First bird of the season

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LauraR
Posts: 20
Joined: Sat Feb 13, 2021 5:53 pm
Location: Cape Coral, Florida

Yesterday morning, at 9:00 am, a female stayed for about 1 hour. I watched her go inside the new starling resistant hole. Was glad to see her back this morning and it looks like she is staying. Only her so far. Will keep you posted.
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

Congrats on your arrival, sounds like she took to that entry very well.
Hope you have a good season!
Tom
PMCA member, believer in nest checks, venting, SREH and pest/predator protection.
SSMartin
Posts: 314
Joined: Sun Jul 21, 2019 6:05 pm
Location: FL

Based on your location and time of year are you sure it’s not a SY male? They will still have a grayish belly. Either way congrats!
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.

It's possible that it may be an Sy male, they look a lot like females. Listen for the clicking sound at the end of the song, only males make it. Subadult males should be exploring Florida now to start new colonies.
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.
LauraR
Posts: 20
Joined: Sat Feb 13, 2021 5:53 pm
Location: Cape Coral, Florida

Day number three: This same bird (the one and only) has been staying at the birdhouse....totaling 2 overnight stays. It hangs around until 9 - 10 am then comes back in the evening and stays overnight. I don't see any signs of it making a nest yet. Can someone please tell me if it is a female Purple Martin or a SY male?
1st Purple Martin of 2021
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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.

Laura ,that is a sy male. Note the couple of feathers on the breast. Sy males will have one ,two,three single male feathers of the purple color. Sometimes down low towards the tail,sometimes a couple scattered on the breast,the rest of the body looking like a female. When he returns next year he should be all colored in and the following deeply colored and black winged. Let’s hope he gets out and finds himself a female and gets you goin. Good luck
deancamp
Posts: 682
Joined: Wed Mar 16, 2016 9:17 pm
Location: Raymore, MO

Very well said David
Jeff Dean
Dave Duit
Posts: 1955
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.

Hi Laura,
Congrats on your SY male. He sure is handsome.
Mite control, heat venting, predator protection and additional feeding during bad weather add up to success.
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

I hope he will be a good advocate for you and draw lots of company.
Tom
PMCA member, believer in nest checks, venting, SREH and pest/predator protection.
SSMartin
Posts: 314
Joined: Sun Jul 21, 2019 6:05 pm
Location: FL

Laura,

He will not build a nest unless he can attract a female.
LauraR
Posts: 20
Joined: Sat Feb 13, 2021 5:53 pm
Location: Cape Coral, Florida

It definitely is a male because there is a clicking sound at the end of his song. He's back again today and so much fun to watch and listen to. I did a short video of him singing but wasn't able to attach it to this message. Still working on that.
SSMartin
Posts: 314
Joined: Sun Jul 21, 2019 6:05 pm
Location: FL

Laura,

Has he brought anymore visitors to your site yet?
LauraR
Posts: 20
Joined: Sat Feb 13, 2021 5:53 pm
Location: Cape Coral, Florida

No new visitors yet. I saw a couple of Purple Martins flying around the house this morning. I’m hoping that it is the male trying to attract a female. Will keep you posted.
Matt F.
Posts: 3924
Joined: Mon Feb 28, 2005 9:48 am
Location: Houston, TX

So cool you have that SY male working for you now!
What is also really cool is how you where able to place the Clinger entrance plates directly over the Nature House round/keyhole entrances, and the SY male is able to go in and out with no problem. There's always a concern that the original holes need to be cut larger (usually wider) to accommodate a starling-resistant entrance being placed over it. In this case - it appears that's not necessary, making what you did a great, easy option for folks looking to deal with starlings.
LauraR
Posts: 20
Joined: Sat Feb 13, 2021 5:53 pm
Location: Cape Coral, Florida

Yes, I was concerned about the fit over the old holes but I didn’t have the tools to make the openings larger. My bird house was left by the prior owner, I believe it is a Trio. I researched the replacement doors and it would have cost $56.00 plus shipping and would take 3-4 weeks for delivery. The time was getting close for the Martins to arrive. So I found the plates for $0.99 each at S&K Manufacturing online with 1 week delivery. All I had to do was drill some holes, get a few screws and put the plates on. It worked great for a fix under $25 with the timing I needed.

My SY male is out there this morning singing along working hard to attract a mate. I saw a couple of Starlings but they didn’t get inside and the Martin shooed them away.

How long do the Purple Martins stay? Is it too late for them to make a nest now?
sugarcreek
Posts: 232
Joined: Sun Mar 27, 2016 10:43 am
Location: Sugarcreek, Ohio
Martin Colony History: 2016 First Yr.

Not to late for the SY to mate and nest in Florida....Congrats and hoping he finds a mate soon...
2016 - 14 Compartments 4 Active Nests 9 fledged, 2.25 Fledged per Active Nest
2017 - 36 Compartments 18 Active Nests 65 Fledged, 3.61 Fledged per Active Nest
2018 - 54 Compartments 43 Active Nests 169 Fledged, 3.93 Fledged per Active Nest
2019 - 108 Compartments 67 Active Nests 209 Fledged, 3.12 Fledged per Active Nest
2020 - 108 Compartments 72 Active Nests 243 Fledged, 3.38 Fledged per Active Nest
2021 - 110 Compartments
LauraR
Posts: 20
Joined: Sat Feb 13, 2021 5:53 pm
Location: Cape Coral, Florida

It’s been a week and still no mate yet or any other birds in the birdhouse,. Just the one and only SY male. He works hard all day searching for his mate. He comes back every night around 8:00 p.m. and spends the night in the house. He has the whole place to himself. I look forward to seeing him every morning and hearing him sing. I just hope he finds a mate soon.

Is a week considered a long time for mating?
LauraR
Posts: 20
Joined: Sat Feb 13, 2021 5:53 pm
Location: Cape Coral, Florida

Making progress. The male found a mate today. He is trying to get her to go inside the birdhouse. He goes inside and calls to her. So much fun to watch. She is flying overhead and landed on the house once. He’s working hard, hopefully he can get her to stay.
deancamp
Posts: 682
Joined: Wed Mar 16, 2016 9:17 pm
Location: Raymore, MO

I agree it is entertaining to watch how it all goes down. She is playing hard to get, no doubt. He will win her over.
Jeff Dean
SSMartin
Posts: 314
Joined: Sun Jul 21, 2019 6:05 pm
Location: FL

Fingers crossed she stays.
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