NEWS FLASH ( SAMANTHA COMES HOME )

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bluetick
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Location: New Lexington, Ohio

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Samantha. About 8:40 PM I had just came up from the garden and my wife was sitting in front of the Garage watching the birds on the two new gourd racks I had just put up an hour before. She started yelling for me to come. I thought there was a hawk out there. When I got out in front of the garage she said look Samantha is a live. She had flew into the area where the bowl was still sitting under the blue spruce and was standing on the edge of the bowl drinking. My wife said get the camera. I ran for the camera and when I got back she had flew up in the blue spruce where she use to roost. All at once she started to work her hurt wing just like she did on the stump. I tried to take a picture of her working it but it's not to good. She went down in the tree and then came back up to the top. After a while she flew right toward us. My wife said she still don't fly real good and I said she flys. She went around and back up on the gourds. I couldn't believe she came back and went right to her bowl. I am glad I left it there but there was no egg for her to eat. She still has a lot of time to get her wing strong I told my wife as we still have two gourds not fledged. My wife and myself couldn't have been happier. It was a beautiful story book ending. God Is Great. I was so happy to see the skunk never got her. Long live Samantha. Bluetick Dave
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!

That is an awesome ending! She will never forget you and your wife for helping her :)
Sharon from southern Illinois
Annie G
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Location: Wisconsin/Portage

Ok.. That is a real tear jerker.. So happy she came back! She knows she is safe with you guys. A great story! Also sounds like the martins like your new gourd racks too. :wink: Annie
Keep trying and keep your chin up, its easier to see the martins coming!!
bluetick
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Location: New Lexington, Ohio

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86 units for next year
bluetick
Posts: 277
Joined: Thu Jul 12, 2012 9:21 am
Location: New Lexington, Ohio

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My colony from another angle. I also have a S&S that's not in the picture. I have my feed tray right there in front where I keep shells and grit. Bluetick Dave
klcretired
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Location: Grand Prairie,Tx

Great Job Bluetick , you're The Best , Thank you so much for caring for the Martins , you are a Super PM Landlord, we need more dedicated people like you to help the Martins, wow you are ready for next year!!! I wish you Great continued success, The Martins are gonna Love your Site , oh , and look at all those gourds...Wow..someone spent quite a few Bucks!!!!!
Your Martin Friend,
Kenny
Pictures Taken with Canon Rebel XT Digital using a Sigma 50-500 Long Lens.

Wishing everyone a Great Martin Year
Happy Martining for 2020 to everyone,

K.C.

klcretired@tx.rr.com
Matt F.
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Location: Houston, TX

That is awesome Dave!
Talk about a heart-warming report.
That little Martin was 100% saved by you and your wife.
Truly great work.
Ed Pace
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Location: NY/Jamestown

Talk about a happy moment , that takes the cake!
ToyinPA
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Location: PA/Avis
Martin Colony History: The 1972 St. Agnes flood wiped out all the Martins in my area. One day, in 1997-98, 5 or 6 Martins landed on the power wires crossing my back yard. I had no house for them. They kept coming back day after day. We got a martin house a few weeks later & they have been coming back every year since. I average 12-15 pair per year.

Dave:

Great job. Will she eat meal worms or crickets at all? They'd be better then eggs, as they can cause loose bowel if they eat too many.

You could try putting meal worms in the eggs.

Good luck I hope she makes it.

Toy in PA
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suem
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Joined: Tue Jul 06, 2004 6:00 am
Location: Virginia/Scottsville

I've been following your story. I am so happy for you both. As I posted, there are so many wonderful people helping these birds we love so much. I laughed with my best friend when I told her, at 64, I was thinking of getting me first tattoo.... of a MARTIN!!!!! Not going to happen, but I do love these birds. I am so jealous of all your gourds and racks. I have the space but not the $$$$. Maybe I can start a fund raising project. HAHA
Love the gurgles
pmlover
Posts: 806
Joined: Thu Apr 04, 2013 3:30 pm
Location: OH/New Concord

great job Dave your doing wonderful. I hope you have 400 martins next year
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
Chris B
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Location: AL/Toney

Is the bird able to gather her own food or are you flinging crickets?
2014 8 gourds, 3 pairs nested. Ended w/ 24 total
2015 24 gourds, 22 nests. Lotsa birds!
2016 24 gourds and good activity.
2017 32 SREH gourds. Great activity.
2018 40 SREH gourds. Good finish despite big storm damage. No more dangling gourds.
2019 56+ SREH gourds, all on 3/8 rods. Birds did very well.
2020 56 SREH gourds.
bluetick
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Joined: Thu Jul 12, 2012 9:21 am
Location: New Lexington, Ohio

She is getting her own food. We feed her meal worms and eggs until she left. She had been going for a week before she came back to the water dish last night. I think she will be fine now. If she keeps coming to the water dish I will put some meal worms there like we did before but I want her to get her own food if she can.
birdy girl
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Location: Mississippi/Dumas

So glad she came back. At least now you know she is capable of surviving on her own. Has her flying improved? Such a wonder story!
bluetick
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Joined: Thu Jul 12, 2012 9:21 am
Location: New Lexington, Ohio

Thanks everyone for your kind wishes on Samantha. After I got 14 pair of Martins in 2013 my goal was to put up 100 units and to get 50 to 60 pair as I plan on retiring soon and just enjoy my birds and coon hounds. I only had 18 pair of Martins this year but I will have fledged 76 as soon as these last 6 fledge. I was hoping for 26 to 28 pair this year but was real happy with 18 as a lot of my friends colonies were down and mine went up 4 pair. I am going to add one more 12 gourd rack in july of next year and put two more gourds on my trendsetter which will make the 100 units. Then I am done. After the 24 I just added I now have 86 units. I don't want more than I can care for. Besides as Sue said they are not cheap. Had to sell an old Bluetick to buy the last two. LOL! I think if I live long enough I will be able to meet my goal of 50 to 60 pair. Bluetick Dave
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!

Oh yeah love it! You are a super guy to care for purple martins! Keep it up as long as you can! You have the same future planned out as I,I want to retire and have a hobby to help nature! Good luck on expanding!!! :grin:
Sharon from southern Illinois
Dave Duit
Posts: 1822
Joined: Tue Nov 25, 2003 2:02 pm
Location: Iowa / Nevada
Martin Colony History: In 2020, 60 pair with 285 fledged youngsters. 83 total cavities available, 58 Troyer Horizontal gourds and 4 modified deep trio metal house units, 1 fallout shelter, owl cages around all units. Martin educator and speaker. President and founder of the Iowa Purple Martin Organization. Please visit www.iamartin.org and join.

Super news. Great job and congrats.
Mite control, heat venting, predator protection and additional feeding during bad weather add up to success.
John Evans
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Joined: Mon Mar 17, 2014 3:56 pm
Location: Cocoa Beach Florida

awesome.. Congrats.
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pmartinlover2
Posts: 521
Joined: Mon Mar 24, 2014 6:37 pm
Location: IL/Hillsboro
Martin Colony History: 2011 Home site--1 SY pair--2 fledged
2016 Satellite Site---4 pair--19 eggs laid--17 hatched--16 fledged
2017 Satellite Site--8 pair--37 eggs laid--34 hatched--34 fledged
2018 11 pair--fledged 60
2019 20 pair-fledged 94
2020 23pair-fledged 108

Loved your story--love your martin site. Good luck next year.
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Jody
pmlover
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Joined: Thu Apr 04, 2013 3:30 pm
Location: OH/New Concord

dave do you know the last name lescallette
thanks 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
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