Will they come back?

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Joined: Wed Apr 15, 2020 9:48 am
Location: Jerome, MI

I put up a new 12 room house this spring to replace the 8 room house from last year. I put it up on the same pole and taped over the doors.

This past Sunday we saw a group of four martin's land on the house and I immediately went out to remove the tape.

I haven't seen any activity since, except for a couple of sparrow's that seem intent on moving in.

Will the martin's come back or did I scare them off by not having the rooms accessible?
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Joined: Wed Mar 16, 2016 9:17 pm
Location: Raymore, MO

I don't believe you scared them off with the cavities closed. They could have been from a neighboring colony just having a look. How many pair did you have last year?
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Joined: Fri Apr 06, 2018 9:47 am
Location: North Texas

Yes, they will. I worried the same thing every spring. Be patient and keep clearing out any HOSP nest, every day.
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Joined: Sun Jul 21, 2019 6:05 pm
Location: FL

I agree leave a cavity or two open and actively manage the sparrows. This way when they do come they'll be more interested and you wont have 12 cavities to manage. Open more cavities as more martins show. Once more martins show they'll hopefully run off the sparrows.

Start controlling the sparrows they are more prone to drive away your martins then anything you did.
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Joined: Wed Mar 29, 2006 8:49 am
Location: Indiana/Henry Co.

How many (if any) pair did you have last year. Assuming you had martins and those martins return, they have strong site fidelity and would not leave just because the house was taped off when they first arrived. When I moved in 2012 the old owners didn't want to leave the housing up for them. That next spring I drove by and the martins spent a week circling the yard waiting for their housing to be put back up before they finally dispersed.
2020 Currently 42 nest, 110 babies, 64 eggs left to hatch(6-22-20) HOSP count-8
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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