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flyin-lowe
Posts: 2860
Joined: Wed Mar 29, 2006 8:49 am
Location: Indiana/Henry Co.

I hung up my T14 and gourd rack a couple weeks ago to start trapping some HOSP. The first day I caught 2 right off and then the weather got bad and I haven't seen many since. I had 1 more T14 to hang up this morning and while doing so I had a female martin buzzing by. I went ahead and raised the gourd rack and opened a couple gourds as we are expecting storms this afternoon. 1/2 hour later I had a male land as well. This is a couple weeks earlier than normal for me, as others are experiencing as well. First time for me to have returnees in March. I was hoping to have 10-15 HOSP killed by now but no such luck. Last year I had 31 pair and this year I am offering 52 cavities. 2 T 14's and the rest are a mix of Troyer horizontal and vertical gourds. The T14 are all crescents and the gourds are all Conley II's. Ill know in a day or so if they are from my colony or just stopping by on their way somewhere else.
2020 47 of 52 cavities with nest (5/29)(HOSP Count 7)
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.
Fuzzmeister
Posts: 178
Joined: Mon Sep 25, 2017 9:02 pm
Location: Saskatchewan Canada

Flyin-lowe
When you are trapping hosp are you using a trap inside of your t14 or a repeating trap? Because I am experiencing that when I put a trap inside a compartment in my t14 I catch the male sparrow and then things go dead for a long time before another sparrow comes along, they are smart and avoid the house! Does this happen with you as well?
Brad Biddle
Posts: 521
Joined: Wed Feb 17, 2016 6:22 pm
Location: Marshall County AL

Congrats!
Martin landlord since 2003. Currently offering 132 plastic gourds with tunnels and all SREH.
flyin-lowe
Posts: 2860
Joined: Wed Mar 29, 2006 8:49 am
Location: Indiana/Henry Co.

I have an insert trap for the T14. I have noticed the same thing this year. The first day I caught 2 male HOSP but the next day the weather went bad and I haven't had any luck since. In past years it didn't matter how many I trapped or what sex, they flocked to the T14. I used to have a repeating trap and it was very hit and miss. I might got weeks with nothing and then catch 4 or 5 and then nothing again. I am fortunate to live in an area that I can shoot as well. So often times I don't have to depend on the trap. If I see some around the yard I will shoot them and only rely on the traps for the more timid ones that try to move in after I have the housing open for the martins. Usually if a HOSP arrives you can get pretty close to them before they fly off. You have to make sure you hit them with your first shot because if you miss they won't let you get close to them again, they will fly off as soon as they see you and won't come back until you get back out of sight.
2020 47 of 52 cavities with nest (5/29)(HOSP Count 7)
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.
Fuzzmeister
Posts: 178
Joined: Mon Sep 25, 2017 9:02 pm
Location: Saskatchewan Canada

I will catch one in one compartment and then it will take 2 to 3 weeks and then another sparrow will come around and go to a different compartment so I will have to move my insert trap to that compartment to catch him, very slow and there are lots of sparrows around it’s like they have 6 senses, oh well one at a time is better then none!! I live in a town not allowed to shoot with a pellet gun.
flyin-lowe
Posts: 2860
Joined: Wed Mar 29, 2006 8:49 am
Location: Indiana/Henry Co.

I usually keep my T14 closed up except for the compartments with traps before the martins arrive. Once they start showing up I usually take the traps out unless I have a cavity that a HOSP starts building a nest in. After they get a nest partially built Ill put the trap in there with some of their nesting material and they will usually go in. I try to trap before the martins arrive and mostly rely on shouting after they arrive.
2020 47 of 52 cavities with nest (5/29)(HOSP Count 7)
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.
flyin-lowe
Posts: 2860
Joined: Wed Mar 29, 2006 8:49 am
Location: Indiana/Henry Co.

After a little over a week I have about 10 back thus far. Day one I first had a female show up but she didn't stay. I had three males all last week and today I counted 10, only 3 or so females. We are supposed to have some sketchy weather this weekend in to next week. A few days with highs only in the high 40's. I think as long as it's dry and not too windy they should be able to find some good though.
2020 47 of 52 cavities with nest (5/29)(HOSP Count 7)
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.
flyin-lowe
Posts: 2860
Joined: Wed Mar 29, 2006 8:49 am
Location: Indiana/Henry Co.

This past week the martins started nest building like crazy. I saw a lot of them bringing in green leaves, last year my first eggs were laid on May 21'st so they appear to be a little ahead of schedule still this year. I decided to lower the housing and do my first nest check of the year. I currently have 21 cavities with pretty much full nests in them. Most of those have green leaves. I have 15 other cavities that show signs of nesting but I think that many of these are martins claiming multiple cavities. Some of them literally have 2 pieces of fodder in them and then green leaves. I think some of these partial nests might be some nests that were just started but some are probably 2nd nests. I have 52 cavities available this year so I still have plenty of room for some SY's that should be arriving any time.
2020 47 of 52 cavities with nest (5/29)(HOSP Count 7)
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.
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