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dsonyay
Posts: 1299
Joined: Fri Jul 02, 2010 3:10 pm
Location: Louisiana/Broussard
Martin Colony History: 2010-2014 located in Slidell LA. Gourd rack with 16 gourds. Max of 2 pairs during this short period in Slidell. Plenty of fledglings.

2014-present.. moved to Broussard LA. Same Gourd Rack but added a 6 room house (modified from a 12 room)

2020: after a long drought of nothing, 4 pairs and 4 nests, 23 eggs total (May2020)

I haven't posted in about 5 or 6 years... I had a nice colony starting in Slidell La, but had to move to Broussard LA. in 2014. I brought my gourd rack with me and got it planted.. took SIX YEARS, but I finally have a pair building a nest this week. Insane.

I went from a terrible location (lots of close trees) to a perfect wide open area with 2 ponds within 100 yards, lots of power lines for perching and zero house sparrow and starlings to bother.

Could not figure out why I was having a problem. Ended up being Bluebirds. The boxes were too close and they kept chasing off arriving martins. They were so territorial, Martins would give up.

I moved the boxes farther away and that worked. I've got a pair building a nest now, a single male trying to lure a female, and 4 or 5 new visitors.

Video last night:
My male/female going into their gourd.

https://youtu.be/omVfeh8anHY
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.

Perfect location in Louisiana and you waited 6 years for the first pair. That gives me hope because I'm on year 4 in Texas. I've never seen a hanging S&K barn like that. Interesting. Good luck.
Why do Americans only flee blue states? Why don't Americans flee red states?
Dave Reynolds
Posts: 1940
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".

..... dsonyay ,,, So glad to see you back on the PMCA.... Great that you got your first pair after a few years waiting... But all is good now.... Hate to here about the Bluebirds trouble, but you were not alone. I had Bluebirds and Tree Swallow problems that kept me from getting that first pair... Took me awhile to figure that out... Have a great season.... :grin: :grin: :grin:

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 — 6 Pair, 23 Eggs, So far. :wink:

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 — 26 Pair, 100 Eggs, So far.. :wink:
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dsonyay
Posts: 1299
Joined: Fri Jul 02, 2010 3:10 pm
Location: Louisiana/Broussard
Martin Colony History: 2010-2014 located in Slidell LA. Gourd rack with 16 gourds. Max of 2 pairs during this short period in Slidell. Plenty of fledglings.

2014-present.. moved to Broussard LA. Same Gourd Rack but added a 6 room house (modified from a 12 room)

2020: after a long drought of nothing, 4 pairs and 4 nests, 23 eggs total (May2020)

Thanks all...

The SK Barn was an attempt to make things look a little different this year and offer something extra for curious martins. It's supposed to mount on a tri pole, but I modded it to hang on an arm. One male ASY seems to favor the house. I also did the mod that doubles the room size plus I plugged the top "attic" holes.. no way to next check those ..

When I was in Slidell I added BB boxes after I started getting martins so maybe the martins had settled in and weren't easily intimidated to abandon gourds they were used to. Who knows!

Hope to post some positive things this year. Very very excited.

Lafayette parish is like purple martin Mecca.. they are like packed sardines here.. I see them everywhere out here, so a six year wait was hard to believe.
deancamp
Posts: 672
Joined: Wed Mar 16, 2016 9:17 pm
Location: Raymore, MO

Glad you figured it out and are back in the game. I think this is a good example of seeing whats going on and adapting to the situation. Good work!
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Conrad Baker
Posts: 400
Joined: Fri Jan 12, 2007 7:43 pm
Location: Paulina, Louisiana

Welcome back. I remember when I read your name the first time years ago, I thought "Yankee spelling for a coon-butt name". I think I was in Slidell when you were here (I was in Eden Isles until Katrina).
flyin-lowe
Posts: 3134
Joined: Wed Mar 29, 2006 8:49 am
Location: Indiana/Henry Co.

Been a few years, welcome back and good luck this coming season. I am finally getting a good colony built after a move as well. Took me about 5 years to really get going, I know the feeling. I won't be surprised if you don't have 30 pair in a couple years.
202160 nests with 187 eggs (6-3-20) HOSP count-9
2020 Currently 42 nest, Fledged approx 164 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 lone SY's
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.
dsonyay
Posts: 1299
Joined: Fri Jul 02, 2010 3:10 pm
Location: Louisiana/Broussard
Martin Colony History: 2010-2014 located in Slidell LA. Gourd rack with 16 gourds. Max of 2 pairs during this short period in Slidell. Plenty of fledglings.

2014-present.. moved to Broussard LA. Same Gourd Rack but added a 6 room house (modified from a 12 room)

2020: after a long drought of nothing, 4 pairs and 4 nests, 23 eggs total (May2020)

deancamp wrote:
Sat Mar 21, 2020 5:21 pm
Glad you figured it out and are back in the game. I think this is a good example of seeing whats going on and adapting to the situation. Good work!
Thanks Dean. :)
dsonyay
Posts: 1299
Joined: Fri Jul 02, 2010 3:10 pm
Location: Louisiana/Broussard
Martin Colony History: 2010-2014 located in Slidell LA. Gourd rack with 16 gourds. Max of 2 pairs during this short period in Slidell. Plenty of fledglings.

2014-present.. moved to Broussard LA. Same Gourd Rack but added a 6 room house (modified from a 12 room)

2020: after a long drought of nothing, 4 pairs and 4 nests, 23 eggs total (May2020)

flyin-lowe wrote:
Sat Mar 21, 2020 5:48 pm
I won't be surprised if you don't have 30 pair in a couple years.
Thanks.. I remember you from back when I lived in Slidell and was posting a lot more... and I remember you moving and trying to restart a colony. It was so frustrating here in Broussard .. I would see people with plenty of martins nearby and their cruddy HS infested houses, pole leaning way over.. I was thinking maybe mine looked too good and the martins thought it was a setup.. lol.
dsonyay
Posts: 1299
Joined: Fri Jul 02, 2010 3:10 pm
Location: Louisiana/Broussard
Martin Colony History: 2010-2014 located in Slidell LA. Gourd rack with 16 gourds. Max of 2 pairs during this short period in Slidell. Plenty of fledglings.

2014-present.. moved to Broussard LA. Same Gourd Rack but added a 6 room house (modified from a 12 room)

2020: after a long drought of nothing, 4 pairs and 4 nests, 23 eggs total (May2020)

Conrad Baker wrote:
Sat Mar 21, 2020 5:41 pm
Welcome back. I remember when I read your name the first time years ago, I thought "Yankee spelling for a coon-butt name". I think I was in Slidell when you were here (I was in Eden Isles until Katrina).
Yes siree.. that was me. LoL. (dsonyay= D. Sonnier)

I see a couple of regulars are still here. What happened to "Gobbler"? He hasn't posted in a couple of years.. he had finally started getting some luck then disappeared.

I'd occasionally check the forum, but without any sucess, I had noting to post about. LoL
Dave Reynolds
Posts: 1940
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".

.... dsonyay .... Good question on "Gobbler T"... Sure miss his posts here... I remember he got his first Martins by playing "Country music" instead of the Dawn Song.. He always had something funny to say,,, miss his post...

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 — 6 Pair, 23 Eggs, So far. :wink:

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 — 26 Pair, 100 Eggs, So far.. :wink:
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pmlover
Posts: 806
Joined: Thu Apr 04, 2013 3:30 pm
Location: OH/New Concord

im so glad your back may God bless you and your colony
2015 69 pairs 418 eggs 396 fledged
2019 I have 148 openings now
2016 100 pairs 600 babies fledged added another t-14 and have 126 openings now
2015 Jun 24 360 babies and 58 eggs also found one that had died
2017 632 babies 11died and 20 were killed by hawks
2015 74 pairs and 9 eggs 5/14
2010 3pairss
]JOINED PMCA JUNE 6,2018
2018 651 babies 5 hawk kills 11 floater kills 25 died in houses and 610 fledged

2014 80 pairs 283 babies 282 fledged one died
dsonyay
Posts: 1299
Joined: Fri Jul 02, 2010 3:10 pm
Location: Louisiana/Broussard
Martin Colony History: 2010-2014 located in Slidell LA. Gourd rack with 16 gourds. Max of 2 pairs during this short period in Slidell. Plenty of fledglings.

2014-present.. moved to Broussard LA. Same Gourd Rack but added a 6 room house (modified from a 12 room)

2020: after a long drought of nothing, 4 pairs and 4 nests, 23 eggs total (May2020)

pmlover wrote:
Sun Mar 22, 2020 9:05 am
im so glad your back may God bless you and your colony
Thanks pmlover. Same to you :)
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