Big influx of SY in Iowa.

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Dave Duit
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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 and join.

Hey everyone,
Wow !!!!! talk about a huge increase in SY arrivals in Iowa. Several of our members have reported to me that they are seeing a big jump in the numbers of SY. At my location in central Iowa I had 20 new SY arrive in one day. Keep a lookout everyone for the SY arrivals in your neck of the woods. Also, a reminder that eggs are starting to appear in Iowa. The rains and humidity are ramping up, so when you do your weekly nest checks it might be wise to keep a sharp eye toward possible mites. I know they usually start showing a soon as the eggs hatch, but they do and can show up with the adults.
Mite control, heat venting, predator protection and additional feeding during bad weather add up to success.
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