What I got for Christmas!

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Jose Rodriguez
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Joined: Tue Mar 11, 2014 10:34 am
Location: FL/Belleview

All I wanted for Christmas was a Purple Martin, but instead I got this. I'LL TAKE IT! Two males showed up today. I ran into the shed and got some dry mealworm and they started eating as soon as I put it out! I wonder if they are the babies from last year or the same male? One was already trying to go in the Bluebird house to claim it! Merry Christmas everyone! :grin:

P.S. The other male was eating on the left Bluebird house but the sun was in my line of fire. Just too bright to get a good shot.

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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 !

Thanks Jose, Congrats on your new BB. As usual, great pics! Very Artsy ! :grin: Good luck on your new season! :grin:
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.
tim414
Posts: 247
Joined: Wed Nov 05, 2014 10:52 am
Location: NorthTX/Pottsboro/Lake Texoma

Sweet. Thanks. Merry Christmas
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!

Jose where do your bluebirds go? I have them around here all winter. Do some migrate?
Sharon from southern Illinois
Jose Rodriguez
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Thanks everyone!

Sharon, I was also surprised that they left. I did read somewhere that they do migrate and that in certain areas they do stay year round. I'm just so glad they came back! Wish you the very best this coming season Sharon!
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tim414
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Joined: Wed Nov 05, 2014 10:52 am
Location: NorthTX/Pottsboro/Lake Texoma

Bluebirds are year around here. I saw one last week at a friends house which was on the bird bath getting water.....
Don Strickland
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Joined: Fri Mar 12, 2010 4:38 pm
Location: Oklahoma/Shady Point

Mine stay. I've had 6 or 8 hanging around.
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steve r
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Joined: Sat Mar 20, 2004 8:16 am
Location: Antioch/Plant City Fla

Same here all year. We have at least 2 pair around at this time.
Jose Rodriguez
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Location: FL/Belleview

That is so strange. After sharing these photos with my facebook in Central Florida, they replied back with "already!" I do know they left about a month after the Martins left.
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DebA
Posts: 1941
Joined: Tue May 04, 2010 7:43 am
Location: Pratt County/Kansas
Martin Colony History: Start 2009 with one pair. Upgraded from S&K houses to two Trendsetter 12's with gourds beneath in 2013. I have experienced job, pet, and parental losses since '13. The Purple Martins lift my spirits and remind me how life continues forward by flying their little selves from Brazil back to my yard. As one forum person once told me, chin up DebA, look at the martins. Danger all around but yet they soar in the sky without a care in the world.

Jose, yet another nut that sees a bird and runs out with food. Not just me.

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2016 34 PAIR
2015 27 PAIR
2014 23 PAIR
2013 13 PAIR
2012 6 PAIR
2011 4 PAIR
2010 2 PAIR
2009 1 PAIR
Jose Rodriguez
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Deb, I know! Crazy! :lol:
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MamaBruff
Posts: 1466
Joined: Wed Mar 06, 2013 12:21 pm
Location: SW Missouri
Martin Colony History: 2013-2016 Unsuccessful at starting a PM colony. Health problems.
Rehomed all my PM stuff. Good Luck and Best Wishes to All.

Me too... bathrobe on, fill mealworm suet dish, then make coffee. Morning priorities of a wild bird nut.

PS: I have had BBs here all year. They love to use the PM house as a hunting perch. I supplement their diet in the wintertime with mealworms, dried fruit, and suet.
~Mary B~

Lifelong PM Admirer and Nature Enthusiast.
Ruthless trapper of S&S year round.
2013-2016 Unsuccessful at starting a PM colony. Health problems.
Rehomed all my PM stuff. Good Luck and Best Wishes to All.
Archer
Posts: 757
Joined: Fri Mar 11, 2011 1:09 pm
Location: Manitoba/Altona
Martin Colony History: six pair in 2014, have grown to 52 pairs in 2017.

I'm envious of all you Bluebird watchers, we don't get many in Manitoba. I saw one in my yard last summer, first one in 27 years, serious. I'd love to make a trade, a summer of Bluebirds for a winter of Snowy Owls, any takers? :lol:
2011- first year trying, a few visitors.
2012-One ASY pair, raised two young, lots of subby visitors. So thankfull.
2013-daily subby visits.
2014-Six SY pairs
2015-18 pair, 83 fledglings
2016-36 pair, 147 fledglings
2017-52 pairs, 192 fledglings.
2018-60 pair, 246 fledglings.
2019-59 pair, 238 fledglings.
Chuck4
Posts: 861
Joined: Mon May 16, 2011 10:05 am
Location: North MS
Martin Colony History: I started trying to attract Purple Martins in 2011. I got my first breeding pair in 2013.

2013-1 pair, 2014-4 pair, 2015-8 pair, 2016-12 pair 60 babies :-).

Good job! I am looking forward to my BBs and PMs :) returning this year. I get numerous Bluebirds that stop by and check out the house over the winter. I really enjoy them.
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Chuck4
Posts: 861
Joined: Mon May 16, 2011 10:05 am
Location: North MS
Martin Colony History: I started trying to attract Purple Martins in 2011. I got my first breeding pair in 2013.

2013-1 pair, 2014-4 pair, 2015-8 pair, 2016-12 pair 60 babies :-).

I discovered that I have a female BB roosting in my BB box this evening! I went out earlier before dusk and opened the box to see how things looked. She flew out and startled me (as I am sure I did to her). I went back out at 9:30 and could see her head (using my flashlight) looking down through the entrance hole. I feel blessed. We are going through a pretty good cold spell this week.
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John Evans
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Joined: Mon Mar 17, 2014 3:56 pm
Location: Cocoa Beach Florida

Here in Ohio I have 20 or 30 hanging around all year long. Didn't know they migrated...
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