Pictures of our colony

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lynnh
Posts: 390
Joined: Thu Jun 28, 2007 7:07 am
Location: Iowa, New Sharon

Been wanting to post pictures for awhile and finally figured out how lol
2007 2 pair 8 fledged
2008 4 pair 18 fledged
2009 21 pair 87 fledged
2010 44 pair 174 fledged
2011 68 pair 244 fledged
2012 82 pair 364 fledged
2013 82 pair 359 fledged
2014 86 pair 415 fledged
2015 101 pair 427 fledged
MB12RING
Posts: 84
Joined: Tue Apr 05, 2011 12:36 pm
Location: MI, Fruitport

Nice, u should be very proud. That is a beautiful colony.

I spent some time in se ia in the month of March a couple years ago and was amazed at the number of active colonies around the keosauqua area. A lot of the ones I saw were on Amish farms. It is hard for me to fathom starting a colony out in the flat farmland when it seems like here in w mi you have to be on the water if you want Martin's.

Nice job, looks like a lot of home made housing and racks? That is half the fun to me, making the housing for them.
2013, back in the game with a pair at my satelite colony that has eggs due to hatch around July 7th
Anthony Neira
Posts: 1317
Joined: Wed Jan 15, 2014 1:12 pm
Location: San Antonio /Texas
Martin Colony History: Started in 1992 From neighbors old 1950-60's colonies. Have 8 Trio 6 Room Houses, 4 MPP Poles, 1 Heath Deluxe Gourd with Troyer Porch, 8 NatureLine Gourds with Troyer Porches, 5 Troyer Horizontals ,& 2 S&K 11" WITH Troyer Porches ready for 2019 Season !

Great pic.s! Love that feeding station ! My eyes keep going towards the lowest house/ gourd setup, just love that it does'nt have to be so high.A+, Good luck keep up the great job!
threelilkids
Posts: 386
Joined: Wed Feb 23, 2011 4:11 pm
Location: Denham Springs, La
Martin Colony History: 2014 1 pair 3 hatched 3 fledged
2015 1 pair 5 hatched 5 fledged
2016 1 pair 5 hatched 4 fledged
2017 2 pair 8 hatched 8 fledged
2018 4 pair 15 hatched

Love it, you put a lot of work in it. Very nice :) I don't know how to post pics either :roll:
JamesinIA
Posts: 329
Joined: Thu Mar 27, 2008 8:43 am
Location: Iowa/Wellman

Great pictures Lynn! I see that you have electric predator guards on your poles, I sure would like to have them on my housing some day. Love the feeder too.
2009 One ASY pair 5 eggs 5 fledged 2010 2 pair 5 fledged 2011 8 pair 27 fledged 2012 14 pair 38 fledged
2013 20 pair 64 fledged 2014 19 pair fledged 84 2015 26 pair fledged 124 2016 36 pair fledged 156 2017 40 pair fledged 156
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~Ray~Gingerich
Posts: 2122
Joined: Mon Jan 05, 2004 10:24 pm
Location: Delaware/Dover

Nice pictures.
Have never seen a double tier of gourds on a t-14... it's almost like a gourd rack ....neat
~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
avesrun
Posts: 1113
Joined: Tue Apr 30, 2013 1:10 pm
Location: Iowa/West Des Moines
Martin Colony History: Home Site: 2017- 0
2016 - 1st pair, fledged 5
Satellite Site: 2017 (3rd season)
34 pair
Fledged- 102

Very nice Lynn. No wonder I'm not getting any martins; they're all at your place and Dave Duit's :shock: 70+ miles from my site; probably won't be getting any of your subadults in later seasons :cry:
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Home Site: 2012-15 visitors
2016 - 1st pair, fledged 5
2017-18 Zero
2019- 3 Successful Prs.!
Satellite Site: 2014 - visitors
2015 - 2 pair, fledged 9
2016 - 13 pair, fledged 44
2017 - 31 pair, fledged 118
2018 - 44 pair, 163 fledged
2019- 49 or. 219 fledged
Carlton
Posts: 1931
Joined: Tue May 17, 2005 6:42 pm
Location: Florida/Pompano Beach
Martin Colony History: I moved to South Florida, from Delaware, in August of 2015.

I will have 2 MSS-8 houses, with Excluder entrances, here on my condo grounds. This season I will also have two Deluxe Gourd Racks with 24 Excluder Gourds with Modified Excluder entrances. In our condo development, along the lake in a different section, I have 8 Excluder Gourds hanging from 84 inch Shepherd's Hooks with predator guards.

At Quiet Waters Park, nearby in Deerfield Beach, I care for a Deluxe Gourd Rack with 12 TVG's. I also care for a Deluxe Gourd rack with 12 Excluder gourds with Modified Excluder entrances.

At another local park, Tradewinds Park at Coconut Creek, care for a Trendsetter 12, 5 gourds rack with 60 Excluder gourds with Modified Excluder Entrances and 1 Deluxe Gourd Rack with 12 Troyer Vertical Gourds with wing guards over the Conley II to keep out smaller starlings.

What a terrific setup! Thanks for sharing the pics with us.
taxidermy lady
Posts: 2989
Joined: Sun Mar 02, 2014 10:21 am
Location: IL/Ellis Grove
Martin Colony History: Started trying to attract purple martins in 2012! It's finally happened in 2017! 5 years!!! ASY male and SY female came May 1st, fledged 5 babies!

Wow what a martin site. Hope all of your babies get in the air :)
Sharon from southern Illinois
lynnh
Posts: 390
Joined: Thu Jun 28, 2007 7:07 am
Location: Iowa, New Sharon

thanks for the compliments we love our martins ...funny you mentioned Keosauqua as a child I had a 20 pair martin colony near there....I wouldnt have anything else but the electric predator guards, just had a coon try to climb two poles this morning at 5:30 am ....Tim I put out plenty of fledglings last year to come you way, we dont plan on getting any larger, hope you get some soon. Hope everyone has a great season
2007 2 pair 8 fledged
2008 4 pair 18 fledged
2009 21 pair 87 fledged
2010 44 pair 174 fledged
2011 68 pair 244 fledged
2012 82 pair 364 fledged
2013 82 pair 359 fledged
2014 86 pair 415 fledged
2015 101 pair 427 fledged
birdy girl
Posts: 1179
Joined: Wed Apr 19, 2006 9:09 am
Location: Mississippi/Dumas

Lynn
Love your set up! Very nice.
Question about feeder:
Is the wooden feeder attached to the ladder? Is the ladder somehow staked to the ground? We need additional feeder and really like that idea. We have strong winds so just concerned about wind blowing feeder off ladder here.

Can you give us how to instructions of electric predator guard? Is it difficult to do?
KathyF
Posts: 3519
Joined: Thu May 24, 2007 1:57 pm
Location: Missouri/Licking
Martin Colony History: Colony started - 2007 with one pair
As of 2018 - 84 cavities offered, max # of pairs hosted - 82.

Lynnh - beautiful site! Love your tunneled entrances on your T-14s. :wink:
"Sometimes", said Pooh, "the smallest things take up the most room in your heart."
2016 - 82 pair
2015 - 76 pair
2014 - 75 pair
2013 - 75 pair
2012-72 pair
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pmlover
Posts: 806
Joined: Thu Apr 04, 2013 3:30 pm
Location: OH/New Concord

love your colony you might want to move that feeder away from the houses more to animals cant climb on them
dick
2015 69 pairs 418 eggs 396 fledged
2019 I have 148 openings now
2016 100 pairs 600 babies fledged added another t-14 and have 126 openings now
2015 Jun 24 360 babies and 58 eggs also found one that had died
2017 632 babies 11died and 20 were killed by hawks
2015 74 pairs and 9 eggs 5/14
2010 3pairss
]JOINED PMCA JUNE 6,2018
2018 651 babies 5 hawk kills 11 floater kills 25 died in houses and 610 fledged

2014 80 pairs 283 babies 282 fledged one died
lynnh
Posts: 390
Joined: Thu Jun 28, 2007 7:07 am
Location: Iowa, New Sharon

yes the feeder is attached to the ladder and I stake it down... if a big storm comes thru we can always take it down. The reason I use the ladder is so I can move it around , that way I can encourage new martins to learn how to use it and hopefully catch on quicker. From the angle of the picture it doesnt really show that the feeder is 50ft from the closest pole.

The electric predator guard is just underground invisible dog fence wire ran from our garage underground to each pole and then to next pole which is hooked up to electric fence charger. Each pole has bare copper wiring wrapped around the base over pvc pipe to insulate.
for me it works alot better then the metal stove piping that is attached to the bottom of the housing, because with metal stove pipe the coon can climb part way up the pole and scare the martins and with the electric guard the coon wont even start up the pole. Our dog a Jack Russell /Rat Terrier cross is our back up predator guard lol
2007 2 pair 8 fledged
2008 4 pair 18 fledged
2009 21 pair 87 fledged
2010 44 pair 174 fledged
2011 68 pair 244 fledged
2012 82 pair 364 fledged
2013 82 pair 359 fledged
2014 86 pair 415 fledged
2015 101 pair 427 fledged
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