The fence rows are coming down!

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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!

This is such a dream come true for me! This will open my world up big time. The farmer started Monday. Had to share a picture. I’m so excited! The martins will have a super duper flyway! I can’t wrap it around my brain that this is really happening! Thank you lord! :)
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Sharon from southern Illinois
flyin-lowe
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Location: Indiana/Henry Co.

How far are the trees from your housing? It's hard to guess from the picture.
2020 Currently 42 nest, 110 babies, 64 eggs left to hatch(6-22-20) HOSP count-8
2019- 31 Pair over 100 fledged
2018- 15 pair last count 49 fledged
2017 3 SY pair nested, 12 eggs total, fledged 10. 4 additional SY's stayed all summer but never paired/nested.
2016 1 pair fledged 4
2015 Visitors
2014 Visitors
2013 Moved 6 miles away, 1 pair fledged 2.
2012 30 pair fledged 100.
2011 12 pair (11 that nested), 43 fledged.
2010 5 pair, 21 eggs, 16 hatched, 14 fledged.
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!

Oh there’s 5 fence rows, they go this way and that way! I have one on the south side that borders my property. Weather permitting the rate he’s going he should be here taking mine down by the end of December. That’s just a guess.
Right now the fence row that borders ny property is about 130’ from my poles. After all of them get cleared my martins will a a good mile of open field before any trees. How great is that! :)
I’ll keep posting pictures to make it more clear. I’m bad at distance estimation but he’s an outa 1/4 mile from my house clearing now.
Here’s a google pic with what he’s clearing scribbled out.
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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

Wow, when all of those trees are cleared out it will be an amazing open area! Please post pics when it’s all completed. Wishing you many, many martins next season!
Michelle in Topeka
DerrickK
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Joined: Wed Dec 24, 2014 11:50 am
Location: Ontario/Ayton

It's nice to get a flyway for the martins but I know that in Southern Ontario the removal of fencerows has had a detrimental effect on other native species. Fields that were once about 10 acres are now 100's of acres. It's not just the affect on wildlife but also opening up large areas to wind and water erosion. With climate change we only need a few years of drought and we'll have a situation far worse than the dirty thirties. :-(
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
2019 20 pair-fledged 94
2020 23pair-fledged 108

That google pic really showed me how many trees are coming down. This will definitely help you attract more martins. So happy for you BMF!
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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
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: YES !! "Good things come....." 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.
GeneP
Posts: 523
Joined: Mon Jul 23, 2007 7:35 am
Location: Kansas, Lawrence
Martin Colony History: 1 gourd rack with 24 gourd capacity. 2018, my 11th year hosting martins.
18 pair in 2017.

If only a couple of neighbors would cut a trash tree or two...

Still had 18 pair.
PMCA Member, Single Gourd Rack, 2019 marks 12 years hosting martins.
Ed Pace
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Joined: Tue Feb 08, 2011 3:31 pm
Location: NY/Jamestown

Sharon: I guess dreams really do come true. The hawks will have more trouble ambushing your martins. It will be so nice to see your birds flying in the distance. What I like most is it will open up that pond that is surrounded by trees and your birds will really love that advantage (if that is a pond that the picture shows). Next year will surely be your best season so far. Good Luck ED & Mona
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! I’m really excited about this! I live in a low area and it will bring a breeze from the south in the summer! :)
Ed and Mona it is an old borrow pit when they built the highway! It wraps around to the side of my shed! Just a hole that needs dug out deeper and I’d put fish in it! :lol: It floods his field when it rains heavy! The culvert that goes across under the highway was not put in low enough to keep it draining! But it’s always filled up in the spring when the martins arrive! They will like it when there’s no trees around it! He’s right by my house clearing now because he has a few deer hunters hunting this weekend! I should get multiple pairs next year with this happening! Good luck everyone! :)
Sharon from southern Illinois
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!

A wide open fly way now!
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Emil Pampell-Tx
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Location: Tx, Richmond (SW of Houston)
Martin Colony History: First started in Gretna, La in 1969 with a small homemade house, have had martins ever since at 2 different homes in Texas

Happy for you Sharon, good things happen to good people! Is the pole on the left your martin pole?
PMCA Member, 250 gourds, 6 poles, 2traps
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 Emil! No that is a tall perch I made and the martins loved it! I just left it up for the winter birdies! All my poles are down and stored! I wake up every morning and have to pinch myself! Is this real! :lol: :lol: :lol:
Sharon from southern Illinois
sugarcreek
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Joined: Sun Mar 27, 2016 10:43 am
Location: Sugarcreek, Ohio
Martin Colony History: 2016 First Yr.

Christmas came early for you, you will be a great landlord :grin: :grin: ...Good luck this coming yr.
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 72 Active Nests 243 Fledged, 3.38 Fledged per Active Nest
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 to everyone on here. You kept my faith and it happened! Now I’ll be wide open next spring! The female will be an ASY and he will be 3 im guessing! They both did awesome protecting their babies. All fledged! I won’t be changing anything! All gourds will be placed in the same spot they were last year! Poles will be placed on same ground stake!

The martins should come and feel safe this year. The closest trees will be in my front yard. Close to 200’ away! Any danger lurking in those tress should be detected before they could sneak up on them. (The young ones will always be vulnerable). I’ll post a new picture soon. It’s just hard to get the full perspective of the clearing on a picture. The next updated google picture will be the best and they just updated a few years ago. So a few more years yet!

Good luck to all! :)
Sharon from southern Illinois
belpre gary
Posts: 43
Joined: Mon Mar 24, 2014 6:11 pm
Location: OH/Belpre

That's great Sharon , Things are looking realy good for you in 2018 !
Second year !
Ist year , S&K house and 6 BO9 gourds . 2 pair fledged 7

2014 1- T-10 w/4 B11's under all w/tunnels
6 BO9's w/tunnels
1 S&K house w/6 LG Compartments
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".

Sharon --- That's great news... Love the Google pic with all the red pen marks.. It looks like things will really open up the sky for you Martins return. I just hope they still recognize your housing and know they are home.. ( Just kidding ) Enjoy Christmas came early for ya.. :wink:

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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