Nest checks 12 and 13

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Joined: Sat Dec 30, 2017 3:40 pm
Location: Palm City, FL
Martin Colony History: 2018 will be my first try. 6 S&K B09s. 29 eggs - 8 fledged
2019 - 12 Troyer Horizontals with tunnels, 6 S&K B09s and 12 B011s all with tunnels. 43 eggs - 36 fledged
2020 - Rack 1 - 6 B011s, Rack 2 - 24 B011s, and Rack 3 - 24 Troyer Horizontals. All gourds have tunnels, porches and crescent/Conley 11 entrances; racks have predator guards.

On 6/15, checked Colony 1 and have that clutch of 4 eggs. Skipped checking my Colony 2. Projected fledging of two gourds, one on the 14th and the second on the 16th, chickened me out. Was worried about jumpers. Called PMCA, spoke with Tara about skipping this check because was worried about the skip compromising my data I intend to send to Eire when the season's over. She gave me the OK, no compromise.

Nest check today was #13 and now have 4 young (fledge 7/20) in Colony 1 and 5 young (fledge 6/28) in Colony 2. Have had 13 fledge from 3 gourds in Colony 2 since my 11th check.

So 27 birds fledged so far and 2 of that number are at the Treasure Coast Wildlife Center being fed every 2 hours on crickets and meal worms. Been there a week and still can't maintain flight. Keeping my fingers crossed.

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