a scout to early in New Concord,oh

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pmlover
Posts: 806
Joined: Thu Apr 04, 2013 3:30 pm
Location: OH/New Concord

I was so shocked this morning when i heard a scout singing the the sky then saw him land on the top of my Gemini Gourd rack.
He sat there for an hour while i got one t-14 ready. I suspect he wanted the gourds though.
I hate for them to come this early. I will just have to feed and protect him from the cold if he comes back.
2015 69 pairs 418 eggs 396 fledged
2019 I have 148 openings now
2016 100 pairs 600 babies fledged added another t-14 and have 126 openings now
2015 Jun 24 360 babies and 58 eggs also found one that had died
2017 632 babies 11died and 20 were killed by hawks
2015 74 pairs and 9 eggs 5/14
2010 3pairss
]JOINED PMCA JUNE 6,2018
2018 651 babies 5 hawk kills 11 floater kills 25 died in houses and 610 fledged

2014 80 pairs 283 babies 282 fledged one died
tboydshirt
Posts: 68
Joined: Sun Feb 04, 2018 1:42 pm
Location: sugarcreek,ohio
Martin Colony History: new in 2017, but ready for lots of birds. 44 gourds and 40 t14 style holes

Hi, Dick. Tim Boyd here. I'm surprised you reported ahead of southwest Ohio since they usually report more than a week ahead of your area. I wasn't planning to start my morning drives through Sugarcreek Amish country for a couple weeks yet, but maybe that will change? I'm still getting ready for opening my housing here and am working on a new strategy. I've made up slide plates to cover all 32 Troyer gourds between my home and my daughter's home. So, the racks can go up to attract sparrows to the few gourds that have their slides in the up position for that nifty trap wire to catch them humanely. I'll check, remove, and reset till the first martins show up. From then on, I'll remove slides from any gourds that the martins show interest in. Here's to the healing power of martins for your and Cathy's aging bodies! We'll be dropping by when the motorcycle weather arrives. Till then, stay away from that virus, and feed the birds!
Tim
Spiderman
Posts: 758
Joined: Thu Jan 31, 2008 9:19 am
Location: Gladewater, Texas

Good Morning Dick. It sure is early for your Martins to be arriving, I know you still have many nights with below freezing temperatures ahead. Hopefully he will make it.

I know you will do the best you can to take care of him & make sure he is well fed.

It's balmy here in Texas with many Migrating Martins feeding with our Martins on the lake during the day. At dusk the migrating birds slowly rise high and head north when ours are coming in to roost. I have seen as many as 25 Martins do this after feeding all day with our birds in an afternoon.

I guess Spring is here whether you are ready for it or not.

Best of Wishes for You and Cathy!!!
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
pmlover
Posts: 806
Joined: Thu Apr 04, 2013 3:30 pm
Location: OH/New Concord

so good hearing from you guys i have snow today would you beleive that
2015 69 pairs 418 eggs 396 fledged
2019 I have 148 openings now
2016 100 pairs 600 babies fledged added another t-14 and have 126 openings now
2015 Jun 24 360 babies and 58 eggs also found one that had died
2017 632 babies 11died and 20 were killed by hawks
2015 74 pairs and 9 eggs 5/14
2010 3pairss
]JOINED PMCA JUNE 6,2018
2018 651 babies 5 hawk kills 11 floater kills 25 died in houses and 610 fledged

2014 80 pairs 283 babies 282 fledged one died
Caraway
Posts: 2
Joined: Sat Mar 07, 2020 12:50 pm
Location: Amherst, Ohio

I put up a 8 gourd rack last year. I had it up long before any Martins had arrived in our area. I did see Martins flying by occasionally all summer, but unfortunately I did not have any take residence in the gourds.i spent all summer keeping the sparrows out of the gourds. I finally put on the door covers in the early fall. I am hoping I will get some to the gourds this year.
Still too early here in Northern Ohio.
sugarcreek
Posts: 210
Joined: Sun Mar 27, 2016 10:43 am
Location: Sugarcreek, Ohio
Martin Colony History: 2016 First Yr.

Good to hear from you Dick, Happy Nancy is okay....Hope the snow stays away...I know you have your crickets ready for what/when you need them....they can just stay down their for another couple weeks.
2016 - 1st Yr. 14 Compartments 4 Active Nests 9 fledged, 2.25 Fledged per Active Nest
2017 - 2nd Yr. 36 Compartments 18 Active Nests 65 Fledged, 3.61 Fledged per Active Nest
2018 - 3rd Yr. 54 Compartments 43 Active Nests 169 Fledged, 3.93 Fledged per Active Nest
2019 - 4th Yr. 108 Compartments 67 Active Nests 209 Fledged, 3.12 Fledged per Active Nest
2020 - 5th Yr. 108 Compartments ?
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