Martins in Hitchcock TX

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Stephen Cruse
Posts: 168
Joined: Thu May 03, 2007 12:17 pm
Location: Texas, Hitchcock and Rocksprings

Hello all. Just wanted to share that I now have 2 male and 1 female martins. Started out with 1 male that showed up a couple of days ago and this morning I was lucky enough to witness the females arrival. She immediately vocalized, joined the male and started inspecting her house. She went straight to a 7 story goliad house! Tonight they were joined by the second male and immediately the two males started to fight over her. I know I don't post much but I do visit the site on a daily basis. Enjoy following everyone and seeing the various members have great success. I had a banner year last year with 176 pairs. Hoping to maintain that number and not grow much more, offering 208 cavities. Anyway just wanted to share my early season because I know I enjoy reading others this early in the season. Good luck this year.

A.P., if you read this the martins landed on your house today. Will send you pictures when I have the house completely done.
2014 - 72 pairs
2015 - 127 pairs
Whippy
Posts: 856
Joined: Thu Jan 19, 2017 11:15 pm
Location: Plano, Texas
Martin Colony History: See Signature

I was hoping the strong south winds would bring them in to North Texas but, alas I am not so fortunate. Thanks for the report. I look forward to more posts about your colony this year.

Thank you,

Coolwhips
2016 - late to put up, many visitors
2017 - 1 pair, 3 fledged
2018- 2 pair, 12 fledged
2019 - 4 pair, 21 fledged
2020 - 15 pair, 67 fledged
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

Wow Stephen you have a huge colony ,when did you start and what housing do you have congrats have a great season
Mick
2018 146 cavities.
apundt-TX
Posts: 983
Joined: Thu Jan 22, 2004 7:34 pm
Location: Dripping Springs, Texas
Martin Colony History: :
Starting over in 2018
9 pair 2017
17 pair 2015
12 pair 2014
8 pair 2013
5 pair 2012
2 pair 2011

That's awesome. Please send pics when you get a chance. About 3 more weeks here.
PMCA member
racks:CUE AAA-16, PMCA Multipurpose pole , S&K EZ-Lift, Lonestar/Songbird Essentials, CUE 12 gourd rack
gourds: S&K gourds, Supergourds, Troyer horizontals, Naturalines, few naturals
housing: S&K great 8, TRIO M12K, Coates/BirdsChoice 8 room wateresdge
Stephen Cruse
Posts: 168
Joined: Thu May 03, 2007 12:17 pm
Location: Texas, Hitchcock and Rocksprings

Michael,

I have 3 7 story goliads, 2 double alamos (that's two Alamo houses stacked on top of each other, another single Alamo, 2 trio castles, 24 unit gourd rack and all houses have 4 Troyer horizontal gourds hung under them. I also have a couple of trio houses dericated to trapping sparrows. I think I have around 14 spar o doors in use.

A.P.

Will do. I actually replaced one of my wooden houses with the one you gave me and I am sending my wooden house to Galveston to start up a new colony at a house a block off of the sea wall.
2014 - 72 pairs
2015 - 127 pairs
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

Nice Stephen would like to pictures of your site someday too thanks.,
Mick
2018 146 cavities.
Matt F.
Posts: 3922
Joined: Mon Feb 28, 2005 9:48 am
Location: Houston, TX

Great report Stephen!
Congrats on the start of your 2017 season!
Stephen Cruse
Posts: 168
Joined: Thu May 03, 2007 12:17 pm
Location: Texas, Hitchcock and Rocksprings

Thanks Matt. Hoping to get account tomorrow. I have been working nights so I haven't been able to view them the past couple of days.
2014 - 72 pairs
2015 - 127 pairs
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