Numbers seem lower this year

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Chris B
Posts: 378
Joined: Sun Jun 01, 2014 4:10 pm
Location: AL/Toney

The tree swallows showed up first about like normal. PMs started rolling in a couple weeks ago a week or so behind the TS, but the numbers feel lower so far. No barnies yet. PMs and TS usually arrive at the same time.

Lotsa bugs in the air, freeze threat seems over. I miss my front porch barnies.
2014 8 gourds, 3 pairs nested. Ended w/ 24 total
2015 24 gourds, 22 nests. Lotsa birds!
2016 24 gourds and good activity.
2017 32 SREH gourds. Great activity.
2018 40 SREH gourds. Good finish despite big storm damage. No more dangling gourds.
2019 56+ SREH gourds, all on 3/8 rods. Birds did very well.
2020 56 SREH gourds.
randy741985
Posts: 156
Joined: Wed Apr 04, 2018 5:08 pm
Location: NE Alabama
Martin Colony History: 2018-First Year 0 Martins
2019- Lots Lookers
2020- TBD

Chris, how many Martin's you got so far?

Thanks
2018-14 Gourds First Year 0 Martins
2019- 14 Gourds Lots Lookers
2020- 6 Gourds TBD
Brad Biddle
Posts: 523
Joined: Wed Feb 17, 2016 6:22 pm
Location: Marshall County AL

My first ones were definitely late in arriving and I may be behind on an average year. I can't really tell. I'm guessing that I have around 120-140 Martins here at this point. I know that there have been years in the past that I have been completely full (204 adults) when the SY's got here. I don't think that will happen this year. I hope to get one or both of my new racks installed tomorrow. I have to build gourd hanging brackets to hang 24 of the 60 new gourds, and I won't have that done before next week, but I hope to at least get 30 hung before the weekend.

I saw my first Barnie here about 10-12 days ago.
Martin landlord since 2003. Currently offering 132 plastic gourds with tunnels and all SREH.
Chris B
Posts: 378
Joined: Sun Jun 01, 2014 4:10 pm
Location: AL/Toney

My barnies are the most concern now. One lone bird on the porch nest, when the pair I have had would have eggs by now. TS are from 10 to about 6, and There are still a lot of gourd vacancies. Maybe 50 birds now, give or take. I am not sure if the teenagers are here yet either. Bugs galore.

Did something happen down south last winter? Fires?
2014 8 gourds, 3 pairs nested. Ended w/ 24 total
2015 24 gourds, 22 nests. Lotsa birds!
2016 24 gourds and good activity.
2017 32 SREH gourds. Great activity.
2018 40 SREH gourds. Good finish despite big storm damage. No more dangling gourds.
2019 56+ SREH gourds, all on 3/8 rods. Birds did very well.
2020 56 SREH gourds.
Brad Biddle
Posts: 523
Joined: Wed Feb 17, 2016 6:22 pm
Location: Marshall County AL

No idea on the fires or whatever. It just seems to me that most things are late this spring. I checked a few Bluebird boxes last weekend and they had nests, but no eggs. I'm still shooting HOSP that are trying to claim boxes and they should already have nestlings. I still have Starlings coming to my gourd racks trying to fit in an SREH. They should all, already have nests built.
Martin landlord since 2003. Currently offering 132 plastic gourds with tunnels and all SREH.
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