Meanwhile in Central Texas.....

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Vern1
Posts: 471
Joined: Fri Aug 03, 2007 2:06 pm
Location: Pettytown, Texas, US of A

It's brutally cold again this morning but ice has been added to the equation.
The Martins were feeding late yesterday and it should warm up enough to let them feed again this afternoon - as I type this at 8:45, it's already up to 34 out side and thawing but I hear thunder to the East of here.

When I went out to feed cows and other animals this morning at 8am, this is what I saw.
There were Martins coming and going from various gourds while I was feeding.

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There is a commune going on in gourd #3 right now. The entrance faces South so it's a prime spot with the cold winds the last two days.
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Cheers,
Joe
2015 - 40 cavities - 37 pair - fledged 172
2016 - 40 cavities - 38 pair - fledged 192
Hosting Purple Martins since 1976...Managing since 2006.
~Ray~Gingerich
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Location: Delaware/Dover

Wow! That gives me the chills and we have 8" of snow on the ground. What's going on, has the north pole shifted or what? Time to get some hot coffee in my pmca mug.
~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, 2019 171pair
2020 233 pair
Emil Pampell-Tx
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Location: Tx, Richmond (SW of Houston)
Martin Colony History: First started in Gretna, La in 1969 with a small homemade house, have had martins ever since at 2 different homes in Texas

I am glad we have global warming, just think how cold it would be without that... :lol:
PMCA Member, 250 gourds, 6 poles, 2traps
Steve Martin
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Joined: Sun Feb 23, 2014 9:38 am
Location: Tx/Bastrop

Yeah, the ice is bad here in Central Texas. The scary part is that my car is already covered in ice, and freezing rain is still coming down. The cold front hit two days ago, about 4 or 5 hours after sunrise, and it was cold all day yesterday. I'm stating to think the Bastrop Walmart martins my be getting desperate. I think I might try cricket flipping in the Wallmart parking lot. I've never been one to worry if others thought I was nuts, but I wonder if anyone who saw me would be interested in helping.

Before the storm hit I only say about four birds. I was hopping that $2 worth of crickets might help. I would have to toss them over the asphalt, so I could pick 'em up again and re-use 'em. It would be like that old Green Acres episode there the tried to give a 21-gun solute to the countess they only had one cannon and three cannon balls. They decided to "Three ball her seven times".
Vern1
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Joined: Fri Aug 03, 2007 2:06 pm
Location: Pettytown, Texas, US of A

Took this photo through the dining room window a few minutes ago so pardon the quality.
Outside temp is up to almost 35.
A few Martins are in and out and some are starting to sit outside on the perches.
It's hard to tell just how many birds are here but there seems to be quite a few visitors just riding out the weather so I'm glad I have 48 cavities available.

This is the first couple to stake a claim in rack #3 and just dropped in yesterday or this morning - they look fluffy.
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Cheers,
Joe
2015 - 40 cavities - 37 pair - fledged 172
2016 - 40 cavities - 38 pair - fledged 192
Hosting Purple Martins since 1976...Managing since 2006.
Emil Pampell-Tx
Posts: 6743
Joined: Tue Nov 11, 2003 1:26 pm
Location: Tx, Richmond (SW of Houston)
Martin Colony History: First started in Gretna, La in 1969 with a small homemade house, have had martins ever since at 2 different homes in Texas

We got a late Winter Wonderland, instead of having it at Christmas, we have a Spring Issue. The trees are so pretty, covered with ice
PMCA Member, 250 gourds, 6 poles, 2traps
Siberman
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Joined: Thu Mar 18, 2010 1:03 pm
Location: Titus County , TX

Emil Pampell-Tx wrote:We got a late Winter Wonderland, instead of having it at Christmas, we have a Spring Issue. The trees are so pretty, covered with ice
Oh yeah . Kissing my plums goodbye again this year .

The first one who complains about the heat this summer gets punched . :lol:
2010: 5 pair - raptor attack .
2011 : nada .
2012 : 1 pair - 5 eggs / 5 fledged .
2013: zero
2014: Lots of visitors
2015 : several visitors . Seriously considering purchasing a drone to scare off raptors .
Matt F.
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Location: Houston, TX

Siberman wrote:The first one who complains about the heat this summer gets punched . :lol:
:lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:
Steve Martin
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Siberman wrote:The first one who complains about the heat this summer gets punched . :lol:
I guess that would be me then. The summer heat in Texas drives me nuts, it's hot day after day after day without a break. When it does get cold in Texas it only stays cold for 2 or 3 days. In extremes, it stays cold for 6 days. Then it is back to warm again. To make a Texan complain about the cold, you just have to barely hit freezing, and sometimes not even that cold. Give me 40F over 100F any day. I hope you all know that some places it gets below 0F.
Siberman
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Location: Titus County , TX

Steve Martin wrote:
Siberman wrote:The first one who complains about the heat this summer gets punched . :lol:
I guess that would be me then. The summer heat in Texas drives me nuts, it's hot day after day after day without a break. When it does get cold in Texas it only stays cold for 2 or 3 days. In extremes, it stays cold for 6 days. Then it is back to warm again. To make a Texan complain about the cold, you just have to barely hit freezing, and sometimes not even that cold. Give me 40F over 100F any day. I hope you all know that some places it gets below 0F.
I know we're blessed to not have the winter temps of the Northlanders ( bless their hearts ) but I'm 53 and the winters are getting worse for me every year . I'd much rather sweat than shiver . :wink:
2010: 5 pair - raptor attack .
2011 : nada .
2012 : 1 pair - 5 eggs / 5 fledged .
2013: zero
2014: Lots of visitors
2015 : several visitors . Seriously considering purchasing a drone to scare off raptors .
Waydog
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Joined: Tue Mar 13, 2012 12:08 pm
Location: Alexandria, La.

Well, Steve, I guess ill have to be the 2nd in line for the punch! Ill take wrapping up in a jacket over the misery of the humid Louisiana summer heat anytime. I have actually enjoyed the extended cool of this winter, and I work out in the elements. But im warm natured anyway. And no, I wouldnt want to live in the northern parts...thats a little too much!
2012 -first year landlord.... 2 pair, 9 fledged.... 2013- 5 pair 20 fledged..
2014- 8 pair 32 fledged
Matt@atx
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Joined: Tue Apr 08, 2008 7:13 am
Location: Buda, TX, south of Austin

Nice photos Vern.

I work at UT so we had a late start yesterday and I ran down to our site in Buda at moms to find our gourds and rack looking the exact same way. I was thinking this am that I regretted i did not get some photos then but figured someone would.

We had icicles over entrances (like jail bars) so I freed 2 occupied gourds with 1 bird in 1 gourd and 2 birds in the other gourd. haha. they would have been freed up soon anyway because ice in this region is very light and temporal. Things were melting as I was there.

Im thinking if they would have pushed hard on the icicles, they could have broke through them. I remember posts from last year where folks in the mid west had to supplimental feed for up to or over 8 weeks straight and photos taken where thick hardened snow and ice had to picked away daily so that birds could get out of their gourds.
This is unusual and not "normal" for central Texas for sure.
Im thinking we got babys love at a warm hearth for cold weather and ice here compared to up north, the mid west, east and north east.


Do you think there will be flying insect availability today since the highs should be 57-62 degrees today? We are at the 3 day starvation mark for Martins at this point.
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
apundt-TX
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Location: Dripping Springs, Texas
Martin Colony History: :
Starting over in 2018
9 pair 2017
17 pair 2015
12 pair 2014
8 pair 2013
5 pair 2012
2 pair 2011

weather looks warm enough right now. cloudy but warm.
If they survived they will be out feeding.
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