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Gobbler T
Posts: 1518
Joined: Tue Mar 31, 2009 8:13 am
Location: Mississippi / Columbus

Hi all,
Haven't been around much this season. Work is killing me! But I thought I'd take the time to share this. Not really sure whats going on here with my martins but I love it! I had 4 pair this year, and tickled to have them. One pair has raised their young and gone. The others should fledge on the 15th 16th & 19th.
Yesterday morning before work I was sitting on my porch watching the birds as I always do. My 6 martins went to 18! It was a beautiful sight, and amazing to watch. So many martins at one time in my back yard. I never thought I'd see it.
Well, this morning my 18 has gone to 35! And still more coming in! My yard is so full of martins, I don't know witch way to look.
The only thing I could figure was maybe they are stopping off on their way back south. Either that or there's going to be a roost in my back yard! :lol: :lol: :lol:
I have plenty of power lines for thousands to sit, so if they do your all invited to stop by! :wink:
Tony


2007 --- 0 2011---0 2015---4
2008 --- 0 2012---0 16-19—0
2009 --- 0 2013---1 2020—?
2010 --- 0 2014---3
avesrun
Posts: 1113
Joined: Tue Apr 30, 2013 1:10 pm
Location: Iowa/West Des Moines
Martin Colony History: Home Site: 2017- 0
2016 - 1st pair, fledged 5
Satellite Site: 2017 (3rd season)
34 pair
Fledged- 102

Hey Gobbler same thing here with my two pair "colony". Yesterday counted 13 martins on site. It was great to watch. I was asking myself if the extras are migrants or local birds. Either way, I hope it means more nesters in 2016!
TimG
PMCA Member
Home Site: 2012-15 visitors
2016 - 1st pair, fledged 5
2017-18 Zero
2019- 3 Successful Prs.!
Satellite Site: 2014 - visitors
2015 - 2 pair, fledged 9
2016 - 13 pair, fledged 44
2017 - 31 pair, fledged 118
2018 - 44 pair, 163 fledged
2019- 49 or. 219 fledged
jedin
Posts: 157
Joined: Fri Mar 23, 2012 3:19 pm
Location: Kentucky/Harrodsburg

A couple of weeks ago we had a mass visit too. Isn't it thrilling! I still hope to one day visit an active roost. Enjoy!
2011: First house late June, lots of visitors
2012: One pair of SY, 5 fledged
2013: 4 pair, 18 fledged
2014: 4 pair, 20 fledged
2015: 14 pair
2016: 18 pair
John & Linda - KY
Posts: 599
Joined: Wed Nov 12, 2003 10:19 pm
Location: Kentucky/Hawesville

jedin - There has been a massive roost on the river bank at Louisville the last several years. There are videos on YouTube. -- John
scottfreidhof
Posts: 259
Joined: Fri Sep 21, 2007 7:13 am
Location: Kentucky/Morehead

jedin - in addition to Louisville, there is usually a roost in Lexington every year. Last year the roost was at the Hamburg Pavilion shopping center on the east side of town. We should know in a few weeks if a roost forms in Lexington again. Early August is a good time to visit a roost.
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.

Boy I remember when and now...GT counting his purple martins:
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Pratt County, Kansas
2016 34 PAIR
2015 27 PAIR
2014 23 PAIR
2013 13 PAIR
2012 6 PAIR
2011 4 PAIR
2010 2 PAIR
2009 1 PAIR
Emil Pampell-Tx
Posts: 6743
Joined: Tue Nov 11, 2003 1:26 pm
Location: Tx, Richmond (SW of Houston)
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

You are seeing visitors. Martins love to visit nearby places that still have martin babies, and continue to do that until the nesting season starts and ends. You may have a roost nearby. We have a roost nearby, and get about 35 to 40 martins that visit every morning.
PMCA Member, 250 gourds, 6 poles, 2traps
Gobbler T
Posts: 1518
Joined: Tue Mar 31, 2009 8:13 am
Location: Mississippi / Columbus

Boy I remember when and now...GT counting his purple martins:
:lol: :lol: :lol: That's funny!!! I remember when too!
Emil, There is a roost, or was last year, about 15 miles away to the north. The numbers here have stopped growing, but there are form 20 to 30 extras every day. I love it!
My wife witnessed a baby get knocked off of a gourd porch yesterday, but he flew like a champ. They are sced. to fledge day after tomorrow, so I guess their ready to go, at least that one is! :wink:
Tony


2007 --- 0 2011---0 2015---4
2008 --- 0 2012---0 16-19—0
2009 --- 0 2013---1 2020—?
2010 --- 0 2014---3
James Rieman
Posts: 158
Joined: Thu Dec 30, 2010 7:57 am
Location: Houston/Texas

Martins are attracted to housing with large nestlings in it. They are attracted by the calls of the nestlings and the activity of the parents. This is likely how they evaluate prospective sites for next year. There was once a suggestion that this happens on the day of fledging, but I have found that there are lots of visitors to my colony whenever there are older or loud nestlings in the nest.
James Rieman
Houston Texas
PMCA member
2011 - 3 SY pair
2012 - 7 pair
2013 - 10 pair
2014 - 12 pair
2015 - 16 pair
2016 - 17 pair
BW Fowler
Posts: 156
Joined: Mon Mar 02, 2015 6:01 pm
Location: TX/Buda

James, I agree completely.

Gobbler, let the good times roll...

BW
2009-2013 a few visitors.
2014: 1 pair of SY love birds, 5 fledges; 2015: 7 pair, 34 Fldg; 2016: 12p/54F; 2017: 14p/71F;
2018: 24p/103F; 2019: 29p/130F; 2020: 38p/190F
sg45
Posts: 18
Joined: Tue May 23, 2006 9:24 pm
Location: Mississippi

Hey Gobbler T
According to biologist with pmca, there is an active roost down your way near Columbus. So glad you are seeing lots of martins at your place. Guess some of them could be mine that have already headed southward.
Birdy girl
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 :-).

The local population in my area has thinned out substantially with only a few martins left. Morning visitations are over now at my site. I occasionally hear a high altitude chortle or two now and then, but that is it.

Does anyone here know if they roost at lake Arkabutla in N. M.S. ?
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birdy girl
Posts: 1179
Joined: Wed Apr 19, 2006 9:09 am
Location: Mississippi/Dumas

Chuck
I don't know about lake Arkabutla , but the sticky post at top of page says there is active roost at Memphis Tn, Shelby county. Needing someone to locate roost. Isn't this fairly close to you?
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 :-).

birdy girl wrote:Chuck
I don't know about lake Arkabutla , but the sticky post at top of page says there is active roost at Memphis Tn, Shelby county. Needing someone to locate roost. Isn't this fairly close to you?

I doubt I'll be able to look for the Memphis Roost. I was wondering about Arkabutla, since I spend more time down there.

Last year I drove out in Arkansas once late in the season through a very large area of farmland. I saw thousands of Martins and Barnies. They were feeding and perching on the power lines.
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Chris B
Posts: 379
Joined: Sun Jun 01, 2014 4:10 pm
Location: AL/Toney

I had about 100 PMs on the power lines yesterday evening. This morning very few were around. The season is drawing to a close. Almost time to be looking for the roost.

Edit 7/23: They're gone. Buh Bye birdies! I used my PU truck bed to get high enough to see into the gourds and they are all empty. Did find a dead ASY male in one of the larger SREH gourds. Maybe old age or scared to death from fireworks. It was a good season despite the cold wet start and hot dry June / July. I will improve on some things next year, especially treating the pre nests with DE to keep mites down. May also add another rack with 8 more gourds, possibly horiz plastic ones.

Anybody see radar images of a Huntsville (Rocket City) roost? I will go into town to check if someone sees anything.
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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.
Dave Reynolds
Posts: 1921
Joined: Mon Jan 31, 2011 4:35 pm
Location: Little Hocking, Oh.
Martin Colony History: 2018 Success at my Satellite Site “Oxbow Golf Course”.
2019 Success at my home Site "Little Hocking, Ohio".

Gobbler T --- Sounds wonderful.... You are one of many successful stories.. :lol: :lol:

Dave
Home Site “Little Hocking, Ohio”
2010 / 2018 -- Lots of Visitors
2019 — 1 Pair, 5 Eggs, 5 Babies, 5 fledged. :wink:
2020 — 1 Pair, 4 Eggs, 4 Babies, 4 fledged. :wink:
2021 — Waiting on March 2021

Satellite Site “Oxbow Golf Course”
2018 -- 15 Pair, 58 Eggs, 38 Hatched and 36 Fledged :wink:
2019 — 26 Pair, 128 Eggs, 99 Babies and 97 Fledged. :wink:
2020 — 30 Pair, 156 Eggs, 137 Babies and 137 Fledged. :wink:
2021 — Waiting on March 2021

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