New Martin Coleny in Sugarcreek Ohio

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sugarcreek
Posts: 214
Joined: Sun Mar 27, 2016 10:43 am
Location: Sugarcreek, Ohio
Martin Colony History: 2016 First Yr.

Long story, but True story, tried for yrs. at our old location 12-15 yrs. with no success, We then moved to town where there was no way of attracting Martins as we had to may trees in town so we took down the martin houses and we gave them to my sisters who put them in there flower beds for some flower attractions, decorations so for the past 8-10 yrs. the houses were in flower beds looking pretty if nothing else !! so last yr. Sept. of 2015 we had a sudden change of life plans and were needed to help care for my Wife's father who has some health issues, needless to say he didn't want to move in to town to live with us so we moved to his location which was newer home with no trees in sight !!! and I got this crazy idea to try Martins again, so I went to my sisters and reclaimed my now old scraggy looking T-14 which by now had deteriorated some what, I refurbished them over the winter bought the necessary hardware and put the box up the first of April 2016, nothing!!! Until May 23rd my wife txt. me while I was in a conference in Chicago and said there is something different looking sitting on our box, so she sent me a Pic an "wolla" we had some young Matins investigating, needless to say we were very excited we ended the yr. with 4 nesting pair, 23 eggs, out of those 23 eggs we fledged 8 young martins, one of the pairs completely quit feeding there young as soon as they hatched, so those young died, I did weekly nest checks as well as changing material in the nest checks...needless to say we had a quite an exciting summer and are quite excited for the future, we plan on adding at least a couple more boxes next season as we have big plans on growing the colony...Hate to see the season end.
My wife is convinced that these birds are an answer to her prayers for us being willing to uproot our lives and move to take care of her father !! if that's the case I'm just as excited as she is as excited about these birds as I am.
Good Bless and enjoy the pic's
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2016 - 1st Yr. 14 Compartments 4 Active Nests 9 fledged, 2.25 Fledged per Active Nest
2017 - 2nd Yr. 36 Compartments 18 Active Nests 65 Fledged, 3.61 Fledged per Active Nest
2018 - 3rd Yr. 54 Compartments 43 Active Nests 169 Fledged, 3.93 Fledged per Active Nest
2019 - 4th Yr. 108 Compartments 67 Active Nests 209 Fledged, 3.12 Fledged per Active Nest
2020 - 5th Yr. 108 Compartments ?
sugarcreek
Posts: 214
Joined: Sun Mar 27, 2016 10:43 am
Location: Sugarcreek, Ohio
Martin Colony History: 2016 First Yr.

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2016 - 1st Yr. 14 Compartments 4 Active Nests 9 fledged, 2.25 Fledged per Active Nest
2017 - 2nd Yr. 36 Compartments 18 Active Nests 65 Fledged, 3.61 Fledged per Active Nest
2018 - 3rd Yr. 54 Compartments 43 Active Nests 169 Fledged, 3.93 Fledged per Active Nest
2019 - 4th Yr. 108 Compartments 67 Active Nests 209 Fledged, 3.12 Fledged per Active Nest
2020 - 5th Yr. 108 Compartments ?
sugarcreek
Posts: 214
Joined: Sun Mar 27, 2016 10:43 am
Location: Sugarcreek, Ohio
Martin Colony History: 2016 First Yr.

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2016 - 1st Yr. 14 Compartments 4 Active Nests 9 fledged, 2.25 Fledged per Active Nest
2017 - 2nd Yr. 36 Compartments 18 Active Nests 65 Fledged, 3.61 Fledged per Active Nest
2018 - 3rd Yr. 54 Compartments 43 Active Nests 169 Fledged, 3.93 Fledged per Active Nest
2019 - 4th Yr. 108 Compartments 67 Active Nests 209 Fledged, 3.12 Fledged per Active Nest
2020 - 5th Yr. 108 Compartments ?
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!

Very nice story! Congratulations on your success! Your up on a hill and looks very open! Just what they want! Maybe I should move!!!! :lol: :lol:
Sharon from southern Illinois
Kuemic
Posts: 167
Joined: Fri Jan 15, 2016 7:17 pm
Location: Topeka, KS
Martin Colony History: 2015 1 SY pair, 2 eggs destroyed by sparrow
2016 1 ASY pair, 5 eggs, 2 hatchlings, 2 fledged
2017 1 ASY pair, 5 eggs, 5 hatchlings, 5 fledged; 1 SY pair, 4 eggs not incubated
2018 daily visitors but no takers
2019 1 SY pair, 4 eggs, 2 destroyed by House Wren, 2 hatchlings, 2 fledged

Wow! Congratulations on all of your martins! You certainly hung in there, glad for you!
--Michelle
Michelle in Topeka
Okie
Posts: 541
Joined: Mon Apr 11, 2016 3:26 pm
Location: Claremore, OK
Martin Colony History: 2016 Informed landlord now Have 2 pair returning from 2015 That is a miracle. Hoping for a very successful year, sparrow population on decline.
First house was plastic with crescent holes Had martins within a few days. Ignorant landlord gradually lost them
Then got Trio House and still lost most of them. Lots of sparrows

Understand why you are so excited. Beautiful
Okie
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2016 Started with 2 pair, 1 pair abandoned after HOSP destroyed eggs
1 pair= 6 eggs, 6 fledged
2017 1 pair so far, But they abandoned before nest complete for ?reason? Now Bridless and joined the Wannabes
2018 One pair ASY male SY female 5 eggs, 5 fledged
John Evans
Posts: 308
Joined: Mon Mar 17, 2014 3:56 pm
Location: Cocoa Beach Florida

Congratulations. Sincerely hope your wife's father's health issues improve. Next year full house..

John
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pmartinlover2
Posts: 521
Joined: Mon Mar 24, 2014 6:37 pm
Location: IL/Hillsboro
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

Welcome to the forum, Sugarcreek! Beautiful countryside---what a great site for your martins. Loved your story. I agree with your wife,,,it's where you were meant to be at this time and place.....
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Jody
Jody in Central Illinois
Landlord in 2016
2016—4 pr fledged 16
2017—8 pr fledged 34
2018—11 pr fledged 60
Rodger Drye
Posts: 671
Joined: Sun Mar 23, 2014 10:07 am
Location: NC/Mt. Pleasant
Martin Colony History: Have been hosting and providing a sanactuary for Purple Martins for 30 years.

Great looking location, Great looking house, Great looking photos, GREAT Looking Bird's. Keep the Ball Rolling...Rodger :!: :!: :!: :!:
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Have been Hosting and Protecting Martin's for 30 years.
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.

Congratulations on getting started. Beautiful site. Wondering what we can do to help you improve your fledging rate, was there obvious problems we can help you with?
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.
sugarcreek
Posts: 214
Joined: Sun Mar 27, 2016 10:43 am
Location: Sugarcreek, Ohio
Martin Colony History: 2016 First Yr.

Archer wrote:Congratulations on getting started. Beautiful site. Wondering what we can do to help you improve your fledging rate, was there obvious problems we can help you with?
Archer,
Good question, and I don't really have a great answer, we had all second yr. birds and and the one nest that had 6 eggs and actually hatched 6 youngsters completely quit taking care of there young as soon as they hatched....Couldn't figure that out....checked for blowflies, mites, had no Sparrow or Starling problems etc....they just flat out quit feeding the young, the couple actually started building a nest right above there original nest again. "Very disheartening" The other 3 nest produced 3-4 & -1 fledglings which are still coming back in the evenings. Its a most beautiful to watch them, We actually had about 25 martins stay the night last night...no question that some of these were young from nearby colony's, we also know the time is short and they won't be back very long. Hoping to have much better success next yr. Always open to ideas as to why the one pair quit feeding there young.
2016 - 1st Yr. 14 Compartments 4 Active Nests 9 fledged, 2.25 Fledged per Active Nest
2017 - 2nd Yr. 36 Compartments 18 Active Nests 65 Fledged, 3.61 Fledged per Active Nest
2018 - 3rd Yr. 54 Compartments 43 Active Nests 169 Fledged, 3.93 Fledged per Active Nest
2019 - 4th Yr. 108 Compartments 67 Active Nests 209 Fledged, 3.12 Fledged per Active Nest
2020 - 5th Yr. 108 Compartments ?
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!

So I have a question... If they don't know what to do the second year than how does HY's know to look for a house for next year! We have no idea what these birds have on their mind only when they are nest building, incubating, and feeding! It just seems I have had HY visitors all the other years and I still have no nesting pair! So all we can do is speculate! We really have no idea what their doing! I had a SY pair build a nest then they left last year! There's no rhythm to their madness!!! I would consider yourself lucky you had more than one pair to get some in the air!!! Good Luck next year! :)
Sharon from southern Illinois
Rodger Drye
Posts: 671
Joined: Sun Mar 23, 2014 10:07 am
Location: NC/Mt. Pleasant
Martin Colony History: Have been hosting and providing a sanactuary for Purple Martins for 30 years.

Sugarcreek,
Sometimes we don't understand what Nature throws at us. Why the pair stopped feeding their young once they hatched is odd and puzzling. Why do some bird's lay up to 7 eggs and only 4 or 5 actually hatch?? We just don't know the reasons nature acts or reacts the way it does. You mentioned that you changed out nest material, could be the pair thought you had destroyed their original nest thus starting to build a new nest right above that one...IDK. I don't change any nest material unless it is completely Soaked or saturated with Pests. Even when they fledge some nest are really Dirty but I do not touch them. My Bird's always come back at night to their individual cavities. I guess that's why this hobby is so exciting, because you never know what's gonna happen next :!: Rodger
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Have been Hosting and Protecting Martin's for 30 years.
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 wouldn't worry about it then, if your actively doing nest checks and keeping tabs on them, its all you can do. I have had experiences like that too where all the young in the nest die, I never did find a reason for it. Congrats on getting started.
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.
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