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Spiderman
Posts: 822
Joined: Thu Jan 31, 2008 9:19 am
Location: Gladewater, Texas

I had about 40-50 new Martins come into our Gourd racks last this afternoon. I'm sure they will be headed North either in the morning or the next day.

Rainy, cold day here but there has been strong winds out of the South.

Best of luck to the Landlords that end up with them!
2008 - 33 PAIR - FLEDGED 96 YOUNG
2009 - 51 PAIR - FLEDGED 166 YOUNG
2010 - 45 PAIR - FLEDGED 146 YOUNG
2011 - 33 PAIR - 128 HATCHED, 97 FLEDGED
2012 - 37 PAIR - 119 HATCHED, 101 FLEDGED
Wildriver
Posts: 31
Joined: Wed Mar 30, 2016 2:48 pm
Location: Luck Wisconsin
Martin Colony History: Landlord of colony started in 1940 by grandfather. Completely lost colony due to houses that did not provide protection from owls.
New T-14 houses installed. 100% full with no nest abandonment due to owl guards, predator lights and decoys.
Starting new colonies in Minneapolis with new T-14 houses. Planning on community martin houses in park system. Re-claimed wetlands next to city lakes would be excellent site. Currently their are No colonies in Minneapolis, MN. Hoping to have same success as I had in Western Wisconsin

Thanks Spiderman for the migration update. It must be interesting being on the front line of all the birds moving north. I have learned so much from listening to all the landlords. Our spring weather this year has been even worse than last year. I opened up my T-14s last week and it has been snowing and blowing cold, just raw. Our forecast is rain all week with snow next weekend. I fear my older birds will not make it so I bought a big sack of mealworms to hopefully keep them alive. I was going to put a big scoop of mealworms directly inside the entrances. The older birds at my colony have been with me a long time and I am sure they will enjoy the food. If I were a martin I think I would stay in Texas. My site is full of ice and snow and not very spring like. Tell the martins to bring some warm weather.
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.

Do you see a Canadian Flag on their passports? Our Canadian birds are tough we are expecting some by the end of the week!
Open Skies!
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.
Spiderman
Posts: 822
Joined: Thu Jan 31, 2008 9:19 am
Location: Gladewater, Texas

45 degrees here this morning with a strong NE wind. Not much movement on the Gourd racks today.

Think they will be here for a day or so before moving northward.....lol.
2008 - 33 PAIR - FLEDGED 96 YOUNG
2009 - 51 PAIR - FLEDGED 166 YOUNG
2010 - 45 PAIR - FLEDGED 146 YOUNG
2011 - 33 PAIR - 128 HATCHED, 97 FLEDGED
2012 - 37 PAIR - 119 HATCHED, 101 FLEDGED
Fuzzmeister
Posts: 178
Joined: Mon Sep 25, 2017 9:02 pm
Location: Saskatchewan Canada

Archer
Let us know when your martins arrive, I’m just across the way to the west of you, so I can have my house ready. I’ve been keeping my eyes to the sky last couple days watching for them but it’s still gets cool at night so it might be a week or so yet.
-=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

Spiderman wrote:
Sat Apr 13, 2019 9:10 pm
I had about 40-50 new Martins come into our Gourd racks last this afternoon. I'm sure they will be headed North either in the morning or the next day.

Rainy, cold day here but there has been strong winds out of the South.

Best of luck to the Landlords that end up with them!
I had the same thing yesterday (Saturday) here in Corpus Christi, TX. Huge numbers of migrating hawks and swallows all day. Martins flying over all day. At sunset I had at least 50 extra birds circling the gourd rack. Most roosted elsewhere but I had quite a few overnight non-resident guests.

I feel sorry for my Martins during hawk migration. They didn't land on the gourds all day yesterday. Absolutely no socializing. It was a river of hawks all day.
"If at first you don't succeed, keep on suckin' till you do succeed." - Curly Howard
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.

Fuzzmeister wrote:
Sun Apr 14, 2019 9:30 am
Archer
Let us know when your martins arrive, I’m just across the way to the west of you, so I can have my house ready. I’ve been keeping my eyes to the sky last couple days watching for them but it’s still gets cool at night so it might be a week or so yet.
I report on the scout report as Allan from Altona. You will find my report there.
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.
Fuzzmeister
Posts: 178
Joined: Mon Sep 25, 2017 9:02 pm
Location: Saskatchewan Canada

Sounds good Allan I will be watching, shouldn’t be long
Dave Duit
Posts: 1939
Joined: Tue Nov 25, 2003 2:02 pm
Location: Iowa / Nevada
Martin Colony History: In 2020, 60 pair with 285 fledged youngsters. 83 total cavities available, 58 Troyer Horizontal gourds and 4 modified deep trio metal house units, 1 fallout shelter, owl cages around all units. Martin educator and speaker. President and founder of the Iowa Purple Martin Organization. Please visit www.iamartin.org and join.

Turtle Lake, North Dakota is the northern most ASY report to date as of 4/15/19. I wish you the best Canadians.
Mite control, heat venting, predator protection and additional feeding during bad weather add up to success.
Fuzzmeister
Posts: 178
Joined: Mon Sep 25, 2017 9:02 pm
Location: Saskatchewan Canada

Thanks Dave! hope you have a great year also. They should be here within a couple weeks depending on the weather.
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.

Fuzzmeister wrote:
Sun Apr 14, 2019 3:27 pm
Sounds good Allan I will be watching, shouldn’t be long
Hey Fuzz, I had a martins show up yesterday.
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.
Fuzzmeister
Posts: 178
Joined: Mon Sep 25, 2017 9:02 pm
Location: Saskatchewan Canada

Hi archer
Thanks for letting me know. Your long wait is over did they stick around or move on? I see there’s 7 reports in sask, there getting closer to me, any day now.
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.

She is still here, belongs here.
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.
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