Loiuisian 17 miles North Lake Charles

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Joe Guidry
Posts: 34
Joined: Tue May 02, 2006 9:10 pm
Location: S. W. La.

had four arrived about two weeks ago and that is it, Last year had a bunch, offering free rent, HBO, AC, free food and the list goes on and on but no shows, are others seeing less birds, this is so disappointing, are others seeing less birds this year, Joe
Joe G.
Posts: 122
Joined: Tue Mar 17, 2015 2:43 pm
Location: OH/Athens
Martin Colony History: I have had my martin colony on the dam of one of my ponds for nine years. The colony has grown each year, but I am now concentrating on helping friends and acquaintances who have shown interests in martins. My colony consists of three T-14's with 8 Troyer gourds attatched to each T-14, a Troyer gourd rack with 12 gourds, and another gourd rack with 18 Troyer gourds for a total of 96 nest cavities. I am having serious predation issues with hawks and owls and am experimenting with various hawk guards and "screens". Established successful supplemental feeding last season during late march and had a blast flipping mostly meal worms and some crickets. Faculty from Ohio University are using my colony as a research site to study parasites that target cavity nesting birds. In exchange for access to my bird trail nest boxes and martin housing, they are banding all birds involved in their study.

Good offerings for those picky martins! Maybe they are Tiger fans...offer Joe Burreaux autographs!

Mike "Bird" Wren
Posts: 702
Joined: Thu Jan 19, 2017 11:15 pm
Location: Plano, Texas
Martin Colony History: See Signature

There's been a lot of birds in central LA around Boyce as PMDavid will attest to. In the beginning I've heard a lot of activity in Southern LA but not lately. I hope those guys chime in soon.

BTW. Are you familiar with a meat store called Lake Charles Poultry? My best buddies uncle owns that place.

2016 - late to put up, many visitors
2017 - 1 pair, 3 fledged
2018- 2 pair, 12 fledged
2019 - 4 pair, 21 fledged
2020 - 15 pair, 67 fledged
Posts: 509
Joined: Wed May 16, 2018 8:50 pm
Location: Boyce,Louisiana
Martin Colony History: 2018 1 lone nut and lots of visitors
2019 6 pair -21fledged
2020 18 pair -60 fledged
2021......to be seen.
24 natural gourds on a satellite rack,9 other gourds scattered around
2-12 compartment trio houses
Rarely see a sparrow or starling,but when I do they don’t last long!
Will have a second satellite rack for the 2022 season and phase out the houses,the martins here strongly prefer natural gourds.

Welcome Guidry. I can’t image you having a shortage of birds down there. The terrain there is very suitable for martins. They seem to really like the coastal area. Are all your accommodations the same ,or has it been moved or anything? If not then I would start looking at maybe predator problems. Got any sparrow or starlings? Maybe step back and take a close inventory of things,in your area your bird count should grow well. There seems to be plenty of birds up this way,I was lucky enough to double from six or seven pair up to about twelve pair this year. That’s a conservative count I can’t seem to count em all together they won’t be still! Have a close look from all aspects and maybe something will show itself. Are there rat snakes around you there ,that’s a possible problem. Good luck I hope you figure it out.
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