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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!

This is what I've done for 2017! I have the same type of housing as the guy up the road! Sure hope they like it this year!
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Sharon from southern Illinois
Larry Kronemeyer
Posts: 494
Joined: Mon May 22, 2006 5:27 pm
Location: Illinois/Millstadt

Wooooee!!! Absolutely fantastic. Looks so bird inviting. I know how hard you've worked on your site. They will come. I really wish I could see your face when that first bird lands.! :lol:
Judy and Larry
Larry and Judy Kronemeyer
est. 1999
1-12 compartment Trendsetter and 4 gourds(crescents)
1 T-14 and 4 gourds (crescents)
12 gourd rack (crescents)
Member PMCA
Steve Kroenke
Posts: 4342
Joined: Fri Nov 28, 2003 6:49 pm
Location: Louisiana/Logansport

Sharon,

Your location looks perfect for purple martins! And any patriotic martin would surely move in with that beautiful American flag waving! I just have this feeling that 2017 is going to be your year to have a purple martin colony. Good luck and please keep us posted on how things are going!

Steve
PMCA Member
300+ pairs of martins each season
Purple Auburndale
Posts: 6
Joined: Thu Feb 16, 2017 8:21 pm
Location: Auburndale

Hi. What state are you in. My first year, two houses. No Martins yet. Central Florida.
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!

Thank you Larry and Judy!! It looks so good when I look out my shop window! :)

Thank you Steve! It's a waiting game now! :)

I am in southern Illinois! About 2.5 miles from where the Kaskaskia river runs in to the Mississippi River! :)
Sharon from southern Illinois
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

Sharon your site looks very inviting! Praying this is your year! How are the round entries working? Any starlings looking for a home? I'm sure you send them on their way! Can't wait to hear that your martins have arrived!
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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
ToyinPA
Posts: 2166
Joined: Mon Apr 10, 2006 6:07 pm
Location: PA/Avis
Martin Colony History: The 1972 St. Agnes flood wiped out all the Martins in my area. One day, in 1997-98, 5 or 6 Martins landed on the power wires crossing my back yard. I had no house for them. They kept coming back day after day. We got a martin house a few weeks later & they have been coming back every year since. I average 12-15 pair per year.

Looks good Sharon. Best wishes on getting your colony started this year.

Toy in PA
PMCA Member
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

Nobody works harder or deserves them more than you Sharon. I hope this year it works out for you. I will be keeping my fingers crossed for you.
Adam
Fifth Year Landlord
Insectivore Villa
Posts: 131
Joined: Thu Jan 14, 2016 4:55 pm
Location: Blenheim, Ontario

Simply stunning...when you get your birds this year, we are driving down with some good Canadian beer and gonna have a celebration. Might take 7-8 hours to drive there, but I bet the party will be unbelievable.
Started praying for your success last week.
We (my sons and I) have to put up three new sets this week in the rain...gonna be some whining Saturday morning, you will probably be able to hear them at your house if you listen carefully to your Northeast..... :lol:
Henry W.
2015, 28 pair, 102 fledged
2016, 39 pair, 154 fledged
2017, 44 pair, 164 fledged
2018, 68 pair, 218 fledged
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

Hey i think I'll join in. First nesting pair HAS to mean a party. How far are you from Tulsa OK?
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
handyman315
Posts: 298
Joined: Thu May 12, 2016 11:03 am
Location: SW Ohio
Martin Colony History: Colony established May 20, 2017 after three unsuccessful years. Persistent and aggressive Tree Swallows plagued the site, but beyond learning - and practicing - to control them, was the return in 2017 of a 2016-SY-M previously unable to find a mate. As a handsome ASY-M, he brought along two females and a swagger that soon put the Tree Swallow issue to rest. As the anchor pair, he and his mate hatched all six of their eggs into fat and healthy babies into what settled in to be a three-pair, flourishing new colony with up to 11 birds total, including 3 SY-M trouble makers.

Wow! Mega site. This just has to be your year. Been wondering about you.

Best of luck!
2020-31 Nesting Pair Fledged 133, three early deaths due to cold & rain
2019-19 Nesting Pair Fledged 84
2018-11 Nesting Pair Fledged 48, ASY-M Arrived April 6, Despite Snow & Cold, Joined Soon by Mate & Two Adult Pairs
2017-3 Nesting Pair Fledged 13, FIRST-YEAR LANDLORD! :grin: Resident SY-M from 2016 Returned (as ASY-M) on May 20. At Least 11 Adult Residents
2016-Late-Arriving SYs, Resident Lone SY-M, Unable to Find Mate
2015 & 2014-Many Visits
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!

Whoo hooo! Let's hope it's party time! Everyone is welcome! I'll have the Martin band playing and it will be a heck of a good time! :lol: :lol:
Canadian Beer A! Lol
Thank you so much for your support everyone! You all will be the first to know!
Good luck to all! :)
Sharon from southern Illinois
Insectivore Villa
Posts: 131
Joined: Thu Jan 14, 2016 4:55 pm
Location: Blenheim, Ontario

Beer, bacon, poutine (fries covered in cheese, covered in gravy), all the great canadian heart stoppers...
Sharon, you almost had it...it's "eh", so we spell canada C eh N eh D eh.
Henry W.
2015, 28 pair, 102 fledged
2016, 39 pair, 154 fledged
2017, 44 pair, 164 fledged
2018, 68 pair, 218 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!

Oh sorry about that! I know when I was hunting in Alberta Fort McMurray the guides were hilarious! I loved their jolly ol selves! EH!! They are great folks! :)
Sharon from southern Illinois
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.

Henry, Henry, Henry, can't give away all our Canadian Secrets. Pass me another Blue, eh! Count me in. Your site looks great Sharon, no self respecting Martin would pass that up.
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.
Anthony Neira
Posts: 1317
Joined: Wed Jan 15, 2014 1:12 pm
Location: San Antonio /Texas
Martin Colony History: Started in 1992 From neighbors old 1950-60's colonies. Have 8 Trio 6 Room Houses, 4 MPP Poles, 1 Heath Deluxe Gourd with Troyer Porch, 8 NatureLine Gourds with Troyer Porches, 5 Troyer Horizontals ,& 2 S&K 11" WITH Troyer Porches ready for 2019 Season !

:grin: Looking Good Sharon !! All You need that Decoy holding a yellow "Vacancy" sign ! :wink: :grin:
PMCA Member, 8 Trio 6 Room Houses, 1 Heath Deluxe Gourd with Troyer Porch, 8 NatureLine Gourds with Troyer Porches, 5 Troyer Horizontals + Tunnels, & 2 S&K Bo 11"s WITH Troyer Porches ! 4 MPPs, For 2019 Season !! :grin: Started in 1992 from Older '50-'60s Colonies.
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!

Thanks Archer! Yeah I like the sound of Henry's menu!! Yum yum!!! EH!! Lol

Thanks Anthony! I may have to do that! That flag pole is pretty redneck! I've spent so much on martin poles I can't afford a flag pole! :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

Good luck all!
Sharon from southern Illinois
Foxie
Posts: 51
Joined: Wed May 18, 2016 11:57 am
Location: S.E. OHIO

Greetings, Sharon, site looks great and much hard work going on there. We hope this is your year and all goes great. We noticed the flag and it is great that you too appreciated it and living in the U.S.A. Not to rain on the great work but I once heard or read that the Martins did not like a flag waving in the area. Not know if this is true or not so you may want to check it out and if positive then consider relocating it away form the site.
It is not know if you had the flag up past years etc. You may want to check with PM Services etc. The beer sounds great some smooth C. Ale
Please. Lived in Port Huron for 2 years, just xs the Blue Water Bridge St Clair River and your in Canada, great large golf greens. you buy the
imported ale when not in their domain. Sound like you have the cheering squad and all behind you. Bless all for the windfall this year.
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