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LisaJ
Posts: 99
Joined: Fri Apr 06, 2018 9:47 am
Location: North Texas

I am in N. TX, and have had 4-6 pm's visiting their house each morning. Then they are gone all day until evening. Where are they during the day?
rrmartins
Posts: 1435
Joined: Tue Oct 19, 2010 8:04 am
Location: Round Rock, TX

Just being birds, out eating and recruiting new birds, all good, no worries.
2020
T14
7 pair
25 fledged
Whippy
Posts: 869
Joined: Thu Jan 19, 2017 11:15 pm
Location: Plano, Texas
Martin Colony History: See Signature

LisaJ wrote:
Mon Mar 18, 2019 5:09 pm
I am in N. TX, and have had 4-6 pm's visiting their house each morning. Then they are gone all day until evening. Where are they during the day?
Rest assured. They aren't coming to Plano. :lol:
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
Conrad Baker
Posts: 452
Joined: Fri Jan 12, 2007 7:43 pm
Location: Paulina, Louisiana

Don't worry Lisa. Sounds like normal activity. As long as they come back in the evening, they consider it "home".
PMDavid
Posts: 534
Joined: Wed May 16, 2018 8:50 pm
Location: Boyce,Louisiana
Martin Colony History: 2018 1 lone nut and lots of visitors
2019 6 pair -21fledged
2020 18 pair -60 fledged
2021......to be seen.
24 natural gourds on a satellite rack,9 other gourds scattered around
2-12 compartment trio houses
Rarely see a sparrow or starling,but when I do they don’t last long!
Will have a second satellite rack for the 2022 season and phase out the houses,the martins here strongly prefer natural gourds.

Lisa are you certain they’re not duckin in right at dark and you just maybe haven’t seen em . They’ll dive at high speed right at dark and go straight in the hole. And a black bird diving at high speed in the dark can be easily missed if your not sittin there lookin super close! I have to sit and stare at my one and not take my eye off of him because when he decides to go to bed he’ll dive from fairly up high at about 60mph it looks like and go straight in the hole in the dark . One split second !
LisaJ
Posts: 99
Joined: Fri Apr 06, 2018 9:47 am
Location: North Texas

Oh, wow! I did not think about that. I will keep my eyes peeled in the evening. I think I am so anxious for them to all come back, I worry too much! Patience is my friend!
Thanks ya'll!
PMDavid
Posts: 534
Joined: Wed May 16, 2018 8:50 pm
Location: Boyce,Louisiana
Martin Colony History: 2018 1 lone nut and lots of visitors
2019 6 pair -21fledged
2020 18 pair -60 fledged
2021......to be seen.
24 natural gourds on a satellite rack,9 other gourds scattered around
2-12 compartment trio houses
Rarely see a sparrow or starling,but when I do they don’t last long!
Will have a second satellite rack for the 2022 season and phase out the houses,the martins here strongly prefer natural gourds.

Good day Lisa, if your birds seem to be coming back around before dark,then go out there and sit and watch. See if you notice them sorta gliding and flying around in the sky in the general area above your yard. If so then keep your eye on as many as possible and sit there and watch closely. If they are cruising the sky above at dark you just may get a big surprise and catch em diving into their house! Watch close because it can happen fast. I’m interested to know what you see ,gonna look tonight for a post on your findings. I sit out and watch about 30-45 minutes prior to dark until it’s dark. David
-=DKC=-
Posts: 356
Joined: Thu Jun 08, 2017 2:26 pm
Location: Corpus Christi, TX
Martin Colony History: ................
2019: 11 pairs
2018: 11 pairs - 43 fledged
2017: 4 pairs - 17 fledged

The birds I have so far this year are acting differently than the last 2 years. They've been leaving at sunrise and returning at sunset. I think this is primarily because of the strange weather. They may have to range farther in order to find food. In previous years they stuck closer to home but the weather was better.

My birds are also quickly ducking into the gourds right at dusk. They aren't perching at all during the day. I'm pretty sure that they are being hawk-wary until the Accipiters migrate. When the Accipiters are gone I expect them to relax a bit and start partying on the rack.
"If at first you don't succeed, keep on suckin' till you do succeed." - Curly Howard
PMDavid
Posts: 534
Joined: Wed May 16, 2018 8:50 pm
Location: Boyce,Louisiana
Martin Colony History: 2018 1 lone nut and lots of visitors
2019 6 pair -21fledged
2020 18 pair -60 fledged
2021......to be seen.
24 natural gourds on a satellite rack,9 other gourds scattered around
2-12 compartment trio houses
Rarely see a sparrow or starling,but when I do they don’t last long!
Will have a second satellite rack for the 2022 season and phase out the houses,the martins here strongly prefer natural gourds.

Well Lisa .....see anything ? The anticipation is killin me! I have been literally waitin all day to hear if you saw em?
gmmajor
Posts: 22
Joined: Mon Mar 12, 2018 7:44 pm
Location: Galveston, TX

These late northers are definitely making it difficult for the birds to feed especially over the open water where our PM houses are located. The birds are gone all day long and we have not seen much nest building yet.
Whippy
Posts: 869
Joined: Thu Jan 19, 2017 11:15 pm
Location: Plano, Texas
Martin Colony History: See Signature

PMDavid wrote:
Tue Mar 19, 2019 8:47 pm
Well Lisa .....see anything ? The anticipation is killin me! I have been literally waitin all day to hear if you saw em?
Me as well.
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
JHunter
Posts: 12
Joined: Tue Feb 19, 2019 8:38 pm
Location: P'cola

Yeah mine have been doing the same.
Doug Martin - PA
Posts: 1938
Joined: Thu Mar 25, 2004 10:47 am
Location: Pennsylvania/Fombell
Martin Colony History: First pair in 2009 after 28 years of trying. 3 pairs 2010, 17 pairs 2011 and 35-45 pairs since. Many additional colonies are now springing up around mine in an area once completely void of Martins. I offer 50 compartments at my site consisting of primarily Excluder II gourds on Gemini racks. Also a wooden T-14. I utilize electric fence type predator guards on the base of the poles. Supplemental feeding is crucial in maintaining my colony. I platform feed throughout the season as needed. My site tends to be a stop over point for additional birds as they migrate further north.

I asked the same question last year when my first one showed up and would disappear in 30 degree weather.

Found out he was begging for food at a neighboring site and they were flipping him crickets. Haha

So the answer is anywhere there is food!!!

Doug
Supplemental feeding plays a major role in western Pennsylvania. Finally got my 1st pair in 2009 after 28 years of effort. 3 pairs in 2010. 17 pairs in 2011. 35 pairs and 150 young in 2012 & 2013. Plus a new 22 pair colony right down the road from me.
LisaJ
Posts: 99
Joined: Fri Apr 06, 2018 9:47 am
Location: North Texas

I apologize for the delay! I have been watching in the late evening, but i do not see an pm's sleeping over yet! I have a consistent 2 pms, and up to 6 later in the afternoon. I keep watching!
LisaJ
Posts: 99
Joined: Fri Apr 06, 2018 9:47 am
Location: North Texas

I apologize for the delay! I have been watching in the late evening, but i do not see an pm's sleeping over yet! I have a consistent 2 pms, and up to 6 later in the afternoon. I keep watching!
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