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rrmartins
Posts: 1435
Joined: Tue Oct 19, 2010 8:04 am
Location: Round Rock, TX

Have a full house and nest building is just getting started!!
Good luck everyone!!!
2020
T14
7 pair
25 fledged
Robert
Posts: 67
Joined: Mon Aug 06, 2018 10:49 am
Location: Columbia , South Carolina

Congrats on the full house rrmartins I hope you have a great season with lots of fledglings
Robert , South Carolina
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40 year PM landlord
2018 season
21 pairs 107 eggs 99 fledged
2019 season
23 pairs 122 eggs 105 fledged
2020 season
23 pairs 122 eggs 72 fledged
2021
Dave Reynolds
Posts: 1935
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".

,,rrmartins.... Good news on you colony... and the T-14... Wishing you great success in 2019

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 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 — First arrival on April 5, 2021

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rrmartins
Posts: 1435
Joined: Tue Oct 19, 2010 8:04 am
Location: Round Rock, TX

Thanks guys!! It’s so funny watching them trying to get those sticks into the opening. They are very busy today.
2020
T14
7 pair
25 fledged
rrmartins
Posts: 1435
Joined: Tue Oct 19, 2010 8:04 am
Location: Round Rock, TX

Still lacking females, every compartment has martins going in and out and eleven nest are almost done, still have three empty nest trays though. Have never seen this happen before.
2020
T14
7 pair
25 fledged
Dave Duit
Posts: 1890
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.

Could be the SYs are just playing house in the three compartments.
Mite control, heat venting, predator protection and additional feeding during bad weather add up to success.
Archer
Posts: 766
Joined: Fri Mar 11, 2011 1:09 pm
Location: Manitoba/Altona
Martin Colony History: six pair in 2014, have grown to 52 pairs in 2017.

T14's are prone to domination issues where pairs will defend more than one cavity. I changed my opening on my T14 this winter to have alternate opening on the front and the side. We will see if that helps. Another strategy I used last summer was to extend the porch out temporarily. I staple some cardboard onto the porches so that the dominating males could not pounce down on the subbys trying to move in. Making it harder for the Dominator to dominate. Subbys will fight hard for those dominated cavities and sometimes fill in empty's
2011- first year trying, a few visitors.
2012-One ASY pair, raised two young, lots of subby visitors. So thankfull.
2013-daily subby visits.
2014-Six SY pairs
2015-18 pair, 83 fledglings
2016-36 pair, 147 fledglings
2017-52 pairs, 192 fledglings.
2018-60 pair, 246 fledglings.
2019-59 pair, 238 fledglings.
2020-62 pair.
rrmartins
Posts: 1435
Joined: Tue Oct 19, 2010 8:04 am
Location: Round Rock, TX

Guess we’ll see what happens, I’ve never had this issue in ten years. Might have to modify some next year.
2020
T14
7 pair
25 fledged
Spiderman
Posts: 801
Joined: Thu Jan 31, 2008 9:19 am
Location: Gladewater, Texas

I went from wooden house to Gourd racks to help eliminate this issue.

With Troyer horizontal gourds they are far enough apart that the dominant males will give up trying to defend two gourds.
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
rrmartins
Posts: 1435
Joined: Tue Oct 19, 2010 8:04 am
Location: Round Rock, TX

I’ll be adding a rack for next year. It is what it is this year I reckon.
2020
T14
7 pair
25 fledged
Fuzzmeister
Posts: 178
Joined: Mon Sep 25, 2017 9:02 pm
Location: Saskatchewan Canada

Congrats on your full house! My T-14 hasn’t had a purple Martin foot print on it yet, it’s hard to believe your birds are nest building and I haven’t seen a Martin yet, hope you have a great year.
rrmartins
Posts: 1435
Joined: Tue Oct 19, 2010 8:04 am
Location: Round Rock, TX

Canada is a long flight, lol. I’m glad they migrate that far, for landlords like yourself. I still have never understood why they go so far to nest, it’s amazing what they will do. Good luck this year!!
2020
T14
7 pair
25 fledged
Fuzzmeister
Posts: 178
Joined: Mon Sep 25, 2017 9:02 pm
Location: Saskatchewan Canada

Yes I’ve often thought about why they travel that far as well, I guess since they like to be around people they must think like people, and some people just love to travel. According to the scout map there are martins all over Canada already, last year I had 12 pairs and it was my first year as a landlord this year I haven’t seen any yet but there is still time, I just hope the martins I had last year weren’t hit by a 747 passenger jet on there way back to South America. Oh well maybe I will be able to attract some second year martins when they come later!!
Sharon - Central TX
Posts: 648
Joined: Sun Feb 08, 2004 9:20 pm
Location: So. Central TX
Martin Colony History: All Troyer Horizontal Gourds with Conley Entrances
PMCA Member since 2004

RR,
We were very surprised to find a nest with 5 martin eggs in one of our gourds 8 days ago ago. Interesting it is the same gourd that was the first with 5 eggs last year and they hatched on 4/29. We don’t know when the first egg was laid this year but it was at least 13 days ago so the timing will be close to last year. Our other martins didn’t start seriously nest building until just a few days ago. It makes me wonder if they are the same birds. Today we found one new egg in another gourd.
We got off to a bad start this year with the extreme cold and lost a couple. We got one of our starving martins that we found on the ground to a rehabber. She kept her for three weeks and nursed her back to health. We released her back here in the morning when the other martins were flying near the colony. It was a joyous and tear filled occasion to see her immediately fly high in the sky and join the rest of the martins. My hats off to the rehabber who took such good care of her. The day before releasing her she called and said ”this girl wants to fly”. And fly she did :grin:
rrmartins
Posts: 1435
Joined: Tue Oct 19, 2010 8:04 am
Location: Round Rock, TX

So glad the Martin lived!!!
We had a nest one year with nine eggs in it, guess they were taking turns, lol. Then we have SY that don’t build nest and just lay eggs on the nest trays. Silly birds!!!
2020
T14
7 pair
25 fledged
Sharon - Central TX
Posts: 648
Joined: Sun Feb 08, 2004 9:20 pm
Location: So. Central TX
Martin Colony History: All Troyer Horizontal Gourds with Conley Entrances
PMCA Member since 2004

We had a pair of SY’s lay eggs really late in the season last year. Don’t know if you remember how hot it was in July, like 106+ some days. We helped them by putting ice packs in the gourd, sometimes up to three times a day. Even though ALL the other martins left for the roost, the SY pair stayed and diligently fed those babies until they fledged the end of July. I was so proud of what great parents they turned out to be their first year. We decided they definitely earned the Parents of the Year award.
Then like you said, there have been others that have done some crazy things when laying eggs. I have to wonder how the two turned out to be such excellent parents. It was amazing watching them hang in there by themselves in such hot temps.
rrmartins
Posts: 1435
Joined: Tue Oct 19, 2010 8:04 am
Location: Round Rock, TX

That’s a determined landlord and pair right there, it was HOT!!
Glad you were able to help them. We always build nest for the ones with the eggs on the nest trays, sometimes they make it, sometimes not. Lots of rain coming, should be plenty of food this year.
2020
T14
7 pair
25 fledged
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