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Tallsilver
Posts: 99
Joined: Mon Apr 17, 2006 10:16 am
Location: South Carolina, Conway

Scout posted in Louisiana!
Aaron S Piver
Conway, SC
C.C.Martins
Posts: 814
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 successful.
2017- 5 pair. 15 fledged
2018- 18 pair. 85 fledged
2019- 17 pair. 81 fledged
2020- 25 pair. 111 fledged
2021:
Home colony: mix natural gourds, enlarged compartment house. All SREH.
Satelite colony: Oso Bay Preserve: 12 gourds: PMCA excluder gourds, 6 room trio mino castle with enlarged compartments.
2019: Visitors
2020: 3 pair, 11 fledged
2021:
PMCA member

Good good good
Tom
PMCA member, believer in nest checks, venting, SREH and pest/predator protection.
Dave Reynolds
Posts: 1886
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".

.... You never know when or where.... But it’s sounds like the season has started here in North America... WoW.. :grin: :grin: :grin: :grin:

Dave
Home Site “Little Hocking, Ohio”
2010 / 2018 -- Lots of Visitors
2019 — 1 Pair, 5 Eggs, 5 Babies, 5 fledged. :wink:
2020 — 1 Pair, 4 Eggs, 4 Babies, 4 fledged. :wink:
2021 — Waiting on March 2021

Satellite Site “Oxbow Golf Course”
2018 -- 15 Pair, 58 Eggs, 38 Hatched and 36 Fledged :wink:
2019 — 26 Pair, 128 Eggs, 99 Babies and 97 Fledged. :wink:
2020 — 30 Pair, 156 Eggs, 137 Babies and 137 Fledged. :wink:
2021 — Waiting on March 2021

PMCA Member
mjfog
Posts: 234
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. 161 eggs - 88 fledged

Hi Dave - One sighting of a single bird in south Louisiana and our martin community is off to the races! You can just feel the pulse rate elevating! I love it. Let the excitement begin! Have begun "pre-nesting" my gourds on the two erected colonies and am planning to raise my third, built and designed by me, this Wednesday. Will have two 24 gourd colonies and my original 6 gourd colony up for the 2020 season. 54 cavities to monitor weekly will keep me busy this season (if they're all occupied).
Your neighbor from Athens, Joe Burrow, is lightening it up for the LSU Tigers this year. One more victory and my Alma Mater will reign as National Champs. Geaux Tigers.
Anthony Neira
Posts: 1317
Joined: Wed Jan 15, 2014 1:12 pm
Location: San Antonio /Texas
Martin Colony History: Started in 1992 From neighbors old 1950-60's colonies. Have 8 Trio 6 Room Houses, 4 MPP Poles, 1 Heath Deluxe Gourd with Troyer Porch, 8 NatureLine Gourds with Troyer Porches, 5 Troyer Horizontals ,& 2 S&K 11" WITH Troyer Porches ready for 2019 Season !

Ever seen the movie "It's s Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad, World " ? :wink: :lol:
PMCA Member, 8 Trio 6 Room Houses, 1 Heath Deluxe Gourd with Troyer Porch, 8 NatureLine Gourds with Troyer Porches, 5 Troyer Horizontals + Tunnels, & 2 S&K Bo 11"s WITH Troyer Porches ! 4 MPPs, For 2019 Season !! :grin: Started in 1992 from Older '50-'60s Colonies.
Dave Reynolds
Posts: 1886
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".

mjfog wrote:
Sun Dec 29, 2019 4:22 pm
Hi Dave - One sighting of a single bird in south Louisiana and our martin community is off to the races! You can just feel the pulse rate elevating! I love it. Let the excitement begin! Have begun "pre-nesting" my gourds on the two erected colonies and am planning to raise my third, built and designed by me, this Wednesday. Will have two 24 gourd colonies and my original 6 gourd colony up for the 2020 season. 54 cavities to monitor weekly will keep me busy this season (if they're all occupied).
Your neighbor from Athens, Joe Burrow, is lightening it up for the LSU Tigers this year. One more victory and my Alma Mater will reign as National Champs. Geaux Tigers.
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,,, Hey mjfog ,,, Sure is great to see that first Purple Dot, from up here in Little Hocking, Ohio.. Gets your blood moving and the excitement is now is full swing, even thorough our returners won’t be here until March ..

Joe Burrow did look good in the game.. Great passes and super receivers, Great to see a local boy from Athens, Ohio do good. Athens is only 20 minutes from here in Little Hocking, Ohio.. Hope he does well in the Championship Game..

Also Hope you have a great Martins season in 2020...

Dave
Home Site “Little Hocking, Ohio”
2010 / 2018 -- Lots of Visitors
2019 — 1 Pair, 5 Eggs, 5 Babies, 5 fledged. :wink:
2020 — 1 Pair, 4 Eggs, 4 Babies, 4 fledged. :wink:
2021 — Waiting on March 2021

Satellite Site “Oxbow Golf Course”
2018 -- 15 Pair, 58 Eggs, 38 Hatched and 36 Fledged :wink:
2019 — 26 Pair, 128 Eggs, 99 Babies and 97 Fledged. :wink:
2020 — 30 Pair, 156 Eggs, 137 Babies and 137 Fledged. :wink:
2021 — Waiting on March 2021

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John Evans
Posts: 308
Joined: Mon Mar 17, 2014 3:56 pm
Location: Cocoa Beach Florida

Exciting times ahead.. just finished prenesting and getting the gourds hung below the house today.. Hope to have ours back late January early Feburary .

Good luck to all in 2020!!!!!!!!!!

John
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brent
Posts: 178
Joined: Sat Feb 10, 2018 2:43 pm
Location: Raceland, Louisiana

I'm south of where they were sighted. I haven't been looking since I didn't see my first one until mid January but I will be on the look out. Exciting news!!!

Keep you posted!

Brent

Geaux Tigers...fingers crossed for Saints.
Fuzzmeister
Posts: 178
Joined: Mon Sep 25, 2017 9:02 pm
Location: Saskatchewan Canada

That’s awesome to see the first two dots on the map and it’s still 2019, I’m curious if they come in the new year when do they leave with there young?
brent
Posts: 178
Joined: Sat Feb 10, 2018 2:43 pm
Location: Raceland, Louisiana

Fuzzeister,,

My birds usually arrive very late in January and early February. They're all gone by the end of July.

Brent
Fuzzmeister
Posts: 178
Joined: Mon Sep 25, 2017 9:02 pm
Location: Saskatchewan Canada

Brent
Wow you landlords in the far south benefit more then the landlords in the north, our martins arrive in late April early may and last year my first house of martins were gone at the end of July as well, so you guys get to enjoy them 2 to 3 months longer then us northerners. I may have to move to Florida.
Anthony Neira
Posts: 1317
Joined: Wed Jan 15, 2014 1:12 pm
Location: San Antonio /Texas
Martin Colony History: Started in 1992 From neighbors old 1950-60's colonies. Have 8 Trio 6 Room Houses, 4 MPP Poles, 1 Heath Deluxe Gourd with Troyer Porch, 8 NatureLine Gourds with Troyer Porches, 5 Troyer Horizontals ,& 2 S&K 11" WITH Troyer Porches ready for 2019 Season !

My bad, Someone elsewhere thought these where older dates, Glad to see everything is current. Thanks PMCA, for the research & information . :grin:
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PMCA Member, 8 Trio 6 Room Houses, 1 Heath Deluxe Gourd with Troyer Porch, 8 NatureLine Gourds with Troyer Porches, 5 Troyer Horizontals + Tunnels, & 2 S&K Bo 11"s WITH Troyer Porches ! 4 MPPs, For 2019 Season !! :grin: Started in 1992 from Older '50-'60s Colonies.
Conrad Baker
Posts: 325
Joined: Fri Jan 12, 2007 7:43 pm
Location: Paulina, Louisiana

I have to admit I was totally surprised when I saw the two sightings posted already in Louisiana. Branch and Denham Springs are North West of me. I am more surprised that there haven't been any sightings yet in South Florida. I guess it's time to get the houses out of the attic and prepare for the arrivals.

edited 9:36 pm to add: Now I see Plant City and Melbourne, Florida each have a sighting reported.
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PMDavid
Posts: 418
Joined: Wed May 16, 2018 8:50 pm
Location: Boyce,Louisiana
Martin Colony History: Second year trying to attract martins. This year I am getting rid of the wooden house and showing something they are used to seeing.
Offering 2 trio grandpaws w/2natural gourds under each and C.Abare gourd rack w/16 natural gourds. And one rehabbed 16 compartment Coates original with two natural gourds.Lots of lookers,a few overnighters and daily activity cruising and looking. All gourds have a rain canopy and wire perch.2019 7 pair moving into 2020 almost double pairs from 2019. Still have most of the month of March to go for new arrivals and April.Here late in season seemed to have as many as 18 Pr of nesting birds. Huge upscale in birds from 2019. Will also have a 20 gourd satellite rack prepared for the 2021 season.

Hey guys, oh man these early birds have got me stoked already! Prenested 24 gourds Saturday,just have two trio’s left to nest. Will definitely get that done after work today. One of those birds is about eight days early and the other a month early,I wonder if that’s a real sign of early arrival to come for us all? Trying to remember how to post a pic,made four new deeep gourds and a special rack for them and wanted to show y’all but can’t make it work. I tried to down size the pic but can’t get the green bar to show up under “attachment”. Will keep trying though. Hope we all have a really successful season this year!
Spiderman
Posts: 778
Joined: Thu Jan 31, 2008 9:19 am
Location: Gladewater, Texas

Looks like Carolyn's Martins arrive a little earlier every year.

Good for her, looks like she has had a Colony for a long time and must take good care of them.

I bet she supplemental feeds the Martins at her site. It's South Louisiana but they can still have some cold, rainy days for extended periods of time.

Hopefully they will all be back soon and produce a lot of offspring!
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
phldave
Posts: 513
Joined: Fri Jun 15, 2012 2:44 pm
Location: Iowa/Pleasant Hill
Martin Colony History: Started trying in 2012 and still trying

I wish we understood better what really stirs their blood to start moving north. I always believed it must have something to do with the position of the sun in the sky. Now this year, when they have started to show up already, weather patterns must play a much greater part in what gets them going. Global warming has got to be a part of this. The only positive I can see, is we will get to have them longer each year. We have still got to get a handle on GW, because the negative impacts are getting worse everyday. We all have to really start relentlessly bugging our members of congress, especially you folks on the coast, the water levels are starting to rise.
2012 late start
2013 nothing yet, lots a lookers
2014 Bust again
2015 Bust again
2016 Bust again
2017 Bust again
2018 April 14 a group joined me, but moved on after a week
2019 Had SY male seriously check me out but didn't stay
Conrad Baker
Posts: 325
Joined: Fri Jan 12, 2007 7:43 pm
Location: Paulina, Louisiana

Not too sure about the global warming being part of their early movement. As far as water levels rising, not too sure about that either. I have been living on the coast for close to sixty years, and the levels have not risen. Maybe some coastal erosion, but waterfront property has not been overtaken by the rising waters. The waterline is still where it was when I used to go fishing as a teenager many years ago.
I doubt that Obama would have bought that $ 6 million dollar home on the beach if he thought the water was rising. Just sayin'
Spiderman
Posts: 778
Joined: Thu Jan 31, 2008 9:19 am
Location: Gladewater, Texas

If anything is a threat to the Martins today, I would saw the cutting of the Amazon rain forest for lumber would be the #1 concern.

Third world countries don't really consider wildlife unless it brings in a lot of tourist money. Most of them can't even stabilize their own economies.
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
Conrad Baker
Posts: 325
Joined: Fri Jan 12, 2007 7:43 pm
Location: Paulina, Louisiana

I agree Spiderman. Unfortunately, the third world countries are not worried about polluting the environment either. The restrictions posed upon the U.S. will have no effect on the atmosphere/ozone layer as long as the other Countries dump tons of waste, pollution, and hazardous compounds into the air and water. It will affect us here in the U.S. too. Kinda like having a "peeing area" in the corner of the swimming pool. It's not gonna work, and it will eventually affect everyone.
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