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razman
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Joined: Sun May 09, 2004 3:14 pm
Location: wichita ks

YET anyway....we have about 4" of snow on the ground tonight, still coming down here in Wichita Ks....this global warming is getting out of control! Rick
2004...notta
2005-2008 lookies
2009...lookies, and a SYM hanging around a bunch
2010...an 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
Don Strickland
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Location: Oklahoma/Shady Point

My martins arrived early even though the weather has been bad. They have been coming and going, but I think I have 9 so far that are going to stay maybe.
Don
Dave Reynolds
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Martin Colony History: 2018 Success at my Satellite Site “Oxbow Golf Course”.
2019 Success at my home Site "Little Hocking, Ohio".

Great photo Don ... :lol: Keep them fed and warm if you can..

Dave
Home Site “Little Hocking, Ohio”
2010 / 2018 -- Lots of Visitors
2019 — 1 Pair, 5 Eggs, 5 Babies, 5 fledged. :wink:
2020 — 1 Pair, 4 Eggs, 4 Babies, 4 fledged. :wink:

Satellite Site “Oxbow Golf Course”
2018 -- 15 Pair, 58 Eggs, 38 Hatched and 36 Fledged :wink:
2019 — 26 Pair, 128 Eggs, 99 Babies and 97 Fledged. :wink:
2020 — 30 Pair, 156 Eggs, 137 Babies and 137 Fledged. :wink:

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SoIndyDon
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Location: Indiana/Scottsburg

Martins are coming back to southern Indiana, but I'm SO glad they're not yet here 30 miles north of Louisville, KY. This is the worst late March I've seen since beginning to host martins in 1996
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Landlording since 1996 in beautiful southern Indiana.
Bob Fraser
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Location: North Carolina/Camden

not as bad as you guys, but still... Here in NE NC, rain all day today and tomorrow... high in 40s, lows in 30s for the next 3 days. Been really unusually cool.

Had one ASY male hang around for a couple of hours 3 or 4 days ago, but nothing since. I think the first week of April is going to be a bonanza.
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2011 - 8 pair
2012 - 31 pair full house no more room at the inn.
as of 5/31 83 babies 63 eggs. Wound up with 173 fledged.

2013 - 35 pair around 200 fledged.
2018 - 80 pairs 420 fledged


I intend to live forever. So far, so good.
razman
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Location: wichita ks

i suspect they will start coming into our area pretty strong this next week as it warms up. hopefully i'll get a few at my place, only had one ASY pair last year. Rick
2004...notta
2005-2008 lookies
2009...lookies, and a SYM hanging around a bunch
2010...an 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
Jeff Robinson
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Location: Rogersville, Missouri
Martin Colony History: 2008 thru Current
72 Cavities - 66 Pairs in 2017
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I bet you're right Rick - the floodgates will likely open towards mid to end of week! Better luck to you growing your colony this year.

Jeff
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pmcharter1
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Location: iowa/madrid

DON,
Nice pic, i notitced your pole on the trio.how do you do nest cks?i couldnt see how it raised up or down.
razman
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Location: wichita ks

Jeff Robinson wrote:I bet you're right Rick - the floodgates will likely open towards mid to end of week! Better luck to you growing your colony this year.

Jeff
thanks Jeff, i am optimistic this year.....just about 3 weeks ago i hired a guy to remove ALL tall trees in a three mile radius of the martin house.....well, ok that's not exactly true, but i did have two larger trees removed from my backyard (the two closest to the houses) so maybe opening things up a bit more might make it more attractive! Rick

ps, plus i hired another guy to tape shut the beaks of ALL starlings, hawks and owls in a 5 mile radius! is this even legal??? LOL
2004...notta
2005-2008 lookies
2009...lookies, and a SYM hanging around a bunch
2010...an 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
DebA
Posts: 1941
Joined: Tue May 04, 2010 7:43 am
Location: Pratt County/Kansas
Martin Colony History: Start 2009 with one pair. Upgraded from S&K houses to two Trendsetter 12's with gourds beneath in 2013. I have experienced job, pet, and parental losses since '13. The Purple Martins lift my spirits and remind me how life continues forward by flying their little selves from Brazil back to my yard. As one forum person once told me, chin up DebA, look at the martins. Danger all around but yet they soar in the sky without a care in the world.

Legal schmegal. Sounds like a great idea to me! I wonder if mine will be back this coming week too. We only got 2 or so inches this round. Good luck to you.
Deb
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Pratt County, Kansas
2016 34 PAIR
2015 27 PAIR
2014 23 PAIR
2013 13 PAIR
2012 6 PAIR
2011 4 PAIR
2010 2 PAIR
2009 1 PAIR
tonyg
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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..

Hey Rick, glad to hear you did some improvements around your house. Should definitely help you have better luck attracting some martins. I have 16 here, with 6 inches of snow..fed them crickets fri ( 600) and had planned to feed more Sunday, but wind was 25mph here..hope to feed more today..good luck this year..
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!!!!!
Don Strickland
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Joined: Fri Mar 12, 2010 4:38 pm
Location: Oklahoma/Shady Point

pmcharter1,
I had those houses long before I ever heard about nest checks.
I built an elevated framework for my pickup, so that I can reach the housing. Since being educated here on the forum I now have a new T-14 with a winch. I'm learning... :)
Don
~Ray~Gingerich
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Location: Delaware/Dover

Same thing here, 2 1/2 inches on the ground and still coming down :-(
~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
razman
Posts: 562
Joined: Sun May 09, 2004 3:14 pm
Location: wichita ks

TonyG wrote:Hey Rick, glad to hear you did some improvements around your house. Should definitely help you have better luck attracting some martins. I have 16 here, with 6 inches of snow..fed them crickets fri ( 600) and had planned to feed more Sunday, but wind was 25mph here..hope to feed more today..good luck this year..
Hey Tony, good to hear from ya! yeah, i'm hoping that clearing a couple more trees will open up my martin activity! good luck to you and you site this year also! thanks...Rick
2004...notta
2005-2008 lookies
2009...lookies, and a SYM hanging around a bunch
2010...an 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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