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phldave
Posts: 513
Joined: Fri Jun 15, 2012 2:44 pm
Location: Iowa/Pleasant Hill
Martin Colony History: Started trying in 2012 and still trying

Just curious. How long does it take SY birds at existing colonies to give up and stop fighting and causing trouble at full sites before they move on and start looking for a new site?
2012 late start
2013 nothing yet, lots a lookers
2014 Bust again
2015 Bust again
2016 Bust again
2017 Bust again
2018 April 14 a group joined me, but moved on after a week
2019 Had SY male seriously check me out but didn't stay
phldave
Posts: 513
Joined: Fri Jun 15, 2012 2:44 pm
Location: Iowa/Pleasant Hill
Martin Colony History: Started trying in 2012 and still trying

Are there no experienced landlords out there that have observed this behavior? Once again I am nearing the time to give up hope once again.
2012 late start
2013 nothing yet, lots a lookers
2014 Bust again
2015 Bust again
2016 Bust again
2017 Bust again
2018 April 14 a group joined me, but moved on after a week
2019 Had SY male seriously check me out but didn't stay
Andrew Smith
Posts: 28
Joined: Thu Jun 20, 2019 6:11 am
Location: Burford, Ontario, Canada
Martin Colony History: 2019 - Hundreds of fly-bys August and September
2020- Visitors in April and June

Not sure as I am in the same boat as well, still trying to lure in my first pair of birds. There was a discussion earlier this season on this forum called "100 per cent occupancy". May be some information in there to help answer your question. Are you seeing any martins at your site? Also are you playing the dawn song? I am not very experienced, but you're right that there must be a few landlords on this site that can answer your question from first hand experience.
2019 - Set up T14 Multiple flyovers during migration in August
2020 - ASY male visit in April , SY male visits in June
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