Successful Year

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Hanover Bill
Posts: 615
Joined: Thu May 14, 2009 3:10 pm
Location: Pennsylvania/Hanover Township
Martin Colony History: 2009 & 10 - 0
2011 & 12 - Visitors
2013 - 2 pr. fledged 9
2014 - 3 pr. fledged 13
2015 - 7 pr. fledged 27
2016 - 15 pr. fledged 72

This is shaping up like a very successful year here. Should fledge 120, most are already fledged and enjoying their new found freedom. My last nest is due to fledge on the 29th., with a couple others before that date.

We have had extremely dry conditions in my area throughout the Martin season. We have had no rain, with the exception of a little drizzle, since before the eggs were laid. In fact this morning was the first rain of any consequence and it only lasted a very short time. I think the dry conditions actually contributed to the successful season. Nest checks revealed bone dry nests, with no signs of any of the usual parasites. Also no jumpers or runts this year. I think dry weather wins out against the wet weather hands down.

On the other hand you should see my lawn and field. You wouldn't dare drop a match or do any burning, it would be a certain brush fire. We are way behind on our yearly rainfall amount. Strange thing is that during this dry spell there has been rain all around us but none here.

Wishing you all a successful fledging season.

Hanover Bill.
2009 & 10 - 0
2011 & 12 - Visitors
2013 - 2 pr. fledged 9
2014 - 3 pr. fledged 13
2015 - 7 pr. fledged 27
2016 - 15 pr. fledged 72
flyin-lowe
Posts: 2935
Joined: Wed Mar 29, 2006 8:49 am
Location: Indiana/Henry Co.

Congrats Bill, I too had a very dry season with some pretty high temps. Luckily the last couple weeks when mine started fledging the temps cooled down some. I didn't have any jumpers due to heat but so far I have rescued 6 from that ground that tried to take off a little too early. A few of them had to be put back, a couple were able to take flight once I got them up off the ground and out of the grass. Last nest check I had around 170 babies (don't have my notes in front of me now.) I did have to get rid of about 10 eggs this year that didn't hatch but overall it has been a good season. I have seen a few hawks from time to time but they are presenting much pressure. I have a lot of kill deer around my place and they are great watch dogs. If a hawk gets within 1/4 mile of my place everyone knows about it.
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.

Congrats Bill. I too had a good season. Like flyin-lowe I also had a few killdeer early alarms system with the hawks in the area to allow my martins to get to safety quickly.
Mite control, heat venting, predator protection and additional feeding during bad weather add up to success.
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".

..... Bill .... Looks like another good year for you and the Martins.. Great job...

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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johncanfield
Posts: 59
Joined: Mon May 04, 2020 5:13 pm
Location: Texas

Congrats on your success!

We're very pleased with about 25+ fledged this season. They got out of the gourds before we hit triple digits (105F) and had several very hot days in a row. Our last rain was July 2 and our Martins left about July 7. We have 16 inches of rain so far this year which is pretty good assuming we get more.
John
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ToyinPA
Posts: 2126
Joined: Mon Apr 10, 2006 6:07 pm
Location: PA/Avis
Martin Colony History: The 1972 St. Agnes flood wiped out all the Martins in my area. One day, in 1997-98, 5 or 6 Martins landed on the power wires crossing my back yard. I had no house for them. They kept coming back day after day. We got a martin house a few weeks later & they have been coming back every year since. I average 12-15 pair per year.

Congrats Bill. Sounds like you had a good martin season.

Our area is the same. Hardly any to no rain. Yards all burned up. This is the first year I had no blowfly larva problems. Mine have all fledged. Due to the high heat & humidity I helped them all along by flipping crickets or hand feeding. Had to help one with a ruptured air sac & then he got left behind for a few days. He wasn't ready to fledge. He tried 3 days in a row & failed. Finally he made it.

With all this heat & lack of rain most of the other song birds have left as well. Heck even the HS have left.

Toy in PA
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Doug Martin - PA
Posts: 1920
Joined: Thu Mar 25, 2004 10:47 am
Location: Pennsylvania/Fombell
Martin Colony History: First pair in 2009 after 28 years of trying. 3 pairs 2010, 17 pairs 2011 and 35-45 pairs since. Many additional colonies are now springing up around mine in an area once completely void of Martins. I offer 50 compartments at my site consisting of primarily Excluder II gourds on Gemini racks. Also a wooden T-14. I utilize electric fence type predator guards on the base of the poles. Supplemental feeding is crucial in maintaining my colony. I platform feed throughout the season as needed. My site tends to be a stop over point for additional birds as they migrate further north.

Unusual but good year here as well.

Started out late due to the very cold late spring. One pair laid eggs throughout the cold and was weeks ahead of the rest.

Also had one nest just hatch a week ago. So I will have a very late one as well. Should fledge about 165 total this year. I had more subadult pairs this year than I have had since my first few years of hosting.

On the downside hawks are now relentless in this area and have learned to hunt Martins. We have 2 large colonies on our hill here and they go back and forth between them. Neighbors are also losing small chickens to them. Sharpies and Coopers both so this is a problem.

Doug
Supplemental feeding plays a major role in western Pennsylvania. Finally got my 1st pair in 2009 after 28 years of effort. 3 pairs in 2010. 17 pairs in 2011. 35 pairs and 150 young in 2012 & 2013. Plus a new 22 pair colony right down the road from me.
Hanover Bill
Posts: 615
Joined: Thu May 14, 2009 3:10 pm
Location: Pennsylvania/Hanover Township
Martin Colony History: 2009 & 10 - 0
2011 & 12 - Visitors
2013 - 2 pr. fledged 9
2014 - 3 pr. fledged 13
2015 - 7 pr. fledged 27
2016 - 15 pr. fledged 72

Thanks for all of the responses to my post. I always rely on the good advise I get on the Forum.
2009 & 10 - 0
2011 & 12 - Visitors
2013 - 2 pr. fledged 9
2014 - 3 pr. fledged 13
2015 - 7 pr. fledged 27
2016 - 15 pr. fledged 72
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