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DornCounty
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Joined: Tue Feb 14, 2012 3:58 pm
Location: Rural SE Kansas
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counted at my house tonight.. 33 martins.. only home for 32.. so I am full up and no subbies yet.

did not get to check the public colony.
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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..

Big increase at my site today Andrew...strong southerly winds brought them home I guess!!
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!!!!!
Dawn~KS
Posts: 95
Joined: Thu May 31, 2007 2:24 pm
Location: Kansas

I had a VERY early female (Mar. 12).....at least it seemed early as far as reports were going. She took me by surprise since I had been looking at the scout report and they were all well south of me. But she was not so early compared to other years for me. She was all alone for some days and then a few more showed up. It was cool for a while and then warm and windy weather one Sunday took me from 4 birds to over 20 in one day. It was all chaos that evening when they all came in.

Right now, everything seems to be moving along. I don't have an exact count but when I look at them sitting on porches they are everywhere. My T-14 has only a couple rooms left. I would say I have at least 40-50 birds birds or so. Been so busy doing yard work I haven't stopped to count........just enjoy being serenaded while I work. :grin:

Bluebirds laid an egg today and Tree Swallows are building their nest. :)
DornCounty
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Good News Tony.. I wonder what Parsons is like.. haven't been able to check since Wednesday. My guess is large numbers came in too. Find out in the morning.

Nice report Dawn!
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art
Posts: 94
Joined: Wed May 09, 2012 3:12 pm
Location: Kansas/Holcomb

Last Saturday 04/12 we were 85 degrees in southest Kansas. My first two pair of martins arrived to share the yard with me. The T-14 had been up for two weeks. A cold nasty north wind kept them inside on Sunday and now this -- snow and freezing temperatures predicted all day! Tomorrow we might see low 60's. I just hope they've enough fuel reserves to get through this mess. My attempt at supplemental feeding in the past always met with disappointment; too windy and the birds not aware of the cricket flying past. What is the weather like in the eastern half of the state this day?
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jimnks
Posts: 59
Joined: Wed Mar 25, 2009 6:31 pm
Location: kansas/tonganoxie

It is a lot better day today than yesterday was here in NE Kansas, temperature at 7:00 AM was 31 degrees the sun is shining now and no wind, temperature is 40 supposedly going to mid 50's, as opposed to the snow flurries and wind yesterday. I am sure the asparagus probably froze last night, but what the heck it will get warm sooner or later, then I can start griping about the heat! I counted 16 martins on the houses this morning, that's up from 10 I had on Saturday, lots of TRES on the place now fighting with the BB's over housing. I probably better open another house today as I only have 12 compartments available for the martins. Have a nice day!! jimnks
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cchild03
Posts: 412
Joined: Sun May 28, 2006 12:03 pm
Location: Kansas/Leavenworth

I think I'm now up to somewhere between 8 and 11 martins. I'm not exactly sure, and yesterday was too nasty to get any kind of a count. Today is much better--still in the 40s, but sunny and calm. I think we're supposed to get up over 50 today so they should be able to find food later this afternoon and evening.

Jim in Tonganoxie, I think it's so neat that you have tree swallows. I'm sure we have them in northern Leavenworth County, but that's one bird I look for and have never seen on my property. I live on 15 acres and have plenty of open BB boxes. Maybe one day I'll see one. I'm always looking!
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DornCounty
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Checked Parsons colonies at lunch... .. numbers have really increased today.. or so it seemed with the calm nice weather.. martins easy to see and count.

Also being attacked by house sparrows.
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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..

Raised the racks this morning and flushed everyone out..must have been a 100 in the sky..more than I thought I had ..seems like a lot of males..hoping for some SY females to show up..
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!!!!!
DottieL
Posts: 59
Joined: Mon May 27, 2013 1:36 pm
Location: Augusta, KS (just east of Wichita)

Any Kansans have subbies yet?? Since my site has been inactive for the past 4 years, I have my house still closed up except for the Spar O Door trap.
Dorothy ......in the "Land of the Yellow Brick Road" click click !!
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..

Not here yet..should be any day though.. :)
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!!!!!
Tim Mangan-Kansas
Posts: 1728
Joined: Wed Mar 15, 2006 7:25 am
Location: Kansas, Pittsburg
Martin Colony History: 2016 - 22 Pair

Dottie:

A SY female showed up on the 23rd.
Licensed Bander
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
DottieL
Posts: 59
Joined: Mon May 27, 2013 1:36 pm
Location: Augusta, KS (just east of Wichita)

How encouraging!!! Maybe I should open up the house and try to be diligent cleaning out the HOSP?? AND, making sure my Excluder II holes are the right size!! I had some lookers at the end of last year's season as they were migrating back, so I am hopeful.

None entered the holes though, Soo I really should check the size.
Dorothy ......in the "Land of the Yellow Brick Road" click click !!
DornCounty
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I have not seen any SY's yet
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DottieL
Posts: 59
Joined: Mon May 27, 2013 1:36 pm
Location: Augusta, KS (just east of Wichita)

Well I have opened up my house thinking surely those SY's will be here anytime. Good about you all in SE KS, seen any subbies yet??
Dorothy ......in the "Land of the Yellow Brick Road" click click !!
DornCounty
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DottieL wrote:Well I have opened up my house thinking surely those SY's will be here anytime. Good about you all in SE KS, seen any subbies yet??
I will know more after lunch today.. but I have not seen a subbie male.. have not taken the time to really search for females.. but I do search for males.
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DottieL
Posts: 59
Joined: Mon May 27, 2013 1:36 pm
Location: Augusta, KS (just east of Wichita)

Thanks Dorn... Maybe I should close my house until y'all south of me spots them?
Dorothy ......in the "Land of the Yellow Brick Road" click click !!
DornCounty
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DottieL wrote:Thanks Dorn... Maybe I should close my house until y'all south of me spots them?
I'd leave it open at this point if you can watch it at all.
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DottieL
Posts: 59
Joined: Mon May 27, 2013 1:36 pm
Location: Augusta, KS (just east of Wichita)

On yes..... Can see it perfectly from my easy chair in the house! I'll leave it open and work at keeping the HOSP removed.
Dorothy ......in the "Land of the Yellow Brick Road" click click !!
DottieL
Posts: 59
Joined: Mon May 27, 2013 1:36 pm
Location: Augusta, KS (just east of Wichita)

I checked the scout report for SY males and found the first KS report today in Harper KS just south and west of me. So here's hoping!!!👏😝
Dorothy ......in the "Land of the Yellow Brick Road" click click !!
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