She is back for the 8th time!

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Bob Allnock
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Location: Portersville, Pa.

This beautiful girl ( T-192 ) is here for the 8th year. She used a compartment in the T-14 for the first four years, then switched to a gourd below the T-14 for the last four years.

I was so glad to see her yesterday sitting on the same gourd that she used last year. She always fledges 6 every year.

We banded her in 2005.
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Bob Allnock Portersville, Pa.
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That is really cool, congrats!
2013, back in the game with a pair at my satelite colony that has eggs due to hatch around July 7th
Ed Pace
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Bob that is really amazing and a great picture too, thanks for posting.

Matt F.
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That is so awesome Bob!
Great photo also!
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That is sooo cool! Thanks for sharing! 8)
2015 (110 nesting pair)
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2013 (75 nesting pair)
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Hanover Bill
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Location: Pennsylvania/Hanover Township
Martin Colony History: 2009 & 10 - 0
2011 & 12 - Visitors
2013 - 2 pr. fledged 9
2014 - 3 pr. fledged 13
2015 - 7 pr. fledged 27
2016 - 15 pr. fledged 72

Hi Bob;

That is really amazing Bob. She must be one tough Cookie to have traveled to South America eight years straight, and she still looks great.

Hopefully her offspring will grace us in Western Pa. for years and years to come.

2009 & 10 - 0
2011 & 12 - Visitors
2013 - 2 pr. fledged 9
2014 - 3 pr. fledged 13
2015 - 7 pr. fledged 27
2016 - 15 pr. fledged 72
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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.

Are you sure she is not just checking into one of those extended stay hotel chains? She look very good at age 8. :-)

Loved reading that and seeing her picture. Thanks!
Tim Mangan-Kansas
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Martin Colony History: 2016 - 22 Pair


That is amazing. Thanks for sharing.

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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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Hey Bob , That says a lot for this female , she is having a long and beautiful life ! Thanks for sharing . Have a great season !
April McClelland

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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.

Cool Bob!!

That information is as interesting and exciting as seeing the geo routes in the Update. Now that you have introduced T-192 to us please update us in her progress this year and especially if indeed she has another 6 fledglings with this weird weather start this year. Speaking of that...the way winter hung on seemingly didn't get to her! She is incredible.

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2012 6 PAIR
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2010 2 PAIR
2009 1 PAIR
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Thank you for sharing such a wonderful photo. Is that a mountain BB or something? She is soooo blue. what a pretty female.
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
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That is truly amazing that she has survived and traveled such long distances for eight years. I did not think these birds lived that long. I really enjoyed hearing about your female martin and enjoyed seeing the wonderful photo you took of her.

I look forward to hearing future reports about her.

2013 - 16 pair, 79 eggs, 71 fledged
2012 - 4 pair, 18 eggs, 18 fledged
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Martin Colony History: Had my site up to 22 gourds of which most (+/-3) stayed occupied.
Downsized to 17 gourds due to back surgeries. Had 14 families in 2017 but did not do nest checks due to health. Feeling better in 2018 and hoping for a good year.

Yes Bob,

Please do keep us updated! What a gal. I thought I read just the other day here on the forum( or maybe the update) that the life expectancy was 5 to 7 years. So this beautiful looking chick is really a mawmaw like me! I too am curious if she will fledge the magic 6 again his year. Please let us know! So exciting :)
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