My barnies finally arrived, yippee!

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Chris B
Posts: 375
Joined: Sun Jun 01, 2014 4:10 pm
Location: AL/Toney

They had me worried but today had 5 blow through the front porch and mama bird lit on the nest they had last year which may need replacing as it is getting pretty tall. Strange migration this yer with TS 1st, PMs a couple weeks later and only now barnies. Guess they are the smart ones and there are LOTs of bugs for everyone.
2014 8 gourds, 3 pairs nested. Ended w/ 24 total
2015 24 gourds, 22 nests. Lotsa birds!
2016 24 gourds and good activity.
2017 32 SREH gourds. Great activity.
2018 40 SREH gourds. Good finish despite big storm damage. No more dangling gourds.
2019 56+ SREH gourds, all on 3/8 rods. Birds did very well.
2020 56 SREH gourds.
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

We have bank swallows and barn swallows at work the bank swallows have been arriving for about 2 weeks but I haven't seen a barnies yet should be anyday now.
2018-14 Gourds First Year 0 Martins
2019- 14 Gourds Lots Lookers
2020- 6 Gourds TBD
-=DKC=-
Posts: 356
Joined: Thu Jun 08, 2017 2:26 pm
Location: Corpus Christi, TX
Martin Colony History: ................
2019: 11 pairs
2018: 11 pairs - 43 fledged
2017: 4 pairs - 17 fledged

I see them flying over all the time but I would absolutely love to have them nesting on my property. Very cool birds. :grin:
"If at first you don't succeed, keep on suckin' till you do succeed." - Curly Howard
jhcox
Posts: 464
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.

I have bluebirds tree swallows one purple Martin Carolina wrens black capped chickadee‘s how do you go about getting barn swallows. I got a barn but it’s not open. JHCox
Birds
Posts: 71
Joined: Fri Mar 22, 2019 11:35 am
Location: Northeast OH
Martin Colony History: 2017: nothing, 2018: discovered the PMCA, new house modifications 2019:Still no Martins. House sparrow and starling hate forever.

I built a barn swallow nester from plan's i found online and hung it on my widow. A few barn swallows are checking it out but no nesting activity yet.
2017 :installed a Martin house hoping for Martins.
2018 :discovered the PMCA made modifications to a heath house .
2019 : Still no martins yet. House sparrow and starlings hate forever.
Tip :never give up
jhcox
Posts: 464
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.

Thank you Birds I’ll pull that up on google today. JHCox
Birds
Posts: 71
Joined: Fri Mar 22, 2019 11:35 am
Location: Northeast OH
Martin Colony History: 2017: nothing, 2018: discovered the PMCA, new house modifications 2019:Still no Martins. House sparrow and starling hate forever.

No problem I'm glad to help.
2017 :installed a Martin house hoping for Martins.
2018 :discovered the PMCA made modifications to a heath house .
2019 : Still no martins yet. House sparrow and starlings hate forever.
Tip :never give up
sugarcreek
Posts: 210
Joined: Sun Mar 27, 2016 10:43 am
Location: Sugarcreek, Ohio
Martin Colony History: 2016 First Yr.

jhcox wrote:
Mon Apr 08, 2019 8:04 pm
I have bluebirds tree swallows one purple Martin Carolina wrens black capped chickadee‘s how do you go about getting barn swallows. I got a barn but it’s not open. JHCox
Barnies love open barns, probably have to open your barn
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 ?
Chris B
Posts: 375
Joined: Sun Jun 01, 2014 4:10 pm
Location: AL/Toney

Mine nest right in a corner of my front porch. They have about 10" build-up before the roof is too close and they can't feed the kids. I may tear it down this year in a week or two and let them start again, cause it's been 2 seasons on that buid... IF... the one I have hanging out on the nest really is momma. She may be the great grandma of a huge bunch that come through when there are babies in the nest. I think they live in a old barn that isn't used nearby but this nest on the porch seems like royalty.

I see the trio as being low level, mid level, and high bug fighter jet cover. In the summer afternoon the view off the front porch is like an old Howard Hughes WWI airplane movie.

I have a pond , open grass flyways, bugs, and few trees.
2014 8 gourds, 3 pairs nested. Ended w/ 24 total
2015 24 gourds, 22 nests. Lotsa birds!
2016 24 gourds and good activity.
2017 32 SREH gourds. Great activity.
2018 40 SREH gourds. Good finish despite big storm damage. No more dangling gourds.
2019 56+ SREH gourds, all on 3/8 rods. Birds did very well.
2020 56 SREH gourds.
jhcox
Posts: 464
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.

ChrisB that sound great I watched some YouTube stuff on making BS cup nest and placing them just under the over hang on the front of my barn. On the outside would that be ok not really sheltered from the elements but it would be under that over hang. JHCox
Chris B
Posts: 375
Joined: Sun Jun 01, 2014 4:10 pm
Location: AL/Toney

There is more to it cause you have to consider the storm winds. My front porch will get howling winds from the north, so they prefer the northern corner furtherest from the house. The wind is a lot less. I also have an old hangar that they like to hang out in which gets no winds in it even from the north, cause it is open that direction. They hang out there sometimes, but so do critters who will eat their nests, and it is not overnight.

Barnies on the front porch are very rewarding. Remember, that poop from the little poopers would have been bugs.
2014 8 gourds, 3 pairs nested. Ended w/ 24 total
2015 24 gourds, 22 nests. Lotsa birds!
2016 24 gourds and good activity.
2017 32 SREH gourds. Great activity.
2018 40 SREH gourds. Good finish despite big storm damage. No more dangling gourds.
2019 56+ SREH gourds, all on 3/8 rods. Birds did very well.
2020 56 SREH gourds.
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

Here in wi. we have about 40 pair of barnswallows every year, but we also have 300 head of cattle, barnies are great for fly control, ours won't be here for another week or two. So the secret is if you want barnswallows, get some livestock :wink: :wink: ours nest on the trusses in the barns, which we keep open all summer, they usually raise two batches of young and head back south the first or second week in sept.


Good luck this season, Jim
Jim
Birds
Posts: 71
Joined: Fri Mar 22, 2019 11:35 am
Location: Northeast OH
Martin Colony History: 2017: nothing, 2018: discovered the PMCA, new house modifications 2019:Still no Martins. House sparrow and starling hate forever.

I made my barn swallows house from a natural nest i found in my cousins barn. All's you have to do is glue the nest to a old worn out board. then Nail a piece of wood 1/2" above the top of the nest for protection. Make sure the nest fits on the board before you cut. Then you will need to hang the board under the overhang of your house. I had a swallow check out the nest today!
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2017 :installed a Martin house hoping for Martins.
2018 :discovered the PMCA made modifications to a heath house .
2019 : Still no martins yet. House sparrow and starlings hate forever.
Tip :never give up
Birds
Posts: 71
Joined: Fri Mar 22, 2019 11:35 am
Location: Northeast OH
Martin Colony History: 2017: nothing, 2018: discovered the PMCA, new house modifications 2019:Still no Martins. House sparrow and starling hate forever.

Sorry bad camera.
2017 :installed a Martin house hoping for Martins.
2018 :discovered the PMCA made modifications to a heath house .
2019 : Still no martins yet. House sparrow and starlings hate forever.
Tip :never give up
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