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Insectivore Villa
Posts: 131
Joined: Thu Jan 14, 2016 4:55 pm
Location: Blenheim, Ontario

'Tis the season we dread here at home, the inevitable loss of that crazy evening chatter. Went away for nine days for a well deserved vacation (Alaska, wow was that great) and came home to only eleven birds returning at night. Apparently the other 219 have found greener pastures and better friends than us, probably joining the roost on Walpole Island on Lake St. Clair. There is still a chance for a group fly by, it has happened more than once, just hope we are home to witness it. 915 PM and it is almost dark out and the silence is really noticeable, no chatter from room to room, no fledglings crashing into the houses missing their holes by a mile ,then getting beat up by the neighbour dad for trespassing at the wrong house...the four months we had with them sure went by fast, loved every minute. Learned a lot this year, had some disappointments and some triumphs but will post those later with the year end summary.
Henry W.
2015, 28 pair, 102 fledged
2016, 39 pair, 154 fledged
2017, 44 pair, 164 fledged
2018, 68 pair, 218 fledged
Matt F.
Posts: 3903
Joined: Mon Feb 28, 2005 9:48 am
Location: Houston, TX

Insectivore Villa wrote:Apparently the other 219 have found greener pastures and better friends than us
Both you and your great site are definitely the best friend, and greenest pastures your Martins have. :)
It's been shown with the GPS tracking, that our Martins travel 2 to 6 times faster when returning back to us in late winter and early spring, compared to when they head south during the late summer and fall.
Some of this is no doubt due to their drive to get back quickly, to ensure they get a good nesting spot.
I like to think some of it is also due to the luster of their Brazilian vacation having worn off, and realizing there's no place like home. 8)
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!

Sounds like a blast Henry! Alaska and martins!!! Living good! Good luck with your colony next year!
I have birds still coming almost everyday! Three hung out on the trio a good while yesterday! Only time will tell! Take care! :)
Sharon from southern Illinois
tlragsdale
Posts: 218
Joined: Wed Jul 24, 2013 12:22 pm
Location: Wisconsin/New Richmond

Henry....funny, we are sitting in the Ted Steven's Anchorage airport, reading your posting. Heading back home, expecting to find not much PM activity. Had 20-or-so birds still hanging out when we left two weeks ago....don't expect them to be there when we check in the morning.

On a brighter note, at least we finally had a growing colony-----and we were blessed with 14 days witnessing the most awe-inspiring land GOD created.
Terry & Michelle
New Richmond, WI

2005 - 2014 Hard luck stories
2015 - 2 pair, 12 eggs/12 fledglings
2016 - 6 pair, 35 eggs/35 fledged
2017 - 18 pair, 88 eggs / 85 fledged.
2018 - 23 pair, 119 eggs/115 fledged.
2019 - 31 pair, 137 eggs/133 fledged
Insectivore Villa
Posts: 131
Joined: Thu Jan 14, 2016 4:55 pm
Location: Blenheim, Ontario

You got that right...hard to leave paradise isn't it! 100 degrees F here, even the killdeer are in the shade on the front lawn. Hope you still have 20 when you get home, it is a tough adjustment to the quiet. Had 15-18 last night come home, maybe they like the quiet here rather than the roost that is forming thirty miles to my northwest.
Safe travels back.
Henry W.
2015, 28 pair, 102 fledged
2016, 39 pair, 154 fledged
2017, 44 pair, 164 fledged
2018, 68 pair, 218 fledged
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