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Peggy Riley
Posts: 885
Joined: Tue Nov 11, 2003 1:21 pm
Location: TX/Tolar

I was looking at the new animated scout map and I noticed no birds above the Great Lakes. Why would they not go there? Just wondering!
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2017 101 pair
Posts: 760
Joined: Fri Mar 11, 2011 1:09 pm
Location: Manitoba/Altona
Martin Colony History: six pair in 2014, have grown to 52 pairs in 2017.

Most of the area north of the great lakes is boreal forest. ... orest.html

lots of songbirds but not many martins. you will get some in the cottage areas but that's about it.
2011- first year trying, a few visitors.
2012-One ASY pair, raised two young, lots of subby visitors. So thankfull.
2013-daily subby visits.
2014-Six SY pairs
2015-18 pair, 83 fledglings
2016-36 pair, 147 fledglings
2017-52 pairs, 192 fledglings.
2018-60 pair, 246 fledglings.
2019-59 pair, 238 fledglings.
2020-62 pair.
Peggy Riley
Posts: 885
Joined: Tue Nov 11, 2003 1:21 pm
Location: TX/Tolar

Thank you, I had no idea! Makes a lot of sense. You can tell I don't get out of Texas very often!
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2017 101 pair
Posts: 74
Joined: Wed Apr 20, 2011 12:04 pm
Location: Ontario/Tavistock
Martin Colony History: Trying

Hi Peggy. Thanks for your interest in northern Martins. I'd like to add that the martins only arrive at the Great Lakes in April. I'm located about 1 hour north of Lake Erie and scouts usually arrive in mid April. Normal high for this time of year is around 50F so the bugs are just starting. In fact, the snow only melted away this week. Sadly, martins have suffered major declines in population just north of their current extent. My understanding is that this remains a mystery.
2016 - nil
2015 - 2 visitors
2014 - 1 visitor
2013 - lots of visitors
2012 - 2 visitors
2011 - lots of visitors
2010 - 0

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