Migration stalls until the 8th

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Doug Martin - PA
Posts: 1919
Joined: Thu Mar 25, 2004 10:47 am
Location: Pennsylvania/Fombell
Martin Colony History: First pair in 2009 after 28 years of trying. 3 pairs 2010, 17 pairs 2011 and 35-45 pairs since. Many additional colonies are now springing up around mine in an area once completely void of Martins. I offer 50 compartments at my site consisting of primarily Excluder II gourds on Gemini racks. Also a wooden T-14. I utilize electric fence type predator guards on the base of the poles. Supplemental feeding is crucial in maintaining my colony. I platform feed throughout the season as needed. My site tends to be a stop over point for additional birds as they migrate further north.

Migration stalls until the 8th

Postby Doug Martin - PA » Mon Mar 04, 2019 8:55 pm

With cold weather and north wind most of this week there will be little movement north. Folks in the south need to keep those arrivals healthy.

But beginning the 8th the winds will change and by the 10th the Ohio Valley will likely see their first arrivals.

Let's hope the weather continues to co-operate from that point forward.

Doug
Supplemental feeding plays a major role in western Pennsylvania. Finally got my 1st pair in 2009 after 28 years of effort. 3 pairs in 2010. 17 pairs in 2011. 35 pairs and 150 young in 2012 & 2013. Plus a new 22 pair colony right down the road from me.

phldave
Posts: 506
Joined: Fri Jun 15, 2012 2:44 pm
Location: Iowa/Pleasant Hill
Martin Colony History: Started trying in 2012 and still trying

Re: Migration stalls until the 8th

Postby phldave » Tue Mar 05, 2019 10:42 am

I see there are scout reports in Missouri and Indiana. They must be chomping at the bit to move north. Here in the Des Moines area this am we were less than 10 deg. and with a min of 4" snow pack. I don't plan on setting up my site for another 1-2 weeks, but I received an order of hand warmers and mealworms yesterday. Sure hope I can get some to stay with me this year!

Dave
2012 late start
2013 nothing yet, lots a lookers
2014 Bust again
2015 Bust again
2016 Bust again
2017 Bust again
2018 April 14 a group joined me, but moved on after a week
2019 Had SY male seriously check me out but didn't stay

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: Migration stalls until the 8th

Postby Mitch Booth » Tue Mar 05, 2019 1:33 pm

With cold weather and north wind most of this week there will be little movement north. Folks in the south need to keep those arrivals healthy.

But beginning the 8th the winds will change and by the 10th the Ohio Valley will likely see their first arrivals.

Let's hope the weather continues to co-operate from that point forward.

Doug
Doug,

I've noticed over the years that many of your posts are weather related. Are you in the weather business as a meteorologist or anything like that?

I'm real excited this year as I offer 54 cavities and I've had limited success the past 7 years with only getting one breeding pair every other year until last year when I had 4 pair that all successfully fledged young. Last year during the migration roost which is less than 1 mile directly west of my colony I would literally have 1,000's of birds circling my site and the one night I spotted two birds enter one of the cavities that had just fledged young a few days earlier. Hopefully my fledglings were helpful in attracting other martins to check out my site.

Cheers,

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

C.C.Martins
Posts: 802
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 sucessful.
2017- 5 pair. 15 fledged.
2018-18 pair. 85 fledged.
2019- 17 pair. 81 fledged
2020:?
Home colony: 17 natural gourds, one 6 compartment house. All SREH.
Satelite colony Oso bay preserve: 12 gourds: excluder, troyer horizontal, super gourds with tunnels. 6 room trio mino castle with enlarged compartments.
2019: Visitors
2020: ?
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Re: Migration stalls until the 8th

Postby C.C.Martins » Tue Mar 05, 2019 3:18 pm

Had two ASYs male come in day before yesterday, during the front, very cold wind and they were tired. Wings drooping. Tried to huddle on the balconys for warmth because the residents wouldnt let them in and they did not like the crescents. Eventually i went out to stir them off and were allowed into the cavity.
I think they are still with me, hope they hunker down for a bit longer but eventually they will be heading north to you guys. I did put crickets on the inside of the porches of all the cavities so hopefully they ate something. Its rough on them!
Tom

2016- two visitors
2017- 5 pair 15 Fledged
2018-18 pairs 85 Fledged
2019-17 pair 81 fledged
2020:

Satellite location: oso bay preserve 12 gourds, modified trio
2019: Visitors
2020: hopeful!!!

Dave Reynolds
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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".

Re: Migration stalls until the 8th

Postby Dave Reynolds » Tue Mar 05, 2019 3:33 pm

Doug ... Sure hope your right on the Weather forcast.. The weather should break before they start moving North..
If they hold up somewhere down South, that would be super, for a few more weeks.. Thanks for the update..

Dave
Home Site “Little Hocking, Ohio”
2010 / 2018 -- Lots of Visitors
2019 — First pair, 5 Eggs, 5 hatched, 5 fledged. :wink:
2020 — They Showed up on March 28 for another year... :wink:

Satellite Site “Oxbow Golf Course”
2018 -- 15 Pair, 58 Eggs, 38 Hatched and 36 Fledged :wink:
2019 — 26 Pair, 128 Eggs, 99 Hatched and 97 Fledged. :wink:
2020 — They showed up on April 24 for another year... :wink:

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Doug Martin - PA
Posts: 1919
Joined: Thu Mar 25, 2004 10:47 am
Location: Pennsylvania/Fombell
Martin Colony History: First pair in 2009 after 28 years of trying. 3 pairs 2010, 17 pairs 2011 and 35-45 pairs since. Many additional colonies are now springing up around mine in an area once completely void of Martins. I offer 50 compartments at my site consisting of primarily Excluder II gourds on Gemini racks. Also a wooden T-14. I utilize electric fence type predator guards on the base of the poles. Supplemental feeding is crucial in maintaining my colony. I platform feed throughout the season as needed. My site tends to be a stop over point for additional birds as they migrate further north.

Re: Migration stalls until the 8th

Postby Doug Martin - PA » Wed Mar 06, 2019 7:15 pm

Hi Mitch,

Glad you are finally getting that colony started. This will be your boom year. You will likely go up to 15-20 pairs.

I am just a very avid weather buff. Have been all my life. I used to call migration to each state but it was too much work lol. My best call was the year that there was a Texas arrival before Florida. Very rare but I called it.

Love migration weather systems and springtime.

Doug
Supplemental feeding plays a major role in western Pennsylvania. Finally got my 1st pair in 2009 after 28 years of effort. 3 pairs in 2010. 17 pairs in 2011. 35 pairs and 150 young in 2012 & 2013. Plus a new 22 pair colony right down the road from me.

Doug Martin - PA
Posts: 1919
Joined: Thu Mar 25, 2004 10:47 am
Location: Pennsylvania/Fombell
Martin Colony History: First pair in 2009 after 28 years of trying. 3 pairs 2010, 17 pairs 2011 and 35-45 pairs since. Many additional colonies are now springing up around mine in an area once completely void of Martins. I offer 50 compartments at my site consisting of primarily Excluder II gourds on Gemini racks. Also a wooden T-14. I utilize electric fence type predator guards on the base of the poles. Supplemental feeding is crucial in maintaining my colony. I platform feed throughout the season as needed. My site tends to be a stop over point for additional birds as they migrate further north.

Re: Migration stalls until the 8th

Postby Doug Martin - PA » Wed Mar 06, 2019 7:15 pm

Your welcome Dave!
Supplemental feeding plays a major role in western Pennsylvania. Finally got my 1st pair in 2009 after 28 years of effort. 3 pairs in 2010. 17 pairs in 2011. 35 pairs and 150 young in 2012 & 2013. Plus a new 22 pair colony right down the road from me.

Doug Martin - PA
Posts: 1919
Joined: Thu Mar 25, 2004 10:47 am
Location: Pennsylvania/Fombell
Martin Colony History: First pair in 2009 after 28 years of trying. 3 pairs 2010, 17 pairs 2011 and 35-45 pairs since. Many additional colonies are now springing up around mine in an area once completely void of Martins. I offer 50 compartments at my site consisting of primarily Excluder II gourds on Gemini racks. Also a wooden T-14. I utilize electric fence type predator guards on the base of the poles. Supplemental feeding is crucial in maintaining my colony. I platform feed throughout the season as needed. My site tends to be a stop over point for additional birds as they migrate further north.

Re: Migration stalls until the 8th

Postby Doug Martin - PA » Wed Mar 06, 2019 7:17 pm

CC

My early ones seem to always show up looking terrible. Some years it's really bad. I have not lost but one or 2 in all these years though.

Doug
Supplemental feeding plays a major role in western Pennsylvania. Finally got my 1st pair in 2009 after 28 years of effort. 3 pairs in 2010. 17 pairs in 2011. 35 pairs and 150 young in 2012 & 2013. Plus a new 22 pair colony right down the road from me.

Whippy
Posts: 512
Joined: Thu Jan 19, 2017 11:15 pm
Location: Plano, Texas
Martin Colony History: 2016 - late to put up, many visitors
2017 - 1 pair, 3 fledged
2018- 2 pair, 12 fledged
2019 - 4 pair, 21 fledged
2020 - ?

Re: Migration stalls until the 8th

Postby Whippy » Thu Mar 07, 2019 10:29 am

Last year mine returned on March 7th. So today being the 7th and tomorrow the 8th, with good Southerly wind flow, I'm really looking out the windows. I had two pair last year so hoping for an increase of residents this year. I have 16 cavities, all gourds. 9 BigBo two have tunnels, 3 Bo11 two have tunnels and 4 Troyer horizontal. Something for everybody. :)

I hope all of those that returned to this area (Plano, DFW) earlier this month made it through the brutal cold snap.

Coolwhips


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