Heat Index 110

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Joined: Mon Apr 17, 2017 9:21 pm
Location: Lawrence, KS area
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.
2020 - 32 nests, unknown exact egg numbers, 1 death.

Have a few nests that haven't fledged yet which is late for me. I'm not sure they will make it through these next few days. Should be fledge by this weekend, but temps and heat index not getting better over next few days.
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Joined: Mon Apr 10, 2006 6:07 pm
Location: PA/Avis
Martin Colony History: The 1972 St. Agnes flood wiped out all the Martins in my area. One day, in 1997-98, 5 or 6 Martins landed on the power wires crossing my back yard. I had no house for them. They kept coming back day after day. We got a martin house a few weeks later & they have been coming back every year since. I average 12-15 pair per year.

Supplement feeding may help. If possible 2-3 times a day. It will help the parents to use less energy finding food. Adding shade covers may not work right now with chicks due to fledge. They may get scared out early. Last thing you want is them on the ground in this heat.

Almost the whole country is in this heat wave. I had 2 chicks fledge this morning. 2 more to go. Luckily a pouring rain storm late afternoon dropped the temps some, but the humidity remains at 100%.

Toy in PA
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