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tonyg
Posts: 1520
Joined: Fri Feb 27, 2009 4:16 pm
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..

Congrats Tony!! Been following you ever since I joined the forum. Your patience has paid off big time for you..hope you have a great first season..you've earned it!!
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!!!!!
James Strickland FL
Posts: 2249
Joined: Thu Nov 13, 2003 8:04 pm
Location: Reidsville NC
Martin Colony History: 2017 Had a lot visitors no Matins nesting, hoping 2018 will be different.
2018 Had 1 pair
2019 had 30 pair

:grin: Another Landlord in the group. Congrats
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april57
Posts: 232
Joined: Fri May 29, 2009 1:58 pm
Location: Wizard Lake Alberta

Soooooo happy for you. Its such a joy in our persistence in getting tenants. Hard work but soon you will have many and so much chirping and cooing going on...They will attract more.
2007 none
2008 few landed
2009 - 2 pair - 9 eggs- 9 fledged
2010 - 1ASY pair and 4SY pair total 10 bird
2011 first ASY pair May 06
2012 first pair arrived May 01, May 21 total 10 pairs 49 babies
2013 May 04 martins 2 pair May 19 total 12 pair
2014 May 08 2 pair May 12 almost full 10 pair
Gobbler T
Posts: 1518
Joined: Tue Mar 31, 2009 8:13 am
Location: Mississippi / Columbus

Thanks to all
My first SY showed up this morning (with a female in tow I might add) :wink: They were showing great intrest, so might pick up another pair before it's over.
Tony


2007 --- 0 2011---0 2015---4
2008 --- 0 2012---0 16-19—0
2009 --- 0 2013---1 2020—?
2010 --- 0 2014---3
KathyF
Posts: 3518
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.

Tony, congratulations!!! I hold you up as an example of what patience and persistence can accomplish!!! 8) :grin:
"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
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H Key
Posts: 16
Joined: Mon May 06, 2013 3:16 pm
Location: Alabama

Congrats Tony, I wouldn't have made it as long as you. I checked my nest today and had 5 eggs in 1 and 1 in another so we're both happy. I live in the northeast corner of Fayette near walker county line and if you're ever in my neck of the woods look me up. I bet your birds can't look out without seeing your smiling face! Good luck this year. Hubert
barry resvick
Posts: 185
Joined: Thu Jun 23, 2011 3:07 pm
Location: Alberta/Didsbury
Martin Colony History: 2010 we had just one sy male all summer
2011 we had the same male come back but eventually brought home a female and had five eggs but were infertile
2012 we had our first two chicks but lost them
2013 we fledged six and had two pair
2014 we fledged 13 from four pairs
2015 we fledged 24 from 6 pairs

Great to hear Gobbler,I had my first pair last summer but their five eggs turned out not to be fertile.My founding asy male came back for the third year to give it another try.He came home with a cute little female last night so om keeping my fingers crossed and you ARE definitely a landlord
2010______2 visitors
2011______1asy male 3 visitors
2012______1 pair,possibly2(5 infertile eggs)
2013______2 pair,5infertile eggs,4hatched,0 fledged
2014______3 pair,Fledged 13
Gobbler T
Posts: 1518
Joined: Tue Mar 31, 2009 8:13 am
Location: Mississippi / Columbus

Thanks for the support.
The egg count was up to 4 as of yesterday (Mon) The pair are still bringing home others but no other takers yet. Kinda late I think but who knows!
Tony


2007 --- 0 2011---0 2015---4
2008 --- 0 2012---0 16-19—0
2009 --- 0 2013---1 2020—?
2010 --- 0 2014---3
Chuck4
Posts: 861
Joined: Mon May 16, 2011 10:05 am
Location: North MS
Martin Colony History: I started trying to attract Purple Martins in 2011. I got my first breeding pair in 2013.

2013-1 pair, 2014-4 pair, 2015-8 pair, 2016-12 pair 60 babies :-).

Hi Tony, I'm one egg behind you sir. :) I have three as of today. I'm curious to see how many I end up with as this is an older pair.
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barry resvick
Posts: 185
Joined: Thu Jun 23, 2011 3:07 pm
Location: Alberta/Didsbury
Martin Colony History: 2010 we had just one sy male all summer
2011 we had the same male come back but eventually brought home a female and had five eggs but were infertile
2012 we had our first two chicks but lost them
2013 we fledged six and had two pair
2014 we fledged 13 from four pairs
2015 we fledged 24 from 6 pairs

Hey Chuck!
Im right behind you and Tony.Iv got my first nesting pair this year.Yhey bunk bup but no nest building as of yet.The asy male nested with an sy female last year but the five eggs were not viable,but he came back and this year he has an asy female by his side so i dont think it will be too long.Its a pretty good feeling to finally have all your hard work start paying off isnt it?
2010______2 visitors
2011______1asy male 3 visitors
2012______1 pair,possibly2(5 infertile eggs)
2013______2 pair,5infertile eggs,4hatched,0 fledged
2014______3 pair,Fledged 13
Gobbler T
Posts: 1518
Joined: Tue Mar 31, 2009 8:13 am
Location: Mississippi / Columbus

You'll never catch me! I've been feeding mine laying mash! :lol: :lol: :lol:

I know the wondering feeling, but I'm enjoying this. (worrying also)
Congrats to you both. Hope we all get a nest full!
Tony


2007 --- 0 2011---0 2015---4
2008 --- 0 2012---0 16-19—0
2009 --- 0 2013---1 2020—?
2010 --- 0 2014---3
Chuck4
Posts: 861
Joined: Mon May 16, 2011 10:05 am
Location: North MS
Martin Colony History: I started trying to attract Purple Martins in 2011. I got my first breeding pair in 2013.

2013-1 pair, 2014-4 pair, 2015-8 pair, 2016-12 pair 60 babies :-).

Gobbler T wrote:You'll never catch me! I've been feeding mine laying mash! :lol: :lol: :lol:

I know the wondering feeling, but I'm enjoying this. (worrying also)
Congrats to you both. Hope we all get a nest full!
Yeah, this is a very anxiety causing time. First I worried about them liking my housing. Now I'm worried about the nest and eggs. Last afternoon/evening we had some rough weather, with severe t-storms and hail. I kept looking outside to make sure the housing was OK. It was thank goodness. After the storms passed they both popped out of their gourd and flew off for an evening snack. They were perfectly fine. 8) She was laying again this morning (should be egg #4). I will do a nest check tomorrow.
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bwenger
Posts: 1046
Joined: Thu Jul 14, 2005 7:24 pm
Location: Pennsylvania/Espyville/Pymatuning Reservoir Area
Martin Colony History: Taking care of 11 active public colonies and trying to start two more in northwestern PA. Also attempting to restart another one in southwestern PA, in Collier Township's Hilltop Park. In 2017, not sure what happened but the ASY male returned and then a couple of weeks later he was gone. It could have been weather related. No other birds showed up. I had a starling nesting at the Public site that I had trouble getting rid of.
In 2018, we fledged 629 martins at all of the sites.

Congratulations Tony,

I am real happy for you! Pulling in martins for the first time is a real success story.

Hope you are able to get several more pair before this spring is over.

Bill
pmcharter1
Posts: 110
Joined: Tue Apr 03, 2012 2:59 pm
Location: iowa/madrid

Tony,
your on your way, your friend, pm charter1--- it s great aint it?
Gobbler T
Posts: 1518
Joined: Tue Mar 31, 2009 8:13 am
Location: Mississippi / Columbus

Thank you,
I'm hoping for more. I've got a SY male hanging around every day so we'll see.
Chuck, I may have bragged too soon. Look's like 5 is the magic #. She started to set yesterday, so you'll have to tell your's to slow down now. :P
Tony


2007 --- 0 2011---0 2015---4
2008 --- 0 2012---0 16-19—0
2009 --- 0 2013---1 2020—?
2010 --- 0 2014---3
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