I’m growing in numbers

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I’m growing in numbers

Postby jhcox » Fri May 10, 2019 7:54 pm

Started this year with I think my matriarch pair. I was hoping to double the one pair I had from last year but the Lord has seen fit to give me about 10 or 12 maybe more Martins this year. Not sure how many pairs I actually have but I have 6 or seven nest with leaves in them. So hopefully I’ll have some eggs next week or so. Thanks for all the help over the years everyone. JHCox Heiskell TN

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Martin Colony History: 2019 10 pair, 24 fledged.

Re: I’m growing in numbers

Postby Rafke77 » Fri May 10, 2019 8:06 pm

Really cool! I can't wait to have that many nesting as well! Congrats!
2019 10 pair, 47 eggs, 24 fledged.

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Re: I’m growing in numbers

Postby Fuzzmeister » Fri May 10, 2019 8:33 pm

Congrats awesome feeling I went through it last year, it was my first year and I had 12 pair it was a blessing to sit on my deck and watch them go through the stages of nest building and raising there young. You will find that the bigger your colony gets the more fun they are to watch cheers.

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Location: Long Lake SD
Martin Colony History: Had 2 wooden and 1 plastic house up since 2004. Added plastic gourds to housing in June of 2015, had SY male stay for 3 weeks. Had lots of late visitors during late fall migration while playing martin chatter CD. Added more decoys and multiple styles of plastic gourds to my spread in 2016...it worked - 1 pair (ASYM + SYF) fledged both young that hatched!! S & S control done studiously every year.

2017 - 4 nesting pairs, 16/17 eggs hatched and all 16 young banded and fledged. Also had 5 extra SY males and 1 SY female stay during the nesting season.

2018 - 10 nesting pairs (7 ASYM, 3 SYM & 3 ASYF, 7 SYF), 52 eggs, 46 hatched, 45 fledged, 29 banded. Two banded males from 2017 hatch returned home. One successfully nested, the other stayed a few weeks and left.

2019 - 32 nests, 160 eggs - 25 ASYM & 7 SYM. The two males banded in 2017 again returned home now in ASY plumage, and two SY females and one SY male banded in 2018 returned in 2019. 87 HY banded in 2019.

Re: I’m growing in numbers

Postby randyM » Sat May 11, 2019 12:22 am

I went from 1 pair, to 4 pairs, to 10 pairs, and this year I have 36 individuals so far and the subbies have not even begun to arrived yet. It was a very long wait for me, but I think this colony is here to stay. It certainly is a joy to watch a colony grow! You should expect your colony to really grow next year, given you have enough rooms for everyone! Congratulations!!

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Re: I’m growing in numbers

Postby DonnaG » Sat May 11, 2019 6:54 am

I currently have about 17 prs and last nest check I have 75 eggs~~~~~ Been having an exisiting colony about 4 yrs!!! miss them when they are a gone and love having them around~~~~~~

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Re: I’m growing in numbers

Postby flyin-lowe » Sat May 11, 2019 7:24 am

Being your in TN I wouldn't be surprised if you don't pick up some more SY's yet this year. The migration seems to be a little slower this year to me. I was expecting to have more SY's by now, hopefully they will be here soon.
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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Re: I’m growing in numbers

Postby deancamp » Sat May 11, 2019 8:05 am

That's great, waiting to see what my end result will be when the sy birds get into full swing.

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Re: I’m growing in numbers

Postby rrmartins » Sat May 11, 2019 8:06 am

Great news!!
7 pair
25 fledged
Rat breached bird netting and nearly wiped out entire colony over a four day period. Problem was fixed!!

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Martin Colony History: 2015 A few Visitors
2016 1 ASY pair 4 eggs 4 Fledged
2017 ASY male returned chased off by starlings
2018 3 Pair with nestlings and an ASY male bachelor and 2 SY males around all the time

Re: I’m growing in numbers

Postby detioh11 » Sat May 11, 2019 8:15 am

I had one pair in 2016 none in 2017 and one again in 2018. It looks like I have 3 pair spending the nights and just starting to think about near building in central Michigan. It is really cool to have 6 birds around. It feels like so many compared to 1 pair. Maybe I will get lucky and. They will draw in a SY pair. Hopefully my colony is underway now for good.

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Re: I’m growing in numbers

Postby jhcox » Sat May 11, 2019 9:47 am

Ya it’s a great feeling to see them in larger numbers when I go out to work in the yard they go crazy darting and diving. And I hope they grow again next year or even this year because Tennessee so far is only showing 7 to 8 subadults on the migration map. As far as room to grow I have the 30 compartments now and last year a older gentleman gave me for nice racks and a feeder rack. He also gave me around 60 troyer horizantal gourds a few more super gourds and another style that I’m not sure what kind they are. So I have the potential for over 100 compartments. I probably won’t need them put up for a while until the 30 that I have get filled up. But I can hope that it will be sooner than later.

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Re: I’m growing in numbers

Postby Spiderman » Sat May 11, 2019 9:58 am

When your young can fly and family groups start to disappear, you should really spend the effort to locate and go see a Community Roost in your area.

We all have small colonies but to see 10,000 to 20,000 Purple Martins flying in unison and spending the night in less than 10 trees is an unreal experience.
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

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Re: I’m growing in numbers

Postby jhcox » Sat May 11, 2019 1:36 pm

I have no idea where a local roost is in the East Tennessee area.

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Re: I’m growing in numbers

Postby Buckdog122 » Sun May 12, 2019 7:15 am

This is my second year and I had lots of visitors last year, and 4 days ago had an adult pair show along with another I can’t tell yet. Now there are 4. I’ve been waiting anxiously in the evenings to make sure that they return. Pretty exiting waking and seeing the action around the house. Good luck all

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Re: I’m growing in numbers

Postby jhcox » Sun May 12, 2019 3:53 pm

Hey buckdog122 it sure is exciting to get up in the morning and see them zipping around. I think I’m up to 12 or 14 now and the more you get the better it is to sit and watch them.

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Martin Colony History: In 2018, 54 pair with 202 fledged youngsters. 73 total compartments available, 48 Troyer Horizontal gourds and 4 modified trio metal house units, owl cages around all units. Martin educator and speaker. President of the Iowa Purple Martin Organization. Please visit www.iamartin.org and join.

Re: I’m growing in numbers

Postby Dave Duit » Mon May 13, 2019 9:02 am

It all starts with a few and then the sky is the limit for how many pair you can manage in a healthy manner.
Mite control, heat venting, predator protection and additional feeding during bad weather add up to success.

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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.

Re: I’m growing in numbers

Postby jpp77 » Tue May 14, 2019 9:43 am

Same here. I had 16 Martins last year and to date this year, I have seen 24. Curious how many nests I end up with as they are building now.

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Re: I’m growing in numbers

Postby jhcox » Tue May 14, 2019 6:11 pm

I seem to have way more nest building activity than I have actual Martins. Is that normal for them to build more than one nest?? I have had new green leaves for over a week. When should I expect to see some eggs??

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