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Dan G
Posts: 406
Joined: Thu Jun 12, 2014 7:52 pm
Location: PA/Bellefonte
Martin Colony History: Trying since 2014. Visitors, but no nests. Several colonies with in 6 mile radius.
2020- An SY male built a nest but could not attract a mate.

Saw my first Martin yesterday. An SY male. Seems comfortable with the T14. First time I have seen one going in an out of the Conley SRE. He wriggled a bit. I assume he was born in a cavity with such an opening. I’m playing daytime chatter. Still taking out starlings and sparrows when sighted. This is my eighth year of trying so I won’t get too excited. I prenest with Pine straw and have smeared some mud on openings.
Bellefonte PA
2014, 1st year-a few lookers, no nests
2015, 'Spot' SY male, here every day from 5-28 to 6-23
2016 added a perch wire between house and gourd rack
offering 22 cavities, T-14 plus 8 gourds
2016, multiple visitors from 6-20 on. Almost daily
2017- Lots of visitors late in season.
2018- Adding another T-14. Few visitors
2019- Hopeful but stopped holding my breath
2020-SY male built a nest.
2021- early visitors in May but left after two weeks.
ToyinPA
Posts: 2174
Joined: Mon Apr 10, 2006 6:07 pm
Location: PA/Avis
Martin Colony History: The 1972 St. Agnes flood wiped out all the Martins in my area. One day, in 1997-98, 5 or 6 Martins landed on the power wires crossing my back yard. I had no house for them. They kept coming back day after day. We got a martin house a few weeks later & they have been coming back every year since. I average 12-15 pair per year.

Hi Dan:

I hope he stays & you finally get a start. I haven't seen any SY Males yet, but have had SY females here.

Toy in PA
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tboydshirt
Posts: 73
Joined: Sun Feb 04, 2018 1:42 pm
Location: sugarcreek,ohio
Martin Colony History: new in 2017, but ready for lots of birds. 44 gourds and 40 t14 style holes
2019 more visitors than in the past and a long suffering SY male. each year enhancing the site and hoping for the future.

Dan, I'm in an identical situation. 7th year trying. 4 houses and a gourd rack. open flyways, pond, colonies nearby, keeping sparrows at bay, had an unpaired male last year, but nothing so far this year. I hope your male finds a mate who likes the spot. The next 3 weeks are critical. good luck.
Dan G
Posts: 406
Joined: Thu Jun 12, 2014 7:52 pm
Location: PA/Bellefonte
Martin Colony History: Trying since 2014. Visitors, but no nests. Several colonies with in 6 mile radius.
2020- An SY male built a nest but could not attract a mate.

Thanks. This is the earliest, I think, by a week or so that I have had a regular. He was here this morning at 630 and is just going from porch to porch on both houses and checking gourds as well. He doesn’t seem bothered by the barn swallows that swoop around. And the tree swallows are busy with their nests/young at a distance.
Toy. I lost your email when I retired(whoohooo) mine is dlgrieb22@gmail.com.
Tboyd, someday, as sure as god made little green apples, we will get martins. Haha. I stole that from Harry Carey when he said the Cubs would someday win the World Series.
Bellefonte PA
2014, 1st year-a few lookers, no nests
2015, 'Spot' SY male, here every day from 5-28 to 6-23
2016 added a perch wire between house and gourd rack
offering 22 cavities, T-14 plus 8 gourds
2016, multiple visitors from 6-20 on. Almost daily
2017- Lots of visitors late in season.
2018- Adding another T-14. Few visitors
2019- Hopeful but stopped holding my breath
2020-SY male built a nest.
2021- early visitors in May but left after two weeks.
Dan G
Posts: 406
Joined: Thu Jun 12, 2014 7:52 pm
Location: PA/Bellefonte
Martin Colony History: Trying since 2014. Visitors, but no nests. Several colonies with in 6 mile radius.
2020- An SY male built a nest but could not attract a mate.

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I have had a couple regular visitors. Even a ASY male for a few days, but haven't seen him lately. I took this picture this morning. I thought I saw an SY female a few days ago when two martins were here at the same time. Could this be a female?
Bellefonte PA
2014, 1st year-a few lookers, no nests
2015, 'Spot' SY male, here every day from 5-28 to 6-23
2016 added a perch wire between house and gourd rack
offering 22 cavities, T-14 plus 8 gourds
2016, multiple visitors from 6-20 on. Almost daily
2017- Lots of visitors late in season.
2018- Adding another T-14. Few visitors
2019- Hopeful but stopped holding my breath
2020-SY male built a nest.
2021- early visitors in May but left after two weeks.
deancamp
Posts: 682
Joined: Wed Mar 16, 2016 9:17 pm
Location: Raymore, MO

Looks like an asy female to me bringing in nesting material.
Jeff Dean
Conrad Baker
Posts: 452
Joined: Fri Jan 12, 2007 7:43 pm
Location: Paulina, Louisiana

I agree. Looks like a mama to me.
ToyinPA
Posts: 2174
Joined: Mon Apr 10, 2006 6:07 pm
Location: PA/Avis
Martin Colony History: The 1972 St. Agnes flood wiped out all the Martins in my area. One day, in 1997-98, 5 or 6 Martins landed on the power wires crossing my back yard. I had no house for them. They kept coming back day after day. We got a martin house a few weeks later & they have been coming back every year since. I average 12-15 pair per year.

Dan:
Yep that's an ASY Female. Looks like she is nest building. Congrats :).

Dan you can reach me at: tergott@comcast.net

Toy in PA
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