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Whippy
Posts: 856
Joined: Thu Jan 19, 2017 11:15 pm
Location: Plano, Texas
Martin Colony History: See Signature

It's party time in Plano.
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2016 - late to put up, many visitors
2017 - 1 pair, 3 fledged
2018- 2 pair, 12 fledged
2019 - 4 pair, 21 fledged
2020 - 15 pair, 67 fledged
Unk Bond
Posts: 287
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 Whippy
Very nice. After observing your umbrella type gourd rack. A thought came to mine. You gourd rack allows a lot of bird perching. Where as my straight gourd rods allows very little perching. That might B why my birds don't show any interest in my gourds What the name of your rack. A again very nice. [ Later
Whippy
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Joined: Thu Jan 19, 2017 11:15 pm
Location: Plano, Texas
Martin Colony History: See Signature

Unk Bond wrote:
Wed Apr 28, 2021 3:09 pm
Hello Whippy
Very nice. After observing your umbrella type gourd rack. A thought came to mine. You gourd rack allows a lot of bird perching. Where as my straight gourd rods allows very little perching. That might B why my birds don't show any interest in my gourds What the name of your rack. A again very nice. [ Later
Hey, UNK.

That's a 16 gourd fountain rack from S&K Manufacturing. As you look close at it I've added a whole lot more to it over the years. The curved pieces had to be re-enforced to prevent them from bobbing up and down in the wind which added perch space as a result. This year I re-enforced the lower arms to prevent the same bobbing up and down. That also provided perch space. But, more importantly, I added lengths of dowel rod in places where I could to add more perch space. I also added perches to the top of most gourds. You'll see the short 6 8 inch pieces just above each entrance.

You can zoom in on the photo to see where all the perches are attached to their foundation.

I added perch rods to my Trio Wade and have pretty good perches on my T-14. What I've witnessed is the Martins like to perch just above the entrance to their gourd so they can see in a little bit and be able to pop in easily. Right now a male will perch above the gourd while a female is inspecting his room. He also uses that perch to beat off any intruders.

Thank you,

Coolwhips
2016 - late to put up, many visitors
2017 - 1 pair, 3 fledged
2018- 2 pair, 12 fledged
2019 - 4 pair, 21 fledged
2020 - 15 pair, 67 fledged
C.C.Martins
Posts: 1118
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

Hey whippy,
That is a very nice picture of contentment. And peace. relieved they are doing good, looks like they have settled down. glad that darn hawk is gone, have the other birds in the area started to show?
Tom
PMCA member, believer in nest checks, venting, SREH and pest/predator protection.
Unk Bond
Posts: 287
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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Whippy wrote:
Wed Apr 28, 2021 7:04 pm
Unk Bond wrote:
Wed Apr 28, 2021 3:09 pm
Hello Whippy
Very nice. After observing your umbrella type gourd rack. A thought came to mine. You gourd rack allows a lot of bird perching. Where as my straight gourd rods allows very little perching. That might B why my birds don't show any interest in my gourds What the name of your rack. A again very nice. [ Later
Hey, UNK.

That's a 16 gourd fountain rack from S&K Manufacturing. As you look close at it I've added a whole lot more to it over the years. The curved pieces had to be re-enforced to prevent them from bobbing up and down in the wind which added perch space as a result. This year I re-enforced the lower arms to prevent the same bobbing up and down. That also provided perch space. But, more importantly, I added lengths of dowel rod in places where I could to add more perch space. I also added perches to the top of most gourds. You'll see the short 6 8 inch pieces just above each entrance.

You can zoom in on the photo to see where all the perches are attached to their foundation.

I added perch rods to my Trio Wade and have pretty good perches on my T-14. What I've witnessed is the Martins like to perch just above the entrance to their gourd so they can see in a little bit and be able to pop in easily. Right now a male will perch above the gourd while a female is inspecting his room. He also uses that perch to beat off any intruders.

Thank you,

Coolwhips
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Hello Whippy
Thanks and Nice add on's good job. [ Later
Whippy
Posts: 856
Joined: Thu Jan 19, 2017 11:15 pm
Location: Plano, Texas
Martin Colony History: See Signature

C.C.Martins wrote:
Thu Apr 29, 2021 6:17 am
Hey whippy,
have the other birds in the area started to show?
Yes. Our Mockingbird is back, the cardinals and blue jays are back and I am seeing a lot more finches. The mourning doves have moved back to their nests as well.

Coolwhips
2016 - late to put up, many visitors
2017 - 1 pair, 3 fledged
2018- 2 pair, 12 fledged
2019 - 4 pair, 21 fledged
2020 - 15 pair, 67 fledged
C.C.Martins
Posts: 1118
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

Good!!! Now the locals can get down to business!
Tom
PMCA member, believer in nest checks, venting, SREH and pest/predator protection.
brent
Posts: 450
Joined: Sat Feb 10, 2018 2:43 pm
Location: Raceland, Louisiana

Same here Whippy. Martins are much more relaxed. Keeping my guard up though. Air horn in hand, out in the garden every morning, scarecrow up. Taking no chances. Much improved though.
Brent
SSMartin
Posts: 314
Joined: Sun Jul 21, 2019 6:05 pm
Location: FL

Looking good.
Love the rack.
deancamp
Posts: 672
Joined: Wed Mar 16, 2016 9:17 pm
Location: Raymore, MO

That's a cool picture. Glad to hear your hawk problem has moved on. Enjoy the rest of the Martin season.
Jeff Dean
C.C.Martins
Posts: 1118
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

Whippy,
Soon as I commented, went out to make sure alls well...heard the angry sound of a martin zipping and bombing something. Sure enough, a large hawk, don't think it was an accipeter, goes by with a bunch of martins buzzing him and a sea gull doing the same thing. Never saw a gull do that but he or she was keeping pace and sorta side swiping him. They are relaxed now.
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Tom
PMCA member, believer in nest checks, venting, SREH and pest/predator protection.
Whippy
Posts: 856
Joined: Thu Jan 19, 2017 11:15 pm
Location: Plano, Texas
Martin Colony History: See Signature

They do look at ease, C.C.

Perhaps that was a red tail hawk passing through. Maybe even a Mississippi kite. Let's hope anyways.

Now I just gotta get mine to start pairing up and nesting. I have a lot of SY birds coming in now having a look around so maybe they'll do something as well.

Will report on changes when they occur.

Coolwhips
2016 - late to put up, many visitors
2017 - 1 pair, 3 fledged
2018- 2 pair, 12 fledged
2019 - 4 pair, 21 fledged
2020 - 15 pair, 67 fledged
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