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Stacy B.
Posts: 29
Joined: Mon Jan 25, 2021 11:04 am
Location: Leroy, Louisiana
Martin Colony History: 2018- visitors only
2019- 8 pair, fledged 32
2020- 18 pair, fledged 91
2021-
Also host 1 pair of bluebirds and barn swallows
Every year. Avg. 3-5 fledglings each annually.

If anyone knows a rehabber in lafayette, La. Area please let me know asap. I've lost 10 birds so far, they won't eat anything and ran out of warmers. Looking at the weather if I don't get them to a shelter of sorts they are done for.
Stacy B.
brent
Posts: 488
Joined: Sat Feb 10, 2018 2:43 pm
Location: Raceland, Louisiana

The first 3 I see this morning I keep flipping crickets and eggs up to them. No takers. I'll need to open the compartments today. I'm sure that I'll find casualties. Why don't they take the food?
Stacy B.
Posts: 29
Joined: Mon Jan 25, 2021 11:04 am
Location: Leroy, Louisiana
Martin Colony History: 2018- visitors only
2019- 8 pair, fledged 32
2020- 18 pair, fledged 91
2021-
Also host 1 pair of bluebirds and barn swallows
Every year. Avg. 3-5 fledglings each annually.

It's tough Brent.
Very tough to watch. You'd think they would eat anything by now. The weather won't stop and just adding insult to injury at this point. Nature is beautiful, but cruel at times. The few strong martins I have left would have made it if the weather would have broke today. But sadly the next 2 days is in all likelihood gonna be more than they can take. I keep trying to help them with mealworms and warmers, but the dead keep piling up for my efforts.
I've probably fledged close to 200 martins since I started out 3 years ago. Last year I saw much growth. Really hate to loose all my mature birds. Feels like starting all over.
But I've helped the martin population more than nature has taken. I've gotta look at it like that or else I get down. Feeling pretty helpless right now tho.
Good luck to all hope you save as many as you can.
Stacy B.
C.C.Martins
Posts: 1247
Joined: Fri Apr 14, 2017 11:15 am
Location: Corpus Christi Tx
Martin Colony History: 2016- Visitors.
2017- 5 pair. 15 fledged
2018- 18 pair. 85 fledged
2019- 17 pair. 81 fledged
2020- 25 pair. 111 fledged
2021- 28 pair. 118 fledged
Home colony: mix natural, super and excluder gourds, enlarged compartment house. All SREH.
Satellite colony: Oso Bay Preserve: 12 PMCA excluder gourds, 6 room trio mini castle with enlarged compartments.
2019: Visitors
2020: 3 pair, 11 fledged
2021: 10 pair, 30 fledged
PMCA member

Came home about 630pm yesterday, all 4 martins trying to get in one gourd. Sat and watched, their wings are drooping bad, seemed like an effort for one to go in the gourd. One looked strong. Freezing rain again this morning, will put more crickets up tonight. Will check under the houses for any on the ground. Working 530am to 530pm every day now so being home is not an option.
Tom
PMCA member, believer in nest checks, venting, SREH and pest/predator protection.
Gauxt
Posts: 82
Joined: Wed Apr 20, 2011 12:03 pm
Location: Louisiana/Prairieville
Martin Colony History: Started 2007
2013 1 Pair
2015 2 Pair
2016 4 Pair
2017 12 Pair
2018 15 Pair
2019 15 Pair
2020 19 Pair

Same here I'm starting to lose them even with stuffing mealworms and crickets in their gourds. No way they'll make 24 more hrs not feeding
2010-0
2011-visitors
2012-visitors
2013-1 pair
2014-0
2015-2 pair
2016 4 pair
2017 12 pair
2018 15 pair
brent
Posts: 488
Joined: Sat Feb 10, 2018 2:43 pm
Location: Raceland, Louisiana

High today around 60 which is a significant relief from yesterday. Birds started off slowly. Concerned so I flipped up meal worms, crickets and eggs several times. No takers. I noticed some Martin's landing in the yard and observing more closely it looked like they were attempting to hunt for insects. Sure enough I saw one peck the grass and another jump to catch a flying insect just off the ground. Anyone else see this before? At about 1PM I decided to check one of the houses. All the birds inside looked alert so I left them alone. Not long after, once it warmed up, they gradually flew out. It's now 5:10 and they're returning boisterous as ever. I just counted 11 but I think they're all there. Tomorrow and Friday are colder days. I'm praying all of you the best.
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.

Hey y’all ,sorry to hear of all the loss of birds . I had found my four birds all in one gourd and hung it in a spare room . I have lost one male so far. Still have two males and a female. The wife called today and said she peeked in and witnessed the female eating meal worms on the raised tray I made. I told her to peek in periodically and hydrate some more worms and put those in there. She did and saw the female eating two other times through the day. I got home and did an egg and some more worms and I saw it eating two different times my self. We haven’t seen either male eating yet. You think they would eat,the food tray is less than a foot from the gourd and they can see the female eating. I guess she may make it ,we will see. The males,well it won’t shock me if they don’t make it. They would already be dead if they had been facing the cold the last three days. If I end up saving one then so be it. I’m tryin
brent
Posts: 488
Joined: Sat Feb 10, 2018 2:43 pm
Location: Raceland, Louisiana

Thanks Bird. Thanks for the encouragement. Thanks to everyone. We're almost over this weather event. I can't tell you how much I've learned. And, now I know that my fellow landlords are my neighbors, both far and near.
Brent
Evan337
Posts: 155
Joined: Sun Apr 18, 2004 11:00 pm
Location: Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Thanks, Bird! And the Geaux Tigers from earlier didn't go unnoticed. Never in a million years would I have expected my favorite LSU Tiger of all-time to be a kid from Athens, OH!

Martins are still feeding taking eggs and crickets. I think the hand warmers in compartments are making a difference. After this experience and the buffalo gnat issue from last year, I am now convinced there is no better housing type than the T-14. I love the trio aluminum houses I have an my plastic gourds but my wooden T-14's consistently outperform. Without the insulation value of my wooden houses I don't know that my martins would have survived to this point.
brent
Posts: 488
Joined: Sat Feb 10, 2018 2:43 pm
Location: Raceland, Louisiana

My luck has run out. Cold this morning and will not get out of the 40's. Tried flicking eggs and crickets but no takers. One ASY male on ground. Put him in a box lined with straw. What could I do at this point? No rehabbers here. I know they were out yesterday...those that could. I'd like to put warmers later today but afraid to stress them more. Suggestions? Please.
Brent
BW Fowler
Posts: 156
Joined: Mon Mar 02, 2015 6:01 pm
Location: TX/Buda

in Buda TX:
First scout seen Feb 13th - when I lowered rack to seal vents and weatherize, a male martin flew-out. Hadn't seen any until then. I put some mealworms and hand warmer in gourd and he came back and I think stayed overnight, but was not there when I checked mid-afternoon on the 14th. Haven't seen any since.

Another 1-2 inches of snow falling now (5 days later) and a hard freeze again tonight, then the martins can come back. Its terrible this level of cold for so many days. Neither Martins nor us Central Texans were prepared for this, many went without heat or water.

Looking forward to sunny sky filled with martins!

All the best,
BW
2009-2013 a few visitors.
2014: 1 pair of SY love birds, 5 fledges; 2015: 7 pair, 34 Fldg; 2016: 12p/54F; 2017: 14p/71F;
2018: 24p/103F; 2019: 29p/130F; 2020: 38p/190F
Don Troha
Posts: 354
Joined: Fri Jul 08, 2011 2:14 pm
Location: Texas/Houston

Two Martins here thru 2/15. I attempted to feed them scrambled eggs by flipping and placing some inside the cavity entrance & they ignored it. Two males were huddled together in the same compartment at night to keep warm so I put hand warmers under the nest for them at night and that worked out okay. From 2/15 we were virtually without power for the next three days and with all the ice and snow outside it became unsafe to tend to the housing. I checked the cavities today (2/18) and all are empty, so I don't know if they survived. Will be watching to see if they return at night.

Other native birds are doing fine. Non-native Munias that came to the feeders seemed to be struggling to survive the cold. Two hummingbirds are here (Rufous and Anna's) and are doing fine. With temps in the teens on Monday and Tuesday the feeders kept freezing up and had to be swapped out and thawed every hour or so. Location west Houston.
2021 - 16 pair, 50 fledged
2020 - 16 pair, 70 fledged
2019 - 14 pair, 61 fledged
2018 - 15 pair, 63 fledged
2017 - 11 pair, 46 fledged
2016 - 5 pair, 22 fledged
2015 - 3 pair, 13 fledged
2014 - 3 pair, 12 fledged
2013 - 3 pair, 12 fledged
2012 - 2 pair, 8 fledged
2011 - 1 pair, 2 fledged
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 I saw it coming...... my other two males have died in the gourd. So now I’m left with one female . She however is eating a lot all on her own. I work in maintenance at the hospital here and have been gone 12 hours a day so it was what you call here’s some food so eat. I didn’t have the time to force feed ,we have had hell with this ice and rain at work . Things freezing ,leaking,the city has no water pressure,we are pumping water from tankers to the boilers,chillers etc. nightmare. Anyway the female seems to be doing quite well so maybe she will make it.
brent
Posts: 488
Joined: Sat Feb 10, 2018 2:43 pm
Location: Raceland, Louisiana

I hope she makes it. Thinking of y'all all the time.
Brent
Roymg
Posts: 126
Joined: Thu Jan 29, 2009 12:05 pm
Location: Covngton, La

Haven't seen mine for three days and this morning with the sun out but cold not a peep from them. I will wait until Sunday when the temp is to 70 and lower the house to see if any are in there. Don't have any hope on that they made it unless they left flew South.
brent
Posts: 488
Joined: Sat Feb 10, 2018 2:43 pm
Location: Raceland, Louisiana

Going to lower houses today to remove any dead birds and to put warmers for what I hope is the last cold night. Lost many birds and see many weak ones. Not looking good.
Brent
Thomabear
Posts: 32
Joined: Tue Jun 02, 2020 10:10 am
Location: Cut Off, Louisiana

Had 6 casualties so far including one I found on the ground and was force feeding. Had 8 live birds on the porch this morning after the sun came out and the temp rose to 45 degrees. 3-4 looked like they were moving OK and grooming themselves. They took off with a decent amount of energy after the temp reached 47 degrees. Hopefully they can find food today and return tonight. In light of flipping and installing feeding trays with scrambles eggs and moistened mealworms in both trays and cavity entrances they haven't taken any or not enough food to notice since the onset of the weather. Weather is improving so hopefully my birds have enough energy left to turn the corner.
2019- 6 Pair, 31 Hatched, 30 Fledged
2020- 8 Pair, 38 Hatched, 32 Fledged
2021- 10 Pair, 51 Hatched, 39 Fledged
2021- HOSP (Repeating Trap/Mararder Pellet Rifle) count to date 121, Starlings 2

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C.C.Martins
Posts: 1247
Joined: Fri Apr 14, 2017 11:15 am
Location: Corpus Christi Tx
Martin Colony History: 2016- Visitors.
2017- 5 pair. 15 fledged
2018- 18 pair. 85 fledged
2019- 17 pair. 81 fledged
2020- 25 pair. 111 fledged
2021- 28 pair. 118 fledged
Home colony: mix natural, super and excluder gourds, enlarged compartment house. All SREH.
Satellite colony: Oso Bay Preserve: 12 PMCA excluder gourds, 6 room trio mini castle with enlarged compartments.
2019: Visitors
2020: 3 pair, 11 fledged
2021: 10 pair, 30 fledged
PMCA member

Checked front gourds last night, they were all packing into one gourd night before last. No birds at all, fully intended to take them in despite having no heat in the darn house Looked on the ground, dead dove no martins.
Have not checked the back gourds or house...will today. Fear the worst there. However, there is a chance they located with one of the larger colonies nearby.

Sunny and warmer today and wife is watching for them so we shall see.

Feels like its been months of this.
Tom
PMCA member, believer in nest checks, venting, SREH and pest/predator protection.
TS Wilson
Posts: 8
Joined: Fri Jun 08, 2012 1:52 pm
Location: LA / Natchitoches

Just lowered my rack and found 2 males and 2 females dead. All 4 were in the most south facing gourd. I had already placed a healthy bed of pine straw before they got here but it wasn't enough. They had no chance with this crazy weather here in Louisiana this year. Had 9 pair last year so hopefully the colony will survive. Good luck to those still fending off this weather.
Terry
C.C.Martins
Posts: 1247
Joined: Fri Apr 14, 2017 11:15 am
Location: Corpus Christi Tx
Martin Colony History: 2016- Visitors.
2017- 5 pair. 15 fledged
2018- 18 pair. 85 fledged
2019- 17 pair. 81 fledged
2020- 25 pair. 111 fledged
2021- 28 pair. 118 fledged
Home colony: mix natural, super and excluder gourds, enlarged compartment house. All SREH.
Satellite colony: Oso Bay Preserve: 12 PMCA excluder gourds, 6 room trio mini castle with enlarged compartments.
2019: Visitors
2020: 3 pair, 11 fledged
2021: 10 pair, 30 fledged
PMCA member

Sorry Terry. Thats a lot at once.
Tom
PMCA member, believer in nest checks, venting, SREH and pest/predator protection.
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