7 adult martins at ohio wannabee location

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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

I've been burned before, so I'm tempering my expectations, but while waiting for subbies to get to northern Ohio, look what spent a miserable weather day at my houses yesterday! They are all ASY so might have just been sitting out bad weather on their way to their homes but hope springs eternal here. I think the pictures will upload, so here's the post:
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Posts: 412
Joined: Wed Mar 16, 2016 9:17 pm
Location: Raymore, MO

They sure look good sitting on your housing. Never know, only time will tell if they stay or just moving through. Regardless its a good sign. Keep us posted.
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Joined: Wed Mar 29, 2006 8:49 am
Location: Indiana/Henry Co.

You never know, someone near by could have lost their housing to a storm, had predator issues, or something else. I moved away from my first colony and the people who bought my house didn't want the housing up so I took it with me, so the following spring there were 30 pair of ASY's looking for a new place to live, it happens. Good luck.
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.
Posts: 47
Joined: Tue May 15, 2018 6:59 pm
Location: Smyrna, TN

Great pictures. How encouraging - At least you know they recognize your housing as PM friendly and are comfortable there. Nice mud smeared on the entrance holes BTW.
12 S&K B09 Gourds w/ 2 S&K barns converted to 6 cavities each

2016 - 0 visits
2017 - Few visitors late summer
2018 - 1 Pair, 5 Fledged
2019 - Visitors
2020 -
Dave Duit
Posts: 1665
Joined: Tue Nov 25, 2003 2:02 pm
Location: Iowa / Nevada
Martin Colony History: In 2019, 54 pair with 218 fledged youngsters. 83 total compartments available, 58 Troyer Horizontal gourds and 4 modified trio metal house units, owl cages around all units. Martin educator and speaker. President of the Iowa Purple Martin Organization. Please visit www.iamartin.org and join.

Congrats on having them stay. Let us make it permanent now.
Mite control, heat venting, predator protection and additional feeding during bad weather add up to success.
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