Hawk Attack-It never ends

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Thomabear
Posts: 32
Joined: Tue Jun 02, 2020 10:10 am
Location: Cut Off, Louisiana

So my colony has been hit with late freezing temperatures taking out several pairs. When that passed the Hawk and Owl attacks started taking out more birds. After that stopped I had some nests perish due to loss of parent(s). Now this gulf developing storm sent a very brief squall of high winds and rain causing 3 due fledglings to jump and subsequently taken by the weather. So now I'm sitting here this morning and watching a nest fledge in milder wind and clearing skies. I'm thinking to myself this is worth the effort to be able to see a goal somewhat become achieved (Almost). As I'm watching this nest fledge with a pair of binoculars, right before my eyes I witness a hawk take one off the porch and to the ground. When I ran outside he took off with baby in hand. Its almost like this hawk was waiting his turn to pick up the baton and continue the destruction. I need these birds to fledge and for 2021 to be over. I never thought I would say that...
2019- 6 Pair, 31 Hatched, 30 Fledged
2020- 8 Pair, 38 Hatched, 32 Fledged
2021- 10 Pair, 51 Hatched, 39 Fledged
2021- HOSP (Repeating Trap/Mararder Pellet Rifle) count to date 121, Starlings 2

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brent
Posts: 488
Joined: Sat Feb 10, 2018 2:43 pm
Location: Raceland, Louisiana

Oh boy. I hear you. Tough year for us.
Brent
flyin-lowe
Posts: 3158
Joined: Wed Mar 29, 2006 8:49 am
Location: Indiana/Henry Co.

I can remember the first 5 years I was trying to start a colony. Always worried about trees, dawn song, trapping, hosp, watching for visitors etc. etc. etc. I always thought if I could just get a colony established I wouldn't have to worry any more. Than comes predators, mites, storms........it's great having a colony but there is always something to worry about.
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.
Martintown33
Posts: 145
Joined: Tue Jun 01, 2021 6:21 pm
Location: Laplace,La
Martin Colony History: 21 year colony. 2 s&k modified houses and gourd rack

Yep. This has been a tough year. I lost 10 pairs from the February freeze, despite , 6 days of flipping crickets, with no success. I haven’t had any hawk attacks, but I had to use an air horn several times, for the first time in 21 years, bcuz I can see hawks flying around. Lots of them this year. More than I’ve ever seen. Makes me wonder... with others in se la, talking about unusual amount of hawk attacks, if the 6 day freeze killed off much of their usual prey, so they’re going after pm houses more than usual. Just a thought. Don’t know if that’s why.
Sorry for your losses. It is a tough job at times.
Good luck,
Rob
Thomabear
Posts: 32
Joined: Tue Jun 02, 2020 10:10 am
Location: Cut Off, Louisiana

Yep, I've seen more hawks and owls this year than the last few years combined. I never had an attack until this year and after the earlier owl and hawk attacks I enclosed my porches with 4x4 hog panels. I'm not even sure if this helps because both the martins and predators use it for perching. The baby martin that was taken this morning was plucked right off the wire guard.
2019- 6 Pair, 31 Hatched, 30 Fledged
2020- 8 Pair, 38 Hatched, 32 Fledged
2021- 10 Pair, 51 Hatched, 39 Fledged
2021- HOSP (Repeating Trap/Mararder Pellet Rifle) count to date 121, Starlings 2

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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
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man, sorry. It doesn't end. thought 2020 was bad, guess it extends into 2021. sorry you had to witness that first hand, and to have the chick in your hand. almost over...and your right, its almost a sigh of relief when they go.
Tom
PMCA member, believer in nest checks, venting, SREH and pest/predator protection.
Martintown33
Posts: 145
Joined: Tue Jun 01, 2021 6:21 pm
Location: Laplace,La
Martin Colony History: 21 year colony. 2 s&k modified houses and gourd rack

Agree. This has been a brutal year. Was thinking the same thing as you guys... kind of want it to be over for this season too.. Feel like I’ve been thru an emotion grinder! But I know we will all eagerly be waiting their return in February...!.
Why do we do it?!!!
Jones4381
Posts: 102
Joined: Sat Apr 25, 2020 10:54 pm
Location: Rocky Mount VA
Martin Colony History: Newbie 51 years old 2020 and stumbled onto this by accident. Amazing bird. Just wanna help and give/receive happiness and be one with nature. Don't mind shooting an intruder of any kind though. Have a blessed day.

June 18 2021...3 hatchlings. New colony creation established

Doing good and knowing thats right never gets old. Compassion is an incredible trait...Cool string. peace. The Martins and I thank you.
51 year old HY beginner. Year 1 for me!
Thomabear
Posts: 32
Joined: Tue Jun 02, 2020 10:10 am
Location: Cut Off, Louisiana

Jones4381 wrote:
Sat Jun 19, 2021 6:12 pm
Doing good and knowing thats right never gets old. Compassion is an incredible trait...Cool string. peace. The Martins and I thank you.
Very true! While this season had its setbacks I gained quite a bit of knowledge from both folks here and my personal experiences. Mitigation plans are already in place for next year. Martintown33 said it well... We will soon be looking forward to next February.
2019- 6 Pair, 31 Hatched, 30 Fledged
2020- 8 Pair, 38 Hatched, 32 Fledged
2021- 10 Pair, 51 Hatched, 39 Fledged
2021- HOSP (Repeating Trap/Mararder Pellet Rifle) count to date 121, Starlings 2

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