Why I Love this Time of Year

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Bob Burkard
Posts: 57
Joined: Thu Nov 13, 2003 7:56 pm
Location: Oldsmar, FL

I visit this forum quite a bit. I learn a lot from everyone, but I do not post very often. I thought that I would share a few pictures of my colony.

This is my 5th year with PMs. I was only able to attract and maintain my colony by following the great advice given freely by the great people of this forum.

Thank you.

Bob Burkard
Douglassville, PA
A quiet evening
A quiet evening
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Bob Burkard
Oldsmar, FL
Linda Reynolds
Posts: 1308
Joined: Tue Nov 11, 2003 8:33 pm
Location: Adamsville, TN

Beautiful site and beautiful colony, Bob............Thanks for sharing the photos and lots of good luck to you this season.
Posts: 1931
Joined: Tue May 17, 2005 6:42 pm
Location: Florida/Pompano Beach
Martin Colony History: I moved to South Florida, from Delaware, in August of 2015.

I will have 2 MSS-8 houses, with Excluder entrances, here on my condo grounds. This season I will also have two Deluxe Gourd Racks with 24 Excluder Gourds with Modified Excluder entrances. In our condo development, along the lake in a different section, I have 8 Excluder Gourds hanging from 84 inch Shepherd's Hooks with predator guards.

At Quiet Waters Park, nearby in Deerfield Beach, I care for a Deluxe Gourd Rack with 12 TVG's. I also care for a Deluxe Gourd rack with 12 Excluder gourds with Modified Excluder entrances.

At another local park, Tradewinds Park at Coconut Creek, care for a Trendsetter 12, 5 gourds rack with 60 Excluder gourds with Modified Excluder Entrances and 1 Deluxe Gourd Rack with 12 Troyer Vertical Gourds with wing guards over the Conley II to keep out smaller starlings.

SO BEAUTIFUL both the scenery and the martins/setup. THANKS for posting that.
Posts: 3519
Joined: Thu May 24, 2007 1:57 pm
Location: Missouri/Licking
Martin Colony History: Colony started - 2007 with one pair
As of 2018 - 84 cavities offered, max # of pairs hosted - 82.

Wow - very beautiful site, Bob! No wonder your house is full! 8)

Best wishes for the remainder of your martin season.
"Sometimes", said Pooh, "the smallest things take up the most room in your heart."
2016 - 82 pair
2015 - 76 pair
2014 - 75 pair
2013 - 75 pair
2012-72 pair
Posts: 412
Joined: Sun May 28, 2006 12:03 pm
Location: Kansas/Leavenworth

Gorgeous! Thanks so much for sharing these pictures. Did you make this house yourself?

Now there is some nice country. I KNOW you can fit a few more houses though :wink: .
Mary Dawnsong
Posts: 1685
Joined: Wed Nov 12, 2003 8:17 pm
Location: Michigan, Livingston County

Hi Bob,

It is great to hear from you again and know your colony has flourished.

It is not easy for most northerners to start a colony, but once started it can grow and thrive with proper management. Yours is certainly proof of that!

Absolutely gorgeous site you have. Your colony must give you great pleasure.

Best wishes, Mary
Click here to see my colony
"In Michigan every martin matters"
Donna - TX
Posts: 889
Joined: Fri Feb 03, 2006 6:44 pm
Location: Texas/Pearland

That is beautiful, a picture post card. Congrats on your martins!
Donna Gillbee
Posts: 95
Joined: Thu May 31, 2007 2:24 pm
Location: Kansas

Beautiful!! :grin: :grin:

Thanks for sharing! I think that house looks *full up*!!! :grin:

Dawn :wink:
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