I'm being cautiously optomistic this season. My counts are...
In the 11 gourds, I have eight nesting pairs which laid 39 eggs.
Two eggs were pecked by a now-deceased sparrow...this leaves 37 eggs.
Three eggs didn't hatch...this leaves 34 eggs. ( I waited until the hatchlings were 3-4 days old and then checked the dud eggs. Two were clear/unfertilized; one had a tiny embryo that died soon after begining to form.)
All 34 eggs have hatched out and are growing, thriving, and looking beautiful. The oldest are around two weeks old.
I have at least two bachelor SY males. They 're behaving better than can be expected, so far. One is still busy building a nest and singing his heart out, but he has no lady-friend.
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- Martin Colony History: Erected 1st house in 1997. Birds were checking it out before Mike got down from the ladder. Six cavities had a little colony 1st year. Grown to 88 cavities all gourds with near 100% occupancy. Most important factor for success is rain = bugs.
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