Haven't seen a martin on my colony in 10 days so my season is over. Birds are hanging somewhere local eating bugs and getting ready for the flight south. So here is a summary of what happened at Mike's colony.
My 54 gourds on three racks (6,24,24) produced 214 eggs, 184 hatchlings and 168 fledglings. Egg to fledge ratio was 78.5% and hatchling to fledge ratio was 91.3%. Happy with these numbers. Did have 9 gourds (17%) that had no activity.
Storm back in April toppled rack 1. Lost 27 eggs but the birds laid a replacement. Bless their little hearts. Mites no issue thanks to Sevin and a puffer. Rain storms didn't result in any wet nests so none were replaced. Any mites visible on my weekly nest checks were given a puff - mites be gone. Had a Coopers Hawk eliminate an ASY female early in the season but all God's creatures gotta eat. No house sparrows nor starlings at my site and I've just finished my 4th season. There are horses kept on the properties around my place and those stables with their feed, hay, etc. attract sparrows and starlings. Can't explain why I haven't seen these pests in four seasons. Knock on wood.
Hope all you landlords out there did well this season. I'm going to replace my 6-gourd tri-tel with a 24 gourd set up of my own amazing design and be ready for nest season with 72 units. But I'll never catch Steve. He's got over 400 units!
In only 6 months I'll be searching the skies for martins for the 2022 season!
Happy Martining, Mike
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- Joined: Sat Dec 30, 2017 3:40 pm
- Location: Palm City, FL
- Martin Colony History: 2018 will be my first try. 6 S&K B09s. 29 eggs - 8 fledged
2019 - 12 Troyer Horizontals with tunnels, 6 S&K B09s and 12 B011s all with tunnels. 43 eggs - 36 fledged
2020 - Rack 1 - 6 B011s, Rack 2 - 24 B011s, and Rack 3 - 24 Troyer Horizontals. All gourds have tunnels, porches and crescent/Conley 11 entrances; racks have predator guards. 161 eggs - 88 fledged.
2021 - 54 gourds-214 eggs, 184 hatched, 168 fledged.