A lot of recent activity

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flymartin
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Location: Florida

A lot of recent activity

Postby flymartin » Tue May 07, 2019 11:36 am

This is my first attempt at attracting Martins. I live in southwest Florida.
As luck would have it I have a very active colony about a half mile away. I put up a MSS-12 house in late January. About a month ago I had a lot of
activity. It was mostly sub adult males and females I think. They were going in and out really checking it out. this lasted for about 2-3 weeks.
I have a pretty open location but it's not on the water. The nearby colony is on a small pond. I think I met most of the proper requirements
for housing location. Now I rarely see any activity, only the occasional fly by. Does this mean that I'm doomed for establishing a colony or have the locals started to fly south already. I still see activity at my neighbors site. Any feedback is appreciated.

Dflowe
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Joined: Wed May 02, 2018 6:50 am
Location: Mint Hill, NC

Re: A lot of recent activity

Postby Dflowe » Tue May 07, 2019 12:36 pm

I had visitors every year for 10 years before I every got permanent residents. Now, I have 24 gourd type houses and most of them are occupied.

My advice would be to stay patient and your time will come.

flyin-lowe
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Joined: Wed Mar 29, 2006 8:49 am
Location: Indiana/Henry Co.

Re: A lot of recent activity

Postby flyin-lowe » Tue May 07, 2019 1:33 pm

Being on the water is not a necessity, especially if you have water near by. Some people wait years and other get martins the first year. I just takes the first couple birds that decide they like your place better then the other places near by.
2019- Currently 31 complete nests (27 with eggs or babies) 94 babies hatched and 19 eggs still to hatch) 6-22-19
2018- 15 pair last count 49 fledged
2017 3 SY pair nested, 12 eggs total, fledged 10. 4 additional SY's stayed all summer but never paired/nested.
2016 1 pair fledged 4
2015 Visitors
2014 Visitors
2013 Moved 6 miles away, 1 pair fledged 2.
2012 30 pair fledged 100.
2011 12 pair (11 that nested), 43 fledged.
2010 5 pair, 21 eggs, 16 hatched, 14 fledged.

deancamp
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Location: MO

Re: A lot of recent activity

Postby deancamp » Tue May 07, 2019 1:59 pm

I agree with the previous advice you received. Just because you don't get them this doesn't mean you won't get them. Stay the course and let them continue to visit. This could very well be laying the ground work for next year. Are you playing the dawn song, decoys, prenesting?

flymartin
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Joined: Mon Apr 08, 2019 12:22 pm
Location: Florida

Re: A lot of recent activity

Postby flymartin » Tue May 07, 2019 4:45 pm

I agree with the previous advice you received. Just because you don't get them this doesn't mean you won't get them. Stay the course and let them continue to visit. This could very well be laying the ground work for next year. Are you playing the dawn song, decoys, prenesting?
Yes I am playing the Dawn song and have a couple of decoys as well.Thanks for the advice.

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

Re: A lot of recent activity

Postby Mitch Booth » Thu May 09, 2019 3:22 pm

Being on the water is not a necessity, especially if you have water near by. Some people wait years and other get martins the first year. I just takes the first couple birds that decide they like your place better then the other places near by.
Flyin-lowe,

Just wanted to give you an update at my site. I currently have 6 Asy males paired up w 4 females (2 asy and 2 sy) but haven't had any SY males show up yet. My first ASY male showed up 4-15 and last year my season started on 4-28 and I ended up with 4 pair. I'm thrilled with the activity so far and I'm hoping for 10-12 pair which may be unrealistic but with the 3 gourd racks offering 36 cavities and the T-14 across the pond with 18 cavities I have plenty of room. I noticed you went from 3 to 15 pair. I bet you will get at least 30 plus pair this year!!

Mitch
2019 -
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

flyin-lowe
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Joined: Wed Mar 29, 2006 8:49 am
Location: Indiana/Henry Co.

Re: A lot of recent activity

Postby flyin-lowe » Fri May 10, 2019 9:40 am

Good to hear from you. I have close to 15 ASY pair right now. I've been traveling the last week or so and haven't been able to take a close look. I haven't seen any SY yet but wouldn't be surprised if they are there. 30 pair was my goal this year, if I get a good SY influx it could be more, I have 48 cavities currently available....
2019- Currently 31 complete nests (27 with eggs or babies) 94 babies hatched and 19 eggs still to hatch) 6-22-19
2018- 15 pair last count 49 fledged
2017 3 SY pair nested, 12 eggs total, fledged 10. 4 additional SY's stayed all summer but never paired/nested.
2016 1 pair fledged 4
2015 Visitors
2014 Visitors
2013 Moved 6 miles away, 1 pair fledged 2.
2012 30 pair fledged 100.
2011 12 pair (11 that nested), 43 fledged.
2010 5 pair, 21 eggs, 16 hatched, 14 fledged.


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