Loosing my colony

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

After all I've gone through giving up my colony is killing me.
I'm moving to the other side of town. I've already taken my rack down and delivered it to the new location. Not sure when I'll get it back up, I've been working day and night remodeling the new home, and now I have to fix the house I'm in to get it ready to sell. The good thing is I'm moving to a Martin rich area! My mentor is only about a mile away, and a golf course full of Martin houses he manages.
I'll be checking in from time to time (whenever I get a chance to sit down) just thought I'd drop a line. I wish all of you a great Martin season
Tony


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ossnap
Posts: 43
Joined: Thu Jan 14, 2016 12:12 pm
Location: Houston, TX

Good luck with the new location. I bet it is tough to leave an established site. I'm sure it will be fun to watch it grow again though.
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!

Well I wish you the best of luck! :grin:
Sharon from southern Illinois
Gobbler T
Posts: 1518
Joined: Tue Mar 31, 2009 8:13 am
Location: Mississippi / Columbus

Thanks to you both
Hey Sharon I'm back in the same boat with you!
It's not going to be fun but I do know it will happen. Keep the faith, they're coming!!!
Tony


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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 wish you the best at the new location, Tony. I was just wondering if you had gotten any returning martins yet.
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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

GobblerT best of luck to you and I hope it's not too long before you hear chortling once again around your new dwelling!; and furthermore, that you don't have to wait 7 years this time around !
TimG
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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
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..

Gobbler T wrote:After all I've gone through giving up my colony is killing me.
I'm moving to the other side of town. I've already taken my rack down and delivered it to the new location. Not sure when I'll get it back up, I've been working day and night remodeling the new home, and now I have to fix the house I'm in to get it ready to sell. The good thing is I'm moving to a Martin rich area! My mentor is only about a mile away, and a golf course full of Martin houses he manages.
I'll be checking in from time to time (whenever I get a chance to sit down) just thought I'd drop a line. I wish all of you a great Martin season
Will be facing your same situation in a couple years..wife has decided to be closer to our grandkids in another city in KS when we retire in a couple years..there are martins present in that city, but just the thought of giving up my super colony is killing me!! Good luck with your move!!
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!!!!!
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".

Tony --- Though we have never met.... I have always looked forward to here your stories about your many years trying. When you finally got that first pair... I felt like I got them too.!! Wishing you luck in your new location. Thanks for letting us know that you are moving, so we won't worry about where you are it. Take care because I know you will be busy.. Just drop us a line from time to time.

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

Thank you all so much for your kind words of encouragement.
I know it's just a matter of time before I have a colony again. I mounted my gourd rack sleeve today and can't wait to see the gourds ready once again. I noticed on my way home that a neighbor who has been trying for years to attract martins moved his houses and gourds as I suggested. I hope that maybe he will pick up my birds.
Thanks again for your support
Tony


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birdy girl
Posts: 1179
Joined: Wed Apr 19, 2006 9:09 am
Location: Mississippi/Dumas

Sorry you are losing your colony but you should be able to get martins at your new site. Our first martin arrived Thursday morning. Now have 3 present. Expecting more very soon. Hope your get martins at your new place this year. We may be moving in near future also and it just hurts thinking about leaving a large martin colony behind. My son and family will be living here but he isn't interested in martins. Hope he will learn to love them when that day comes. Keep us updated here on forum on your new place and martins.

Birdy girl (Terri)
Brad Biddle
Posts: 523
Joined: Wed Feb 17, 2016 6:22 pm
Location: Marshall County AL

Sorry to hear about you losing your colony Tony. I've been "off the grid" for a couple of years and I am glad to know that you were able to get one started at your location. I know you tried for several years. I bet it won't be hard to get another one started. You'll put all that good information that you gained trying to get your current colony to use in getting your next one. Get that rack up within the next 3-4 weeks and you might have them this year.
Martin landlord since 2003. Currently offering 162 plastic gourds with tunnels, all with Conley II entrances with the Lewis modification. I have 24 Supergourds and the rest are Troyer Horizontals.
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