Holy cow!

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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!

Holy cow!

Postby taxidermy lady » Thu Jun 07, 2018 4:57 pm

Ok folks this is my 2nd year of being a landlord! I had 1 pair last year! They fledged all babies! Farmer did clear a lot of trees around me. So I am open, open, open now.. Are you ready. May want to sit down. I have 21 pair, 104 eggs, out of 104 eggs 26 babies hatched so far! I’m having the time of my life! I want to wish you all the best who are still trying! Don’t give up keep trying! Keep making it better and they will come! :)
Sharon from southern Illinois

TNMartins
Posts: 47
Joined: Tue May 15, 2018 6:59 pm
Location: Smyrna, TN

Re: Holy cow!

Postby TNMartins » Thu Jun 07, 2018 5:05 pm

Wow - Congratulations!

Couple questions;

- How many total cavities did you have available this year?

- Gourds or Houses & which are occupied this year?

- What did you do to prep your cavities? (pine straw, mud, etc.)

- Where is your housing in relation to human activity?

- Do you think your fledglings came back? (i.e. do you have a lot of SY pairs?)

- How long did you leave your housing up last fall? Any late year visitors?


I have 1 pair this year and trying to maximize for next year. Appreciate any info you can provide.

Thanks!
12 S&K B09 Gourds w/ 2 S&K barns converted to 6 cavities each

2016 - 0 visits
2017 - Few visitors late summer
2018 - 1 Pair, 5 Fledged
2019 - Visitors
2020 -

sugarcreek
Posts: 210
Joined: Sun Mar 27, 2016 10:43 am
Location: Sugarcreek, Ohio
Martin Colony History: 2016 First Yr.

Re: Holy cow!

Postby sugarcreek » Thu Jun 07, 2018 5:52 pm

So awesome to hear!!! Talk about an increase , "wow" so how many cavities are you offering ? You may want to increase next yr.
I agree with you open things up and they will come....i have doubled every yr i have had martins with what i believe the simple reason as we have just about no trees in the yard and things are wide open....46 pair with 155 eggs, with 25 pinkies as of this past Sunday
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 ?

Rockchalk
Posts: 89
Joined: Mon Jul 11, 2016 3:39 pm
Location: LaCygne, Kansas
Martin Colony History: Following my mom's footsteps. Old 12 compartment 'Grandpa' at our weekend lake retreat. Reestablished site 2015.

Re: Holy cow!

Postby Rockchalk » Thu Jun 07, 2018 6:35 pm

If that's not a case for open flyways I don't know what is.
2016 - 1 pair - 4 fledged
2017 - 1 pair - 5 fledged
2018 - 3 pair - 11 fledged

Kuemic
Posts: 166
Joined: Fri Jan 15, 2016 7:17 pm
Location: Topeka, KS
Martin Colony History: 2015 1 SY pair, 2 eggs destroyed by 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

Re: Holy cow!

Postby Kuemic » Thu Jun 07, 2018 8:31 pm

WOW!!!!! So HAPPY for you Sharon! You've been so patient and worked so hard on your site, all the while encouraging everyone else....What a year!!!! :grin: :grin: :grin:
Michelle in Topeka

cabin man
Posts: 82
Joined: Tue Mar 27, 2012 11:55 am
Location: New Jersey / Tinton Falls
Martin Colony History: Got my first SY pair in 2017. Fledged 1, but died due to wing entrapment. 2018- changed all entrances and got one ASY pair. Fledged 3

Re: Holy cow!

Postby cabin man » Thu Jun 07, 2018 8:51 pm

Wow Sharon. That’s amazing! I have been on this forum for many years and I have never heard of anyone increasing like you did. I am so excited for you. You are doing a great job with the Martin’s. Enjoy them every minute.

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!

Re: Holy cow!

Postby taxidermy lady » Thu Jun 07, 2018 9:00 pm

Wow - Congratulations!

Couple questions;

- How many total cavities did you have available this year?

- Gourds or Houses & which are occupied this year?

- What did you do to prep your cavities? (pine straw, mud, etc.)

- Where is your housing in relation to human activity?

- Do you think your fledglings came back? (i.e. do you have a lot of SY pairs?)

- How long did you leave your housing up last fall? Any late year visitors?


I have 1 pair this year and trying to maximize for next year. Appreciate any info you can provide.

Thanks!
Thank you!!
I have 39 cavities!
They have almost took up all the gourds! I have 5pair in houses!
I added pine straw and dry oak leaves!
My shop where I work is 30 yards from my poles!
I have 15 sy paired up.
4 ASY males and sy females paired up!
2 ASY pairs!
I left my housing up until late September!
Yes I had visitors after fledging! The young would come back and peek inside the gourd they hatched from! They never did stay all night.
Good luck!
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!

Re: Holy cow!

Postby taxidermy lady » Thu Jun 07, 2018 9:03 pm

So awesome to hear!!! Talk about an increase , "wow" so how many cavities are you offering ? You may want to increase next yr.
I agree with you open things up and they will come....i have doubled every yr i have had martins with what i believe the simple reason as we have just about no trees in the yard and things are wide open....46 pair with 155 eggs, with 25 pinkies as of this past Sunday
Thank you! I have 39 cavities! I will add dividers on the housing! My one legged martin is dominating the whole side of 2 houses on the MP pole! He’s very determined to protect his family! I wish I had a nice camera with a zoom to get a picture of him! I’ll know for sure if he comes back next year! Good luck! :)
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!

Re: Holy cow!

Postby taxidermy lady » Thu Jun 07, 2018 9:06 pm

If that's not a case for open flyways I don't know what is.
Thank you!! I would have never dreamed this would have happened! To think in 2012 when I put houses up and was pulling my hair out for 5years to get a pair. I should have just waited if I could have foreseen the future! :lol:
You have a great year and good luck! :)
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!

Re: Holy cow!

Postby taxidermy lady » Thu Jun 07, 2018 9:09 pm

WOW!!!!! So HAPPY for you Sharon! You've been so patient and worked so hard on your site, all the while encouraging everyone else....What a year!!!! :grin: :grin: :grin:
Thank you! Yeah what a ride! But it’s been well worth it! I’m having fun watching them raising their family! With 15 pair of sy’s It was a bit loud for a while! Now it’s simmer down and incubating and feeding taking place! The chase is over! Good luck! :)
Sharon from southern Illinois

Henry Limpet
Posts: 122
Joined: Mon Jan 12, 2015 3:48 pm
Location: IN./Howe, via the s/w side of Chicago
Martin Colony History: Trendsetter-8. Set up in 2014 at my summer cottage, a beautiful natural inland lake in N.E. Indiana's Amish Country. T-8 is on cleared land behind my pole barn and adjacent to a farmer's field

2015: Had several flyovers in early June with 1 dedicated SYM visitor who visited each day for well over a month. He brought by a few PM "parades", with 8-12 PM's who would visit all at once, but soon leave. (Added 2 gourds to bottom of the T-8). We discovered a large (Amish) colony apx. 3/4 mile South of our T-8, while on a bike ride through the country. We think this will eventually be our "feeder" colony.

2016: Put up a Trio G'Pa lakeside. Overall, not as much interest as 2015, likely because of our vacation to Gulf Shores, AL. in early June.

2017: Finally switched over to wheat straw. Success!! One nesting pair. Fledged 4!

2018: Zilch.

2019: Slow start, nothing observed by mid June. Wet, cold Spring a factor??

Re: Holy cow!

Postby Henry Limpet » Thu Jun 07, 2018 9:59 pm

Holy Cow !!!!!

Congratulations!!!!

Someone upstairs is sending multiple blessings your way, that's for sure.
Be careful how you wish . . for wishes can come true . . be sure that every wish you make is one that's right for you!

jhcox
Posts: 456
Joined: Thu May 26, 2016 9:23 am
Location: tennesse
Martin Colony History: Started colony in 2014. First pair to stay and raise young in 2018.

Re: Holy cow!

Postby jhcox » Thu Jun 07, 2018 10:16 pm

Hey sharon that’s awesome that is a huge jump in numbers. This is my 5 year and I have one nesting pair and some young males. I sure hope i have a good increase nexy year but I would be great full for another pair or two. I have 30 cavities now but looking to more than double that next year. Good luck I hope they all do well between now and fledging time. JHCox Heiskell TN.

TheSmiths
Posts: 314
Joined: Mon May 12, 2014 1:02 pm
Location: Western KY
Martin Colony History:

Tried to attract PMs since 2004; began a more ernest attempt in 2014.

2018 — 3 pairs: 1 ASY pair & 1 SY pair in the Trio; 1 SY pair in a supergourd on the gourd multi-rack.

2019 — 6 pairs

Current housing consists of two modified Trio M12Ks at 20' and a round gourd rack at 20'.

We also provide housing utilized by bluebirds, Carolina wrens, house wrens, Carolina chickadees, and tufted titmice. We have housing for great-crested flycatchers and northern flickers but usually have to close them due to starlings.

Re: Holy cow!

Postby TheSmiths » Fri Jun 08, 2018 3:02 am

Aw, that's great, Sharon!

kim w.
Posts: 89
Joined: Mon May 05, 2014 6:43 pm
Location: IN/Goshen

Re: Holy cow!

Postby kim w. » Fri Jun 08, 2018 4:44 am

That’s awesome! How far away were the trees mr farmer removed?
Kim W.

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!

Re: Holy cow!

Postby taxidermy lady » Fri Jun 08, 2018 6:08 am

That’s awesome! How far away were the trees mr farmer removed?
Thank you, the tree line on the south side was 100’. It was ok for martins but not idea! I managed to get a pair to nest in 2017! It was a 5 year struggle! Then a new owner came in and cleared out ol fence rows. That opened my world and made it martin heaven! When google takes a new picture I’ll have a before and after to show! Good luck! :)
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!

Re: Holy cow!

Postby taxidermy lady » Fri Jun 08, 2018 6:09 am

Aw, that's great, Sharon!
Thank you very much! Good luck! :)
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!

Re: Holy cow!

Postby taxidermy lady » Fri Jun 08, 2018 6:10 am

Hey sharon that’s awesome that is a huge jump in numbers. This is my 5 year and I have one nesting pair and some young males. I sure hope i have a good increase nexy year but I would be great full for another pair or two. I have 30 cavities now but looking to more than double that next year. Good luck I hope they all do well between now and fledging time. JHCox Heiskell TN.
Thank you! You will grow! Just keep the bad birds out and keep making it better! Goodluck! :)
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!

Re: Holy cow!

Postby taxidermy lady » Fri Jun 08, 2018 6:11 am

Holy Cow !!!!!

Congratulations!!!!

Someone upstairs is sending multiple blessings your way, that's for sure.
Henry I’m beaming with joy! How’s things going for you? Good luck! :)
Sharon from southern Illinois

Tengai
Posts: 68
Joined: Tue Apr 04, 2017 9:36 am
Location: Townsend, DE
Martin Colony History: 2017 first year

Re: Holy cow!

Postby Tengai » Fri Jun 08, 2018 7:52 am

Wonderful!
Phil
Townsend DE

Mitch Booth
Posts: 476
Joined: Tue Jun 03, 2008 6:23 am
Location: Akron, OH
Martin Colony History: 2012 - 0
2013 - 1 pair, 4 eggs, 2 fledged
2014 - 0
2015 - 1 pair, 5 died during week of rain
2016 - 0
2017 - 1 pair, 4 eggs, 4 fledged
2018 - 4 pair, 19 eggs, 19 fledged
2019 - 7 pair
2020 -

Re: Holy cow!

Postby Mitch Booth » Fri Jun 08, 2018 8:09 am

Sharon that is absolutely awesome!!!! Wow!!! How many ASY birds do you have?

I had the one pair last year and so far I have 3 pair sitting on 15 eggs (5 each) and a fourth pair getting ready to lay eggs in a leaf filled nest with one additional SY male that has his gourd picked out trying to attract a female.

I'm assuming I'll end up with 4 or 5 pair and with my tract record I'm very pleased with my season. I just hope I can quadruple my colony next year!!

Mitch
2020 -
2019 - 7 pair
2018 - 4 pair 19 eggs, 19 fledged
2017 - 1 pair 4 eggs, 4 fledged
2016 - 0 only visits
2015 - 1 pair 5 eggs, 5 hatched, 5 dead on days 6-7
2014 - 0 only visits
2013 - 1 pair 3 eggs, 2 hatched, 2 fledged
2012 - 0


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