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Mitch Booth
Posts: 479
Joined: Tue Jun 03, 2008 6:23 am
Location: Akron, OH
Martin Colony History: 2012 - 0
2013 - 1 pair, 4 eggs, 2 fledged
2014 - 0
2015 - 1 pair, 5 died during week of rain
2016 - 0
2017 - 1 pair, 4 eggs, 4 fledged
2018 - 4 pair, 19 eggs, 19 fledged
2019 - 7 pair
2020 - 17 pair

At what stage of the nesting cycle do the adult male Martins typically perform the Dawnsong vocalization? I have what appears to be about 12-15 pair here and the first egg was laid yesterday with a few gourds having 1 egg and the other nests all have fresh green leaves in them. I’ve left the window open the last week thinking I would be able to hear some Martins around 4:00am but I haven’t heard a thing until around 6:30-7:00.

Mitch
2020 - 17 pair 77 eggs 69 fledged
2019 - 7 pair
2018 - 4 pair 19 eggs, 19 fledged
2017 - 1 pair 4 eggs, 4 fledged
2016 - 0 only visits
2015 - 1 pair 5 eggs, 5 hatched, 5 dead on days 6-7
2014 - 0 only visits
2013 - 1 pair 3 eggs, 2 hatched, 2 fledged
2012 - 0
flyin-lowe
Posts: 2939
Joined: Wed Mar 29, 2006 8:49 am
Location: Indiana/Henry Co.

Mitch

Sorry I can't answer your question but it is good to hear from you and I am glad to see you finally have an established colony. I would expect your numbers to continue to grow, at least as much as you are willing to provide housing.

SY's are really moving in right now. Last Friday I had 32 nests and I checked this afternoon and had 47. 9 of the nests had eggs in them, looks like they started laying yesterday. I am offering 52 cavities this year, so having 47 is a decent occupancy percentage.
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.
deancamp
Posts: 413
Joined: Wed Mar 16, 2016 9:17 pm
Location: Raymore, MO

Mitch, I have been hearing the dawn song for awhile now. It started just prior to any egg laying and well before most nests had eggs. The first time I heard it this year there were multiple birds singing it. I am hearing them singing at 5:00 give or take a little bit. That is approximately 45 minutes to an hour before daylight. The dawn song I am hearing is not long lasting like the recording, but snippets varying in length and maybe even a chortle thrown in. Sometimes it continues longer than others, but no doubt it is the dawn song.
Mitch Booth
Posts: 479
Joined: Tue Jun 03, 2008 6:23 am
Location: Akron, OH
Martin Colony History: 2012 - 0
2013 - 1 pair, 4 eggs, 2 fledged
2014 - 0
2015 - 1 pair, 5 died during week of rain
2016 - 0
2017 - 1 pair, 4 eggs, 4 fledged
2018 - 4 pair, 19 eggs, 19 fledged
2019 - 7 pair
2020 - 17 pair

flyin-lowe wrote:
Sat May 30, 2020 8:36 pm
Mitch

Sorry I can't answer your question but it is good to hear from you and I am glad to see you finally have an established colony. I would expect your numbers to continue to grow, at least as much as you are willing to provide housing.

SY's are really moving in right now. Last Friday I had 32 nests and I checked this afternoon and had 47. 9 of the nests had eggs in them, looks like they started laying yesterday. I am offering 52 cavities this year, so having 47 is a decent occupancy percentage.
Flyin-Lowe yes I finally have a colony!!! Many years trying and it appears it is taking off. I wouldn’t be surprised to have 15 pair this year!! I have 3 12 unit gourd racks up that are available. I also have a T-14 w four gourds below it but currently do not have the cavities open as it is not in an ideal spot.

Sounds like you are doing well also!! I just love sitting on the front porch in the morning w coffee watching them!!

Mitch
2020 - 17 pair 77 eggs 69 fledged
2019 - 7 pair
2018 - 4 pair 19 eggs, 19 fledged
2017 - 1 pair 4 eggs, 4 fledged
2016 - 0 only visits
2015 - 1 pair 5 eggs, 5 hatched, 5 dead on days 6-7
2014 - 0 only visits
2013 - 1 pair 3 eggs, 2 hatched, 2 fledged
2012 - 0
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

Mitch Booth wrote:
Sun May 31, 2020 11:12 am
flyin-lowe wrote:
Sat May 30, 2020 8:36 pm
Mitch

Sorry I can't answer your question but it is good to hear from you and I am glad to see you finally have an established colony. I would expect your numbers to continue to grow, at least as much as you are willing to provide housing.

SY's are really moving in right now. Last Friday I had 32 nests and I checked this afternoon and had 47. 9 of the nests had eggs in them, looks like they started laying yesterday. I am offering 52 cavities this year, so having 47 is a decent occupancy percentage.
Flyin-Lowe yes I finally have a colony!!! Many years trying and it appears it is taking off. I wouldn’t be surprised to have 15 pair this year!! I have 3 12 unit gourd racks up that are available. I also have a T-14 w four gourds below it but currently do not have the cavities open as it is not in an ideal spot.

Sounds like you are doing well also!! I just love sitting on the front porch in the morning w coffee watching them!!

Mitch
Glad to hear that you finally got your setup going. You've been patients for a good while. Great job on your colony.

Tor
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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