Need some thoughts on this ASY subject!!

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Ransom Graham
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Joined: Fri Mar 09, 2018 9:13 pm
Location: Newton, NC

I am in my 2nd year at a new location of course trying to attract Martin's. I live in central N.C. . Last year no SY Martin's at all that I saw visited. A lone ASY Male visited a couple times but only stayed for a few minutes. This year a lone Adult Male has visited about every 2 to 3 weeks since March 30th. He circles and rarely lands but it is always early in the morning around 7am. There are several old colonies within 5 to 6 miles of me. For the life of me I can't figure out what he is doing. How is he here so early and why does he keep coming back? No SY's so far this year. I know he is not staying the night!
flyin-lowe
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Joined: Wed Mar 29, 2006 8:49 am
Location: Indiana/Henry Co.

I am not sure of their schedule in your area but they will be out singing the down song very early in the morning certain time of year. Way before 7:00 am so it could just be dropping by to see what is up. It is hard to guess on what he is doing, assuming you are seeing the same martin. Do you play the dawn song yourself? If so that could be what is drawing him in to your yard.
2020 Currently 42 nest, 110 babies, 64 eggs left to hatch(6-22-20) HOSP count-8
2019- 31 Pair over 100 fledged
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.
Ransom Graham
Posts: 31
Joined: Fri Mar 09, 2018 9:13 pm
Location: Newton, NC

Yes I play the dawn song everyday from 4 to 7 and sometimes all day now. I realize they sing this in the early hours before dawn but I thought it was usually above their own colony! He would have to travel along ways. I really believe it's the same bird but I could be wrong. Just seems odd because dawnsong naturally starts here around the 1st week of May along with egglaying.
Spiderman
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Location: Gladewater, Texas

A Purple Martin can fly 40mph, 5 or 6 miles isn't that far if you think about it.

He may not be paired up and is still looking for a mate.
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
Ransom Graham
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Joined: Fri Mar 09, 2018 9:13 pm
Location: Newton, NC

UPDATE : Well he came back again this afternoon only he has a sy female with him this time. It's amazing after all this time he finally found a mate. He is putting on quite a show out there right now so I will update if they stay!! This has made my season no matter what!!
randyM
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Joined: Thu Jun 18, 2015 2:30 pm
Location: Long Lake SD
Martin Colony History: 2006 - SY pair, unsuccessful nest attempt, 3 houses = 52 cavities

2010 - ASYM + SYF pair - male disappeared after storm, female fledged all 4 young.

2015 - Lone SYM stayed month of June...added 8 gourds = 60 cavities

2016 - 1 nesting pair (ASYM + SYF) 2/3 eggs hatched 2 young fledged.

2017 - 4 nesting pairs, 16/17 eggs hatched, 16 fledged, 16 banded - 2 banded SY returned in 2018 (12.5%), added housing: 11 houses w/gourds, 4 gourd poles = 376 cavities

2018 - 10 nesting pairs, 46/52 eggs hatched, 45 fledged, 29 banded - 3 banded SY returned in 2019 (10.3%)

2019 - 32 nesting pairs, 145/160 eggs hatched, 139 fledged - 87 banded - 12 banded SY returned in 2020 (13.8%).

2020 - 35 nesting pairs, 180/199 eggs hatched, 178 fledged - 150 banded.

Sounds encouraging...keep us posted. Best of luck!
Ransom Graham
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Joined: Fri Mar 09, 2018 9:13 pm
Location: Newton, NC

Update. After looking closer I have 1 asy Male and 1 sy Male hanging out at different times during the day. They leave for longer periods of time now but keep coming back each day! Still I have not seen them sleep overnight.
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