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AnnieM
Posts: 183
Joined: Mon Feb 06, 2012 3:57 pm
Location: Spring Branch/Canyon Lake ~ Mystic Shores, Comal County, TX
Martin Colony History: 2012 - 4 pair
2013 - 11 pair
2014 - 12 pair
2015 - 14 pair
2016 - Arrival Feb 28 - 17 pair
2017 - Full house for first time. 24 gourds all occupied. :-)

Been meaning to post this since October... my sweet husband likes to give me a hard time about my "birds" and all the work they need. But he is always right there to figure out a way to set up speakers on timers with environmental sounds for the owls, or set up webcams so I can watch my birds over the Internet when we are away from home, and best of all help me CLEAN and put away my gourds at the end of the season. Here's to all of us who have our own PM helpers. We know they love our martins just as much as we do. :) :) :)
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2012 - 4 pair
2013 - 11 pair
2014 - 12 pair
2015 - 14 pair
2016 - Arrival Feb 29/17 pair
2017 - Full house first time-24 gourds all occupied :)
apundt-TX
Posts: 983
Joined: Thu Jan 22, 2004 7:34 pm
Location: Dripping Springs, Texas
Martin Colony History: :
Starting over in 2018
9 pair 2017
17 pair 2015
12 pair 2014
8 pair 2013
5 pair 2012
2 pair 2011

That's so cool to have him work with you.
I wish my wife was interested in martins.
She just thinks I am a little too nuts over this bird.
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racks:CUE AAA-16, PMCA Multipurpose pole , S&K EZ-Lift, Lonestar/Songbird Essentials, CUE 12 gourd rack
gourds: S&K gourds, Supergourds, Troyer horizontals, Naturalines, few naturals
housing: S&K great 8, TRIO M12K, Coates/BirdsChoice 8 room wateresdge
sdsteil-IA
Posts: 85
Joined: Sat Nov 29, 2003 7:13 pm
Location: Iowa/Keystone
Martin Colony History: 2020 - First nesting pair.
2002 - 2019 - Trying

My wife found us a 18 acre farm with a 1 acre pond in 2011. I like to think she did this to help me attract PMs. I am still trying to attract my 1st nesting pair. I have had numerous visitors but no takers. My wife has traveled with me to pick up a new used gourd rack, Trio Grandpa and Grandma houses and has help me get the poles installed last fall. She has always been there to give me support when I get discouraged in the years past when I don't get a nesting pair. Not sure how I could keep going with out her support.

With her support I will be able to have the following new houses up - used 24 gourd rack, two used Grandpa houses, three Grandma houses and a 6 compartment Trio House. These house will be in addition to my current T-14 house.

I will be putting up 12 Tree Swallow houses with the extra PM gourds that I was able to purchase. Hopefully, they choose these houses over my Bluebird houses.

I give thanks every day to a wife God provide me!

Cheer David
2020 - 1 nesting pair
2012-2019 - 0 nesting pairs
2011 - Bought 18 acre farm with a 1 acre pond
2008-2010 – 0 nesting pairs
2007 – 1 nesting pair. Female died trying to lay 4th egg
2002 - 2006. 0 nesting pairs
AnnieM
Posts: 183
Joined: Mon Feb 06, 2012 3:57 pm
Location: Spring Branch/Canyon Lake ~ Mystic Shores, Comal County, TX
Martin Colony History: 2012 - 4 pair
2013 - 11 pair
2014 - 12 pair
2015 - 14 pair
2016 - Arrival Feb 28 - 17 pair
2017 - Full house for first time. 24 gourds all occupied. :-)

AP, I know you are just up the road from me (we're about 15 minutes SE of Blanco), so we look for our martins about the same time. It's ok that your wife thinks u r a little "off" re your PMs. If that's your worst vice, then u r ok! :grin:
And David, your farm sounds terrific! I know your martins will come. I was lucky and got mine the next year after a neighbor sold his home and moved to Houston. He had a large colony and they were looking for a place to live the next spring. You have a lot more housing than we do; we have only 24 and that's going to be it. So we are "small but mighty" here in the Texas Hill Country! :grin:
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2012 - 4 pair
2013 - 11 pair
2014 - 12 pair
2015 - 14 pair
2016 - Arrival Feb 29/17 pair
2017 - Full house first time-24 gourds all occupied :)
EGunterTX
Posts: 91
Joined: Wed May 09, 2012 3:09 pm
Location: Texas/New Braunfels/Canyon Lake

Hey, Annie-- You have your homes all set up?
The last 3 years, I've seen them about Feb 11 (average), but they seem to just pass through.
Getting close. Probably get homes out of the attic in the next week.
Happy New Year!
'18-- 8 nests, 39 eggs, 19 fledged
'17-- 10 nests, 40 eggs, 38 fledged
'16-- 9 nests, 47 eggs, 41 fledged
'15-- 9 nests, 42 eggs, 21 fledged
'14-- 8 nests, 38 eggs, 35 fledged
'13-- 5 nests, 23 eggs, 19 fledged
'12-- 4 nests, 19 eggs, 13 fledged
Jose Rodriguez
Posts: 692
Joined: Tue Mar 11, 2014 10:34 am
Location: FL/Belleview

I agree with you on that Annie! My wife seams to think I spend too much time at our Martin site , but she is right there helping to maintain our site and coming up with new ideas. Don't know where I would be without her! Good luck this season everyone!
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JeanS
Posts: 115
Joined: Sun Jan 14, 2007 9:08 pm
Location: Sugar Land, TX
Martin Colony History: 2002 -Coates metal houses- about 18 pairs
2005 - Added a gourd rack- many more pairs
2007 - Added another gourd rack, gave the Coates houses away
2008-2015 - Experimented with many gourds & a few racks (its a sickness) fledged over 200 chicks/year. Hubby keeps records, not me. :-)
2016 - 64 gourds and expect most will be occupied

Aww, that is so sweet to give him credit. I think I know exactly how your husband feels. :-) Around here, I'm the helper. I love the Purple Martins and enjoy sharing the hobby with my husband. But he is the one that worries about predation, mites, weather, nest checks, nest changes, sparrow/starling control, etc. It kind of drives me nuts in a special and awesome way. I'm really happy right now knowing the Purple Martins could arrive in Sugar Land, Texas any day now. I'm ready to help be a good landlord, even though I may roll my eyes about it more often than I should. :-)
Jean S
2002 - Coates metal houses- about 18 pairs
2005-2007 - added a gourd rack, then another gourd rack = many more pairs
2008-2015 - Experimented with many gourds & a few racks (its a sickness) fledged over 200 chicks/year
2016 - 64 gourds and expect most will be occupied
AnnieM
Posts: 183
Joined: Mon Feb 06, 2012 3:57 pm
Location: Spring Branch/Canyon Lake ~ Mystic Shores, Comal County, TX
Martin Colony History: 2012 - 4 pair
2013 - 11 pair
2014 - 12 pair
2015 - 14 pair
2016 - Arrival Feb 28 - 17 pair
2017 - Full house for first time. 24 gourds all occupied. :-)

EGunterTX wrote:Hey, Annie-- You have your homes all set up?
The last 3 years, I've seen them about Feb 11 (average), but they seem to just pass through.
Getting close. Probably get homes out of the attic in the next week.
Happy New Year!
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Ed, the gourds are stowed in the shed and will stay there til around Valentine's Day. Then when we have a nice, warm day, I'll get them out. I have pine straw ready to go. Before I do that, I'll have to get out there with the string trimmer. The Little Blue Stem is waist high around the gourd racks. Last year I didn't see any scouts here...unusual. You always get them before we do so when I see a post from New Braunfels, I'll start looking up. Take care!
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2012 - 4 pair
2013 - 11 pair
2014 - 12 pair
2015 - 14 pair
2016 - Arrival Feb 29/17 pair
2017 - Full house first time-24 gourds all occupied :)
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