Is It Unusual For ASY Males To Pair With SY Females

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birdman in buckhead
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Joined: Tue Jun 12, 2018 10:47 am
Location: Small Town Buckhead, GA (not ATL Buckhead)
Martin Colony History: 2018: 1 pair, 5 fledged
2019: 3 pairs, 10 fledged
2020: 3 pairs, 13 fledged
2021: 13 pairs, 46 fledged

Greetings Fellow PM Landlords,

For the 2nd year, ASY males are pairing with SY females. I name the males "Chester the Molester", LOL! Is this normal/typical behavior by Purple Martins?

Terry - in the small town of Buckhead, GA

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Location: FL

They usually pair with the first females that arrive, but will pair with a SY female if they haven't found a mate. They always will get a SY female it is the SY males who really have the uphill battle getting a female. A lot of new colonies will have the one SY male working hard but fail to get a female. ASY males can show up and always bring in a female.
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Location: Corpus Christi Tx
Martin Colony History: 2016- Visitors.
2017- 5 pair. 15 fledged
2018- 18 pair. 85 fledged
2019- 17 pair. 81 fledged
2020- 25 pair. 111 fledged
2021- 28 pair. 118 fledged
Home colony: mix natural, super and excluder gourds, enlarged compartment house. All SREH.
Satellite colony: Oso Bay Preserve: 12 PMCA excluder gourds, 6 room trio mini castle with enlarged compartments.
2019: Visitors
2020: 3 pair, 11 fledged
2021: 10 pair, 30 fledged
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Last year lost an ASY female just before egg laying, the ASY male quickly attracted a SY female. They had 5 eggs (little late)
and fledged them all.
PMCA member, believer in nest checks, venting, SREH and pest/predator protection.
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