ASY nesting at a new colony?

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Purplemartinfan6
Posts: 11
Joined: Thu Apr 29, 2021 8:42 am
Location: Bell county Texas
Martin Colony History: 2021--12 pairs a mix of ASY and SY

I am new to martins and I just put out my S & K house about a month ago, and I now have 12 pair! but some of them are ASY martins paired with other ASY's and SY's. Is this unusual? why would ASY's nest at a colony only a month old? :???:
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

First year, 12 pair not bad! As far as the older birds, could be lots of reasons...they may have come from a broken down house, predators, could be land lords passed away or moved. My colony stared with one ASY pair, rest were subbies.
At any rate you have martins, congrats. Sounds like you have a great spot, wish you the best this season.
Tom
Tom
PMCA member, believer in nest checks, venting, SREH and pest/predator protection.
deancamp
Posts: 672
Joined: Wed Mar 16, 2016 9:17 pm
Location: Raymore, MO

That's great, instant colony. I think the advise that sy birds will start a new colony are inaccurate. I posed the question last year to landlords and it was 4 to 1 asy over sy bird starting their colony.
Jeff Dean
Purplemartinfan6
Posts: 11
Joined: Thu Apr 29, 2021 8:42 am
Location: Bell county Texas
Martin Colony History: 2021--12 pairs a mix of ASY and SY

Thank you both for your comments and Best wishes!
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

No problem, lots of folks wait years and years. Glad to hear your quick success. Keep the questions going as the season progresses, we love to help land lords and the martins raise young. You'll enjoy endless hours while they are here and endure the long wait when they go.
Tom
PMCA member, believer in nest checks, venting, SREH and pest/predator protection.
Spiderman
Posts: 822
Joined: Thu Jan 31, 2008 9:19 am
Location: Gladewater, Texas

People move frequently and take their Martin housing with them. Or get too old to clean out there gourds or maintain Martin houses.

It sounds like you are the Lucky recipient of this situation.
2008 - 33 PAIR - FLEDGED 96 YOUNG
2009 - 51 PAIR - FLEDGED 166 YOUNG
2010 - 45 PAIR - FLEDGED 146 YOUNG
2011 - 33 PAIR - 128 HATCHED, 97 FLEDGED
2012 - 37 PAIR - 119 HATCHED, 101 FLEDGED
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