Young birds like the trio with round holes!

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taxidermy lady
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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!

About 9:30 this morning they came in to trio. Wow I about xxxxxx my pants!

http://s938.photobucket.com/user/sharon ... sort=1&o=0
Sharon from southern Illinois
Chris B
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If I see any PMs now they have no interest in the little gourd rack or the gourds. They may light on the power lines and fly around eating bugs flying off the pond. Gourds will stay up until the local roost leaves town.

And next year there will be more up there for them to pick from.
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.
Annie G
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Alright Sharon! They will remember you next spring!! How exciting for you! 😉
Keep trying and keep your chin up, its easier to see the martins coming!!
taxidermy lady
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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!

Yeah Annie I sure hope they do. They stayed around all morning. Just a beautiful thing. It was hard to get my job done. :lol:
Sharon from southern Illinois
pmartinlover2
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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

That's fantastic, Sharon! 'They must have dropped by to tell you they would see you next year! So happy for you.
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Matt F.
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I'll bet that was exciting Sharon!
There's a good chance those young birds were born, and fledged from, a Trio house.
It never hurts to have a Trio in the mix..... 8)
Anthony Neira
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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 !

Waaaait a min. Sharon, I've been reading more posters this past season telling others to go with gourds (nothing wrong with that,I use/like them!) instead of houses, AND Now you see this!?!? what's next ? Dogs & Cats living together !?!? :wink: Good For You !
PMCA Member, 8 Trio 6 Room Houses, 1 Heath Deluxe Gourd with Troyer Porch, 8 NatureLine Gourds with Troyer Porches, 5 Troyer Horizontals + Tunnels, & 2 S&K Bo 11"s WITH Troyer Porches ! 4 MPPs, For 2019 Season !! :grin: Started in 1992 from Older '50-'60s Colonies.
taxidermy lady
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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!

Yes it is very exciting. I have not seen a gourd in Randolph county! Hope it works to have familiar housing they are used too. The lock and dam has the most housing and they are a mix of houses. Some look like tug boats, hex shape and a few look like trio. I am just happy to see them interested. :grin:
Sharon from southern Illinois
BuddyS
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I hope I'm wrong, but are you sure those aren't tree swallows?
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taxidermy lady
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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!

Buddy I am sure they were martins. I know the difference. They would talk to one another a little but nothing like in the spring. I had three here today. But that's ok, my ipad zoomed in takes bad images, but that's all I have! Thanks
Sharon from southern Illinois
taxidermy lady
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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!

Here's another picture with them flying .may be able to see it better!

http://s938.photobucket.com/user/sharon ... sort=1&o=0
Sharon from southern Illinois
DornCounty
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Anthony Neira wrote:Waaaait a min. Sharon, I've been reading more posters this past season telling others to go with gourds (nothing wrong with that,I use/like them!) instead of houses, AND Now you see this!?!? what's next ? Dogs & Cats living together !?!? :wink: Good For You !
Not to start a fight.. but gourds are overrated on here. depending upon the situation houses are sometimes the best fit.
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Anthony Neira
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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 !

:shock: Not to start a fight either, But Thanks D.C, :lol: , you made my morning, No offense to the "anti house , pro gourd crowd " ! :grin: ...I'll go hide now :oops: ... Sorry Sharon ...
PMCA Member, 8 Trio 6 Room Houses, 1 Heath Deluxe Gourd with Troyer Porch, 8 NatureLine Gourds with Troyer Porches, 5 Troyer Horizontals + Tunnels, & 2 S&K Bo 11"s WITH Troyer Porches ! 4 MPPs, For 2019 Season !! :grin: Started in 1992 from Older '50-'60s Colonies.
taxidermy lady
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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!

Thanks D.C. And Tony, I guess we will see the preference next spring, if they choose to nest at my site. My lone ASY male loved the super gourd, but the females turned away. That's why I have a trio now, I see all houses at the sites I drive by, with round holes.
It will be interesting what gets picked. I will keep you informed. This will be the gourd vs houses debate!! (In Randolph County, Il.) good luck :lol:

No need to be sorry!
Sharon from southern Illinois
avesrun
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Martin Colony History: Home Site: 2017- 0
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Very nice Sharon! Question: couldn't tell from the photos; do you have the holes open and were they entering/exiting the holes?
Tim
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Matt F.
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DornCounty wrote:Not to start a fight.. but gourds are overrated on here. depending upon the situation houses are sometimes the best fit.
I agree 100% Andrew.
Each location/region is different, in reference to the type of housing the Martins are the most attracted to.
taxidermy lady
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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!

Yes Tim all six holes open. I did not see them enter but they did look inside. Glad they were interested. Maybe I am headed in the right direction to get those picky females interested. I am going to have 2 of my gourds with round holes next year too. I just have to keep trying different things until they accept a cavity. Thanks to everyone that has helped me!!! :)
Sharon from southern Illinois
Emil Pampell-Tx
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Martin Colony History: First started in Gretna, La in 1969 with a small homemade house, have had martins ever since at 2 different homes in Texas

I have heard of situations where the martins initially used the houses, but in later years, the martins started using the gourds a lot more.

Houses can be modified to make them more appealing as many examples have shown to stop porch domination, having deep compartments, have the houses modified so the owls cannot see into them, etc. When such mods are made, the houses are accepted as quickly as gourds in areas that are considered gourd country. The problem seems to be that people that sell houses are slow to adapt such changes, and most people do not have the skills needed to do such extensive modifications to houses..
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taxidermy lady
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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!

Emil, I hope they come back and nest in my trio next spring. It was very exciting for me to have them visiting. I have a positive feeling for next year. I had the ASY male for 7 weeks, trying to attract a female. So he should come back next year, I don't think he had a nest anywhere else??? His mating experience should be greater. hopefully he will be irresistible to the ladies. :lol:
Sharon from southern Illinois
Chris B
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I did a little driving around to the west here in N. AL and saw a bunch of gourds on ropes between poles. There may be something to the familiarity of the housing for attracting them. I will be trying larger gourds (12"+) with S&K SREH porches as well as replacing the smaller gourds I have with larger ones but still 2" holes. We'll see what they like.
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.
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