Bad Storm = Bad Damage

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Kyler
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Location: Colby, Kansas
Martin Colony History: PMCA Member - Project MartinWatch - Enlarged Compartments - SREH - S&S Control - Mite Control - Predator Guards - Heat Control ( Vents and Insulation ) - Supplemental Feeding -

Manage 8 Colonies that consist of 250 Cavities in Colby Kansas.

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Bad Storm = Bad Damage

Postby Kyler » Mon Aug 12, 2019 12:10 pm

Was not expecting this when I woke up this morning. One plus is all my martins have been gone for a couple weeks now. But it still doesn’t make it better. One house completely came down and every other pole is bent in some way. I guess I will be buying all brand new poles for next season!

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Kyler,
Purple Martin Landlords of Northwest KS
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2013 & 2015 - 0 Pair -
2014 - 1 Pair - 4 Eggs - 3 Hatched - 3 Fledged -
2016 - 5 Pair - 27 Eggs - 24 Hatched - 13 Fledged -
2017 - 18 Pair - 102 Eggs - 78 Hatched - 69 Fledged -
2018 - 22 Pair - 115 Eggs - 92 Hatched - 86 Fledged -
(Moved 300 Yards)
2019 - 28 Pair - 144 Eggs - 131 Hatched - 125 Fledged -
2020 - ? Pair - ? Eggs - ? Hatched - ? Fledged -

jpp77
Posts: 169
Joined: Mon Apr 17, 2017 9:21 pm
Location: Lawrence, KS
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: Bad Storm = Bad Damage

Postby jpp77 » Mon Aug 12, 2019 1:17 pm

Damn. That's rough. Glad your birds where gone, but still.

C.C.Martins
Posts: 798
Joined: Fri Apr 14, 2017 11:15 am
Location: Corpus Christi Tx
Martin Colony History: 2016- didnt know anything about martins, put up an all wrong house in 2016 and had two come by and inspect all the cavities. Left soon after not to return. Learned what i could on PMCA, made adjustments and next year was sucessful.
2017- 5 pair. 15 fledged.
2018-18 pair. 85 fledged.
2019- 17 pair. 81 fledged
2020:?
Home colony: 17 natural gourds, one 6 compartment house. All SREH.
Satelite colony Oso bay preserve: 12 gourds: excluder, troyer horizontal, super gourds with tunnels. 6 room trio mino castle with enlarged compartments.
2019: Visitors
2020: ?
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Re: Bad Storm = Bad Damage

Postby C.C.Martins » Mon Aug 12, 2019 1:35 pm

Glad they were gone! Thats a tough sight though Kyler. Looks like that square pole did ok? It never ends in this business.
Tom

2016- two visitors
2017- 5 pair 15 Fledged
2018-18 pairs 85 Fledged
2019-17 pair 81 fledged
2020:

Satellite location: oso bay preserve 12 gourds, modified trio
2019: Visitors
2020: hopeful!!!

Dave Reynolds
Posts: 1834
Joined: Mon Jan 31, 2011 4:35 pm
Location: Little Hocking, Oh.
Martin Colony History: 2018 Success at my Satellite Site “Oxbow Golf Course”.
2019 Success at my home Site "Little Hocking, Ohio".

Re: Bad Storm = Bad Damage

Postby Dave Reynolds » Mon Aug 12, 2019 2:08 pm

... Kyler. ... Sure hate to see that... That was a lot of work to get your colony started... So glad they were gone for the year.. Good luck on your repairs...

Dave
Home Site “Little Hocking, Ohio”
2010 / 2018 -- Lots of Visitors
2019 — First pair, 5 Eggs, 5 hatched, 5 fledged. :wink:
2020 — They are on the way. :wink:

Satellite Site “Oxbow Golf Course”
2018 -- 15 Pair, 58 Eggs, 38 Hatched and 36 Fledged :wink:
2019 — 26 Pair, 128 Eggs, 99 Hatched and 97 Fledged. :wink:
2020 — They are on the way. :wink:

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flyin-lowe
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Joined: Wed Mar 29, 2006 8:49 am
Location: Indiana/Henry Co.

Re: Bad Storm = Bad Damage

Postby flyin-lowe » Tue Aug 13, 2019 8:29 pm

I hate to see that. I am sometimes amazed at some of those house/pole set ups in my area that appear to be pretty old and still standing straight. They are obviously neglected but even though the houses are light the poles seem pretty small.
2020 (HOSP Count 2)
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.

daveh
Posts: 643
Joined: Wed Oct 22, 2008 7:40 am
Location: Kingsville Mo.

Re: Bad Storm = Bad Damage

Postby daveh » Wed Aug 14, 2019 4:22 pm

Kyler, sorry to hear and see this. I've been thru bent trio poles in the past several times. I eventually bought new poles for my castle and minicastle and placed pipe or conduit inside them. They became pretty heavy duty. I did that six or seven years ago and haven't had any problems. But I still try to lower my houses before storms if possible. This year I lowered all seven houses and gourds 3-5 feet for the entire season. It seem like we were getting storms every day so I left them down. I don't think the birds noticed that much. They were happy. Hope you get it all put back together the way you want it. Those poles are not cheap. Good luck.

Dave
PMCA member

Kuemic
Posts: 166
Joined: Fri Jan 15, 2016 7:17 pm
Location: Topeka, KS
Martin Colony History: 2015 1 SY pair, 2 eggs destroyed by sparrow
2016 1 ASY pair, 5 eggs, 2 hatchlings, 2 fledged
2017 1 ASY pair, 5 eggs, 5 hatchlings, 5 fledged; 1 SY pair, 4 eggs not incubated
2018 daily visitors but no takers
2019 1 SY pair, 4 eggs, 2 destroyed by House Wren, 2 hatchlings, 2 fledged

Re: Bad Storm = Bad Damage

Postby Kuemic » Thu Aug 15, 2019 8:39 am

So sorry Kyler! Bad week for Kansas storms. How did you all fare on Tuesday evening? We were in the RV on our annual Colorado trip and had to shelter in place at the Oakley truck stop to ride out 70mph winds, that had just passed through Colby area.

Know you just moved your houses too. Good luck with repairs and new equipment, keep everyone updated on your progress, we’re all impressed with your dedication!
Michelle in Topeka


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