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We have the first report of the 2018 martin season! A Purple Martin was spotted at Disney’s Animal Kingdom colony in Lake Buena Vista, Florida by an experienced birder. Visit the PMCA's Scout-Arrival map at https://www.purplemartin.org/research/8 ... val-study/
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sugarcreek
Posts: 223
Joined: Sun Mar 27, 2016 10:43 am
Location: Sugarcreek, Ohio
Martin Colony History: 2016 First Yr.

Sure makes it exciting, I hope they don't come to early.
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
zatn02
Posts: 32
Joined: Wed Aug 03, 2016 7:35 pm
Location: Sand Springs, Oklahoma
Martin Colony History: I live on Keystone Lake which is 25 miles west of Tulsa Oklahoma. For 2020 I will be offering: 1 Gemini rack with 12 Troyer Horizontal and 12 Troyer Vertical gourds, 1 Multi-Purpose pole with 2 Trio M12K houses with expanded compartments and 4 S&K Bo 11 Plus gourds with clinger tunnels, 1 Multi-Purpose pole with 2 Trio Mini-Castles with expanded compartments and 4 Troyer Vertical Gourds underneath, 1 MPP pole with 2 Trio MSS12 houses with expanded compartments, 3 Super gourds and 1 Excluder gourd underneath, 1 Fountain Gourd rack with 12 Troyer Vertical Gourds, 1 AAA16 rack with 8 Troyer Horizontal and 8 Troyer Vertical gourds, 1 rack with 3 S&K Double Gourds, 1 Trendsetter 16 house with 4 Troyer Vertical Gourds underneath and 1 S&K Barn style house with expanded compartments and 2 gourds underneath. This will be a total of 127 nesting cavities offered for 2020. Hopefully this will help to increase my numbers over 2019 which were 60 active pair that fledged 274 babies.

It is still pretty cold there.... hopefully it will warm up soon.
steve r
Posts: 351
Joined: Sat Mar 20, 2004 8:16 am
Location: Antioch/Plant City Fla

I was at Disney today for work, I sure hope it stayed warm as the weather was terrible raining windy and cold.
Donnie Hurdt MN
Posts: 1717
Joined: Sun Feb 15, 2004 11:14 pm
Location: North Prairie, MN

That is the good news I needed today that summer is coming considering that it is -4 below 0 here and I have been sick with the flue all week.
PMCA member and Martin fanatic....
2011 A pair of subbies fledged three young but none returned in 2012 :-(
2015 One Pair of subbies came and stayed a few nits but got chased away by Bluebirds and Tree swallows. :-(
2017 0ne pair of subbies nested and fledged 4 young
2018 Tree Swallows AGAIN chased away any martins that wanted to nest :evil:
2019 Same old story................ :-(
C.C.Martins
Posts: 887
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

Man, I hope he stays south for a while. terrible weather!
Tom
PMCA member, believer in nest checks, venting, SREH and pest/predator protection.
kim w.
Posts: 89
Joined: Mon May 05, 2014 6:43 pm
Location: IN/Goshen

Is it unusual to have only one report in Florida? Last year there were like 25 by 1-07
Kim W.
steve r
Posts: 351
Joined: Sat Mar 20, 2004 8:16 am
Location: Antioch/Plant City Fla

With no other reports coming in, it kinda has me wondering about the first report.
mjfog
Posts: 253
Joined: Sat Dec 30, 2017 3:40 pm
Location: Palm City, FL
Martin Colony History: 2018 will be my first try. 6 S&K B09s. 29 eggs - 8 fledged
2019 - 12 Troyer Horizontals with tunnels, 6 S&K B09s and 12 B011s all with tunnels. 43 eggs - 36 fledged
2020 - Rack 1 - 6 B011s, Rack 2 - 24 B011s, and Rack 3 - 24 Troyer Horizontals. All gourds have tunnels, porches and crescent/Conley 11 entrances; racks have predator guards. 161 eggs - 88 fledged

Steve - Me too on that single up in Orlando, especially considering the concurrent weather conditions. Since that report I've been "eyes on the skies." Social critters like martins are it's hard for me to figure a "single." So be it. Today at my place, more tree swallows, one circling red-tail, couple of wood storks mixed in with the ubiquitous black and turkey vultures and, a special friend of mine, a crested cara-cara. Warming up tomorrow; I'll keep eyes up! Mike
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.

Although there is only one report, there could be multiple birds at that colony by now. However, they won't be reporting any additional birds since they are only supposed to report the first one. Also, its not unlikely that there are other arrivals who haven't been reported. Also, there is one new report in southern Florida. I expect the original report was accurate.
BioJoe
Posts: 133
Joined: Tue Mar 03, 2015 12:18 pm
Location: PA/Erie

We followup on all of the first reports to verify their accuracy. The system holds them until we approve the report.

There are a oodles of false reports (starlings, tree swallows, barn swallows) all season long! We have measures in place to help to filter out the noise.
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Don Troha
Posts: 353
Joined: Fri Jul 08, 2011 2:14 pm
Location: Texas/Houston

Any plans to resurrect the animated scout maps? Apparently those disappeared when the website was overhauled a while back.
2020 - 16 pair, 70 fledged
2019 - 14 pair, 61 fledged
2018 - 15 pair, 63 fledged
2017 - 11 pair, 46 fledged
2016 - 5 pair, 22 fledged
2015 - 3 pair, 13 fledged
2014 - 3 pair, 12 fledged
2013 - 3 pair, 12 fledged
2012 - 2 pair, 8 fledged
2011 - 1 pair, 2 fledged
tlragsdale
Posts: 218
Joined: Wed Jul 24, 2013 12:22 pm
Location: Wisconsin/New Richmond

I hope the souther landlords know how exciting it is to read of the arrivals of the first martins back each spring. I look daily at the increasing number of "dots" on the arrival map….it helps make the northern winters a bit more bearable.

Hope everyone has a banner year!!!
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
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".

Hello Everyone ..... Amazing in just 12 days we have went from 1 report to 14 reports, in Florida.. WoW so hard to believe another season has started... It’s still freezing here in Southeastern, Ohio.. We have another 60 some days before our season gets into full swing...

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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BillieJR
Posts: 677
Joined: Tue Apr 11, 2017 11:39 am
Location: Monroe, WI

How exciting - I didn't realize Animal Kingdom had a colony. I wonder where it's at so I can keep my eyes open for it next time I'm there.
Billie from south central Wisconsin
Whippy
Posts: 702
Joined: Thu Jan 19, 2017 11:15 pm
Location: Plano, Texas
Martin Colony History: See Signature

I've noticed yesterday and today that the purple dots are not on the map. You probably knew that but thought I'd mention it just in case it slipped past ya.

Or something went wrong on my end.

Coolwhips
2016 - late to put up, many visitors
2017 - 1 pair, 3 fledged
2018- 2 pair, 12 fledged
2019 - 4 pair, 21 fledged
2020 - 15 pair, 67 fledged
William Bagwell
Posts: 19
Joined: Wed Oct 19, 2016 1:23 pm
Location: North Central Georgia USA
Martin Colony History: Long interested in Purple Martins, just starting 2017!

BillieJR, the Martin gourd racks at Animal Kingdom are not accessible by the public. My brother worked there as a photo-pass photographer for five years and never got to see them. A few racks at Epcot are in public view.
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