Never give up hope! (pictures)

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Chriscreole
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Well after a strange departure of my first Returnees from 2011, (might be due to confusion over the new housing) I was really bummed out, I took a big risk of loosing my martins by removing the old S&K housing and upgrading to a Super System 24. I got lucky again and two pair have decided to return. I think they are last years birds. They have been checking out all the new gourds this time and testing the flight paths and looks like they have chosen to finally stay. I wasn’t going to post until they started building their nests.

There is several more Subbies coming and going in the area and checking things out, Maybe they will like the new Super System 24 since it’s the first time for them to see it. So NEVER GIVE UP HOPE!

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flyin-lowe
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Congrats, but I don't think you needed to stress to much. The martins will appreciate the new housing, and I don't think the risk of them leaving was as great as you thought.
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.
rrmartins
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Didn't think you would lose them either, good luck.
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Sandy - NC
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Congrats. You can never go wrong upgrading to quality housing versus inexpensive garbage.
Don't ever, ever give up. It will happen.

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bacato
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Thanks for posting the pics, I always enjoy looking at them. Seems like a fairly lengthy lens you are using, what are you shooting with (if you don't mind me asking)?
2010: two pair nested, 1 bird fledged.
2011: starlings/sparrows destroyed nests. I shut down the house early to save PM lives.
2012: new T-14 with SREH, & a Beeman R7. Four fledged this year.
2013: Destroyed many house sparrows, but fledged 21 PM's!
Chriscreole
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I'm using a Nikon D5100, Sigma 150/500mm lens.
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KathyF
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Martin Colony History: Colony started - 2007 with one pair
As of 2018 - 84 cavities offered, max # of pairs hosted - 82.

Congrats, Chris!! BTW, how do you like the super system? I've been looking at that one too. Was really excited about a Gemini rack until I studied the logistics of winding it down with a winch and realized the bottom ring would come down around you. :???: But I really like having only 2 levels. I'm just a bit short and hate having to carry a stool around with me. :roll:
"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
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Chriscreole
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I love it, cranks up and down pretty cool, I'll change the cable next year, I got the pole and T-14 used of Craigs list for $150, the rest from PMCA, They had a better price. I liked the Gemini too but can't get out from under it when it is all the way down.
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Matt F.
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Great photos Chris!
I really like that first photo, showing that male crouched, and ready to shoot through, that Conley II entrance.
Congrats on your returning Martins!
daveh
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Chris, very nice clear pictures. Good job. Are you using all conley 2 entrances and do you like them?

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Chriscreole
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daveh wrote:Chris, very nice clear pictures. Good job. Are you using all conley 2 entrances and do you like them?

dave
Yes they are all Conley and I haven't had a Starling issue every since I put up the housing in January and watched them for hours trying to get in with no success.

Here are pictures of the martins that are here now, I think there are 8 now total but these just happened to be sitting here at the time I went out to check on them. The picture next to last pictures is a Subbie the rest are ASY adults. I have two nesting pairs building nests so far out of this group.

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Thanks for the Kudo's everyone, I'm obsessed with Martins,


"There's nothing more rewarding than having wild things that love & trust you enough to return to a home where they feel safe, and that you provided for them." Chris Creole~
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cary-nw-fla
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Great Pics.... what camera / photo equipment you using if you don't mind my asking???
2010/2011: 0 / 2012: 8 Pair / 2013: 22 Pair / 2014: 35 Pair / 2015: 39 Pair / 2016: 73 Pair / 2017: 94 Pair
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Chriscreole
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cary-nw-fla wrote:Great Pics.... what camera / photo equipment you using if you don't mind my asking???
Go to top of this post, thanks
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tonyg
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Martin Colony History: 22 year landlord, 14 at current residence..offering 9 racks and a homemade T-8 for 166 total cavities. 160 Pair in 2018 Racks consist of a Deluxe 12, AAA 16, Starburst 16, 2 K-18 Series, Super 24, 2 Gemini, Multi-purpose/two trio’s/4gourds and a T-8..Great hobby to be involved in..

Hey Chris, don't understand why your first arrivals left. I changed things around this year with all new stuff and mine accepted them fine. Kinda weird..but glad you're on your way back.. nice pics..
22 year landlord..9 Rack Systems for 2018 and my home built T-8 for a total of 166 cavities..160 pair in 2018 ..SUPER COLONY!!! Love You Bev... Fan of those St. Louis Cardinals!!!!!
Matt@atx
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Chris,

such great photos there. really clear and up close. I really interested in that exact pole and rack system that you have to replace my older nature line pole and rack system for next year.
The gourd configuration on 2 levels are exactly what I have now and the birds like it and are used to it but I need a stronger better hub and pole to put it on.
Are you saying that the actual pole you have there is a T14 pole and winch system and then you purchased the hub and racks arms from a different company that fit perfectly like that on the T14 pole?
2008~(1st yr) 4 pairs, 11 to 12 fledged
2009~(2nd yr) 9 pairs, 41 fledged
2010~(3rd year) 11 pairs. 50 fledged
2011~(4th year) 20 pairs, 23 out of 23 gourds Martin occupied, 3 fledged, the rest died in the drought. (1 new Blue Bird, 3 BB fledged.)
2012~ 26 pairs, approx. 100-110 fledged
Chriscreole
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Matt@atx wrote: The gourd configuration on 2 levels are exactly what I have now and the birds like it and are used to it but I need a stronger better hub and pole to put it on.
Are you saying that the actual pole you have there is a T14 pole and winch system and then you purchased the hub and racks arms from a different company that fit perfectly like that on the T14 pole?
yes, I'll look it up after work and let you know, but PMCA has the same thing at better , standard 3" sq alum pole hub
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