ASY male showed up today...

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randy741985
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Saw my first ASY at my gourd rack today while playing the dawn song, went out lowered it open two entrances with the mirrors raised it back up and he flew down went in. Don't know if he stayed have to check tomorrow.

I listed it on the scout report for nothing else but for my documentation.
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Brad Biddle
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That's awesome man. I hope he stays for you.
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jhcox
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Good luck Randy I hope stays and gets a lady friend. It’s funny how when you get one to finally stay they do all the work for you in drawing other birds in even better than the Dawn Song. Have a great season.
randy741985
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I am going to get my automatic dawn song going this weekend, it should be time for the subbies to start coming in here.

Now if I can keep the tree swallows at bay.

Thanks
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flyin-lowe
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If he sticks around I wouldn't mess with the dawn song player. He will do a way better job attracting additional martins the the dawn song player will. If he doesn't stay start it back up. Good luck, as an ASY male can really kick start a colony.
2020 Currently 42 nest, 110 babies, 64 eggs left to hatch(6-22-20) HOSP count-8
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2016 1 pair fledged 4
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randy741985
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flyin-lowe wrote: If he sticks around I wouldn't mess with the dawn song player. He will do a way better job attracting additional martins the the dawn song player will. If he doesn't stay start it back up. Good luck, as an ASY male can really kick start a colony.

He still hanging around by himself, I think he staying all night. How long Will he stay without a mate? The subbies should be here any day now hope he brings more in. Also is it possible he will start singing the dawn song in the mornings?

Thanks
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Brad Biddle
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An ASY male is going to find a mate. Maybe he’ll get one to move in and not one that takes him away. The first SY’s should come in with this next storm front. My prediction is that he’ll have a mate by the weekend
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randy741985
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Brad Biddle wrote:
Wed Apr 08, 2020 8:22 pm
An ASY male is going to find a mate. Maybe he’ll get one to move in and not one that takes him away. The first SY’s should come in with this next storm front. My prediction is that he’ll have a mate by the weekend

That is what I wanted to hear, we are getting some storms tonight.

Thanks Brad.
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deancamp
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If he is staying the night, he will more than likely start bringing a female back with him and try and convince her to stay. I think he will continue to stay until he finds a female, it shouldn't be too hard for him to snag an sy for a mate. I didn't hear any males singing the dawn song until my third season. Could have been I just didn't hear them in the previous years though????
randy741985
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I had 6 tree swallows here last weekend, don't know if they been here this week during the day but haven't seen them in the evening. Since the male Martin has been here all week in the evening and I suspect he stays the night. Will he defend the gourds from the tree swallows if they come back?

Thanks
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Brad Biddle
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deancamp wrote:
Wed Apr 08, 2020 8:27 pm
I didn't hear any males singing the dawn song until my third season.
I've been at this for 17 years and have never heard them doing that. At least not the flying above the racks in the early morning singing. t's been so long since I've read the specifics about it that I've forgotten exactly when they do it. Is it just during egg laying and before daylight?
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deancamp
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I don't remember the timing for sure. I do remember it was not when they first arrived. When I heard him it was right about dawn. I was sleeping with bedroom window open and awoke to him singing. Had to shake the cobwebs out to realize it was the dawn song.
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deancamp wrote:
Thu Apr 09, 2020 9:05 pm
I don't remember the timing for sure. I do remember it was not when they first arrived. When I heard him it was right about dawn. I was sleeping with bedroom window open and awoke to him singing. Had to shake the cobwebs out to realize it was the dawn song.
I just went outside to listen. It's a little before the official sunrise time. There are maybe 10 Martins out flying overhead and I can hear them chirping when their circle comes closer. I guess that's the dawnsong. I have high frequency hearing loss, so maybe that's why I haven't heard it before. I hear their vocalizations when they're on the racks or flying around the racks in the mornings and afternoons.
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deancamp
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Not sure, it is different than than the normal chirping and socialization. More of a tune that is sang repeatedly.
Archer
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The Dawnsong happens once the first arriving pairs have laid eggs and the females are incubating. The males fly up early in the mornng, before sunrise, as this is the time of day when sounds travels the farthest. He is trying to recruit more martins to the colony so that he can mate with the hens, furthering his genetics. Last summer was the first year that I heard it. When you have to get up at 4am for a pee, step outside for a listen.
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randy741985
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I did witness the asy male defend the gourd rack against the tree swallows. He hasn't got a mate yet, I hope he gets one soon afraid he may leave.
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Brad Biddle
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randy741985 wrote:
Sat Apr 11, 2020 8:57 pm
I did witness the asy male defend the gourd rack against the tree swallows. He hasn't got a mate yet, I hope he gets one soon afraid he may leave.
That's a great sign. He's not visiting. He's bonded to your site.
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randy741985
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Brad Biddle wrote:
Sun Apr 12, 2020 7:17 am
randy741985 wrote:
Sat Apr 11, 2020 8:57 pm
I did witness the asy male defend the gourd rack against the tree swallows. He hasn't got a mate yet, I hope he gets one soon afraid he may leave.
That's a great sign. He's not visiting. He's bonded to your site.
Brad see that storm moving threw your area hope everything alright.
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Brad Biddle
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So far so good. It passed about a mile south of our place.
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Archer wrote:
Fri Apr 10, 2020 9:23 am
The Dawnsong happens once the first arriving pairs have laid eggs and the females are incubating. The males fly up early in the mornng, before sunrise, as this is the time of day when sounds travels the farthest. He is trying to recruit more martins to the colony so that he can mate with the hens, furthering his genetics. Last summer was the first year that I heard it. When you have to get up at 4am for a pee, step outside for a listen.
This is the coolest thing to hear and observe, when you get up at 4:00 am on a beautiful morning and step outside to hear it naturally !!

Love to do that.
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