Arriving in pairs!

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Keith
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Location: Missouri/Ava

Ten pairs have returned the last three days and I have never had them return in pairs acting as if they were already paired before arrival. I always believed they paired after arriving. Maybe the hens just knew the males would not ask for directions, so thought they had better come along. LOL. Looking forward to this season.
Keith
Seth
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Joined: Thu Mar 13, 2014 3:09 pm
Location: IN/Middletown

Last year when a pair attempted (unsuccessfully) to nest at our site (which prior to that had been unoccupied), the ASY male and SY female showed up together. So the question is, when exactly does the "pairing up" take place?
Doug Martin - PA
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Joined: Thu Mar 25, 2004 10:47 am
Location: Pennsylvania/Fombell
Martin Colony History: First pair in 2009 after 28 years of trying. 3 pairs 2010, 17 pairs 2011 and 35-45 pairs since. Many additional colonies are now springing up around mine in an area once completely void of Martins. I offer 50 compartments at my site consisting of primarily Excluder II gourds on Gemini racks. Also a wooden T-14. I utilize electric fence type predator guards on the base of the poles. Supplemental feeding is crucial in maintaining my colony. I platform feed throughout the season as needed. My site tends to be a stop over point for additional birds as they migrate further north.

Pairing is usually first to occur when they arrive. I think many of these birds have been held up by colder than normal weather.

I wonder if the delay gives them a chance to pair up? Kind of like meeting someone at the airport while on delay. lol

Doug
Supplemental feeding plays a major role in western Pennsylvania. Finally got my 1st pair in 2009 after 28 years of effort. 3 pairs in 2010. 17 pairs in 2011. 35 pairs and 150 young in 2012 & 2013. Plus a new 22 pair colony right down the road from me.
DebA
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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.

My parents met on an empty plane ride 40 years ago. I think they were a little drunk on those little alcohol bottles. That's it. The End. No theorizing on when they "paired up". Yuck.

:)

Deb
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TammyBears
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Location: Bridgecreek, Oklahoma (SW of OKC)

I'm a little confused about the pairing up. If the same martins return to their previous home, and even previous cavity, is it not the same pair from last year? or is it the same male that pairs up with a different female? :???: For some innocent...or naive...reason I though it would be the same pair. :shock: I understand single ASY and SY's will pair up, but overall, do the same pairs stay together barring one of them perishing?
Tammy
RIP my precious Josie, 7/5/2000-11/6/2014
2015: 22 pair plus lots of bachelors
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DebA
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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.

Hi Tammy,
From what I've read through banding studies they don't always stay in a momogamous pair year after year. However some have. I would suspect demise of a partner as a big reason but I think I read about a colony that identified male/female who were previous paired were both back and paired with others. Interesting holiday dinners if they were human.

Someone with more smarts will weigh in.

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
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