My Treeswallow house

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randy741985
Posts: 156
Joined: Wed Apr 04, 2018 5:08 pm
Location: NE Alabama
Martin Colony History: 2018-First Year 0 Martins
2019- Lots Lookers
2020- TBD

This is my solution to treeswallow.
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2018-14 Gourds First Year 0 Martins
2019- 14 Gourds Lots Lookers
2020- 6 Gourds TBD
randy741985
Posts: 156
Joined: Wed Apr 04, 2018 5:08 pm
Location: NE Alabama
Martin Colony History: 2018-First Year 0 Martins
2019- Lots Lookers
2020- TBD

I will.post later
2018-14 Gourds First Year 0 Martins
2019- 14 Gourds Lots Lookers
2020- 6 Gourds TBD
flyin-lowe
Posts: 2860
Joined: Wed Mar 29, 2006 8:49 am
Location: Indiana/Henry Co.

Tree swallows can be a very big problem when it comes to starting a colony in an area with a high population of them. They cause as much if not more problems as S&S but you can't treat them the same. I am not sure how their nesting timeline lines up with the martins in your neck of the woods but up here they usually show up a few weeks before martins so they don't have time to actually start nesting by the time the martins arrive. As soon as I would see martins and open up the housing the tree swallows would immediately go to the taller Martin housing and bother visiting martins. Once you get a colony established the returning martins will stand up to the TS but at a new sight visiting martins will move on if the get harassed too much. If you haven't read it already I would search for Dan Drews tree swallow/blue bird protocol, it's helped a lot of people.
2020 47 of 52 cavities with nest (5/29)(HOSP Count 7)
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.
vman
Posts: 50
Joined: Fri Apr 14, 2017 10:42 pm
Location: wisconsin
Martin Colony History: have not had martins for last 20 yrs. trying to re establish a colony
2018 1 asy pair fledged 2

According to what i've read and seen on the migration maps tree swallows don't nest in the southern states,is this accurate?
Jim
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!

Pretty sure Georgia is still a southern state :wink: Not only have Tree Swallows I think they are becoming colonial. Had a pair in the house on the Sheppard hook and a pair in the rack this year. Too busy to move them this year so let it ride... Thought they were not supposed to nest ~30 feet apart?

Took down two of the three closest trees last winter so had hopes this would be the year. Will try to get the last one this winter. And still need to get an outlet near the rack so I can play the Dawn Song there instead of at our house.
pmlover
Posts: 806
Joined: Thu Apr 04, 2013 3:30 pm
Location: OH/New Concord

if you have many tree swallows all you have to do is put up about 20 extra bb houses and it will take care of your problem. They will also help you with the fist nuisance birds before the martins have settled in. I love these little birds
2015 69 pairs 418 eggs 396 fledged
2019 I have 148 openings now
2016 100 pairs 600 babies fledged added another t-14 and have 126 openings now
2015 Jun 24 360 babies and 58 eggs also found one that had died
2017 632 babies 11died and 20 were killed by hawks
2015 74 pairs and 9 eggs 5/14
2010 3pairss
]JOINED PMCA JUNE 6,2018
2018 651 babies 5 hawk kills 11 floater kills 25 died in houses and 610 fledged

2014 80 pairs 283 babies 282 fledged one died
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