went to Wichita roost last night.....INCREDIBLE

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razman
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i went and checked out the Wichita Ks. PM roost last night for the first time, had really no idea what to expect...WOW, it was amazing. i was sitting within 30 ft of the trees that the martins were roosting in, so needless to say, i had to duck my head a few times! LOL...i'm going back tonight, and will try to get some video to post.

does anyone know how much longer the martins will be around? Rick
2004...notta
2005-2008 lookies
2009...lookies, and a SYM hanging around a bunch
2010...an ASY pair! 5 eggs, 5 babies fledged! yehawwwwwwwwww
2011....still only one nesting pair..extreme heat killed the babies
2012..ASY pair...fledged 4 babies!
2013 notta, few lookie lous
DornCounty
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cool.. that roost should be peaking about now.
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tonyg
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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..

Where exactly is it Rick? Address?
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!!!!!
tonyg
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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..

Where exactly is it Rick? Address?
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!!!!!
razman
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Tony.....don't know the address exactly, but easy to find. it is AT the corner of Murdock and Mead literally. about a block or two east of the old roost...tens of thousands of birds last night. spectacular!!
2004...notta
2005-2008 lookies
2009...lookies, and a SYM hanging around a bunch
2010...an ASY pair! 5 eggs, 5 babies fledged! yehawwwwwwwwww
2011....still only one nesting pair..extreme heat killed the babies
2012..ASY pair...fledged 4 babies!
2013 notta, few lookie lous
DornCounty
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here is a quote from the KS_birds listserve...


Kathy and I went down and watched the roost Saturday evening. It is at the northeast corner of Murdock and Mead, just east of Via Christi and east of the railroad tracks.

There is a vacant lot and alley just north of the business with the trees, and we stood in the alley and had some birds fly by at eye level, heading for the trees about 40-50 yards away.

The gathering seemed late, but a friend who's there several times per week said that's how it has been this summer.

I'd guess 10-25,000 purple martins and one frustrated Cooper's hawk.

Good show, but nothing like what it was when we could stand in the Via Christi parking lot and watch the show unfold.

Michael Pearce
Newton, America
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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..

Thanks Rick... :grin:
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!!!!!
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