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BloomingtonMartin
Posts: 1
Joined: Sat Jun 12, 2021 8:59 am
Location: Bloomington, IN

I've been a negligent landlord in recent years. This year I'm trying to do a bit better.
In early April, I noticed that there were A LOT of martins around my gourds. I began to think I might be nearly at capacity.
One thing I did early this year was order vented caps to use in the heat of summer. lowered the racks this weekend to swap in the vented caps and checked nests while they were down.
Results: Pole #1 -- 24 gourds. 1 showed signs of nesting activity, but no eggs. The other 23 all had eggs and/or hatchlings.
Pole #2 -- 1 gourd had a single martin egg and 4 of another species. I suspect someone got evicted. The other 23 had eggs and/or hatchlings.

There are still A LOT of birds. Can't wait to see what the sky looks like when the "kids" fledge.

I think I'll be ordering another pole and 24 more gourds this fall for next year.
flyin-lowe
Posts: 3158
Joined: Wed Mar 29, 2006 8:49 am
Location: Indiana/Henry Co.

Congrats on the success, the more Hoosier landlords the better. I added a new gourd rack to my colony this past offseason and they filled it up very quickly.
2021 Currently 62 nest 138 babies plus 110 eggs (6-317-21) HOSP count-9
2020 42 nest, Fledged 164 HOSP count-8
2019- 31 Pair over 100 fledged
2018- 15 pair 49 fledged
2017 3 SY pair nested, 12 eggs total, fledged 10. 4 additional lone SY's
2016 1 pair fledged 4
2015 Visitors
2014 Visitors
2013 Moved 6 miles away, 1 pair fledged 2.
2012 30 pair fledged 100.
2011 12 pair 43 fledged.
2010 5 pair 14 fledged.
flyin-lowe
Posts: 3158
Joined: Wed Mar 29, 2006 8:49 am
Location: Indiana/Henry Co.

Congrats on the success, the more Hoosier landlords the better. I added a new gourd rack to my colony this past offseason and they filled it up very quickly.
2021 Currently 62 nest 138 babies plus 110 eggs (6-317-21) HOSP count-9
2020 42 nest, Fledged 164 HOSP count-8
2019- 31 Pair over 100 fledged
2018- 15 pair 49 fledged
2017 3 SY pair nested, 12 eggs total, fledged 10. 4 additional lone SY's
2016 1 pair fledged 4
2015 Visitors
2014 Visitors
2013 Moved 6 miles away, 1 pair fledged 2.
2012 30 pair fledged 100.
2011 12 pair 43 fledged.
2010 5 pair 14 fledged.
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