SY's Heading North!

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Spiderman
Posts: 778
Joined: Thu Jan 31, 2008 9:19 am
Location: Gladewater, Texas

If you don't have very many Martins so far, take Heart. There are many SY's heading north right now.

I always wear an orange shirt and walk near the Gourd racks in the afternoon to keep the Cooper's Hawks away as the Martins come in for the night. Living on a lake, I can see 700 yards across the lake as the Martins build their funnel cloud to prepare to come in when the sun sets.

Yesterday there were 25 SY's that had skimmed the lake all day with our Martins, feeding up on insects. When the Martins came in as often times happens the SY's rose up very high and flew off into the night sky headed north.

Three days ago I saw over 50 SY's do the same thing. So there are a lot of SY's that are on their way to their new homes for the Spring. If you have a new site and are trying to attract Martins you may consider opening up your housing. This is your shot. Over the next 30 days the Martins that are attracted and stay at your site will be the ones that you will have for this year.
2008 - 33 PAIR - FLEDGED 96 YOUNG
2009 - 51 PAIR - FLEDGED 166 YOUNG
2010 - 45 PAIR - FLEDGED 146 YOUNG
2011 - 33 PAIR - 128 HATCHED, 97 FLEDGED
2012 - 37 PAIR - 119 HATCHED, 101 FLEDGED
Dave Reynolds
Posts: 1883
Joined: Mon Jan 31, 2011 4:35 pm
Location: Little Hocking, Oh.
Martin Colony History: 2018 Success at my Satellite Site “Oxbow Golf Course”.
2019 Success at my home Site "Little Hocking, Ohio".

... Spiderman ... Thanks for the heads up on the SY's ,,, Have a great year..
Home Site “Little Hocking, Ohio”
2010 / 2018 -- Lots of Visitors
2019 — 1 Pair, 5 Eggs, 5 Babies, 5 fledged. :wink:
2020 — 1 Pair, 4 Eggs, 4 Babies, 4 fledged. :wink:
2021 — Waiting on March 2021

Satellite Site “Oxbow Golf Course”
2018 -- 15 Pair, 58 Eggs, 38 Hatched and 36 Fledged :wink:
2019 — 26 Pair, 128 Eggs, 99 Babies and 97 Fledged. :wink:
2020 — 30 Pair, 156 Eggs, 137 Babies and 137 Fledged. :wink:
2021 — Waiting on March 2021

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tboydshirt
Posts: 69
Joined: Sun Feb 04, 2018 1:42 pm
Location: sugarcreek,ohio
Martin Colony History: new in 2017, but ready for lots of birds. 44 gourds and 40 t14 style holes
2019 more visitors than in the past and a long suffering SY male. each year enhancing the site and hoping for the future.

-ready, willing, and waiting
BillieJR
Posts: 677
Joined: Tue Apr 11, 2017 11:39 am
Location: Monroe, WI

Yup, me, too......can't wait. It's what I've been dreaming about for months. :) Good luck, everyone!
Billie from south central Wisconsin
Brad Biddle
Posts: 523
Joined: Wed Feb 17, 2016 6:22 pm
Location: Marshall County AL

I had 20 or more here last night circling over my colony at near dark after the residents had settled in. I can't say for sure that they were all SY's. I did see one ASY male up there, but the rest had grey breasts.
Martin landlord since 2003. Currently offering 132 plastic gourds with tunnels and all SREH.
pmlover
Posts: 806
Joined: Thu Apr 04, 2013 3:30 pm
Location: OH/New Concord

James i GOT 75 TWO DAYS AGO THANKS FOR THE INFO
DICK
2015 69 pairs 418 eggs 396 fledged
2019 I have 148 openings now
2016 100 pairs 600 babies fledged added another t-14 and have 126 openings now
2015 Jun 24 360 babies and 58 eggs also found one that had died
2017 632 babies 11died and 20 were killed by hawks
2015 74 pairs and 9 eggs 5/14
2010 3pairss
]JOINED PMCA JUNE 6,2018
2018 651 babies 5 hawk kills 11 floater kills 25 died in houses and 610 fledged

2014 80 pairs 283 babies 282 fledged one died
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