Need answers

Welcome to the internet's gathering place for Purple Martin enthusiasts
Post Reply
Posts: 52
Joined: Mon Apr 23, 2007 1:02 pm
Location: Ohio/Dresden

We are in southeastern Ohio, and most of my colony has left to migrate. I have three active nests. Two of those have young at least 20 days old, as they are out on the porches begging for food. But I haven't seen young in the third, although the parents are feeding. On July 7, these three nests all had eggs only.
I am fearful that the adults will leave before the young fledge due to the urge to migrate and because most of the colony is gone. Does this happen? I'm terrified!!! What would I do if the adults leave??
Thanks for any help
Posts: 24
Joined: Thu May 24, 2018 8:38 am
Location: Corolla, NC

I wouldn't worry too much. I had one cavity that lagged more than 2 weeks beyond the rest this year. The parents kept feeding until yesterday, when there was a small party and the fledgelings left the nest. It was kind of weird. 12/14 cavities had nests this year, and 11 of them fledged all at once (big party!). And then there was this lonely little pair of chicks...
Posts: 2959
Joined: Wed Mar 29, 2006 8:49 am
Location: Indiana/Henry Co.

I am sure it has happened as nothing is set in stone with mother nature but I have never heard of martins abandoning active nest due to their urge to migrate south. If I had parents that stopped returning to a nest that had young that have not fledged I would assume they (parents) were killed.
2020 Currently 42 nest, 110 babies, 64 eggs left to hatch(6-22-20) HOSP count-8
2019- 31 Pair over 100 fledged
2018- 15 pair last count 49 fledged
2017 3 SY pair nested, 12 eggs total, fledged 10. 4 additional SY's stayed all summer but never paired/nested.
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 (11 that nested), 43 fledged.
2010 5 pair, 21 eggs, 16 hatched, 14 fledged.
Posts: 52
Joined: Mon Apr 23, 2007 1:02 pm
Location: Ohio/Dresden

Post Reply