Larimore, ND...They're HERE!

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Caroline94535-ND
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Joined: Wed Nov 12, 2003 10:12 am
Location: North Dakota/Larimore
Martin Colony History: Will add later

5:19 p.m., Friday, May 9, 2008 Larimore, ND

The Purple Martins are here. Here in my gourds!

I have an ASY male in Gourd 3

I have an ASY female in Gourd 1

I have more flying in.

Wes was on the computer and I was folding laundry. We hear the familiar "krieeek" call. Wes said, "They're here!"

We run out to the patio and there's the male, chattering and whistling out of Gourd 3. We run inside to the living room window and see a female peeking out of Gourd 1.

Boy, oh Boy! They're here. Now I have to wait for them to leave, lower the rack, and unplug the rest of the gourds.

They're here!
They're here!
They're here!
They're here!
They're here!
They're here!
They're here!

I'm so happy I could do flips!
iluvbirds
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Joined: Thu May 20, 2004 6:38 pm
Location: Kentucky/Murray

Woo Hoo! Congratulations Caroline! I hope they bring in many more!... :grin:
....... Pat
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glad they made it,i gave them you address

have a good year.

dick
Mary Dawnsong
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Joined: Wed Nov 12, 2003 8:17 pm
Location: Michigan, Livingston County

Hi Caroline,

This is your first season at your new home, right?
I can't remember how far away you moved from the military base.
Do you think some of these could be your birds from your old colony?

So happy you have martins so soon after the move!

Have a great season, Mary
Click here to see my colony
"In Michigan every martin matters"
Caroline94535-ND
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Location: North Dakota/Larimore
Martin Colony History: Will add later

Yes, this is my first spring here; we moved in last August. We're 15-20 miles west and north of the base.

I think they are from my old colony. Not only did they zoom right in to the gourds without a second thought, they're absolutly comfortable with me being around the rack.

I went out to lower the rack and open the rest of the gourds. I was five feet from the pole before they left the gourds, and then they just flew tight circles around the rack while I lowered it. When I started to raise it again they were back in the gourds before it was half way up.

Perhaps I'm delusional, (hubster says it's a fact) but I think they're "my" birds from the base. Within an hour another ASY male had joined them.

Too bad I won't get to do the Purple Pied Piper act trying to lure the old colony from base. I'm sure that would have been entertaining to anyone watching.
wyatt
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Location: Florida/Tallahassee

Caroline,

That is really amazing! I think they went looking for you and found you!
I'm so happy for you.

Wyatt
Mary Dawnsong
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Joined: Wed Nov 12, 2003 8:17 pm
Location: Michigan, Livingston County

Hi Caroline,

Well, I believe those are your returning martins - they looked for you and found you.

Did I read that you play the dawnsong until they arrive? That may have been a big help for them in locating you.

Very happy for you,
Mary
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"In Michigan every martin matters"
Tim Mangan-Kansas
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Location: Kansas, Pittsburg
Martin Colony History: 2016 - 22 Pair

Caroline:

I really enjoy reading post about martins on the edges of their known breeding territory. Your martins must really like what you offer them in order for them to seek you out.

Ya know, if you keep moving about 20 miles west each season, you will be establishing some martins in Montana!

Best of luck to you this season.

Tim
Licensed Bander
2015 - 14 Pair - fledged 68
2014 - Moved to Kansas - 7 Pair, 35 eggs, 28 fledged in first year
2010 Thru 2013 - Moved-Tried to start new colony
2009 - 46 pair, 217 eggs, 178 fledged
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Wow! Congratulations!
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