ASY male showed up today...

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randy741985
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Lowered my gourds today and asy was in there he just looked at me when I raised back-up he flew.
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Brad Biddle
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Location: Marshall County AL

That's great. He's definitely bonded to your site. He'll find a mate soon. Those south winds yesterday were howling. There should be lots of new SY girlfriends around today.
Martin landlord since 2003. Currently offering 132 plastic gourds with tunnels and all SREH.
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

Brad Biddle wrote:
Sun Apr 26, 2020 2:41 pm
That's great. He's definitely bonded to your site. He'll find a mate soon. Those south winds yesterday were howling. There should be lots of new SY girlfriends around today.

He is not here very much he might sneak in out, I hope as it gets warmer more sy start showing up.
2018-14 Gourds First Year 0 Martins
2019- 14 Gourds Lots Lookers
2020- 6 Gourds TBD
Jones4381
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Location: Rocky Mount VA
Martin Colony History: Newbie 51 years old and stumbled onto this by accident. Amazing bird. Just wanna help and give/receive happiness and be one with nature. Don't mind shooting an intruder of any kind though. Have a blessed day.

Fun thread. Looking forward to following this one. Rooting for you.
51 year old HY beginner. Year 1 for me!
avesrun
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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

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.
What Archer said! I set my alarm for 4am and go outside and hang out in a chair. The martin dawn song will be one of, or likely the first birds you will hear. A great experience every landlord should experience!
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2017 - 31 pair, fledged 118
2018 - 44 pair, 163 fledged
2019- 49 or. 219 fledged
avesrun
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34 pair
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Jones4381 wrote:
Wed Apr 29, 2020 5:21 pm
Fun thread. Looking forward to following this one. Rooting for you.
Very cool thread. Randy74 pulling for you and the asy male. Reminds me of the season after I had my first single pair (asy male/female. The next season the female didn't make it back. The male stuck things out by itself well into the sy migration and finally brought in an sy female who appeared to struggle with SREH but was beginning to spend evenings. Then we had a violent severe storm and she disappeared. The asy male lingered on but never did bring a mate to stick. Next two years leading up to 2019 were zeros with each season having an asy male around and being unsuccessful. However in 2019 had 3 successful prs and looking like I'll have 6-8 or in 2020!
Moral of story: Your ASY male will most likely eventually make things happen if he's spending nights. In my case, I truly believe the same asy male stuck to my site for consecutive seasons and much of the time solo and searching. Again, best of luck!
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
randy741985
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Joined: Wed Apr 04, 2018 5:08 pm
Location: NE Alabama
Martin Colony History: 2018-First Year 0 Martins
2019- Lots Lookers
2020- TBD

avesrun wrote:
Fri May 01, 2020 11:26 am
Jones4381 wrote:
Wed Apr 29, 2020 5:21 pm
Fun thread. Looking forward to following this one. Rooting for you.
Very cool thread. Randy74 pulling for you and the asy male. Reminds me of the season after I had my first single pair (asy male/female. The next season the female didn't make it back. The male stuck things out by itself well into the sy migration and finally brought in an sy female who appeared to struggle with SREH but was beginning to spend evenings. Then we had a violent severe storm and she disappeared. The asy male lingered on but never did bring a mate to stick. Next two years leading up to 2019 were zeros with each season having an asy male around and being unsuccessful. However in 2019 had 3 successful prs and looking like I'll have 6-8 or in 2020!
Moral of story: Your ASY male will most likely eventually make things happen if he's spending nights. In my case, I truly believe the same asy male stuck to my site for consecutive seasons and much of the time solo and searching. Again, best of luck!
TimG

I have been waiting to give an Update, I haven't seen my ASY since last Saturday Evening, IDK if he moved on or what. But I have been playing the Dawn Song and hope he shows backup with a Female.

Thanks for all The Support.
2018-14 Gourds First Year 0 Martins
2019- 14 Gourds Lots Lookers
2020- 6 Gourds TBD
deancamp
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Location: Raymore, MO

Stay patient and stay the course. It might not be him but you will succeed if you keep trying and learning from each event.
Jones4381
Posts: 49
Joined: Sat Apr 25, 2020 10:54 pm
Location: Rocky Mount VA
Martin Colony History: Newbie 51 years old and stumbled onto this by accident. Amazing bird. Just wanna help and give/receive happiness and be one with nature. Don't mind shooting an intruder of any kind though. Have a blessed day.

randy741985 wrote:
Fri May 01, 2020 12:11 pm
avesrun wrote:
Fri May 01, 2020 11:26 am
Jones4381 wrote:
Wed Apr 29, 2020 5:21 pm
Fun thread. Looking forward to following this one. Rooting for you.
Very cool thread. Randy74 pulling for you and the asy male. Reminds me of the season after I had my first single pair (asy male/female. The next season the female didn't make it back. The male stuck things out by itself well into the sy migration and finally brought in an sy female who appeared to struggle with SREH but was beginning to spend evenings. Then we had a violent severe storm and she disappeared. The asy male lingered on but never did bring a mate to stick. Next two years leading up to 2019 were zeros with each season having an asy male around and being unsuccessful. However in 2019 had 3 successful prs and looking like I'll have 6-8 or in 2020!
Moral of story: Your ASY male will most likely eventually make things happen if he's spending nights. In my case, I truly believe the same asy male stuck to my site for consecutive seasons and much of the time solo and searching. Again, best of luck!
TimG

I have been waiting to give an Update, I haven't seen my ASY since last Saturday Evening, IDK if he moved on or what. But I have been playing the Dawn Song and hope he shows backup with a Female.

Thanks for all The Support.
I'm with you man. Nothing going on here in VA at the moment. Constant 20mph winds cloudy and cool with flash flooding night before last. Weather has been sucky. 75 and 83 this weekend. Maybe the warmer and brighter days will help...at least ill feel better. Good luck just wanted to say I'm in your boat hoping....
51 year old HY beginner. Year 1 for me!
avesrun
Posts: 1110
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

Randy74 you should ultimately be in good shape with whatever amount of patience will be required for your site. I'm a firm believer that if you're seeing martin visitors/lookers each season it's only a matter of time. Not knowing exactly how much time is obviously the tough part. Meanwhile all one can do is keep trying to improve site by making sure housing is in the most open location possible to include moving poles and/or removing trees wherever possible ( if appllicable). Control Hosp/Starlings etc. Take care and best of season.
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
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

avesrun wrote:
Fri May 01, 2020 9:32 pm
Randy74 you should ultimately be in good shape with whatever amount of patience will be required for your site. I'm a firm believer that if you're seeing martin visitors/lookers each season it's only a matter of time. Not knowing exactly how much time is obviously the tough part. Meanwhile all one can do is keep trying to improve site by making sure housing is in the most open location possible to include moving poles and/or removing trees wherever possible ( if appllicable). Control Hosp/Starlings etc. Take care and best of season.
TimG
I appreciate the advice, I started in 2018 and had lookers but I moved my rack in the fall of that year to what I thought was a more open area in my yard. I say more open but now I'm wondering looking more open might be relative to a perspective from the ground. In other words your perspective is not the Martin's perspective. It doesn't just need to be open it also needs to be noticeable from the air. I got a second rack in 2019 and placed it about 20 feet from my other one. In retrospect I wish I had left the first one alone and had two in total different areas.


Always learning in this hobby maybe that keeps you going.

Thanks
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2019- 14 Gourds Lots Lookers
2020- 6 Gourds TBD
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