Purple Martins in North Carolina

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James Strickland FL
Posts: 2249
Joined: Thu Nov 13, 2003 8:04 pm
Location: Reidsville NC
Martin Colony History: 2017 Had a lot visitors no Matins nesting, hoping 2018 will be different.
2018 Had 1 pair
2019 had 30 pair

:grin: :grin: :grin: :grin: :grin: Well I have been here for a week and have been traveling around Rockingham County and I can not tell you how many I seen of Gourd Racks and a few Mk 12 houses. They are all over the place. Most of the Gourds are home grown, but there a few Super Gourds up. Some of them will never get Martins due to trees. I think once I get my home I will not have any problems in getting Martins. With all of the help I have had on here, I know what to look for and will place mine the ideal place. I hope to start looking for a house this week and will be moved in by the end of Feb. when they start showing up here. :) :) :) :) :)
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Carlton
Posts: 1942
Joined: Tue May 17, 2005 6:42 pm
Location: Florida/Pompano Beach
Martin Colony History: I moved to South Florida, from Delaware, in August of 2015.

I will have 2 MSS-8 houses, with Excluder entrances, here on my condo grounds. This season I will also have two Deluxe Gourd Racks with 24 Excluder Gourds with Modified Excluder entrances. In our condo development, along the lake in a different section, I have 8 Excluder Gourds hanging from 84 inch Shepherd's Hooks with predator guards.

At Quiet Waters Park, nearby in Deerfield Beach, I care for a Deluxe Gourd Rack with 12 TVG's. I also care for a Deluxe Gourd rack with 12 Excluder gourds with Modified Excluder entrances.

At another local park, Tradewinds Park at Coconut Creek, care for a Trendsetter 12, 5 gourds rack with 60 Excluder gourds with Modified Excluder Entrances and 1 Deluxe Gourd Rack with 12 Troyer Vertical Gourds with wing guards over the Conley II to keep out smaller starlings.

Sounds GOOD, Jim. Continue to keep us informed.
Courtney-NC
Posts: 591
Joined: Tue Jul 15, 2008 2:28 pm
Location: Holly Springs, NC
Martin Colony History: 2009-2015-Helped to manage Raleigh site, 36 cavities
2016- 33 pairs at Raleigh site, 1 pair at home site.
2017- 34 pairs at Raleigh site, 3 pairs + extra SYs at home site
2018- 33 pairs at Raleigh site, 5 pairs + extra SYs at home site
2019 - 32 pairs at Raleigh site, 7 pairs at home site, 2 pairs at new Holly Springs park site

Sounds good, James! As you know, patience is the tough part! :grin:
-Courtney
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James Strickland FL
Posts: 2249
Joined: Thu Nov 13, 2003 8:04 pm
Location: Reidsville NC
Martin Colony History: 2017 Had a lot visitors no Matins nesting, hoping 2018 will be different.
2018 Had 1 pair
2019 had 30 pair

Yes Countney you are correct. I went and looked a house yesterday and just across the street is a bout 20 gourds up and down the road is 2 Trio houses. The house was nice but needed some work. I am going to look at 2 houses on Monday.
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BW Fowler
Posts: 156
Joined: Mon Mar 02, 2015 6:01 pm
Location: TX/Buda

Good luck James. I've always enjoyed your posts. Keep us posted.

BW
2009-2013 a few visitors.
2014: 1 pair of SY love birds, 5 fledges; 2015: 7 pair, 34 Fldg; 2016: 12p/54F; 2017: 14p/71F;
2018: 24p/103F; 2019: 29p/130F; 2020: 38p/190F
James Strickland FL
Posts: 2249
Joined: Thu Nov 13, 2003 8:04 pm
Location: Reidsville NC
Martin Colony History: 2017 Had a lot visitors no Matins nesting, hoping 2018 will be different.
2018 Had 1 pair
2019 had 30 pair

Thank You BW, I keep you informed as my quest goes.
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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 James,
That's Great news to hear. I hope you get a good Colony started this year here in NC. On average my Bird's don't arrive until March and I'm in the Central Piedmont area of NC. About 45 miles east of Charlotte. I know you won't forget to try to locate somewhere close to water. I really do believe that is a plus if trying to attract Martin's. My Dad lived right on the Pee Dee River and he had thousands of Martin's. I have a huge Resevoir right across the road from my property, with small lakes and ponds dotted all around the area.
Good Luck in your Move operation.!!!!!!!
Keep me Posted.!!!!!!!!!
Rodger
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Have been Hosting and Protecting Martin's for 30 years.
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

James, thanks for taking us along on your search for the perfect home for you and your future martins! Keep in touch!
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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
James Strickland FL
Posts: 2249
Joined: Thu Nov 13, 2003 8:04 pm
Location: Reidsville NC
Martin Colony History: 2017 Had a lot visitors no Matins nesting, hoping 2018 will be different.
2018 Had 1 pair
2019 had 30 pair

Roger, I put a offer in today and the property is near to lakes. A man across the street has a bout 25 gourds up and there are houses also around where the home I am looking to buy. There seem to be a lot of Martins in the area. The house is wide open for about 2 ac and there is a farm next door with open fields. I think and hope that I will do well.

Jody I think I have have the perfect home, I hope!
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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.

James,
Sure sounds like a great location.!
Good Luck, Bud.!!!!
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Have been Hosting and Protecting Martin's for 30 years.
tonyg
Posts: 1520
Joined: Fri Feb 27, 2009 4:16 pm
Location: Olpe, KS
Martin Colony History: 22 year landlord, 14 at current residence..offering 9 racks and a homemade T-8 for 166 total cavities. 160 Pair in 2018 Racks consist of a Deluxe 12, AAA 16, Starburst 16, 2 K-18 Series, Super 24, 2 Gemini, Multi-purpose/two trio’s/4gourds and a T-8..Great hobby to be involved in..

Jim why are you leaving sunny Florida for North Carolina at this stage of your life? More Martin's...lol
22 year landlord..9 Rack Systems for 2018 and my home built T-8 for a total of 166 cavities..160 pair in 2018 ..SUPER COLONY!!! Love You Bev... Fan of those St. Louis Cardinals!!!!!
James Strickland FL
Posts: 2249
Joined: Thu Nov 13, 2003 8:04 pm
Location: Reidsville NC
Martin Colony History: 2017 Had a lot visitors no Matins nesting, hoping 2018 will be different.
2018 Had 1 pair
2019 had 30 pair

well Tony,

All of my family are here which I have not been around for 40 years and my Dad is getting up in years and so are my brothers and sisters. South Florida was getting to crowded and could not get anywhere. I found that most of the people were not friendly any more :evil: :evil: :evil: :evil: :evil: . :grin: :grin: :grin: :grin: :grin: So I came up here where 5 people at a traffic light is a traffic jam, people are more friendly and yes there are lot of Martins up here. I been driving around looking at home and there Martin Gourds and Houses everywhere :) :) :) :) :) :) . I also got tried of living along with out family.
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Stingray
Posts: 352
Joined: Wed May 11, 2005 9:45 pm
Location: Plantation/Florida

James Strickland FL wrote:Roger, I put a offer in today and the property is near to lakes. A man across the street has a bout 25 gourds up and there are houses also around where the home I am looking to buy. There seem to be a lot of Martins in the area. The house is wide open for about 2 ac and there is a farm next door with open fields. I think and hope that I will do well.

Jody I think I have have the perfect home, I hope!
Great news James!!
Sounds like you'll be set up soon!!
Good luck with your offer.

:)
Have a great season!
James Strickland FL
Posts: 2249
Joined: Thu Nov 13, 2003 8:04 pm
Location: Reidsville NC
Martin Colony History: 2017 Had a lot visitors no Matins nesting, hoping 2018 will be different.
2018 Had 1 pair
2019 had 30 pair

Well the owners pull the house off the market. :-( :-( :-( :-( :-( Now I am off to search for another location.
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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.

That's o.k. Maybe it just wasn't meant to be. James, you'll find something and you'll probably like it better.! I've found that's the way it is in life, "When one Door Closes another Door Opens". Just keep praying and looking and you will find something.! It's hard sometimes but try to be optimistic.!! Keep us posted.!
Rodger
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Have been Hosting and Protecting Martin's for 30 years.
Dave Reynolds
Posts: 1943
Joined: Mon Jan 31, 2011 4:35 pm
Location: Little Hocking, Oh.
Martin Colony History: 2017 Visitors
Satellite Site “Oxbow Golf Course”.
2018 - 15 Pair, 58 Eggs, 36 Fledged
2019 - 26 Pair, 128 Eggs, 97 Fledged
2020 - 30 Pair, 156 Eggs, 137 Fledged
2021 - 30 Pair, 162 Eggs, So far.

Home Site "Little Hocking, Ohio".
2019 - 1 Pair, 5 Eggs, 5 Fledged
2020 - 1 Pair, 4 Eggs, 4 Fledged
2021 - 8 Pair, 36 Eggs, So far

James. ---- Keep looking, I'm sure there is a place for you in North Carolina.. When I drive through the state heading toward the Beach I see so many gourd rack everywhere.. I'm not so sure they all make reports, but they all have Martin housing up.. Good Luck on your move.. I'm thinking of heading to that area also, in a few years...

Dave
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Little Hocking, Ohio
James Strickland FL
Posts: 2249
Joined: Thu Nov 13, 2003 8:04 pm
Location: Reidsville NC
Martin Colony History: 2017 Had a lot visitors no Matins nesting, hoping 2018 will be different.
2018 Had 1 pair
2019 had 30 pair

Dave,

I am going to find a great place to have martins and I can tell you that you will really enjoy the state. Where I will be living is small town USA. I will be close to a big city Like Greensboro, but I will be living in the country. I grew up as a kid and now that I am back, it seems as nothing has really changed. The people here are so nice and I missed that and you are correct that there is a lot of Martin Housing up. I am sure they know anything about the PMCA, Heck most do not have a computer in there homes I think. Let me know when you come down to live.
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MichaelH
Posts: 586
Joined: Fri Mar 27, 2015 10:10 am
Location: IL/Gillespie
Martin Colony History: 2015 28 cavities 2 pairs
2016 big upgrade 56cavities 16 pairs great year
2017. 76 cavities 36 pairs
2018. 146 cavities

Soory to hear the house fell through ,Iike roger said a door closes another opens keep looking the right place will come will look forward to reading about your new colony when you get settled
Mick
2018 146 cavities.
Dave Reynolds
Posts: 1943
Joined: Mon Jan 31, 2011 4:35 pm
Location: Little Hocking, Oh.
Martin Colony History: 2017 Visitors
Satellite Site “Oxbow Golf Course”.
2018 - 15 Pair, 58 Eggs, 36 Fledged
2019 - 26 Pair, 128 Eggs, 97 Fledged
2020 - 30 Pair, 156 Eggs, 137 Fledged
2021 - 30 Pair, 162 Eggs, So far.

Home Site "Little Hocking, Ohio".
2019 - 1 Pair, 5 Eggs, 5 Fledged
2020 - 1 Pair, 4 Eggs, 4 Fledged
2021 - 8 Pair, 36 Eggs, So far

James Strickland FL wrote:Dave,

I am going to find a great place to have martins and I can tell you that you will really enjoy the state. Where I will be living is small town USA. I will be close to a big city Like Greensboro, but I will be living in the country. I grew up as a kid and now that I am back, it seems as nothing has really changed. The people here are so nice and I missed that and you are correct that there is a lot of Martin Housing up. I am sure they know anything about the PMCA, Heck most do not have a computer in there homes I think. Let me know when you come down to live.
James --- You will be settle by time I make another trip to the Beach, (some time in October), but when I go, I travel right around Greensboro on US 40 to 220 South to Rockingham.. So maybe I'll see ya sometime in the fall... Good luck again. We're pulling for ya this year..

Dave
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Little Hocking, Ohio
James Strickland FL
Posts: 2249
Joined: Thu Nov 13, 2003 8:04 pm
Location: Reidsville NC
Martin Colony History: 2017 Had a lot visitors no Matins nesting, hoping 2018 will be different.
2018 Had 1 pair
2019 had 30 pair

Well I went and looked at a 21 AC Farm to day and I made an offer. It was a Horse Farm and they excepted the offer in front of me. It has a 3 AC pond on it and a lot of open pasture. It has a nice farm house that needs a little updating. I should have my martin houses in the first Week of March when the Martin start showing up. I can not wait to get started. :grin: :grin: :grin: :grin: :grin: :grin: :grin: :grin: :grin:
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