Dawn song ?? For next year

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Dawn song ?? For next year

Postby jhcox » Tue Jun 11, 2019 7:34 am

I’ve read several times on the forum that if you have 10 or more pair a martins you are now an established colony. I have reached my 10 pair of Martins and still had nest building going on. But my question is for next year do I still have to play the Dawn song all the time to attract the Martin’s in or will they come in on their own now that I have an established colony. Thank you in advance for your answers and suggestions. JHCox Heiskell Tennessee

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Re: Dawn song ?? For next year

Postby Ryan » Tue Jun 11, 2019 7:48 am

Pretty sure you're good to go now without the artificial song.
Home site: 12 cedar chalets - Plus two satellite sites which are also empty.
2010- 1 SY male on and off for a couple weeks
2011- 0 visits
2012- 0 visits
2013- 0 visits
2014- 1 SY male stopped in here and there for two weeks.
2015- 0 visits
2016- 0 visits
2017- 0 visits
2018- 0 visits
2019- Break-through year. Had a SY Male stop in on June 7th and stay all day, every day until end of June. Hoping he returns in 2020 because I'm getting sick of updating this list.

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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: Dawn song ?? For next year

Postby randyM » Tue Jun 11, 2019 11:17 pm

My colony is in it's 4th active season and I now play the dawn song or chatter CD in the spring until about a half dozen martins arrive at my site. However, I always begin to play the CD again in the fall during the martin southward migration from the time my last nest fledges until about Labor Day. I usually attract a few dozen passing martins during the fall migration that hopefully will remember my site during the following spring migration if they survive the winter. If you want to grow numbers in your colony, playing the CD during the fall migration might be a way to add a bird or two to your colony the following year.

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