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Punky
Posts: 9
Joined: Wed Dec 24, 2014 11:24 am
Location: FL/Viera
Martin Colony History: Started colony in 2006 with 8 houses. Added 4 gourds in 2007. Currently have 16 houses and 8 gourds.

Happy New Year!!! Woke up and saw my first male and female sitting on a perch. They have been circling and checking out the houses and gourds all morning. Best New Years Day ever!!!
Dale D
Posts: 329
Joined: Tue Jan 30, 2018 10:11 am
Location: Orlando, Fl
Martin Colony History: Landlord since 2004

Congratulations! I am patiently waiting here in Orlando, FL.
Orlando, FL Landlord since 2004
Offer 42 Cavities Total
James Strickland FL
Posts: 2249
Joined: Thu Nov 13, 2003 8:04 pm
Location: Reidsville NC
Martin Colony History: 2017 Had a lot visitors no Matins nesting, hoping 2018 will be different.
2018 Had 1 pair
2019 had 30 pair

Great News!
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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

Congrats Punky! I’m so ready to see my martins again? Enjoy! I still have 89 days to wait!
Jody in Central Illinois
Landlord in 2016
2016—4 pr fledged 16
2017—8 pr fledged 34
2018—11 pr fledged 60
Dave Reynolds
Posts: 1919
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".

Punky wrote:
Tue Jan 01, 2019 10:43 am
Happy New Year!!! Woke up and saw my first male and female sitting on a perch. They have been circling and checking out the houses and gourds all morning. Best New Years Day ever!!!
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What a great surprise.... I can hear your excitement clear up here in Ohio... Congratulations .. Enjoy

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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C.C.Martins
Posts: 879
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

Id agree with that, great start to a new year. Congratulations and wish you a sucessful season.
Tom
PMCA member, believer in nest checks, venting, SREH and pest/predator protection.
PMDavid
Posts: 502
Joined: Wed May 16, 2018 8:50 pm
Location: Boyce,Louisiana
Martin Colony History: 2018 1 lone nut and lots of visitors
2019 6 pair -21fledged
2020 18 pair -60 fledged
2021......to be seen.
24 natural gourds on a satellite rack,9 other gourds scattered around
2-12 compartment trio houses
Rarely see a sparrow or starling,but when I do they don’t last long!
Will have a second satellite rack for the 2022 season and phase out the houses,the martins here strongly prefer natural gourds.

Congrats punky !! I’m crossing my fingers that I’ll get started this year! Dave and Dave and smiths,Louise here’s the 2019 setup ready and waiting,🤞
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Dale D
Posts: 329
Joined: Tue Jan 30, 2018 10:11 am
Location: Orlando, Fl
Martin Colony History: Landlord since 2004

PMDavid, your site looks very promising. If you haven't done so yet please put some predator guards on your poles. Best of luck to you in 2019!
Orlando, FL Landlord since 2004
Offer 42 Cavities Total
PMDavid
Posts: 502
Joined: Wed May 16, 2018 8:50 pm
Location: Boyce,Louisiana
Martin Colony History: 2018 1 lone nut and lots of visitors
2019 6 pair -21fledged
2020 18 pair -60 fledged
2021......to be seen.
24 natural gourds on a satellite rack,9 other gourds scattered around
2-12 compartment trio houses
Rarely see a sparrow or starling,but when I do they don’t last long!
Will have a second satellite rack for the 2022 season and phase out the houses,the martins here strongly prefer natural gourds.

Thanks Dale,I don’t have any guards yet but I may handle up on that shortly. We probably have about four weeks before birds,and I have 2 killer cur dogs in the yard! Critter killers! That pic is terrible,gonna see if I can post a differ not size.
BillieJR
Posts: 677
Joined: Tue Apr 11, 2017 11:39 am
Location: Monroe, WI

I just came here on a whim - to see if there was anything new - never dreaming there would be someone saying they had purple martins already! I am so excited! Makes it feel like it won't be that long before we hear/see them again in Wisconsin......even tho it'll be probably 3 months. haha!

Tell me, please.........when they come to you now - when do they leave? Do they stay until July or August and do they have more than one batch of babies?

Enjoy!
Billie from south central Wisconsin
PMDavid
Posts: 502
Joined: Wed May 16, 2018 8:50 pm
Location: Boyce,Louisiana
Martin Colony History: 2018 1 lone nut and lots of visitors
2019 6 pair -21fledged
2020 18 pair -60 fledged
2021......to be seen.
24 natural gourds on a satellite rack,9 other gourds scattered around
2-12 compartment trio houses
Rarely see a sparrow or starling,but when I do they don’t last long!
Will have a second satellite rack for the 2022 season and phase out the houses,the martins here strongly prefer natural gourds.

Better?
Punky
Posts: 9
Joined: Wed Dec 24, 2014 11:24 am
Location: FL/Viera
Martin Colony History: Started colony in 2006 with 8 houses. Added 4 gourds in 2007. Currently have 16 houses and 8 gourds.

BillieJR wrote: I just came here on a whim - to see if there was anything new - never dreaming there would be someone saying they had purple martins already! I am so excited! Makes it feel like it won't be that long before we hear/see them again in Wisconsin......even tho it'll be probably 3 months. haha!

Tell me, please.........when they come to you now - when do they leave? Do they stay until July or August and do they have more than one batch of babies?

Enjoy!
I have Martins for 6 months. They start leaving in June but some stay into July. As for more than one clutch, I'm not sure. Seems that way sometimes, but it could be a different pair that came in late and was lucky enough to find room at the inn, so to speak. Haha! My houses and gourds are always full. Whether it's different pairs comming and going as the season goes on, I don't know.
Punky
Posts: 9
Joined: Wed Dec 24, 2014 11:24 am
Location: FL/Viera
Martin Colony History: Started colony in 2006 with 8 houses. Added 4 gourds in 2007. Currently have 16 houses and 8 gourds.

Thanks everybody! Hope you all have a great 2019 season!
BioJoe
Posts: 132
Joined: Tue Mar 03, 2015 12:18 pm
Location: PA/Erie

Punky wrote:
Tue Jan 01, 2019 10:43 am
Happy New Year!!! Woke up and saw my first male and female sitting on a perch. They have been circling and checking out the houses and gourds all morning. Best New Years Day ever!!!
I strongly encourage you to make a report to our Scout-Arrival Study online or give us a call so that we can enter your information into our research database! Congrats on your birds' return!!!
Spiderman
Posts: 796
Joined: Thu Jan 31, 2008 9:19 am
Location: Gladewater, Texas

Congrats on the new arrivals.

It won't be long they will be spreading over the whole Country!
2008 - 33 PAIR - FLEDGED 96 YOUNG
2009 - 51 PAIR - FLEDGED 166 YOUNG
2010 - 45 PAIR - FLEDGED 146 YOUNG
2011 - 33 PAIR - 128 HATCHED, 97 FLEDGED
2012 - 37 PAIR - 119 HATCHED, 101 FLEDGED
csmibert
Posts: 7
Joined: Thu Jul 06, 2017 4:41 pm
Location: AB, Canada
Martin Colony History: 2017 1 pair. 5 fledged
2018 2 pair 6 fledged
2019 5 pair 17 fledged

Congrats! You need to post a video for all us PM enthusiasts that have to wait until the end of April!
Punky
Posts: 9
Joined: Wed Dec 24, 2014 11:24 am
Location: FL/Viera
Martin Colony History: Started colony in 2006 with 8 houses. Added 4 gourds in 2007. Currently have 16 houses and 8 gourds.

BioJoe wrote:
Punky wrote:
Tue Jan 01, 2019 10:43 am
Happy New Year!!! Woke up and saw my first male and female sitting on a perch. They have been circling and checking out the houses and gourds all morning. Best New Years Day ever!!!
I strongly encourage you to make a report to our Scout-Arrival Study online or give us a call so that we can enter your information into our research database! Congrats on your birds' return!!!
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I made my scout report before I posted to the forum. "Punky" is a stupid screen name I started using years ago on social media. My real name is Vickie Maust.
Punky
Posts: 9
Joined: Wed Dec 24, 2014 11:24 am
Location: FL/Viera
Martin Colony History: Started colony in 2006 with 8 houses. Added 4 gourds in 2007. Currently have 16 houses and 8 gourds.

csmibert wrote:
Thu Jan 03, 2019 12:46 am
Congrats! You need to post a video for all us PM enthusiasts that have to wait until the end of April!
This was January 1st. The female was flying above when I thought to take a pic.
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