Purple Martin South Central Iowa

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avesrun
Posts: 1113
Joined: Tue Apr 30, 2013 1:10 pm
Location: Iowa/West Des Moines
Martin Colony History: Home Site: 2017- 0
2016 - 1st pair, fledged 5
Satellite Site: 2017 (3rd season)
34 pair
Fledged- 102

Purple Martins have reached south central Iowa in West Des Moines. I have a lone asy male at my satellite site. Early arrival record by 9 days (arrived 3/29 in 2019). I hope it survives as we will be in high 20s for temperature tonight. He's got pine needles and choice of wooden t14s or Troyer gourds all to himself. Will flip him some crickets tomorrow if I see him around. He was first seen on the 19th by a visitor to the site who got a photo and reported it to E-bird. Take care and be well everyone!
TimG
PMCA Member
Home Site: 2012-15 visitors
2016 - 1st pair, fledged 5
2017-18 Zero
2019- 3 Successful Prs.!
Satellite Site: 2014 - visitors
2015 - 2 pair, fledged 9
2016 - 13 pair, fledged 44
2017 - 31 pair, fledged 118
2018 - 44 pair, 163 fledged
2019- 49 or. 219 fledged
Dave Duit
Posts: 1757
Joined: Tue Nov 25, 2003 2:02 pm
Location: Iowa / Nevada
Martin Colony History: In 2020, 60 pair with 285 fledged youngsters. 83 total cavities available, 58 Troyer Horizontal gourds and 4 modified deep trio metal house units, 1 fallout shelter, owl cages around all units. Martin educator and speaker. President and founder of the Iowa Purple Martin Organization. Please visit www.iamartin.org and join.

Thank you Tim for the update. They sure did come in early to Iowa.
Mite control, heat venting, predator protection and additional feeding during bad weather add up to success.
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

Tim,
You might want to see if you can find some hand warmers to stick under the pine needles
Dave
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
Dave Duit
Posts: 1757
Joined: Tue Nov 25, 2003 2:02 pm
Location: Iowa / Nevada
Martin Colony History: In 2020, 60 pair with 285 fledged youngsters. 83 total cavities available, 58 Troyer Horizontal gourds and 4 modified deep trio metal house units, 1 fallout shelter, owl cages around all units. Martin educator and speaker. President and founder of the Iowa Purple Martin Organization. Please visit www.iamartin.org and join.

Three reports in Iowa as of March 23rd. West Des Moines, New Sharon and Lockridge. It appears as if they are about one weeks earlier than last year according to our data.
Mite control, heat venting, predator protection and additional feeding during bad weather add up to success.
Rodger Drye
Posts: 671
Joined: Sun Mar 23, 2014 10:07 am
Location: NC/Mt. Pleasant
Martin Colony History: Have been hosting and providing a sanactuary for Purple Martins for 30 years.

Tim.,

Glad to hear that you’ve spotted your first Scout of the 2020 Season.! Hope you get a lot more.!

Rodger
PMCA Member
Have been Hosting and Protecting Martin's for 30 years.
avesrun
Posts: 1113
Joined: Tue Apr 30, 2013 1:10 pm
Location: Iowa/West Des Moines
Martin Colony History: Home Site: 2017- 0
2016 - 1st pair, fledged 5
Satellite Site: 2017 (3rd season)
34 pair
Fledged- 102

The lone asy male hanging in there despite 4 days of little to no bugs (4 consecutive days below 50 degrees). I've been able flip him crickets each day but one. I've had to make several trips each day to the satellite site in order to catch him out on the perches. I can tell he's struggling as his wings are drooped. I have not heard him make any sounds since he arrived.
PMCA Member
Home Site: 2012-15 visitors
2016 - 1st pair, fledged 5
2017-18 Zero
2019- 3 Successful Prs.!
Satellite Site: 2014 - visitors
2015 - 2 pair, fledged 9
2016 - 13 pair, fledged 44
2017 - 31 pair, fledged 118
2018 - 44 pair, 163 fledged
2019- 49 or. 219 fledged
Dave Duit
Posts: 1757
Joined: Tue Nov 25, 2003 2:02 pm
Location: Iowa / Nevada
Martin Colony History: In 2020, 60 pair with 285 fledged youngsters. 83 total cavities available, 58 Troyer Horizontal gourds and 4 modified deep trio metal house units, 1 fallout shelter, owl cages around all units. Martin educator and speaker. President and founder of the Iowa Purple Martin Organization. Please visit www.iamartin.org and join.

Hi Tim,
If he is looking in rough shape, you might want to consider placing the crickets right on his tunnel porches or just inside the entrance. Keep up the good fight.
Mite control, heat venting, predator protection and additional feeding during bad weather add up to success.
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