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BillieJR
Posts: 677
Joined: Tue Apr 11, 2017 11:39 am
Location: Monroe, WI

Those of you who are like me - still waiting for your first martin(s) to arrive - how many times do you look out at your purple martin housing every day? I look at the housing, the electrical wires that they like to sit on, the skys.........I must look out at least 50 times a day. Maybe more.
Billie from south central Wisconsin
flyin-lowe
Posts: 2935
Joined: Wed Mar 29, 2006 8:49 am
Location: Indiana/Henry Co.

I've been in your shoes. I bet you are thinking "if I only get a few pair then I won't constantly be wandering and worrying about getting them". Then once you get a few you find yourself counting all of them every time you look out the window. Then you get more and you are on a constant lookout for predators, wing entrapments, etc. It never stops....It is a great feeling to finally have them stay, it will be worth the wait.
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.
Dave Duit
Posts: 1755
Joined: Tue Nov 25, 2003 2:02 pm
Location: Iowa / Nevada
Martin Colony History: In 2020, 60 pair with 285 fledged youngsters. 83 total cavities available, 58 Troyer Horizontal gourds and 4 modified deep trio metal house units, 1 fallout shelter, owl cages around all units. Martin educator and speaker. President and founder of the Iowa Purple Martin Organization. Please visit www.iamartin.org and join.

I have the sound of a martin ingrained in my subconscious. It is so strong in my mind that when I do hear their song the first time on each years arrival, my heart skips a beat and I run outside like a little kid on his birthday scanning the skies. I know the feeling of waiting to see when they will arrive.
Mite control, heat venting, predator protection and additional feeding during bad weather add up to success.
Whippy
Posts: 598
Joined: Thu Jan 19, 2017 11:15 pm
Location: Plano, Texas
Martin Colony History: 2016 - late to put up, many visitors
2017 - 1 pair, 3 fledged
2018- 2 pair, 12 fledged
2019 - 4 pair, 21 fledged
2020 - 15 pair, 67 fledged

I drove myself crazy looking out the window every time I had a chance and if I counted the number of times I looked out the window my wife would have committed me. That number would have given her justification for doing so.

Coolwhips
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.

I'll go by hours since I'm under stay at home orders....moved office outside...so about 5 hours or so a day would be conservative...
51 year old HY beginner. Year 1 for me!
tor
Posts: 220
Joined: Wed Feb 25, 2009 4:35 pm
Location: Marlboro County, SC
Martin Colony History: Capacity: 72 Troyers on 3 X Super-24 racks

BillieJR wrote:
Wed Apr 29, 2020 5:38 pm
Those of you who are like me - still waiting for your first martin(s) to arrive - how many times do you look out at your purple martin housing every day? I look at the housing, the electrical wires that they like to sit on, the skys.........I must look out at least 50 times a day. Maybe more.
So Billie,,,,do you have a dawnsong player?
Location: Marlboro County, SC

2020: Capacity: 72 - First Scouts: 2/11 - 71 pair - 298 hatched as of last nest check.
2019: Capacity: 72 - First Scouts: 2/22 - 70 pair - 315 fledged
2018: Capacity: 70 - First Scouts: 2/18 - 60 pair - 270 fledged
2017: Capacity: 42 - First Scouts: 2/25 - 39 pair
2016: Capacity: 42 - First Scouts: 3/10 - 32 pair
2015: Capacity: 24 - First Scouts: 3/23 - 4 pair

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BillieJR
Posts: 677
Joined: Tue Apr 11, 2017 11:39 am
Location: Monroe, WI

You all are making happy to know I'm in good company with the watching and waiting game!

And yes, Tor - I am playing the Dawn Song whenever it's not raining. :)
Billie from south central Wisconsin
deancamp
Posts: 412
Joined: Wed Mar 16, 2016 9:17 pm
Location: Raymore, MO

My colony is up and running and I am still constantly looking to see if I can detect a new bird or two. Your not crazy, your just one of us. :)
Whippy
Posts: 598
Joined: Thu Jan 19, 2017 11:15 pm
Location: Plano, Texas
Martin Colony History: 2016 - late to put up, many visitors
2017 - 1 pair, 3 fledged
2018- 2 pair, 12 fledged
2019 - 4 pair, 21 fledged
2020 - 15 pair, 67 fledged

deancamp wrote:
Fri May 01, 2020 9:31 pm
My colony is up and running and I am still constantly looking to see if I can detect a new bird or two. Your not crazy, your just one of us. :)
My gourd rack is right outside my bedroom window. I get up real early, open the blinds and watch them all leave their gourds and then watch them come back. Then watch them come and go and bring nest material in. Then I go to the kitchen, look out the window, make coffee, look out the window a hundred times while its brewing, get my coffee, get my computer and head out to my patio to work and watch the Martins. Around 11am, and after my second coffee, I move to the kitchen table to work and look out the window. It really never stops. Strangely, now I know when one is missing, late, new etc.

So watching out the window for first arrivals might be crazily frequent however, when they do arrive, you'll multiply those looks out the window by 100 until they fledge. The first week after they fledge you'll gradually ween yourself from looking out the window...gradually. Then winter hits. And as you're eating Thanksgiving dinner you're looking out the window at your set up thinking of what changes you want to make for next year. This looking out the window and thinking will occur repeatedly through Christmas and New Years. You'll order some stuff, get it in, make your changes and next thing you know spring hits and you're posting on the forum wondering if you're the only one staring out the window all day.

You are in good company. Trust me.

Coolwhips.
Kegger
Posts: 116
Joined: Sun Sep 15, 2019 8:58 am
Location: Awesome Florida
Martin Colony History: Newbie in 2020: 2 pair of SY with 4 eggs each in Troyer Horizontals
fledged a total of 7 Martins

i do something every day to improve or maintain the 2 pair I have.
Put up a CC video camera yesterday to watch the Martin house so
my 2 grandsons can keep track. 8)
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".

..... BillieJR .... Way to many times to count... Playing the Dawn Song gets ingrained in your mind.. I have it memorized it so, while I'm outside I will hear any "chirp" that is not on the CD.. As far as looking, it would be easier to count the times I don't look up at the houses.. Good Luck this season...

Dave
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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