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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!

Yesterday was so fun to watch! I had 3 new martins here! They are 2 SY males and another SY female! There fighting to get the girl! All I did was watch all day! This morning they are at it again! Trying to win the girl! The first pair are incubating the 4 eggs she's laid! Hatch day is June 9! The male is out recruiting right now so maybe if he can grab another female I could get 3 pair this year! What a thrill! Good luck to all and if your waiting for that pair be patient it will happen! Good luck! :)
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 house 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
2020 1ASY pair, 5 eggs, 5 hatchlings, 5 fledged

Sharon, how fun! It would be awesome to have a ton of birds, but having the one or two pair really gives us the opportunity to watch their behavior. Each bird certainly has their own personality, or I like to think they do!

I assume with a full colony, birds don't spend half the day trying to attract more friends, or is this behavior also typical of a full colony?

Hopefully we'll be able to experience all cavities full at some point! Enjoy your days ahead with your martins!!!

--Michelle
Michelle in Topeka
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!

Thanks Michelle, I would say it's in the martins blood to attract! No matter how big the colony gets they will attract!
Good luck with yours too! :)
Sharon from southern Illinois
Kyler
Posts: 894
Joined: Mon Apr 11, 2016 10:15 pm
Location: Colby, Kansas
Martin Colony History: PMCA Member - Project MartinWatch - Enlarged Compartments - SREH - S&S Control - Mite Control - Predator Guards - Heat Control ( Vents and Insulation ) - Supplemental Feeding -

Manage 7 different colonies in Colby Kansas.

Sharon,
I don't know how many times I told you last year that were going to get them in 2017. We'll you did congratulations!

Kyler,
Purple Martin Landlords of Northwest KS
https://m.youtube.com/channel/UC9HDLGlbCmSYcSExIySwUQA

2013 & 2015 - 0 Pair -
2014 - 1 Pair - 4 Eggs - 3 Hatched - 3 Fledged -
2016 - 5 Pair - 27 Eggs - 24 Hatched - 13 Fledged -
2017 - 18 Pair - 102 Eggs - 78 Hatched - 69 Fledged -
2018 - 22 Pair - 115 Eggs - 92 Hatched - 86 Fledged -
2019 - 28 Pair - 144 Eggs - 131 Hatched - 125 Fledged -
2020 - 40 Pair - 190 Eggs - 136 Hatched - 131 Fledged -
2021 - ??
Annie G
Posts: 341
Joined: Thu Aug 02, 2007 3:09 pm
Location: Wisconsin/Portage

That's fantastic Sharon! You have to be thrilled. You deserve to enjoy every moment. I'm very happy for you. :grin: :grin: Ann
Keep trying and keep your chin up, its easier to see the martins coming!!
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!

Yes you sure did Kyler and now their working on another female so I could end up with 3 pair! Only time will tell! It s so much fun to watch them try to attract! Thank you and good luck with all your birdies!

Ann thank you very much! I'm enjoying every second of this! I worked 7 days a week all winter! I guess in my heart I knew I had to so I could sit and enjoy the starting of a colony! It's very educational! I have took in every minute I can! I only grocery shop! I never want to leave! Lol Good luck with all your birdies!
Sharon from southern Illinois
C.C.Martins
Posts: 888
Joined: Fri Apr 14, 2017 11:15 am
Location: Corpus Christi Tx
Martin Colony History: 2016- didnt know anything about martins, put up an all wrong house in 2016 and had two come by and inspect all the cavities. Left soon after not to return. Learned what i could on PMCA made adjustments and next year was successful.
2017- 5 pair. 15 fledged
2018- 18 pair. 85 fledged
2019- 17 pair. 81 fledged
2020- 25 pair. 111 fledged
2021:
Home colony: mix natural gourds, enlarged compartment house. All SREH.
Satelite colony: Oso Bay Preserve: 12 gourds: PMCA excluder gourds, 6 room trio mino castle with enlarged compartments.
2019: Visitors
2020: 3 pair, 11 fledged
2021:
PMCA member

Sharon, you sound like your having a blast! I wish you all the best with that female, hope she stays! You worked hard for this, enjoy every second.
Tom
PMCA member, believer in nest checks, venting, SREH and pest/predator protection.
BillieJR
Posts: 677
Joined: Tue Apr 11, 2017 11:39 am
Location: Monroe, WI

That's great! I'm so happy for you. Very jealous, but happy. :) I know you were thrilled beyond measure with just one pair but having 2 or 3 is even better. I'm still waiting and I'm thinking time is running out for this year but I'm still hopeful (yet). Not ready to throw in the towel. Especially when a few here have told me their stories of their first martins coming in in June and even one said July. My eyes are the sky and the Dawn song plays (when it's not raining - which it is again here today - and calling for rain every day for the next week - crazy depressing weather!).

Enjoy those birds -you waited long enough for them so you deserve to let everything else wait. I know I would. :)
Billie from south central Wisconsin
Anthony Neira
Posts: 1317
Joined: Wed Jan 15, 2014 1:12 pm
Location: San Antonio /Texas
Martin Colony History: Started in 1992 From neighbors old 1950-60's colonies. Have 8 Trio 6 Room Houses, 4 MPP Poles, 1 Heath Deluxe Gourd with Troyer Porch, 8 NatureLine Gourds with Troyer Porches, 5 Troyer Horizontals ,& 2 S&K 11" WITH Troyer Porches ready for 2019 Season !

:grin: WOW! :grin: Congrats ! Sharon !! :grin:
PMCA Member, 8 Trio 6 Room Houses, 1 Heath Deluxe Gourd with Troyer Porch, 8 NatureLine Gourds with Troyer Porches, 5 Troyer Horizontals + Tunnels, & 2 S&K Bo 11"s WITH Troyer Porches ! 4 MPPs, For 2019 Season !! :grin: Started in 1992 from Older '50-'60s Colonies.
MichaelH
Posts: 586
Joined: Fri Mar 27, 2015 10:10 am
Location: IL/Gillespie
Martin Colony History: 2015 28 cavities 2 pairs
2016 big upgrade 56cavities 16 pairs great year
2017. 76 cavities 36 pairs
2018. 146 cavities

Hi sharron so happy for you and all the enjoyment you are getting ,just makes a person feel good inside don't it ,enjoy your birds and have a great weekend
2018 146 cavities.
marcus
Posts: 314
Joined: Tue May 10, 2016 10:21 pm
Location: Fairland OK
Martin Colony History: Mom n Dad had a plastic 12 unit martin house with some martins as long as I can remember. In 2013 they had 1 pair. I don't think they fledged any. I then started learning how to take care of martins and in 2014 we took that house down and put up a Troyer 18 gourd rack. We had 7 pair with 28 fledged.That summer I built a T-14 (I was only 12). I was also given 4 natural gourds that I hung beneath the T-14. In 2015, we had 23 pair although only 22 pair fledged young. They fledged 88 young. In 2016, we had 36 pair, 210 eggs, 163 hatched, 149 fledge!! One pair fledged 2 broods. In 2017, I had 36 pair with 35 fledging young. They laid 204 eggs, hatched 155, and fledged 152.

Way to go! Hope you have ten or more pair next year! :)
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!

Thanks everyone for your support! I feel so grateful! We had a storm blow through today! I lowered one of the racks that has 2 aluminum houses and 4 gourds on it! Down south they really got hit! Over 80 mph winds with a lot of damage! Thanks again! Good luck to all!! :)
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.

Sharon,
Like I said I believe you are well on your way.! I am very Happy for you. Your hard work and not giving up has paid off. Now you can reap the benefits. Enjoy your Bird's as much as you can BC they'll be gone before long and we'll have to wait on them again.

I would say that you are going to have a successful Colony from now on (especially since your Pair has laid eggs). Just hope nothing happens to these first Bird's from predator's etc. Keep an eye out - I'm sure you will.
I'm hoping you'll have 3 or even more Pairs this year...!! Way To Go Girl...!!!
Congratulations and Thanks for being a Great Martin Landlord.!
Rodger
PMCA Member
Have been Hosting and Protecting Martin's for 30 years.
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