Birds all gone

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jhcox
Posts: 494
Joined: Thu May 26, 2016 9:23 am
Location: tennesse
Martin Colony History: Started colony in 2014. First pair to stay and raise young in 2018.

All my birds have left for the year I guess. Haven’t seen any at my place in 3 or 4 days my friend a few miles away he still has around 20 or so. Going to be a long wait until spring.
brent
Posts: 178
Joined: Sat Feb 10, 2018 2:43 pm
Location: Raceland, Louisiana

Soon our Martin's will be gone,
The mornings will seem to linger on.
We'll wait for the day the first one returns,
The chatter, the chirping, the flying, the song.
That will be a pretty morn.
Martinear
Posts: 13
Joined: Sun Jun 12, 2016 5:00 pm
Location: Justin, TX
Martin Colony History: Started 2015 with 6 HTG excluders, added 6 S&K Bo with excluder tunnels in 2016. Full occupancy both years, many fledglings.

Most of my colony has flown the coop, so to speak, but there were two late pair finishing up their broods until this week. Now, my gourd racks are absolutely teeming with fledgling martins! All the SY and mature birds are gone, but the light bellies are here. It is almost like a pre-roost roost. Or maybe these guys were heading south and stumbled upon my yard...hopefully imprinting so they come back next February!
Dave Duit
Posts: 1756
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.

thank you for the poem Brent. Sad to see the migration south.
Mite control, heat venting, predator protection and additional feeding during bad weather add up to success.
brent
Posts: 178
Joined: Sat Feb 10, 2018 2:43 pm
Location: Raceland, Louisiana

You're welcome Dave.
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