Removed 60 Foot Tree for 2020. Before and After Pics

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Bird Brain
Posts: 170
Joined: Wed Feb 10, 2016 9:22 am
Location: Highland Village, TX
Martin Colony History: 2017-nothing
2018-1 visitor
2019-nothing
2020-the most visitors/activity by far after making many site improvements. Unsuccessful SY Male visited for 2 weeks.

4'th year coming up trying to get that first pair. Finally decided to cut down the largest tree in my yard. The tree was 40 feet from martin pole but was 60 feet tall and 50 feet wide. It was definitely a hawk magnet. I watched a hawk launch from this tree once and hit a decoy. I cut this tree down because it was damaging my shed and the roots were getting into my sewer line. It was a Hackberry, which I'm not fond of. I'm hoping to realize a martin attraction benefit as a result of this decision. My setup actually falls within Chuck Abare's location guidelines now. "No tree closer to the martin pole than the tree is tall," I believe he says. Now I have 3 open flyways instead of 2. My pole is 18 inches higher than last year as a result of the winch upgrade I added. I've added 12 chirpy nests for 2020 for variety and a total of 24 cavities offered. Going to play "dawn song," and "daytime chatter," this year. Thinking about adding decoys also. Here's a couple of before and after pics. Wish me luck.

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Conrad Baker
Posts: 386
Joined: Fri Jan 12, 2007 7:43 pm
Location: Paulina, Louisiana

Good Luck !! I hope that helps make the Martins feel safer. Please excuse my ignorance, but what is that object on the pole between your housing setup and the tree??
Bird Brain
Posts: 170
Joined: Wed Feb 10, 2016 9:22 am
Location: Highland Village, TX
Martin Colony History: 2017-nothing
2018-1 visitor
2019-nothing
2020-the most visitors/activity by far after making many site improvements. Unsuccessful SY Male visited for 2 weeks.

It's a rocket box bat house. It's been occupied for 3 years now. They're a lot of fun to watch. They arrive about the same time as martins.
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tor
Posts: 241
Joined: Wed Feb 25, 2009 4:35 pm
Location: Marlboro County, SC
Martin Colony History: Capacity: 72 Troyers on 3 X Super-24 racks

Wow, thats what I call dedication. Good luck on the upcoming season.
Location: Marlboro County, SC

2021: Capacity: 72 - First Scouts: 2/22
2020: Capacity: 72 - First Scouts: 2/11 - 71 pair - 298 fledged
2019: Capacity: 72 - First Scouts: 2/22 - 70 pair - 315 fledged
2018: Capacity: 70 - First Scouts: 2/18 - 60 pair - 270 fledged
2017: Capacity: 42 - First Scouts: 2/25 - 39 pair
2016: Capacity: 42 - First Scouts: 3/10 - 32 pair
2015: Capacity: 24 - First Scouts: 3/23 - 4 pair

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steve r
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Joined: Sat Mar 20, 2004 8:16 am
Location: Antioch/Plant City Fla

What are the boxes on the pole with the gourds?
Conrad Baker
Posts: 386
Joined: Fri Jan 12, 2007 7:43 pm
Location: Paulina, Louisiana

Bird Brain wrote:
Sat Jan 18, 2020 9:03 pm
It's a rocket box bat house. It's been occupied for 3 years now. They're a lot of fun to watch. They arrive about the same time as martins.
Thanks. You usually see the bat houses mounted under the eaves of houses, never saw one out in the open.
Dave Reynolds
Posts: 1937
Joined: Mon Jan 31, 2011 4:35 pm
Location: Little Hocking, Oh.
Martin Colony History: 2018 Success at my Satellite Site “Oxbow Golf Course”.
2019 Success at my home Site "Little Hocking, Ohio".

.. Bird Brain ..... Now that should help out a lot... Trees that size is what I had to deal with too.. The more open the area the better.. ... ... .... :grin: :grin: :grin: .. Good Luck in 2020

Dave
Home Site “Little Hocking, Ohio”
2010 / 2018 -- Lots of Visitors
2019 — 1 Pair, 5 Eggs, 5 Babies, 5 fledged. :wink:
2020 — 1 Pair, 4 Eggs, 4 Babies, 4 fledged. :wink:
2021 — Arrived April 20, 2021

Satellite Site “Oxbow Golf Course”
2018 -- 15 Pair, 58 Eggs, 38 Hatched and 36 Fledged :wink:
2019 — 26 Pair, 128 Eggs, 99 Babies and 97 Fledged. :wink:
2020 — 30 Pair, 156 Eggs, 137 Babies and 137 Fledged. :wink:
2021 — Arrived on April 5, 2021

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C.C.Martins
Posts: 1029
Joined: Fri Apr 14, 2017 11:15 am
Location: Corpus Christi Tx
Martin Colony History: 2016- didnt know anything about martins, put up an all wrong house in 2016 and had two come by and inspect all the cavities. Left soon after not to return. Learned what i could on PMCA made adjustments and next year was successful.
2017- 5 pair. 15 fledged
2018- 18 pair. 85 fledged
2019- 17 pair. 81 fledged
2020- 25 pair. 111 fledged
2021:
Home colony: mix natural gourds, enlarged compartment house. All SREH.
Satelite colony: Oso Bay Preserve: 12 gourds: PMCA excluder gourds, 6 room trio mino castle with enlarged compartments.
2019: Visitors
2020: 3 pair, 11 fledged
2021:
PMCA member

Definite improvement, must have been quite a chore.

The bat house has me intrigued, how long did it take to attract them? Iv been looking at bat houses all morning 😀
Tom
PMCA member, believer in nest checks, venting, SREH and pest/predator protection.
C.C.Martins
Posts: 1029
Joined: Fri Apr 14, 2017 11:15 am
Location: Corpus Christi Tx
Martin Colony History: 2016- didnt know anything about martins, put up an all wrong house in 2016 and had two come by and inspect all the cavities. Left soon after not to return. Learned what i could on PMCA made adjustments and next year was successful.
2017- 5 pair. 15 fledged
2018- 18 pair. 85 fledged
2019- 17 pair. 81 fledged
2020- 25 pair. 111 fledged
2021:
Home colony: mix natural gourds, enlarged compartment house. All SREH.
Satelite colony: Oso Bay Preserve: 12 gourds: PMCA excluder gourds, 6 room trio mino castle with enlarged compartments.
2019: Visitors
2020: 3 pair, 11 fledged
2021:
PMCA member

Bird Brain wrote:
Sat Jan 18, 2020 9:03 pm
It's a rocket box bat house. It's been occupied for 3 years now. They're a lot of fun to watch. They arrive about the same time as martins.
There are alot to choose from, i think ill try the flat type that hugs the house...will put it on my chimney!
Tom
PMCA member, believer in nest checks, venting, SREH and pest/predator protection.
flyin-lowe
Posts: 3101
Joined: Wed Mar 29, 2006 8:49 am
Location: Indiana/Henry Co.

There is a pretty good bat house forum out there (some of the same members as here). In some ways bat houses are like martin houses, that shape, size, design, location, are very important and often times the ones that you can buy at a store locally are not sufficient. Bat populations in my area are taking a huge hit due to white nose syndrome. I have built and erected 6 or 7 houses in various locations over the last 10 years or so and none have been occupied. Thought about trying a rocket box style just to change it up a little bit.
2021.................HOSP count-8
2020 Currently 42 nest, 110 babies, 64 eggs left to hatch(6-22-20) HOSP count-8
2019- 31 Pair over 100 fledged
2018- 15 pair last count 49 fledged
2017 3 SY pair nested, 12 eggs total, fledged 10. 4 additional SY's stayed all summer but never paired/nested.
2016 1 pair fledged 4
2015 Visitors
2014 Visitors
2013 Moved 6 miles away, 1 pair fledged 2.
2012 30 pair fledged 100.
2011 12 pair (11 that nested), 43 fledged.
2010 5 pair, 21 eggs, 16 hatched, 14 fledged.
C.C.Martins
Posts: 1029
Joined: Fri Apr 14, 2017 11:15 am
Location: Corpus Christi Tx
Martin Colony History: 2016- didnt know anything about martins, put up an all wrong house in 2016 and had two come by and inspect all the cavities. Left soon after not to return. Learned what i could on PMCA made adjustments and next year was successful.
2017- 5 pair. 15 fledged
2018- 18 pair. 85 fledged
2019- 17 pair. 81 fledged
2020- 25 pair. 111 fledged
2021:
Home colony: mix natural gourds, enlarged compartment house. All SREH.
Satelite colony: Oso Bay Preserve: 12 gourds: PMCA excluder gourds, 6 room trio mino castle with enlarged compartments.
2019: Visitors
2020: 3 pair, 11 fledged
2021:
PMCA member

flyin-lowe,
wow, looked them up and your right...dedicated to their bats. Looks like good resource. Thank you.
Tom
PMCA member, believer in nest checks, venting, SREH and pest/predator protection.
Bird Brain
Posts: 170
Joined: Wed Feb 10, 2016 9:22 am
Location: Highland Village, TX
Martin Colony History: 2017-nothing
2018-1 visitor
2019-nothing
2020-the most visitors/activity by far after making many site improvements. Unsuccessful SY Male visited for 2 weeks.

When shopping for a bat house, multiply the 3 dimensions to determine the total cubic inches of space, the bigger the better. Rocket boxes will break the wind better than the flat kind, resulting is less swaying. Flat side style bat houses are the best choice for building mounts. Rocket boxes do not require the purchase of a mounting bracket. Choose rough cut red cedar or pine with no plastic netting. Bat urine will eventually warp plywood. Pole mounts are more noticeable/obvious and likely to be discovered sooner than wall mounts IMO. Pole mounts offer better viewing shows. The night sky background behind a pole mount enhances bat viewing significantly. Such a background will never exist with a wall or chimney mount. Whatever mount you choose, the higher the bat house, the more likely it will be discovered. My pole is 17 feet high. My bat house became occupied in 6 months with only a few bats. My first maternity colony occurred the following year. Typically, bat house population will double every year until there is no more space.
Why do Americans only flee blue states? Why don't Americans flee red states?
TomBrake
Posts: 20
Joined: Wed Apr 08, 2015 1:03 pm
Location: VA/Abingdon

steve r wrote:
Sun Jan 19, 2020 8:28 am
What are the boxes on the pole with the gourds?
Steve
Those are ChirpyNest houses.
TomBrake
Posts: 20
Joined: Wed Apr 08, 2015 1:03 pm
Location: VA/Abingdon

Bird Brain wrote:
Sat Jan 18, 2020 8:44 pm
4'th year coming up trying to get that first pair. Finally decided to cut down the largest tree in my yard. The tree was 40 feet from martin pole but was 60 feet tall and 50 feet wide. It was definitely a hawk magnet. I watched a hawk launch from this tree once and hit a decoy. I cut this tree down because it was damaging my shed and the roots were getting into my sewer line. It was a Hackberry, which I'm not fond of. I'm hoping to realize a martin attraction benefit as a result of this decision. My setup actually falls within Chuck Abare's location guidelines now. "No tree closer to the martin pole than the tree is tall," I believe he says. Now I have 3 open flyways instead of 2. My pole is 18 inches higher than last year as a result of the winch upgrade I added. I've added 12 chirpy nests for 2020 for variety and a total of 24 cavities offered. Going to play "dawn song," and "daytime chatter," this year. Thinking about adding decoys also. Here's a couple of before and after pics. Wish me luck.

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That setup looks awesome. Keep me posted on your success.

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Unk Bond
Posts: 276
Joined: Fri Feb 12, 2021 4:35 pm
Location: Ohio
Martin Colony History: I have had 5




I have had 5 years of enjoying my martin bird colony.




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Hello All
That right there I find very interesting and very nice.

I envy your knowledge on posting a picture. I am still trying to figure how here. My post seem flat with out a subject picture .
Later and stay safe.
brent
Posts: 416
Joined: Sat Feb 10, 2018 2:43 pm
Location: Raceland, Louisiana

Looks great. Much improved. Your birds will be happy to be able to fly in easily. Good decision.
Best of luck.
Brent
Unk Bond
Posts: 276
Joined: Fri Feb 12, 2021 4:35 pm
Location: Ohio
Martin Colony History: I have had 5




I have had 5 years of enjoying my martin bird colony.




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Hello All
I have been trying visualize that rack lifting bracket. [ Later
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