Martin in Ohio

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Doug Martin - PA
Posts: 1920
Joined: Thu Mar 25, 2004 10:47 am
Location: Pennsylvania/Fombell
Martin Colony History: First pair in 2009 after 28 years of trying. 3 pairs 2010, 17 pairs 2011 and 35-45 pairs since. Many additional colonies are now springing up around mine in an area once completely void of Martins. I offer 50 compartments at my site consisting of primarily Excluder II gourds on Gemini racks. Also a wooden T-14. I utilize electric fence type predator guards on the base of the poles. Supplemental feeding is crucial in maintaining my colony. I platform feed throughout the season as needed. My site tends to be a stop over point for additional birds as they migrate further north.

I heard from a reliable source that the first Martin has come into Ohio today.

"She" showed up at an Amish Farm in southern Ohio just north of the Ohio river.. Brrrr. I think they may contact PMCA via phone to try and report.

So keep your eye out.

Doug
Supplemental feeding plays a major role in western Pennsylvania. Finally got my 1st pair in 2009 after 28 years of effort. 3 pairs in 2010. 17 pairs in 2011. 35 pairs and 150 young in 2012 & 2013. Plus a new 22 pair colony right down the road from me.
sugarcreek
Posts: 215
Joined: Sun Mar 27, 2016 10:43 am
Location: Sugarcreek, Ohio
Martin Colony History: 2016 First Yr.

Not good if true...Snowing in central Ohio tonight
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 ?
ToyinPA
Posts: 2126
Joined: Mon Apr 10, 2006 6:07 pm
Location: PA/Avis
Martin Colony History: The 1972 St. Agnes flood wiped out all the Martins in my area. One day, in 1997-98, 5 or 6 Martins landed on the power wires crossing my back yard. I had no house for them. They kept coming back day after day. We got a martin house a few weeks later & they have been coming back every year since. I average 12-15 pair per year.

Looks like 3 cold days & nights then it's to warm up. It should be OK, if it doesn't stay colder any longer, as the Amish don't normally supplement feed.

Earliest report for Ohio in 2017 was March 7th.

Seems like they are moving north a week or so sooner than last year.

Toy in PA
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birdbrat
Posts: 259
Joined: Thu Mar 17, 2011 3:20 pm
Location: Ohio/SouthSalem

Each evening when I get home I check my colony. I keep expecting to see one but no luck yet. I have had a tree swallow with me for close to 3 weeks though. At any rate, the housing is ready and crickets are in the freezer. I'm ready to see purple!
John Evans
Posts: 308
Joined: Mon Mar 17, 2014 3:56 pm
Location: Cocoa Beach Florida

Brenda, I've had 3 TS on and off since Feb 19 crazy. I've got some gourds filled and ready to hang but I'm going to try and hold off for another week or so before hanging them. Since I retired (young) LOL this January I've got plenty of time to watch for them and run out with a few gourds when they arrive.

I've noticed in the past I'll get 1 or 2 for a couple of weeks but they really don't start arriving till the end of March and early April here.
Also I'm usually a day or 3 behind your first arrivals even though I'm several miles south of you.

Keep us posted!
John

PS I'll check some of the Amish farms around here I'm friends with a few families.
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birdbrat
Posts: 259
Joined: Thu Mar 17, 2011 3:20 pm
Location: Ohio/SouthSalem

Congratulations John on the early retirement! I can only dream of that day and envy those of you that have already reached it! I hope you and your family had a good winter and its good to know you are ready to start another martin season. I went for a drive today, after checking in here at home, just to see if I saw any activity around the houses that don't post on this forum. So far things are very quiet. A few houses are up though, so I know I'm not the only one with purple fever!
John Evans
Posts: 308
Joined: Mon Mar 17, 2014 3:56 pm
Location: Cocoa Beach Florida

Saw the first western Indiana report today.. Exciting. There is still a lot of geography on the scout map to go before us in Ohio get worked up too much. Not much Kentucky activity, possibly because of the strong cold front that brought horrible weather, strong winds and damage. Checking the weather.. starting Sunday, stronger SW winds bringing in warmer air should begin for a few days. Hopefully we'll see some more northward movement.
Hopefully Doug we'll get a confirmation from the southern Ohio Amish report so we can get excited early!.

John
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Doug Martin - PA
Posts: 1920
Joined: Thu Mar 25, 2004 10:47 am
Location: Pennsylvania/Fombell
Martin Colony History: First pair in 2009 after 28 years of trying. 3 pairs 2010, 17 pairs 2011 and 35-45 pairs since. Many additional colonies are now springing up around mine in an area once completely void of Martins. I offer 50 compartments at my site consisting of primarily Excluder II gourds on Gemini racks. Also a wooden T-14. I utilize electric fence type predator guards on the base of the poles. Supplemental feeding is crucial in maintaining my colony. I platform feed throughout the season as needed. My site tends to be a stop over point for additional birds as they migrate further north.

Sure was cold last night. A few inches of snow here yesterday too. Spring is on hold once again.

My crickets arrive today, so I will be ready.

The call was never made to PMCA to report this Ohio bird. But it sounds like it definitely made into Southern Ohio.

It is interesting that there are very few Kentucky reports. Last year at this time there were over a dozen.

Doug
Supplemental feeding plays a major role in western Pennsylvania. Finally got my 1st pair in 2009 after 28 years of effort. 3 pairs in 2010. 17 pairs in 2011. 35 pairs and 150 young in 2012 & 2013. Plus a new 22 pair colony right down the road from me.
John Evans
Posts: 308
Joined: Mon Mar 17, 2014 3:56 pm
Location: Cocoa Beach Florida

Doug, the weather does stink. Have my feeder and food on standby for sure. I'm perplexed by the lack of reports from Kentucky and Indiana. I haven't hung any gourds yet but thinking about a few on Monday.. I'm just trying to hold off as long as I can because I haven't seen any sparrows around but did catch one starling so far. I had one starling pair breach and try and nest in a Troyer tunnel gourd with Conley entrance last season. None in my Excluder or Super gourds.
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Doug Martin - PA
Posts: 1920
Joined: Thu Mar 25, 2004 10:47 am
Location: Pennsylvania/Fombell
Martin Colony History: First pair in 2009 after 28 years of trying. 3 pairs 2010, 17 pairs 2011 and 35-45 pairs since. Many additional colonies are now springing up around mine in an area once completely void of Martins. I offer 50 compartments at my site consisting of primarily Excluder II gourds on Gemini racks. Also a wooden T-14. I utilize electric fence type predator guards on the base of the poles. Supplemental feeding is crucial in maintaining my colony. I platform feed throughout the season as needed. My site tends to be a stop over point for additional birds as they migrate further north.

It looks like this arrival became official and did get reported. Gallipolis Ohio

I noticed this tends to be an early Ohio report each year.
Supplemental feeding plays a major role in western Pennsylvania. Finally got my 1st pair in 2009 after 28 years of effort. 3 pairs in 2010. 17 pairs in 2011. 35 pairs and 150 young in 2012 & 2013. Plus a new 22 pair colony right down the road from me.
John Evans
Posts: 308
Joined: Mon Mar 17, 2014 3:56 pm
Location: Cocoa Beach Florida

Great news Doug. This bird sure leapfrogged over lots of geography to get home.Robust Amish community down there. We happen to be heading there on Wednesday. Makes you wonder how many early martins never get reported especially by the amish since they don't normally have phones and have to travel to use one? Some of the ones around here use one about once a week.

Going to hang some gourds in between rain drops today.

John
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sugarcreek
Posts: 215
Joined: Sun Mar 27, 2016 10:43 am
Location: Sugarcreek, Ohio
Martin Colony History: 2016 First Yr.

Hopefully they hold off coming to far north too fast as its 15 Degrees in Ohio this morning and the next weeks forecast isn't too good.
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 ?
mwren
Posts: 108
Joined: Tue Mar 17, 2015 2:43 pm
Location: OH/Athens
Martin Colony History: I have had my martin colony on the dam of one of my ponds for nine years. The colony has grown each year, but I am now concentrating on helping friends and acquaintances who have shown interests in martins. My colony consists of three T-14's with 8 Troyer gourds attatched to each T-14, a Troyer gourd rack with 12 gourds, and another gourd rack with 18 Troyer gourds for a total of 96 nest cavities. I am having serious predation issues with hawks and owls and am experimenting with various hawk guards and "screens". Established successful supplemental feeding last season during late march and had a blast flipping mostly meal worms and some crickets. Faculty from Ohio University are using my colony as a research site to study parasites that target cavity nesting birds. In exchange for access to my bird trail nest boxes and martin housing, they are banding all birds involved in their study.

I traveled over to Jackson Ohio to visit the largest colony in southern ohio that I am aware of, and there were no birds at Four Mile Greenhouse outside of Jackson. This site has its T-14's scattered among their huge displays of hanging baskets and all kinds of perennials, annuals, shrubs, trees etc etc. If you are in south eastern Ohio this spring, it is worth the drive to observe this colony and to see an amazing selection of hanging baskets etc. There is also an Amish general store down the road from the greenhouse full of fresh baked pies and donuts. The donuts are worth the trip even if the martins are not home yet !!

"Bird"
Mike "Bird" Wren
Mudflap
Posts: 47
Joined: Thu Jan 07, 2016 9:07 am
Location: SE Ohio
Martin Colony History: 2011: Set up 16 room S&K house.
2012: nothing.
2013: lookers but no takers.
2014: lookers but no takers.
2015: 3 pair nested, 7 fledged.
2016: second year: S&K house is now an 8 room house and added a separate pole with eight Troyer Vertical Gourds. 13 pair nested, 50 fledged.
2017: third year: S&K house is now a 6 room house (blocked attic access). Same Troyer gourds.

mwren wrote:I traveled over to Jackson Ohio to visit the largest colony in southern ohio that I am aware of, and there were no birds at Four Mile Greenhouse outside of Jackson. This site has its T-14's scattered among their huge displays of hanging baskets and all kinds of perennials, annuals, shrubs, trees etc etc. If you are in south eastern Ohio this spring, it is worth the drive to observe this colony and to see an amazing selection of hanging baskets etc. There is also an Amish general store down the road from the greenhouse full of fresh baked pies and donuts. The donuts are worth the trip even if the martins are not home yet !!

"Bird"
Both the greenhouse and general store are interesting. We didn't know of those, but we're over in that neck of the woods now and again so we'll make it a point to check them out in the near future. Thanks for the info!
Dave Reynolds
Posts: 1873
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".

mwren wrote:I traveled over to Jackson Ohio to visit the largest colony in southern ohio that I am aware of, and there were no birds at Four Mile Greenhouse outside of Jackson. This site has its T-14's scattered among their huge displays of hanging baskets and all kinds of perennials, annuals, shrubs, trees etc etc. If you are in south eastern Ohio this spring, it is worth the drive to observe this colony and to see an amazing selection of hanging baskets etc. There is also an Amish general store down the road from the greenhouse full of fresh baked pies and donuts. The donuts are worth the trip even if the martins are not home yet !!

"Bird"
Jackson, Ohio is only about an hour from me... I will make that trip one sunny morning when the birds are back for sure.. Thanks for the tip, Mike

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:

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:

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sugarcreek
Posts: 215
Joined: Sun Mar 27, 2016 10:43 am
Location: Sugarcreek, Ohio
Martin Colony History: 2016 First Yr.

Moving now, Saw there was a report of Wauseon Ohio which is up in the Northern part of Ohio
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 ?
Bigbob1610
Posts: 14
Joined: Mon Mar 20, 2017 5:23 pm
Location: Wauseon, ohio
Martin Colony History: 2015 2 pair.
2016 8 pair
2017 26 pair.
2018 pair
12 horizontal troyer's
12 vertical troyer's
12 room Trio house

I am trying to post a picture, like all of you i look every day at the migration page. I about fell over when I looked at my gourd rack. Adult male sitting on the pole. I was shocked to say the least! !!!!!
Bigbob1610
Posts: 14
Joined: Mon Mar 20, 2017 5:23 pm
Location: Wauseon, ohio
Martin Colony History: 2015 2 pair.
2016 8 pair
2017 26 pair.
2018 pair
12 horizontal troyer's
12 vertical troyer's
12 room Trio house

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