2019 Migration

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phldave
Posts: 514
Joined: Fri Jun 15, 2012 2:44 pm
Location: Iowa/Pleasant Hill
Martin Colony History: Started trying in 2012 and still trying

Looks like their off and running, to put it in horse racing terms. I just noticed there are 2 scout reports for Iowa, and 1 is almost clear to I-80. I guess I'll do my best to get my site put together and erected tomorrow. I just new this is what would happen. Our weather is so strange anymore. Yesterday morning we still had 6 inches of snow in the backyard and now it is almost gone. Oh well, I am so ready for spring, it just takes this old timer a while to break out of hibernation mode. Bring it on!
Dave
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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
jpp77
Posts: 175
Joined: Mon Apr 17, 2017 9:21 pm
Location: Lawrence, KS area
Martin Colony History: 2015 - 1 pair, not successful (Sparrows)
2016 - 1 pair, 4 young
2017 - 5 pair, 23 young
2018 - 8 pair, 40 young, two deaths most likely due to heat.
2019 - 18 pair, 74 eggs, 1 nest abandoned, all the rest successful.
2020 - 32 nests, unknown exact egg numbers, 1 death.

My Parents always show up about March 28, and mine usually around April 10th here in Kansas
paule
Posts: 81
Joined: Mon Nov 09, 2015 2:06 pm
Location: Central Iowa
Martin Colony History: 5 Modified Trios 10 Gourds and 1 B&B
2019 24 Pair 83 Fledged
2018 23 Pair 92 Fledged
2017 26 Pair 105 Fledged
2016 21 Pair 99 Fledged
2015 15 Pair 59 Fledged
2014 18 Pair 40 Fledged
2013 16 Pair 30 Fledged
2012 10 Pair 30 Fledged
Started in late 1980's

phldave wrote:
Fri Mar 15, 2019 10:55 am
Looks like their off and running, to put it in horse racing terms. I just noticed there are to 2 scout reports for Iowa, and 1 is almost clear to I-80. I guess I'll do my best to get my site put together and erected tomorrow. I just new this is what would happen. Our weather is so strange anymore. Yesterday morning we still had 6 inches of snow in the backyard and now it is almost gone. Oh well, I am so ready for spring, it just takes this old timer a while to break out of hibernation mode. Bring it on!
Dave
Dave,
It's looking like I need to hunt for a pair of snow shoes to get ready for this years migration. This is crazy! :shock: Took this picture at 2 pm today.
Paul E
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Project MartinWatch participants and supplemental feeding is provided. I also add heat to housing when needed.
JamesinIA
Posts: 329
Joined: Thu Mar 27, 2008 8:43 am
Location: Iowa/Wellman

That last scout report in Iowa from Evan was 8 days earlier than he ever had. He called me yesterday and said that his son thought that he was going to shoot a starling and when he looked through the scope he saw it was a male martin. I don't know what that martin thinks he is going to eat this early in the season. It's a good thing that Evan does supplemental feeding for his martins.
2009 One ASY pair 5 eggs 5 fledged 2010 2 pair 5 fledged 2011 8 pair 27 fledged 2012 14 pair 38 fledged
2013 20 pair 64 fledged 2014 19 pair fledged 84 2015 26 pair fledged 124 2016 36 pair fledged 156 2017 40 pair fledged 156
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MooMoo123
Posts: 1
Joined: Sun Mar 24, 2019 6:54 pm
Location: Oklahoma Panhandle

We now have 4 immature males checking out our Purple Martin Houses in the Oklahoma Panhandle. The first two arrived 3/23 with two more on 3/24. We anxiously await the return of the rest of their flock.
Dave Duit
Posts: 1796
Joined: Tue Nov 25, 2003 2:02 pm
Location: Iowa / Nevada
Martin Colony History: In 2020, 60 pair with 285 fledged youngsters. 83 total cavities available, 58 Troyer Horizontal gourds and 4 modified deep trio metal house units, 1 fallout shelter, owl cages around all units. Martin educator and speaker. President and founder of the Iowa Purple Martin Organization. Please visit www.iamartin.org and join.

I will have new updates on the Iowa site as soon as the webmaster completes all the website updates and software. As of March 28th we have 11 Iowa reports in. My ASY male arrived at 7:00 PM Tuesday March 26th.
Mite control, heat venting, predator protection and additional feeding during bad weather add up to success.
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