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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!

sdsteil-IA wrote: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
Dave I just came in from making some eggs from clay I use in my work. I painted them white and glued them to a round pic. Of cord board and placed them in a nest with a decoy. I made 2. So I have another with just eggs. They look awesome! Now I just need a Martin to look inside. Thanks for that suggestion love it!!!
You all have me pumped up now. BRing them on!!!! :lol:
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 hope the eggs work for you.

I stayed home from work yesterday; but didn't see my two martins at all. I hope they come back.

Would it be unusual for an ASY pair to setup a nest at a new site?

I think I am going to have to pray more. I feel bad about praying for martins when there other things that are more important to pray for.

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
MamaBruff
Posts: 1466
Joined: Wed Mar 06, 2013 12:21 pm
Location: SW Missouri
Martin Colony History: 2013-2016 Unsuccessful at starting a PM colony. Health problems.
Rehomed all my PM stuff. Good Luck and Best Wishes to All.

Looks like Avesrun TimG will be graduating this year! Very good news! :grin:

I'm still in the club. Sorry, but had nothing to post really. Have had some ASY visitors; first a pair, then a single male off and on. I feel like I have a "fake" colony with decoys perching and the songbird (purple martin) magnet playing. Thinking about moving the whole setup (AAA rack with 4 THG and 4 TVG) to second ground stake we placed last year (which yielded no martin "pioneers" in the Trendsetter) but the spot looks more open and further from big trees. The saving grace and hope in all of this will be the arrival of the SY's . Trying to stay patiently positive. For 4 years I have been at this. Studying, learning, trapping, observing... I will give it another year or 2, then it's over. A couple of nice shade trees to keep the late afternoon sun off my human house might be a better investment, and certainly less hassle.

Good luck to all, Beaks up!
~Mary B~

Lifelong PM Admirer and Nature Enthusiast.
Ruthless trapper of S&S year round.
2013-2016 Unsuccessful at starting a PM colony. Health problems.
Rehomed all my PM stuff. Good Luck and Best Wishes to All.
phldave
Posts: 518
Joined: Fri Jun 15, 2012 2:44 pm
Location: Iowa/Pleasant Hill
Martin Colony History: Started trying in 2012 and still trying

I hear ya Mama. Exasperating aint it?
2012 late start
2013 nothing yet, lots a lookers
2014 Bust again
2015 Bust again
2016 Bust again
2017 Bust again
2018 April 14 a group joined me, but moved on after a week
2019 Had SY male seriously check me out but didn't stay
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

David I hope it's NOT unusual as the thus far faithful asy pair that's been at my site for the last 8 days are at a new site! I have heard of many sites that the founding pair was asy.

Mamabruff it's very easy right now to count my eggs before they're laid but I'm trying not to. I know very well this pair could disappear or one of many other factors could come into play. But thanks for the vote of confidence! Right now we have some pretty crappy weather; cold and rainy and a tornado was spotted about an hour and a half sw of my location. I had to work all day and didn't see the pair before leaving and haven't seen them since getting home about 45min.ago. I hope they're snug in a gourd; it's in the 50s. And on their second day here the weather was similar and they didn't come out of gourds till 9:30a.m. I won't be around tonight to observe either so I'm fretting big time!
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 just read all 6 pages of this thread. That was exasperating! All of us waiting for that special pair of martins to stick like glue to our site should be grateful we have taken the time to better our site for these birds. If they only knew what I've done they've be sitting on my gourd rack right now. And I really believe some day they will be. So we should all be proud of ourselves in doing the extra manual labor it takes to get them.
I just took my roller thingy and measured my deck on my shop to my poles and its 92'. I had never done that. So I'm in legal distance from my dwellings. I seen 6-7 martinis today. I took Jose's advice and played the dawn song all day. One female landed on the tall perch with the decoys. It was quite an eventful day for me. I really enjoy seeing them flying in my space. They look awesome with all the openness I've made for them. Maybe tomorrow!!!!! Good luck to all!!! :)
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

Great news Sharon. Hope springs eternal. Again, it's going to happen I feel.
TimG
P.s. my as male made a brief appearance on gourd porch tonight before I leaving to take my daughter to catechism. We have had low 50s and rain/wind and some hail ALL day. Tomorrow same Temps but less rain. I hope the female was snug and warm in her gourd! Darn weather anyway!
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
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??

6 - 7 Martinis, Taxidermy Lady? That's a lot o' booze for one afternoon. Maybe you were actually watching a Grackle! :grin:
Be careful how you wish . . for wishes can come true . . be sure that every wish you make is one that's right for you!
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!

These are not grackles! I know the difference. The visits happened all through the day. One at a time except a pair came in around 9:30a.m. I have grackles too. Good luck Henry! :)
Sharon from southern Illinois
Dan G
Posts: 405
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.

hmmm. A purple martini??? I'll try it. What we wannabees wont do to get Martins :wink:
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.
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??

Me tinks she missed my joke. :grin:

Martini? You can't handle Vermouth!!!
Be careful how you wish . . for wishes can come true . . be sure that every wish you make is one that's right for you!
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!

Sorry Henry I guess I'm taking this to serious :lol: I'm by my self during the week so I don't drink alone!!!
I counted the birds today and 8 showed up and flew in my space and several landed. They just don't stay. But I enjoy seeing them! I've never had so many visitors ever. Not sure what will happen. Thanks for correcting me! :)
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

Yeah they were razzing you on the autospell error martini in the one post. I hate when computers /phones do that.
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!

Da I just noticed that! Thanks for pointing that out Tim! I usually proof read because sometimes it really screws things up. I didn't know what the he!! he meant! I thought he was taking the same pills Anthony takes!!!! :lol: :lol:
I have a lot on my mind so stop mucking with me Henry!!!! :lol: :lol:
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

Taxidermy Lady,

We are kind of in the same boat trying get colonies started. I had an adult female and male show up Fri, Sat and Sunday. Monday and Tuesday just the male. And then on Wednesday I see this flock of birds land on the one gourd rack. My immediate reaction was "Those damn Starlings". I couldn't hardly believe what I was seeing!!!! I had 5 males and 2 females and posted pictures as I wasn't 100% sure if the females were adults or subbies.

I've never had that many birds here w the exception of August when I have literally 1,000's here daily only being a mile away from a premigratory roost.

Anyhow Thursday morning it was cold and raining w no visitors. We'll see what today brings.....

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
Rodger Drye
Posts: 671
Joined: Sun Mar 23, 2014 10:07 am
Location: NC/Mt. Pleasant
Martin Colony History: Have been hosting and providing a sanactuary for Purple Martins for 30 years.

Hey Sharon,
So glad to hear you have a male and female. Just give it some time, and don't forget to play that "Dawn Song early in the mornings. I was nervous about not getting any birds for a while. Had original 5, then 7 then 9. Then Starlings killed one of my ASY's. In return I killed 6 of them!! Attracted up to 15 Birds, then they really started coming in. Have about 35 so far.

The other night was counting while coming in to roost. Counted at least 30, then all of a sudden counted at least 18 more that came down out of no where. I believe they were transients because the next day I only counted about 30.

Could be they were headed your way.! Hope so.! I do hope you get a lot of Martins this year. I know how you feel about your Birds. And you've tried so hard. You'll get some when you least expect it.

For me I'm so passionate about my Birds. I'm not happy unless I have my Martins to watch and talk to!
Hosting Purple Martins is definately my calling - I Love It!!
I've started playing music for my Martins since I'm not playing the Dawn Song anymore. When I was a boy I had Rabbits and Chickens. My Chickens stopped laying for what ever reason. My Mother told me to sing to them and that would get them to laying again. I did and she was right. I guess it makes them feel secure and happy to hear songs or music.
When they're secure and happy they do what they do best - lay eggs!!!
I don't know if there are any specifics behind it, but it can't hurt... And I think it does put them at ease somewhat...
Hope you get a lot of Birds and have a Great 2016 Season.
Rodger
PMCA Member
Have been Hosting and Protecting Martin's for 30 years.
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!

Hi Rodger, that was Mitch that had the male and female come to his site.
I'm just working and waiting. This May is the month. I am playing dawn song in morning 4:00-6:00. Then chatter, intermittently through the day. Thanks I will keep you informed. Glad you've ended up with that many birds. What a joy! :)
Sharon from southern Illinois
JudyA
Posts: 94
Joined: Sun Jan 10, 2016 4:54 pm
Location: Clermont, FL

Sharon,
Also try the dawn song for an hour in the morning on occassion. For me about 9 - 10 am worked to get visitors to look. I never had any come in when I played the daytime chatter. Might be since the dawn song worked so well that I never went through the trouble to play the chatter after using the dawn song in the mid-morning.
- Judy
2016 - 4 Pairs with 16 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!

Yeah I was doing that before Judy brought me the chatter. I will mix that stlye in! :) thanks and good luck!
Sharon from southern Illinois
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!

Question For Judy A!!
When you played the dawn song did you play just at 9-10 or 4:00- 10:00. Just wondering how you did it! Thanks :)
Sorry Judy I just read the post where you played it 9-11. Thanks
Sharon from southern Illinois
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