All gone..Record year for me..

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Location: Olpe, KS
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..

Haven't seen any Martins for the last couple days, which makes me sad :-( . But knowing that it was a record year for me with 88 pair out of 90 cavities, 450 plus nestlings and a very very good fledge rate makes me a happy landlord this year. Lost a few this past few weeks due to the heat, but thankful they were here earlier this year and the majority fledged early. The brand new gourd racks were awesome, best move I ever made as a landlord. The Martins adapted very well. I might have to go back to the Wichita Ks. Roost to see if I can spot any of my birds and see if the recognize me.. :lol: Hope everyone had a successful season. Til nest year..Peace.
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!!!!!
Steve Kroenke
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Hey Tony,

Thanks for sharing that good news with us! You almost had a 100% occupancy level. Next season if you add some more housing then you will most likely achieve super colony status with 100 pairs or more.

I still have three pairs of martins left and two should be fledging their young any day know. One pair will probably fledge their babies during the first or second week of August. Several hundred martins visit our two colonies each day.

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Tony, good job on your very successful season. Almost 100% occupancy, that's awsome. Not many people can say that. I've not come close to that. I'm glad your new system worked well for you. Add one more and get into that super colony status. I'm still debating what to do with the trio houses I got from you last winter, put them on a multi pole or maybe give them to the neighbor and get him going in the right direction. Hopefully next year it won't be so dang hot. I'm extremely tired of it. Everything is dead here. No rain.

Even with this weather I had a good season. I had 54 pair that produced fledgings in 90 cavities, so still have room for growth without adding another unit. The bigger my colony gets the more stressful I become. This might be as big as I get and I might even cut back a little. I lost some babies from the heat but also from mr. owl and mr. cooper.

I have 15-20 birds that show up every morning around 6:30 checking out the last two nests and houses. I'm hoping they stick around for awhile because I have one little martin in rehab. Been in rehab a little over a week and doing pretty good says the rehabber, putting some weight on. I would like to release at my place with these martins. I don't know if he needs mom and dad to show him the ropes but plenty of adult birds around to hopefully help. Good luck. Talk at you later.

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Matt F.
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Great report Tony!
Congrats on an awesome season!
Tim Mangan-Kansas
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Martin Colony History: 2016 - 22 Pair


Congrats on a super year. That is amazing to have 88 out of 90 cavities occupied. You put a lot of fledglings in the air to help others start a colony.

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2014 - Moved to Kansas - 7 Pair, 35 eggs, 28 fledged in first year
2010 Thru 2013 - Moved-Tried to start new colony
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NIce job Tony!!
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way to go Tony!!
2005-2008 lookies
2009...lookies, and a SYM hanging around a bunch ASY pair! 5 eggs, 5 babies fledged! yehawwwwwwwwww
2011....still only one nesting pair..extreme heat killed the babies
2012..ASY pair...fledged 4 babies!
2013 notta, few lookie lous
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Congrats on your record season Tony!
2015 (110 nesting pair)
2014 (92 nesting pair)
2013 (75 nesting pair)
2012 (35 nesting pair)
2011 (20 pair)
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Well done! Congratulations
~Ray~ Gingerich
1999 1pair, 2006 2 pair, 2008 2 pair,
2009 23 pair, 2010 39 pair, 2011 67 pair,
2012 115 pair, 2013 160 pair,
2014 152 pair, 2015 174 pair, 2016 178 pair
2017 187 pair, 2018 200 pair
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GREAT job, Tony - congratulations! So happy for you! 8)
"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
Dave Duit
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Location: Iowa / Nevada
Martin Colony History: In 2019, 54 pair with 218 fledged youngsters. 83 total compartments available, 58 Troyer Horizontal gourds and 4 modified trio metal house units, owl cages around all units. Martin educator and speaker. President of the Iowa Purple Martin Organization. Please visit and join.

Nice job Tony. I also had a great success rate this year.
Mite control, heat venting, predator protection and additional feeding during bad weather add up to success.
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