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Mike Mack
Posts: 23
Joined: Mon Jan 27, 2020 11:56 pm
Location: Centex

When checking on birds during the night I am starting to hear a little bit more scratching. Get past these rain days It will be time to treat. Seems a little early but guess their enjoying the warmer weather also.
C.C.Martins
Posts: 802
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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Yep sounds like it, some sounds are distinctive...the female scratching out her nest bowl is distinctive. Scratching the mites is as well. Good looking out!
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!!!
Brad Biddle
Posts: 521
Joined: Wed Feb 17, 2016 6:22 pm
Location: Marshall County AL

I put Sevin in the pine straw that I use to pre-nest with. I’ll come back and do a follow up in early April
Martin landlord since 2003. Currently offering 132 plastic gourds with tunnels and all SREH.
steve r
Posts: 349
Joined: Sat Mar 20, 2004 8:16 am
Location: Antioch/Plant City Fla

When there in there scratching at night this is what will attract owls. You will stand under your racks and hear them but an owl will hear from a 100 yards away. This is why when I had a small size colony I played music at night to drown out the scratching.
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