Virginia Purple Martin Field Day

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VAman
Posts: 6
Joined: Mon Feb 24, 2014 9:54 am
Location: Virginia/Darlington Heights

For those that may be interested...

VA Purple Martin Field Day, June 21 (Saturday)
http://www.purplemartinfieldday.org/
~Ray~Gingerich
Posts: 2122
Joined: Mon Jan 05, 2004 10:24 pm
Location: Delaware/Dover

I love going to this, it's well worth the travel time. This will be the third year of attendance for me.
~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
dhjohnson
Posts: 478
Joined: Thu Jan 26, 2012 4:24 pm
Location: North Carolina/Clayton
Martin Colony History: 5th year hostess. Currently 58 confirmed breeding pair. 218 Fledged, 35 older nestlings, 2 new nests with 8 nestlings. 100% occupancy

I'm looking forward to my third year visit! The site is beautiful and martins a plenty! A great day of networking and good martin fellowship! Just got to stop and pick up KathyinVA! LOL!
See you there,
Debbie
Debbie Johnson
Clayton/NC (Archer Lodge)
2012 New Site 6 pair, 21 Fledged
2013 24 pair, 102 eggs, 94 hatched, 89 Fledged. What a great year!
2014 37 pair, 211 eggs, 193 Hatched, 178 Fledged, 1 nest of 5 young left! Late start but picked up speed quickly!
Don~VA
Posts: 391
Joined: Fri Mar 13, 2009 11:01 am
Location: Virginia/King George
Martin Colony History: Had a colony many years ago which dwindled over a couple of years and then did not return. Kept trying each year for almost 20 years and finally had a small success in 2011 with two pairs nesting. Colony has grown slowly each year with 22 pairs in 2015. In 2016 my gourd rack of 18 gourds filled up so I added 4 more gourds and then put up a small rack of 6 gourds. All of those were claimed within a few days so I believe I have at least 25 pairs this year.

Looking forward to seeing both of you again this year and hoping to meet many more Purple Martins fans. Safe travels. :)
Don~Northern Neck of Virginia-PMCA Member
dhjohnson
Posts: 478
Joined: Thu Jan 26, 2012 4:24 pm
Location: North Carolina/Clayton
Martin Colony History: 5th year hostess. Currently 58 confirmed breeding pair. 218 Fledged, 35 older nestlings, 2 new nests with 8 nestlings. 100% occupancy

Don,
We'll see you there...Lord Willing and the creek don't rise too much!
Debbie
Debbie Johnson
Clayton/NC (Archer Lodge)
2012 New Site 6 pair, 21 Fledged
2013 24 pair, 102 eggs, 94 hatched, 89 Fledged. What a great year!
2014 37 pair, 211 eggs, 193 Hatched, 178 Fledged, 1 nest of 5 young left! Late start but picked up speed quickly!
Kathy in VA
Posts: 188
Joined: Thu Apr 15, 2010 8:24 am
Location: Virginia/Scottsburg
Martin Colony History: It took me 11 years to get martins. It finally happened in 2010! Been going strong, ever since! I have a 12-gourd rack, full and overflowing!! I love this hobby!

Glad you all can come! It's almost here.
For the benefit of anyone who missed the previous announcement about having an opportunity to see a supercolony in VA and attending this seminar, see this post for an explanation of the Purple Martin Field Day in central VA! http://purplemartin.org/forum/viewtopic ... ht=#232385
I'm headed up there early (Friday) and won't have computer access, so I won't be able to respond to Forum posts or questions, but we hope to see you there!
Kathy in VA
~Ray~Gingerich
Posts: 2122
Joined: Mon Jan 05, 2004 10:24 pm
Location: Delaware/Dover

Another great show! I left at 5:30 am and arrived a little tired but on time this year. I want to thank all those who put this show together.
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~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
Kathy in VA
Posts: 188
Joined: Thu Apr 15, 2010 8:24 am
Location: Virginia/Scottsburg
Martin Colony History: It took me 11 years to get martins. It finally happened in 2010! Been going strong, ever since! I have a 12-gourd rack, full and overflowing!! I love this hobby!

Ray, thanks for the expression of appreciation. We are soooo glad you were able to join us at the Field Day again this year! It's so nice of you to drive so far to attend. And thank you so much for the wonderful and valuable items you donated to our door prize drawing. We (and I’m sure the recipients!) really appreciated that. The PMCA gave us some great door prizes, too! And so did several other martin groups and individuals.

About 140 people attended! A big thanks goes out to all who came, including several other Forum folks...and we thank the many people who worked so hard to help us put on the event—planning, publicity, set-up, clean-up, speaking, etc. Thankfully the impending rain held off, and I think all of us learned some things and were able to help others learn. And of course, it’s always fun to see so many martins...but I suppose you get to see that many birds every day at your own site! From your signature, it looks like your colony is even larger than this one! Thanks for all you are doing for martins! My little colony of 12 pairs seems microscopic compared to these supercolonies, but I sure do enjoy them, anyway. Every gourd or compartment helps in the reproduction and conservation of Purple Martins!

Mark the calendar: Next year’s Purple Martin Field Day date is Saturday, June 27, 2015!
Kathy in VA
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