When they appear out of nowhere

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dsonyay
Posts: 1303
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 think I’ve posted about this before..

Sometimes I’ll walk out in the back yard and it’s very quiet.. I look up and around and see nothing.

But as I walk under the gourd rack.. a bunch of martins seem to appear out of nowhere,, it’s really interesting to me how they’ll spot something around the gourd rack from very far away and fly back to investigate.


Broussard La
C.C.Martins
Posts: 1143
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

Yep. Just when u think the coast is clear to do what you need to do here they come.
Tom
PMCA member, believer in nest checks, venting, SREH and pest/predator protection.
brent
Posts: 457
Joined: Sat Feb 10, 2018 2:43 pm
Location: Raceland, Louisiana

I know exactly what you're saying. I say that they're coming to say hello. They want to be around us as we want to be around them. I've come to expect it. It does flatter me and I cherish it.🙂
Brent
C.C.Martins
Posts: 1143
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

Well said.
Tom
PMCA member, believer in nest checks, venting, SREH and pest/predator protection.
mwren
Posts: 142
Joined: Tue Mar 17, 2015 2:43 pm
Location: OH/Athens
Martin Colony History: I have had my martin colony on the dam of one of my ponds for nine years. The colony has grown each year, but I am now concentrating on helping friends and acquaintances who have shown interests in martins. My colony consists of three T-14's with 8 Troyer gourds attatched to each T-14, a Troyer gourd rack with 12 gourds, and another gourd rack with 18 Troyer gourds for a total of 96 nest cavities. I am having serious predation issues with hawks and owls and am experimenting with various hawk guards and "screens". Established successful supplemental feeding the last few seasons and have had a blast flipping mostly meal worms and some crickets. Faculty from Ohio University are using my colony as a research site to study parasites that target cavity nesting birds. In exchange for access to my bird trail nest boxes and martin housing, they are banding all birds involved in their study.

If you really want to have fun, add flipping meal worms to your morning or afternoon "meeting" with your martins as you walk around your colony.

Bird
Mike "Bird" Wren
dsonyay
Posts: 1303
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)

mwren wrote:
Sat Apr 03, 2021 4:01 am
If you really want to have fun, add flipping meal worms to your morning or afternoon "meeting" with your martins as you walk around your colony.

Bird
That’s a great idea.. I love when they fly in when I appear to get close to gourd rack and they stay around the whole time (most of them) so it would be fun to observe how they react to flipping crickets.
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