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mikeinkaty
Posts: 28
Joined: Sun Mar 23, 2014 9:54 am
Location: TX/Katy

I'm in Katy Texas and didn't see the 1st Martin until March 19. That is WAY late!. The 1st was an adult pair. I now have 4 pair and several young males. Seems like more arrivals every day. I was afraid I had missed this year. Have had Martins for over 20 years.

This has been an unusual year for them. Been colder than usual and I don't think there was a lot of insects out until the last couple of weeks. Also, they drained a Bayou behind me and that could be part of the problem.

Mike
DakotaLady
Posts: 654
Joined: Thu Aug 07, 2008 2:06 pm
Location: Bismarck, ND

Mike,

Glad you are beginning to get some of your birds back. I do know that they love to be around water. I suspect it draws more insects. Will the bayou ever be filled with water again or are they filling it in with soil?

Hope you have a wonderful martin season.
~Tangula~

2013 - 16 pair, 79 eggs, 71 fledged
2012 - 4 pair, 18 eggs, 18 fledged
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.

After 20 years I bet that was nerve racking. Not having them come at your normal time. Glad you are seeing more. How many pairs are your usual?
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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