nest in one of the 6x6 compartments that way the martins can see them easier.

Cheers David
2020 - 1 nesting pair
2012-2019 - 0 nesting pairs
2011 - Bought 18 acre farm with a 1 acre pond
2008-2010 – 0 nesting pairs
2007 – 1 nesting pair. Female died trying to lay 4th egg
2002 - 2006. 0 nesting pairs
LonesomeDuck
Posts: 59
Joined: Tue Nov 10, 2015 5:04 pm
Location: Arcadia, IN
Martin Colony History: 2016- Some visitors on my Trendsetter 12, no nesting pairs yet.
2017- More visitors, still no nesting pairs yet.
2018- Added Troyer Horizontal gourds and moved house to more open location. One nesting pair of subadults! 2 eggs, 1 egg hatched.
2019- added Gemini gourd rack. 2 pairs, 10 eggs, 10 hatched.

No luck so far in getting any martins to my new colony i'm trying to establish in north central Indiana. Have a Trendsetter 12 house with SREH entrances, it's been up for ~2 months now. Have been playing the dawn song and daytime chatter from time to time, but haven't any seen any martins in the sky. Barn swallows have arrived in the past few days so at least I have some members of the swallow family present! Any suggestions on how to get martins to my site beyond what I'm already doing? Maybe i'm just being impatient and need to wait a few more weeks for more subadults to make it this far north.
Russel Loire
Posts: 44
Joined: Wed May 22, 2013 1:21 pm
Location: SK/Regina

My chances for getting off the wannabe list just got slimmer. The Pair of Merlins who've been hanging around the neighborhood recently weren't very shy about mating this morning. Right on top of a spruce tree. In any event, not much I can do about that one. Here is hoping some determined SY pair braves them. I have decoys up and they've yet to hit those, but without moving birds they probably won't try.
PMCA Member
2013 - 1 SY Male Looker. Couple of Fly-bys.
2014 - Observed no Lookers :(
2015 - Bird-X Songbird Magnet, Sym and 2 others with him visited 4 days in a row.
2016 - Few Fly-bys at home. Started Public Site, a few vistors
2017 - Home, Visitors, Satellite Site, 3 Pairs, 14 eggs, 10 Fledged!
Henry Limpet
Posts: 122
Joined: Mon Jan 12, 2015 3:48 pm
Location: IN./Howe, via the s/w side of Chicago
Martin Colony History: Trendsetter-8. Set up in 2014 at my summer cottage, a beautiful natural inland lake in N.E. Indiana's Amish Country. T-8 is on cleared land behind my pole barn and adjacent to a farmer's field

2015: Had several flyovers in early June with 1 dedicated SYM visitor who visited each day for well over a month. He brought by a few PM "parades", with 8-12 PM's who would visit all at once, but soon leave. (Added 2 gourds to bottom of the T-8). We discovered a large (Amish) colony apx. 3/4 mile South of our T-8, while on a bike ride through the country. We think this will eventually be our "feeder" colony.

2016: Put up a Trio G'Pa lakeside. Overall, not as much interest as 2015, likely because of our vacation to Gulf Shores, AL. in early June.

2017: Finally switched over to wheat straw. Success!! One nesting pair. Fledged 4!

2018: Zilch.

2019: Slow start, nothing observed by mid June. Wet, cold Spring a factor??

Lonesome Duck: We didn't have visitors until early June last year, just fyi. I am a few hours North / Northeast of you. I put my house up last Friday, 4/22. Had a quick flyover on Saturday but no touchdown.

I made 'doormats' out of cedar deck boards to lessen the hurdle into my SREH, as "Grant O" here noticed they seemed to be too high above the porch. I have a Trendsetter as well. You might want to check that height measurement. That may have been our issue last year. Time will tell. Good luck with your site and good luck to those still waiting! !
Be careful how you wish . . for wishes can come true . . be sure that every wish you make is one that's right for you!
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